On Thursday night, Washington DC celebrated failure in international development as a mark of leadership, innovation, and risk-taking in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in scaling ideas from pilots to global programs. And we celebrated in style! (see the photographic proof here) TechChange went all out with a sing-along-song on how there are no shortcut keys in online learning (watch the video) and Anahi Ayala Iacucci made the key point that sometimes we have to give the finger to our coworkers and funders to keep projects focused. But the subtle star of the night was Wade Channell’s satire of Paternalist Anonymous, which ended with this great Contractor Prayer: “Grant me serenity to accept things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the COR who knows the difference.” All throughout the night, I was impressed by all the presenters’ candor and comedy. Congrats to Dr
A strong national public health response to cancer requires the development of cancer registries to track the burden of disease. However, many low-income countries (LICs)…
Kevin Starr is a good friend and someone I respect a great deal. He’s a surfer, doctor turned investor focused on impact over monetary returns. He’s got one of the best heads in the business, and I tend to agree with most of his assessments. I don’t completely agree with his recent article for the […]
The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a Capitol Hill briefing last week that examined “how progress in diagnostic technology is accelerating progress against HIV, TB, malaria, and other emerging infectious diseases.” Noting the briefing was sponsored by CDC and AdvaMedDx, the blog quotes Thomas Kenyon and Beth Bell of the…More
I’m excited to announce my contribution to a new book project - shift 2020: How Technology Will Impact Our Future. It’s a self-published book curated by Rudy De Waele which includes foresights on how technology will impact our future from some of the world’s leading experts. The idea of shift 2020 is based on Mobile Trends 2020, another collaborative project Rudy launched early 2010. It’s one of the highest viewed decks on Slideshare (in the Top 50 of All Time in Technology with +320k views). Reviewing the document a couple of weeks ago Rudy realised that many of the predictions were becoming dated, and asked the original contributors for an update on their original predictions and for new foresights for the year 2020
Guest Post by Neal Lesh, Chief Strategy Officer at Dimagi Since 2008, Dimagi has helped organizations in 30 countries set up mobile projects with CommCare, an open source mobile platform that supports frontline workers (FLWs). CommCare is actively being used by over 130 frontline programs across numerous development sectors. One of the most compelling and common uses is to support FLWs who provide vital maternal health services such as registering clients, keeping track of their antenatal care visits, counseling them on the importance of delivery in a facility and calculating due dates of expectant mothers. Thanks to support from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures, Dimagi will launch at least 40 new frontline programs in 2013 to use CommCare in India alone, a majority of which are focused on maternal health. Technology is never the whole answer, but can be an essential component of empowering FLWs and improving the maternal health services they offer.
The Maternal Health Task Force is excited to announce the launch of Tech4MH, a blog series that will focus on technologies that hold promise for meeting the challenges of delivering maternal health care in low resource settings. The series will feature posts from product designers, health technology and programming experts, and donors on innovations. Posts will highlight the role that guest bloggers see for new technologies overcoming barriers that leave too many women without the quality care they need during pregnancy and delivery. By Yogeeta Manglani, Research Assistant, Knowledge Management Team Recently, The New York Times profiled a mechanic in Argentina, Jorge Odon, who invented a low-cost instrument to ease assisted vaginal deliveries.
I am Karl Brown, and at the recent Mobiles! convening, I gave a brief talk where I highlighted 10 theses on international development, software development, and the role of donors therein. In the tradition of Martin Luther, these 10 thesis were pinned to Wayan Vota’s chest, with an undercurrent of challenge to spark thoughtful debate on our too common pilotitis practices. While the theses below may seem categorical, there are of course exceptions, and I regard them more as general philosophical approaches as opposed to hard and fast rules.
By Isidore Sieleunou ( CoP Facilitator & Technical Assistant for AEDES ) In 2011, the Financial Access to Health Services Community of Practice (FAHS CoP) held a workshop in Bamako to discuss the formulation and implementation of maternal health fee exemption policies. At the end of the workshop, a research agenda was put forth. Two years later, the FAHS CoP, alongside several academic partners, gathered again to take stock, this time in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. A conference to assess the effectiveness of fee exemption policies This time, our focus was on evaluating the effectiveness of these policies.
In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Christopher Elias, president of global development at the foundation, examines a program “known as PMA2020, [which] is using mobile technology to help 10 countries — eight in Africa and two in Asia — improve their family planning services.” He writes, “PMA2020 will…More
The December 2013 issue of Wired magazine features a four-part interview with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and President Bill Clinton. In part one, Gates and Clinton discuss technology and “the positive impact of being plugged in on a global scale.” In part two, they examine “the significance of building…More
Commemorating the 10th Anniversaries of PLOS and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director of DNDi, discusses the innovative journeys of the organisations. This is the first of two posts which will culminate in a new PLOS Collection launching on December 4th, highlighting the valuable work of DNDi published in PLOS throughout the years. This special DNDi anniversary will also be celebrated at the Institut Pasteur from the 4-5th December. Tsetse Fly (Top Left): Tam Nguyen, Wikimedia Commons; Hand (Top Right): cosmo flash, Flickr; Petri Dish (Bottom Left): Microrao, Wikimedia Commons; Hookworm (Bottom Right): CDC’s Public Health Image Library, Wikimedia Commons.