Delivering Health-care via Texting

In the past few years, mobile phones have been taking on a new purpose in the developing world. Being a relatively cheap tool for communication and increasingly accessible, mobile phones are being used to transmit medical information and deliver health care in remote areas. There are several organizations currently exploring the potential for mobile phones to expand the current reaches of health care.

Save the World Using Your Cell Phone?

ClickDiagnostics uses cell phones to deliver healthcare to rural communities. They are working now in Bangladesh, India and Africa. Will using cell phones be the next big thing for social service organizations to tackle some of the rural development issues and perhaps, grow philanthropy?

Human Rights Activism in This New Era

Tomorrow is human rights day and the 60th anniversary of the UN human rights charter. Asif Saleh, executive director of Drishtipat writes about the much dreaded ‘unrealistic’ view of a human rights activist.

Global Handwashing Day – Oct 15th

October 15th is global handwashing day. It is the first-ever event launched by the Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPPHW) and is designed to introduce the idea of an annual event that raises awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Asian Diaspora in the U.S. Responding in Times of Disaster

I am amazed at the response from the diaspora community in the U.S. and the growing movement to collaboratively raise funds for relief and reconstruction efforts or to exchange information and share best practices. From these successes, I wonder how we can encourage and support more collaborative networks and research on this new role of community philanthropy.

New South Asian Coalition in the US

31 South Asian community organizations from 12 regions throughout the United States announced the formation of a National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO). The newly formed coalition released a detailed action and policy agenda focused on nine key issue areas affecting local South Asian American communities.