Department of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics

One of Canada's leading academic health centres for pediatric specialty and subspecialty education and research. They also work in conjunction with the Stollery Children's Hospital to provide leading edge clinical care.

11405-87 Avenue, 3rd Floor
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1C9

(780) 248-5409

Department of Pediatrics

Developed oxygen delivery using solar power, for children in low-income countries.

Dr. Michael Hawkes - Assistant Professor and Distinguished Researcher, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

Health Innovation

Developed a solar powered oxygen delivery for children who have pneumonia. With pediatric pneumonia, a power cut can be fatal if a baby is without oxygen for even a few minutes.

How they are changing the world

The method is life-saving and far-reaching, as it can be used in low-income countries likely to have problems around power failure. Sick children can be treated in any part of the world, under any jurisdiction, and socio-economic status. The solar powered system requires little maintenance, using local distributors of solar panels and oxygen concentrators.

Why Edmonton?

The grants available, and the calibre of research teams at the University of Alberta have allowed extensive research development in pediatric infections. The opportunity at the University of Alberta to pursue a career as a clinician-scientist allows Dr. Hawkes to tackle problems affecting children in Edmonton – and globally.

What does the future look like?

Working with Grand Challenges Canada, the team are planning to take the innovation to scale, aiming to reach over 80 hospitals in Uganda.

Empewo enungi eyo musudha

(Our trial slogan in Lusoga, the language spoken in Jinja, Uganda)
Translation: air from the power of the sun.

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