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Trained as a pediatrician, Rebecca Hope has a strong passion for the rights, livelihoods, and health of vulnerable populations and how we improve access to quality healthcare.
Rebecca is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine and sexual and reproductive health. She comes to Ideo.org from Harvard’s Women and Health Initiative, where she was researching sexual and reproductive health and HIV in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. As a doctor in the UK, she led research focussed on improving quality of HIV and sexual health services for young people.
Rebecca has also partnered with Save the Children, Ashwini and Transaid on health projects in Nepal, India, South Africa and Madagascar that deliver micro finance, community health insurance and maternal and child health in rural, resource-poor settings.
She comes from the UK, where she lived on a houseboat. She studied medicine at the University of Leeds, received a bachelor’s degree in International Health from University College London and an MPH in Global Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a founder of YBank, a global health research lab focussed on improving the health and livelihoods of disadvantaged youth.
This promising idea appears to have great potential for a pilot test. I look forward to hearing more about 8N8. However, it seems that there are a lot of unanswered questions about whether this solution actually works not just against Ebola but other pathogens. The science is at such an early and experimental stage and the conclusions the papers referenced here draw, appear to be hypothetical rather than conclusive.
What are the next steps that would be required to: a. prove that this solution would be effective against Ebola and b. understand the costs of such a suit?
I agree with Raul. For health workers: if the face is covered with a full protection mask, there is no risk of touching the face with gloved hands. For civilians: the main risk to address is contaminated hands.
This seems to be a good idea - the ear canal probe which causes an alarm to sound when the health worker overheats - seems to be a workable solution. Health workers who are intensely focussed on tasks often neglect their personal safety and comfort, so this might be a good alert to check their hydration levels, PPE equipment and take a break. How do you envisage that this idea would lead to impact on the Ebola epidemic?