Thursday, 8 April 2010

Marc Koska: 1.3m reasons to re-invent the syringe

Malaria kills 1 million people a year? Reused syringes kill 1.3 million a year? Holy crap. Those are the sort of numbers that remind me in no uncertain terms that I live in a privileged world.

OK, a few minutes in and I'm convinced this is one of the most terrifying TED talks I've seen.

Sometimes we joke about planned obsolescence, or about items breaking just as they come out of warranty. Marc Koska's one-time-use (enforced) syringes are that, but for the best of reasons. This is the kind of thing that will save lives.

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