Dan Amirault and Kayleah Griffen
Malaria is a parasitic disease impacting 3 billion people worldwide. The Plasmodium falciparum is drug resistant to 90% of antimalarial compounds. Artemisinin is being used in a variety of forms to treat Malaria, and the best way is in edible tablets created from organic Artemisia annua.
Printing Prosthetic Solutions: Providing 3-D Printed Trans-tibial Prosthetic Sockets to Northern Uganda Amputees
Kristen Bender, Harry Chartoff, and Megan Hoppe
Below-the-knee (trans-tibial) amputees in Uganda cannot afford well-fitting prostheses, inhibiting working lifestyles. We utilized 3D-printing to create price-effective, well-calibrated prostheses. We aimed to increase the affordability of a trans-tibial prosthesis to enable amputees to return to the workforce.
Miya Bidon, Samantha Hires, Errando Berwin Jayapurna, Kaylee Perron, and Tung Truong
Tapeworms affect 12% of people in Mexico City. We intend to treat Mexico’s largest pork producer with oxfendazole. Success will be determined by a statistically significant decrease infection of pigs by T. solium. Given our successful approach, treatment will spread to other GCM factories and eventually the entirety of Mexico’s pork industry.
Brenna Blakslee, Brianna Dozier, Stasha Greenalch, and Brittney Lambert
The inefficiency of Kathmandu’s current public transportation system is leading to major traffic congestion and public safety issues. Implementing a central system of public transportation will help reduce traffic and improve the safety conditions of the public.
Joseph Bremner, Alvaro Galindo, Emily Mora, Kyle Reid, and Justine Sherman
There is a pressing need to reduce cholera cases following future earthquakes in Haiti. By managing the post-earthquake protocol for the purification and distribution process to Quartier Silo, an area in Port-au-Prince, we plan to prevent the spread of cholera which is commonly transmitted through unsanitary water. We plan to compare the number of cholera cases in the area of Quartier Silo before and after implementation to measure the effectiveness of our approach. If the number of cholera cases is reduced, this proves the plan to be a success which can be used as an ideal model.
Andrew Brunelle, Luke Buquicchio, Stephanie Silvestris, and Lucy Stuehrmann
Ebola is a serious health issue in Guinea and current protocols need to change to successfully combat it. Our short term approach will supply resources to afflicted areas, and in the long term we plan to identify at-risk areas, fortify their medical systems, and educate the public on Ebola. Future outbreaks are expected to be contained with fewer cases and lower mortality rates. Through policy changes, Guinea will have the tools needed to deal with current and future Ebola outbreaks.
McKenzie Brunelle, Tristan Cano, Patricia Dominique Linzo, Clare Masucci, and Brady Snowden
Chad is currently the country in which infants and mothers are most at risk for maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). We created a program to provide education and autoclaves to sanitize tools for birth. We will measure results using a survey before and after our program is implemented. Our project is projected to reduce the incidence of MNT
Franklyn Bucknor, Melissa Daigle, Marybeth Maselbas, Kelly Rathje, and Kara Upton
Societal standards seen in the media influence how young adults see themselves. Our presentation to high school students informed them of the alterations of models and products. A survey of our audience determined the effectiveness of our presentation. Based on the results of our surveys, we analyzed the impact our presentation had on our audience and improved it. We can decrease the prevalence of mental health problems in teens caused by unrealistic societal standards.
Andrew Casella, Elijah Eldredge, and Margaret LaRoche
The goal of our project is to reduce the number of Cholera cases in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti. The goal will be achieved through the implementation and education of simple water filtration methods. This results in the Haitian community learning through peer influence how to construct an effective water filtration system. In using the water filtration system, the amount of cholera cases was reduced by 85% and the awareness of the effects of the Cholera disease was greatly increased.
Jacquelyn Claveau, Sara Larson, Athena Phillips, and Michael Prindle
The rates of hypertension in Kenya are high due to low levels of awareness and treatment. To combat this, blood pressure cuffs will be distributed to local hospitals. Five years after implementation, incidences of hypertension will decrease as education leads to lifestyle changes.
Erin Dixson, Susan Elliott, Storie Nivers, and Nicole Sherlock
The goal is to reduce the presence of antibiotic resistance by educating Worcester high school students as a part of their biology class. The results of the program will be analyzed through pre and post tests composed of qualitative and quantitative components.
Natalie Fabrizio, Lauren Getz, and Rachel Wambach
- Decrease hunger and malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh, India.
- A corrupt food distribution system prevents government subsidized food from getting to people.
- Portioning and protecting food in air tight bags will eliminate spoiling and theft.
Alicia Greenalch, Joseph J. Miceli III, Allyson Mills, and Holly Nguyen
Iron deficiency anemia is a severe health problem in Nepal. It is especially harmful to pregnant women and children. To combat this deficiency, this project will fortify rice with iron and distribute to preschool age children in Nepal.
Hanna Gru, Catch O'Reilly, and Julia Veitch
The BcC mobile care program was created to reduce death rates in Thailand caused by breast and cervical cancer by providing early detection. This project aims to do that by a three-step program: education, testing and diagnosis, and referral. The program will be developed in a mobile care unit that will contain mammograms and urine tests equipment. The mobile unit will travel through non-developed cities. We expect to see a substantial decrease on death rates.
Josh Moniz, Zachary Palanchian, Chris Salomone, Jack Sengstaken, and Rhaine Sziy
African sleeping sickness is a severe disease in Boma, DRC that takes the lives of many. To counter this disease we distributed ITN's in Boma using a similar process as used in Tanzania to combat malaria in 2005. Our goal was to distribute ITN's to 25% of the at risk population of Boma. Based on the success of the Tanzania Net Program, we expect the cases of HAT to decrease significantly over the next year.
Poster Presentation, Judge's Winner (2014)
Starting with the biology of an infectious disease and moving on to the management of disease control, students study the costs of research and regulation required to bring new drugs to market and learn to examine problems with local complexity and global scale.
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