Deriving inspiration from the pot-in-pot cooling systems, Elena Figus has designed an innovative vaccine carrier that uses evaporative cooling. Dubbed the “Pop Up Vaccine”, the carrier was exhibited at the Royal College of Art graduate show in London earlier this month. It is ideal for low-income countries where huge amount of vaccines are carried to the field in massive and heavy insulated boxes with ice.
Figus has redesigned the existing vaccine carrier to make it easier for the nurses to carry it around, both during their routine vaccination trips and during emergency vaccination campaigns. The bag consists of an absorbent pad, which is cut out from a disposable nappy and helps to catch cold water as it melts from an ice block. As liquid utilizes energy in its surroundings to evaporate, so does this water and cools the vaccine continuously. The added benefit is, the Pop Up carrier is light weight, customizable and affordable.