Monday, 03 February 2020 11:41

Problem: The International Diabetes Federation finds a growing risk of diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa. Diabetes affects 15% of the entire Egyptian population with 15 million diabetic patients, pre-diabetics, and at-risk individuals who face significant danger of diabetic vision loss.

Solution: Egypt’s first specialized diabetic eye care Centre, as well as its first paper-free healthcare provider, offering digital retina screening, advanced retinal imaging and treatment by highly trained ophthalmologists and paramedics.

Goals and objectives: To effectively preserve the vision of diabetic patients through personalized quality care, state of the art technology and highly trained staff for patients in the Middle East and North Africa.

Implementation: Almouneer Medical Services was launched in 2014 by Dr. Noha Khater, an entrepreneur, professor of Ophthalmology and vitreoretinal consultant at Cairo University and Egypt’s sole female eye surgeon specialized in retinal surgery. Dr. Khater and her IT consultant partner Dr. Rania Kadry sought to introduce a fully digital healthcare system that could track the medical data records of diabetic patients, with the aim of implementing a nationwide diabetic eye care service.

By integrating its IT systems with other healthcare centres, Almouneer was able to provide a fully digitized process including a referring and appointment scheduling app. Since its inception, the eye centre has gone on to become one of the most advanced in Cairo and has doubled its workforce, having recently opened three additional branches.

Almouneer provides a one-stop shop for diabetic and non-diabetic eye treatments. It provides a wide range of ocular services such as digital retina screening, advanced retinal imaging and pattern laser treatments. The eye centre also provides intravitreal treatment which when administered properly and as scheduled, reduces retinal changes (e.g. retinal edema and bleeding) that occur in a diabetic patient and that can lead to blindness.

Dr. Khater’s insists that human and social factors are critical in diabetic healthcare. She advocates education and prevention, advising her patients to effect behavioural changes as a means of managing their diabetic condition. She has established an NGO to advocate for the improvement of the quality of life for diabetics by raising awareness, providing free healthcare and funding diabetes research.

Achievements: Almouneer has served over 20,000 patients who originate from Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Ghana through its three centers in and around Cairo. It has also recently launched its research activities hoping to establish the first diabetic eye research center in the Middle East and Africa. Its founder has been recognised by the Cartier Women Initiative , British Embassy Cairo and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Contact details: Saridar Medical Tower - 92 El Tahrir St. Dokki – Giza Fourth Floor.

Phone: +202 37624276

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Problem: Social norms hinders professional opportunities for female engineers in Saudi Arabia and Jordan despite a booming market for qualified engineers.

Solution: An enterprise that promotes opportunities for female engineers by consolidating non-core engineering services in a remote platform.

Goals and objectives: To provide engineering support services for firms operating in the Middle East and North Africa region via a-remote platform.

Implementation: was established by Nermin Saad, a trained Jordanian engineer living in Saudi Arabia where her husband worked as a construction engineer, in 2011. Despite Nermin’s qualifications, existing social norms prevented co-mixing between men and women in the workplace thereby hindering her from working in the male dominated construction industry.

Nevertheless for a decade, Nermin successfully supported her husband’s work by providing non-core engineering tasks, such as AutoCAD drawings, calculations, technical translations, or bills of quantities that were prerequisites in every project but could be performed remotely.

Returning to Jordan with her husband, Nermin came to realize that 75 percent of her female engineer friends were unemployed due to the limitations as a consequence of the social norms. Nermin then decided to replicate her experience supporting her husband in Saudi Arabia to develop, a remote online platform to outsource non-core engineering functions, giving an opportunity to many female engineers to put into use their trainings and earn money for their families. This enterprise capitalizes on the recent trend of outsourcing engineering support services and has built a customized online platform that allows its engineering consultants to provide professional services from the comfort of their homes and boardrooms.

