Spotlight Health

Congratulations to our Spotlight Health award winner and finalists!

Winner: Kopano Mabaso, Scholar, Ona Mtoto Wako

Finalists

(@lisu00)

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Gaming to Create Communities in Pediatric Asthma

Asthma is the most common chronic disease of children. Current mechanisms to engage children in their asthma care are not working adequately. We will develop an asthma game where success is dependent upon medication compliance, exercising and active engagement on a web-based social network platform.

(@jadeangelica)

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Hope&Healing for Alzheimer's: Training for Trainers in Innovative Caregiving Methods

The primary goal of this project is to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for persons with Alzheimer’s by educating caregivers in interventions for non-pharmacological, holistic treatment. Another benefit is to caregivers, offering ways to reduce stress through acceptance and effective communication.

(@enn0002)

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GREEN GOLD: Mined by women at the Kenyan Coast

“Imagine the Kenyan Coast being the next hub where agriculture, technology, entrepreneurship, innovation,smart marketing, and women driven small holder farming (mining green gold) intersect to produce an everlasting change. This is what the idea is all about.”

(@mlouis)

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Improving Care for 50 Million in Tanzania with Lung Diseases

The shortage of trained pulmonary care providers in Tanzania is especially dire since five of the top ten causes of death in the country – TB, HIV, COPD, cancer and pneumonia involve pulmonary diseases. We want to expand and improve bronchoscopy training for doctors in Tanzania before there is no one left who is adequately trained to perform this procedure.

(@jasonbellet)

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"Shazam for Heartbeats" - Heart Sound Algorithm for Unprecedented Cardiac Care

This idea focuses on improving cardiac health monitoring, examination, and triage both domestically and abroad through advanced machine-learning algorithms. Eko, a San Francisco-based startup with cardiology advisors at UCSF and Stanford, is building an advanced heart sound and murmur decision-support algorithm that will greatly improve point-of-care cardiac monitoring both domestically and abroad. The Algorithm is in... more »

(@mmurphy)

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Designing a Strengthened Healthcare System for Liberia

This proposal will enable MASS Design Group to succund requested staff members to Liberia’s Ministry of Health to provide consulting and design services that will aid the country in the long-term strengthening of its health system and infrastructure.

(@lebrasseur.nathan)

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Enabling Social Networks for Long-term Care

The use of social networks to manage long-term health conditions is cost effective and improves outcomes. Herein, we propose a technology-enabled, evidence-based approach to help individuals with chronic conditions seamlessly tap into personal and professional support resources. The overarching goal is to improve health outcomes and make caregiving sustainable.

(@pdrobac)

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Build Back Better After Ebola: The Aequitas Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Leadership

As West African leaders face the challenge of rebuilding decimated health systems, one replicable model exists—Rwanda. Partners In Health’s new University of Global Health Equity aims to reimagine health education and disseminate Rwanda’s remarkable innovations. As Aequitas Fellows at UGHE, emerging leaders from Ebola-affected countries will develop pragmatic leadership skills to effect transformational change.

(@mpereira)

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Open network to promote the diffusion of healthcare technologies

Many technologies that reach the market are not adopted after years of costly development. In fact, for healthcare technologies, scientific evidence is not enough to drive adoption; rather, there is an interplay between the technological and social systems that needs to be deeply understood to generate meaningful innovation. This idea aims to fill this gap by creating a collaborative online platform to favor the communication... more »

(@jasonkpanda)

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Using big data to prevent HIV in at risk communities

A big data analytics platform to reduce HIV for at risk communities by providing government, educational and research organizations with unique health behavior data-sharing tools and access to hard-to-reach communities for individual and community-level interventions

(@eanance)

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Disease-directed engineering

Despite the significant financial investment we have made, we are still struggling to fully understand and adequately treat the majority of complex diseases. At the moment, the platforms used to investigate a disease are completely separate from those that are then used to develop treatments or treat a disease. Instead, we need simplified technologies that can first gather information about the disease environment, and... more »

(@k.anderson)

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For the Good Period: Improving Health, Empowering Women, Strengthening Communities

Adolescent girls in developing countries lack resources to manage menstruation, creating health risks and barriers to education. For the Good Period works to provide reusable sanitary pads and sexual and reproductive health education at a meaningful scale.

(@jocelynwyatt)

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Asili: Codesigning the Future of the DRC

Asili is a sustainable community-owned startup designed and created through a partnership between the American Refugee Committee and IDEO.org in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was developed based on the needs and desires of the community and offers a three-pronged approach to better health: a clinic, clean water, and an agricultural center.