Stopping Feeding Bottle Death

SUTWELL Suckling device concept is our own suggested remedy to the notorious, feeding bottle related ailments, responsible for yearly death  of 1.5 million infants worldwide; especially in the developing nations of Africa, Asia, and South America. This concept proposes that breast milk substitutes (e.g. Infant formula) or water must be fed to infants within the age range of 0 to 6 months aseptically through a one-time use disposable pack. This is to prevent use of impure water and wrong measurement in the case of formula preparation. This concept is a direct approach based on the discoveries of the facts surrounding the use of breast milk substitutes against the World Health Organisations' prescription of exclusive breast feeding for the first six months of a baby's nursing. Our fieldworks revealed that 3 months is the highest permitted maternity leave of absence from work in the regions where feeding bottle related sickness is most rampant. The fact that these regions all have outside temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius all-year-round, which favours bacterial growth and thus a big challenge  to the use of the conventional feeding bottles. Sterilised bottles are quickly contaminated again. Another important factor is that of poor environmental sanitation and waste management in the mostly affected regions, which leads to chemical pollution of drinking water coming from privately dug wells and bore-holes. Chemical pollutants cannot be removed by only boiling and filtering the water, or through chlorination of such water; de-ionisation will be the appropriate technique but it is too expensive and cumbersome for individuals living in these poor regions. It will be easier if this type of water is purified industrially as suggested by the SOS Nursing Packs concept. The concept also suggest the involvement of every relevant stakeholders, such as: W.H.O , UNICEF , IBFAN , ENN, F.D.A, Paediatric researchers, government regulatory bodies, parents, etc in the formulation and regulation of the packs and the contents. This point is also hinted in the stament below:

"Believing that, in the light of the foregoing considerations, and in view of the vulnerability of infants in the
early months of life and the risks involved in inappropriate feeding practices, including the unnecessary and
improper use of breast-milk substitutes,the marketing of breast-milk substitutes requires special treatment, which makes usual marketing practices unsuitable for these products." - W.H.O.(The international code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes) 

We refused to accept that solar lanterns should be complemented with kerosene lanterns or candles, on the excuse that the solar lantern could only give maximum of 4 to 6 hours of light after full charging. At the same time, we strongly believe that the bigger the battery, the higher the overall cost of the appliance (since bigger battery will require bigger solar panel) and also the higher the risk of pollution of the environment by some of the chemical constituents of the battery after they are used up.

Our concept of intelligent, ‘Super Energy-efficient’ (SEE) solar lighting was designed collaboratively with the actual stakeholders in Nigeria and generated prototypes have been in test since 2011and also from thorough understanding of the lighting needs and day-to-day habits of an average Nigerian when it comes to lighting up their surrounding in the evening. We have employed several ethnographical techniques, including culture probes, interviews and user workshops to unearth the most important functions the perfect solar lantern must provide. The results were patiently collated, re-validated and thereafter used to inform the functionalities, durability and the physical appearance of the final product, which we believe will pave way for the emergence of the ‘Ultra-sustainable Appliances (U.S.A) for all off-grid areas of the world.

Since 2009, Hakeem Adebola Lawal (Founder and C.E.O Sutwell Concepts) have been advocating for change from the old-school Tungsten filament light bulbs and halogen spotlights to LED alternatives.

His one-man campaign was not only in Nigeria (where electricity supply had become epileptic for over 30 decades), but also in Denmark and other parts of the globe, using his own private funds, energy and time to preach his belief that LED can save up to 90% in electricity consumption, which will not only result in more electricity to go around, but also reduce global warming and Mercuric pollution from fluorescent lamps.