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Advanced Decision Support for Infectious Disease Management in IndiaTorontoBioDiaspora
BioDiaspora's vision is to create a healthier, safer, more prosperous world by using Big Data and predictive analytics to solve complex problems. In this project, we are working with our partner Public Health Foundation of India to implement these tools in India to improve public health capacity.
Micro-franchised Community Health Workers Extending Maternal and Child Health Care in South SudanSydneyCape Breton UniversityCanadaSouth
War-torn South Sudan, with severely limited health infrastructure and personnel, demands innovative solutions. Working with South Sudanese-Canadian doctors and BRAC, we are establishing novel social enterprise approaches to allow networks of mobile community health workers to outreach to underserved communities and IDP camps with health messages and basic medicines.
Le pessaire dans la prévention de la prématurité spontanée en pays en voie de développement (Haiti)SherbrookeCentre Hospitalier Universitaire de
The Incinerator Initiative: Managing medical waste in low resource settingsKamloopsDesignAid
The majority of hospitals in limited resource settings lack adequate infrastructure to safely dispose of harmful medical waste, placing communities and ecosystems at risk. Biohazardous waste can be safely managed in these facilities by developing modular, low-cost, locally built incineration systems, specifically designed to minimize environmental impact.
Synergy for Water NowOakvilleH2O4ALLCanadaDominican
H2O4ALL, in partnership with FilterPure - Dominican Republic, will create a new ceramic filtration membrane to provide safe water at the household level in low-to- middle income countries. This will provide a highly efficient filter with reduced costs over current technology, enabling larger scale access to safe water.
Diagnosing fevers better: Improving diagnosis of febrile illnesses by uniting disease ecology and satellite imagery.OttawaHealthBridge Foundation of CanadaCanadaTanzania, United Republic
Because they cause fevers, arbovirus infections - like Dengue Fever - are often mistakenly treated as malaria. Knowing these diseases are transmitted by different types of mosquitoes, we are developing an app that will improve diagnosis by estimating the probability of malaria versus arbovirus infection, based on local habitat.
Turning hope into action: Youth peer health education in rural Tanzania - Kugeuka matumaini katika hatua: Vijana wa rika ya elimu ya afya katika maeneo ya vijijini Tanzania.MontrealThe Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning/McGill UniversityCanadaTanzania, United Republic
Turning hope into action: Youth peer health education in rural Tanzania will bring a pilot-tested, site-crafted, formally evaluated HIV/AIDS youth peer health educator program into 50 primary schools in HIV ravaged rural Tanzania with the aim of empowering youth in making healthy decisions - kuwawezesha vijana juu ya HIV.
Developing Novel Edible-Insect Farming Technologies to Address Food Insecurity in SlumsVerdunAspire Food Group Ltd.CanadaGhana, Kenya, MexicoMohammedAshour;
Insects are a traditional source of food for over 2 billion people worldwide. Our goal is to empower communities to farm edible insects year-round in order to stabilize access to this nutritious food source.
Sterile Processing Education in Developing Countries - Phase 1VictoriaMercy Ships Canada SocietyCanadaCongo, Republic of,
Postoperative infection represents a major burden in loss of income and lives in LMIC. We will supply low cost sterilizers in conjunction with customized education and training for health care workers in Guinea and the Congo to improve infection control practices and decrease post-operative infections.
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Tapp - A water filtration device for developing countriesVancouverTwothirds Water
Tapp is a simple, user-friendly household water filter. Through our partnership with ASKI Philippines, a Micro-Finance Institution, we will be bundling Tapp with various micro-loans to families in the Philippines. This innovative business model will provide families an increased ability to purchase a product which will improve their health and positively impact many other aspects of their lives.
Safe excreta disposal in humanitarian emergenciesLavalUniversité
Disposal of human waste is complicated under the best of circumstances, being further complicated during humanitarian emergencies. This project will develop a fit-for-purpose sanitation sludge treatment system for the safe disposal of excreta in emergencies; safeguarding public health and the environment.
