Human Powered Nebulizer Project

The HPN is an innovative, low-cost nebulizer that does not require electricity. Nebulizers convert liquid medicine into a mist that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. The HPN is designed for use in places where electricity is not readily available. Our goal is to produce a device that will last for 10 years and cost less than $50. Our work is guided by a preferential option for the poor in medical device development, the idea that as academics, students and human beings, we have the responsibility to put our knowledge to work on behalf of the neediest members of our global society. Nebulizers are used to diagnose and treat a number of diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis and lower respiratory tract infections – many of which disproportionately affect the poor. Several drugs used to treat these conditions are inexpensive, but until now, the inaccessibility of nebulizer treatment has greatly limited access to cheap, effective treatments for these patients. The HPN has been developed in conversation with researchers and healthcare practitioners who work in places where we hope to deploy the device. The HPN Project is truly international in scope; we collaborate with partners across the globe to ensure appropriate design and facilitate future implementation.
Human Powered Nebulizer Project
Human Powered Nebulizer Project
Norma is a young health worker who will be part of the group using nebulizers in rural Guatemalan communities. She lives in La Union, Patzun. We are glad to have young and powerful women working on the project!
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Human Powered Nebulizer Project added 2 new photos.
How lucky is the HPN team to be in Patzun during Corpus Christi! These give just a glimpse of the beauty of Guatemalan culture.
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Human Powered Nebulizer Project
Human Powered Nebulizer Project
Back to Guatemala! Julie Griep and Lars Olson return to Guatemala today to fine tune the 20 HPNs that Asociacion Vida will use in our second field study. They will be joined by Clara Villatoro tomorrow. Buen viaje, todos!
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Human Powered Nebulizer Project
Human Powered Nebulizer Project
We are delighted to announce the creation of the Cortina Global Medical Fund. This 501-c3 organization has been created to oversee the scale-up of the HPN project and other related non-electric medical devices under development in Lars Olson's lab.

Our organization is named for Jon de Cortina, SJ, a Jesuit priest, engineer, and activist devoted to serving the poor in El Salvador. Lars met Fr. Cortina in 2003, and he has served as an inspiration for the HPN Project. You can read more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_de_Cortina. We hope that in our own way, we can carry on his mission and vision.
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Human Powered Nebulizer Project added 2 new photos to the album: Guatemala March 2016.
In March 2016, the HPN team traveled to Patzun y Tecpan, Guatemala, to meet with the staff and promotores of Asociacion Vida, with whom we will be conducting our next field study. The field study will begin in July 2016.
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