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Year end round up: Possible development breakthroughs in 2014

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Felix von Geyer writes in The Guardian about how Haiti hopes miracle moringa tree can help to combat malnutrition. The government is promoting the cultivation of a tree rich in vitamins, minerals and calcium to tackle food insecurity.

Small iron fish in soup to solve anemia in Cambodia.

Portable medical devices, including x rays, could revolutionize barefoot medicine in remote parts of the developing world.

GravityLight is an innovative device that generates light from gravity. It takes 3 seconds to lift the weight that powers GravityLight creating 25 minutes of light on its descent. It can be used over and over again with no running costs.

Over 20 million low-birth-weight and premature babies are born every year around the world, and over 4 million die within their first month of life. Temperature regulation is a key problem among many of these infants.  Embrace has developed an infant warmer that costs a fraction of the price of existing solutions, and that functions without a continuous supply of electricity.

The Computer-Assisted Personal Interview technology developed by the World Bank assists governments, statistical offices and non-governmental organisations in conducting complex surveys with dynamic structures using tablet devices. The software can be tailored to the needs of the clients, allowing them to successfully complete simple and more sophisticated projects: from basic evaluation questionnaires to complicated multistage panel surveys.


Submitted by A.Sriskandarajah on

Valuable information. Moringa is called in Tamil "Murungai" and in English "Drumstick" too. Very widely used in Sri Lanka especially in the Northern region for long time. Tropical tree - easily break if we climb. It has medicinal value as well. Cultivation is also very easy. Stem can be used for its propagation. The leaves, fruit and bark are used. Bark is for medicinal purpose only. I understand it is wasted in some countries and I hope your information will raise its value among them.

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