Trek Medics helps people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic get emergency medical care.

EARLY-STAGE TECH INNOVATION

Seed funding is awarded to entrepreneurial nonprofits to bring innovative tech ideas to life and test their potential for scale.

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Benetech

Human rights actors increasingly rely on diverse and new information streams, yet they have no sector-specific toolsets or protocols to help them to manage their information, share knowledge, and protect the data they collect. Benetech was awarded $800,000 for the development of technology tools to advance human rights abuse research and action. With this support, Benetech is leading a human rights technology and data consortium and advisory committee to devise technical requirements for a comprehensive human rights information platform. Benetech will develop open source prototypes for testing in the field. A secure, open source platform for the collection, annotation, analysis, and preservation of multi-format evidence and testimonials by human rights actors will empower them to leverage that data to advance their goals. This project will serve social justice groups, civil society organizations, journalists, activists, and researchers.

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Malaria No More

Nigeria has the greatest number of malaria cases and deaths in the world, and a healthcare system that cannot provide sufficient treatment. Over 80% of antimalarials are acquired in the private sector, which has minimal tracking and is riddled with counterfeit medicines. With a $600,000 grant, Malaria No More is developing a data platform that links mobile phone-based counterfeit prevention verifications with epidemiological and demographic data to create a better map of malaria cases and how they are being treated. With better and faster data, the project seeks to empower the health community in Nigeria to ensure that safe, effective medicines are available when they are most needed by the more than 170 million people at risk of malaria in the country.

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Project Concern International

In Africa, over 200 million pastoralists use a combination of low-tech methods including indigenous knowledge, scouts, and tips from others to conduct an annual search for pasture for their herds. Due to climate change, such methods have become increasingly unreliable, leading to large scale herd mortality that erodes both income and food resources. With a $750,000 grant, Project Concern International will expand pilot programs in Ethiopia and Tanzania that provide information directly to pastoralists through customized, digital, community grazing maps overlaid with satellite-derived vegetation data. Used in concert with traditional methods, the maps aid pastoralists in finding green pasture for their herds. Initial results in one community found that 78% of households used the maps for migration decisions and a majority identified the maps as their most important information resource. In that community, herd mortality dropped by 47% compared to the previous three years amounting to millions of dollars in herd value.

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Sexual Health Innovations

In the United States, one in five college women are sexually assaulted, as are many men, and up to 90% of the assaults are committed by repeat assailants. A disempowering and often ineffective reporting process contributes to a reporting rate of only 13% among survivors of college sexual assault. With a $270,000 grant, Sexual Health Innovations (SHI) will build Callisto, a web-based application where survivors can create a record of their assault and either save it as a timestamped document or directly submit it to authorities. Survivors may also choose to automatically submit their record if someone else reports the same assailant. Callisto aims to double the reporting of repeat perpetrators, triple the average reporting rate among survivors, and increase student satisfaction with how their institution handles sexual assault. By the end of 2016, SHI will launch Callisto at 10 colleges across the United States.

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Trek Medics International

There are approximately 7 billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide, yet in the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, a large majority of them have no reliable way to call for help using a simple number like 911. More than 90% of the world’s road traffic fatalities occur in developing countries, and simple response systems could help prevent fatalities in many cases. With a $250,000 grant, Trek Medics is working with rural communities in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to train first responders and implement a text message-based emergency dispatch system, known as Beacon, that is designed for communities that can’t afford advanced 911 dispatching technologies. Anywhere there's a cell phone signal, and for a fraction of the cost of conventional emergency medical services, communities in resource-limited settings will be able to guarantee rapid access to emergency care and transport for persons with acute medical emergencies.

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