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DigiTruck: A solar-powered container classroom for Africa

In simple terms, the DigiTruck is really just a 40-ft (12.2-m) shipping container on a trailer. Where we've seen shipping containers used to …


Technology developed in Africa is helping Venezuelans keep their election fair

Ahead of Venezuela’s pivotal parliamentary elections on Dec. 6, journalists and civil groups are deploying digital tools developed in Africa to keep tabs on cheating.<p>Guachimán Electoral, or election watchman (link in Spanish,) is a crowdsourcing platform that is already collecting and mapping …


From wrong-doers to do-gooders: The Integrity Idol movement in Liberia

<i>By Francis Lansana, Accountability Lab Liberia</i><p>Jugbeh Kekula is a registered nurse at the Grand Bassa branch of the Liberian government hospital in …


Stories - An AIDS-free Future

When you meet Marlyne, you can sense that she has a strength and determination that belies her tender age. Like many 13-year-old girls in Kenya, she …

Public Health

How Uganda Came To Earn High Marks For Quality Of Death

Food coloring, water, a preservative and a pound of morphine powder. These are the ingredients in Dr. Anne Merriman's recipe for liquid morphine.<p>"It's easier than making a cake," says Merriman,a British palliative care specialist who founded Hospice Africa in Uganda in 1993 and helped design the …


Amazon tribe creates 500-page traditional medicine encyclopedia

In one of the great tragedies of our age, indigenous traditions, stories, cultures and knowledge are winking out across the world. Whole languages …