Problem: Every year in South Asia and Africa, more than 5.7 million jaundiced newborns go without treatment, risking permanent disability and death.

Solution: Firefly’s high-powered double-sided lighting, compact size, and high-tech aesthetic make it the most effective phototherapy affordable for low-resource settings.

Impact: Firefly is the first device designed to treat newborn jaundice in the mother’s room in rural clinics: the best context to reduce staff workload, support breastfeeding, and transform national healthcare systems.

For more information, please visit the Project Firefly page at designthatmatters.org.

Film Notes:
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks and Small Army sent a film crew to rural Moc Chau District Hospital in the mountains of northern Vietnam to film Firefly newborn phototherapy in-use. The footage you see is primarily from the village of Moc Chau and it's hospital, with some additional clips from St Paul General Hospital in Hanoi. Moc Chau is a bumpy and steep 5-7-hour moped ride from the nearest national hospitals in Hanoi (search "Moc Chau, Vietnam" on google maps). You will see some individuals in traditional dress; Moc Chau is near the border with Laos where multiple ethnic minorities coexist, including the Hmong people.

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