100 Under $100 Goes to Tanzania

By |July 16th, 2015|gifts, Girl Effect, health, Tanzania|

“Recipes” to try from this gift copy of 100 Under $100 – in Tanzania, courtesy of Girls Education Collaborative, by Anne Wadsworth. I hope to share stores of 100 Under $100 journies – the book making it to places far away, where many of the featured tools and techniques can be tried. Anne Wadsworth, head of Girls Education Collaborative , made my day. This photo is a school nurse at the new project they are building in Tanzania, with Post-Its marking her favorite entries. […]

Kudos to Lucky Iron Fish (Tool #54)

By |May 20th, 2015|cambodia, fish, health, low tech/high impact|

Adding the Lucky Iron Fish to cooking pots lowers anemia. Lucky Iron Fish is a tool I bring with me to talks to show off as a great example of a low tech/high impact innovation. We have known about anemia forever, and here is a very low cost approach to enhancing iron intake. […]

Kveller Post: Safer Births for the World’s Poorest

By |April 22nd, 2015|Clean Birth Kits, Global South export to the Global North, health, Kangaroo Mother Care, Safe Birth|

My son Zach with his newborn daughter, skin-to-skin Kangaroo Caring. Photo: Johanna Resnick Rosen This piece of mine went up at Kveller today. Enjoy! The excited voice at the other end of the phone was my son Zach: Our daughter-in-law was pregnant. We were over the moon with this happy news. Visions of grandparenthood flashed before me, but I also knew I was in for some jarring contrasts. During Becca’s pregnancy, I was holed up writing my book “100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women,” featuring affordable solutions for helping the world’s poorest women work their way out of extreme poverty. In many regions of the world, birthing mothers and their babies routinely die from complications that can be prevented with tools that cost less than a latte. Joyfully tracking a North American pregnancy while writing about women and newborns denied even the basics of prenatal and newborn care certainly highlights the inequity of the global birth lottery. […]

Universal Birth Registration: Gateway to the Goodies

By |February 27th, 2015|health, human rights|

Refugees from Myanmar lining up to register their babies as Thai citizens, Photo: UNHCR/Kibae Park Without official birth [...]

Fair Trade: Connecting Producer to Consumer

By |February 27th, 2015|beekeeping, health|

Ecuadoran Roses from Hoja Verde Growers Fairtrade certification tracks products from growers or artisans to their final purchasers. [...]

Super Foods for Nutrient Delivery

By |January 23rd, 2015|africa, health, sustainable agriculture|

Photo: Karen HomerMary Oyunga, pictured here, is an African scientist who studies Vitamin A deficiency, and addressing it with OFSPs [...]

The Paint that Prevents Diseases – Atlantic Series #6

By |May 21st, 2014|Atlantic Things That Work Series, health, Woman Humanitarian Tech Stars|

Chemist Pilar Mateo has come up with a paint that slowly releases insecticides, making homes inhospitable to parasite-spreading bugs.Betsy Teutsch [...]

Photo of the Day: ColaLife Hitches a Ride with Coke to Save Kids’ Lives

By |August 18th, 2013|aidpod, diarrhea, Global South export to the Global North, health, SODIS, Zambia|

Poster: Guy Godfree  for ColaLife, by permissionAdd six T. sugar and ½ t. salt to one liter of clean water. Mix, give to [...]

Photo of the Week: The Hay Basket: Low Tech, Free, Tried & True

By |May 17th, 2013|efficient cooking, fuel savings, Global South export to the Global North, health, picture of the week, South Africa, Woman Humanitarian Tech Stars|

This young lady definitely wants to see what's cooking.  Insulating hay baskets are excellent for cooking large quantities of food, [...]

Alternative Rites of Passage and Declarations: Moving Beyond FGC – PICTURE OF THE WEEK

By |April 26th, 2013|FGC, health, human rights, Kenya, picture of the week, UN, violence against women|

Maasai girls from the Africa School of Kenya celebrating Alternative RitesThe movement to end Female Genital Cutting - a long-held social norm widely practiced [...]