1) Africa quiz
3) Violence Against Women – due Friday
It’s not good. Many factors contribute to this: too few resources, long travel distances to medical care, and costs. But that’s starting to change, and the reason why is so genius that I didn’t even see it coming.
In most cases, even if a woman is able to access a health clinic, she will not be able to get an ultrasound (because most clinics can’t afford an ultrasound machine). The clinics end up using a 100-year-old device to monitor a baby’s heartbeat. Yep, 100 years old — that is indeed very old. But don’t worry…
They hooked up the 100-year-old health care device to a new phone app and BAM! It can now diagnose, alert, and suggest courses of action for expecting moms. Healthier mommas and babies, what’s up!
Two other Ugandan inventors (Joshua and Brian) have invented a mobile app for malaria diagnosis. Why is that so necessary? Because malaria kills more children under 5 than HIV/AIDs in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Traditional testing for malaria requires needles. The new app uses a light sensor that can detect malaria from red blood cells — all with a phone.
*Noooo! But it’s not true!*
Frankly, if these young Ugandans can develop these amazing, life-saving technologies while their country is still healing from a CIVIL WAR … imagine the possibilities if they had just a few more resources.
And it’s starting with health technologies that have widespread adaptability, both within African and far beyond.
More people deserve to know about this kinda stuff. It’s too cool and too just-plain-good-for-the-world to ignore. I love it.
To Asabe and Ruth, attending school isn’t a chore — it’s an act of bravery.
The two Nigerian sisters were among the more than 300 schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram last April. They managed to escape hand-in-hand from the terrorist group. In August, a worker from the American University of Nigeria (AUN)arrived on their family’s doorstep in the country’s northern Chibok state, The Guardian reported.
The AUN worker, Godiya, was able to help connect the sisters with scholarships to the university through a fund launched in support of the girls who’d been kidnapped. The#EducateOurGirls campaign has raised at least $50,000 in donations, according to The Guardian, which has allowed for the university to educate 10 girls for one year.
To Godiya, providing the scholarships to girls like Asabe and Ruth wasn’t just another task to complete for her employer — the Boko Haram abductions were personal.
The 27-year-old’s own sister had been one of the kidnapped girls who, too, escaped. Months after the mass abduction, Godiya had timidly asked university officials if they could help her sister return to a classroom, according to the Globe and Mail.
In Chibok, schools were closed, as community leaders lived in fear of another attack.
“[Godiya] came into my office and, really quietly, she told me that her sister was one of the girls who had escaped, and she and all the other girls were just there in Chibok, doing nothing,” Margee Ensign, AUN president, told The Guardian.
Inspired by Godiya’s request, Ensign set up the scholarship fund, which also helps provide an education to other Nigerian girls and boys in need. It was then up to Godiya to travel by motorbike throughout Chibok — overcoming heavy rainstorms and the threats of deadly wildlife — to find girls willing to accept the scholarships.
It wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Many girls were hesitant to return to the classroom, which would put them more at-risk of an abduction. But for the girls that Godiya has helped connect with an education, the risk is worth the value of an education — and their bravery is inspiring others, too.
“Ten more parents just sort of showed up at our gate and asked us to take their daughters,” Ensign told The Guardian.
While many may applaud Godiya and the school’s efforts, 219 of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have yet to be reunited with their families. Many of them may have been sold into slavery or forced into early marriage.
Last Saturday marked 300 days since Boko Haram’s mass abduction in Chibok, and children’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai didn’t let the day pass by in silence.
“If these girls were the children of politically or financially powerful parents, much more would be done to free them,” Yousafzai wrote on her nonprofit’s blog. “But they come from an impoverished area of north-east Nigeria and sadly little has changed since they were kidnappe
We will be looking at persecution of women and children following genocide…..I think……..but if not then, some time!
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