Sarah Anstett

Sarah Anstett

Sarah is a writer, researcher, and development practitioner currently based in Toronto, Canada.

Innovative Partnership Strengthens Home-Grown Health Care

A collaboration between PATH and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has established an innovative health centre to fast-track the development of a number of sustainable health technologies that are aimed specifically at reducing maternal and child deaths in the country and in low-income communities in particular.

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New Sensor Hones in on Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

The Kew centre in London is a finalist in the Google Impact Challenges UK competition, wherein it is showcasing a “mini-acoustic sensor” which, if successful, provides a real-time alert to the presence of disease carrying mosquitoes. KEW’s innovation is one of 10 other projects that could be awarded up to £500,000. The Google Impact Challenges competition seeks to award funding to 10 charitable projects that use innovative technology to change the world.

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What’s in your Lube? New Condom Kills HIV

While rates of HIV/AIDS infection have been declining due to advancements in technology and increased access to healthcare and education, upwards of 70% of those affected live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Condom use is still low in the region, but the importance of safe sex and prevention is taking hold. A recently developed product, if brought to the continent, could be a valuable tool in the fight against the disease.

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The Technology Trap: I Spy Black Market Logging

Actors at the institutional level and the NGO level are utilizing technology in different ways to track illicit logging activity in the Global South, and they are depending on local populations to help them do it. Read more to learn how a US-based NGO manipulated a cellphone to trap loggers and funded the whole thing (and them some!) on Kickstarter.

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India Paves the Way with Plastic — But will it work?

The OECD estimates that upwards of 40% of municipal waste in India is simply not collected. Over the years, scientists and regional and municipal governments in the country have been collaborating on how to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste that blankets the country. This project is modeled after smaller-scale road paving initiatives that occurred in New Delhi and Bangalore …

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“Free the Seed” Gives Farming back to the Farmer

Three multinationals account for over half of global seed sales: Monsanto, DuPont, and Syngenta. A collective of specialists from the US has modeled a food initiative after the concept of open-source computer programming in an attempt to bypass these mega-corporations and increase access to high-grade seeds for poor farmers across the globe.

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Playing for Impact: Gamification in ID

Sport and game play have long been instruments in international development programming in communicating ideas, furthering education and fostering community participation in locales around the globe. They are also prevalent in many ID workshops, bringing welcome relief from lectures or meetings. Importantly, game play is often used as a tool to bring up and break down sensitive issues that are …

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UK Architect Aims to Bring Eco-Homes to Nigerian Slum

  Isona Shibata, an architect and development practitioner from the UK, is seeking funding to develop a prototype for an eco-alternative housing solution for residents in the Galadimawa Slum, situated just outside of Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and upwards of 70% of its 177 million residents lives below the poverty line. As Nigeria grows, so do …

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Raising the Bar in Water Purification with Nanotechnology

The World Bank reports that over 88% of worldwide illness is related to contaminated water. An Oregon-based company has successfully produced a highly effective personal water purification system that could be of massive benefit to humanitarian relief efforts. The Solar Bag, developed by Puralytics, boasts the ability to not only filter, but truly purify water of up to 99.999% of …

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US Grad Students Develop Cheap Incubation Alternative

Embrace, an NGO formed through a challenge presented to a group of graduate students at Stanford University, has developed a novel incubation device that retails for less than 1% of the cost of a traditional incubator and it is being incorporated into public health care in hospitals and clinics across the Global South. According to the WHO, 450 babies die …

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