Sierra Leone finally reopened classroom doors after a nine-month school closure during the Ebola outbreak. Unfortunately, the government also announced a ban on all visibly pregnant girls in the classroom. An initiative has since been launched in collaboration with the government to encourage new and expecting teenage mothers to return to school, in response to the spike in pregnancies observed during the Ebola crisis.
Flowminder, a Swedish nonprofit, has developed a technology that uses position data from SIM cards to track the movement of people. With a focus on assisting vulnerable low and middle-income countries at scale, the organization collects, aggregates and analyzes anonymous mobile operator data – through cooperation with mobile companies – and data from satellites and household surveys.
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.
Tracing the spread of Ebola has led researchers to investigate animal-to-human transmission, known as zoonotic events. These new data points have led Oxford University researchers to map where the disease might spread next.
The Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, despite the efforts of many agencies and NGOs working hard to fight it. Governments have pledged to fund relief efforts across the region, including short-term interventions and long-term structural initiatives. The Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance’s (ELRHA) Research for Health in Humanitarian Crisis (R2HC) program has recently approved seven innovative projects aimed …
A fast, reliable and affordable Ebola diagnostic tool is critically needed to contain the spread of the virus and expedite patient treatment. A new research project based at the University of Westminster seeks to develop a viable solution with EbolaCheck, a portable device capable of diagnosing the virus from a small sample of bodily fluids within 40 minutes.
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 …
In part 1 of our series on efforts to fight Ebola, we discuss a website that seeks to build an anthropological resource that identifies the cultural factors that affect local public behaviors and attitudes.
Many large international NGOs and foreign governments have pledged support to help contain the Ebola outbreak. These foreign actors must contend with the challenges of working with an often suspicious and fearful population. However, there are diaspora groups from both Liberia and Sierra Leone who possess a thorough understanding of the local context and are posing innovative initiatives to help citizens protect themselves. The Mineke Foundation and Lunchbox are two new programs spearheaded by diaspora groups.