Detection of bacteria in food and water in low-resource settings with low-cost portable electrochemical paper-based devicesEdmontonThe Governors of the University of AlbertaCanadaCanada,
A fingerprick blood biomarker to replace chest x-ray for pneumonia diagnosisEdmontonThe Governors of the University of'
Our bold idea: replace chest x-ray with bedside fingerprick blood test (based on a clinically informative circulating protein biomarker of pneumonia). Improved diagnosis of pneumonia where there is no CXR will save lives and unnecessary antibiotics.
Discovery of new HIV1 viroporin inhibitors from local natural productsVancouverThe University of British ColumbiaCanadaCanada,
While antiretroviral therapies have significantly reduced HIV mortality, they remain inaccessible to many in low and middle income countries. Viroporins, or viral ion channels, are essential for viral propagation. We will discover locally-sourced natural products that block HIV-1 viroporins, which in turn may lead to affordable and locally-sourced HIV therapies.
Cheap drugs for bad bugs: engineering natural product synthesisVancouverThe University of British
Our project aims to develop engineered bacteria for the production of complex drug molecules. We will accomplish our goal by importing biosynthetic genes into easy-to-grow bacteria. Our approach will allow us to access complex molecules at high levels, with the potential to dramatically lower the cost of production.
The Post Discharge Survival ProjectVancouverThe University of British
In many countries more children die following discharge than during hospitalization. We aim to reduce this burden by (1) developing a mobile phone prediction tool to risk-stratify children at discharge (2) provision of a “discharge-kit” to caregivers and (3) evaluation of a “back-referral” strategy to community health workers for post-discharge follow-up.
Thiamin-fortified fish sauce as a means of combating infantile beriberi in rural CambodiaVancouverThe University of British
Engaging Unlicensed Drug Shops in UgandaCalgaryThe Board of Governors of the University of
Our project will identify 50 unlicensed drug shops in rural Uganda and train providers to accurately recognize and treat pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea in young children (>5years). The project will work on a business model in order to develop a sustainable community-based approach to improved health outcomes in rural Uganda.
Affordable and simple paper-based arsenic detection tests.OshawaUniversity of Ontario Institute of
Arsenic contaminated drinking water in Bangladesh has been called the “largest mass poisoning in human history” by the World Health Organization. We are developing paper test strips to provide an affordable and simple method for detecting arsenic levels. Regular testing by the users can prevent arsenic poisoning from contaminated water.
Fortifying Dal to Alleviate Fe Deficiency in South AsiaSaskatoonUniversity of
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world, affecting approximately two billion people. Improving iron status can restore personal health and national productivity. In Bangladesh, lentil is consumed with rice on a daily basis. Iron-fortified lentil could be a low cost, achievable solution to iron deficiency.
Developing a low cost device for breast cancer detection in Vietnam using ultrawideband technologySaskatoonUniversity of
Pathways to Rural/Remote Health Capacity: Moving Technology from Education to PracticeSaskatoonUniversity of SaskatchewanCanadaPhilippines, Russian
Health human resource planning in rural and remote communities is limited by the availability of a locally educated workforce Students living in these communities will have the opportunity to learn where they live using remote presence technology (robots) that link education with clinical practice in Saskatchewan , Manila and Yakutsk.
VisuFLUID - Computer Software for Sanitation and Wastewater Treatment Facility DesignTorontoNuPhysics Consulting
Affordable, long term detection of water quality using a modular microsphere based systemVictoriaUniversity of VictoriaCanadaEl
A modular microsphere based assay will be used to detect different bacterial pathogens present in water samples over extended time periods of up to 3 months. Upon pathogen detection, the colorimetric readout changes from red to purple.
Year-round Provision of Access to Safe Water in Northern Samar, PhilippinesWaterlooUniversity of
We aim to build a low-cost biofiltration system for drinking water treatment in rural areas of the Philippines. The modular design will utilize indigenous materials and can be adapted for household or communal use. We will also develop a business model for commercializing this technology.
