What do banana skins and women's health have in common?
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🏆 COVIDaction Data team announces three more awardees!
🍼 Helping pregnant women under pandemic pressure
Women in Zambia are often required to buy their own birthing kits - this means finding and paying for cotton wool, sterile materials and even a scalpel. The Safe Motherhood Alliance was formed to help pregnant women in this situation, but entrepreneur and founder Muzalema Mwanza saw that the pandemic would require extra work including the supply of PPE. Read our feature profile about her work and how she has found innovative and sustainable solutions including the use of banana skins to create sanitary products.
🌍 Sign the declaration to Restore Data Rights
One of our Responsible Data awardees, The Open institute, joined the launch of the #RestoreDataRights Declaration recently. The movement has been started to encourage the transparent, accountable and inclusive use of COVID-19 across Africa. You can find out more here and if you want to sign the declaration yourself, then step this way.
📚 What we’re reading
🚑 Could Primary Health Care do with a shot of AI? Would that need a change in dataset or mindset?
♻ It might not be worth recycling plastic. We were shocked too!
📜 Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are exacerbating the impact of COVID-19, especially where there is social and economic disparity.
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The COVIDaction Team
COVIDaction is building a technology and innovation pipeline for the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme is funded by UK Aid.