Nermin recognized the immense growth and potential of the construction industry, where close to half a trillion US dollars of projects are currently being implemented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alone. platform provided a circumvent on cultural limitations, and when physical meetings are needed, a partnership with an all-male engineering company provided the needed interface. Renumeration for Handasiyat’s engineering consultants are made on a simple commission basis for each job contracted. offers professional construction solutions in the rapidly developing and demanding construction industry of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan & other countries with the region. The company provides for mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) design, technical translations, cadding, producing bill of quantities (BOQ's), prototyping, and other engineering support services.

Achievements: has participated in many construction projects on buildings such as, Hotel, Farm, Mall, School, Commercial Building, Villa, Residential Building, Engineering Specifications Translation, and Sculpture. The business has also provided employment opportunities for about 200 engineers, both female and men and the accomplishments of its founder has been recognized by the 2012 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

Contact details: Al Tarawneh St 70, IPARK, Amman, Jordan

Phone: +962 777855883 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Monday, 03 February 2020 10:18

Problem: Researches depict that during the precipitation, billions of gallons of rainwater occur over the world, which has huge potential if utilized in the right way. Based on our investigation, approximately 1.5 billion people live in rainy countries, where 33 million of those individuals reside in rural areas in which they have no or very limited access to electricity. Considering that the price of general electricity is 25 euro cent per KWH and 5 euro cents per KWH for solar energy in rainy countries, we create a more affordable and sustainable solution for them.

Solution: The Rainergy is designed to produce electricity from the rain to solve the problem of energy deficiency in rainy and low-income countries. It collects rainwater and transfers its rich potential energy into electricity through the motion created by the wheel. Eventually, electricity is stored in batteries for further implementation. We offer Rainergy product to low-income rural households, who live in remote regions of rainy countries, to have easy access to energy for their daily needs at affordable price. Our device consists of 4 major parts. Rain collector fills the water tank with rainwater which then goes through the electricity generator at high speed and generates the electricity through the motion created by the wheel. Generators work consists of receiving electrical current from the fixed magnetic field formed by the magnetic contour mounted on the base of neodymium, iron, and boron. Then the electricity is stored in the gel battery for further implementation.

Goals and objectives: The main purpose of Rainergy is to increase access to energy for people living in remote regions of rainy countries. The next goal is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air relative to other energy sources. It should be noted that only 10 g of carbon dioxide gas is emitted during Rainergy's creation, which is very small compared to other sources since one of the most common energy sources, Thermal power plants, which uses coal and gas, emits between 350-1100 g CO2 per KWH generated.

Implementation: Rainergy was founded in April 2017 during the ClimatelaunchPad pre-accelerator program, where we worked on the project and built its first 2 prototypes with the help of our mentors. The prototype lightened up only 3 LED lamps, while the second one lightened up 22 LED lamps. After the ClimatelaunchPad program, the Alternative Agency of Azerbaijan assisted us to build the third prototype, which gave us 120 watts of power if the rotor's rotation speed was 180 cycles per minute. Indicators of the 3rd prototype :

• Power: 120 W

• Tension: 12 V

• Electric current: 10A

• Rotor’s rotation speed: 180 cycles / min

Currently, the project is supported by the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Development Bank, and The Global Good Fellowship Program.

Now with the third working version of the Rainergy generator and the 100,000$ amount seed funding stage behind, the next step is to build the 4th prototype and test it in a rainy country like Singapore.

Achievements: The project revenue model has been proven in local and global markets, such as a sustainable and up-to-date business model. The idea itself led Jamalova to earn a place in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List in 2018 and BBC’s 100 Women list in 2018 as the first Azerbaijani to make the lists. Rainergy also made it to the final rounds of the competition at ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest green business idea competition, Intel ISEF 2019, and Tomorrow of Scientists competition, where it won the first place. Rainergy was first represented globally at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and caused great interest, thus even attracting the attention of Ivanka Trump.