Green canahua plants to fight malnutritionCochabambaFundación para la Promoción y la Investigación de Productos Andinos (PROINPA)BoliviaBolivia, Plurinational State
Women and children in arid highland regions of Bolivia experience chronic malnutrition persistently. This approach seeks to increase the availability of critical nutrients in their diet by designing a of a production and consumption plan of an Andean native plant called canahua in its green state.
Clean water for all: A sustainable distribution strategy for maintenance-free water filters for indigenous population of TIPNIS via a corporate social responsibility modelCochabambaFundación SodisBoliviaBolivia, Plurinational State ofDanielaSilva Soto;
The project consist of a baseline study, an information and promotion phase, and an evaluation phase. The main goal of the field trial is to observe and measure acceptance and long-term use of the water filter. We will leverage a corporate social responsibility business-model to finance the project and develop a functioning distribution network, which will lay the foundation for years of ongoing corporate partnerships.
Completing the Integrated Innovation of the Lehmann Trap to Reduce MalariaBobo-DioulassoInstitut de Recherches en Sciences de la SantéBurkina FasoBurkina
The Lehmann’s trap is an environmentally-friendly tool that controls malaria vectors without risk of insecticide resistance. The originality of this window-trap stands from its simplicity. It does not require an insecticide or even an attractant, yet it effectively collects incoming susceptible and resistant mosquitoes to insecticides and kills them.
Promoting nutritious egg consumption in rural Ghana: A new paradigm in healthy childhoodKumasiKwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,
We proposed the assembly on a least-cost basis a poultry layer diet with the inclusion of omega-3-fatty acid source and onward incorporation in eggs. The eggs produced will not only be cheap but will contain the desired fatty acid for children’s brain development and general health especially in Sub-Saharan African Countries.
!nspiraFarms - Integrated innovation to tackle food safetyQuetzaltenangoAsociación de Desarrollo Agrícola y MicroempresarialGuatemalaGuatemala,
!nspiraFarms™ is the sustainable solution to the challenge of small scale food processing. Prefabricated food-safety certified processing facilities use renewable energy to allow food to be processed on-farm, so five million farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America earn more for their produce and bring safer food to consumers.
GenteGas: Delivering affordable gas stoves and household health education to low-income families exposed to toxic levels of woodsmoke.Guatamala CityUniversidad del Valle de GuatemalaGuatemalaGuatemalaLisaThompson;
AnaiteArtiga Diaz
Household air pollution (HAP) from solid cooking fuels like wood affects 2.7 billion worldwide and is responsible for 4 million premature deaths a year. GenteGas will launch a market-based pilot to deliver LPG gas stoves to reduce HAP, monitor stove uptake and adoption and promote HAP awareness and behavior change.
An app-based platform to support early identification and management of children at risk of developing neurodevelopmental impairments in community settingsLucknowCEL Ventures Private
Giving every baby an equal chance of a healthy life: High-quality neonatal care in rural areas using a community-based approachBangaloreEmbrace Innovations Private LimitedIndiaIndiaRahulPanicker;
Embrace’s award-winning infant warmers have helped 50,000+ babies. The organisation is further developing its infant warmer for use in rural homes with limited access to electricity, and pilot a delivery mechanism via health-care workers. With this, it hopes to bring quality care to the doorstep of babies in need.
Cookstoves for Carbon CreditsNew DelhiInternational Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung
ArogyaCare: An efficient, responsive, integrated and sustainable model of Medical Emergency Care in low & middle income countries (LMICs) - First implementation is in Kolkata, the most densely populated city in IndiaMumbaiDoctors For
In developing countries, in absence of 911 emergency systems, medical emergency is provided by isolated providers with varying capability, resulting in inefficient and fragmented emergency care. Often patient needs to wait for ambulances and/or is taken by public transport without receiving any paramedic care to a hospital, where proper emergency facilities and products like blood may not be available, causing serious delays in treatment and loss of life. This project aims to strengthen, standardize and integrate these emergency services under a centralized medical emergency system to help coordinate the emergency retrieval as well as empower citizens for crowd-sourced quick response to cater to critical patients within golden hour of emergency. Initially, the two primary arm of emergency will be integrated 1. Hospital Emergency & ICU and 2. Ambulances & Paramedics, followed by the Blood Banks. Due to the recent emphasis in Maternal & Child Healthcare in India, proper infrastructure for institutional delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU or Special Newborn Child Unit (SNCU)) have been developed in Hospitals, both public and private. As such, while this integrated, responsive emergency system will benefit all, it will be specifically beneficial to mothers and infants from all strata of society during Acute Labor and Neonatal Emergencies.
