air time is found time. 

Good evening readers – After a pretty long hiatus, the blog is up and running again. In fact, this makes two posts in one day! And, for a change, you’ll be hearing from me – Emily – the communications director for Rice 360°. I’ve put very little of my voice up here because I’m new…

the other side of universal healthcare.

Good morning blog readers — We thought it was about time for another guest blogger. Meet Shravya Kakulamarri, a rising sophomore from Redmond, WA majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Global Health Technologies at Rice. This summer, she’s completing a Rice 360 internship in Barretos , Brazil.  Shravya has been a communications and marketing person’s…

to be human is to collaborate.

During the last several weeks, the NEST360° team has met with government and university officials across Malawi, Tanzania, and Nigeria to collect feedback on our proposal. These meetings have made me think of a proverb from my country: “kalikokha nkanyama, ali awiri ndi anthu,” meaning to be human is to work alongside and collaborate with…

NEST360° Facebook Live is coming…

Africa has the highest neonatal mortality rate in the world. But we don’t have to perpetuate the idea that African newborns are bound to die regardless of our intervention. With support from #100andChange, we can put this myth to rest. #NEST360 will generate continent-wide change within a decade, saving the lives of 500,000 newborns every year at a…

greater than the sum of its parts.

Today we have another post to share from our Global Health Fellow, Matthew. It’s a post we find particularly important in sharing with our readers because it paints the reality of what our Fellows and other team members face when they land in Malawi. While, at times, it may appear as simple as setting up…

graduation 2017: expand your tribe.

Rice 360° celebrated its 2017 class of graduates this past month! The occasion included a recognition ceremony for our incredible students: Caroline Brigham Elizabeth Godfrey Sarah Hooper Emily Johnson Anna Klineberg Catherine Levins Tahir Malik Radhika Mohan Anoosha Motoru Truce Pham Nikhil Shamapant Cassie Wang Renata Wettermann Two young 360° alums, Cindy Dinh ’11 and…

hope for the missing link

Our latest 100&Change blogpost, written by Dr. Queen Dube, talks engaging our stakeholder community in #NEST360, from Ministries of Health to leaders of large global health organizations to the true beneficiaries of our work — the moms, dads, and small babies in Malawi! We are really enjoying our journey through the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition,…

#realbeauty

Dove‘s Real Beauty Campaign asks: Share a story about you or someone you love that expands the definition of beauty. We want to hear from women everywhere, from every background. Throughout the year, Dove will work with you to tell your stories and inspire us all to celebrate #RealBeauty. Every woman has a story. Let’s…

360° in every sense: coming full circle

In the seven years since I started down my own bioengineering-global health path, I’ve documented hundreds of unmet healthcare needs around the world, from crowded urban hospitals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to community health posts in rural Indonesia. I have seen diagnostic tests dependent on unavailable consumables, expensive treatments inaccessible to impoverished patients, and hospital equipment…

golden oxygen concentrators

Ready for Global Health Fellow #2?! Matthew Pesce is just another face behind Rice 360°‘s success. He, too, has been in Malawi for the last several months working on our BreathAlert device alongside Fellow Becky Selle ’15. BreathAlert is an apnea monitor and stimulation device with a size-adjustable strap. If a baby doesn’t breathe for…

broken in the warm heart of africa

Our team was recently featured on the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change blog. We were asked to write about how our team and proposal idea came together. A prominent member of Team NEST360°, Maria Oden, wrote a beautiful piece. My hardest months were spent watching my newborn daughter cling to life. Had she been born in Africa,…

laying groundwork and building partnerships

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday! We’ve been trying to feature this guest blogger for a quite awhile, but she’s been in Malawi since February! For the last three months, she’s been in Blantyre running clinical trials on Rice 360°’s AutoSyp device, a syringe pump designed to automatically deliver medicinal doses for up to 66 hours…