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By Beatrice Loh


Since January, Europe has received a record 433,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean in search of a safe haven, more than double the total for all of 2014. The photo of the body of a 3-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a beach in Turkey has raised a media storm around the refugee crisis in Europe. The boy has since been identified as Aylan Kurdi. He drowned after the plastic boat he had been on overturned in calm waters from being overloaded with passengers. 12 other passengers, including Aylan’s brother and mother, also died. Aylan lent the crisis a face, showing the plight of the thousands of refugees who share similar devastating stories. Humans of New York, a popular photoblog documenting street portraits and interviews in New York City, has since begun a new photo series that offers its global audience a glimpse into the tragic experiences survivors have had in their journey to Europe.

On the other side of the world in Southeast Asia, another refugee crisis has been unfolding. As the monsoon season in the region comes to an end, boatloads of Rohingya Muslims will flee their homes in Myanmar to find safety in other Southeast Asian countries that include Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Rohingya Muslims are considered one of the world’s most persecuted minorities and among the world’s least wanted. Why is no one helping them?

Who are the Rohingya?

The Rohingya are an ethnic Muslim minority mostly living in the Rakhine state in majority Buddhist Myanmar. The Myanmar government dispute the Rohingya people’s status as Burmese citizens, rendering them ‘stateless’ after the enactment of the Burmese nationality law in 1982. They claim that the Rohingya are Bengali and that their presence in Myanmar is the result of illegal immigration. The Rohingya, however, along with other scholars, claim to be pre-colonial residents of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, with the earliest known appearance of the term Rohingya in 1799.

Currently, most of Myanmar’s 1.1 million Rohingya are stateless and live in apartheid-like conditions in the state. Almost 140,000 were displaced in deadly clashes with majority Buddhists in Rakhine in 2012, and forced to seek refuge in displacement camps.

Why are they being persecuted?

The persecution of the Rohingya is rooted in two main issues – the origins of the Rohingya people and their religion.

Under British colonial rule, lax immigration laws in the 1800s led to an influx of Bengali Muslims into the region. The British installation of South Indian chettyars (money lenders) as administrators of this new colonial territory displaced Myanmar Buddhist peasants, leading to an enduring hatred for the Bengalis. The failed Rohingya secessionist uprising between 1948 and 1961 worsened tension and the 1982 Burmese nationality law essentially legitimized discrimination against the Rohingya by denying them citizenship, as the Rohingya are not recognized as one of the 135 legally recognized ethnic groups in of Myanmar. The government argues that they are from neighbouring Bangladesh and that migrants, to gain citizenship, have invented the Rohingya identity. The Rohingya are subject to wanton violence and discrimination on the basis of ethnicity and the on-going dispute over their origins.

Islamophobia is another problem in the country. Persistent fears of Islamic encroachment on Buddhists fuel much of the violence, with widespread and strongly held fears circulating among Buddhist Rakhines that they would become a minority in their ancestral state. In June 2012, tension between the Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingya escalated into deadly clashes that decimated whole villages. Whilst the conflict first targeted Muslim Rohingya, by October, there was a wave of violence against Muslims of all ethnic groups. 

Why haven’t the Rohingya found a safe haven yet?

The Rohingya face violence and lack basic rights such as access to healthcare, education and employment. In an attempt to flee their terrible circumstances, the Rohingya people have become among the world’s least wanted, denied resettlement in Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Australia.

The main problem the Rohingya face as they flee persecution from Myanmar is that their perilous journey never ends. In May 2015, Malaysian patrol ships turned back two boats carrying approximately 600 people, many in critical physical condition. Thailand and Indonesia have reacted in the same way, leaving thousands stranded at sea.

International organizations have described the situation as a “three-way game of human ping pong” played by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and one that may result in a massive humanitarian disaster. Aid workers estimate that up to 6,000 refugees may be at sea with nowhere to go.

It seems that the plight of the Rohingya will not end any time soon. The Myanmar government is not willing to take measures to stop the discrimination and violence against the Rohingya. Positioning oneself against the Buddhist majority is not a popular choice amongst Myanmar politicians. Even Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Laureate who fought for decades for democracy and reform in Myanmar, has been conspicuously quiet on the issue.

