Shop-based malaria kit boosts testing for disease

But despite rise in testing, many patients carry on buying inappropriate medication, finds Ugandan trial.

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Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector

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7 Aspirations for Better ICT4D in 2015

Technology Salon NYC had another banner year of great discussions. To cap it off and start the 2015 series of events, we had a unique Salon. We shared our hopes and fears for 2015, with three amazing lead discussants to guide the conversation: Felicity Ruby, long-time activist and currently ThoughtWorks’ Director of Global Internet Policy; Abi Weaver, Director of the Global Technology Program at the American Red Cross; and Laura Walker Hudson, CEO of Social Impact Lab (SIMLab). Below I’ve organized the Tech Salon discussion into 7 aspirations for our sector in 2015. Keep an eye on these themes, and if you have ideas that weren’t mentioned at the Salon, go ahead and add them to the comments section!


Financing the Future 2015: Some Hits and Misses on the Future of Development Finance

@AectForAfrica Last week, an Overseas Development Institute-led consortium of partners hosted a wide range of organizations and Governments for an event entitled “Financing the Future.” In essence,

This week: Transparency strikes oil!

Transparency saw a win this last week when the oil company Statoil disclosed project-level payments it makes to governments it works in. Organizations like Oxfam America and National Resource Governance Institute applauded the oil company for leading the way and proving that it can be done.

USAID’s Chief Innovation Officer VanRoekel Steps Down, Agency Confirms

FedScoop: Exclusive: Steven VanRoekel steps down from USAID role “Steven VanRoekel, the chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, has left his role with the agency, FedScoop has learned…” (Otto, 3/17). Washington Post: Steven VanRoekel steps down from USAID “…VanRoekel led an effort to bring technology into the fight against the Ebola…More

Shop-based malaria kit boosts testing for disease


But despite rise in testing, many patients carry on buying inappropriate medication, finds Ugandan trial.

New Technology Converts Waste To Clean Drinking Water, But Public Remains Skeptical

Humanosphere: Nobody wants to drink toilet water, except Bill Gates Tom Murphy, reporter for Humanopshere, discusses a new technology called the OmniProcessor, which converts human waste to clean drinking water, as well as findings from a study that surveyed American acceptance of the innovation (3/16).

This Week: MOOCs, Maps & Robots, Oh My!

Today the new World Bank Citizen Engagement MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) starts, and with it we’ll hopefully see a few new ideas and projects to further citizen engagement from those participating in Track 2 (the Policy and Leadership track). If you’re eager to learn more about Citizen Engagement but aren’t ready to plan a project,

Indian Health Officials To Review Study Findings Showing H1N1 Swine Flu Mutations

IANS/Zee News: MIT swine flu report to be studied: Indian experts “A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) report claiming that the swine flu virus in India may have mutated and become severely infectious needs to be studied thoroughly before being accepted, Indian health experts said on Thursday…” (3/12). Reuters: India, U.S. researchers clash over swine…More

Money, Ideas & Reform: What does it take to influence lasting change?

International development is about influencing change. Government officials mobilize political will and seek to create an enabling environment for reforms and reform champions. Donors provide money and ideas to encourage changes in development policy and practice. Civil society activists agitate for better policies and public services.

10 myths about girls’ empowerment and mobile learning

I had the chance to share some thoughts at UNESCO’s recent Mobile Learning Week. My presentation explored some myths about girls empowerment and mobile learning and offered suggestions of things to think about when designing and implementing programs. Ideas for the presentation were drawn from research and practitioner experiences (mine and those of others that I’ve talked with and worked with over the past few years). Here’s what I talked about below.

Poverty in Pakistan: Numerous Efforts, Many Numbers, Not Enough Results

Pakistan has made remarkable progress in reducing absolute poverty. Fifty million fewer people lived in poverty in 2011 than in 1991 and  the share of the poor living on less than $1.25 a day plummeted from 66.5% in 1987 to 12.7% in 2011.  Despite these advances,

This Week: Tapping Further Into the Data Landscape

Global Voices The question of how strong of an ethical framework when collecting data is, indeed, strong enough has been a thought that is pressing across the Open Data landscape. What happens if you already have all of the data? Earlier last week,

The iHub at 5

43 companies in the Kenyan tech scene have come together to put on an event for 3,000+ people in the tech community, the #5yrTechBash at the Arboretum. The iHub is turning 5 and it’s a testament to the people and companies who make up this space that we’re thriving and have a chance to celebrate. […]

Gates Foundation To Invest $52M In German Biotech Company, To Work Together To Develop…

Reuters: Gates Foundation makes its biggest-ever equity investment in German biotech “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it would invest $52 million in CureVac, a German biotechnology company that develops vaccines and immunotherapies, marking the foundation’s biggest-ever equity investment. … The foundation will also fund multiple projects developing vaccines for viral, bacterial, and parasitic…More

Friday Think: could a $2 billion contest accelerate new antibiotics?

The battle against super bugs—that growing class of virulent bacteria resistant to antibiotics that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates sickens 2 million people annually—results in tens of thousands of deaths each year. It also delivers a $20 billion toll in associated health care costs. There aren’t … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: why syringes should self-destructFriday Think: airbags in cars, sure. But for skiers?Mapping the journey: how we turn good ideas into large-scale solutions ;

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