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CURRENT CHALLENGES

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) (www.rescue.org) is the world's largest non-profit organization with an exclusive focus on helping people affected by conflict and disaster.  Through their Airbel Impact Lab, they engaged with SeaFreight Labs to use crowd-solving to search for solutions to the most intractable problems for refugees - problems that affect millions of people.  The engagement consists of multiple challenges.  Click HERE for more details.    

This engagement is part of our commitment to the Pledge-1% movement.

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The IRC's third challenge is a follow-on the their initial challenge requesting help in making female latrines safer in refugee camps.  This new challenge is seeking ways to use phosphorescence to provide lighting for latrines.  It is titled "Application of Phosphorescence Technology for Toilet Lighting in Refugee Camps".  The solution should charge during the day and then provide at least 12 hours of adequate light during the night.  The cost cannot be more than US$5 per latrine. Click HERE to visit the challenge.

The challenge has a prize pool of US$45,000 (US$35,000 for the winner).  Submissions are due by 22 May 2024.  The IRC press release about the challenge is HERE.

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The IRC's fifth challenge is seeking ideas on how to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings.   Over 50% of healthcare people and teams do not routinely practice hand hygiene. If they did, it could prevent up to 50% of healthcare-associated infections ("HAI"). This is important because the WHO estimates that 1 in 10 patients in rural settings are likely to get an HAI. 

 

The challenge is soliciting solutions that cost less than US$66 per healthcare worker per year.  It is titled "Improving Health Provider Hand Hygiene."  Click HERE to visit the challenge.

The challenge has a prize pool of US$30,000.  Submissions are due by 2 July 2024.  The IRC press release about the challenge is HERE.

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