As we follow news of the Syrian refugees as they make their way to Europe in hopes of a better life, let us not forget the plight of the thousands of Rohingya Muslims stranded at sea, clinging onto life by a thin thread. More attention needs to be given to the issue to pressure the Myanmar government to make necessary changes to remove the institutionalization of racism, as well as to pressure other Southeast Asian nations to offer aid to this persecuted minority.


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By Beatrice Loh


According to a recent survey by India’s Ministry of Finance, India is now the world’s fourth largest hub for start-ups. Driven by “hyper growth” in technology and software products in the country, there are now over 3,100 startups. Despite a significant portion of these startups belonging to the tech industry, there has also been increasing social innovation that is benefitting the less privileged in Indian society.

The Indian education sector is one such beneficiary of the startup boom. Some of the major problems in the sector include a high dropout rate due to lack of availability of schools in remote areas, lack of awareness and child labor among the lower income population. According to UNICEF, the net attendance ratio at the secondary school level for males is only 58.5 percent, whilst females fared even worse at 48.7 percent. However, startups in the education sector are slowly tackling some of the sector’s biggest issues and bringing education to more and more students every year.

Here are 3 ways social startups are improving education in India:

  1.    1. Increasing accessibility

One of the biggest problems in the education sector is accessibility. Many students in rural areas are unable to attend classes due to capacity constraints in local schools. It is also common for poorer students to find jobs to help their families pay for basic necessities, with education taking a backseat. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) by the ASER Center released in January earlier this year showed that in rural areas, 15.9 percent of boys and 17.3 percent of girls within the 15 – 16 years old age group are currently out of school.

Bharat Calling is a social startup dedicated to bridging the urban-rural gap in higher education. According to studies carried out prior to starting the company, 86 percent of students drop out after the 10th class due to poverty, distance of educational institution from home, lack of information and motivation, inadequate transport facilities, quality of teachers, social environment and many other factors. Bharat Calling provides information about the best institutes in India and also trains students for competitive exams. They also resolve logistical issues that students face to travel to other cities for such exams. The venture that initially covered only one school has now spread to 142 schools and has even been endorsed by the Indian government.

Social startups target different levels and needs to increase access to education. Sudiksha Knowledge Solutions was created to provide high quality, easily accessible early childhood education for low-income children across India by setting up low-cost pre-school centers in low-income urban and semi-urban regions. Avanti Learning Centre provides low-income high-school students in India with an affordable world-class science and mathematics extracurricular education program. Hippocampus is a unique startup that helps schools run and maintain libraries, train teachers on how to get students involved in library activities and establishes low-cost, community-focused education centers with a unique curriculum.

  1.    2. Increasing interactivity

Social startups in India are also looking to make classes more interesting and amp up motivation in the classroom. Many critics of the Indian education system disparage the rote learning approach that has been used in Indian classrooms over the years, as it fails to instill creativity, curiosity and innovation.

Experifun has created an innovation-based learning platform called inClass for urban and rural schools to radically transform science teaching and learning in classrooms. Experifun inClass is based off curriculum designed by the Ministry of Education in India and has an arsenal of innovative science gadgets and products that bring interactive and exploratory learning to classrooms without needing extra infrastructure or setup. Everest Edusys is another company that aims to wean children away from rote learning to learning by doing. It plans on setting up laboratories where students learn scientific concepts through touch and feel and activity-based tools. Skyfi Labs was created for university level students to transform “textbook geniuses” to employable engineers by providing access to practical, hands-on training.

Other innovative startups are Classle and Butterfly Fields. Classle blends social networking and e-learning, transforming traditional classroom learning into collaborative online education. It is an online platform that connects teachers and students from institutions across the world. An online library, quizzes and workshops are interactive elements that draw students into their material. Butterfly Fields focuses on making learning more enriching, engaging and fun by creating learning kits specific to each grade and subject.

  1.    3. Increasing parental involvement

Startups in India are also making it easier for parents to be involved in a child’s education. Children of less educated or less connected parents tend to be disadvantaged, as these parents tend to make poorer choices for their child’s education.