OneBreath: Cost effective mechanical ventilation for emerging markets
OneBreath India Private Limited
Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam
OneBreath is a new business addressing one of the most difficult problems in critical care medicine: Delivering high precision, high reliability mechanical ventilation at an affordable cost.
Development of Multi-Fuel Stove Capable of Using Dung, Wood, and Agricultural Waste Fuel Cleanly and EfficientlyBommayapalayamPrakti Design Private LimitedIndiaIndia, NepalSarbagyaTuladhar;
Clean CookstovesNairobiZoe Alexander LimitedKenyaKenya,
BURN is developing a new “value” stove following the success of the jikokoa, revolutionary clean-burning charcoal cookstove locally manufactured in Kenya (one sold every 3 minutes in Kenya). This more affordable product will be 40% less expensive while maintaining performance, reducing fuel consumption and emissions by 45% and 61% respectively.
Fresh Life Initiative: Sustainable Sanitation in Urban SlumsNairobiFresh Life Initiative
At Fresh Life, we franchise a dense network of accessible, affordable and hygienic toilets to slum residents to run as profitable businesses. We provide franchisees with business and marketing support and connect them to a daily professional waste collection service that removes and treats the waste for safe re-use.
Cowpea Promotion and Post-Harvest Project for East Africa (COPPEA)NairobiSummit Pharmaceauticals
The COPPEA project aims to enhance digestibility of cowpea by reducing flatulence. We will develop an enhanced humus product to promote local consumption of cowpea. Cowpea is considered the poor man’s meat due to its richness in proteins. Consumption of cowpea will reduce protein energy malnutrition, especially in children.
The Linda Kizazi Project: A multi-faceted community-based approach to promote and support exclusive breastfeeding in Kibera slum, Nairobi, KenyaNairobiKenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)KenyaKenyaSerahGitome;
Linda Kizazi project is a Baby Friendly Community Initiative comprising a personal saving plan during pregnancy and linkage to breastfeeding-friendly income generating activities to ensure mothers sustain exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, thus improving infant health outcomes
Reduce incidences of child mortality due to water borne illnesses , and increase access to clean water.NairobiSummit Pharmaceauticals LimitedKenyaKenyaKenethMitambo;;
The project aims at testing how sanitisation of water using the ECOS stove can reduce water borne diseases amongst poor communities in Kilifi , Kiambu and Siaya areas thus contributing to low mortality rates amongst children aged below 5 years.
Addressing Malnutrition through Integrated Rice-Duck Farming in NepalKathmanduPractical Action Consulting Private LimitedNepalNepalMenilaKharel;
Practical Action will promote an" Integrated Duck-Rice Farming" technology among 1,000 small holder rice farmers in two nutrition deficit districts of Nepal. This technology is expected to increase rice productivity at lower input cost and provide continuous supply of protein and vitamin enriched diet to farm family that reduces the level of prevalent malnutrition.
Mobile Application for Improved Nutrition, Community Engagement and Trust with FarmersAbujaAfrican Center for Innovation and Leadership
NigeriaKenya, NigeriaObidimmaEzezika;
A mobile application to address the problem of malnutrition by linking farmers with key players in the agricultural sector in order to facilitate access to relevant information that will improve crop yields, intake of nutritious crops, and, ultimately, enhance rural livelihoods.
