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The Promise of Data for Transforming Global Health

I recently came back from a field visit and as my organization’s designated data person (among the many other hats I wear), I think constantly about the role of data in our work and more broadly, its role in global health. We’ve always had a problem with data in our field, more specifically the dire lack thereof. Recent efforts to spotlight the lack of high quality data in global health has led to somewhat of a data renaissance. And you know it’s a big deal when Bill Gates throws his weight behind it. It seems like every global health innovation talk I go to nowadays portrays data (in all its forms, from big data, predictive analytics, and machine learning) as the ultimate game changer in global health

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In celebration of an approach less travelled

I’m in San Francisco this week on a surprise trip to collect an award for a product I designed and built over a decade ago. The fact the early work of FrontlineSMS is still being recognised twelve years on speaks volumes to the approach, and the impact it had – not only in the hands of users themselves, but also in the minds of others looking to apply technology for social good. It struck a chord with an emerging narrative that said we should build appropriate tools that genuinely empowered the people closest to the problem, and that our job was, if anything, to build those tools, hand them over and then get the hell out of the way. If you look at the tweets from the many ICT4D and social innovation conferences today, this remains an approach popular within our sector. But while tweeting and speaking are one thing, doing is another

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Defining a staged-based process for economic and financial evaluations of mHealth programs

Mobile and wireless technology for health (mHealth) has the potential to improve health outcomes by addressing critical health systems constraints that impede coverage, utilization, and effectiveness of health…

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Development Tech in the Age of Trump

Searching for a silver lining: development tech in the age of Trump Budget-Slasher-in-Chief Since the US presidential elections of last November, the news for international development has been grim, with planned cuts to State Department and USAID of roughly 30% routinely cited in the news. For those working in international development programs, it’s hard to find any kind of silver lining – but there may be one: drastic funding cuts may finally break the sector free of its spendthrift technological focus on building and piloting technologies. By “tech”, I’m talking about the activities of “ICT4D” (“information and communications technologies for development”) and its subsidiary “mHealth” (ICT4D for health purposes).  These are the parts of global development that creates technology focused on the needs of international development and global health.

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Five practical career development suggestions to position yourself for the global health…

This is the final installment of a three-part series the IH Blog will feature this week called Global health career insights: Lessons on the job market, how to crack it, and what to do once you’re in. Jessica’s post on the results of the Section’s analysis of the global health job market speaks a lot to the harsh realities of the global health field, and development more broadly. Much like her, I did not start out working in global health – in fact, I entered it 10 years after my public health career already started. I worked for free (well, academic credit) to fulfill my (200 hour minimum) MPH practicum requirement (which I did while working basically full-time and continuing to take classes) on a global health project with my current organization, whom I now work for full-time.

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Mobile phone-based interactive voice response as a tool for improving access to healthcare in…

Objectives To investigate and determine the factors that enhanced or constituted barriers to the acceptance of an mHealth system which was piloted in Asante-Akim North District of Ghana to support healthcare of children.

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CTED and ICT4Peace continue to work on countering online presence of terrorist organizations

On 23 February 2017, Daniel Stauffacher of ICT4Peace, along with Steve Crown of Microsoft, Peter Stern of Facebook, Miguel Sanchez of Telefonica and Tara Hairston of Kaspersky, provided an update to the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in New York on the main findings and recommendations of joint UN CTED-ICT4Peace report: “Private Sector Engagement in Responding to the Use of the Internet and ICT for Terrorist Purposes Strengthening Dialogue and Building Trust”. According to the plan of action for 2017, Daniel Stauffacher proposed that efforts will concentrate on two of the nine core recommendations from Phase 1 of the project, namely to (i) continue to strengthen dialogue on the emerging normative framework by means of multi-stakeholder engagement through the convening of a regular programme of global stakeholder workshops, and (ii) to establish a Global Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building Platform focused on emerging policies and effective practice.

