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Uncovering global causes of death: turning verbal autopsy data into meaningful information

Rachael Atherton, Managing Editor | Journal of Global Health, University of Edinburgh   Most deaths in Africa and Asia are either unregistered, or registered without cause of death. Read More

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Seeing the Big Picture Just Became Easier with Ultrasound

Providing high quality antenatal care for expectant Mothers is a fundamental part of ensuring a safe delivery, and a healthy mom postpartum. In order to do that, some innovative products have been introduced for low resource settings. There’s no denying the importance of ultrasound technology during pregnancy. However, until fairly recently, it has been out of reach for many caregivers due to high cost, or complex application. We’re very pleased to announce that has all changed

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Reading on Mobile Phones? mLiteracy Opportunities and Challenges

Recently, the Goethe Institute of Johannesburg hosted an mLiteracy Networking Meeting to examine the opportunities and challenges for mobiles to increase literacy development, especially in Africa. It was an incredibly valuable, interesting and much-needed gathering by some of the old and new players in this space. While reflecting on how far the field of mobiles for literacy has come since 2009 when I first launched Yoza Cellphone Stories, two key points really struck me. Mobile Usage is SkyrocketingThe mobile uptake in South Africa is continuing to grow.

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How can tech support housing rights in Brooklyn?

“Bedstuybrownstone1″ by Newyork10r http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bedstuybrownstone1.jpg#/media/File:Bedstuybrownstone1.jpg Our April 16th Technology Salon Brooklyn, co-hosted with the Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF) and AfroLatin@ Project explored the issue of tenant rights within the wider context of structural discrimination. We aimed to think about how new technology and social media might be a tool for helping community organizations to support Brooklyn residents to know their rights and report violations. We were also curious about how better use of data (and ‘big data’) might help housing rights activists and community organizations to more successfully engage residents and advocate for change. Our lead discussant was David Reiss from Brooklyn Law College, who provided an overview of the wider housing market and challenges in New York City as well as information on some applications that are helping landlords do a better job of keeping properties up to standard. We also heard from Tynesha McHarris (BCF) and Amilcar Priestly (AfroLatin@ Project)


Uncovering global causes of death: turning verbal autopsy data into meaningful information

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Rachael Atherton, Managing Editor | Journal of Global Health, University of Edinburgh   Most deaths in Africa and Asia are either unregistered, or registered without cause of death. Read More


Integrated Tools and Collaborative Community: Making Tech Work Better for Social-Impact…

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I’ve spent the past two months working on openFn, a non-profit, open-source project that aspires to eventually allow social-impact organizations to incorporate new information technology solutions as effortlessly as you add apps to a smartphone. The project builds on something I, and so many other fellows, learned during the Global Health Corps (GHC) fellowship. Information technology—while not a solution on its own—has the potential to help global health and other social sector organizations dramatically increase their impact. Unfortunately, finding and using the right tools comes at too high a cost both in dollars and, more importantly, staff time. OpenFn aims to unlock technology’s potential to help impact-first organizations with tools to assist organizations in identifying, implementing, and integrating technology solutions to fit their needs and circumstances.


Evidence on feasibility and effective use of mHealth strategies by frontline health workers in…

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Objectives Given the large scale adoption and deployment of mobile phones by health services and frontline health workers (FHW), we aimed to review and synthesize the evidence on the feasibility and effectiveness of mobile-based services on healthcare delivery.


Publishing and the art of iteration

Eighteen months ago, “The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator” hit the shelves. The product of a combination of donations, crowdfunding, ten inspiring innovators, an editor with too much time on his hands, and an engaged publisher, the book was always something of an experiment. Tales of people innovating ‘outside the system’ – people with little by way of resources or money, and often without qualification or permission – just getting on with fixing social ills that deeply bothered them seemed like stories the world needed to hear. Today, it looks like I may have underestimated the number of people who wanted to hear them. Professional book reviews are hard to get, particularly when you self publish.


News Outlets Highlight 60th Anniversary Of Salk Polio Vaccine, Report On Microneedle Patch…

CNN: 60 years after a vaccine, new technology may finally eradicate polio “Over the last few years, we’ve been close to eradicating worldwide polio without full success. However, a new medical technology, an easily applied microneedle patch, could be the key to that goal. The biggest challenge standing in the way of eradicating polio has…More


Insane

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. — Albert Einstein I’ll take Bill Eastery and Laura Freschi’s word for it that buy-one/give-one (BOGO) schemes like TOMS Shoes are numerically bankrupt ways to help the poor. The metrics matter, but I’m not an economist or a bean-counter, and so once […]


Better Health Data Allows Policymakers To Spend More Efficiently

New York Times: Turning to Big, Big Data to See What Ails the World Tina Rosenberg, author and former editorial writer for the New York Times “…The Global Burden of Disease study is a single scientific project on a scale with the moon landing or mapping the human genome. It has been going for a…More


Ebola Outbreak Brought Partners Together To Respond To Crisis, Providing Lessons For Future…

Huffington Post: Ebola and the Accidental Consortia Julia Barnes-Weise and Ana Santos Rutschman of the Innovation Technology Policy Lab at Duke University “The global response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak was unusual. Mobilization of key players was relatively fast and once they entered the game these players — and the groundbreaking web of partnerships that emerged…More


Talking ICT4D

Back in 2009 I carried out something of an experiment. Me and Erik Hersman attended ICT4D in Doha. For both of us it was our first time at a ‘professional’ tech-for-development gathering. After hearing and writing so much about the disconnect between academia and practitioners in ICT4D, I wanted to see if it existed – and in what form – for myself. I wasn’t disappointed


Seeing the Big Picture Just Became Easier with Ultrasound

MDG Women Deliver maternal health

Providing high quality antenatal care for expectant Mothers is a fundamental part of ensuring a safe delivery, and a healthy mom postpartum. In order to do that, some innovative products have been introduced for low resource settings. There’s no denying the importance of ultrasound technology during pregnancy. However, until fairly recently, it has been out of reach for many caregivers due to high cost, or complex application. We’re very pleased to announce that has all changed


Development, data, and ethical design for our wearable futures

by Hila Mehr and Linda Raftree From https://www.flickr.com/photos/caseorganic/3493601806/ On March 31, 2015, nearly 40 participants, joined by lead discussants Robert Fabricant, Dalberg Design Team; Despina Papadopoulos, Principled Design; and Roop Patel, PicoSatellite eXploration Lab; came together for Technology Salon New York City where we discussed the future of wearables in international development. As follows is a summary of our discussion. While the future of wearables is uncertain, major international development stakeholders are already incorporating wearables into their programs. UNICEF Kid Power is introducing wearables into the fight against malnutrition, and is launching a Global Wearables Challenge.


This Week: Antarctica Heats Up, While Tanzania Freezes Data Publication

(Photo: Antarctica by Flickr user Tak) Many people took to social media when word got out that it was warmer in Antarctica, at a whopping 63 degrees Fahrenheit, a record temperature for them and a record for number of people who wish they were in Antarctica.


Reading on Mobile Phones? mLiteracy Opportunities and Challenges

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Recently, the Goethe Institute of Johannesburg hosted an mLiteracy Networking Meeting to examine the opportunities and challenges for mobiles to increase literacy development, especially in Africa. It was an incredibly valuable, interesting and much-needed gathering by some of the old and new players in this space. While reflecting on how far the field of mobiles for literacy has come since 2009 when I first launched Yoza Cellphone Stories, two key points really struck me. Mobile Usage is SkyrocketingThe mobile uptake in South Africa is continuing to grow.


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