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Innovation in the air for one of the oldest public health interventions

When you walk up to a sink in a public restroom, there’s a good chance that you’ll be greeted by a poster reminding you to wash your hands. In this installment of Digital Diversity, Layla McCay – a member of our Media and Research Team – talks more about one of the oldest public health…

Project Daniel: 3D Printing Prosthetic Arms for Children in Sudan

At age 14, Daniel Omar had both his arms blown off by a bomb dropped on his village, and considered his life not worth living. His story is not untypical. In this installment of Digital Diversity, we look at how the Not Impossible Team – after a trip to Sudan Nuba’s Mountains – set up…

TEDMED: 50 ideas that might just change the face of health around the world

Hundreds of people surged up the steps of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC this month sporting the iconic oversized badges that only meant one thing – time for TEDMED. This famous – and exclusive – conference from the people behind TED Talks is attended by health innovators from all over the world. The aim…

Saving Lives at Birth

Every two minutes a woman dies in childbirth. In sub-Saharan Africa, women are 136 times more likely to die than in developed countries. In this latest issue of Digital Diversity, we look at how an annual challenge is helping turn the attention of the world’s smartest innovators to solving one of the world’s greatest problems…

The ‘Eye-Phone’ That Helps Prevent Blindness

In most developing countries the provision of basic healthcare, especially for those living in remote areas, is still a huge challenge for healthcare professionals. In this installment of Digital Diversity, we look at how mobile technology, and one mobile app in particular, is giving those in remote regions of the world access to essential eye care…

Mentoring Refugee Students from Across the World… via Facebook

Today, Facebook is more than just a platform to keep up with family and friends. It is also connecting people with valuable resources, including those willing to help others learn in places where schools don’t exist. In this installment of Digital Diversity, we see how humanitarian organisations are using the power of social media to…

The Secret to Surviving Surgery in a Little Yellow Box

When philosophers muse upon the secret to life, they probably aren’t imagining a little yellow box. And yet, when it comes to surgery, that box can hold the secret to life, and it turns out that the answer is simple: oxygen. Digital Diversity is a series of blog posts from kiwanja.net featuring the many ways…

Introducing iCow: The Virtual Mobile Midwife for Cows

Smallholder farmers in Kenya are traditionally conservative, and getting them to adopt new methods and technologies can often take time and effort. In this installment of Digital Diversity, we look at how mobile technology, and one application in particular, is successfully bucking the trend. Digital Diversity is a series of blog posts from kiwanja.net featuring…

Thinking Outside the Box Brings Cinema and Community Libraries to Refugees

People typically arrive in refugee camps fleeing from conflict with few or no possessions. Life can seem bleak with little hope and opportunity. In this installment of Digital Diversity, we look at how the Ideas Box project is starting to remedy this with some inspiring results, one box at a time. Digital Diversity is a…

The Invisible Borrowers: Opening the Door to Credit with the Mobile Phone

Individuals living in less developed parts of the world often engage in an informal economy where financial identities and credit scores are not commonly used. Little is done to keep records of financial histories, unlike the measures taken in the formal economy. In this installment of Digital Diversity, Rachel Itwaru, an intern for InVenture, explains…

Shedding Light in the Night: How Solar Energy and Mobile Charging Improves Quality of Life in India

In this installment of Digital Diversity, Gwen Kidera – Project Associate at S3IDF (Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund) – explains how their non-profit organisation provides underserved communities with Integrated Energy Centre carts (IECs) equipped with reliable solar powered lamps and mobile charging stations. Access to light and mobile technology improves the quality of life…

Kicking Conflict into Touch: How Sport and Technology Unite Community and Conservation in Kenya

Football has long been recognised as a unifying sport, with the ability to bring sides together in some of the most trying of circumstances. In this installment of Digital Diversity, Njenga Kahiro shares his very personal experience of how a combination of football and text messaging have successfully brought together warring communities to promote conservation…

Reconnecting the Disconnected: A Story of Technology, Refugees and Finding Lost Family

In this installment of Digital Diversity, brothers David and Christopher Mikkelsen tell the story of how their organisation, Refugees United, was born. It all began with one man’s search for his family after they were separated for five years because of the war in Afghanistan. The Mikkelsen’s were struck by the frequency of families separating…

SMS and Facebook Help Farmers Reduce Pollution in Resen

Pollution from the overuse of pesticides threatens humans and animal species in the region of the Prespa Lake Basin in Resen, Macedonia. In response, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) worked with farmers in the area to adopt environmentally-friendly practices by setting up a system to monitor pests and diseases, but a lack of local media…

Aid Workers Turn to Text Messaging to Improve Food Aid Delivery to Refugees in the Western Sahara

Communication between beneficiaries and food aid providers in the Western Sahara refugee camps in Algeria suffers as the number of food distribution points increases. Rosa Akbari worked as an independent researcher funded by a grant from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to explore better communication tools to be used within…