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AUM


AUM
DESCRIPTION
Many poor people loose their voice after throat cancer surgery because they cannot afford a replacement prosthetic voice box at a cost of US$1000. For example, in India the poor often earn less than $2 a day. AUM, a $1 ultra low-cost voice prosthesis device invented in 2015, comes with a curved knife that helps the puncturing of windpipe and food pipe with relative ease using a fisheye technique; Shishruth is an extremely inexpensive handheld wooden devise that helps to insert the prosthesis into the throat in less than two minutes. A training module supports clinicians and physicians with the procedure, and maintaining the prosthesis.
PROBLEM
poor people lost voice after throat cancery surgery because they can't afford $1000 replacement prosthetic voice boxes
SOLUTION
ultra low cost voice prosthesis
AUM, the $1 ultra low-cost voice prosthesis
CHALLENGES
TBD
IMPACT
Dr. Vishal Rao works at HCG oncology in India catering to patients suffering from throat cancer, a majority of them poor, earning less than $2 a day. He found it distressing to see stage 4 cancer patients daunted by the prohibitive cost of up to $1,000 to restore their speech with replacement prosthetic voice boxes. In 2015, Dr. Rao invented AUM, the $1 ultra low-cost voice prosthesis device. (a) AUM is a one-size-fits-all design which simplifies manufacturing; (b) It comes with a curved knife that helps the puncturing of windpipe and food pipe with relative ease using a fisheye technique; (c) Shishruth is an extremely inexpensive handheld wooden devise that helps to insert the prosthesis into the throat in less than two minutes; and (d) a training module to support clinicians and physicians to support the procedure and maintaining the prosthesis.

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