Enable Makeathon

19/11/2015 446 Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups | View Recent Current Affairs

The union ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has partnered with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for Enable Makeathon.

What is Enable Makethon

  • The Enable Makeathon is a project initiated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and its partners to help create new assistive devices for persons with disabilities living in rural areas across the world.
  • It is motivated by the spirit of broad collaboration with the government, the private sector, the academia as well as other interested individuals.
  • It is a 60-day programme by the end of which participants – including technology and design experts, persons with disabilities and mentors – would have developed solutions and products for persons with disabilities in the form of prototypes.

More than a billion people on earth live with some kind of disability. That's 15 percent of the population - and their numbers are growing. The challenges faced by persons with disability are unique, especially in rural areas of the developing world, with no paved paths for wheelchairs, no public transport, basic to non-existent orthopaedic facilities, little/no access to education etc. The solutions for these challenges are therefore unique as well and these could potentially be a game-changer for humanitarian organisations and NGOs looking for affordable innovative solutions.

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