Meredith Greey

Meredith Greey

Meredith is a student, writer and non-profit communications consultant from Toronto, Ontario.

World AIDS Day: Shipping Containers as Medical Access Points

North Star Alliance is converting shipping containers into “Blue Box” clinics to help fill the current gap in medical access in Africa. Their Roadside Wellness Centres are focused on mobile workers and community members with limited access to medical services, specifically truck drivers, sex workers and people in communities located along transport corridors.

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Seven Apps and Websites Changing The Landscape for Youth Mental Health

Mental health continues to be an overlooked and underfunded issue, despite suicide being the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year-olds globally. Over the last three years the team at Innovation Labs in the UK has worked to develop digital tools to improve young people’s mental health and well-being. The result? Seven well researched, expertly tailored apps and websites that offer a broad range of information and support for youth and those who care about them.

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Turning Sewage into Car Fuel: Biogas Buses in India

The Delhi government is currently working to set up a biogas plant inside Kesopur Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), with the end goal of producing enough compressed biogas (CBG) to fuel 120 of the city’s buses daily. India’s Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has collaborated with the Swedish government on this project. After the renovation of the plant, the …

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Give Directly Through Unconditional Cash Transfers

California-based charity GiveDirectly is using mobile money technology to transfer unconditional cash directly from donors to some of the poorest people in Kenya and Uganda. The process is quite simple: donors donate to GiveDirectly on their webpage; GiveDirectly locates poor households in Kenya and Uganda, registers recipients and transfers the cash to them through an electronic payment provider; recipients retrieve …

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A Quick Fix for Gunshot Wounds

Every second counts when it comes to treating gun shot wounds. An Oregon-based start-up comprised of veterans, scientists, and engineers has developed a better alternative to conventional gauze. The organization, called RevMedx, has developed a device that can seal a gunshot wound in the pelvic or shoulder areas in just fifteen seconds. The device, called the XStat Rapid Hemostasis System, …

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Let the Oceans Clean Themselves: The Ocean Cleanup Array

  A young Dutch engineer named Boyan Slat is currently conducting a feasibility study for a device that could help clean up our oceans. The device, dubbed The Ocean Cleanup Array, would consist of a series of floating booms and 24 manta ray-styled processing platforms that could collect and filter floating debris. The processing platforms would be anchored to the …

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Using Feminine Hygiene Products To Empower Victims of Human Trafficking

A group of University of Washington graduate students have developed a discreet way to get information to female victims of trafficking. Through a project called Pivot, they are hiding inserts with rescue information and a hotline number in plainly packaged sanitary napkins. The team of five students from the University of Washington including Michael Fretto, Kari Gaynor, Josh Nelson, Adriel …

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