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The winner in the social impact category of the 2013 Core77 Design Awards student category is Kulinda by Emily Riggs of Brunel University in the UK.

Kulinda is a device designed to prevent the transmission of the HI-virus from mother to child though breastfeeding.

It’s a simple, clear, binary indicator that works with the process of Flash Heating to show when HIV has been deactivated in breast milk.

Flash Heating involved heating the milk to 72 degrees celcius and maintaining this for 15 seconds to deactivate the HIV. This process does not require the administration of any other drugs, nor does it affect the nutritional properties of the milk.

The Kulinda is said to cost less than 20 UK Pence, potentially making it accessible for millions of mothers. 

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