Deon Rocha

Deon Rocha

Deon is a recent graduate working, researching and sharing information related to community development, medicine, healthcare and health promotion. He lives in London, Canada.

3D Printing Helps African Manufacturing

Imagine a doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo who can create a prosthetic leg using materials found in his backyard. Or perhaps an engineering student who starts a new craze in acoustic instruments from the comfort of her room in South Africa (Vuvuzelas, anyone?). Custom designs, waste management solutions, home décor, next-generation devices— could all be designed, printed and sold by Africans to Africans and markets beyond using 3D printers.

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Some Good News from Ferguson, Missouri

Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri flared late last week after police released the name of the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. The tensions escalated to protests and looting, which warranted Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to sign an order declaring a State of Emergency and ordering a curfew in the suburb home to the slain youth. Nixon said Saturday that the …

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Firdaus Kharas: The Animated Activist

Acclaimed producer, director and humanitarian Firdaus Kharas uses light-hearted, accessible and multi-lingual cartoon animations as health promotion tools, particularly in the Middle East. His work cover issues including HIV/AIDs prevention, contraception, malaria prevention, domestic violence and energy conservation. Similar innovators utilize media platforms for health promotion, including Mohammed Harib and Malik Nejer. With cross-cultural appeal and accessible messages, cartoons are becoming a valuable method of teaching critical lessons.

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