About: The Nova Mobile Health group is dedicated to bringing health care to all parts of the world, especially to those who have limited access and are in remote, poor villages. To accomplish this, Nova Mobile Health has designed a unique SMS text messaging system for efficient diagnoses of health problems by qualified doctors who are too far to reach. They have implemented their prototype system in Waslala, Nicaragua, where they have trained community health workers to use the system properly, read diagnoses from doctors who are far away and subsequently treat the ailments. The focus in Waslala has been primarily on Pre-ecclampsia. To pay for the system, members of the community pay a low, fixed monthly rate which is a small fraction of their income, in order for the system to be sustainable.
About: The Keep it Warm group has created a warm clothing product line which they intend to sell in university book stores. In fact, their first product will appear in the Villanova bookstore within a matter of weeks! They have created a unique one-for-one plus system, where for every piece of warm clothing bought, another piece of warm clothing is shipped to the Lakota Tribe in South Dakota. The members of this tribe live in conditions that can reach below -50 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures during the winter, and the mean annual income for a family (which sometimes can reach as many as 17 people) is $3,000. The "plus" part of their system is to use a fraction of proceeds from each item sold to send children to the private school off of the reservation, which is only $100 annually per child, but is still out of reach for nearly all members of the tribe. They subscribe to this system due to their philosophy of "give a kid a fish, feed him for a day; teach a kid to fish, fead him for a lifetime". Upon expansion, the group will use its web platform to take input from its customers as to where other warm items might be donated throughout the United States, as they understand that the Lakota Tribe is one of many groups of people who do not have access to warmth and proper education.
Code Blue: John Marrah, VSB '12
Bread4Bread: P.J. (Paul) Smith, VSB '11
Villanova Medical Device Initiative: Rory Kotter, ME '11, Julia Musso, ME '11, Ryan Potoff, ME '11
II Luscri, Director, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
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