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Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.

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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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Take Our Uganda Geocoded Data for a Test Drive and Make Your Own Map

Map visualization of development finance to Uganda from 1978 to 2014 as reported into Uganda’s Aid Management Platform and available as a downloadable dataset via aiddata.org Last week, we announced the arrival of AidData’s Level 1A data product which includes several improvements that make our geocoded datasets easier to use than ever before. This week,


A path analysis study of retention of healthcare professionals in urban India using health…

Background: Healthcare information technology (HIT) applications are being ubiquitously adopted globally and have been indicated to have effects on certain dimensions of recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals.


Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

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Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.


Asking the Right Questions: AidData’s Survey Practice

In 2002, then-President George W. Bush announced the need for “a new compact for global development, defined by new accountability for both rich and poor nations alike.” He planned to increase U.S. foreign assistance funding to establish the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA),


Update to Blue Marble Health Collection

This week sees a major update to the PLOS Collection “Blue Marble Health: the mismatch between national wealth and population health” with the addition of 50 new papers, including two new editorials published today in PLOS Medicine and PLOS Neglected … Continue reading » The post Update to Blue Marble Health Collection appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.


Reducing Extreme Poverty in the Post-MDG Era: Lessons from Four Emerging Economies

“Generalizations across country experience are never easy, but one factor that is likely to matter in many developing countries is the geographic and sectoral pattern of growth.” Martin Ravallion In 1990,


This week: Working Within Complex Systems

Publish What You Fund Reboot recently released a report expounding on “How the Governance Data Community can Understand Users and Influence Government Decisions.” The report contains a lot of words of wisdom regarding how to approach increasing


Delivering Privilege via WhiteSave.me

I had the privilege (no pun intended) of participating in the Art-a-Hack program via ThoughtWorks this past couple of months. Art-a-Hack is a creative space for artists and hackers to get together for 4 Mondays in June and work together on projects that involve art, tech and hacking. There’s no funding involved, just encouragement, support, and a physical place to help you carve out some time out for discovery and exploration. I was paired up by the organizers with two others (Dmytri and Juan), and we embarked on a project. I had earlier submitted an idea of the core issues that I wanted to explore, and we mind-melded really well to come up with a plan to create something around them.


Gazing into development’s crystal ball

It’s a sector that famously likes to look and plan ahead. So what does the development professional of today think it takes to be a professional development worker of tomorrow? In partnership with the USAID Global Development Lab and PSI, Devex recently conducted a survey of development professionals to see what tools, skills and approaches they think the next-generation of development professionals will need to thrive ten years from now. Last week they published a report of these findings.


Pros and cons of technology for public consultation

The July 7th Technology Salon in New York City focused on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Public Consultation. Our lead discussants were Tiago Peixoto, Team Lead, World Bank Digital Engagement Unit; Michele Brandt, Interpeace’s Director of Constitution-Making for Peace; and Ravi Karkara, Co-Chair, Policy Strategy Group, World We Want Post-2015 Consultation. Discussants covered the spectrum of local, national and global public consultation. We started off by delving into the elements of a high-quality public consultation.


Friday Think: why infrastructure investments matter

It’s not enough to make an app for a phone or develop a logistics management information system, you must also have the infrastructure—and the power—to support the technology. And without deliberate infrastructure investments, we risk getting stuck in the past. … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: a vaccine trial with a cosmic twistFriday Think: can parks help prevent disease?A first in 50 years: how a new diaphragm design made its US debut ;


Changing Tides: Tracking Aid in the Caribbean

St. Lucia’s Beauséjour Stadium, constructed in 2002 for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Over the past several decades, The Caribbean and its countries have experienced a great deal of economic and political change as needs and priorities have shifted.


Making Geocoded Data More Accessible: Introducing Level 1A

Accessibility is one of the key attributes of ‘open’ data. With this in mind, AidData is excited to announce several improvements to our upcoming geocoded datasets that will lower barriers to entry for end users who want to see who is funding what and where they are citing their investments. Collectively, we refer to this suite of improvements as a “Level 1A” data product.


The Politics of Aid Allocation: New Evidence from Zambia

As the ongoing debate continues over whether financial assistance is an effective way to improve development outcomes, the politicization of aid is one factor that some scholars suggest makes it harder for aid to reach the places where there is the most need or opportunity.


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