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Session picks: American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference

(Joint post from Linda Raftree, MERL Tech and Megan Colnar, Open Society Foundations) The American Evaluation Association Conference happens once a year, and offers literally hundreds of sessions. It can take a while to sort though all of them. Because there are so many sessions, it’s easy to feel a bit lost in the crowds of people and content. So, Megan Colnar (Open Society Foundations) and I thought we’d share some of the sessions that caught our eye.

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How can we build better partnerships for global health?

For our Tuesday, July 27th Salon, we discussed partnerships and interoperability in global health systems. The room housed a wide range of perspectives, from small to large non-governmental organizations to donors and funders to software developers to designers to healthcare professionals to students. Our lead discussants were Josh Nesbit, CEO at Medic Mobile; Jonathan McKay, Global Head of Partnerships and Director of the US Office of Praekelt.org; and Tiffany Lentz, Managing Director, Office of Social Change Initiatives at ThoughtWorks We started by hearing from our discussants on why they had decided to tackle issues in the area of health. Reasons were primarily because health systems were excluding people from care and organizations wanted to find a way to make healthcare inclusive.

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Improving HIV care for teens in Kenya with virtual friendships

Editor’s note: A wide-reaching project in Western Kenya is having a profound effect on the lives of children and adults by tackling a complicated web of health issues. The PATH-led APHIAplus Western, short for AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance Zone 1, is funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesCould the latest Ebola outbreak help avert future epidemics?One man, 441 people, and a community for healthier heartsNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;

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One last throw of the dice.

I’ve always found the global development system frustrating. It was the 1980’s when it first got my attention, with suffering and extreme poverty dominating my daily news feed. The Ethiopian famine in 1985 was the turning point, forcing me to seriously question why a sector awash with money and resources could have so little visible impact (and when it does, how it struggles to effectively communicate the change). While I still don’t have all the answers I think I know a lot more about what needs to be fixed.

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Could the latest Ebola outbreak help avert future epidemics?

The latest outbreak of Ebola, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has inspired a broad international response. PATH is supporting the effort to end the epidemic as quickly as possible. Writer Lesley Reed spoke to Trad Hatton, PATH’s country leader in the DRC, to learn more. Q. Where is this Ebola outbreak happening, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesPATH at the shifting front lines of EbolaEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them mostNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;

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One man, 441 people, and a community for healthier hearts

Meet Mr. Ta Van Phu, a retired health worker and former leader in the military. With pen and pencil in his left pocket, glasses squarely centered on his face, and a shoulder bag containing his blood pressure monitor and educational materials about heart disease, Mr. Phu is a welcome sight as he walks from house […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malariaThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them most ;

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A week in China with PATH

“Each of these little vials—every single one—can protect a child,” says PATH board member Dr. Yehong Zhang, leaning over a humming conveyor belt as hundreds of vials of Japanese encephalitis vaccine whisk by. “It’s moving, really. This is why we do this work.” I’m standing with Dr. Zhang at the Chengdu Institute of Biological Products […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesReproductive health: a candid conversation with Martha BradyEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them mostNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;

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Breaking story: Ebola in DR Congo

On 11 May 2017, the Min of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo notified WHO & partners of a lab-confirmed case of #Ebola#DRC — WHO (@WHO) May 12, 2017 Late last week, PATH received unofficial reports of an Ebola outbreak in the Likati health zone of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisOne man, 441 people, and a community for healthier heartsEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them most ;

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Blockchain for Development: A Handy Bluffers’ Guide

Top tip: if you’re in a meeting discussing anything to do with finance, at some point look wise and say ‘you do realize, blockchain is likely to change everything.’ Of course, there is always a terrifying chance that someone will ask what you actually mean. Worry not, because IDS has produced a handy bluffer’s guide to help you respond. Blockchain for Development – Hope or …

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Reproductive health: a candid conversation with Martha Brady

As Martha Brady sees it, reproductive health is more than family planning. “We should be thinking about women’s health more broadly, across the life cycle,” says Martha, the new director of PATH’s Reproductive Health program. In her view, reproductive health encompasses the rights of individuals to make decisions concerning their own sexual activity and reproduction, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malariaInnovation: the key to an economic revolution in AfricaThe surprising consequences of tuberculosis ;

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Ensuring vaccines reach the people who need them most

Stacks of immunization registry ledgers tower above the desks and medical supplies. Each ledger contains rows and rows of patient records—their name, date of birth, the last time they received a vaccine, and which antigen, among other information. It’s a scene familiar to most health facilities across developing countries—particularly along “the last mile.” The term […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malariaThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisWaking from sleeping sickness in the DRC ;

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Friday Think: Putting a fluorescent spotlight on pneumonia

Diagnosing pneumonia is a challenge—and not just in the developing countries where PATH works. Even when state-of-the-art medical technologies are readily available, diagnosing the infection is far from easy. This is especially true for intensive-care patients who might be dealing with multiple health issues. Researchers in Scotland may have a solution.

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Don’t miss our one-of-a-kind Seattle celebration

PATH turns 40 on May 12, and we’re bringing an amazing group of next-generation thinkers and doers to Seattle to celebrate with us! It’s a free event—and you’re invited. May 12, 2017 5:00–8:00 p.m. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center (321 Mercer St.) Register today Where else can you hear rising stars from the worlds of culture, commerce, global health, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesSee you in Seattle May 12Protected: Permettre à tout le monde d’accéder à des toilettes, à la manière PATHPATH’s new Micro Encabulator™ offers lifesaving potential in a smaller package ;

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Tackle NTDs with innovation, but not just from science

Experience from communities and educators needs to be combined with scientific tools, global meeting hears.

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