Biometric registration and real-time health information management

More than 65 million people are currently diforcible displaced worldwide. Among the many challenges they face, proper health care is a significant threat.

Health care management for displaced people in camps and settlements is currently primarily done in a paper-based workflow. The processes are slow and costly and lead to consolidation of data with a high rate of inaccuracy.

This hampers an effective health care management and leads to higher mortality rates as well as a heightened risk of epidemics spreading due to slow response time.

With a new biometric registration and real-time health information management system, the Danish company Unumed aims at improving the health care management for refugees drastically.
With an electronic online health record based on iris registration, the new system will enable real-time disease surveillance and outbreak monitoring and can potentially be used for all kinds of other health-related activities; nutrition programmes, maternity and child health etc.

Partners: Unumed ApS, Danish Red Cross, Kenya Red Cross Society

Where: Kalobeyei refugee settlement and Nyeri County, Kenya


This project is supported by the Danish Industry Foundation under the “Deciphering the Relief Aid Market” project. Read more…

Tent Buster

As the number of refugees in the world are constantly rising due to war, conflicts and climate change, refugee camps keep growing and new ones are continuously being established.

The project Tent Buster aims at developing a better alternative to the commonly used tents that are used in establishing major refugee camps.

The new type of shelter should be more durable, more robust, fire proof, safe and comfortable to live in, reusable an insulated to improve living conditions in both warm and cold climates. Furthermore, the shelter should be produced – at least in part – locally.

The Danish company Evershelter ApS has already developed the LifeShelter® in collaboration with a number of humanitarian organisations. The Lifeshelter® is currently being used as administration buildings in some refugee camps but is too expensive to meet the massive demand for temporary housing. However, the Tent Buster solution will draw heavily on the experiences gained from the Lifeshelter® production.

Partners: Evershelter ApS, Danish Refugee Council, DTU - Technical University of Denmark

Where: Erbil, Iraq


This project is supported by the Danish Industry Foundation under the “Deciphering the Relief Aid Market” project. Read more…

The green generator

When searching for land mines anywhere in the world, access to energy is vital in order to run metal detectors and camp equipment.

DanChurch Aid is one of several civil society organisations working with mine clearing in several places across the globe.

The Green Generator project was established specifically for DanChurch Aid's mine clearing projects in Angola. The challenge here is primarily that the diesel generators tend to run out of diesel, and accessing fuel can be a significant challenge.

No energy means that no work can be done.

The prototype developed for this project is called the Green Generator. It is a mobile renewable energy generator that allows users to plug in any kind of renewable energy source - solar panels, bio-gas, wind power etc. and tap the energy stored in the generator.

 

For further information, please contact: Palle Hannemann, CEO at Hannemann Engineering at +45 2629 8442

ViewWorld

 

Real time information, demand for project monitoring and ongoing contact between head quarter and field activities is a crucial aspect in relief and development work.

Pen and paper is still the most commonly used tools to gather and document activities on the ground and even though that technology exists little attention has so far been put into adapting these to the work of relief and developmental organizations.

Through close collaboration between three commercial companies, researchers from Aalborg University and DanChurchAid, the company Viewwold is providing integrated ICT solutions that enables monitoring and reporting on different projects by web based information systems using android and IPhone as the mean of information gathering.

The challenges are that potential users have limited computer experience and/or writing abilities, which is why it is of the utmost importance that the systems are easy to use, possibly with an icon-based interface.

Furthermore, in order to communicate reports from the field to main databases, the integrated ICT systems need to be able to connect to whatever communication network available.

In Africa, GSM coverage is sparse outside heavily populated areas, this may mean either expensive satellite communication or different types of radio communication systems.

For further information, please visit www.viewworld.net

ViewWorld was supported by access2innovation in its initial years and is now a successful company that provides solutions for a range of different sectors.

Sanitation in emergency response camps

When searching for land mines anywhere in the world, access to energy is vital in order to run metal detectors and camp equipment.

DanChurch Aid is one of several civil society organisations working with mine clearing in several places across the globe.

The Green Generator project was established specifically for DanChurch Aid's mine clearing projects in Angola. The challenge here is primarily that the diesel generators tend to run out of diesel, and accessing fuel can be a significant challenge.

No energy means that no work can be done.

The prototype developed for this project is called the Green Generator. It is a mobile renewable energy generator that allows users to plug in any kind of renewable energy source - solar panels, bio-gas, wind power etc. and tap the energy stored in the generator.

 

For further information, please contact: Palle Hannemann, CEO at Hannemann Engineering at +45 2629 8442

Sky-Watch - airborne mine clearing

 

Large parts of the developing world bear the scars of being battlefields in local or regional conflicts.

Realistic assessments estimate that with the current speed of mine clearing, it may take up to 350 years to clear the minefields of the developing world.

One of the major challenges is inspecting potentially contaminated areas that are dominated by bush or shrubbery. This makes visual orientation on the ground extremely difficult – and dangerous.

By joining resources and capabilities from five commercial companies, researchers from Aalborg University and DanChurchAid, access2innovation has provided the platform for developing an airborne GPS controlled camera.

The aerial overview provides ground staff with an essential tool to identify abandoned roads, old military installations and buildings from a low altitude.

The Sky Watch drone optimizes mine clearing operations by up to 25 percent, thereby ensuring that local communities regain access to farmland, water points, abandoned buildings etc. Sky Watch is acces2innovation’s first groundbreaker; the first commercial company to rise from the a2i network platform.

For further information please visit www.sky-watch.dk

SkyWatch was supported by access2innovation in its initial years and is now a successful company that provides solutions for a range of different sectors.

Relief

In 2010, more than 34 million people in Africa were affected by disasters which continues to put pressure on the emergency aid system and the demand for quick, cost-effective and adaptable solutions to  basic needs.

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