“Choosing the right kind of education for a child is still an ordeal. Lack of awareness among parents, less visibility of schools/extra-curricular classes and lack of financial prowess or online presence of an institute have led to the situation where parents are crowding only specific schools and classes, oblivious of other good places where a child can be admitted,” said Aarthi Ramasubramanian, co-founder of Eduraft, in an interview with VCCircle.

Eduraft aims to bridge this gap by providing information about schools and institutes that do not regularly feature in the news for oversubscribed applications. Data is collected by the company based on a specific city and distributed to parents through the website, where information, tools and resources are available. Allied services such as tuition classes and extracurricular activities are also available.

Some startups cater specifically to the planning of a child’s future. Eureka Career Kits has developed a testing kit that helps determine school children’s career aptitude. Sold to parents, the kit helps them better plan their children’s careers and avoid potentially wrong paths. Based on experiential learning, it makes inferences and suggestions on the child’s way of thinking and suggests suitable career paths.


Wikimedia Commons/CC/KIYOUNG KIM from Seoul, South Korea

By Beatrice Loh

The Asian entertainment industry is slowly gaining global popularity with the likes of glitzy South Korean music bands, exciting Japanese animated cartoons and cute romantic comedies from Thailand. Gone are the days when Asian movies were synonymous with poorly made martial arts films with terrible special effects. The world is beginning to see the diversity and richness of culture that Asia has to offer through film. Movies have also become a great medium through which social issues can be discussed.

Here is a list of 5 movies that highlight certain social issues in Asia:

  1. Ilo Ilo, Singapore

Ilo Ilo first premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Camera d’Or award, becoming the first Singaporean feature film to win an award at the festival.

Set in 1997 during the Asian Financial Crisis, the movie tells the story of the Lim family, a regular middle-class ethnic Chinese family in Singapore. They have just hired a new maid, Terry, and each member of the family must adjust to her arrival, especially ten-year-old Jiale, who spends the most time with her.

The movie highlights the weak parent-child relations that many families in Singapore suffer due to the busy working hours of parents. In many cases, the domestic helper becomes like a second mother to the child and forms a closer bond than the parents themselves. In recent years, more and more Singaporean companies have begun to emphasise work-life balance and introduce schemes to promote family time.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. 200 Pounds Beauty, South Korea

Based on a Japanese manga, 200 Pounds Beauty is a 2006 South Korean romantic comedy musical that became wildly popular upon its release.

The movie follows Kang Hanna’s transition from an overweight ghost singer to become a pop sensation after undergoing intensive plastic surgery. Hanna starts out as the ghost singer for Ammy, a famous pop singer who actually lip syncs. She develops a crush on Sang-jun, the son of the owner of the entertainment company in which she works. After being humiliated by Ammy in front of Sang-jun, she decides to undergo plastic surgery to become slender and beautiful to catch the eye of the man she loves.

200 Pounds Beauty targets the plastic surgery market in South Korea and its implications on oppressive beauty standards and negative self-image. Whilst some critics think the movie does not give a very clear stance on the issue, it is an important step to raising awareness of an issue that is negatively affecting the way girls view their bodies in South Korea.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. Slumdog Millionaire, India

A British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire is set in the slums of Mumbai, India. The movie was a sleeper hit. It was widely acclaimed for its plot, soundtrack and direction.

Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of Jamal Malik, a young man from the Juhu slums of Mumbai, who makes it to the final round of the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Before the $20 million question, he is detained and tortured by the police, who suspect him of cheating because they think it is impossible for him to know the answers as he is a mere “slumdog” with little education. Jamal recounts, through flashbacks, various incidents in his life that provided him with the answer to each question.

The movie highlights the harsh conditions of urban poverty in India. Jamal’s flashbacks give foreign audiences a glimpse into the tough struggle for survival for those living in Mumbai’s slums.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. Sang Pemimpi, Indonesia

A 2009 Indonesian film, Sang Pemimpi is adapted from the popular novel of the same title by Andrea Hirata. The movie came in second in the Indonesian box office in 2009 with a total audience of 1.9 million people.

