Did you know that breast cancer is the leading cause of female cancer mortality worldwide? According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, there were 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer worldwide. Here in the United States, that number is at 220,000, with 40,000 deaths.
Thankfully, there has been a “gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older,” according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This is in part to screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options. But, what about low-income families or woman residing in developing countries?
Sanjeev Saxena, who has over 25 years experience in Sales and Marketing and operations in the biomedical industry, founded POC Medical Systems – a medical device company – to answer that question.
POC is creating a portable breast cancer screening tool that uses a tiny drop of blood, which will cost a mere $2 per patient. As opposed to the unaffordable and inaccessible screening done by mammography, POC could use technology to save the lives of thousands of women across the world.
POC, however, isn’t the only company relying on technology to improve the world. Here are just five examples of companies who are making the most of technology to save the world.
In 2011 Samsung “launched its Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria as part of the company’s broader goal to develop 10,000 Electronics Engineers across the continent by 2015.” The school provides hands on learning for Grade 10-12 students. After completing the program, students have the opportunity to apply for an internship at Samsung or Samsung’s Channel partners.
Not only will Samsung help create engineers in Africa, the schools are run by solar power – which will also be used to teach 2.5 million students from K-12. Samsung also has Applications and Content Development Centres, in conjunction with regional universities, to create apps and content specifically for Africa.
Founder Chase Adams was serving in the Peace Corps when he noticed a woman on a bus in Costa Rica asking for donations for her son’s healthcare. This inspired Chase to start Watsi, which he named after the town he was traveling through.
Based out of San Francisco allows “people to donate as little as $5 towards low-cost, high-impact medical treatment for patient in third-world countries.” As The New York Times states that, “Watsi represents the next generation of charities dependent on online donors”
BRCK was designed and prototyped in Nairobi, Kenya by a team software developers, engineers, and technologists to fit their online needs. The problems? Connectivity and power issues prevented users for staying or getting online. The answer? BRCK.
This durable and robust device comes equipped with “a 3G data enabled SIM card in over 140 countries and broadcast a WiFi signal that you can share.” This device also has enough juice to run up to 20 devices. And, did I mention that it has an 8-hour long battery that can be charged through a solar panel, car battery, or computer?
Established in 2011, this private Egyptian company is “dedicated to providing innovative off-grid solar energy solutions that are commercially viable and easy-to-use in the agricultural, industrial, and business sectors.” KarmSolar also uses a comprehensive web-based management system to help create a more effective irrigation schedule when using their Off-Grid Solar Water Pumping System. The company also designs low-cost, self-sufficient buildings.
In 2013, KarmSolar became the first company to install a high-capacity off-grid solar water pumping station in the Middle East and North Africa.
Nathan Eagle, chief executive of Jana, states this perfectly in The Guardian, “Internet access was a 20th-century luxury, but it is a 21st-century necessity that is increasingly important to enabling sustained economic development for much of the world.”
Despite the availability of cheaper smartphones, along with improving internet connections, it still costs money to keep a phone active each month. And, that’s where Jana comes in.
Here’s how it works. Users download the mCent Android App where they can can find the most popular and valuable apps.
Each app comes with free internet thanks to its partnerships with 237 mobile operators. That’s it. Now users in emerging markets have free internet access that can be used to communicate with friends/family members, sell products online or look up life-saving health information.
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