More than ever before, people around the world are living longer lives and in better health. Still, there are challenges that need to be addressed — from basic access to clean water, sanitation, medicines, and vaccines to new approaches to fighting both infectious and non-communicable diseases. Together, we can ensure that global advances in health and wellness are spread more equally across communities and around the world.
Vaccines alone save more than two million lives each year. But how many more lives could be saved simply by providing more people with access to the basics? That notion inspired a rock climber in San Francisco to come up with a robotic airplane that carries medicines to remote places. It inspired an engineer in New York to come up with a special disinfecting light for hospitals. Others around the world have come up with ways to fight childhood obesity, protect teeth from decay, administer medicine more easily, purify drinking water, power medical clinics, and improve sanitation.
EVAN SABOGAL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
Big and small, global and local, health problems around the world can be solved with a single idea from an everyday genius like you. As you can see from our examples, you don’t need to be a doctor. You just need to have an idea. It could be a smart approach to mobile or remote medical services, or a new path to clean water and sanitation. Share your idea with us, so we can all help communities around the world thrive and live longer, healthier lives.
In our first CHASING GENIUS Challenge, four winners received $25,000 each to take their ideas further.
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