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MIT News

Nancy Adams

10 October 2014

Santa Maria Nebaj, El Quiché, Guatemala

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Using "Creative Capacity Building," MIT's D-Lab established in impoverished, rural areas in developing nations a method of empowering and supporting individuals in rural communities to invent low-cost technologies spe...

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Benjamin Goldfarb

9 October 2014

Missoula, Montana, United States

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As a state with robust populations of wildlife, Montana has had its share of roadkill. Its Department of Transportation developed animal shelving, a type of wildlife crossing, to enable safe passage for small animals ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jacob Kushner

29 September 2014

Tanzania

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Project Last Mile is a partnership between Coca-Cola and Tanzania’s Medical Stores Department that is helping to deliver medications to the most remote parts of the country. Due to this partnership, the Medical Stores...

Al Jazeera

Priyanka Borpujari

15 September 2014

Mumbai, India

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Poor women encounter numerous hurdles during pregnancy and childbirth, many of which too often lead to the death of the baby, mother, or both. A pilot project in Mumbai called mMitra sends weekly voice messages to ne...

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Ben Adler

23 July 2014

Aspen, Colorado, United States

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Rural areas are known for requiring tourists to rent a car in order to move around, which can be a significant added expense. But Aspen has developed a bus system that can bring residents or tourists from Aspen to sub...

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Anna Patton

17 July 2014

India

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With youth no longer joining the agriculture workforce at the same rate or volume as they were historically, food systems are struggling to keep pace with need. Prioritizing the efficiency of supply chains and food se...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 May 2014

Quincy, Massachusetts, United States

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Naloxone could be the secret to curing New England's heroin consumption. Trying to expand access to the life-saving overdose antidote is the real obstacle.

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April Dembosky

30 April 2014

San Francisco, California, United States

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Health insurance sign-ups made available to all inmates at the San Francisco county jail, partnered with guidance from a clinic once they are on the outside, allows them to receive better care upon release, and may he...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 April 2014

Tanzania

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The Green Revolution in Asia and Latin America never spread to Africa, due to the continent's varied climate, degraded soil and lack of infrastructure. Now, scientists look to develop a high grossing wheat seed to bri...

Los Angeles Times

Noam N. Levey

5 April 2014

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Though in the past Hawaiians were dying fast from infectious diseases, today they are among the healthiest people in the world due to universal health care for all.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

26 March 2014

New York, New York, United States

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Government benefits to aid the poor are frequently left unclaimed, leaving children hungry, young people unable to finish school, and opportunities for stable housing and preventative health care unused. New York City...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

17 March 2014

Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal

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Studies show that a single application of the antiseptic chlorhexidine, an affordable medicine, can reduce the risk of death among newborns by about 25 percent. In Nepal, where 20,000 newborns die every year, the medi...

The New York Times

Esha Chhabra

5 March 2014

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

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India has, for years, been a hotbed of polio. Supported by the WHO as well as local health-care workers, immunizations have officially rid the country of the disease. There are still challenges in maintaining records ...

Triple Pundit

Mary Mazzoni

30 January 2014

Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The commercially-based Wind for Prosperity initiative may have devised a solution to meet growing demands for electricity in developing economies, where fossil fuels are expensive, difficult to access, and take a toll...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

15 January 2014

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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India has been able to eradicate polio through large-scale logistics, highly organized vaccine teams, proper funding, and accountability of health officials and front-line workers.

NPR

Jennifer Ludden

1 January 2014

Chikwawa, Southern Region, Malawi

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In just the next couple of decades, the World Bank says, farmers across Africa could lose more than half their cropland to drought and heat - the issue is considered so pressing that, a few years ago, Malawi's Departm...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

16 November 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Child obesity is decreasing even among poor children. Making healthy food more widely available, as well as using financial incentive programs, has greatly helped in increasing habits of healthy eating.

The Washington Post

Sarah Kliff

25 October 2013

Kentucky, United States

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Accessible affordable health care is needed for millions of uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act is a viable solution that helps the uninsured. Although the launching of the website had some glitches, many st...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

16 October 2013

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco Unified School District is piloting a collaboration with the design firm IDEO to re-imagine the school food system and help combat childhood obesity by better designing the space and the experience o...

WNYC

Manoush Zomorodi

16 October 2013

Bronx, New York, United States

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent ...

United Nations University

Ingvar Birgir Fridleifsson

Málfrídur Ómarsdóttir

4 October 2013

Hellisheidi, Iceland

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As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of balancing rapid development and energy needs against sustainability initiatives and conscientious practices, renewables continue to provide a growing, construct...

The New York Times

Mona El-Naggar

26 July 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Instead of following the traditional corporate model of financial philanthropy, Toyota gave its engineers to the Food Bank for New York City: trained in "kaizen" (Japanese for “continuous improvement). The engineers a...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

24 July 2013

Dhaka, Bengal, Bangladesh

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In a country of limited resources — and perhaps for that very reason — preparing for natural disasters is top of the agenda in Bangladesh. Various grassroots, collaborative programs have been put in place over the yea...

The Verge

Amar Toor

8 July 2013

Paris, France

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In response to media censorship and the persecution of journalists in Syria, a Paris-based radio station has trained journalists in Syria and are broadcasting news into Syria by satellite over the FM airwaves.

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

3 July 2013

Zambia

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A project to take advantage of Coca-Cola’s famous global reach designed a kit of basic medicines that fit in between Coke bottles. But it turned out that what it needed to be copying wasn’t Coke’s package delivery, bu...

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