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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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Understanding Mobile Access From an Ecosystem Perspective

Editor’s note: Many thanks to Dave Algoso and Reboot for letting us cross-post this wonderful blog post! This post is written by Dave Algoso, the Managing Director for Reboot.  The expansion of mobile access has been a common refrain in international development for years now. It plays an important role in supporting human development, from economic and educational opportunities to political freedoms and human rights.


Part 2: Prevention and Control of Rheumatic Heart Disease in Kenya: Progress is on the horizon

This week on PLOS TGH – we hand over to Dr Duncan Matheka and his group, for their second post on Rheumatic Heart Disease in Kenya. Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has been long neglected in the developing countries – yet a ‘preventable’ disease that is easy to manage only if detected early. We hereby highlight a number of multi-sectoral initiatives mainly targeted at the Kenyan communities towards combating RHD. 1. RHD Family Support Clubs RHD Family Support Clubs are a useful way of promoting holistic RHD care in Kenya.


Accessibility and Accountability: Social Impact Lab’s Governance Project Plans

From Colombia to Ghana to Canada, communicating with members of parliament, tracking city council spending, and advocating for environmental oversight of extractive industries are among a wide range of governance activities that have become possible for anyone with access to an internet connection, a computer, or a smartphone. That’s a lot of people, but not nearly enough. At SIMLab, our work with mobile technologies, specifically FrontlineSMS and FrontlineCloud, has taught us a lot: civic technologies are rapidly transforming the way governments interact with and (sometimes) respond to citizens; digital platforms have limited capacity to reach and include various populations in these activities and; governance is about ongoing interactions between people and institutions, whether those institutions are elected governments or not.


Field of dreams

Two years ago this summer, long-time friend Erik Hersman and I took a stroll through this grass meadow in St. Ives, a small market town in Cambridgeshire where I work from a small office above a supermarket. Erik was on holiday, but that didn’t stop us taking a long walk discussing life, family and work. Erik had a few ideas on the boil, and I was entering a new phase after stepping back from day-to-day operations at FrontlineSMS a couple of months earlier. I walk a lot, and often use the time to think, strategise and develop my ideas


New Digital Initiative Aims To Improve Maternal, Child Health, Nutrition In Africa

VOA News: African Moms Go Digital for Better Healthcare “A new initiative that aims to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa is being launched in September 2014 using digital technology…” (Lewis, 7/21).


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


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