Brokering for the Poor: Business Solution for Safe MotherhoodManilaPhilippine Business for Social Progress, Inc.PhilippinesPhilippinesMary
The project aims to address the problem of maternal mortality in resource poor areas due to delay in getting appropriate care because of financial barriers. Our bold idea is “insurance brokering for the poor” where we will develop low cost insurance for poor women in collaboration with an insurance/brokering firm.
Palm Ultrasound integrated with smart phone to decrease maternal mortality in three rural regions in the PhilippinesManilaFoundation for the Advancement of Clinical Epidemiology,
Nothing can be dreadful than a mother dying during childbirth. Because labor and childbirth can turn from bad to worse , a proactive management is a necessity . For my country where many women live in inaccessible places and barely able to spend for health care, reaching them through handheld ultrasound and tagging them for the appropriate birthing facilities has become an urgent need.
Mobile doctor educator: Enabling access to medical and health education in Rwanda.KigaliUniversity of Rwanda - College of Medicine and Health SciencesRwandaRwandaJean
Lack of access to health and medical education for doctors in the developing world is a serious global health problem. Our idea will bring continuous medical education to doctors in Rwanda by developing mobile computing technologies. Mobile medical education is relatively new and only used in the developed world.
Developing a home-based geo-information system to optimize local level interventions against malaria mosquitoesDar es SalaamThe Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health InstituteTanzaniaTanzania, United Republic
As malaria reduces in Africa, remaining transmission occurs in spatially distinct risk areas, which must be targeted to ensure elimination. We propose a system which will rely on community knowledge to identify the risk areas and target elimination efforts through accurate mapping of malaria risk areas in their villages.
A novel rice husk fired furnace to sterilize human excreta and create a safe faecal fertilizer business which will motivate up-take of improved ecological sanitation.Dar es SalaamThe Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health InstituteTanzaniaTanzania, United Republic ofJacquelineThomas;
In Tanzania only 24 % of people have improved sanitation. Also agricultural productivity is restricted by the high price of commercial fertilizers. To improve sanitation and agricultural productivity we will design a novel rice husk fired furnace to sterilize human excreta to produce a safe faecal fertilizer business.
An innovative chlorine dosing mechanism for ceramic filter pots to achieve complete household level drinking water treatment for low-income communities.Dar es SalaamThe Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health InstituteTanzaniaTanzania, United Republic ofJacquelineThomas;;
In Tanzania people commonly use contaminated open wells for drinking water. To create household level drinking water treatment we will design an innovative mechanism of chlorine dosing ceramic filter pots. With effective and consistent chlorine dosing all microbial pathogens, including viruses, can be removed and therefore further reduce diarrhoeal disease.
Homemade fruit-based toxic sugar lures against malaria mosquitoes in TanzaniaDar es SalaamThe Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health InstituteTanzaniaTanzania, United Republic
This project aims at developing homemade mosquito baits to control malaria mosquitoes in rural Africa by using mainly recycled materials or waste such as plastic bottles, cloth, string, over-ripe fruits and an insecticide. The fruit odours will attract mosquitoes to feed on the bait, become intoxicated with the insecticide and die.
0556-01-10 a combined Rapid Diagnostic Test (cRDT) for blood-stream bacterial infections and malaria in children: A tool for improving diagnosis of non-malarial fevers and rational use of antibiotics in rural settingsDar es SalaamThe Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health InstituteTanzaniaTanzania, United Republic
Bacterial sepsis is a major cause of death in children in low income countries due to poorly-equipped laboratories and absence of a rapid test. We seek to develop a rapid test and combine it malarial test into a single test strip. This test will guide rational use of antibiotics.
Reducing micronutrient deficiency in children below two years by supplementing complimentary food with Moringa oleifera leaf powder in TanzaniaDar es SalaamNational Institute for Medical ResearchTanzaniaTanzania, United Republic ofAngelaShija;
Our innovation intends to reduce micronutrient deficiency especially Vitamin A and Iron to children below two years by supplementing complementary food with Moringa Oleifera leaf powered as a reliable and long-term solution. Moringa has essential nutrients required for health body but its nutritional potential has not been fully utilized.
