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We need to incentivize antibiotic R&D better

Lena Theunissen holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Dresden. Currently, she studies medicine at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. She is an Read More

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“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More

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Science, global health, and irrational health behaviors

Ed. Note: Sara Gorman will be joining us once a month to highlight different aspects of her forthcoming book on science denialism.  Have you ever Read More

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We need to incentivize antibiotic R&D better

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Lena Theunissen holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Dresden. Currently, she studies medicine at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. She is an Read More


Meet a period piece designed to bust taboos

Editor’s note: Lippi Doshi, senior digital policy communications associate and Laura East, communications associate at PATH, share the story of #SheChandelier, designed to shed light on the need for more high-quality menstrual health care options for women and girls. Laura: A few months ago, Lippi and I were planning our PATH presence at the Women Deliver 2016 […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMenstrual health education: a key to nurturing confident girlsWhen less is more: why intradermal vaccine delivery matters to global healthThe profound effect of girls’ dreams ;


How to Reduce Misinformation with ICTs in Rural Kenya

Misinformation poses a problem to development both in the developed and developing world. With the rise of ICTs, particularly social media, misinformation is propagated faster and wider and therefore threatens development. Misinformation fuels violence, hinders public health, governance, and other development efforts. If ICTs can be used to propagate misinformation, why not use the same to counter misinformation? The Sentinel Project is using ICTs to map and counter misinformation that can lead to violence, hence preventing communities from succumbing to mass atrocities


M&E of Tech in humanitarian and development work: How can we do it better?

I used to write blog posts two or three times a week — but things have been a little quiet here for the past couple of years – that’s partly because I’ve been ‘doing actual work’ (as we like to say) trying to implement the theoretical ‘good practices’ that I like soapboxing about. I’ve also been doing some writing in other places and in ways that I hope might be more rigorously critiqued and thus have a wider influence than just putting them up on a blog. One of those bits of work that’s recently been released publicly is a first version of a monitoring and evaluation framework for SIMLab. We started discussing this at the first M&E Tech conference in 2014.


E-agriculture Strategy Guide From the FAO and ITU

E-agriculture is about designing, developing and applying innovative ways to use ICTs in the rural domain, with a primary focus on agriculture. E-agriculture offers a wide range of solutions to some agricultural challenge and holds great potential in promoting sustainable agriculture while protecting the environment and finding an effective way to feed the world’s population. Debate the role of technology in agriculture at ICTforAg on June 10th. Register now, before we sell out.


Partnerships Critical For Delivering Digital Payments To HCWs In Emergency Response Situations

Devex: The importance of partnerships in humanitarian response Momodu L. Kargbo, Sierra Leone’s minister of finance and economic development “…Building partnerships with the private sector and development organizations is key for us to succeed [in delivering digital payments to health care workers (HCWs) in emergency response situations]. … It is critical to start building resilient…More


Addressing development of tuberculosis diagnostics and drugs is critical to global…

Categories: TBA new tool to diagnose drug-resistant tuberculosis with an improved regimen to then treat it would more than halve the current death toll from the disease within six years, saving 100,000 lives annually, according to a report commissioned by the British government. The report brings the findings and recommendations of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, […](Read more…)


Malaria breath test goes for field trials

The trials will see if the test can identify the distinctive chemicals people exhale even early on in infections.


“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

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This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More


Similarities and differences between stakeholders’ opinions on using Health Technology…

The European-study on Quantifying Utility of Investment in Protection from Tobacco (EQUIPT) project aimed to study transferability of economic evidence by co-creating the Tobacco Return On Investment (ROI) too…


Alcohol in urban streetscapes: a comparison of the use of Google Street View and on-street…

Alcohol-related harm is a major global health issue, and controls on alcohol marketing are one intervention utilized by governments.


Electronic versus paper-based data collection: reviewing the debate

This post was co-authored by Sacha Dray, Felipe Dunsch, and Marcus Holmlund. Impact evaluation needs data, and often research teams collect this from scratch. Raw data fresh from the field is a bit like dirty laundry: it needs cleaning. Some stains are unavoidable – we all spill wine/sauce/coffee on ourselves from time to time, which is mildly frustrating but easily discarded as a fact of life, a random occurrence. But as these occurrences become regular we might begin to ask ourselves whether something is systematically wrong.


Crowding in funding for the SDGs: Reflections on the missing development trillions

Seventeen goals to transform our world, the Sustainable Development Goals, aka the SDGs, aka the Global Goals, encompass 169 targets and 230 indicators, and come with a price tag of $3-5 trillion per year. Now that the world has agreed on 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators for the SDGs, the dialogue is shifting towards the “price tag” the SDGs come with. Estimates on this abound,


So what do we really know about innovation in international development? Summary of new book (+…

Ben Ramalingam of IDS and Kirsten Bound of Nesta share insights from their new open-access book on innovation for development (download it here). And you get to vote (see end) Innovation is increasingly popular in international development. The last ten years have seen new initiatives, funds, and pilots aplenty. While some of this involves genuinely novel and experimental approaches, we have also seen – perhaps …


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