CGHD Teams-Up with BU’s Engineers Without Borders

January 2, 2013

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a student organization at Boston University that is working with the CGHD and the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD) on expanding the text messaging system in rural Zambia that will allow more rural health clinics to receive HIV testing results directly from the labs.  While the texting system reduced the turnaround time for the delivery of results from 6 weeks to 3 weeks, the system does not extend to areas like Naluja, where cell phone service is extremely limited. EWB is currently working on an antenna that will be mounted on the roof of the clinic in Naluja and aimed at the nearest cell phone tower to redirect the signal to the clinic. A fully functional system will allow nurses to receive text messages from the test labs and deliver the results sooner.

Beyond this direct partnership to improve Naluja’s community health, EWB is working on a bike generator to create a source of electrical energy that can be used to power the refrigerator in the clinic (which stores the blood samples and vaccines) and a water filtration device to address the extremely limited sources of clean water.

Please click here to learn more about EWB.