Adapting the Door-to-Door Model to Improve Health in Africa

A child in the developing world dies every three seconds because of a lack of basic access to health care and medicines. Public health systems in many developing countries are critically underfunded, understocked, and understaffed. However, one organization is taking an idea from the Avon Lady to help solve this problem.

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How to Keep Rural Pharmacies Stocked

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.

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Growing Rhino Horns to Stop Poaching

  Wildlife  poaching is the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, firearms and human trafficking. Rhinos are one of the most frequently poached animals on the African continent, and they are killed for a single part of their body: their horns. In some Asian cultures, it is believed that the components of rhino horns can help cure different types of …

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Portable, Affordable, and Fast Disease Diagnoses

  Treating malaria, HIV, and other diseases in remote and economically depressed areas is a monumental challenge, but accessible testing methods must be in place before treatment can even begin. With half a million deaths per year from malaria alone, there is a desperate need to find an affordable, intuitive, and portable diagnosis solution. To address this, QuantuMDx is developing …

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Drones Delivering Supplies to Remote Communities

While completing summer courses at Singularity University, social entrepreneur Andreas Raptopoulos conceived a plan to deliver life-saving materials to remote and isolated communities throughout the Global South. That idea has now turned into a company that utilizes unmanned aerial vehicles (UVAs), called Matternet.

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New Drug Could Combat Postpartum Maternal Deaths

Childbirth complications are a leading cause of death for women in the Global South. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 130,000 women are killed annually as a result of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). An upcoming clinical trial seeks to curb maternal deaths with the introduction of a new drug that prevents excessive post-childbirth bleeding. The trial, set to launch in …

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Beer Yeast Used to Create Cheap Malaria Drug

Malaria kills over 255,000 people every year, but supplies of a central ingredient for effective drugs come from the sweet wormwood tree, the output of which fluctuates from year to year. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation have funded a project that uses readily available baker’s yeast, often used for bread and beer making, to substitute for the artemisinin supplied by …

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Private Sector Partnership Aids in the delivery of Supplies

At times NGOs suffer from an odd curse, having enough supplies on hand but no manner in which to deliver them. High fuel costs have led to organizations such as the World Food Program requiring that physical donations be accompanied with financial contributions to offset transportation costs. The Clinton Foundation, Mozambique Government, and Coca Cola corporation are piloting a partnership …

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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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