Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Repellex Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellent
Explain your idea in details:
The project seeks to deploy ultrasonic mosquito repellent technology to malaria regions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Repellex units can be deployed outdoors around a hospital or a home at every 10 to 15 meters around the perimeter to form an ultrasonic fence that will repel fertilized female anopheles mosquitoes which actually cause Malaria. The Repellex units uses a 3 Watt solar panel and has a 14000mAH Lithium ion battery pack which will ensure the unit functions throughout the night, when mosquitoes are most active. The solar panel's position is adjustable and is tilted at 45° to ensure the solar panel achieves its maximum capacity. The units have a holder that makes it easier to mount on top of standard 75mm light gauge fencing poles this adding in its deployment capacity in poor and under-developed areas.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This project will impact the whole continent of Africa positively as the levels of malaria deaths will be reduced and at the same time it will reduce the harsh chemicals that are currently being used to reduce mosquitoes populations which are harmful on the environment and also on human life and livestock. This project offers a non-lethal solution to the malaria epidemic by seeking to create safe zones in malaria areas that are protected by ultrasonic fences that will ensure the core existence of mosquitoes and humans in the ecosystem. This core existence is essential as mosquitoes as still an important unit in the overall food chain and their total elimination will have an unknown and negative effect on the ecosystem. Thus keeping them away from human populations whilst maintaining healthy populations of mosquitoes will help keep the food chain stable, ensure the protection of the ecosystem and see malaria deaths reduced.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This project has made advanced innovations in outdoor stable alone mosquito repellent technologies thus complying with Sustainable Development Goal 9 of Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. The project is one of the first malaria projects to use a non-lethal environmentally friendly and innovative solution that seeks to promote mosquito-human core existence as this results in a more stable ecosystem as compared to lethal options that weaken the food chain and the ecosystem. This project will see a longterm reduction in Malaria deaths in the Sub-Saharan region and so is complying with Sustainable Development Goal 3 of Good Health and Well-Being. The units will be sold to both individuals and large institutions like schools, hospitals, Non Govermental Organisations (NGOs), governments etc. Collaboration is required in health certification processes of the device by health institutions, health regulators, governments, individuals and the community as a whole.
My name is Anthony Jekanyika and i am a 23 year old young man from Marondera, Zimbabwe. I am interested in entrepreneurship and engineering. I have received a number of local and international awards in these fields, more notable was becoming a Finalist at the 2017 Entrepreneurship Enactus World Cup in London and winning the local Telecel Digital Marketing Award. I hope to get positive exposure for myself and for my project.