INNOVATIONS IN ACTION: PREVIOUSLY SHOWCASED

Innovators across the globe are helping address COVID-19 with their existing or new innovations across 12 categories. 100s of them have shared their COVID-19 activities. We are closely reviewing, and hand-picking a new selection of innovations regularly. 
Previously Showcased Innovations are BelowClick over to their innovation profiles to learn more about the innovations and contact them.
Innovation Name
Featured Date
Description
AtmaGo - Creating a culture of resilience and empowerment through neighbors helping neighbors during COVID-19.
August 18, 2020The AtmaGo app was created to empower communities that are disproportionately affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. During COVID-19, Users are able to track cases of COVID-19, share government regulations, and stop the spread of misinformation. The goal of AtmaGo is to save lives from COVID-19 by developing community-centered communication for behavior change in order to provide sufficient health infrastructure and knowledge to vulnerable communities. This app is currently in Indonesia and Puerto Rico and expected to expand to Vietnam. Users in Yogyakarta, Indonesia created a Task Force that uses AtmaGo to amplify information, schedule events, and recruit volunteers to help slow the spread of the pandemic in their local community. They most recently partnered with Upwork to receive the Work Together Grant and were featured on the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Blog as an organization building an application that delivers lifesaving information when communities need it most.
Audiopedia - Audiopedia is a free resource of localized expert audio contents about health, nutrition, child care, family planning, agriculture and much more.
August 18, 2020

Audiopedia aims to provide health education and life skills to every rural woman in the world. It is a resource of expert audio contents about health, nutrition, child care, family planning, agriculture, and more. Audiopedia is a freely accessible, solar-powered player that works with both smart and feature phones. Educating marginalized women using audio has been viewed as a feasible endeavor that yields excellent results, as shown in their successful pilot projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Nicaragua and the Congo.


In response to COVID-19, Audiopedia has used it’s messaging platform and launched "The Corona WhatsApp Audio Campaign" to provide vital knowledge about COVID-19 to marginalized populations in order to protect them and their families. This solution enables users in the poorest countries, particularly women and girls, to be on the frontlines of response and provide knowledge about symptoms, transmission, and prevention of COVID-19. Audiopedia was named one of 9 winners of the #SmartDevelopmentHack! With #SmartDevelopmentHack the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) called for innovative digital solutions to tackle the challenges caused by the coronavirus outbreak in low- and middle-income countries.

COVID-19 Expert Helpdesk - Our objective is to accelerate learning about strategies to combat COVID-19 and minimize its impact on society by providing access to world-class experts.
August 18, 2020

The COVID-19 Expert Helpdesk enables decision-makers across the globe to tap into expertise from qualified professionals on any topic related to the pandemic response, anywhere in the world, within hours. The panel of experts are rapidly expanding and includes leaders in the fields of global health, epidemiology, crisis management, and risk communication. These global experts provide consultation regarding COVID-10 risk assessment, risk communication, and risk adaptation. The goal is to make the Helpdesk available to any organization that needs assistance in responding to COVID-19 at the lowest possible cost.

Helpdesk customers can ask any questions they have related to COVID-19 and can be introduced to an expert on that topic who is ready to jump in and start helping. Consultations can be conducted over the phone, usually within two days of the initial request. While some experts charge for their services, others provide their services pro bono.

GAIA Mobile Health Clinics - GAIA's mobile clinics provide access to critical healthcare at the far end of the road in rural Southern Africa and build the capacity of the local healthcare systems.
August 18, 2020

GAIA’s COVID-19 response is centered in Malawi, as high rates of poverty, HIV infection, and population density leaves this region vulnerable to the coronavirus. A majority of the Malawian population could become infected with COVID-19 over the next year, and a significant portion of people could die directly from the virus. Malawi’s fragile healthcare system is simply not capable of handling an epidemic of this magnitude. With support from the Clara Lionel Foundation and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, GAIA’s Community-Based HIV Testing Services is working with mobile clinics to manage the anticipated spread of COVID-19 in the Mulanje and Phalombe districts of Malawi.

