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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Solar Panels That Can Self-Clean

  For a region with abundant sunlight – an average of over 320 days per year – the solar resource potential across sub-Saharan Africa remains largely untapped. This potential is paired with enormous energy needs that leave over 600 million without electricity. In response, emerging technologies aim to make solar power development infinitely more feasible. While solar installations are mostly located in arid regions, …

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A Portable, Solar-Powered, 15-Minute Ebola Test

  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 …

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Bringing messages of hope, help and change over mobile devices – Part 1

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.

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Portable, Inflatable Incubator for Premature Newborns

This year’s James Dyson Award was awarded for a device dubbed MOM — a portable, inflatable incubator for newborns. Created by James Roberts, a recent graduate from Loughborough University, it was built for use in medical centers across the Global South, specifically in refugee camps.

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Lessons via Satellite Bring New Meaning to Distance Education

A UK initiative is seeking to change teaching methodologies and streamline curriculum across the Greater Accra region in an attempt to empower girls to own their education. UK’s DFID has teamed up with the UK private sector bring solar-powered computers to classrooms, which will deliver math and English lessons via satellite that are taught remotely by teachers in the capital.

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Fresh Thinking Brings Solar-Powered Lighting to Indian Villages

TERI, India’s leading energy research institute, started the Lighting One Billion Lives initiative in 2007 to provide solar lanterns and charging stations (which also charge mobile phones) to villages in India that have no or little access to reliable electricity. The centralized stations power the lanterns during the day to make them ready for pickup by villages in the evening.

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Electricity from SPARKs creates light

Sudha Kheterpal, a percussionist from the United Kingdom-based band Faithless, has designed a device that she has dubbed the SPARK. This device, which doubles as a musical instrument, uses energy to power a rechargeable battery that can then be used to power electronics like lights and cellphones through a built-in USB port. After being played for only 12 minutes, it can power an electronic device for up to an hour.

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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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