Posts Posts by: "Jay Corless"

Eyeglasses for All It is estimated that there are 2.5 billion people in the developing world that need, but have no access to eyeglasses.  Current conventional eyeglasses distribution programs rely on well-trained optometrists or ophthalmic nurses to properly diagnose refractive error and provide accurate prescriptions. They also require a skilled technician to grind…(Read More)

A Portable Suitcase to Test Drugs Fake, substandard and poor quality medicines lead to nearly half a million deaths annually and cost upwards of 15 billion dollars. Low-income countries are unable to safeguard their pharmacopeia, and hence these poor quality medicines lead to loss of life, create morbidity and long-term drug resistance. PharmaChK…(Read More)

International Emergency Response Platform  Over six billion people lack sufficient access to emergency care. Globally, more people die from injuries than from AIDS, malaria, and TB combined. Many could be saved by timely medical care. Emergency response has not fully applied the technology, connectivity, and social models currently transforming the way we work together.  Shaffi…(Read More)

SMS Maternal Health Education In Cameroon, 20% of pregnant women never have an Antenatal Care (ANC) appointment and only 35% do an ANC visit during the critical first trimester. ANC is a key driver in reducing maternal and newborn deaths.  After witnessing the dire lack of information in hospitals across Cameroon, Blanche Awafack decided to…(Read More)

Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc (AIDFI)   There are hundreds of thousands upland villages and farms all over the world without easy access to drinking, household or irrigation water. Manually fetching water with an average of 40 liters per household per day results in many problems: time or money spent for fetching water, no water…(Read More)

Solar Powered Pay-as-you-grow System  Farmers across Africa face many challenges including: unreliable rainfall, low crop yields, high-energy costs, lack of access to modern farming technology and insufficient access to capital. In Kenya, for example, there are 5.4 million hectares of arable land, but only 17% of this land is suitable…(Read More)

STEM for Refugees There are 4.8 million Syrian refugees in the neighboring 5 countries. Nearly 800,000 are children out of school.  Although there have been a number of international and regional efforts, access to quality education is insufficient.  Massa Mufti launched STEM for Refugees to provide 21st century life skills and prepare these…(Read More)

Livestock Tracking Technology and Dashboard In 2001, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) caused more than half a billion dollars of economic losses in Uruguay. Cattle diseases such as FMD and the long duration of the decontamination process can have devastating economic and health effects on entire regions and countries.  If rural farmers could track the…(Read More)

Microfinance for Mothers – An Education Initiative Indonesia has a young population, with more than half of its 252 million people less than 29 years of age. Veronica Colondam established the YCAB Foundation to tackle this generational challenge.  YCAB addresses the crisis in a two-fold manner.  First they provide access to education to those most…(Read More)

Learning to Read Via Text Messages  The literacy rate in Afghanistan for women and girls is one of the lowest in the world. Many women and girls do not have the time to study for years on end.  In 2012, Sakena Yacoobi, the founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, spearheaded an innovative mobile literacy…(Read More)