Shristi KC, the founder of ‘Blind Rocks!’, an organization with a purpose to change the way society and individuals portray disabled people. Shristi shares how losing her sight at the age of 16 gave her a vision in life.
Access to medicines and health supplies is particularly challenging in the developing world. In rural areas, clinics and pharmacies often have to deal with expired medicines, unreliable electricity, and lack of basic supplies and equipment. Now one student from Chicago has developed a dependable inventory system to address the supply problem.
Like many developing countries around the world, Indonesia is faced with a difficult and growing garbage problem. Trash leads to illness and diminished quality of life, and many Indonesians must also cope with the high cost of health care. In 2010, a doctor named Gamal Albinsaid devised a new idea to help people access badly needed health insurance and manage their waste and sanitation.
The WHO estimates that up to 1 million people die annually from malaria. While existing diagnostic tests are accurate, they are not as skilled in identifying carriers who don’t show symptoms, but are still able to transmit the disease to other people. That’s why three Dutch developers have created Amplino, a device that aims to eradicate malaria by identifying hard-to-detect cases.
Ninety percent of girls and women use reusable pads or rags. If improperly cleaned or left damp, they are at risk of contracting reproductive infections and illnesses. Flo is a hygiene kit that allows girls to wash, dry and carry reusable sanitary pads.
Childbirth is still a significant danger for women living in the Global South, and is currently the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age. The Maternova Obstetric Kit is specifically designed for midwives and frontline health workers with a focus on postpartum hemorrhaging.
When school girls in Tanzania are forced to end their formal schooling because of issues such as pregnancy, bullying, or family discouragement, new and innovative BRAC study clubs step in to help young women complete their education and reach their potential.
Shipping containers provide more uses than holding supplies. The practice of “cargotecture” has taken off in recent years, and refurbishes old shipping containers by turning them into sustainable housing options. An organization that formed in 2002, called Clinic in a Can, is transforming shipping containers and utilizing them in a new way: to provide medical attention to those living in remote and rural areas, far away from hospitals or clinics.
Women on Web is a non-profit organization based in The Netherlands that provides access to safe abortions for women. The pro-choice led initiative, created in 1999 by Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts, has launched several controversial campaigns to advocate for women’s reproductive rights globally.
Over 1.4 billion people – nearly 20% of the world’s population – are without access to electricity, while an additional 1 billion have access only to unreliable, intermittent electricity networks. The non-profit WE CARE Solar has created a portable off-grid solar electric system, the Solar Suitcase, which is providing dependable electricity to clinics, schools and emergency medical centres to help change this reality.