Health Tech for Humanity: 2006 Tech Award Laureates
This Wednesday, Nov 15th, The Tech Awards will be handed out. This is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. There are five categories: Economic Development, Education, Environment, Equality, and Health (full list of nominees). The winner in each category will receive $50,000. Coincidentally two of the five nominees were profiled here in previous posts – Riders for Health for their transportation innovations and Sumitomo for their partnership with the Acumen Fund for anti-malarial bednets. The health laureates are listed below – does anyone care to predict a winner?
(1) Ecovec of Belo Horizonte, Brazil for its development of a faster and more accurate system for monitoring and mapping populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitos to reduce Dengue infections, which afflicts 20 million people per year around the world.
(2) Medical Missions for Children (Global Telemedicine and Teaching Network), of Paterson, NJ for providing videoconference consultations to hospitals around the world and distributing medical educational content via Internet and satellite broadcast.
(3) PointCare Technologies of Marlborough, MA for its streamlined, inexpensive CD4 cell counter which provides HIV/AIDS monitoring for clinics in resource-poor settings.
(4) Riders for Health of Daventry, United Kingdom for mobilizing healthcare personnel in rural African villages by supplying 1200 specially outfitted motorcycles as well as a transportation infrastructure that includes trained mechanics to support the vehicles.
(5) Sumitomo Chemical Co. of Tokyo, Japan for its Olyset long-lasting mosquito bednet for malaria protection.