The Beauty of Impact: hidden highlights from the World Health Summit 2017, Berlin

The annual World Health Summit was held in Berlin from 15th – 17th October. With around 2000 participants from across academia, politics, the private sector Read More

How Developing Nations Are Harnessing Green Technologies

By: Julie Potyraj Tamil Nadu is a state on the southern tip of India steeped in history. Its countless fishing villages near the Bay of Read More

Crowdfunding for Global Health: a novel solution or temporary fix? 

By Elizabeth Sherwin and Katia Cnop Elizabeth Sherwin was the Watsi Fellow working with Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala for 2016-2017. Katia Cnop is a Read More


Integrating Innovative Technologies Into Health Care Infrastructures Vital To Achieving UHC

Devex: Opinion: Business unusual — innovating for health systems of the future John Sargent, co-founder of BroadReach “…For [universal health coverage (UHC)] to become a reality, … the widespread adoption of innovative technology in the health care industry must become ‘business as usual.’ The transformative power of technology empowers providers and payers of health care…More

Things to know: tech for non-tech people

I suspect blockchain is going to change everything about contracting, communications, and currency transfer. It has accountability applications we’re barely even thinking about yet.(Well, Paul Currion is thinking about it, [ read more brave ]

Using machine learning to combat environmental degredation on a global scale

Leveraging machine learning algorithms to sift through terabytes of high-resolution satellite data, a new report by AidData and the Global Environment Facility has identified the factors that contribute to land degradation on a global scale.

Brookings Literature Review Examines Factors Affecting Private Sector Investment In Global…

Brookings Institution’s “TechTank”: Factors limiting private sector investment in global health R&D Darrell M. West, vice president and director of governance studies and founding director of Brookings’ Center for Technology Innovation, discusses a report from the Brookings Private Sector Global Health R&D Project, in which “authors Leigh Anderson, Carol Levin, and Travis Reynolds undertake a…More

How does film support aid and development work?

On November 16 Technology Salon NYC met to discuss issues related to the role of film and video in development and humanitarian work. Our lead discussants were Ambika Samarthya from; Lina Srivastava of CIEL, and Rebekah Stutzman, from Digital Green’s DC office. How does film support aid and development work? Lina proposed that there are three main reasons for using video, film, and/or immersive media (such as virtual reality or augmented reality) in humanitarian and development work: Raising awareness about an issue or a brand and serving as an entry point or a way to frame further actions. Community-led discussion/participatory media, where people take agency and ownership and express themselves through media

Strengthening Côte d’Ivoire’s health sector with open data

Researchers from AidData will travel to Côte d’Ivoire to lead development of a USAID-funded geospatial data center.

Drones Increasingly Being Used To Deliver, Deploy Medical Supplies, Public Health Interventions

PRI: To combat the spread of Zika, a nonprofit is using drones and sterile mosquitoes “…In partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Insect Pest Control Lab in Vienna, Austria, WeRobotics is testing out [drone] technology and hopes to put it to use in Zika hotspots in Latin America. But releasing hundreds of thousands…More

Decoding data use: what evidence do world leaders want to achieve their goals?

A new AidData report illuminates the black box of how leaders source evidence and use it to accelerate development in low- and middle-income countries

Nearly 21M People Worldwide On ARV Therapy, UNAIDS Report Says, Outlines Steps Needed To End…

Reuters: New ARV drugs, early diagnosis key to beating AIDS epidemic: UNAIDS “Developing new antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and using technology for early diagnosis are among steps needed to sustain momentum in fighting HIV/AIDS and ending the disease as a public health threat by 2030, UNAIDS said in a report on Monday. The U.N. AIDS agency…More

Geospatial Analysis Can Help Improve Health Landscape, Services Delivery

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Exploration of geography with technology can open the health landscape and put services within reach John Spencer, senior GIS specialist at MEASURE Evaluation, highlights a video on the role of geospatial analysis in global health and discusses topics from the Geo4Good Summit, which recently took place on Google’s…More

Global Health Community Should Use Technology, Digital Systems To Improve Immunization…

Nature: Immunization needs a technology boost Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…[A]chieving 100 percent [routine immunization] coverage will require better insight into which children are missing out. For that, we need a new approach: the global health community must move to digital systems. … We should be more ambitious in defining what…More

Introducing Magpi Plus

Introducing Magpi Plus: A Completely New Magpi We’re incredibly excited to announce a completely new, written-from-the-ground-up, version of our Magpi mobile app, called Magpi Plus (or Magpi+).  As we move forward Magpi Plus is going to be the center of Magpi’s app-based innovation (while we will continue to support the existing “Magpi” apps for Android and iOS). Right now Magpi+ is available as an Android beta release (please use for testing only) for anyone who is interested in helping us test prior to full release in December 2017.  We’ll release an iOS version shortly, too.

Conference Spotlights Technology’s Role In Advancing Global Health, Achieving SDGs

Devex: Insights from Techonomy: What can technology bring to global health? “…Techonomy, a conference and media company that organizes events on how technological advances are transforming industries and addressing global challenges, announced that its 2018 focus will be on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. At its conference in Half Moon Bay, California, this week,…More

U.S. EPA Approves Use Of Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes To Suppress Wild Populations In Limited…

Nature: U.S. government approves ‘killer’ mosquitoes to fight disease “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of a common bacterium to kill wild mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as dengue, yellow fever, and Zika, Nature’s news team has learned. On 3 November, the agency told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could release…More

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