New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest


Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More


Why smart government spending matters for the SDG medicines target

The World Health Organization’s first global report on diabetes  highlights the disease’s “alarming surge” with rates that have quadrupled in fewer than three decades. The report reminds us Read More


Progress and Challenges in Scaling Up Laboratory Monitoring of HIV Treatment

by Peter H. Kilmarx, Raiva Simbi In a perspective on Habiyambere and colleagues, Peter Kilmarx and Raiva Simbi discuss the disconnect between HIV testing instrument capacity and utilization.

Digital Health and the New World

Imagine a scenario where information—really important and meaningful information that could help millions of people—is stored in a way that makes it seemingly impossible to access. Even users within the same organization can’t share it with one another, not because it’s confidential, but because of the way their software is built.Even today, examples of this exist everywhere, and not only in resource-poor environments.I was a digital health novice before working with the informatics team here at IntraHealth International. In fact, I knew nothing of the technical concept of interoperability—the ability of one electronic system to integrate with another. I was familiar with the idea of isolated (or “siloed”) databases, but didn’t really understand their implications.mHero provides a foundation for government personnel to stay in touch with frontline health workers in real time. The team introduced me to mHero, a two-way, mobile phone-based communication system that uses basic text messaging to connect ministries of health and health workers.

India develops moth allergy kit

Indian medical scientists are developing a testing kit capable of diagnosing allergic disease caused by moths.

Computers Are For Girls, Too

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A feasibility study on using smartphones to conduct short-version verbal autopsies in rural…

Currently there are two main sources of mortality data with cause of death assignments in China.

Mine Kafon Drone: The Best ICT4D Kickstarter Ever

There are over 100 million land mines worldwide, and 10 people a day are killed or maimed by them. De-mining them the current way – with humans scouting for them – is dangerous and very slow. But what if we could use drones to make the process 20 times faster, up to 200 times cheaper, and rid the world of abandoned minefields in 10 years?! That’s the idea behind Mine Kafon Drone the best ICT4D Kickstarter ever.

Apply Now for $312,000 in ICT4D Grants for Africa and Asia

Finding seed funding to launch ICT4D projects isn’t easy, and we’d like to help! Here’s three grant opportunities and one award program that can bring new resources to your programs. Be sure to sign up to get emails about new grant opportunities as we find them. $250,000 Data Innovations Grants The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data has a new multi-million dollar funding initiative to support innovative collaborations for data production, dissemination linked to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Happy birthday to me: On half centuries and legacies

This time tomorrow, fifty years ago, I came into the world and spent the proceeding twenty-seven years trying to figure out what the hell I was doing here. With the summer of 1993 came something of a rebirth, one that put me on the path to where I am today. But the years before were dominated by prolonged spells of frustration, searching and disappointment. It feels, at times, that I’ve only lived half a life, which is probably why I don’t feel anything like the fifty I’ll be tomorrow. Birthdays with significant numbers often bring with them periods of reflection, although reflecting is something I tend to do on a regular basis

How can Academics and NGOs work together? Some smart new ideas

Just finished ‘Interaction’, a thought-provoking report on ‘How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice’. Written by Mark Shucksmith for the Carnegie UK Trust, the report has some good research and new suggestions on a hoary old topic. First up, a striking stat that underlines the imbalance in size and resources between academia and the third sector (voluntary organizations, …

Build Peace 2016: Towards Transformation

Excerpt from the Build Peace 2016 website. The conference will take place on September 9 – 11, 2016 in Zürich, Switzerland. Check out details here. If you are thinking of attending the conference, we strongly recommend you buy your tickets soon, since in past years we have sold out well in advance.  ### Peacebuilding is fundamentally about change, and most discussions about peacebuilding are really about how to change less than ideal situations into slightly better ones. Over time, answers to these questions have increasingly recognised that conflict might in fact contribute to positive political, cultural and societal processes.

In diagnostics, capacity building, coordination and new medicines, we’re reading why…

Categories: What we’re readingWhy the world needs an essential diagnostics list – When a  man in Angola’s capital city fell ill and died last December, the four weeks that passed before laboratory testing confirmed the cause gave the current yellow fever outbreak in that country a running start. “Without diagnostics,” as this Forbes piece puts it, “medicine is […](Read more…)

Research Validates Effectiveness of Arogya’s Innovative mDiabetes Program

Exciting Results of mDiabetes Adds to mHealth Evidence Base Arogya World’s mDiabetes has shown exciting results: 40 percent more people improved their health behaviors as a result of receiving texts about diabetes prevention. The study was published this week in the Journal of Medical and Internet Research. mDiabetes sent twice-weekly text messages to a million people in India advising them to exercise, eat less fat, and eat more fruits and vegetables. New video by Arogya World discusses diabetes prevention in India The first to use the power of mobile to fight diabetes There are many firsts in our mDiabetes story. This effort is the first to use the power and reach of mobile phones to change diabetes risk behaviors in a large number of people from different parts of a vast country like India. The 40% impact obtained from a population level mHealth program like this, has implications for diabetes prevention in low and middle-income countries

Viewing Poverty More Clearly — From Space

Ground-breaking research by Stanford University researchers — published in Science and funded in part by AidData — combines satellite imagery taken from space and machine learning to bring better measurements of poverty and economic development within reach.

Mobile tech enables family planning data access

A mobile tech project is helping eight Sub-Saharan African nations access new family planning data every six months.

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