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WHO, IHME Collaborate To Improve Quality, Use Of Global Health Data

WHO: A commitment to improve global health information The WHO announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation “…defining areas where they will work together to improve the quality and use of global health estimates to measure the world’s health challenges” (5/6).

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3D-Printed Hands, 3-Cent Maxi Pads, and More at SwitchPoint 2015

“When we talk about supporting people with technology, we tend to fetishize both the people and the technology,” said Linda Raftree today. “But the tech we develop isn’t really useful if we don’t include the end users in the process.”Raftree, cofounder of Kurante, and other experts took the stage today for the second and final day of SwitchPoint 2015, produced by IntraHealth International. And Raftree wasn’t the only one to point out that development without dialogue just doesn’t work.Lasting progress takes local partnerships, local buy-in, and local leadership. You can’t use mobile phones to share information fast if you don’t have power or reception, said Merrick Schaefer of the US Agency for International Development—even if mobile phone subscriptions do outnumber the people in the world today.And you can’t solve diarrhea with awkward, ugly water filters that no one wants to use, said Claudia Harner-Jay of PATH—no matter how well they eliminate pathogens.Real, lasting global progress takes local partnerships, local buy-in, and local leadership.Take, for instance, the three-cent maxi pad.Local, Eco-Friendly, and Yes, It Actually WorksIn Rwanda, the number of women who miss work each month leads to an estimated loss of US$215 in income per woman, per year.

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Uncovering global causes of death: turning verbal autopsy data into meaningful information

Rachael Atherton, Managing Editor | Journal of Global Health, University of Edinburgh   Most deaths in Africa and Asia are either unregistered, or registered without cause of death. Read More

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Open Data: A Journey of Discovery in Nepal

UPDATED: View the “Open Data: A Journey of Discovery in Nepal” documentary now at www.vimeo.com/opendata Join AidData Development Initiatives and Publish What You Fund for the premiere of their documentary film ‘Open Data: A Journey of Discovery in Nepal’ at the International Open Data Conference 2015


GHTC Blog Post Discusses U.S., European Efforts To Address Drug Resistance, Speed Treatment…

Global Health Technology Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: U.S. and European efforts to address growing antimicrobial resistance and legislation to advance medical breakthroughs Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, discusses efforts made by the U.S. and European Parliament to address the threat of antimicrobial resistance, as well as “a bill intended to support research for and…More


Investment In HIV/AIDS Vaccine R&D Must Be Scaled Up

Global Health Technology Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Four reasons now is the time to ramp up investment in HIV/AIDS vaccine R&D Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, reports from a recent briefing on Capitol Hill that “convened leaders in the field to discuss the state of HIV/AIDS vaccine research and development (R&D). … [T]he discussion illustrated four…More


Relief Agencies Use Data From Mobile Technology To Inform Food Aid Decisions

Financial Times: Technology helps feed a hungry world “…Where people are facing hunger and malnutrition, a basic form of technology — the mobile phone — can be used to generate data that helps relief agencies make better decisions on where to distribute food aid…” (Murray, 5/20).


The “Tweet. Recycle. Repeat” of ICT4D

During a rare, quiet, bored few minutes last week I looked through a few early blog posts from some of the longer standing members of the ICT4D community. Between around 2012 and now, many of the same statements, proclamations and questions have come up time and time and time again. The same tweets with the same outcome – usually nothing. Many have regularly appeared on my blog over the past seven or eight years, too, without making the slightest bit of difference. I recently wrote about the need to stop just meeting up and repeating ourselves in the ICT4D echo chamber, which is what has been happening


Running an SMS Quiz for 1000s of users with Frontline

Messaging for the Nairobi iHub’s #5yrTechBash – Powered by FrontlineSMS Last month our friends at the iHub celebrated their 5th anniversary (happy birthday!) with a fittingly grand celebration in the Nairobi Arboretum. The tech conscious of Nairobi, from senior organizations to aspiring developers came along and a great day it was. To help promote the event, the iHub decided to use SMS to get the word out.


This Week: It’s All About Relationships

http://www.chrisunderwoodsblog.com/2015/05/ogp-africa-does-it-pass-amina-test.html Last week, Owen Barder took to the blogosphere to talk about what really effects change within countries, and the complexity of country systems. It’s not just that education in a country is poor, but that the country doesn’t have enough teachers,


Emerging doctors call for action on global epidemic: non-communicable disease

This week, special guest-bloggers and Australian doctors-in-training, Rebecca Kelly and Tim Martin of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, call for greater focus, discussion and action on the world’s leading causes of death. In March this year, the Australian government released the 2015 Intergenerational report revealing a prediction of the economic and social trends over the next 40 years. There’s some fantastic news; children born in the middle of this century are projected to live greater than 95 years. Importantly, this increase in life expectancy will involve an improved quality of life and Australians will be more prosperous in real terms. However, the report comes with a warning.


This Week: You Will Never Believe What Data Farce People Fall For!

Bitss.org Literacy rates are commonly tracked across the globe. A foreseeable indicator to be tracked in the future as we head further and further into a data driven world will be data literacy rates.  While harder to define and track,


Saudi Aid to Yemen: Stability over Development?

Saudi Arabia has just ended a month-long bombing campaign in Yemen to hold off advancements by the Houthi rebels that threaten to take over the country. This forceful show of hard power is rather uncharacteristic. Historically, Saudi Arabia has relied on soft power to bolster its neighbors, increase regional stability, and provide support to the political powers it deems friendly.


WHO, IHME Collaborate To Improve Quality, Use Of Global Health Data

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WHO: A commitment to improve global health information The WHO announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation “…defining areas where they will work together to improve the quality and use of global health estimates to measure the world’s health challenges” (5/6).


This Week: Data is a Means to Progress, Not an End

Jorge Martin / Development Progress Many might question why so many are pushing for a data revolution when there are so many other issues and disparities in the world. But that is exactly why it is so important. Data is knowledge, and we all know, knowledge is power. Putting the right data in the right hands can mean powerful change,


Prevention of sexually transmitted infections using mobile devices and ubiquitous computing

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Background: Advances in the development of information and communication technologies have facilitated social interrelationships, but also sexual contacts without appropriate preventive measures.


Hacking human health and behaviour #wiredhealth

This week, we hand over to regular blogger Alex Abel who recently returned from London’s WIRED Health. The stage is set at the RCGP for 22 Main Stage talks, hosted by Editor David Rowan Following last year’s successful inaugural event, WIRED Health returned to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Euston Square, London, on the 24th of April, for a programme of exciting innovations in medicine. From augmenting our bodies to decoding the brain, the desire to have greater control over human health and behaviour seemed to be the overarching theme at WIRED Health 2015. Changing the body One of the most dramatic and noticeable changes to the human body is amputation. The loss of a limb can have a profound effect on individuals, both physically and psychologically, but more than 20 million amputees around the world currently have no access to any sort of prosthetics.


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