The movie is a coming-of-age tale of three boys, Ikal, his cousin Arai, and their friend Jimbron. The title of the movie Sang Pemimpi means “The Dreamer” in English. It refers to the big dreams of Ikal and Arai as they enter high school. Although the boys are from one of the poorest villages, they want to go to Sorbonne University in Paris. The movie follows the boys as they chase their dreams, deal with love and struggle in their adolescent search for identity.

Although it is set in the 1970s during one of Indonesia’s roughest periods in her modern history, the movie still raises many contemporary issues about inequality and the lack of educational opportunities for the poor and those who live in more rural areas.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. A Touch of Sin, China

A Touch of Sin is a 2013 Chinese drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. In the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Jia won best screenplay whilst the movie was nominated for the Palme d’Or.

Set in the present and allegedly loosely based on events that have happened in the recent past, the film presents four vignettes set in vastly different geographical and social milieus across modern-day China. Each story is about a person driven to violence by the pressures of society.

The movie clearly raises several social problems that are plaguing China and shows the disturbing trend of using violence as a solution. Some issues brought up include economic inequality, social instability and a weak social safety net.

Watch the trailer here.


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By Beatrice Loh

With many Asian countries experiencing furious economic growth, the demand for energy on the continent has seen a corresponding increase. Compared to world demand, energy demand in developing Asian countries is expected to grow much faster to cater to the growth needs of countries like China, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations. Primary energy demand in Asia is projected to grow at 2.5% per annum and reach 7.1 btoe (billion tons of oil equivalent) in 2035, accounting for 42% of the world’s primary energy demand. It is thus crucial to find clean, cheap and sustainable energy sources.

Global oil demand is expected to peak around 2035 with more than 60% of this expected to come from the transport sector in Asia and the world. Asian countries are beginning to invest in energy-saving and emission-reducing projects. Amongst these efforts are startups all over the continent offering eco-friendly alternatives in the transportation and logistics sector.

Here are 7 startups all over Asia that are taking the energy demand problem head-on:

  1.     Gogoro

Electric scooters, bicycles and motorcycles have a huge market in developing economies in Asia. China is by far the biggest current market, with about a 96% market share from a unit shipment standpoint. Gogoro is a startup targeting the market with their Smartscooter and is now testing their technology in Taiwan.

“We want to take the No. 1 thing that is generating the most amount of pollution in China and the greater part of Asia and apply a sustainable, flexible energy source,” Horace Luke, Gogoro’s founder, said in an interview with GreenBiz.

Apart from creating a streamlined electric scooter, Gogoro’s main selling point is its innovative take on charging these vehicles to make them a more convenient and viable alternative for commuters. Gogoro’s scooters use swappable batteries, getting rid of the waiting time for a charging cycle. Based on a concept the company calls the Gogoro Energy Network, Smartscooter riders can stop and handle a quick switch at depots around cities where spares will be available.

  1.     Notteco

Carpooling helps reduce the number of cars on the road and consequently reduces air pollution, making it an environmentally friendly option for travel. In many cases, it is also a cheaper alternative to other ways of travel.

Japanese startup, Notteco, is an online platform through which intercity commuters can find driver or passenger matches. The company targets long-distance travelers between cities, increasing the cost savings of riders. Driving from Tokyo to Nagoya, a 350-kilometer trip, costs about 12,000 yen for highway tolls and gasoline. By carpooling with someone on Notteco, a user can expect to save up to three quarters of that amount, depending on how much the driver chooses to charge passengers. Passengers will also be able to rate drivers on their services and safety on the website.

“There are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly ways to travel. Car-pooling is one of them,” said Kohei Miwa, founder of Notteco in an interview with Bloomberg.

  1.     TalinoEV

US-based startup TalinoEV is also changing the face of the electric vehicles market by producing innovative and cheaper battery designs that will reduce the overall cost of an electric vehicle. Co-founders Marc Ira and Henry Abreu developed “smartpacks” that are composed of an efficient lithium-ion battery and a battery management system and that function as the “brains” of electric vehicles.

