Emergency Responder Care and EMR for Panama's Indigenous Ngobes

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Emergency Responder Care and EMR for Panama's Indigenous Ngobes

Multiple, Panama
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$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We deliver a solar-powered system for phone and internet service in rural locations. In conjunction, we offer software to maximize the efficacy of this technology with microloans and emergency medical records for smart phones. As a result, aid organizations have a suite of effective tools for alleviating poverty and offering health, economic, and educational opportunity to regions they serve.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

68% of the world's population lives without access to internet.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

A solar-powered unit with a cellular repeater, battery, charging strip, and a smart phone. By installing these units, people in remote locations can access the internet and phone service.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

In Panama, a boy has just cut his calf with a machete and is bleeding profusely. Rather than die, his father can call a doctor that can arrive with medical care. As he arrives, the doctor can also provide first aid guidance to the father.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

To date, this work has put 3,000 individuals in Panama, won a competition through The Global Poverty Project to meet Bill Gates (http://www.globalcitizen.org/Content/Content.aspx?id=216a7c43-2e3c-4b43-86b3-6905ddac6c08) and Alex Blum was named a TEDMED Front Line Scholar for 2013 (tedmed.com). Next month, our team will install five more units in Panama, putting 40,000 more individuals within close range of phone and internet services and the emergency medical care services that come with it.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We intend to expand and lease more of these units to non-profit and for-profit health organizations. This revenue will create a foundation for us to expand our Electronic Medical Records software, collecting highly valuable data than can be sold to pharmaceutical researchers and academics.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?


Founding Story

Alex Blum returned from working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Panama with the indigenous Ngobe tribe in May 2012. While there, he translated from the indigenous Ngobe language to English and Spanish for a non-profit called The Floating Doctors (floatingdoctors.com) Upon returning, he realized that the incredible growth of phone applications could benefit the friends he had come to make while living abroad for two years. However, he lived in an area with no phone service, electricity, or running water. This led him to start thinking about how to provide a foundation of possibility to start implementing phone and healthcare systems to the region in a fast, flexible, and sustainable manner. More info at 00-O.com and vimeo.com/60497507.
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00-O Benefit Corporation
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00-O Benefit Corporation

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