Dry Vaccine Patch Could Revolutionize Delivery

Professor Mark Kendall of Queensland University in Australia has developed a new format for producing and delivering vaccines using nano-technology. He and his team have created a patch that is applied topically, much like a stamp. It does not require medical supervision, is very low cost (estimated at $1 per patch), and most importantly does not require refrigeration. Self-administering provides …

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Professionalizing and Marketing Day Labours’ Services

Day labourers, or “Men on the Side of the Road”, are being offered the opportunity to professionalize their skills through Fundi, an NGO operating in Cape Town, South Africa. Fundi offers a variety of services to day labourers, most importantly a resume and reference system. They independently asses the quality of work and personality of enrolled day labourers. These profiles …

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Remote Monitoring of Rural Hand Pumps

This project aims to develop a monitoring tool that reports on the health of a standard hand pump in a rural community. Using specific Global System Mobile tools, a group of students from Oxford University are developing a way to remotely track the health of a hand pump in rural communities. As their report highlights, one out of three installed …

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Locally-Sourced Solar Light

An estimated 90% of the population of Mali has no access to electricity and is thus hostage to daylight to be productive. Italian architect Matteo Ferroni identified that this problem has a dramatic impact on the lives of villagers, particularly women, as it limits their ability to carryout their responsibilities. Through years of work he has developed a solar lamp …

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