Rainergy then became one of the 32 winners out of the 1576 projects worldwide under the Transform Fund Competition held by the Islamic Development Bank for the first time in 2018. Rainergy also became one of the 25 supporting startups by The Global Good Fund Fellowship Program out of 2600 applicants worldwide in 2020.

Rainergy has been published on several media news including Forbes, UN, Le Figaro, and La Nacion as an affordable, green, and sustainable project.

Budget: Islamic Development Bank and The Global Good Fund Fellowship Program provide the total initial seed in the amount of 100,000$, with former processing 90,000$ and latter providing 10,000$.

Contact details:

Address: Baku, Azerbaijan

Phone: +994 77 460 1364

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Saturday, 01 February 2020 04:46

Problem: Marginalization and exclusion of children with development challenges as a consequence of social, cultural, attitudinal and physical obstacles impeding their access to inclusive education.

Solution: A leading technology driven educational center that provides a variety of specialized programs including behavioral therapy, educational support for children and young adults with a variety of learning difficulties, cognitive challenges and developmental delays.

Goals and objectives: To provide an enabling environment for individuals facing various developmental challenges and support them with the necessary life skills, academics, technology, vocational training, coaching and job placement needed for social inclusion.

Implementation: Maharat Learning Center (MLC) was founded by dentist Dr. Hibah Shata whom found it difficult to secure a special nursery school that provides speech and occupational therapy for her autistic daughter under the age of 3. By 2008 Dr. Shata business plan led to the establishment of medical center that provided services to infants with special needs. By 2010 Dr, Shata founded the Child Learning and Enrichment Medical Centre to offer a learning day program for children who were not yet in mainstream schools, and in 2017 her third center, she founded Maharat Learning Centre, a behavioral intervention and school inclusion support service provider to help children succeed in mainstream education. MLC today provides educational support to special-needs children and youngsters up to the age of 25 whom suffer from dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities hindering their inclusion in their communities.

MLC provides individualized educational, development and behavioral assessments, one-on-one behavioral therapy, tutoring, school shadowing, support services and trainings. By employing assistive technology, augmentative alternative communication and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy MLC is able to provide its pupils the academic, social and life skills needed to be integrated in society and succeed in life. MLC’s interventions are also backed up by inclusion support services and shadow teaching during the transition period. A pioneer in the Middle East and North Africa, its services are provided in both Arabic and English which typically last from one to several years. MLC offers an alternative education programme for life skills, with a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:2, for those pupils that are unable to integrate into mainstream schools.

Achievements: MLC campaigning via conferences, symposium’s and workshops has influenced the Dubai school system to integrate special needs children. Dubai is on track to implement its inclusive city 2020 strategy which obliges all its schools to welcome 10 percent student with special needs.

Currently 84 children are enrolled in MLC training programmes which have been certified by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority. 70 percent of MLC students have been included in mainstream schools and its revenue exceeded $2 million and has opened an office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for further expansion.

Dr. Shata is a recipient of several awards, including Dubai Healthcare City Authority’s Award for the Best Pediatric Rehabilitation Centre in 2017, Dubai Health Authority’s Excellence Award in 2018 and its Female Leader of the Year title in 2018, and, in 2019 the global Cartier Women's Initiative Award.

Contact details: Marsa Plaza, HP011, Ground Floor Dubai

Phone: +9714 288 8104

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Saturday, 01 February 2020 04:31

Problem: Climate changes requires coordinated efforts on different levels, including at the level of teaching and training action items for more effective and long-lasting climate adaptation and mitigation plans.

Solution: "Yeni Nesil Binalar için Teknik Eğitim", which means Capacity Development for Future Builders in Turkish is a project to educate educators and teachers, to direct the restricted sector and municipalities in the energy efficiency in Turkey.

Goals and objectives: The Yeni Nesil aims to contribute to the creation of a strong culture on energy efficiency, and prepares the infrastructure for the renewal of low-energy buildings as well as the guidelines for educators in vocational schools and the infrastructure of transferring culture to future generations.