Use of live potted lemon grass for outdoor mosquito control in TanzaniaDar es SalaamNational Institute for Medical ResearchTanzaniaTanzania, United Republic ofCalisterImeda;
Low Cost Point of Care Medical Diagnostics for the 3rd World MarketKlong LuangNational Institute of Metrology (Thailand)
The ultimate goal of this research project is the development and distribution of a Point-of-Care diagnostic product for application in remote, underserved populations with little or no healthcare infrastructure. The portable device will enable “near-patients” use, providing quick diagnostic results at the time of examination.
Breakthrough Point-of-use Water Treatment and Sustainable Health Betterment for Under-resourced CommunitiesKlong LuangNational Science and Technology Development
We are tackling the global problem of unsafe drinking water, which kills millions of people per year, especially young children. Our proposed solution has three components: a breakthrough innovation for point-of-use water treatment, community-oriented social transformation, and a sustainable business model to introduce the innovative device as a steppingstone toward long-term health betterment.
Using routine immunization to increase access to cervical cancer screening in rural Uganda, implemented by Global Health Economics Ltd.The Infectious Diseases Institute LimitedUgandaUgandaAgnesNyabigambo;
Cervical cancer causes 40% of female cancers and is a leading cause death among women in Uganda. Cervical cancer screening is non-existent in rural settings of Uganda. This project will leverage an existing routine immunization service to provide a non-existent but critical one (cervical cancer screening) thereby minimizing the health seeking burden to women.
Development of a mobile phone gaming application to increase knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention, implemented by Global Health Economics Ltd.The Infectious Diseases Institute LimitedUgandaUgandaAgnesNyabigambo;;
In Uganda only 43% of men and 38% of women have comprehensive HIV prevention information. We shall develop a cell phone gaming application for HIV prevention that animates behavioural situations based on local popular culture. This will improve on current HIV/AIDS messaging because it will expose gamers to HIV prevention information.
Improving child nutrition in urban slums of Uganda, implemented by Global Health Economics Ltd.The Infectious Diseases Institute LimitedUgandaUgandaDorisKwesiga;
In Uganda, 33% of children below 5 years are stunted and 14% are underweight due to poor feeding practices and the high disease burden. This project intends to improve nutritional status among children 6-59 months living in slums by developing a local nutritional supplement. Production will be sustained by corporate companies’ contributions
Testing the feasibility of using third trimester ultra sound scans to identify high risk pregnancies as a focus for maternal and neonatal reductionIgangaUganda Development and Health
Currently there is no access to obstetric ultra sound and referral emergency system. Using ultra sound scan during the third trimester, we shall identify among the rural pregnant women with known risks of labour, manage them at an obstetric health facility with a focus of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality
Neglected voices, neglected diseases: igniting youth driven innovation in sanitation solutions for Maasai pastoralists.CalgaryThe Board of Governors of the University of CalgaryCanadaTanzania, United Republic
Open defecation, poor sanitation and hygiene are associated with transmission of diarrheal diseases, one of the leading causes of mortality in children under five in developing countries. In this project, we use innovative science-based approaches including a sanitation science fair to engage pastoralist youth in Tanzania in the development and uptake of culturally appropriate and evidence-based sanitation and hygiene strategies which also hold potential for social entrepreneurship.
0321-05-43 mobile phones to fight malaria in TanzaniaWaterlooMEDA (Mennonite Economic Development AssociatesCanadaTanzaniaThomDixontdixon@meda.orgKarenYeates
0355-05-30 lucky little fish to fight iron deficiency among women in CambodiaGuelphLucky Iron FishCanadaCambodiaGavinArmstrongg.armstrong@luckyironfish.comAlastairSummerlee
0354-05-40 the loo: New marketing strategy targets sanitation in rural NepalWinnipegiDECanadaNepalStuTaylorstaylor@ideorg.orgCordellJacks
Implementing neonatal intensive care methods in Guyana to save lives of neonates with respiratory distressTorontoGuyane Help The Kids Organization
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