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.
This weeks review looks at the work of Joel Selanikio. In 2002 Selanikio partnered with his friend and colleague Rose Donna and began to develop a new program called EpiSurveyor — now called Magpi — with a goal of becoming the “first do-it-yourself system for mobile electronic data collection that didn’t require any technical expertise at all.”
Biomedical engineers at Columbia University, led by Dr. Samuel K. Sia, have developed an innovative accessory that can be attached to smartphones for rapid HIV and syphilis testing. This device, called a dongle, can detect and diagnose these two sexually-transmitted diseases in only 15 minutes.
Mobile Vaani, launched in 2011, has brought social networking to rural India and resulted in an innovation in communication across the country. Created by Gram Vaani, which means “voice of the village”, it builds technology to induce marginalized communities to voice their news, concerns and demands. Circumventing problems of interpret access and literacy, the vocally-based program works through rudimentary cell phones.
REFUNITE is a technology-based non-profit working internationally to reconnect refugees and forcibly displaced people with their missing loved ones. Developed by David and Christopher Mikkelsen in partnership with Ericsson, a provider of telecommunications equipment and services, the platform is accessible through the web, a toll-free number, or through texting or USSD on even the most basic cell phones.
Yesterday, we published the first part in our series on technology and humanitarianism, outlining the use of mobile technology in the organization Text to Change. This article is part two of the series on cellphones being used in development work.
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.
Mental health continues to be an overlooked and underfunded issue, despite suicide being the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year-olds globally. Over the last three years the team at Innovation Labs in the UK has worked to develop digital tools to improve young people’s mental health and well-being. The result? Seven well researched, expertly tailored apps and websites that offer a broad range of information and support for youth and those who care about them.
When families find out that they are pregnant, they usually do whatever they can to understand how to provide the ensure the best antenatal development. Some resort to books offering a multitude of advice and regulations, others seek the advice of medical practitioners. Where neither of these resources are readily available people sometimes resort to advice from people in …