The Lab's Davide Piaggio has been invited to present at the Forum in October 2021.
Declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020, after the first infections in China at the end of 2019, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a global emergency and continued to spread across the world. No country, including Republic of Benin in Africa and Italy in Europe, has been able to escape this disease. Its impact on human health, is disrupting an interconnected world economy through global value chains, given the impact on the entire world population and the economy.
In Benin, from 14th March 2020, the evolution of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is epidemiologically recorded at 3363 cases confirmed, 95 cases recovered, 46 case dead (January 2021).
Even if the social contexts seem very different, the pandemic creates in healthcare systems of all around the world, a generalized condition of low-resource settings (LRSs), i.e., environments lacking means, specific knowledge, specialized personnel, medical devices, and drugs, and with inappropriate medical locations. In fact, while this condition was already familiar to low- and middle-income countries, COVID-19 has overwhelmingly reported LRS conditions in high-income countries, such as Europe. In addition, the social and ethical impact of the pandemic calls sociology and bioethics to reflect on the perception that the population has of this situation, i.e. the possibility to respect the measures of isolation, the availability of personal protection equipment, the criteria for access to the scarce health resources available.
Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre For International Development
Applied Biomedical Signal Processing and Intelligent e-Health Lab
15 March 2021 • 10-11am (UK time)
Alessia Maccaro - University of Warwick
Leandro Pecchia - University of Warwick
Davide Piaggio - University of Warwick
Marius Vignigbé - University of Abomey-Calavi
Roch A. Houngnihin - University of Abomey-Calavi
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Wendy Coy – Director of Operations, Innovation Group, and Facilitator
David Plumb – Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation Group, University of Warwick
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Darren Farmer – Business Development Director, BT
Professor Theodoros N. Arvanitis holds the Chair of Digital Health Innovation and he is the Director of The Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, at University of Warwick.
Dr Leandro Pecchia – Associate Professor (reader) of Biomedical Engineering. Director of the Applied Biomedical Signal Processing and Intelligent eHealth Lab
Robert Franks – Managing Director of West Midlands 5G Limited
The Applied Biomedical Signal Processing Intelligent eHealth (ABSPIE) Lab has been deeply dealing with COVID-19 since the first few cases in the UK.
Led by Dr Pecchia, the ABSPIE Lab multidisciplinary Team has been involved in several activities, briefly described below, giving a significant contribution to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABSPIE in Benin: field study on medical device working conditions and the application of international directives
Three members of the lab, are in Benin, Africa, to perform two field studies.
Davide Piaggio and Busola Oronti are two PhD student with a background in biomedical engineering and medical devices. Both are IFMBE Clinical Engineering Division collaborators. In this field study Davide and Busola are testing medical devices considering international standards and regulations for electric safety.
In fact, it is know that medical devices in Africa struggle to work as in Europe, but there is no evidence of the real reasons why this is. The aim of this study is to produce evidence on reasons why medical devices fail to work safely and effectively. This will inform the design of more resilient medical devices.
Meanwhile Alessia Maccaro, Philosopher with a PhD in bioethics, is investigates the implications of adopting EU regulations in Africa. Our hypothesis is that the uncritical adoption of international regulations can result in risky and unethical working conditions.