Implementation: The Yeni Nesil project was developed and implemeted by Özyeğin University Center for Energy, Environment and Economy (CEEE) with financial support of the European Union and the Republic of Turkey from September 2017 to September 2018.

It focused on the development of a module to be integrated into the curriculum of vocational and technical schools as well as, creating a roadmap for energy auditing and energy efficient public building renovation in Turkey.

The project contributed to creating a more comprehensive culture around energy efficiency education through trainings of the teachers and lecturers at vocational and technical schools. An artificial intelligence-based chat-bot to help with this was tested during the project.

The project educated teachers in the following areas:

Energy Efficiency Literacy: The Next Generation covers efforts to raise awareness of low-energy buildings in a large number of citizens from different age groups and from different professional backgrounds.

Energy Efficiency Infrastructure: New Generation, Hüseyin Avni Sipahi Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School and İMKB Taşdelen Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School and Nesrin Uçmaklıoğlu Vocational and Technical High School buildings carried out a detailed monitoring and examination of energy performance. All data were analyzed and a roadmap was drawn up in light of the guidelines as well as the guidelines per beneficiary.

Energy Efficiency Impact: The guidelines prepared for the Governorship of Istanbul and Çekmeköy Municipality aim to determine the standard and parameters of the zoning legislation and to guide the development of daily construction habits. Trainers of vocational high schools will soon train the technical students who will be professional in the sector and will lead the use of energy efficiency applications in their works.

In the next phase the project aims to transfer the know-how to Southeast Turkey, as it has the highest unemployment rates, whilst housing approximately 1.300.000 Syrian refugees, since the war in Syria. Later on, it plans to transfer the knowledge to other countries such as Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia, where we already have some educational links. 

Achievements: The project prepared guidelines on renovation for low energy buildings, with performing short-term and long-term energy audits in ten selected public schools in collaboration with local energy auditors in Southeast Turkey.

Yeni Nesil was nominated by Türkiye İnşaat Malzemesi Sanayicileri Derneği (İMSAD; Turkish Association of Construction Material Producers) as winner of Investment Awards for the Future 2018.

Budget: EU IPA and Central Finance and Contracts Unit of Ministry of Treasury and Finance, OzU Budget: 50.000,00€, EU Contibution to OzU: %100.

Contact details:

Address: Özyeğin University, Çekmeköy Campus
Nişantepe District, Orman Street, 34794 Çekmeköy -Istanbul

Phone: +90 (216) 564 90 00
Fax: +90 (216) 564 99 99


Friday, 03 January 2020 07:15

Problem: Forest is a complex ecosystem, connecting living organisms, and such components as air, soil and water. Without green plants, humanity will be sentenced to extinction. Tree plantings done by the efforts of government do not guarantee reforestation to the same extent forests are being eliminated per year.

Solution: ‘’ is a crowdfunding service for the forest restoration in Russia.

Goals and objectives: The main goal is the conservation of nature and the rational use of natural resources through developing a private model for supporting environmental initiatives.

Implementation: In the autumn 2010, after the hot summer when terrible wildfires took place across Russia, tthe ECA Green Movement of Russia, launched the campaign the ‘More Oxygen!’ for tree planting. For 4 years, the program was financially supported by the socially responsible company Faberlic, thanks to which 10 million trees were planted in 47 regions of Russia and 5,000 school nurseries were created under the leadership of ECA activists. The program started with the creation of school nurseries, but in recent years, the main focus was on the massive planting of trees in the countryside, which badly need reforestation.

After four years, the partnership program ended, but the ECA Movement team decided to go on with our activities in reforestation and created a crowdfunding service ‘’.

The service works in three simple steps:

  1. Make a contribution to plant a single tree or several hectares with 1 tree for $3.
  2. Get a certificate that confirms a contribution to the restoration of forests for yourself, for your organization or as a gift to you friends or relatives on a memorable date.
  3. Receive photos and GPS coordinates. After the actual planting, get the photo and GPS coordinates of the new forest.