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The Digital Development Glossary: Your Key to ICT4D Buzzwords

Have you wondered what the latest jargon in technology and development means? Or if you are using it correctly in your next proposal or donor report? Well here is your techie term decoder! Below I’ve compiled a list of key terms, acronyms, and buzzwords that come up in ICT4D discussions, along with simple non-technical overviews and some relevant links for further information.

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How to Help Community-Based mHealth Programs Collect High-Quality Data

As health programs are relying more on decentralized models of care, mHealth has made it easier to collect, manage and store community-level health data. This data can feed into national health information systems and be used to inform decision making for improved service delivery at the community level. But how can we ensure that our community-based mHealth programs are collecting accurate, high-quality data that will help us deliver the right services to the right places at the right time? We at MEASURE Evaluation have developed the mobile community based health information system (CBHIS) data quality assessment toolkit to allow programs and projects to rapidly assess the ability of their mobile data systems to collect, manage, and report high-quality community-based data. We recently had the opportunity to present our toolkit for the first time to a group of participants at the MERL Tech Conference.

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What is Mobile Data Collection: Big Paper to Big Data

What is Mobile Data Collection? Mobile data collection? The answer to the question “what is mobile data collection” depends on what period of time you’re talking about: people have been collecting data in the field and on the move for thousands of years. This post talks about some of the “prehistory” of mobile data collection, the current state of the art, and some of the possible future developments that will enable us to have an ever-more-accurate understanding of the subjects of interest to us. Early Mobile Data Collection: Medieval Management Data Mobile data collection activities have existed in various forms for thousands of years (the Egyptians were famously data-centric in managing their empire)

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Register Now to Learn How to Use Mobile Phones for Public Health

In 2016, the number of global mobile subscriptions reached 8.5 billion — more than the number of people on this earth – yet at the same time, health systems around the world are struggling to: Provide access to affordable healthcare for all Treat infectious diseases such as Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Address crippling maternal and child mortality rates in low-income countries Manage non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, and Diabetes Tackle infrastructure and supply chain challenges in remote settings Train frontline health workers to provide care to vulnerable populations Mobile phones are increasingly central to solutions responding to these challenges – are you ready to leverage mHealth innovations in your programs? TechChange is excited to announce its first online certificate course of 2017: Mobile Phones for Public Health. Use code ICTWorks to get a $50 discount on any TechChange course! The four-week Mobile Phones for Public Health course kicks off on February 6th and will feature leading guest experts, case studies, interactive software demos on the latest mHealth topics and developments. We’ve also been working on a new studio set-up to make live recordings all the more engaging

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9 Considerations for Seamless Mobile MERL Solutions

With mHealth a fast growing component of health delivery systems, many organisations are developing mobile and digital solutions to tackle health problems around the world. Presentations at MERL 2016 Conference showed that many are also using mobile and digital tools to analyze and monitor programs. Unfortunately, there is often a disconnect between the solutions themselves and the MERL. Frequently, programs still evaluate apps, websites, and SMS services through traditional door-to-door surveys or phone calls.

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Getting Better, Faster Feedback with Mixed Methods in mHealth

There are several projects that use mobile multimedia for health education in hard-to-reach rural settings, where video, being non-textual, enables the educational content to reach populations that cannot read. The missing link in these programs, however, is an effective feedback loop that connects the rural communities that consume the health content to the health professionals that plan, create and disseminate the content. In the case of The Bophelo Haeso project in Lesotho, for example, rural-based nurses had created multimedia content on varying topics for over three years. In that time, Community Health Workers (CHWs) carried the videos on their mobile phones into the villages and used them to educate the members of their communities. However, there was little feedback from the villages to the nurses on how the content was received, and how future content could be improved in order to fully address the issues that affect the communities being served

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Many Mobile Health Apps Target High-Need, High-Cost Populations, But Gaps Remain [Health Apps]

With rising smartphone ownership, mobile health applications (mHealth apps) have the potential to support high-need, high-cost populations in managing their health.

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