The simple USB flash drive is saving lives!
We recently discussed the ‘Flash Drives For Freedom’ movement – a project set up by the Human Rights Foundation in New York and Forum280 from Silicon Valley to bring subversive information to the people of North Korea.
But now there is a new use for the simple USB flash drive, and a California-based nonprofit is taking up the gauntlet! Vitamin Angel’s core objective is to dramatically reduce the number of fatalities triggered by vitamin A deficiencies around the world.
More than 150,000 children worldwide are said to be affected and even die from this preventable cause of death. Many of these children are living in less economically developed countries and impoverished communities, lacking access to nutrients and routine health care.
It is the aim of Vitamin Angels to administer free vitamin A supplements to these children, but also to provide education for families, schools and medical staff on how to recognise and prevent such illnesses.
In order to do this, Vitamin Angels is creating valuable e-learning courses that will be transferred onto USB memory sticks.
The course will be available to and adapted for those with limited computer skills and come readily prepared on a simple $2-$4 USB flash drive that contains a Chromium web browser and web server. This enables e-learning users to run the course from the USB drive no matter which computer it is plugged into.
The course will focus on three key areas: educating local health care workers about the dangers of vitamin A deficiencies, educating people on how to safely administer liquid vitamin A capsules; and ways to identify the most vulnerable populations in each country.
The simple USB flash drive can be used time and time again and passed on to people so that Vitamin Angels can spread the word effectively and efficiently. It can also be used by more than one person at the same time by storing individual account information to the device to access at a later date.
They can also hold information about who passed and failed the training, and, when an internet connection becomes available, users can upload their data for Vitamin Angels to review and store.
This innovative project was trialled a few months ago in India, Indonesia and Nigeria, and the group plan to do a few more field tests before the main event is rolled out in 2018.
Three cheers for the simple USB flash drive!
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