Khushi Baby’s mission is to track each child’s immunization to the last mile so that 1.5 million children do not continue to die from vaccine-preventable disease every year. It does this through integrated mobile health, wearable NFC technology and cloud computing to produce a complete platform to bridge the world’s vaccination gap. Led by Ruchit Nagar YC ’15, MPH ’16, Khushi Baby started as a student project in an engineering class at Yale, went on to win the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health, completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, and is now partnering with organizations in India to distribute and evaluate their device.
Global Health Corps
Co-founded by Barbara Bush, YC ‘ 04, Global Health Corps provides a yearlong paid fellowship for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity at existing health organizations and government agencies. Fellows are currently working in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and the United States.
Living Goods develops networks of franchised micro-entrepreneurs who leverage Living Goods’ brand, buying power and marketing tools to deliver vital products at accessible prices to the people who need them most. Founded and directed by Chuck Slaughter, YC ’85 , SOM ’90, it combines the best practices from the worlds of micro-enterprise, franchising and public health, to create a fully sustainable system to improve the health, wealth, and productivity of the world’s poor.
Some 58,000 infants die of neonatal tetanus each year. A significant number of these deaths are due to unclean delivery and cord practices in low and lower middle-income countries with high rates of unattended births. As an MPH student, Margo Klar, MPH ’11, won a Gates Foundation Grand Challenge Explorations Grant for Global Health and Development Research to develop a clean, simple and sharp umbilical cord cutting device that is designed to reduce the incidence of infection related to poor delivery hygiene in developing countries. The device will be named the “Ceramic Umbilical Cord Finger Scissors.”
Now a PhD candidate at the University of Florida, Klar’s device is in its sixth prototype and showing promising results. The cutting device is made from already available ceramic materials and will be distributed to select communities in developing countries that have a high incidence of tetanus and perinatal infections.
photo credit: Maria Belen Farias/University of Florida Health Communications
Documentary Film as a Public Health Tool
Jonathan Smith's, MPH '10, award winning film, "They Go To Die," provides contextual factors that influence HIV and TB vulnerabilities among gold miners in southern African, and investigates the health impact this oscillation has on the spread of TB and HIV coinfection. Jonathan created a new approach—Visual Epidemiology—to capture this complex interrelationship on film. More recently he began the “Story of a Girl” project which includes shooting eight films in different countries around the world, portraying the lives of women living with HIV and what is possible with proper access to HIV treatment.
Saving Lives at Birth Project
Louis Fazen, a doctoral candidate at the School of Public Health is part of an international team of researchers that was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project that uses smartphones to reduce infant and maternal mortality in Kenya. The group trained community health extension workers in conducting surveys on the mobile phone and to troubleshoot issues as they arise. Read the full story.