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Indian Air Force Conducts Test Run of Aarogya Maitri Cubes for Disaster Response

Written by : Jayati Dubey

May 15, 2024

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These cubes integrate AI and data analytics to facilitate effective coordination, real-time monitoring, and efficient management of medical services in the field.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted a test run of Aarogya Maitri Cubes, the world's first disaster hospital packed in 72 cubes, at Agra on May 14.

This initiative, built under project Bhishm (Bharat Health Initiative for Sahyog Hita and Maitri), aims to provide rapid medical support during emergency situations by deploying modular healthcare units that can be airlifted anywhere at any time.

Aarogya Maitri Cubes are equipped with several innovative tools designed to enhance disaster response and offer medical support during emergencies.

These cubes integrate artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics to facilitate effective coordination, real-time monitoring, and efficient management of medical services in the field.

This technology allows for swift deployment and optimal utilization of resources, thereby ensuring timely and effective healthcare delivery in crisis situations.

Project Bhishma: A Vision for Global Health Support

Project Bhishma was announced in February 2022, following which the Ministry of Defence established a task force to spearhead this initiative. As part of this project, PM Modi announced the 'Aarogya Maitri' project at the Global South Summit in January 2023.

Under this initiative, India pledges to provide essential medical supplies to any developing country affected by natural disasters or humanitarian crises, showcasing India's commitment to global health support and disaster relief efforts.

The Aarogya Maitri Cubes consist of 72 easily transportable components that can be conveniently carried by hand, cycle, or even drone, providing unmatched flexibility in deployment.

It encompasses three frames, each accommodating 12 mini-cubes. In total, 36 mini cubes contain virtually everything necessary for the survival of 100 individuals for 48 hours.

The design of this disaster hospital allows for the connection of two cages, named 'master cube one' and 'master cube two,' resulting in a total of 72 cubes. This integrated configuration can provide emergency care for up to 200 survivors and offer damage control capabilities in the face of adversity.

These cubes are equipped to handle a range of severe injuries, including 40 bullet wounds, 25 significant bleeding cases, 25 major burns, approximately 10 head injuries, long limb fractures, spinal injuries, chest injuries, and spinal fractures.

In the event of mass casualty incidents (MCIs), where medical requirements vary from basic aid to advanced medical and surgical care, these cubes can be deployed within just 12 minutes, ensuring swift and efficient response to emergencies.

The cubes are equipped to handle a wide range of injuries, including bullet wounds, major bleeding, severe burns, head injuries, long limb fractures, spinal injuries, chest injuries, and spinal fractures.

This comprehensive medical support ensures that critical healthcare needs are addressed effectively during crisis situations, saving lives and mitigating the impact of disasters.

The indigenously developed technology of Aarogya Maitri Cubes was recently utilized in Ayodhya to bolster medical readiness and response capabilities during the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony in January.

PM Modi visited Ayodhya for the ceremony on January 22, highlighting the significance of deploying cutting-edge healthcare solutions for large-scale events and emergencies.


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