People power for global health

I was just forwarded an email from a colleague email about an excellent research project. It’s not about the sea, but it’s a really clever idea;

Hi All, As many of you know, we have been working hard on developing a technology for generating electricity from walking. We are hoping to use our tech to power health devices in Uganda, where less than 1% have access to reliable electricity, and rural India, where 300 million live without power. We are going to focus on powering water purification, point-of-care diagnostics, vaccine refrigeration and mobile phones for health education. Walking for 5 minutes in our device can purify 5 L of water, screen 1 patient for HIV, keep 280 doses of vaccine cold for 1 hour, or generate 2.5 hours of talk time on a mobile phone. Useful stuff! To fund this work, we have applied to Grand Challenges Canada, “a unique and independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of people in developing countries through innovation.” Part of the grant application includes a video that can be viewed, voted on and shared. Please check it out: You can vote on it by clicking on the thumbs up sign on the right hand side. You can share it with the facebook and email links below the video. Don’t forget to view some of the other worthy submissions while you are there! Thanks, Max

You might want to go and check out the video here (Sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to embed it in this post).