Rural

Jayaashree Industries

India
Millions of women around the world cannot afford sanitary napkins, mainly because they’re manufactured using expensive machinery and thus priced at a premium. Such women resort to an older and cheaper alternative – a piece of cloth or rag. This is an unhygienic alternative and can cause infections, leading to a greater risk of complications in childbirth, and even cancer. Jayashree Industries produces affordable sanitary napkins using low-cost machinery with local actors. Women in India can afford to purchase the sterilized sanitary napkins without compromising on quality.

DoctHERS-In-the-House (DIH)

Pakistan
DoctHERS is a novel healthcare marketplace that leverages technology to connect female physicians to patients in real time. The organization circumvents socio-cultural barriers for females with medical training who are restricted to their homes. The organization aims to improve access to quality hea

Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA)

Formed in 1935, Ghana’s Registered Midwives Association is an NGO that aims to promote and protect the interest and welfare of midwives. The organization provides integrated services for ensuring accessibility of reproductive healthcare and child survival services through community mobilization and collaboration with health delivery system partners throughout Ghana. Currently, there are 556 midwives in GRMA, 55% private sector and 45% public sector with all 10 regions of Ghana represented.

Insta Products (EPZ), Ltd.

Kenya
Insta Products EPZ Limited (Insta) is a well-established manufacturer located in Nairobi, Kenya. They specialize in manufacturing low-cost flour-based nutritional products for emergency feedings programs throughout East Africa and are in close collaboration with UNICEF, USAID, WFP, and other major humanitarian organizations.

HeartString

Guinea, Haiti, Senegal, Uganda
HeartString is a string of color-coded beads that are used by traditional midwives to assess feral heart tones in resource constrained settings. This is a culturally appropriate and acceptable tool that enable the midwife to seek help early in emergency and improve outcomes for a mother and unborn

Somali Mental Health Foundation

Somalia
Somalia Mental Health Foundation is a US based nonprofit organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to improve and protect the lives and dignity of people with mental health disorders and children with learning disabilities in Somalia.

Danish Refugee Council mHealth project

Somalia
The project integrates modern technologies into new solutions to the challenge of optimizing humanitarian aid by involving citizens in feedback and introducing complaint mechanisms. Through sending a SMS to a short code number, a citizen in a remote area can indicate a shortage of supplies and a nee

CINTERANDES Mobile Surgery Unit

Ecuador
For rural populations in Ecuador the costs of transportation, lodging in the city, long lines at the hospital, and leaving homes, crops and animals unattended made seeing to health problems requiring surgical intervention very complicated. In 1994 CINTERANDES began offering a mobile operating room b

Sankara Nethralaya Mobile Cataract Unit

With an estimated 7.75 million individuals who are cataract blind cataracts account for around half of the cases of blindness in India. The mobile cataract surgery unit, developed by The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras and Sankara Nethralaya, can travel to remote areas to treat cataracts.

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