Engineering for Change

Interest: Health

Technology is essential to good health worldwide. Product designers are revealing its potential with devices such as paper-based rapid disease diagnostics, accurate male circumcision tools that can reduce the rate of HIV infection, and suites of telemedicine tools that put doctors on screens right in a patient’s home. Medical devices are the link between good design and good health.

Interest: Health

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Caroline Wolfe

Manual wheelchair design and production in low-resource settings

August 28, 2017

Complex challenges await designers developing wheelchairs for low-resource settings, but the result could be life-changing for the people who...

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Michael Moscherosch

Sanitary pads for underserved populations – two common approaches

August 21, 2017

Without access to affordable napkins, girls and women in developing countries might miss up to 50 days of school...

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Susan Davis

Why companies should not sell or give technology intended for individual and household use to NGOs

August 14, 2017

When I worked at CARE, I used to get these calls about once a month. “Hi, I’m Bob! I...

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Rob Goodier

Volunteer cartographers create open source maps to guide malarial mosquito eradication

June 28, 2017

Spraying insecticide indoors remains one of the most effective weapons against malarial mosquitoes, the World Health Organization says, but...

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Rob Goodier

From Baby Monitors to Fishing Fleets: Ten Upgrades with Remote Sensors

The cost of electronic sensors and mobile technology has dropped low enough to network hardware and infrastructure even in...

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Khanjan Mehta

How to Make Hard Decisions in Sustainable Development

January 29, 2017

This methodology can guide ethical decision-making in the practice of sustainable global development. Syringe design presents a surprisingly complicated...

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Rob Goodier

Promising Prototypes to Watch in 2017

January 19, 2017

Prototypes are pushing the field of global development technology forward as they evolve in workshops, universities, laboratories and even...

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Rob Goodier

The case for open-source design in low-cost medical patient transport

December 21, 2016

People who need medical care in rural developing countries can be stranded by long distances to clinics, a lack...

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Rob Goodier

Our Most Popular Webinars of the Year, from Behavior Change to 3D Printing in Disasters

December 19, 2016

In a year that started with a webinar on Food Security and ended with Electronic Medical Records in Low-Resource Settings, we have seen...

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Rob Goodier

10 mThings Changing Lives in Developing Countries

November 28, 2016

Mobile applications are transforming the livelihoods of millions of people around the world, including in low-income settings and rural...

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Latest Comments

  • Depending of the desired temperature and the way you want to heat the mealworm. For low temperature, a solar heater (like the ones for water heaters for homes) could be enough; but if you want a higher temperature, a solar concentrator must be used.

    Heating a mealworm farm without Electricity
    eduardo.gmora
  • Interesting solution, some concern about vertical reinforcement being necessary for seismic and hurricane application getting lost -- shown in some drawings not others. All in all, a lot of good technical information and by highlighting the building material in the context of the application -- post...

    Good Earth Nepal Earthbag Construction
    Matt_Advisor
  • No standards in design, requires engineering design. No windows, limited protection, unclear durability. Again, not a solution, more like an example of the use of pallets for construction in limited 1st world applications.

    I-Beam Pallet House
    Matt_Advisor
  • I'm not sure this is appropriate as a "solution". It is certainly a concept and an innovative use of the pallet material. There have been no updates to the pallet house humanitarian design webpage since 2010.

    I-Beam Pallet House
    Matt_Advisor
  • In general, a good concept around integrated services and financing. Still a concept, not a lot of insight for engineers or designers except from a planning perspective.

    Tiguri Green Village
    Matt_Advisor
  • Seems like an advertisement for the company and their product, not an honest description of what the actual solution is. Includes an integrated list of solutions (kitchen sink planning) but does not go into great detail about any of them individually.

    Tiguri Green Village
    Matt_Advisor
  • Nice concept, good they have have a prototype. Good example of a concept around a set of principles and requirements. Limited engineering guidance or information, but could inspire an architect/engineer team to develop something with similar goals in mind.

    Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit (Modular Housing Scheme)
    Matt_Advisor
  • Again, this seems more like an article about a concept or prototype that can serve to inspire designers but has limited value as a solution to be replicated. I guess there are some lessons learned from the failure, but that may be better suited to a different format or different section.

    NLÉ Makoko Floating School
    Matt_Advisor
  • Building collapsed due to poor maintenance in 2 years. Indicative of serious engineering challenges or failures. Interesting concept of a floating house, though I'm not sure it should be advertised as a "solution" to land issues. Perhaps lessons can be learned from the base of the structure.

    NLÉ Makoko Floating School
    Matt_Advisor
  • I would like to see if you are in the trial or final release stages. I distribute glasses and would love to be more accurate in eyeglass matches and want to use instrumentation that is more accurate than the methodologies we use now. Thank you. I am at +1 614-449-1095 or may be reached @ uitsca7@gma...

    Quicksee
    uitsca7

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