WT Alumni Help Ugandans Suffering from Cholera

WT Alumni Help Ugandans Suffering from Cholera

This past summer, Jacob Dubner '17 and Jack Waters '17 had the opportunity to implement their WT Research Science project in Uganda with the help of Omni Med, a non-profit that trains Village Health Teams to bring preventative health measures to local villagers, and MakerGear 3D printing.

Dubner and Waters crafted their project, the "Oral Rehydration Therapy Tube," or "ORTube," in their Upper School Research Science Class during the 2016-2017 school year. As students, they were inspired to create a tool to fight diarrheal diseases after reading about efforts to combat a cholera epidemic in India in their AP English Language and Composition course.

The ORTube is a 3D-printed tool designed to help people accurately, easily, and inexpensively prepare and administer oral rehydration solution—consisting of salt, sugar, and clean water—in combination with a one-liter soda bottle.

In the summer of 2017, Omni Med ordered a small number of ORTubes – which Dubner and Waters produced through MakerGear 3D printing – and field tested the product in Uganda. Dubner and Waters used the results from the field testing to adjust their design, and subsequently traveled back to Uganda with Omni Med with their newest version of the ORTube this past summer. While there, they trained the Village Health Teams using ORTubes and collected data.

Dubner and Waters are currently working on a scientific paper and seeking funding to manufacture ORTubes on a larger scale.

Learn more about their Research Science project.

Jacob Dubner is currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jack Waters attends Brown University.