Nitesh Kumar Jangir, an Indian engineer has won the 2019 Commonwealth Secretary General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Award in the “People” category in London. Nitesh Kumar Jangir created Saans, a breathing support device to tackle avoidable deaths of premature babies from respiratory distress syndrome.
The award was presented by Prince Harry (Duke of Sussex), Youth Ambassador of Commonwealth, and Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General. The inaugural Commonwealth Innovation Awards was conferred upon 15 innovators from 53 member-countries of Commonwealth.
Saans is a breathing support device used for tackling avoidable deaths of premature babies from Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS). It is world’s 1st neonatal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. It can be powered in multiple ways via direct source electricity, like with help of vehicle’s electrical supply, rechargeable battery, compressed gas, or even a manual air pumping.
Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards :
The wards seek to celebrate and support impactful innovations and forward-looking solutions that help Commonwealth countries achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the same time advancing values in Commonwealth Charter.