Meds on wheels for positive change

first_imgSizwe Nzima runs an innovative business that is helping to solve overcrowding at public health facilities, while also improving the lives of people who rely on chronic medication. (Image: http://www.facebook.com/RaymondAckermanAcademyCapeTown) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sizwe Nzima   +27 74 453 3633 RELATED ARTICLES • Meet a top social entrepreneur • SA’s second health train rolls out • SA, Cuba to train more doctors • New eye care unit for KZN children Wilma den HartighSizwe Nzima, a young entrepreneur from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, has started an innovative business that is helping to solve overcrowding at public health facilities, while also improving the lives of people who rely on chronic medication.Instead of standing in long queues for hours, Nzima’s Iyeza Express collects chronic medication from local clinics and delivers them by bicycle to Khayelitsha residents, at their homes.Recognising a needHis idea to create the business came about after reading a newspaper article about clinics struggling to cope with patients queuing for hours to pick up chronic medication.“I used to collect medication for my grandma for three years and experienced first-hand what happens,” he says, adding that it isn’t only elderly people who are affected.The majority of people who queue for their medicine are able-bodied and waste time that could have been spent at work. “These were people who would happily pay for affordable delivery of their medicine, allowing them to save their sick leave – if they get any – for days when they are really ill,” he says.He was aware of non-profit charity organisations that collect medicine for bed-ridden and elderly people, but there wasn’t a similar service for working people.“I thought to myself that I must do something and that surely there must be a need for a service that would streamline the process,” he explains. “I realised it will also take the load off public health facility workers.”Solutions for South Africa’s challengesNzima and his two business partners are social entrepreneurs at heart, and his goal is to find solutions to the problems in his community, and in doing so make a contribution to improving the economy.“We are all about social change and we are coming up with business ideas that can change society, help our community and uplift the economy,” he says.“Business isn’t just about making money, but also about bringing about positive change.”Less overcrowding, better health, more jobsNzima decided to establish the Iyeza Express service, launching the pilot earlier this year in May. The business has only been up and running for a few months, but the response from residents has been positive.“The service encourages people to go to work and stay healthy as they aren’t tempted to stop taking their life- saving medication because they have run out,” he says. “What I’m doing is helping to improve people’s quality of life and life expectancy.”The business is saving time and money for his clients, but it is also creating much needed jobs for young people who know their way around Khayelitsha’s network of streets.The service operates within Khayelitsha, using bicycles to transport medicines. “This is the most cost effective way and keeps the service affordable, and it is environment-friendly,” Nzima says.Clients pay a small fee of R10 (US$1.1) per collection, and medicines are currently collected from Michael Mapongwane Hospital and the Site B District Hospital.Nzima has about 40 clients at the moment, but he anticipates that this number will increase as the community still needs build trust in his service. Next year he hopes to take the service to other parts of Cape Town, but his long term vision is to expand the business nationally.“For me, this is a national problem and it needs a national solution. The sky is the limit,” he says.Formalising the serviceNzima is working to get official approval from the authorities at Khayelitsha clinics to collect medicines for patients. The Department of Health in the province allowed him to conduct surveys at health facilities to find out what people think about his service, what they need and how he can improve it.“Hopefully, if I get permission, I can collect in bigger volumes,” he says. “People at the health facilities are starting to get to know me. Sometimes I’ve been chased away, but I am overcoming these barriers.”A call to South Africa’s youthNzima’s novel approach to finding solutions for South Africa’s problems is getting him noticed. He recently took part in a panel discussion on business training at the Youth Entrepreneurship Conference and Expo, held earlier this month at the Bellville Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.The young entrepreneur, who also completed a six-month intensive business training course at the Raymond Ackerman Academy, was nominated as one of the seed funding winners in the South African Breweries Innovation Awards. Nzima was one of 24 finalists selected from over 200 applications, and one of six chosen to receive seed funding.“I couldn’t believe it. My business was only starting out; while others were going for at least two years already,” he says.He believes that young people have what it takes to be change makers in South Africa and the world, by developing economically viable business solutions that can also bring about positive change in society.“Young people should be the innovators. Every young person needs to decide how they are going to use their power for good,” he says.Nzima and his business partners are also involved in setting up other projects, such as a recycling business and an initiative to educate people about gangsterism.  “Making money is good, but you have to give something back. This is also what they taught us at the Academy,” he says.“I believe young people have the power to change the world, if the youth can understand this, they will stop focusing on things like drugs and crime. We can change the world, make it safer and improve our economy in this way.”last_img read more

Apple patents wearable battery charger for Watch 2

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Apple Watch#battery#smartwatch#wearable Related Posts Apple might be looking for a new way to improve the Watch 2 battery life, if a patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this month is to be believed.The patent shows two possible designs for a wearable battery charger, one that is embedded into the wristband and another that sits underneath the chassis. The charger would provide Watch 2 users with a few hours extra, before it needs to be recharged.See Also: Apple confirms rumored interest in self-driving cars in letter to regulatorsFor the second design, which sits underneath the chassis, the company plans to use ‘heat-dissipating’ circuitry to ensure the battery doesn’t burn users.Promoted versus performance on battery lifeApple promotes 18 hours of battery life for the Watch 2, but users will know the results vary wildly depending on how much time you spend on the watch. Most reviewers of the Watch 2 said it managed 6-7 hours of screen-on time with heavy usage.The wearable charger looks to be a way for Apple to appeal to power users, while not making the Watch 2 (or Watch 3) any thicker. The Watch 2 is already thicker than the original smartwatch.Consumers have referenced the poor battery life over the two years as one of the main reasons they stopped using the smartwatch. Apple is looking to address these complaints with the next Watch series, set to come out sometime this year.Even with the patent published, it is still way too early to say if the iPhone maker intends to launch a wearable charger for the Watch. Apple publishes hundreds of patents every year, and many end up unused. Follow the Puckcenter_img David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

