Aunty Sana Balai Creative Excellence Award

Nominations are now open for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival’s inaugural Aunty Sana Balai Creative Excellence Award. 
http://www.cpaf.com.au/sana-award/
Recognising individual contributions in the advancement of the Australian-Pacific Arts Sector, the award is open to artists or arts workers currently practicing excellence in their chosen artistic forms and/or arts management fields. A panel of industry and community-based Pacific Arts representatives will peer review all completed nominations.
Aunty Sana is a committee member of Pacific Black Box.

Improving maternal health with mobile technology


 CES health worker field tests the app with a patient 

“Rural Chiapas [Mexico] might appear to be an unlikely place for mHealth initiatives to gain traction – with one person in four unable to read, and little cell phone reception or internet connectivity in the mountains, it would seem that accessing understandable information through mobile technology would be a challenge for health workers and patients alike. Yet the community health workers of Compañeros en Salud (CES) have found unexpected ways to make innovations in mobile health technologies work for them and strengthen their programs.” (Hesperian, Nov 2014)

http://hesperian.org/2014/11/14/chiapas-health-workers-improve-maternal-health-with-mhealth/

Electricity microgrids

PowerGen's "PowerBox" comprises 1.4kW of solar panels, 9kWh of batteries and a 3kW inverter. It supplies power to 14 clients in Nkoilale, Kenya, all of whom pay for the electricity via mobile phones. Photo by David Sengeh.

PowerGen’s “PowerBox” comprises 1.4kW of solar panels, 9kWh of batteries and a 3kW inverter. It supplies power to 14 clients in Nkoilale, Kenya, all of whom pay for the electricity via mobile phones. Photo by David Sengeh. (Ideas/TED.com)

This concept of power microgrids could be relevant to many Pacific communities.
http://ideas.ted.com/2015/01/15/how-to-build-a-real-energy-revolution-in-africa/

Magazine innovation

School children at Leo Hitu Primary School read their copies of CARE educational magazine, Lafaek in Bobonaro, Timor-Leste. Image: Jane Dempster/CARE

School children at Leo Hitu Primary School read their copies of CARE educational magazine, Lafaek in Bobonaro, Timor-Leste. Image: Jane Dempster/CARE

Timor-Leste’s Lafaek magazines act as both a children’s magazine and curricular supplement, instructing teachers how to use materials to teach in the classroom

AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre – Te Amokura – reports on this innovative idea:

http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/region-social-justice-issues-breathe-new-life-magazine-industry-9087

Medecins sans frontieres in PNG tackling TB

The tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is among the highest in the world, 541 cases/100,000 population/year, with some pockets reported to be three times higher, prompting Médecins Sans Frontières to respond and reach the most affected communities.
http://www.msf.org.au/from-the-field/field-news/field-news/article/innovating-to-reach-remote-tb-patients-and-improve-access-to-treatment-in-papua-new-guinea.html

Small island developing states outlook

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http://reliefweb.int/report/world/global-environment-outlook-small-island-developing-states-outlook

Facing rising sea levels, increasingly frequent natural disasters, major waste and pollution challenges and weakening family structures, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the globe require a fresh round of innovative solutions, ranging from economic diversification to island-based technological and cultural innovation to regional and global policy initiatives, according to a new Global Environment Outlook report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today.