The company operates mainly in the Philippines and is working with electric vehicle manufacturers to cut the cost of their products by about half to equal that of gasoline-powered models, making the more environmentally friendly electric vehicles a competitive option to consider when purchasing personal vehicles.  

TalinoEV targets the world’s densest megacities because a shift to electric vehicles in those places would have a significant impact on climate change.

  1.     TruckSuvidha

The logistics sector is also a large contributor to the rising demand for oil. A major problem that many logistics companies face is cost-efficiency – often, trucks and delivery vans are not filled to capacity or have only a one-way journey with a full load and have to make the return journey with an empty vehicle.

“For every long route, most often there is no return shipment, making the truck transporter write off a one-way loss of quote higher prices,” said Ishu Bansal, co-founder of Truck-Suvidha, in an interview with The Economic Times. “With a Uber-like platform for trucks we are making sure the provider gets a return load.”

Truck-Suvidha is India’s first online marketplace for truck transporters. Connecting transporters, truck drivers, customers and other related entities, Truck-Suvidha increases productivity and convenience in the logistics sector. By making full use of each vehicle’s capacity, the company is cutting down the number of empty gasoline-guzzling vehicles on the road and thus reducing waste.

  1.    Lithium Cabs

Lithium Cabs is bringing green public transportation to India with electric vehicle cabs. The company was born with the idea of negating both fuel costs and the degradation to the environment brought on by hydrocarbon cabs.

Lithium Cabs also focuses on the safety of passengers, particularly women travellers, equipping its vehicles with the necessary apps and gadgets to ensure riders get to their destination safely. Safety features include a panic button, tamper-proof GPS and a mobile app that will allow commuters to communicate with the driver without sharing their phone number. Embedded software will also alert clients about unauthorized riders or if a cab veers off course.

Originally planned for Bengaluru, Lithium has seen interest from other Indian cities including Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Gurgaon. Starting with just a hundred cars, the company hopes to have a fleet of 2,000 vehicles over the next two years.

  1.     Transkinect

Clean tech startups are on the rise in Singapore, with Transkinect being at the forefront with its innovative technology to harness kinetic energy. Claiming to be able to generate electricity by harnessing the lost kinetic energy when vehicles decelerate or brake with its new technology Movnetic, the company’s purpose is to transform every road into pathways for sustainable power and reduce the world’s dependence on natural sources.

“I developed this technology in line with the increased number of vehicles and paved roads in the world. When any car owner or drivers are driving their cars they are participating in generating green power in their city,” Ihab Seidy, founder of Transkinect, said in an interview with Consulus.

Movnetic is a Smart Hump that can be used in car parks, on the roads and at tollgates to generate electricity. It is cost effective and generates clean energy, making it a sustainable solution. Distributed power generation through Movnetic will quicken our ability to reduce dependence on natural gas and oil.

  1.     MyTeksi  

Launched in 2012, MyTeksi is a for-profit social startup with a mission to revolutionize the taxi industry. It currently serves 17 cities across 6 countries in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. Through an integrated app, MyTeksi links taxi drivers with passengers and promises safe travel through several safety features.

In 2013, MyTeksi partnered with Edaran Tan Chong Motor to offer free ‘taxi’ rides in Nissan LEAFs to passengers who booked their taxis through MyTeksi. Nissan LEAFs run on electricity and are an environmentally friendly alternative to usual gasoline-powered cars.

“We hope to see more of the Nissan LEAF as an option for taxi service transportation in the near future,” said Aaron Gill, product and marketing head of MyTeksi in an interview with Marketing-Interactive. It is encouraging to see one of the most popular taxi apps in Southeast Asia aim for sustainable alternatives that will reduce carbon emissions.


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By Beatrice Loh

The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge (SVC) Asia is a competition organised by NUS Enterprise, the National University of Singapore’s practical complement to its business school, in partnership with the Development Bank of Singapore’s Foundation for social enterprises. The Challenge aims to identify and support new social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact. SVC Asia 2015 received 683 entries from 30 countries and a total of S$150,000 in grant money was awarded to the winning teams. The Challenge was concluded in early June 2015 with three winners chosen according to potential for growth and self-sustainability.

