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We believe global health starts with local health. 

Prevention of all disease requires that vaccines and medicines are available to everyone, everywhere around the world when they are needed.

 

Long Term Passive Storage of Vaccines

Local storage of vaccines is critical to preventing the spread of infectious disease. However as many as 1.2 billion people do not have access to the reliable electricity needed to refrigerate these life-saving materials. SAVSU has developed a long term passive storage solution for storing vaccines in these communities.

 
 
With increased globalization comes increased opportunity for infectious disease to spread around the world. It also breeds innovation. Bruce McCormick is an engineer, mad scientist and visionary working on a seemingly simple problem: how do we overcome a lack of infrastructure that prevents the proper delivery of effective vaccines to over 20% of the world's population?
 

projects

Ebola Vaccine Trial

 

"23 DECEMBER 2016 | GENEVA - An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published today in The Lancet. The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year."

--http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/ebola-vaccine-results/en/

 
The trial was led by WHO, together with Guinea’s Ministry of Health, Medecins sans Frontieres and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.   SAVSU designed and manufactured special CryoQ shippers, at the request of the WHO, for transporting the Ebola vaccine from the city to local villages.
WHO/S. Hawkey Jean Francoi Tolno and Hawa Madi, Team 9 of the WHO Ebola vaccine trial, at work in Katongourou, Guinea. Here they check the blood pressure and other indicators of a trial participant 30 min after administration of the vaccine.

WHO/S. Hawkey

Jean Francoi Tolno and Hawa Madi, Team 9 of the WHO Ebola vaccine trial, at work in Katongourou, Guinea. Here they check the blood pressure and other indicators of a trial participant 30 min after administration of the vaccine.

 

Red Wind Councils/Chiapas, Mexico

SAVSU worked with Red Wind Councils to address a problem with the storage of vaccines and other temperature sensitive medicines in the managed health centers managed by the indigenous Mayan people of Chiapas, Mexico.  

Problem: periodic loss of electricity to their refrigerators which stored the medicine, resulting in the loss of the medicine. 

Solution: SAVSU donated 5 NanoQ vaccine storage units which has solved the problem of spoiled vaccines.  

Red Wind Councils health promoters informed us that they have a vaccination campaign every 2 month in each of these regions which attend to 3,500 children approx. each, so for a total of 17,500 vaccines. So needless to say that the thermos are most effective implements.
The organizers and health promoters of Red Wind Councils of Chiapas all send their tremendous appreciation for your efforts in sending us the 5 containers down here, as well as their deep gratefulness to you and your organization, and the amazing work you provide in the world. 
--Ohki Simoni Forest for Red Wind Councils
 

PATH Project Optimize

"No vaccine can save a child’s life if it’s lost, damaged in transport or storage, or too expensive to ship in the first place. That’s why strong supply chain systems are so urgently needed."

http://www.path.org/projects/project-optimize.php

SAVSU participated in Project Optimize designing and manufacturing our NanoQ for this project.   The NanoQ's were successfully used for long term passive storage of Hepatitis B vaccine for use in trials in Vietnam.

 

 

An overview of the Optimize project activities in Vietnam-demonstrating cooling and information system technologies designed to facilitate a robust and flexible vaccine supply chain for the future of the immunization in Vietnam. Produced in collaboration with the National Expanded Programme on Immunization within the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Vietnam Ministry of Health.