Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Energize the Chain Initiative

Highlighting video about the success of Econet Wireless and Energize the Chain in delivering much needed vaccines to remote parts of Zimbabwe. See 'Zimbabwe Project' under 'News & Updates' for more details.

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Academics Stand Against Poverty's Interview with EtC's Professor Harvey Rubin

On May 31, 2013, Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), a UK-based organization, interviewed Dr. Harvey Rubin and published a deep dive of EtC's progress. The interview is currently featured on ASAP's homepage.

Energize the Chain & Google's First Hack4Good Event (Sept. 14-15, 2012)

The Google Alumni Programs team hosted 14 hackers and 3 nonprofit organizations (Energize the Chain, WellDone, and GreatNonprofits) at the first ever Hack4Good event in Mountain View on September 14-15, 2012.

Recently Announced: Energize the Chain as Life Sciences Award Winner for Best Innovation from a Research Institute

On August 20, 2012, Philadelphia Business Journal and program partner, Pennsylvania Bio, unanimously selected Energize the Chain to receive the Philadelphia Business Journal 2012  Life Sciences award for Best Innovation from a Research Institute.

Tower Power Saves Lives (NewScientist | 26 May 2012)

Keep vaccines cool in poor countries with electricity from cellphone masts

STAFF at Morganster Hospital,which serves a remote community in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province, used to sleep fitfully. If the power failed and a back-up generator was offline – common problems in the impoverished nation – they would have to jump out of bed and drive for 26 kilometres to stash their stock of life-saving vaccines in a fridge in the provincial capital.

Econet Vaccine Storage Centres in Partnership with Energize the Chain

Energize the Chain and Econet Wireless have now publicly joined and showcase the project on Econet's Development Foundation page.

Healing powers: To help poor countries, simpler health treatments not dependent on electricity

Philadelphia Inquirer (12/20/2010) - The juxtaposition of people from the worlds of communications and public health gave Rubin an idea: Why not use the leftover energy from cell-phone towers to power refrigerators for vaccines? 

GSMA and International Finance Corporation Partner to Launch Community Power from Mobile

"Our Energize the Chain project, based at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is seeking to utilise excess power from base stations for vaccination fridges. Maintaining a powered 'cold chain' for vaccinations is a critical barrier to improvements in health care in the rural regions of the developing world.

Dr. Harvey Rubin on BBC World Briefing

During his Friday, September 24, 2010, interview with BBC, Dr. Harvey Rubin introduced the mission and purpose of Energize the Chain.  Dr. Rubin described the feasibility of the link between private sector telecommunications and the vaccine cold chain (comments begin @ ~11:45 min).

Toilets and Cellphones

NEW YORK — I was intrigued to learn the other day that there are now more cellphones in India than toilets. Almost half the Indian population, 563.7 million people, is hooked up to modern communications, while just 366 million have access to modern sanitation, according to a United Nations study.