- December 10, 2016
- Posted by: jagasiab
- Category: Non-profits
Jagasia Consulting Group recently teamed with a non-profit organization to design, engineer, and provide a full-scale data-analytics solution which will bring insight to their most recent effort — most notably the Sustainable Sight Initiative.
What is this the basis for this initiative?
In poor developing countries, there is a particularly damaging connection between disease and poverty. Effective solutions such as adequate sanitation and water supply are typically simple, obvious, yet largely unattainable. Easily treatable diseases persist due to a lack of access to medical professionals and medications. Thus, traditional, locally developed solutions are the only available means to produce some measure of humanitarian relief and impact one significant contribution to the cycle of poverty.
Sustainable Sight Initiative’s (SSIs) mission is to promote development of effective local interventions against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Its approach is to purchase proof-of-performance evidence of locally attainable and developed solutions which demonstrate mitigation of symptoms or otherwise show a positive impact on NTDs which contribute to the cycle of poverty. This cost will be supported by SSI’s social media donor base.
SSI has initially focused on mitigating the effect of one NTD, bacterial conjunctivitis. The most damaging form is trachoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world. According to the World Health Organization, besides being a substantial humanitarian problem, trachoma significantly contributes to the cycle of poverty and further burdens economic performance in poor tropical countries.
The classic photograph of African children with flies in their eyes is emblematic of trachoma. Their tears are highly contagious and anything that touches them, including the flies which feed off their weeping eyes, will carry the disease to others. This leads to continual reinfection and the continued progression of the disease. Trachoma irritates, roughens, and scars the inside of the eyelids, eventually curling the upper lid against the eye where the lashes abrade the cornea to opacity. Children are the reservoir of the disease. Primarily, caregivers and middle aged women are affected removing their economic contribution and placing an added burden on families and communities.
Nonprofits in two African countries have been testing a locally available liquid product which has proven to be effective against conjunctivitis. Although medically undiagnosed, this includes relieving trachoma symptoms. Africans have developed a prototype design to locally manufacture small dosage single use eyedroppers containing “clean water” to be distributed to mothers for them to “wash the dirt” out of their children’s eyes. This “clean water” has bactericidal properties and their field tests have demonstrated that this application is safe and effective against eye infections.
SSI’s overall approach complements African culture, medical and business practices, and local connectivity – tribal, social, and familial networks and limited physical infrastructure. The result is an effective local, distributed conjunctivitis and trachoma intervention at a cost which has been absorbed into existing African nonprofits’ sustainable operations.
Where does Jagasia Consulting Group fit in?
Jagasia Consulting Group will be primarily responsible for leading the technical effort, which includes developing a proof-of-concept design and eventual full engineering of the architecture.
- Engineering & architecture
- Cloud strategy
- Technology infrastructure
- Technology requirements driven by the mission of the Sustainable Sight Initiative
Jagasia Consulting Group will harness Big Data Analytics to forecast, uncover trends, and identify process improvement. The Sustainable Sight Initiative will leverage this data to further stimulate the economy.
While we are excited to use emerging technology to aid this initiative, we are equally excited to support this mission: reduce impact of neglected tropical diseases to stunt the cycle of poverty.
Sounds great – can I help?
Jagasia Consulting Group, in partnership with Impact Poverty Now, are currently seeking experienced and talented mobile developers to join the effort.
Mobile developers will be responsible for the development and maintenance of an application aimed at tracking the creation, progress, and success of patient recovery supporting the SSI. The primary focus will be the development of a mobile application and integration with back-end services. These developers will be working alongside other engineers on different layers of the infrastructure. Commitment to collaborative problem-solving, sophisticated design, and creating quality products is essential. Below are just some of the responsibilities you will have.
- Develop, design, and maintain mobile applications
- Translate, design, and wireframe into high-quality code
- Design, build, and maintain high performing, reusable, and reliable Java code
- Configure and maintain systems related to applications under development
- Test and debug code
- Identify and correct bottlenecks and fix bugs
- Ensure optimal performance, quality, and responsiveness of the application
- Work with the development team, project manager, and account executives to achieve project goals