For many of the 2-5 million amputees worldwide, prosthetic limbs are but an expensive and inaccessible dream. 21-year-old Sudanese engineering student Ashraf Mizo wants to change that.   Mizo has created simple, inexpensive prosthetics using 3-D printing technology and…

More than 100,000 children in Kenya have had vision screenings via a mobile phone app called Peek. Drones controlled by tablets have helped researchers investigate the spread of malaria in Malaysian Borneo. In Cambodia, voice mails have encouraged women to use contraception…

Parents were happy when drop-down cribs appeared in the 1940s, making it easier to pick up and put down babies.

Researchers at CU Boulder have found that sealing off whole hospital wings and adjusting the ventilation systems could dramatically increase a facility’s ability to contain and treat large numbers of patients with airborne illnesses.   The new study, published in the…

The humble baker’s yeast used in bread and beer could become a low-cost, simple biosensor for detecting cholera and other diseases, according to new research by Columbia University’s Nili Ostrov and colleagues.

In the continued fight against mosquito-borne diseases, tech companies like Microsoft and Verily are partnering with US public health officials to test new technology. Experts believe these companies bring promising innovations.“It’s exciting when technology companies come…

 

 

Maximizing technology could make all the difference in bringing universal health care to Africans, said WHO’s Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti at the first WHO Africa Health Forum underway in Rwanda this week.

Loowatt, a London startup, is piloting a low-cost, waterless toilet in Antananarivo, Madagascar, seeking to solve a sanitation challenge in parts of the world where flushing toilet systems aren’t feasible.