A Portable, Solar-Powered, 15-Minute Ebola Test

  This article is part three of our ongoing series covering innovations in the fight against Ebola. For more in this series, click here.   Fifteen minutes. The time it takes you to go through your emails. The ideal length of a power nap. The time required for an Ebola diagnosis? A 15 minute point-of-care diagnostic test is being trialled at the …

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Bringing messages of hope, help and change over mobile devices – Part 1

In part one of our series on technology in humanitarian work, we profile two organizations that use cellphone technology to communicate aid initiatives, education programs, research surveys and more. Today, learn how Text to Change (TTC) is changing lives.

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Sayana Press Brings Affordable Family Planning to 69 Countries

Lack of contraception and family planning services is a serious challenge for women in developing countries around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 200 million women in the Global South would like to access contraception, but are currently unable. In 2012 alone, this led to almost 80 million unplanned pregnancies, with about 25% of women resorting to unsafe abortions.

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360° Approach to Disability Support in Vietnam

Despite representing up to 15 percent of Vietnam’s population, people with disabilities face severe barriers to inclusion and lack access to adequate support. But now, thanks to the Lifestart Foundation’s holistic three-pronged approach to disability support, this community is gaining access to the skills and tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency.

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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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A Community-Driven Palliative Care Solution in India

In the Indian state of Kerala, Dr. Suresh Kumar has devised a community-led solution to the problem of inadequate palliative care. He founded the Neighbourhood Network for Palliative Care (NNPC), an organization with a goal of developing a cost-effective approach to making these services accessible to even the poorest members of society.

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Boys Health Education: Advancing Sexual Knowledge, Respect and Consent

Femme International, a small NGO that began working in Kenya less than two years ago, is one of few international organizations that focuses primarily on menstrual health and hygiene education for young women. They are now expanding to create a Boys Health Education program that teaches about sexually transmitted infections, proper male hygiene practices, male anatomy, and the importance of consent and building healthy, respectful relationships.

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