With the current Ebola outbreak raging in West Africa and with no immediate solution in sight, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has proposed an online challenge to think "outside the box" regarding solutions for the current Ebola crisis.
launched the Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development with a
call to innovators around the world to submit ideas focused on improving
the tools used by frontline healthcare workers in the fight against
Ebola in West Africa. The initial focus of the Challenge, as announced
by President Obama on Sept. 26, is to generate pioneering solutions to
improve the personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools used by
healthcare workers battling Ebola.
The Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge will help to identify innovations
that improve the comfort while maintaining the safety of PPE – masks,
gloves, boots, and other protective gear used by healthcare workers.
The website is an open innovation platform to crowd source and incubate innovative
ideas to improve delivery of care and stem the spread of disease,
including improvements in PPE; a challenge competition to fund and test innovations for PPE, infection treatment and control; and partnerships for rapid testing and deployment of the best solutions.
To share your ideas or to join the conversation, visit http://ebolagrandchallenge.net.