Landmine-Detecting Rats Help Mozambique Achieve Mine-Free Status in 2014

  Decades of conflict in Mozambique left the southern African nation with one of the world’s worst landmine problems. Between 1964 and 1992, tens of thousands of anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines were buried in all ten provinces, resulting in widespread death, personal injury and infrastructure destruction. In an effort to be declared mine-free by the end of this year, Belgian …

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A Unique DIY Hospital in Rural Nigeria

  Over recent years there has been an influx of high-tech innovations geared toward poverty reduction in a variety of ways. It is important to remember that our concept of the digital age is unreachable for many in the Global South and not all innovations require the use of ‘modern technology’. While it is making strides in a variety of …

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Making Vaccines Less Temperature Sensitive

Reports recently released by the WHO, and covered in the laudable journal Vaccine, credit breaking the cold chain for drastically reducing rates of Meningitis A across the Sub-Saharan African Meningitis Belt. MenAfriVac is the first Controlled – Temperature – Chain (CTC) vaccine to be administered in Africa. It was produced by the Meningitis Vaccination Project, which is a joint initiative …

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Can IBM’s Supercomputer Help Africa?

Technologies promising to revolutionize international development are in no short supply – though the results are somewhat more difficult to find. Inventions and would-be solutions come and go, but the problems persist. The web was a flutter earlier this month with the announcement that IBM is devoting $100 million dollars over ten years to apply the power of its Jeopardy! …

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Dial-A-Condom Service Launched in Kenya

  Sex is a taboo subject in Kenya, causing many people to feel uncomfortable purchasing condoms in public. In order to provide a discreet way for men and women to gain access to protection, Kenyan businesswoman Faith Ndiwa, CEO of La Bonte Ltd, has started a condom delivery service called “Dial-A-CD.” The anonymous delivery service brings discreetly packaged Euphoria condoms via …

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