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First Advisor

Svetlana Nikitina

Date

2012

Abstract

As part of an effort to improve access to health services and education in Sierra Leone, Zion Ministries has partnered with Seven Hills Global Outreach (SHGO) in order to create a centralized campus for the purpose of providing maternal and infant health services, a nutrition center, a well, a primary school and a community meeting space for a population of over 13,000 people. Currently, there is not a sustainable way to charge mobile electronics on this campus. NewBorn Solutions has researched the systems most commonly employed for mobile device charging in rural Africa, with the goal of providing recommendations to Zion Ministries outlining a sustainable and cost-effective charging strategy. One device stands out as the most promising solution: the ReadySet Solar Kit, a simple, reliable and low-cost solar charging product produced by Fenix International. Working with Seven Hills, NewBorn Solutions has developed a set of guidelines for installation, maintenance and use of the Readyset system on campus. If this pilot implementation is a success, it can serve as a model for future implementation in other regions of Sierra Leone and elsewhere in Africa.

Poster Presentation, Judges Award (2012)

Keywords

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Disciplines

Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Business | Education | Engineering | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rights

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Program

Great Problems Seminar

Format

application/pdf

Innovative Field Tools & Rural Outreach


Poster Presentation, Judges Award (2012)

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