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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The Luminaid: a portable light-source for disaster relief

The designers of the LuminAID, Anna Stark and Andrea Sreshta, invented the light in response to the disaster following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The LED light’s innovative design is compact, light-weight, inflatable, and waterproof. They are now being honoured as Mothers of Invention by Toyota and Women in the World.

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IKEA’s Flat-pack, Solar Powered Refugee Shelter

The IKEA Foundation has partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and developed a flat-pack, solar powered refugee shelter called the Refugee Housing Unit. The prototype is the result of more than two years of research and 3.4 million Euros. According to Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation, at least 3.5 million refugees currently live in …

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Time-Share Schooling brings Refugee Children back into the Classroom

The Syrian crisis has led to an outpouring of more than 2.3 million people into other countries in the region. Of that, an estimated 865,000 are children, and 70 – 80% are not enrolled in school. It is a harrowing concern, and a UK-based organization has taken the lead on bringing kids back into the classroom. Host countries like Lebanon …

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Print Your Own House

Fast, affordable, durable, and livable shelters are an essential part of emergency relief and the often protracted transition to stable housing in the years following a disaster. Traditional construction methods are often slow, expensive, inefficient, and dangerous, the combination of which creates roadblocks in community-based building projects, particularly in low-income areas. Now a group of engineers is using emerging 3D …

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Fast Form Shelters: Emergency Housing That Locks Into Place

After the Haiti earthquake, this structure was designed as a fast form of shelter post-disaster. It involves a large roof that can collect rainwater and a system of mirrors to create steam. It’s completely constructed by fiber board and can be made in less than five hours. It requires no nuts or bolts to assemble. It is cheap, and easily …

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Last Mile Mobile Solutions revolutionizes humanitarian delivery systems

World Vision Canada has developed and begun implementing a system they call Last Mile Mobile Solutions. This system services WV’s distribution programs in humanitarian disasters. Organizations have made great advancements in tracking and monitoring how their supplies move from storage and collection points to the field, but that’s often where the tracking ceases. Successes are measured in number of kits …

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