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Data and metrics essential for meeting future development goals

Guardian – Poverty Matters Blog, July 4: Our report outlines the need for sustainable development goals to be monitored and measured in real time to Read More

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Polio, MDGs, UHC, and more: WHO Bulletin July 2014

In this month’s bulletin: • Why polio is a public health emergency of international concern• Factors that predict success in meeting MDG 4 and 5• Read More

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Newborn Health on the Line:  The Potential #mHealth Applications

New Article in JAMA by Smisha Agarwal, MPH, MBA, BDS and Alain Labrique, PhD, MHS, MS. JAMA Network | JAMA | Newborn Health on the Line:  The Potential mHealth Applications.

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More on the river that divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan– and a 50 fold different risk in…

What explains the enormous more than 50 fold difference in maternal mortality rates across this river? Both areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan are “in geographically contiguous poor, post-conflict, highly conservative, mountainous countries.” How can the obstetric risks for women be so different? To continue our review of this fascinating study, we take a closer look at the differences between the Tajik and Afghan sides of the river as reported in the study by Kylea Liese. The Tajik side has a large Soviet era hospital, some basic equipment and some medical personnel. And the Tajik women have a maternal mortality rate 50 times lower than the Afghan women, who have little to no medical care.


What’s Hot at This Year’s International AIDS Conference? Our Bet’s on PrEP

There’s no doubt that Treatment as Prevention (TasP) will receive continued emphasis at this year’s International Aids Conference (IAC), as advocates argue for aggressively expanding treatment from the 9 million worldwide currently on antiretrovirals (ARVs) to the 35 million people who are HIV infected.  But at the TasP workshop in Vancouver last month the more challenging and novel topic was pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.  A whole array of sessions on PrEP is already on the agenda for next week’s conference in Melbourne, and our bet is that PrEP will generate a lot of buzz – an approach with intriguing potential, but edgy downside possibilities. What is PrEP


What to Expect at This Year’s International AIDS Conference

Our Condolences to All Affected by Flight MH117 There’s no doubt that Treatment as Prevention (TasP) will receive continued emphasis at this year’s International Aids Conference (IAC), as advocates argue for aggressively expanding treatment from the 9 million worldwide currently on antiretrovirals (ARVs) to the 35 million people who are HIV infected.  But at the TasP workshop in Vancouver last month the more challenging and novel topic was pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.  A whole array of sessions on PrEP is already on the agenda for next week’s conference in Melbourne, and our bet is that PrEP will generate a lot of buzz – an approach with intriguing potential, but edgy downside possibilities. What is PrEP?


Mobile Reminders Help Pregnant Women, Mothers In Ghana Keep Health Care Appointments

BBC News: Joining up Ghana’s health care to save lives “…[Pregnant women in Ghana are being] reminded about their appointment[s] by messages sent to a mobile phone, through a system called Mobile Midwife. … Mobile Midwife is part of the Ghana mobile technology for community health (Motech Ghana) initiative — a collaboration between the non-profit…More


PATH’s Vaccine Vial Heat-Sensing Label Helps Keep Vaccines Viable

Humanosphere: At 5 billion, PATH’s life-saving labels make vaccines more effective Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses PATH’s new “life-saving” technology, the vaccine vial monitor (VVM), a heat-sensing label that keeps vaccines “protected and viable by the time they are administered” (7/14).


Development, Impact Measurement Essential To Effective Innovation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: When Impact Matters More Than Invention Rebekah Scheuerle, a Gates Scholar and doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, discusses the importance of translating innovative ideas “into feasible, life-changing products” and measuring impact (7/9).


EDCTP Forum Discusses Health Technologies

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: European and African countries meet to advance health technology development for poverty-related diseases In an interview, Anne Hradský, advocacy coordinator for global health research and development at Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung, discusses the focus of this year’s European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP) Forum in Berlin, Germany (7/10).


A BRCK Journey

We’re about to ship our first orders of BRCKs next week, on July 17th. Tomorrow (Wed, July 9th) we have a launch event happening at Sarit Centre for our Nairobi friends and media, starting at 9am, where we take over our partner Sandstorm‘s store for the day. We’ll be there all day, so come on […]


Gates Foundation Sets Sights On Stopping Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria

Seattle Times: Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight “…With more than $2 billion committed, the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] is the leading private supporter of research into new treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tools, disease mapping, and other weapons to fight malaria. This research should help the foundation press the global community for…More


Data and metrics essential for meeting future development goals

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Guardian – Poverty Matters Blog, July 4: Our report outlines the need for sustainable development goals to be monitored and measured in real time to Read More


Maker Faire Africa comes to Jo’Burg

Maker Faire Africa was first held in Ghana in 2009, then Kenya 2010, Egypt 2011, Nigeria 2012 and now in South Africa 2014. It’s been an amazing thing to be a part of, and the best is to be there and see the local ingenuity, the practical inventions that are made by some of the […]


Reflections on two days in a ‘media silo’

I’m sitting in the old German parliament building listening to a plenary discussion on activism. It’s my second day at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, and I’m in Bonn to help mentor Ashoka Fellows as part of their Globalizer programme, to speak on an Ashoka panel on social entrepreneurship, and to take part in a Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications discussion on how mobile technology is changing society. It’s been a busy three days, and I’ve had to regularly remind myself that I’m at a media-focused event. We’ve had discussions on the future of journalism, new business models for the media, big media vs. social media, how to communicate in disasters, community building, social entrepreneurship, the Arab Spring, mobile connectivity, technology in Africa, democracy building, governance, digital security and privacy, surveillance, big data and how to engage youth in development.


Polio, MDGs, UHC, and more: WHO Bulletin July 2014

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In this month’s bulletin: • Why polio is a public health emergency of international concern• Factors that predict success in meeting MDG 4 and 5• Read More


USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children

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June 26, 2014 USAID will spend up to $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to continue the fight for maternal and child health in 24 countries. From VOA: While child deaths have dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012, 16,000 children and 800 mothers are dying every day, says the U.S. […]The post The Daily Impact: USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.


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