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Links 1 through 10 of 28 by Edward Vielmetti tagged africa

The Michigan Citizen has been published every Sunday on a weekly basis since November of 1978. It was founded by Charles D. Kelly and is currently published by his daughter, Catherine Kelly. The Michigan Citizen targets the states African American and progressive minded community. From block club presidents to mayors, school board trustees to state legislators, activists and self-help advocates, The Michigan Citizen reaches those shaping the future of our communities

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using sms in malawi to improve compliance for healthcare and to decrease cost of information gathering travel

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Start on clavicle. Remove middle third. Control and divide subsc art and vein. Divide large nerve trunks around these as prox as poses. Then come onto chest wall immed anterior and divide Pec maj origin from remaining clav. Divide pec minor insertion and (very imp) divide origin and get deep to serrates anterior. Your hand sweeps behind scapula. Divide all muscles attached to scapula. Stop muscle bleeding with count suture. Easy! Good luck. Meirion

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A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Zimbabwe. A cholera epidemic has claimed more than 400 lives and Save the Children Africa specialist Sarah Jacobs tells The Takeaway it’s “raging through the country,” and conditions are appalling. There are also reports of an outbreak of anthrax, which is destroying cattle. Families are so hungry that many are eating the infested cattle. It’s striking to note how prosperous this country once was, and what it has become over two decades. Listen You can follow BBC coverage of the story here.

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awesome mp3 blog of tapes from africa via new york city

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FrontlineSMS is more expensive than solutions that depend on the cooperation of local phone operators - it’s expensive for an individual citizen to send thousands of messages, while in partnership with a phone company, you might be able to bring these costs down. But Frontline is very useful for grassroots groups that don’t want to cooperate with the local telcos - Banks tells us about an application in Pakistan, where the organizers sent thousands of SMS messages from a laptop in the trunk of a car that drove thoughout a city to avoid detection.

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So I offered a talk about some very different types of innovation - African innovations including the zeer pot, William Kamkwamba’s windmill, biomass charcoal, and endless examples of innovation using mobile phones. My argument was that innovation often comes from unusual and difficult circumstances - constraints - and that it’s often wiser to look for innovation in places where people are trying to solve difficult, concrete problems rather than where smart people are sketching ideas on blank canvases.

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Here’s one more compelling thought. The challenges brought about by bad governance, poverty, low bandwidth (all the negative things you associate with Africa) also provide an incredible opportunity. The developers who are coming up with solutions in the continent, the ones who are writing software or hacking hardware, are creating for some of the harshest environments and use-cases in the world. If it works in Africa, it will work anywhere.

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Among his many essential arts -- those of persuasion, rhetoric, theology and politics -- there is one that stands out over all others when I meet Desmond Tutu in the flesh at a hotel in midtown Manhattan: the art of laughter.

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