Pratt Pouches have been in the development for over three years. This foilized pouch is a medical device designed to improve the delivery of antiretroviral therapy to newborns.
Who developed these pouches?
Robert Malkin and the engineers at the Developing World Healthcare Technology Laboratory at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering saw a need and sought to find a medically effective, simple and cost effective solution to an ongoing dilemma in the fight against HIV. Ironically, the class originally set out to look at failure (why ARV dosing devices were failing) and they ended up creating a solution
What so difficult in giving ART to newborns?
This unique packaging allows home based provision of antiretrovirals for newborns in remote settings. A mother tears open the pre-dosed package and drops the life-saving drugs into the infant's mouth.
The Pratt Pouch was developed by Duke University's Engineering School and tested in clinical trials in Ecuador, Zambia and Tanzania. The unique packaging allows antiretrovirals to be packaged for a life span of 12 months.
Local pharmacies can be equipped to fill the pouches on location and then distribute the pouches to hospitals, clinics and rural communities. At home, a mother or caregiver tears open the packet and squeeze the medication into a baby’s mouth – much like a packet of ketchup.