Question Box welcomes new Chief Medical Officer!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Question Box welcomes Dr. Monica Kumar to the Board of Directors, where she is serving in the capacity of Chief Medical Officer.

Monica has worked in various international settings, including working with medics from different ethnic states within Burma to increase access to quality health care for eastern Burma’s isolated and displaced populations, creating/teaching an ultrasound curriculum to medics at the Mae Tao Clinic, supervising residents in Guyana, and assisting in operations in a rural hospital in Ghana.  She has lectured at many conferences around the world including in India, Ethiopia, Guyana, Italy, and Thai-Burmese border.  She received her BA and MD from Brown University and completed her residency in emergency medicine at LAC+USC.  Afterword, she went on to complete a fellowship in international emergency medicine at the LAC+USC, earning a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTMH) at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and an RDMS (an ultrasound certification).

We are honored to have Monica join us on the Board, and look forward to her expert advisory support of Question Box medical programs!

Question Boxes Launching in Pader in July!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

UPDATE from Northern Uganda Medical Mission:

It’s official! NUMEM Health Centre will introduce our Rural Emergency Medical Communication System this July, sharing our goal of universal and quality health care access with community members. We are now in possession of eight top of the line Question Boxes that we will be installing throughout the district, and are in the process of purchasing a motorbike we will use to reach patients who live in the hard-to-reach areas. By the end of June we will have connected to a closed caller group through AirTel, and have begun surveying community members to gauge community need. We are so excited about launching the system and improving access to health care in Pader!

At NUMEM Health Centre

Inspecting the Newly Arrived Question Boxes in Pader

Question Boxes heading to Pader, Uganda!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Hello friends of Question Box. We’ve got some big news – EIGHT new Question Boxes, built by our partner manufacturing facility in Taiwan, are right now making their way to Pader, Uganda! They are going to a great grassroots organization – the Northern Uganda Medical Mission. NUMEM is founded by local clinicians from Pader, who have founded a medical facility in the area. The Question Boxes will link directly to the clinicians during office hours, allowing people in 8 villages access to a medical specialist right away when something is of concern. Additionally, the Question Boxes will serve as a 24/7 ambulance dispatch, for the only ambulance in the District! The nearest hospital is 2-3 hours away, and this service will ensure that people in need can get transport in time. If you’d like to support or learn more about the project, please connect with us, or with NUMEM.

NEW VIDEO – Question Boxes in Pader, Uganda

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

We are working with a great local group, Northern Uganda Medical Mission – to bring 8 Question Boxes to villages in Pader, Uganda. Take a look at the great video NUMEM made, explaining why this new medical hotline is important, and how the introduction of Question Boxes will link communities to medical care:

New Question Boxes in Development

Monday, August 19th, 2013

We are working with a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan, who is developing Question Boxes for us. Here’s a sneak peek:

Berkeley Innovation Group working on open source Question Box Hardware

Monday, November 12th, 2012

A team of students at UC Berkeley in the Berkeley Innovation Group are developing blueprints for an open source Question Box!

“Our current goal is that by the end of the semester (December 14th), we will publish a construction manual that anyone can use to build their own Question Box. It’s not yet clear exactly what form this document would be, or even whether it would be a typical document at all; but if rural villages in Africa, India, or Asia can use our creation to build a Question Box and connect their members to the world, we’ll consider it a success.”

Follow their blog and progress at

Open Question – Navigating the technical white water rapids

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The Indigo Trust just published our recent account detailing the wild and wooly journey we have taken to develop our newest offering, Open Question. This journey was generously sponsored by The Indigo Trust, and we got there thanks to our incredible and dedicated programming team, who went through incredible challenges to get us to the finish line.

Open Question – Persevering Through Technical White Water Rapids

By Scott Fairbanks and Rose Shuman – Question Box

Our organization, Question Box, spent years creating and running local hotlines in rural, developing world communities. In 2010, the Question Box team agreed upon a major shift in direction. To achieve a real shift in development practice we needed move away from being implementers, and towards being a tool-provider. That way, we could spread and scale the promise of low-cost hotlines by taking what we had learned and creating a way for NGOs to build and manage their own hotlines.

Open Question, our software concept, was a keystone to building a hotline toolkit. Open Question is a software program that helps community organizations record data from incoming hotline calls, efficiently search for answers, and track call times, caller demographics, and answers to survey questions. The spec demanded a simple desktop interface that could work on offline, outdated computers in developing countries. Meaning, it had to be compatible with the likes of a Pentium II PC with 128 MB of RAM running Windows XP.

Read more

From our partner, The Zimbabwean

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Please help us win News Challenge!

The Zimbabwean has entered the 2012 African News Challenge in partnership with Question Box – but we need all our readers to help us win. We propose to harness the unique power of Question Box technology to engage our existing network of journalists and readers in opening up new avenues of discussion and news gathering inside Zimbabwe.

In our own country as well as in much of Africa, media access is not free, nor is it a two-way discussion. Our submission can change that – but we need your help! The more popular our entry, the better our chances of winning the money we need to get it off the ground. If our supporters take 15 seconds of their time to leave a “heart” and comment on our entry, we stand a much better chance of being able to make a real difference.

So, please visit the link below and leave a comment and a “heart”, and then forward this message on to all your friends. We’re really grateful for the support you’ve shown us so far; we know that with your help we can continue to help promote freedom and justice in Zimbabwe.

Our submission:

Wilf Mbanga

Editor The Zimbabwean

Please <3 or comment QB entry to ANIC Media Challenge – deadline July 10th!

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Question Box & The Zimbabwean newspaper are entrants in ANIC media grant challenge. Your comment & <3 help us stand out

Question Box auf Deutsch

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Question Box was recently featured in Betterplace Lab’s Trendreport.

” Sie können nicht lesen? Sie leben in einem Slum oder auf dem Acker ohne Internetzugang? Sie sprechen kein Englisch oder Deutsch? Aber sie müssen unbedingt was wissen? Fragen Sie die Question Box, eine Sprechanlage, bei der man auf Knopfdruck mit jemandem verbunden wird, der im Internet recherchiert. Etwa wann der nächste Bus in die Großstadt fährt. Auf welche aktuellen Preise für Weizen sie sich beim nächsten Verkaufsgespräch beziehen können. Wie das Wetter morgen wird, falls sie sähen wollen.”

Read the entire article – auf Deutsch!