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Published 25.04.2020 20:43
In Kenya, a grassroots disaster relief organisation provides aid to vulnerable people.
Mutual Aid Kenya is using community-based groups in two largest cities – Nairobi and Mombasa – to identify at-risk households. It then collects mobile money contributions from Kenyans to buy and distribute flour, beans, and soap in bulk in both cities. It relies on communities working together to ensure each…
Published 25.04.2020 20:41
In Italy, hospitals turn to snorkel masks to ease respirator overload.
Because of ventilators shortages, Italian doctors worked with engineers to transform the scuba masks by adding a new valve which can be made via 3D printing. The custom-made valve connects to standard BiPAP machines that feed pressurised air into masks. The air flow helps prevent the collapse of the lung…
Published 25.04.2020 20:36
In Paraguay, Fundación Paraguaya made getting loans easier for the vulnerable.
It is the first microfinance institution in the country, pioneering financial literacy and entrepreneurial education. During the pandemic, it simplified the loan conditions and was able to reach more than 3,500 village banks and 70,000 microenterprises. It allowed borrowers to defer their payments without penalties and offered refinancing options.
Published 25.04.2020 20:34
A social enterprise Dimagi, based in the US, began freely offering its mobile tool to organisations responding to Covid-19 around the world.
The tool, CommCare, helps health care workers with tracking person-to-person contact, laboratory data management, decision support, and spreading useful information. The company is also compiling a library of free templated coronavirus mobile applications for quick deployment.
Published 25.04.2020 20:30
In Colombia, chatbots and virtual assistants provide help to the most vulnerable
These digital tools were created by a social enterprise Fundación Capital, which suspended its field activities and redirected efforts. It now spreads government information on Covid-19 support systems, shortages and countermeasures among those living in poverty. It also shares practical advice on how to manage finances in times of crisis.
Published 25.04.2020 20:28
In Lagos, Nigeria, a health startup launched a drive-through mass testing centre, with plans to expand to other areas.
Individuals can walk in for free to get tested after registration. It has recently created a national register to track hospitals with working ventilators and respirators. Lifebank is a startup that finds and delivers blood, oxygen and vaccines to patients and doctors in hospitals across Africa by drones.
Published 25.04.2020 20:23
In South Africa, a crowdsolving startup Zindi launches a competition for predicting the global spread of Covid-19.
The Cape Town based startup that uses AI and machine learning has a database of 12,000 registered data scientists across Africa. It offers cash-prizes of up to $2,500 for winners. Predictive models are important in making decisions to contain and mitigate the impact of the disease. 
Published 25.04.2020 20:20
In Pakistan, a Muslim charity tax is helping those out of work.
Obligatory donations, zakat, provide daily wage workers – from street-food vendors to shoe-shiners – who are affected by the pandemic with basic grocery items. This mandatory alms-giving is calculated at 2.5% of a person’s annual excess wealth. Across Pakistan, appeals for donations are widely circulating on WhatsApp and social media.
Published 25.04.2020 18:46
In Las Vegas, hundreds of homeless people were moved to sleep in a parking lot after another shelter was closed due to a positive Covid-19 case.
In Las Vegas, hundreds of homeless people were moved to sleep in a parking lot after another shelter was closed due to a positive Covid-19 case. In a parking lot, grid lines were drawn six feet (1.8 metres) apart to follow the social distancing guidelines. People sleep on mats that…
Published 25.04.2020 18:46
In Norway, the government introduces a crisis package to protect freelancers and self-employed people from the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.
After 17 days after loss of income, they will receive temporary protection of 80 percent of the average income a person had for the last three years. In addition, those who were temporarily laid off due to coronavirus will receive full pay for 20 days.

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