An affordable prosthetic foot for war amputees is the Lausanne-based Humanitarian Tech Hub’s first project. The research and development programme aims to harness technology to solve humanitarian problems.
It is the fruit of collaboration between the Swiss-run International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). The hub will make sure that the solutions developed – in areas such as biomedical technologies, logistics and the environment – are effective, scientifically valid and appropriate to the reality on the ground.
Collaboration between the academic and humanitarian sector is not new. But what is different is about the EPFL project is this strategy to develop and scale up innovations.
In addition, the EPFL has 40 years’ experience of working with the developing world.