Patnaik flays Centre for stopping welfare schemes

first_imgAs rich tributes were paid to Biju Patnaik on his 101st birth anniversary of Sunday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik criticised the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for stopping many welfare programmes ignoring the interests of the people living in tribal and backward regions of the State.The State government, however, continues to implement those schemes using its own resources to safeguard the interest of the people, and would continue to do so, said Mr. Patnaik said while addressing a gathering at the Biju Janata Dal headquarters here.Progress in many sectorsWhether one admits or not due to political reasons, but the State has achieved significant progress in various sectors since the BJD started ruling the State in 2000, said Mr. Patnaik. “There is a huge difference between Odisha of 2000 and today’s Odisha,” he said.Besides faring better than the national average in infant mortality rate, Odisha has also seen infrastructure development, investment flow, growth in employment opportunities and increase in food production and people’s income, said Mr. Patnaik. Stating that the BJD has remained No. 1 in the recently held panchayat elections and will remain in the same position in future, Mr. Patnaik urged the gathering of party leaders and workers to stay in touch with the people. Observing that BJD doesn’t believe in slogans, but in service, the Chief Minister called upon his party workers to continue on the path shown by Biju Patnaik to serve Odisha.Birth centenaryMr. Patnaik also attended a function organised at port town of Paradip to mark the closing of the year-long Biju Patnaik birth centenary celebrations. He also flagged off a mini-marathon in Bhubaneswar to mark the occasion.The Chief Minister also highlighted his government’s achievements at a function organised to mark the celebration of the Panchayati Raj Day which is observed on the occasion Biju Patnaik’s birth anniversary every year.last_img read more

Assam lynching: woman recounts sister’s phone talk with ‘killer’ of fiancé

first_imgA week after businessman Abhijeet Nath was lynched by a mob in a central Assam village, the sister of his fiancée has recounted how the killers were allegedly casual about having bludgeoned him to death along with his friend, audio engineer Nilotpal Das.Apart from being nonchalant, the people who lynched the duo took pleasure in conveying the news of their gruesome death, Airin Gogoi wrote in a Facebook post.“I was arranging my office desk, shutting down the computer and was about to return from work. It was 8:05 pm, June 8. I received a call from my sister with a shaken and panicked voice. ‘Airin ba (elder sister), someone received Abhijeet’s phone,’ she said,” Ms. Gogoi wrote.“Bhontie (younger sister) told the man to give the phone to Abhijeet. No, the man replied in broken Assamese. Where is he, she asked. Dead, we killed him, he’s lying on the road, the man said. Please don’t speak like that; why did you kill him, she asked. Who are you, he asked. I am his wife-to-be, please don’t kill him, she pleaded. You cannot get your man, we killed him, he said and asked where Abhijeet was from. Guwahati, sister said. He can’t return to Guwahati, read about his death in the newspaper tomorrow,” she wrote.The man on the phone had treated Abhijeet and Nilotpal like some objects and seemed to derive pleasure from killing them, Ms. Gogoi wrote.“I was blank for a moment, called Abhijeet’s dad who was returning home from Morigaon, his workplace, for weekend. I narrated the whole thing, he was totally unaware. Being a father, his response was positive and told me not to worry and to console my sister. He said, ‘I will talk with Abhijeet’s mom whether he went to Karbi Anglong or not’,” she wrote.Ms. Gogoi said Abhijeet and Nilotpal had gone to Karbi Anglong to contact fishermen there for collecting a rare fish known as Channa stewartii. “A Mumbai fish breeder had told Abhijeet the fish is available only in Karbi Anglong. His room is full with aquariums. He was a dog lover. His dogs Spike, Aizen and Zendaya and his fishes don’t know he is no more,” she said.Ms. Gogoi said Abhijeet had called her sister about 6 pm saying they had set off for Guwahati. Abhijeet’s mother called him at 7 pm and someone picked it up. But there were some noises that made her think he was in a marketplace.“My sister called at 8 pm and got that terrible news,” she said.‘Rename waterfalls’Noted Assamese author Rongbong Terang, who belongs to the Karbi tribe, has suggested that the Kangthilangso waterfalls that the lynched duo visited on that fateful day should be renamed after them.“Let’s call the waterfalls Abhi-Neel Jalpropat,” Mr. Terang, former president of Assam Sahitya Sabha, said on Thursday. He rejected the suggestion of Tuliram Ronghang, chief executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, that statues of the two men be erected at the village they were killed.“The statues will only remind people of the gruesome day,” Mr. Terang said.On Wednesday,Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said Mr. Das and Mr. Nath were set up by a man named Alphajos Timung, who had an axe to grind. The man had called up members of the lynch mob and sold them the story that the duo were escaping in a black SUV after kidnapping a child.Police said they have so far arrested 28 people for lynching the duo while 35 others have been arrested for spreading rumours and hate-mongering via social media.last_img read more