South African Breastmilk Banks Save Lives

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.

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This networked heat-detector is the future of fire prevention

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.

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Canine units help fight against poachers

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.

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greenABLE: Employment and Environment in South Africa

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.

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Innovative Partnership Strengthens Home-Grown Health Care

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.

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Fishing for Change

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 …

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