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Ordinary Miracle

by November 24, 2016 General

It is impossible to convey in words the horror and pain of parents whose child was born without arms, the suffering of a child who is not guilty in anything. Now you can imagine the delight of the child, when it managed to take a spoon for the first time without the help of its mother.

What is the joy of a person doomed to be bedridden when returning back to a normal life?

Imagine a tiny sensor which can prevent a train crash and save hundreds of lives.

Our story is about young Kazakhstani scientists who have committed an ordinary miracle.

Meet Sholpan Istayeva. She is holding a test artificial hand in her hands. This robot makes lives of people with disabilities much easier and allows, for example, grabbing a glass or a bottle. A young resident of the capital will have this prosthesis very soon.

I’ve been creating the prosthesis for almost two months: first I’ve printed out the parts on the 3D-printer, then, I assembled them. In Kazakhstan, an average of 160 children is born without hands annually, and there are no companies who could have been engaged in the manufacture of artificial hands. Our team is not only ready to manufacture it, but also to provide children with such mechanical prostheses for free, – says Sholpan Istayeva.

It should be noted that the raw material for the prostheses is biomaterial; it is completely safe for humans.

Sholpan and her like-minded team have won Astana Business Campus Quick Start competition and 3.3 mln. tenge.

The funds will be forwarded for the purchase of equipment, production of the first prototypes of the prostheses and marketing. And we need sponsors to have free mass production, – says Sholpan.

And these pretty girls have set out the task to help people who were broken down by the stroke.

Madina Khamzina and Dzhamilya Zhakupova studied medicine in the United States. The idea of opening a rehabilitation center in Astana emerged, one might say, by fate. Dzhamilya’s father is a well-known Kazakhstani resuscitation expert, who suffered a stroke. He received the required treatment and was discharged. This was the end of medical treatment provided…

In the West, the same US, such patients are taken to rehabilitation centers, where experts are providing ergotherapy, physical therapy, speech therapy for them. It allows a person gaining the lost skills � holding a spoon, speaking. We are willing to establish this kind of a center with the basic equipment in Astana, – told the M.Sc. in Public Health Madina Khamzina and the B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences Dzhamilya Zhakupova.

According to the statistical data, only 20% of stroke people return to normal life after discharge from the hospital in Kazakhstan. The rest are remaining disabled due to the lack of proper care and rehabilitation. Therefore, such a center is required in Astana, according to the young scientists.

26 thousand dollars of the startup budget is required for the launch of the project. We will be able to admit up to 30 people per month. In general, rehabilitation will cost 70 thousand tenge. In the future, if the financial opportunities allow, it will be possible to purchase expensive equipment, mini automobiles to admit patients with severe strokes. The project is socially oriented. Therefore, we will be glad if sponsors will respond to that, – says Dzhamilya Zhakupova.

And the students of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nazarbayev University Madiyar Turar, Temirlan Zharkynbek and Malik Bekmurat have created a wireless sensor for monitoring of engineering structures.

These are tiny devices installed on bridges, dams and other structures. They record the slightest fluctuations. Data can be obtained online.

“We will need 10 thousand dollars to test other sensors; we need to assemble another 20 units to test them on the bridges in Astana”, – says Madiyar Turar.

“There are more than 1 500 bridges in Kazakhstan, most of them were built before 1970. There are train bridges constructed in the XIX century, and they are still used. To prevent the train crashes, we decided to integrate systems for tracking defects of bridges”, – continued his colleague Temirlan Zharkynbek.

“All the parts for the sensor are imported from outside the country, but in the next few years we are intending to manufacture them in Kazakhstan”, – added Malik Bekmurat.

The young couple of Amir Zhantassov and Zulfiya Kozhamberdina has more down-to-earth, but no less important objective: the comprehensive and harmonious development of children.

“We are offering kits for the monthly subscription. In one box, you can find toys, encyclopedias, handmade items � that is, everything that helps revealing the talents of kids”, – says the head of the family.

The specified projects, among other creative ideas of young startuppers of Astana, have been recently presented to the Mayor of the city Asset Issekeshev at Saturday City Startup Session event.

“Our objective is to make Astana a global smart city, and we have identified 10 sectors that determine the sustainable economy of the city: including development, tourism, financial center, modern production, solutions for the smart city, medicine, logistics and others. Everyone understands that development of science and innovations plays an important role in the period of global structural and technological changes in the world economy”, – said Asset Issekeshev addressing to the capital’s innovators.

The center of urban and agricultural technologies, medical technologies, energy and fintech involving the participation of the world’s leading global companies will be established in Astana. We will be supporting the startups around these centers.

“There is Startup Kazakhstan government program. We will also create our own acceleration program. Smart Astana program is being implemented. We are focusing on the needs of citizens. First of all, they are smart technologies in education, healthcare, public transport and other systems. These technologies will provide comfortable life of people and create government-to-citizen system, – believes the Mayor of Astana.

Authorities of Astana are willing to involve talented people and young people in the life of the city and are proposing that the startuppers find a technological solution to the following urban problems: safe pedestrian crossings, new “smart” traffic lights, traffic flow management, registration of appointments to doctors, electronic health card, waiting lists for the enrollment in kindergartens, schools, single card of the resident, environmental improvement, storm water drain.

“We are ready to consider your ideas aimed at the improvement of the quality of life and comfort of citizens and we will be introducing them in the city”, – said A. Issekeshev.

Source: Akimat of Astana