Creating and deploying smart-thermometers among the pastoral Maasai in Tanzania to increase milk pasteurization knowledge and habits through the use of culturally-targeted solution that limits the transmission of antimicrobial resistance among the tribes, making milk safer and people healthier.
By 2050, it is projected that 10 million people will die from antimicrobial-resistant infections each year, resulting in a global production loss of $100 trillion. Efforts to limit the impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) globally require local solutions. Researchers and entrepreneurs at WSU have created a smart thermometer, designed to help livestock-dependent pastoralist communities pasteurize their milk, and in doing so, limit the contribution of milk consumption to the emergence and spread of AMR. With Kuleí smart-thermometers, Maasai have a durable, simple, and intuitive indication of when their milk has been properly pasteurized. This device, encased in a robust FDA- approved nylon housing, is put into a pot of milk that is placed over a fire. Once the milk heats up, the thermometer begins sensing and recording temperature readings. Upon reaching pasteurization temperature, an LED light turns on to indicate that the milk is pasteurized, safe to drink and can be removed from the fire.