The Stars in Global Health Competition is $100K towards worthy global health projects. Part of the application process is a 2-minute video demonstrating in layman terms the project idea. Votes for each project are collected and count in a small measure towards the applications success.
Please help bolster our UBC projects this round by voting for the projects below.
Dr. Tim Green (NGDI member and Faculty of Land & Food Systems)
Thiamin-fortified fish sauce as a means of combating infantile beriberi in rural Cambodia
Adding thiamin to fish sauce offers a simple, cost-effective and sustainable solution to infantile beriberi. Consuming fortified fish sauce will raise maternal blood and breast milk thiamin levels, and thus infant thiamin intake, preventing beriberi.
View video here and vote for Tim: http://applications.grandchallenges.ca/en/viewVideo/28735E6AA0E73DB522E3032C
Dr. Marianne Black (Faculty of Medicine)
Sterile Drill Covers for Low Cost Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
There is limited supply of surgical drills in LMICs, but commercial power tools are widely available. We have developed a low-cost sterilizable drill cover that allows the safe use of commercial power drills for orthopaedic trauma surgery.
View video here and vote for Marianne: http://applications.grandchallenges.ca/en/viewVideo/28735E6AA0E936BC7FE6A1EF
Matthew Wiens (PhD Candidate, School of Population and Public Health)
The Post Discharge Survival Project
We propose a two-pronged solution: 1) An mHealth application “DOC” for hospital use to identify at-risk children who need referral to a community health worker and 2) a discharge kit that will help parents care for their recovering child.
View video here and vote for Matthew: http://applications.grandchallenges.ca/en/viewVideo/28735E6AA0E83BB025111FAF
Katherine Ryan (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry)
Cheap drugs for bad bugs: engineering natural product synthesis
We will engineer bacteria to produce a natural product drug molecule at high levels. By developing a cheap, biologically-based production system, we will be able to reduce the cost of this drug for the developing world.
View video here and vote for Katherine: http://applications.grandchallenges.ca/en/viewVideo/28735E6AA3ED3CB1992A0834
The NGDI wishes all the candidates the best of luck!