Not so long ago, the team came up with a new format for involving people in the “forest” problem – the team decided to create the mobile online game “Plant the forest”. The game telss its players about the deforestation problem, about the fact that not far is the time when a person can cut down the last tree. The game can show important things in a simple manner.

Achievements: Since 2015, anyone can plant their own forest even without leaving home. During this time, about 5 thousand people supported the planting of more than 150 thousand trees in 13 regions of Russia.

Contact details:

Phone: +7 495 228-17-90

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Friday, 03 January 2020 07:01

Problem: The impact of dumping clothing in landfill sites is catastrophic. Natural fibres such as cotton or silk produce greenhouse gases upon degradation, while synthetic fibres such as polyester are non-biodegradable, leading to similar impacts on the environment as plastics. Chemicals from dyes can have severe impacts on soil and water sources from run-off. 

Solution: FabricAID collects, sorts, and redistributes clothes to disadvantaged communities at micro-prices.

Goals and objectives: The goal is to deliver good quality clothing into the hands of people who need them, while also reducing fabric waste.

Implementation: Fabric Aid was founded by young entrepreneurs Omar Itani, Hussam Hanouni and Lynn Abi Aad in 2017.

Clothes are graded, sorted into around 50 categories, selecting only clothes in good condition, cleaned in the warehouse and redistributed to disadvantaged communities at US$0.3 – US$2 per item AT FabricAID pop-up markets and FabricAID permanent shops. Clothing that is not fit for re-sale is sold in bulk to existing second-hand stores for much lower prices.

FabricAID’s sorting facility is fully staffed by refugees, adding an additional layer of social impact to its innovative model.

In addition, the FabricAid collects new and gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories through its network of smart clothing collection bins located all over Lebanon, and garments that cannot be reused are shredded for pillows, chairs, couches, mattresses, and bean bags. In collaboration with the Orphan Welfare society, it also works with students from ESMOD Fashion School to create fashionable clothes and with woman refugee tailors from NGO Sawa for Development and Aid, who tailor the fabric into clothes for its own up-cycled fashion brand, RemAID.

Achievements: By 2019, the organization has upcycled 31800 kilograms of clothing and sold more than 28280 items among more than 5570 people, mostly refugees or disadvantaged communities with little income.

Fabric Aid won first runner up prize for the social entrepreneurship track at the 11th edition of the Arab Startup competition held in Oman, on April 19, 2018.

In September 2019, Omar Itani won the Young Champions of the Earth Prize for his pioneering work to establish the region’s first upcycling and clothing redistribution hub.

Contact details:

Address: Beirut, Nicolas Turk str., Resiviglio Building 4th floor

Phone: +961 (76) 900230

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Friday, 03 January 2020 06:46

Problem: Unemployment rate in the Arab region is high. One of the main problems that graduates face is lack of experience as most companies require more than five year of experience.

Solution: Cerati initiative is a mobile app and website that provides college students and graduates with access to freelancing, temporary and full jobs and tasks, it provides various training opportunities, workshops, internships, competitions, events, exhibitions and Motivations.

Goals and objectives: Our aim is to integrate university students with the external labour market before the graduation and develop their skills to earn supporting income.

Implementation: Cerati was founded by Ms. Yafa Abd Al Rahim, an entrepreneurship and first place winner in the Arab Innovation Academy in 2018. Cerati works as a linkage between users and employers that nominates the companies that best suits the students’ interests and qualifications.

Cerati platform matches and develops students’ skills and experiences with desirable and available job vacancies. It provides information about various training opportunities, workshops, internships, competitions, events, exhibitions and inspiration.

Achievements: Today, Cerati targets seven different Palestinian universities in the West Bank spread evenly in different areas. In addition, it works with more than 50 Palestinian companies and foundations, improving a number of services, which has to fill in the gaps between the two and reinforces the abilities of the student.

