South Africa has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world. Although breastfeeding is the single best way to nourish a child and provide immunity, many South African children continue to die of malnutrition. Now, several initiatives are using new techniques to promote and encourage breastfeeding in the country.
South Africa has 1.9 million people living in informal settlements, a direct result of apartheid. In these high population density communities, it is not uncommon for massive shack fires to erupt. Lumkani’s solution is a device that both detects fires and alerts nearby residents.
World Press Freedom Day is a celebration and evaluation of international press freedom, a defense of media from attacks on their independence and a tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the profession.
Dogs have been used as trackers for hundreds of years: to hunt, to find missing persons, and to detect illegal contraband and bombs. Now, they are being used to help track down the illegal poachers that threaten African wildlife. The Big Life Foundation has recently launched the Big Life Tracker Dog Unit to fight poaching in East Africa, where elephants are regularly targeted for their tusks.
Approximately 40 million tonnes of electronic waste is generated globally each year, and due to the high cost of proper disposal, much of it ends up in landfills. Printer cartridges, like other electronic waste, do not break down easily and the leftover ink contains dangerous substances that can pollute the environment and cause health problems.
A collaboration between PATH and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has established an innovative health centre to fast-track the development of a number of sustainable health technologies that are aimed specifically at reducing maternal and child deaths in the country and in low-income communities in particular.
Finding safe, strong, and sustainable construction materials can often be a challenge in many countries across the Global South. But a new, innovative building material, the EcoBrick, is becoming popular and allows for large, safe, and sustainable schools to be built.
Shipping containers are becoming important tools for development across the Global South. In some areas they have been converted into emergency shelters, and they are now being used to help combat low levels of fishing off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa. The Fish Farm, created by Alan Fleming, is the first fish farm in the world to …