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Kids all over the world in low income countries are forced to be creative when it comes to playtime. With limited toys, children often use materials they find to create new, interesting and educational activities to pass the time. I propose that we c

Kids all over the world in low income countries are forced to be creative when it comes to playtime. With limited toys, children often use materials they find to create new, interesting and educational activities to pass the time. I propose that we c

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Stefanie commented on Ebola information on sachet water bags

Hi Carolin! I love your idea because it is not very costly and has a big potential to make an impact. Although medical treatment is extremely important for this issue, it can be argued that education is just as important. If people don't know how the virus spreads, there will be little hope in slowing down and eventually stopping the disease in its path.

I think the design you're creating can be used on more than just the sachet water bags, although this is a great place to start. I read that many people in Liberia have to go to charging stations to charge their cell phones because of lack of electricity. It might be interesting to replicate your designs on other public places such as these where people gather. The more people are exposed to this educational information, the more of a chance we have on preventing healthy people from getting the disease.

Keep up the great work!

Hi mDoc and team! I am a big proponent of your idea. I think real-time information is key in trying to fight such a time-sensitive issue. I heard on NPR that some hospitals in Liberia are actually creating their own units for Ebola (and potential Ebola) patients out of fear of contaminating the hospital itself. That being said, there are probably a lot of these "pop-up hospitals" that are run by official medical facilities. I think it would be interesting to collect this data as well and make sure people are aware of their options if all hospitals are filled. This, of course, can be done in conjunction with the research phase in which you identify current Ebola Treatment Units.

I also liked William's idea on the SMS push service. I think real-time notifications are vital when reaching people. Like William mentioned, I agree that the notifications should be personalized as opposed to public updates in order to ensure effectiveness of your platform. We don't want thousands of people showing up to a facility that has a few open beds. When people check into any hospital, their number should be taken off the "must contact" list.

Overall, I think you're on to something and I'm excited to track the idea as you move forward! Best of luck.