Contact details:

Address: Al Tireh Street, Ramallah

Yafa Abd-alrahim

Phone: +970 598 191 684

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 12:56

Problem: Air pollution is rising every year and there are several causes for it. One of the causes is the presence of a large number of vehicles on roads.

Solution: Pariyantra Air Filtration System is an aesthetically designed piece of equipment that fits snugly on the transport vehicles and carries out a task of cleaning the environmental air of the particulate matter it produces.

Goals and objectives: The product aims to fight air pollution by cleaning atmospheric air through filters fitted on vehicles.

Implementation: The Priyayantra Air filtration system innovation to fight air pollution is designed by Dr. B S. Gill, Amit Kumar Singh and Prachie Sharma, researchers from Manav Rachna Innovation and Incubation Centre (MRIIC) in 2017. As the vehicle moves, air passes through the holes in front of the device. It has been found that the filters can trap up to 98% of the particulate matter thus keeping the air, pollutant free.

A pilot project sponsored by the Government of India is currently in progress and the results are highly encouraging. The system does not consume any electricity like other air purifiers, and is mounted on the roof of any vehicle — buses, cars, auto-rickshaws, and even two-wheelers. When mounted on buses, it works the same as six indoor air purifiers. It occupies little space on the bus rooftop, with a weight of 18 kilograms, and does not add any extra load on the vehicle engine even while running. The device is designed to match the aesthetics of the vehicle, and any moving vehicle fitted with it will become an air purifier too. The filters used are biodegradable.

Achievements: The filters have already been installed in 30 buses, collecting 1.5 kilograms of dust in just 10 days, with 77 percent of the particles captured being smaller than 10 microns.

Contact details:


Monday, 23 December 2019 10:36

Problem: Poverty and hunger are very prevalent in Zambia, with almost 60% of people living below the absolute poverty line. As a means of putting food on the table, many rural communities opt to cut down trees and sale charcoal to earn an income. The cutting down of trees however has high environmental consequences as it causes deforestation, contributing significantly contributing to climate change.

Solution: ZamHives is double-decker $4 low cost, high productive beehives made from unwanted wood waste and offcuts from commercial wood processing centers and plantations.

Goals and objectives: ZamHive aims to address the problems of rural poverty and climate change through providing rural communities with new sources of income in order to cut charcoal production and prevent deforestation.

Implementation: Dytech Limited Zambia, a social and export enterprise developed a protected designed beehive that is moveable, durable and productive ZamHive beehives, a proven poverty intervention system.

The productive ZamHive eco-friendly design boosts productivity, increasing honey production per beehive from 15 kilograms to 75 kilograms per season. The solution helps rural communities to earn a 150% increase in income from honey sales as compared to that of crops such as maize of charcoal per kilo.

Hives are consigned to outgrowers, engaging them to produce honey for increased production for export into global markets such as Germany, China, Egypt and South Africa. Payments to outgrowers are provided in cash, supplies or solar products.

Dytech Limited also provides training for rural outgrowers, many of them women. With the initial number of trained 100 women and the distribution of one thousand ZamHives® units the increased demand resulted in equip the extra 200 youths and women who turned up for training with beehives from export revenues.

The social impact on communities gets bigger as they are now benefiting more than ever because the honey is being exported to global markets. It’s been a very important moment that has brought more beehives and ultimately money into the communities from other awards such as from Gates Foundation and the Dubai Impact Grant.

Achievements: In the autumn of 2018, Dytech Limited  won Open to Export International Business Awards in Geneva at the WTO Public Forum.

Dytech Limited have reached a deal with two Chinese companies who will buy 500 tons of honey – both in bottles and bulk loads of the branded SweetHarvest™ Pure Honey – for the 2019 to 2020 period. The company exported 80 tons of honey to Germany and 20 tons Egypt since December 2018.

Now the company is poised to export the largest single honey consignment of 200ton from Zambia to Germany and China in 2019.

