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The power and promise of digital health for Africa

Billions of dollars in health care cost savings (US$200 billion by 2030). More accessible health care services for people in hard-to-reach places. The ability to stamp out emerging epidemics before they reach crisis level. Universal health coverage.

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Lessons from the front lines

Photo: PATH/Lynn Heinisch.

In the midst of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a 21-year-old Guinean student came to a Dakar health clinic with symptoms of fever and diarrhea. The doctor considered Ebola, which had killed more than 1,000 people in neighboring Guinea. But the patient wasn’t bleeding. He denied having been in contact with Ebola patients […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnershipsInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOur 8 favorite photos of 2016 ;

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Accepted monitoring or endured quarantine? Ebola contacts’ perceptions in Senegal

Publication date: April 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 178 Author(s): Alice Desclaux, Dioumel Badji, Albert Gautier Ndione, Khoudia Sow During the 2014–2016 West Africa Ebola epidemic, transmission chains were controlled through contact tracing, i.e., identification and follow-up of people exposed to Ebola cases.

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The catalytic power of partnerships

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Our 8 favorite photos of 2016

It’s a scene still too common in rural Africa: yellow jerry cans lined up at a water pump or faucet, as women and girls (almost always women and girls) collect water and haul the heavy, essential burden home. This photo from northern Uganda shows part of the story—what’s not shown is almost 100 more jerry cans lined up […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories7 household items we use to save livesWhy playtime for babies is serious businessA lifesaver powered by bicycle pump ;

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Les retombées du Brexit feront-elles perdre à l’Afrique tout espoir d’élimination du…

Cela peut sembler exagéré, mais les grands changements Européens ont la mauvaise habitude de générer des impacts profondément négatifs en Afrique. Ayant été témoin de la manière dont la vie des populations à l’intérieur du Congo a été retournée par la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le Belge colonialiste Vladimir Drachoussoff écrivait: “L’affaiblissement de l’Europe ne peut […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesLes retombées du Brexit feront-elle perdre à l’Afrique tout espoir d’élimination du Paludisme?Will Brexit fallout derail Africa’s hope to end malaria?Human milk banks: bringing a superfood to all the babies ;

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Will Brexit fallout derail Africa’s hope to end malaria?

My son, Alexandre, was a year old when we moved from France to Senegal, where I lead PATH’s country program. My family had never lived in a malaria-endemic country before, and I worried about the best way to protect Alexandre, as well as my two older children. After lengthy discussions, we decided not to take […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe breast and beyond: improving feeding practices in KenyaHuman milk banks: bringing a superfood to all the babiesMy family legacy: delivering health and equity across generations ;

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The Status of Open Data Initiatives in West Africa

Open data offers many improvements for governance and services. As technology allows for more interoperability and a stronger free-flow of information, the government becomes more transparent and efficient. Creating a system of open data, however, causes a sequential and practical dilemma in West Africa. In general, public institutions embrace open data policies because they tend to improve service provisions. But in order to implement open data policies, nations need proper infrastructures, a high technology literacy rate, adapted national policies and strategies, national leadership, local intermediaries, local competencies and plenty enthusiasm among public institutions, civil societies, ICT companies, NGOs and academics

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What Can the Private Sector Do for Public Health in Senegal?

“You can’t walk with one leg only,” said Dr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health of Senegal, when referring to the private sector as an integral part of her country’s health system.She made the comment during a meeting with a delegation from the CSIS Task Force on Women’s and Family Health that included representatives from the U.S. Congress and the global health community. I was traveling with the delegation on behalf of Rabin Martin President and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey L.

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5 Reasons Senegal Is Ahead of its Neighbors on Family Planning and HIV

This post originally appeared in Devex. How is it that, in a region that has lagged behind in many of the global health advances of the past 30 years, one country stands out for its tremendous progress?In West Africa, Senegal has been making great strides in reducing maternal and child deaths, increasing availability and use of family planning, and building a strong, resilient health system that can repel unexpected threats such as Ebola and Zika virus (the way it has with HIV since the epidemic’s beginning).Since 1992, vaccinations in Senegal have soared, infant mortality has been cut in half, and the modern contraceptive prevalence rate has rocketed from under 5% to 20%.What is Senegal doing right that its neighbors can learn from? And that last point is crucial, because contraception affects so many other aspects of health. As global use of modern contraceptives rose from 55% in 1990 to 63% in 2010, global maternal mortality fell by a staggering 45%. Countries that embrace family planning and build it into their health systems enjoy not only greater health, but greater gender equality and economic prosperity

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Senegal’s Integration Of Family Planning Into Health System Contributes To Country’s…

Devex: 5 reasons Senegal is ahead of its neighbors on family planning and HIV Pape Amadou Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International “…Countries that embrace family planning and build it into their health systems enjoy not only greater health, but greater gender equality and economic prosperity. And Senegal has made this a priority. ……More

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Perspective: the root of what causes gender-based violence

PATH editor Laura Anderson brings us this interview with Elizabeth Rowley, a gender and gender-based violence (GBV) researcher who works with our HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Program at PATH. What should PATH staff know about GBV? There are different definitions of GBV. The definition from the US Agency for International Development is useful: Violence directed at an […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesAccelerating the discovery, development, and delivery of breakthrough innovationsMyanmar smiles, Vietnam selfies, and poop hats: our favorite 2015 photosFriday Think: can companies make money and do good? ;

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What’s the Recipe for Family Planning Progress in Senegal?

At the International Conference on Family Planning in Nusa Dua this week, Senegal has been in the spotlight. The Senegalese delegation, headed up by our Minister of Health Dr. Awa Coll Seck, has participated in countless presentations and panel discussions.Why? Something remarkable has happened in Senegal. For years, like most countries in French-speaking West Africa, Senegal had barely budged in its use of modern contraceptives, despite long-term donor investments

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Pleas grow for health workers to join Ebola outbreak response

There are not enough health workers responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. So far, Ebola has infected more than 4,000 people and killed 2,218 across Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. Most signs point to things getting worse before the countries and healthcare workers can get the outbreak under control in the

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