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Sri Lanka Brings Technology to Rural Residents

The Sri Lankan government's e-Library Nenasala program is bridging the digital divide and bringing technology to the people who need it most.

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An Auger to Treat Waste, A Bicycle-powered Bioreactor & Fertilizer Pellets from Human Waste

Poor sanitation contributes to around 1 million child deaths from diarrhea each year. The environmental consequences are also devastating. Current toilets, sewers, and wastewater treatment systems used in the developed world are expensive and require too much land, energy, and water to be feasible for widespread use in the developing world. That is why I am particularly excited that this week we announced three projects we will receive additional funding as part of our Grand Challenge to Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies. These grantees are receiving follow-on funding based on promising results from their Phase I Grand Challenges Explorations work.

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Defeating Malaria in Sri Lanka

Venturing house-to-house, setting and baiting traps, and crisscrossing rural communities, the Sri Lankan Anti-Malaria Campaign stays one step ahead of its foe—the mosquito. Analyzing the tiny insects, the team knows when the mosquitoes emerge each day, whom they bite, where they live, and what they might carry. From rural outposts, workers feed data into a national surveillance system of the bugs that spread the disease. Thankfully, most of the mosquitoes collected today aren’t actually carrying the malaria parasite. After centuries of suffering its devastating effects, Sri Lanka has nearly eliminated the disease. Just over a decade ago, in 1999, Sri Lanka faced more than 260,000 malaria cases. But today, careful surveillance and vector control—combined with blood testing, treatment, widespread prevention efforts, and community education—have helped tamp down the disease to the point where there has not been one indigenous case since October 2012. Continued monitoring helps make sure it doesn’t return

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Understanding the Girl Effect

The ability to choose if and when to have children is a huge piece of the puzzle to the “Girl Effect,” but it is not the only piece.

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Fleeing Civil War – With Immunization Records in Hand

I’ve just come back from a field visit to Sri Lanka, still recovering from a 25-year civil war.

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