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Travis Good

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Healthcare Workers Fighting Ebola on the Front Line (photo from US AID)

The Fighting Ebola Challenge has hit its halfway mark. Ideas have poured in from around the world with over 700 people collaborating on solutions to help healthcare workers on the front lines. Makers are jumping on board. Some reminders about Challenge design goals from the OpenIDO team: First, ideas should have the potential... Read more »

Evolutions of a Zipper Pull Tab

Exhausted from heat inside a protective suit and burdened with layers of gloves, to disrobe you need to grasp and pull a tiny zipper tab. Who needs this challenge!? Not only would this be frustrating but it could be dangerous. Lack of dexterity and coordination can cause exposure to infection. One solution proposed at Fighting... Read more »

Ebola Training Videos from Catherine Bachy

Between the caregiver and the Ebola virus is protective clothing. Dressing and undressing correctly are essential for safety. These training videos instruct workers on how to do both correctly. Worn right it protects; worn wrong it infects. Let’s remember the context. Infection comes from contacting the virus and transferring it to your system. Being careless or not... Read more »

Instruction on Suiting-up

Since contracting Ebola can only happen when people come in contact with infected fluids, caregivers need to be protected. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) are actually the solution but current PPE come with drawbacks. Improving PPE is a major goal of Fighting Ebola and it’s one area where makers can have an impact. What follows is an introduction to... Read more »

The Four Missions

How are makers supposed to contribute to Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development? This high-urgency initiative against Ebola is focused around four missions. They’re not centered around medical science but around the healthcare worker, their ability to provide care and stop the spread of the disease. As you’ll see, these are... Read more »

Ebola Medical Ward (by Daniel Bausch, MD, MPH&TM)

Why are so many people getting sick if Ebola is not very contagious? How are makers supposed to get involved and make a difference? We need to understand fundamentals about Ebola if we’re going to help with Fighting Ebola. Let’s start with a little background on the disease. The current... Read more »

Colorized Ebola Virus (by Cynthia Goldsmith)

While not highly contagious, Ebola is highly deadly once contracted. An estimated 70% of people who get sick with Ebola will die. The current outbreak began in West Africa back in March of 2014 and has since spread through Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. As of October 10 the CDC reports there... Read more »

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