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Wikipedia Usage Estimates Prevalence of Influenza-Like Illness in US in Near Real-Time

The number of hits for wiki pages on Influenza, Flu Season, and Tamiflu correlated better with CDC’s estimates of influenza-like illness better than Google Flu Trends according to an article in PLoS Computational…

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USAID mHealth Compendium Volume 3

This third volume of the mHealth compendium contains 24 new case studies which document a range of mHealth applications being implemented mainly throughout Africa, but also in other regions.

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Social Media and Internet-Based Data in Global Systems for Public Health Surveillance: A…

Context The exchange of health information on the Internet has been heralded as an opportunity to improve public health surveillance. In a field that has traditionally relied on an established system of mandatory and voluntary reporting of known infectious diseases by doctors and laboratories to governmental agencies, innovations in social media and so-called user-generated information could lead to faster recognition of cases of infectious disease. More direct access to such data could enable surveillance epidemiologists to detect potential public health threats such as rare, new diseases or early-level warnings for epidemics. But how useful are data from social media and the Internet, and what is the potential to enhance surveillance? The challenges of using these emerging surveillance systems for infectious disease epidemiology, including the specific resources needed, technical requirements, and acceptability to public health practitioners and policymakers, have wide-reaching implications for public health surveillance in the 21st century.

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Wikipedia Usage Estimates Prevalence of Influenza-Like Illness in US in Near Real-Time

Flu virus Credit NIAID

The number of hits for wiki pages on Influenza, Flu Season, and Tamiflu correlated better with CDC’s estimates of influenza-like illness better than Google Flu Trends according to an article in PLoS Computational…


mHealth Support Tools for Improving the Performance of Frontline Health Workers: An Inventory…

The UN Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC) is interested in exploring how mHealth can support the achievement of Recommendation 9, namely improving the performance and accountability of Frontline Health Workers (FLHWs).


Call for Abstracts: Voice and Matter – Glocal Conference on Communication for Development

Deadline: 23 May 2014, 00:00 (CET)Voice and Matter is the fourth annual Communication for Development conference arranged by Ørecomm – Centre for Communication and Glocal Change, this year merged with Roskilde University’s biannual scientific conference, Sunrise.When? 17-20 September 2014 Where? Roskilde University (Denmark) & Malmö University (Sweden)The conference aims to explore the dynamic relationship – and possible convergence – between voice and matter in the context of communication for development theory and practice.We invite researchers, students, practitioners, authors, artists and filmmakers to submit abstracts on the following themes:New Social Actors and ICT for Development. The technocentric concept of ICT4D raises questions on the power over and use of technology. Who are the new social actors and new social movements


Using GPS Data to DELIVER Health Products to People Faster

Andrew Inglis, GIS Team Lead at John Snow, Inc. for the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, describes how his team used GPS technology to map road networks in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT is funded by USAID. Imagine driving a delivery truck without a map or any idea how long it will take to […]


Send and receive SMS through from your website or service

One of the most asked-about features of our apps (FrontlineSMS and FrontlineCloud) is regarding the ability to handle sending and receiving messages through a third party application or web service. Many of our users want to build apps for a wide range of application areas which talk to our apps so that we can handle their SMS functionality.


The benefits of public-private partnerships in global health

It is imperative that both the public and private sectors work together. Businesses have invested in GAVI because they know that one of the strongest ways to promote global health is through immunization. And quite simply, vaccines provide a strong return on investment. Through collaboration between the public and private sectors, GAVI has been able to raise additional funds and, most importantly, bring significant private-sector expertise, skills, advocacy and visibility to its work The post The benefits of public-private partnerships in global health appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.


Towards a Less Wormy World

; By Nina Cromeyer Dieke* Nigeria is – by far – Africa’s most populous nation. It recently came to light that it is the continent’s biggest economy. It also has the highest burden of NTDs in all of Africa. Therefore, when an opportunity arose in late 2013 to run our GIS training course in Abuja, […]


Health Enquiry, Alert and Response System (HEARS)

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Heartbleed and FrontlineCloud security announcement

This week a bug with OpenSSL, a widely adopted internet security system, was found that caused significant disruption and concern around the world.  It was named ‘Heartbleed’ and much publicised. FrontlineCloud is no longer vulnerable to Heartbleed


Why Do RCT in ICT4D When You Can A/B Test?

Recently, D. Jerome Martin tweeted that he was happy that 50% of USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures grantees were conducting randomized control trials in their interventions. He felt it was a move in the right direction, that big data drives big impact. I disagree.