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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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.
Energize the Chain and Econet Wireless have now publicly joined and showcase the project on Econet's Development Foundation page.
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?
"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.
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).
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.
During his July 28, 2010, interview with Charlie Rose, Amazon.com founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, shared his thoughts on philanthropy, citing the current challenges around vaccine refrigeration and distrubuition as an area of interest (comments begin @ ~32 min). In his comments, he makes specific mention of some of the methods currently being explored by Energize the Chain.