Aid agencies worldwide have been looking out for innovative methods to support the needy, especially in developing countries where access to technology and improved health services is always a challenge. Lack of proper support services leads to a poor quality lifestyle, affecting personal, social, economic, and environmental health. A World Bank blogsite talks of how mobile phones have helped people in the Democratic Republic of Congo monitor the performance of their local authorities and ensure they get the services they were promised. This blog also discusses an online community monitoring tool used in the Philippines to keep a check on the quality of toilets in schools. This tool has actually motivated the authorities to maintain quality toilets in schools and also provide funds for its maintenance. Same is the case with improved cooking facilities in villages that will help lower cases of smoke-related illness among women. This infographic from USAID discusses how ‘household game changers’ like vitamin supplements, mobile phones, safe and clean drinking water, and smoke-less cook-stoves, which may not be high-end technological innovations by themselves, but have contributed to lowering poverty in many developing countries in a big way.
Image source: USAID
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