Bridge International Academies - Bridge@home is an integrated multi channel learning programme designed to ensure that millions of children can continue to learn remotely while schools are closed.
August 18, 2020

Bridge International’s Bridge@Home has provided remote learning tools, such as digital storybooks and measured learning outcomes in India, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uganda. Each school plan is country-specific, based upon the specific national curriculum that reflects the content that children would be learning if they were in school. Each week, Bridge provides the following resources for each grade: a daily plan with goals, vocabulary, and activities for each core subject; a suggested digital storybook to read with each child; and a nightly homework assignment. To implement and maintain this support, Bridge partners with governments—local and national—to improve nurseries and primary schools and to work together to increase education quality, raise teaching capacity, and develop independent, confident and literate children.

Beacon Emergency Dispatch Platform - A text message-based dispatching platform that provides reliable access to vulnerable populations in dire situations
June 17, 2020

Beacon Dispatcher is a do-it-yourself computer-aided dispatch (CAD) platform that allows any organization to design, test, launch and be ready to scale their own emergency dispatching system in 30 minutes or less. As the Covid-19 pandemic shutters communities across the globe, many high-risk and vulnerable groups, like the elderly, disabled and housebound, are finding themselves without reliable access to essential goods like food and medications, putting them in potentially dire situations.

  • Beacon Dispatch Platform is already helping communities throughout the United States to mitigate these problems and bring some level of relief to the neediest among us by helping groups to organize and manage their own resource delivery networks to provide food, meds, and wellness checks for at-risk and vulnerable populations, thus keeping manageable health challenges from becoming acute medical emergencies. 

  • Most recently, Beacon has been redeployed to support and manage community-based resource delivery networks in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to enable the delivery of food and medication, and to conduct welfare checks for high-risk populations. 
Kolibri - Providing offline education and teacher support to at-home learners
June 17, 2020

Kolibri by Learning Equality is an open-source educational platform designed to provide offline access to a curated and openly licensed content library with pedagogical support tools for use in low-resource and low-connectivity contexts. In response to COVID-19, Learning Equality has not so much changed products and services but rather reprioritized their content to provide resources to support parents, educators, and learners in light of the shift to distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also shared COVID-19 specific resources in their Kolibri Community COVID-19 Facebook Group and in the Kolibri Content Library. They have stories and examples in various countries such as:

  • In Uganda, Learning Equality has provided content relevant to the national curriculum in collaboration with the National IT Authority, the National Curriculum Development Centre, and UNICEF Uganda.

  • While in the DRC, the Ministry of Education has recommended Vodafone Instant Schools for Africa Kolibri for relevant content during the pandemic 
CareMother - Pregnancy CareApp now providing COVID-19 screening
June 17, 2020

CareMother, an MIT Solve funded innovation, is an application that uses technology to provide pregnancy care for women in India, including those in the tribal region. CareMother pregnancy care App is now upgraded with COVID-19 screening combined with an AI-powered symptom assessment to identify mild and severe cases. In association with Ada Health Berlin, CareMother provides two product offerings to support the health system in India: (1) Web & App-based COVID-19 screening tool. (2) AI-powered online COVID-19 Assessment. These tools provide guidance on home care which alleviates unnecessary demand on medical professionals who can focus their care on those who need it most. This application has been validated and supported by global organizations and hospitals, including FOGSI, KEM Hospital, Sahyadri Hospitals, Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital, and Google, Cisco, MIT Solve, and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Highlight: Colored bleach additive - Protecting front-line workers from infection
June 17, 2020

Highlight is the new standard of compliance, quality control, and safety for protecting the lives of health workers, patients, and the general public. It has various methods of disinfectant coverage, as it can be sprayed onto surfaces, used as wipes, or distributed as a powder. In response to COVID-19:

  • Highlight has been deployed by Fire and EMS departments in the United States for ambulance and PPE decontamination and has donated products to a hospital for spraying down screening rooms

