Blogs

Addressing Post-partum Hemorrhage in Sierra Leone

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Division of Global Health and Human Rights (Department of Emergency Medicine) has partnered with Humanitarian Innovation Fund to roll-out our Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies- Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM-UBT) package in Sierra Leone over the past six months. The project’s goal is to embed the UBT program and protocol into Sierra Leone’s national health system, in order to save the lives of thousands of women.

Background on ESM-UBT

Chlorine water treatment is effective towards Hepatitis E Virus

Experimental assays on HEV stability towards water treatment performed by WADHE team have given important basis to develop Standard Protocols for HEV outbreak response, as until this study there was no scientific evidence on HEV susceptibility to major disinfectants (chlorine, UV treatment, etc).

OpenAerialMap - a consultative approach to innovation

OpenAerialMap’s current reboot has had a consultative process from the beginning. This began even prior to applying to the Humanitarian Innovation Fund when we brainstormed together with our community to see what problems we could work on by making a proposal to the fund. The process has continued since beginning our work on the project and there have been two major themes that have emerged, namely the importance of partnerships and technical design.

Partnerships

Using LQAS to Monitor the Health Status of IDPs in South Sudan

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Following the outbreak of insecurity that broke out in South Sudan on December 15th 2013, more than 150,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) crossed the Nile from Jonglei State to find security in neighbouring Awerial County, Lakes State. The communities originally come from Bor South, Twic East, Duk and Pibor counties in Jonglei State.

The Humanitarian Exchange Language Reaches Alpha

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The HXL Working Group is proud to announce the alpha release of the Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL).  Inspired by social-media hashtags, HXL is a simple standard that adds hashtags to spreadsheet headers to make it easier to share and compare humanitarian data.

Cooperation over competition

Unlike most data standards, HXL is cooperative rather than competitive. A competitive standard typically considers the way you currently work to be a problem, and starts with a set of demands:

Rapid Response Community Translators

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It seems like 11 was our lucky number for the month of September! We had 11 volunteers representing 11 languages from 11 Kenyan counties, which are frequently affected by disasters, participate in our first-ever Spider Network training.

Introducing the Faecal Sludge Management System

GOAL and Sanergy are partnering with the Humanitarian Innovation Fund to develop suitable sanitation solutions for urban emergencies where both time and space are in limited supply. By improving on the idea of “flying toilets”, we aim to create a safe and easy-to-manage rapid-response Faecal Sludge Management system.

RAM-OP Field Testing

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HelpAge International, Valid International and Brixton Health are developing an innovative method of assessing the needs of older people in emergencies, including their nutritional needs. The Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP) is meant to offer a simple, quick, reliable, robust and cost effective method for assessing the nutritional status and vulnerabilities of older people in emergencies.

Reshaping humanitarian aid - HIF projects just might be

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At the heart of the HIF is a desire to contribute to reshaping humanitarian aid, and new projects that we are supporting are demonstrating ways that might just happen.

Progress Report on infrastructure of EW Dissemination System

A technical team from the Telecommunication service provider AirTel Bangladesh Ltd tested the mobile towers and carried out installations to ensure network coverage in the deep sea. They have also tested the necessary frequency from the main land to deep sea to check the functioning is accurate.  At the same time, AirTel team is working to develop a Maps server in the Bay of Bengal, identifying the names of the specific spot/places in order to accurately locate the fishing vessels in the sea.

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