India has a severe shortage of toilets, something the government of Narendra Modi has pledged to address. Anoop Jain is already working on it. He's an American doctoral student who's building public toilets in one of the poorest states in India.
Puerto Rico is experiencing a brain drain — more than 10,000 Puerto Ricans are emigrating each month, among them doctors, engineers, and other professionals. A small crop are heading in the opposite direction.
At rural hospitals in Africa, you'll often see high-tech medical equipment discarded and unused. In places where electricity is unreliable and spare parts are unavailable, expensive devices can quickly become worthless. So Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi designs and builds his own low-tech devices to keep his hospital running.
The Soccket is a soccer ball with a twist — a generator inside that turns kicks into power that can run a small lamp. Its American inventors and celebrity backers say it provides hours of light so poor children in homes without electricity can study at night. But this bright idea has run into some technical problems.
Mohammad Jibran Nasir is a 28-year-old lawyer and civil rights activist from Pakistan. He’s touring the United States to promote his message of anti-extremism, and to raise awareness around his two social campaigns, #NeverForgetPk and #ReclaimYourMosques.
Kony 2012 captured millions of eyeballs and about as much controversy. Two years on, the organization behind the video is still operating and still focused on capturing Joseph Kony — but the group's leaders say they've learned a lot from their experience with their viral video.
Dr. Joia Mukherjee is part of a small team of Boston-area doctors heading to Liberia this week, hoping to lay the groundwork for an ambitious, multi-year project aimed at combating the Ebola outbreak. She says the reason the world has responded so slowly to the crisis is that Africans and poor people are not considered important.