What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a common chronic disease that affects 9.3% of the global population and requires ongoing medical attention. It continues to be a common disease in rural areas where there is a lack of resources for diabetic treatment. As such, Sri Lanka is one of the victims of a lack of resources where 1 in 12 adults suffers from diabetes.
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) statistics, diabetes affects 8.5% of adults in Sri Lanka. With the ongoing economic crisis and the decades-long civil war that ended in 2009, the medical supplies and support have drastically reduced, including insulin pumps for diabetic patients. Currently, 10.73% of the death in the country comes as a result of untreated diabetes. This raises the need for research on low-cost medical devices in the area of diabetes.
We aim to work with a multidisciplinary team to foster new knowledge and develop a solution for diabetic patients who are affected by a lack of resources.
Our goal is to create a low-cost, portable insulin pump for diabetes patients in Sri Lanka.
During the final prototyping stages, our team has planned an official testing session in Hatton, Sri Lanka where we will recruit patients and undergo extensive product development testing. We aim to provide our students with hands-on experience of patients in a low-resource setting.
Low-Cost Diabetes Medical Technology
Our team is working in collaboration with Dr. Rajaratnam in Hatton, Sri Lanka
Winners of the UBC TiM MedTech Sprint Competition
Our students are preparing to launch the prototype for client use.