Contact details:

Dytech Limited

P.O.BOX 38937, Lusaka, Zambia

Mr. Alan Chanda, CEO

Phone: +260955582392


Thursday, 19 December 2019 17:21

Problem: Rural health workers face difficulties when they need specialist advice due to geographical restraints, increasing the risk of long-term effects of diseases and errors and delays.

Solution: Vula mobile is an e-referral application that makes it easy to refer patients to specialists by putting primary healthcare workers in rural areas directly in touch with on-call specialists. The app is made for rural areas and uses up to 25x less data than social messaging apps.

Goals and objectives: The aim of the app is to give health workers – particularly those in remote rural areas – a tool that helps to get patients quick and efficient specialist care.

Implementation: Vula is the brainchild of Dr William Mapham, who conceived the idea for the app while working at the Vula Emehlo Eye Clinic in rural Swaziland.

The apps for Android and iOS were launched in July 2014.

This free app was initially only for ophthalmology referrals, but it quickly became clear that the functionality provided by Vula was widely needed. Specialists from several different fields donated their time to work with the Vula team to design functionality for their own specialities. Vula added cardiology, orthopaedics and burns in April 2016. This redesign enabled the app to scale to include referral forms for any number of specialities.As of December 2019 there are 33 specialties on Vula and it is used by 54 types of health professional.

Achievements: The number of health workers registered on Vula more than doubled from 1,775 at the beginning of January 2017, to more than 9,500 in December 2019. 

The number of patients helped increased from 2,397 in the fourth quarter of 2016, to 5,888 patients helped in the same quarter of 2017, and now to over 26,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Vula was awarded MTN’s Best Health App of 2019.

Contact details:

39 High Level Road, J5 Alma Court, Greenpoint, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

William Mapham, Founder & CEO

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Thursday, 12 December 2019 08:15

Problem:  In Bann Samkha village, most of the people work on rice farms as my family does and, after the harvest season, there are not enough jobs and villagers do not have the income to support their families. On the other hand, farmers get rid of the rice straw, the crop residue, by burning it, which produces smoke and CO2 emissions. the paper and packaging industry is causing huge environmental problems around the world in terms of deforestation, CO2 and waste management.

Solution: Fang Thai’s rice straw pulp packaging is one of the most environment-friendly options of packaging products in the market. Its paper is not only 100% biodegradable in 30 days but also water, oil and grease resistant (more than two hours) with a non-chemical coating solution that is made from rice straw pulp.

Goals and objectives: To make 100% biodegradable packaging from rice straw pulp and to avoid using any non-toxic chemicals during the process.

Implementation: In 2018, after two years of experimenting and meeting with experts and advisors Mrs. Jaruwan Khammuang and Mr. Nathapol Khammuang, founders of Fang Thai company based in Bann Samkha in Lampang province, Thailand developed a high-quality and environmentally- friendly product.

Fang Thai produces high-quality biodegradable paper and packaging from rice straw with no hazardous chemicals added during the process. In addition, the company will sell its wet pulp to companies that want to produce paper and molding packaging in a sustainable way. Among other certifications, the Natural Material and Fiber Group, Division of Engineering Materials Department of Science Service states that Fang Thai’s rice straw pulp is mercury and heavy metals free and has no AOX substance. In addition, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand calculates the products’ carbon footprint and, considering this, Fang Thai is able to reduce approximately 28,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year addressing in this way one of the most important issues of the industry (

Achievements: Fang Thai's rice straw packaging products directly reduce GHG emissions and air pollution from improper crop burning and the use of less sustainable packaging materials. It also generates new sources of income for the local community, Bann Samkha - a village of 160 families and creates a new industry and value chain of rice straw paper that boosts the local economy in Lampang.

Fang Thai won the Global "Waste Beneficiation" Category award of the Cleantech Open Global Forum 2018, Los Angeles, California and 2019 SEED Low Carbon Award.

Contact details:

Fang Thai Factory Limited Partnership

Hua Sua, Lampang, Thailand

Phone: +66 818990394

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