Pelican Pulse Oximeter

In Progress


Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of newborn mortality.  Although a pulse oximeter combined with a respiratory rate counter would be the most effective tool for pneumonia diagnosis, there does not yet exist a device that is suitable for use with newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities and by low-skilled care providers--the first line in pneumonia diagnosis and treatment. 


Pelican features a washable, reusable sensor that reduces the total cost of ownership by eliminating the more common single-use $10 disposable sensor. Pelican avoids common points of mechanical failure, for example by eliminating cables. Pelican’s intuitive design and improved user interface will allow low-skilled or illiterate users to quickly and accurately collect blood oxygen measurements and respiratory rates, and will support better health outcomes by providing treatment recommendations


DtM and partners will develop the current “looks like” design concept into an integrated prototype.  DtM will test engineering performance and community healthcare workers (CHWs). We will leverage our networks to form manufacturing and dissemination partnerships to scale Pelican to high burden pneumonia countries such as India and Uganda.  

Our Progress

DtM has developed a dozen product forum concepts, which we brought to Haiti for initial field testing. Based on user feedback, we have designed two new prototypes that illustrate the user interface and form factor for taking newborn measurements.


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We extend a big thank you to our donors, partners, and collaborators

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MIT-RISD Product Design and Development Team
Aditya Ranjan
Esther Mangan
Keiichi Onishi
Kevin Wiesner
Leah Chung
Phillip Daniel
Sara Stulac
Shubhang Tandon
Victoria Young
Wei Wu



MIT-RISD Product Design and Development Team
Prof. Steve Eppinger
Prof. Matt Kressy
Prof. Warren Seering
Sarah Cooper-Davis
Lauren Eppinger



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Gregory Dajer, MTTS
Matthew Blyde, MTTS
Michael O'Brien, MTTS
Luciano Moccia, Thrive Networks
Leith Greenslade, MDGHA
Amy Ginsburg, PATH



Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Dr. Steven Ringer
Kevin Gaines, CRT-NPS
David Beadles, CRT-NPS
Nancy Brazeau, RN
Jennifer Flockiger, RN
Janet Frank, RN
Gaby Harrison, RN
Paula Lambert, RN
Lodie Podoloff, RN



Boucan-Carre Hospital, Haiti
Dr. Jean Louis Judson




MGH Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Kristian Olson
Dr. Ryan Carroll



St Boniface Hospital, Haiti
Dr. Inobert Pierre
Dr. Miliane Clermont
Conor Shapiro
Robbie Patterson
Sayari Patel



Mirebalais University Hospital, Haiti
Dr. Jack Long
Dr. Delight Wing
Marc Julmisse, RN
Naomi Marcelin, RN
Nicole Mathurin, RN
Vanessa Jean-Bart



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Dr. Anna Stanzelova
Bien-Aime Iphonise, RN
Monica Terez, RN
Lelia Dorcin, RN




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