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Technology Breakthroughs for global water security: A deep dive into South Asia

Posted on September 12, 2018 in Water Security
Water-related challenges are increasing in severity and global extent. They affect the developing world in particular, no more so than in South Asia which suffers from physical water scarcity, economic water scarcity and poor water quality. More

Environmental pollution is a threat to global sustainable development

Posted on December 6, 2017 in Climate Change
Based on a recent report from the authoritative Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, at least 9 million deaths per year are caused globally due to pollution. Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for 16% of all deaths worldwide in 2015. Pollution caused three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. More

Application of low-energy battery driven technologies in 500 Watt Clinics

Posted on May 4, 2017 in Health
Topcare Subukia Medical Centre is one of the 500 Watt Clinic facilities in Kenya that aims to provide quality affordable healthcare using basic diagnostic technology. While these clinics will leverage on telemedicine to get expert consultation for complicated patients, it is imperative that the diagnostic tools be user-friendly and always ready for use. More

Why I do what I am doing

Posted on May 4, 2017 in Health
At the Institute for Transformative Technologies, the 500 Watt Clinic project attempts to tackle the problem of access to primary healthcare in rural and suburban Kenya, India and Pakistan through energy efficient low-cost technologies. Through a telemedicine platform that connects a rural nurse with a doctor, we address the issue of rural doctor shortage. I am responsible to architect and implement the clinical decision support system, through which we empower nurses to provide basic medical care. More

The universal clinic: A new paradigm for rural health care?

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Health
Advances in medicine over the past 100 years have made it possible to prevent, diagnose and treat most common conditions responsible for sickness and death. But an unacceptable number of people, mostly women, infants and children, continue to suffer or die untreated, from conditions that are avoidable and treatable. These statistics are concentrated in developing regions, especially in rural areas, where systemic gaps in financial, human and infrastructure resources lead to yawning gaps in health care delivery. More

Access to electricity: Closing the affordability gap

Posted on April 10, 2016 in Electrification
Universal access to electricity will be realized when people have electricity-powered services for basic needs, beyond just a fan and light bulbs. Decentralized solar PV mini-grids are promising for cost-effective rural electrification but continue to be limited by a large affordability gap exacerbated by acute shortage of funding.