California scrambles to contain deadly hepatitis A outbreaks

October 02, 2017

Health officials in California are struggling to contain fierce outbreaks of hepatitis A among homeless people and drug abusers in three counties, including San Diego, where at least 17 people have died.

Hundreds more have become ill and been hospitalized, mostly in the San Diego area, often not far from tourist destinations. The disease also has cropped up farther north in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties. Poor access to restrooms and sinks in homeless encampments is largely to blame.

Here’s Why Vaccines Are So Crucial

November 01, 2017

Go see the child, Samir Saha said. Just sit with her. Probably the siblings will be there too, the brother and sister whose lives are also altered permanently.

‘This is why the vaccine is so important,’ Saha said.

‘We want to reduce this number to a minimum, if not zero. So no other children will be like this.’


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San Diego’s Homeless Population Faces a Hepatitis A Crisis

May 11, 2017

A hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak moving through San Diego’s homeless population has killed at least three people and hospitalized more than 60, according to a public health alert released last week by the city, Read the full story here 

Stanford’s Virtual Reality Lab Cultivates Empathy for the Homeless

June 27, 2016

The burgeoning field of Virtual Reality — or VR as it is commonly known — is a vehicle for telling stories through 360-degree visuals and sound that put you right in the middle of the action, be it at a crowded Syrian refugee camp, or inside the body of an 85-year-old with a bad hip and cataracts.  Because of VR’s immersive properties, some people describe the medium as “the ultimate empathy machine.” But can it make people care about something as fraught and multi-faceted as homelessness?

A study in progress at Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab explores that question, and I strapped on an Oculus Rift headset (one of the most popular devices people currently use to experience VR) to look for an answer. Read the full story here


Affordable glasses and a global plan to distribute them to a billion people in need by 2020

July 01, 2009

Josh Silver delivers his brilliantly simple solution for correcting vision at the lowest cost possible — adjustable, liquid-filled lenses. At TEDGlobal 2009, he demos his affordable eyeglasses and reveals his global plan to distribute them to a billion people in need by 2020. Click here for the story.

Stanford researchers find 15 million children in high-mortality hotspots in Sub-Saharan Africa

October 25, 2016

New spatial analysis shows that progress in combating child mortality has been highly uneven, even within countries where overall declines are substantial.

Stanford researchers have determined that more than 15 million children are living in high-mortality hotspots across 28 Sub-Saharan African countries, where death rates remain stubbornly high despite progress elsewhere within those countries. Click here for the story

Stanford scientists combine satellite data, machine learning to map poverty

August 18, 2016

Accurate and reliable information on the location of impoverished zones is surprisingly lacking for much of the world. Applying machine learning to satellite images could identify impoverished regions in Africa. Click here for the story

Doctors use drones to drop medical supplies in Madagascar

April 19, 2017

The island country is ravaged by tuberculosis and doctors are using this technology to treat villagers in rural areas without endangering themselves.

8 innovations helping homeless populations around the world

January 24, 2017

Homelessness is widespread and hard to solve, affecting more than 560,000 people in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the world.

It's a complex and intractable problem, with countless agencies and nonprofits working to tackle root causes and provide systemic solutions. But while there may not be a one-size-fits-all formula for homeless people in every community, technology and innovation can help fill in the gaps.

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