Filter Sunlight Canopy for Treating Neonatal Jaundice

Still In Development Last Update: April 14, 2014

Neonatal jaundice silently causes significant disability and deaths of children globally. Jaundice in newborns causes kernicterus (brain damage) that can lead to permanent mental handicap if untreated, including language difficulty, cerebral palsy and deafness (1). The causes of neonatal jaundice are multiple and treatable: deficiency of the essential enzyme G6PD or blood diseases (Rh hemolytic disease) can cause a hazardous increase in a protein, bilirubin. The primary method of removing excessive bilirubin is to provide phototherapy with blue light. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, especially remote areas, phototherapy devices are prohibitively expensive and there is an enormous lack of access (2).