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October 20, 2012
contributor: Rob Goodier
Researchers are tracking malaria with cell phones, a bus equiped with laptops, solar panels and a teacher is taking school to the students, and more… This is our latest roundup of tweets from the international community.
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Rethinking humanitarian relief: Sourcing locally before disaster strikes http://ow.ly/egdNJ
— GOOD (@good) October 8, 2012
The UK-based non-profit Advance Aid is changing the way we give aid to developing countries after they suffer natural disasters. GOOD reports. Rather than the influx of aid by cargo planes ladden with materials, Advance Aid is stockpiling locally produced emergency supplies, such as buckets, blankets and mosquito nets. The goal is to keep more aid money in the local economies where disasters happen.
— Engineering 4 Change (@engineer4change) October 10, 2012
The Arab Science and Technology Foundation is funding start-up research companies in Arab Spring countries. The organization plans to push ideas along from the laboratory to the market, with an emphasis on things that can improve the quality of life. The Science and Development Network reports.
— Engineering 4 Change (@engineer4change) October 12, 2012
SELCO, a solar company based in India, designed a solar-powered school room on a bus. The mobile school room comes with a trained teacher, has room for 50 students and powers 10 laptops, fans and lights with 400 watts of solar modules.
— UNISDR (@unisdr) October 12, 2012
The UN’s office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR) tweeted a link to an article on reducing earthquake damage in Central Asian cities. The recommendations are heightened awareness, retrofitting buidings and strengthening building codes and zoning regulations, among others.
— Ned Breslin (@NedBreslin) October 13, 2012
Ned Breslin tweeted a link to an article in Ars Technica that explains a new attempt to harness the cell phone proliferation in Africa. This time, it’s to track malaria in Kenya.
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.” – Albert Einstein
— Adebowale Ojo (@ifeoluwadebo) October 16, 2012
Surveys show that people know their water is polluted, but they are not aware of solutions that they can afford – Akudago #E4CWebinars
— Engineering 4 Change (@engineer4change) October 18, 2012
John Akudago highlighted his work at the Pacific Institute in our webinar on choosing the best water technologies for rural communities. See our upcoming webinar here, and visit our YouTube channel for our webinar archive. http://engineeringforchange-webinars.org/ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFC2D8180DF11AAAA