  • Highlight has been used in West Africa to tackle the Ebola crisis and is now being utilized across the globe to provide an epidemic response and daily prevention for COVID-19.
40K PLUS
Edtech solution finding ways to support teachers and students impacted by the pandemic in Cambodia and India
May 21, 2020

The 40K PLUS, a Google Impact Challenger and MIT Solver, is a technology platform with an end-to-end technology solution that can make educational material accessible and available offline to all learners through low-cost, android devices to support impacted students and teachers in India and Cambodia. During the pandemic:

  •  40K PLUS is working with the Cambodian Ministry of Education allowing them to roll out programs in Kampong Cham province, while also providing learners with access to smartphones with limited internet connectivity the learning medium for continuing their English language lessons. 

  • In India, 40K PLUS has recently partnered with a volunteer group, Whitefield Ready, and Hewlett Packard (HP) to launch PLUS English in government schools in Bangalore. 

Benetech's Bookshare Initiative - Accessible digital library for people with reading barriers

May 21, 2020Bookshare is an initiative that ensures that students with reading barriers are not left behind during school closures by providing ebooks for individuals with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers. This initiative allows users across the globe to customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading. Bookshare assists communities, schools, and families contending with COVID-19 by providing access to over 800,000 ebooks in easy-to-read formats such as in audio, text with karaoke-style highlighting, braille, or large font, and customized reading experiences to suit their individual learning style. In March, Bookshare saw over 14,000 new sign-ups, and their training webinars have seen high demand with 1000+ registrants for each session.
Dimagi - Provides free COVID-19 mobile/desktop apps for contract tracing, facility readiness & more
May 21, 2020

Provides free COVID-19 mobile/desktop apps for contract tracing, facility readiness & more.

CommCare is an offline-first, open-source, mobile data collection and service delivery platform. Our platform is already the choice for the largest mobile health program in the world, while the Ogun state government in Nigeria and the CDC in California have already begun working with us during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Health Alert & Noora Heatlh - Disseminating accurate, timely information to the public at scale
May 21, 2020Disseminating accurate, timely information to the public at scale.

The World Health Organization launched Praekelt.org's Health Alert globally which provides COVID-19 updates via WhatsApp and Facebook. In DRC Village Reach is working with the Communications Commission of the CNC to apply this solution.

HealthAlert was implemented in Bangladesh in partnership Noora Health, the Government of Bangladesh, WhatsApp and others so the people of Bangladesh can receive real-time, localized COVID-19 information. HealthAlert has been implemented in other countries and is also available to be implemented in additional countries.
Village Reach - Provides timely and accurate health information to people in Mozambique
May 21, 2020Provides timely and accurate health information to people in Mozambique.

In Mozambique VillageReach and Viamo are collaborating to develop the messaging capability of existing Ministry of Health services, AloVida and Plataforma Educativa de Informação Sobre a Saúde (PENSA), which will also get linked with the Health Alert service. This is just one of Viamo's many partnerships delivering pre-recorded COVID-19 messages in 15+ countries.
Sehat Kahani - Telehealth provider providing free consultations for 3 months from female doctors
May 21, 2020Telehealth provider providing free consultations for 3 months from female doctors

Sehat Kahani is a telehealth provider in Pakistan. In collaboration with the Prime Minister's Digital Pakistan initiative, Sehat Kahani is providing free consultations for 3 months connecting any patient who is in need of advice, counseling, and education on COVID-19 to qualified licensed female doctors 24/7.
Maya - A platform providing key COVID-19 info via private messaging & more
May 21, 2020A platform providing key COVID-19 info via private messaging & more

Maya is a knowledge sharing/messaging platform available on Android, Web, and Free Basics. In order to meet the increased demand for COVID-19, Maya has developed new platforms (e.g. a hotline that received 2000 calls in its first month) and strengthened existing ones (e.g. the chatbots responded to 40,000+ users in April 2020). Among other countries, it is implemented in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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