Focused on product management and growth, Evidence Action launched in 2010 to scale up two programs incubated by Innovations for Poverty Action: the Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water. Each program has made a significant difference in the lives of people in Africa and Asia with Evidence Action. The Deworm the World Initiative focuses on school-based deworming. More than 600 million children worldwide live in areas endemic with intestinal parasites. These have shown to have a detrimental impact on children’s’ health and educational achievements. Deworm the World dewormed 35 million children in the last school year in India and Kenya.
In rural Eastern and Southern Africa, Dispensers for Safe Water provides access to clean, safe water to close to 3 million people, at a cost of less than $.50 per person per year at scale. One critical asset to the safe water program has been 3D product design software used to build and improve iterations of the dispenser hardware. The engineering team, led by an MIT-alumna based in Nairobi, is reliant on the software provided through the Autodesk Technology Impact program to develop the core hardware of this initiative. Essential to both programs’ success is Evidence Action’s attention to all phases of design and delivery: product development, manufacturing, and distribution down to the last few steps.
Too often, the elbow grease and artistry that take a good idea and get it embedded in communities, markets or government institutions prove elusive. Evidence Action takes on this challenge with a laser focus. We begin from the premise that achieving scale across sectors and contexts is a solvable challenge that yields sustainable impact.
Click here to learn more about Evidence Action on EvidenceAction.org, or click here to learn more and apply for the Autodesk Technology Impact software donation program, an ultra low-cost offer for the current versions of Autodesk’s professional software to nonprofit organizations using design for impact.
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