Impact: 250,000 lessons delivered to 20,000 farmers in the poorest regions of Ghana. Farmers harvested 48 percent more crops and 90 percent of maternal health lessons led to healthier behaviors.
Problem: Research shows that despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent worldwide on HIV "awareness" campaigns over 30 years, accurate knowledge of HIV still remains dangerously low.
Solution: Re-imagine the worldwide public health solution to focus on actual "education" rather than "awareness" and develop the most effective and flexible HIV education software after 5+ years of cross-disciplinary research at Stanford.
Impact: Provide HIV education with unprecedented efficacy to more than 200 organizations and governments in 73 countries, educating millions around the world, and including breakthrough implementations in regions that had banned sex education.
Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award
Problem: Prohibitive upfront prices for clean-energy products prevent millions of off-grid Africans from accessing healthy and economical lighting and battery charging.
Solution: Low-cost, embedded pay-as-you-go technology that allows customers to pre-pay for energy use with cash-in-hand. Remotely regulated over cellular networks and integrated with existing mobile money platforms, these energy payments are cheaper than typical kerosene expenditures.
Impact: Clean, bright light and cell-phone charging is financially accessible for over 90 percent of the base of the pyramid market.
Safe Agua Peru, Art Center College
Problem: In Cerro Verde, a slum on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, 30,000 people live without access to running water and sanitation.
Solution: Design and co-create with Cerro Verde families, innovative and cost-effective products tested by the community and implemented by Techo, a Latin American NGO dedicated to working with families living in extreme poverty.
Impact: Empower families and communities through responsible design to conserve water, reduces illness and generate social, cultural, and economic change.
Nokia Health Award
Problem: Every year almost 2 million people die prematurely from indoor pollution caused by smoky open cooking fires; these same fires contribute more black carbon than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.
Solution: The BioLite Homestove is a low-cost, highly efficient wood-burning stove that dramatically reduces smoke and harmful black carbon emissions while reducing fuel needs by 50 percent.
Impact: A single HomeStove pays for itself in six to seven months, and lowers the rates of potentially fatal respiratory diseases while saving 2,000 pounds of wood per year and averting the C02 emissions of a compact car.
Problem: 1.1 million pre-term babies die every year; 75 percent could survive with inexpensive treatment.
Solution: A low-cost infant warmer specifically designed to address the needs of babies suffering from hypothermia.
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