By Camille Dupire
Jordan Times, Amman
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The idea behind the Jordanian team’s ‘Here For Heat’ project is to produce a safe pharmaceutical formula that generates thermal energy inside the human body in order to combat cold weather and increase the feeling of warmth.
Three Jordanian women have just returned from Melbourne, Australia, where they were selected as one of the top six teams nominated for the Hult Prize’s 2018 regional competition.
An annual, year-long competition running since 2010, the Hult Prize aims to crowd-source ideas from university students after challenging them to solve pressing social issues related to food security, water access, energy and education, according to its website.
Ramah Abu Safieh, a pharmacy student at the University of Petra, spoke to The Jordan Times on Monday as she returned from the regional finals where she and her teammates Shaden Thwieb and Duha Ghazi presented their innovative project of thermal energy formula.
“The idea behind our ‘Here For Heat’ team’s project was to serve the health sector in producing a safe pharmaceutical formula that generates thermal energy inside the human body in order to combat cold weather and increase the feeling of warmth,” Abu Safieh said, noting that the formula is made “only from natural plant extractions and is alcohol free”.
“Two years ago, I took part in the Atlantic Humanitarian Relief missions in Jordan that aims to provide medical relief and support services to the most vulnerable population including injured individuals, refugee women, children and the elderly,” the young student recalled, noting that she witnessed the dramatic consequences of cold weather on these communities during winter.
“Our project aims to reduce the risk of hypothermia, support the traditional heating sources performance and reduce the complications caused by alcohol intake to feel warm in cold areas,” the team leader said, citing the danger of alcohol abuse by vulnerable population such as homeless people in countries with long cold winters or seasonal drops in temperature.