Here are the 3 winners of the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia:

  1.    Learn Education

Thailand-based social enterprise, Learn Education, came in first in the Challenge and received S$100,000 in grant money from the competition. Learn Education aims to improve quality of education in Thailand by leveraging technology blended learning tools to help teachers and to develop critical thinking skills in subjects of math and science through digital and active in-class learning modules. The vision of Learn Education is for all students in Thailand to have access to quality education, become critical thinkers and are able to apply Math and Science to their daily lives.

Learn Education first implemented its teaching solutions in a school in a mountainous area with no math or science teachers in 2013. After a year, the  school principal informed the company that their middle school and even some elementary school students were able to get full scores on their math and sciences tests, which the teachers themselves found difficult. Learn Education realised the magnitude of the positive impact they had made on the children’s lives.

Currently, Learn Education is serving 30 schools nationwide. It provides textbooks, digital files and computer systems to help aid teachers and students in their teaching and learning experience. It has also integrated real-life experiences and morality into the content, which helps improve students’ interests to learn. With the grant money received from the DBS-NUS SVC, Learn Education hopes to expand its reach to impact 100, 000 children and eventually, 1 million students.

DBS - NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia's photos on Facebook
DBS – NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia’s photos on Facebook



  1.   MicroX Labs

MicroX Labs is a social enterprise from India. Coming in second place at the DBS-NUS SVC, it received S$30, 000. The Bangalore-based startup developed a technology to count the blood cells based on upcoming technology of Lab on Chip and MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) which miniaturizes the instrument with all the reagents preloaded in the cartridge, providing ease of use, portability and low cost, making it useful for rural healthcare. This is part of MicroX Lab’s vision to make diagnostics affordable and accessible to all.

MicroX Labs’ point-of-care diagnostics Complete Blood Count (CBC) test is one of the world’s most cost efficient devices for CBC diagnostics that can be used by non-laboratory trained personnel. The technology developed by MicroX Labs can be extended for other single cell analysis including CD4+ Tlymphocytes count, rare cells and malaria. This is just the start – MicroX Labs hopes to work with top-notch scientists and doctors from around the world to make high quality, cutting edge products to address diagnostic issues in India.

“We want to provide low-cost portable instruments as our focus will be on rural areas, tier-I and tier-II cities,” said Prakhar Jain, co-founder of MicroX Labs, when interviewed by The Hindu last year. The Reserve Bank of India classifies cities into 6 tiers based on population – tier-I cities refer to those with a population over 100, 000 and tier-II cities refer to those with populations from 50, 000 to 99, 999. Coming from a family of doctors, Jain had experienced the advantages of having medical diagnosis at one’s doorstep and wanted to increase the number of people with access to that privilege.

  1.   iHealth Express

Taiwan’s iHealth Express came in third place in the DBS-NUS SVC Asia, receiving S$20,000. iHealth Express was started by a group of young pharmacists who were involved in Taiwan’s Department of Health and were part of an initiative to promote international health diplomacy. This gave them the opportunity to observe European and American countries that were more advanced in the health industry and think of ways to help the Taiwanese healthcare industry improve and expand. One of the major problems they found was the lack of access to medical services in rural areas and for people with mobility issues such as the elderly.

iHealth Express’s mobile medical system was their solution. The system was created to provide more accessible services for all, eliminating inequality in healthcare delivery in Taiwan. Professional pharmacists handle medication delivery, refill prescriptions, face-to-face counselling, medication reminding and health education. The vision of the company is to reduce rural-urban medical gaps to achieve health equity.

The mobile medical system to provide more accessible services is implemented through the following steps. First, the patient’s chronic prescription is received through phone, fax, Internet, email and phone applications. After dispensing and checking, pharmacists deliver the medicine to the designated location. A 24-hour phone medication consulting service with experts for any problem about health, disease or side effects of drugs is also provided.

Competitions such as the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge give social enterprises in the Asian region the opportunity to be mentored and expand their businesses through grant money whilst raising awareness for the industry and its impact on society. With the new injection of grant money, we can expect big things from the rising stars of the Asian social enterprise world.




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