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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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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CARE’s Rwandan Childhood Project, a Best-Practice In Program Integration

CARE International has been implementing an innovative early childhood development project in parts of Rwanda that is changing lives in a number of sectors. This project deserves to be highlighted because of the phenomenal manner in which it integrates distinct developmental practices into one comprehensive program. Beneficiaries of all ages are engaged at various levels throughout their lives, with the …

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Connecting Small Farmers to Big Markets in Mali

In 2005, Tree Aid and Sahel Eco collaborated to address market-access issues confronting Malian farmers through the Mali Shea Tulu project. As Mali is one of the largest countries in Africa, farmers and producers are often located far from commercial centers. This logistical challenge limits producers’ ability to identify buyers for their products and often makes them reliant upon local …

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Improving Farming through Radio Waves

Farm Radio International has been using radio signals to communicate information on lifesaving practices and programs for communities across Africa. Their programs discuss matters such as maternal health, nutrition, and agriculture. They have recently partnered with the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) and World University Service Canada to evaluate the results of one of their unique programs. The radio …

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A Clean Water Enterprise in Rural India

A lack of infrastructure in rural communities means that villages and towns are often left without clean drinking water. For low-income households this means drinking water that will potentially make them ill, leading to medical bills or a loss of income. Sarvajal is tackling this issue head-on in rural communities in India. They began by offering clean water through locally-owned …

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Remote Monitoring of Rural Hand Pumps

This project aims to develop a monitoring tool that reports on the health of a standard hand pump in a rural community. Using specific Global System Mobile tools, a group of students from Oxford University are developing a way to remotely track the health of a hand pump in rural communities. As their report highlights, one out of three installed …

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