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Brian Barder 1934-2017 – A life well lived

Last night we celebrated the life of my father, who died on 19 September. I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss his optimism about humanity and progress. I’m going to miss his mischievous independence and scepticism of authority. I’m going to miss his relentless determination to roll up his sleeves and get things done.

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Challenges of implementing the integrated disease surveillance and response strategy in Zambia:…

Despite advances in medical technology and public health practice at the global level over the past millennia, infectious diseases are still the leading causes of death in most resource limited countries.

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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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Please RSVP Now: Practicing the Principles for Digital Development in East Africa

Please RSVP now to join over 100 of your peers to learn how to put the Principles for Digital Development into practice in your organization on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Principles for Digital Development are the distilled knowledge of hundreds of professionals and thousands of projects into nine best practice guidelines to improve the use of technology in development. The Digital Principles are currently endorsed by 81 organizations, including USAID, UNICEF, NDI, Grameen Foundation, IntraHealth International, SIDA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many more. The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), steward for the Principles, is now promoting their adoption around the world. We invite you to the first event, held Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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An ImmunoSignature test distinguishes <i>Trypanosoma cruzi</i>, hepatitis B,…

by Michael Rowe, Jonathan Melnick, Robert Gerwien, Joseph B. Legutki, Jessica Pfeilsticker, Theodore M. Tarasow, Kathryn F

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Using Magpi for Global Health Research

Although Magpi is now used for many purposes in many sectors, it was born from a need to do global health research and evaluation in the field (did you know the original name of Magpi was “EpiSurveyor” = “epidemiological survey tool”).  So even today, one of the things that we’re most enthusiastic about is when we learn about practitioners and clinicians and researchers using Magpi mobile data collection to advance health science all around the world. Of course, Magpi’s model — allowing users to simply sign up for free at www.magpi.com and start using the software, without any meetings or approval — means that in most cases we don’t know when someone is using the software.  But once in awhile Google helps us find great examples of Magpi use for health purposes, and below are four of our favorites: Assessment of Surgical Needs in Nepal Using Mobile Devices: Mobile Data Collection in a Developing Country Eugenia E.

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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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SMS Election Monitoring in Kenya

SMS Election Monitoring for a Peaceful Election in Kenya One week ago, on August 8, 2017, elections were held in the East African country of Kenya.  In the lead up to the vote, and in the immediate aftermath, there were grave concerns that election violence might stain the result – as it did in 2007 when post-election violence took the lives of around 1300 people, and caused untold economic damage to the country from reduced tourism. Simon Wanjiru ELOG PVT manager This year, as in 2007, the election result was disputed by the opposition, but unlike in that previous election, this year Kenya’s Elections Observations Group, (ELOG) consisting of civil society and faith-based organizations, is equipping about 1/3 of its 5700 observers with the ability to report election results by SMS. This SMS election monitoring approach, an example of “Parallel Vote Tabulation” (PVT) allows the calculation of an election result based on the sample selected.

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Federally Qualified Health Center Clinicians And Staff Increasingly Dissatisfied With Workplace…

Better working conditions for clinicians and staff could help primary care practices implement delivery system innovations and help sustain the US primary care workforce.

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Making the Case for Donor Financing for AgTech Investment

The market for AgTech investment is growing. According to AgFunder, in 2016 there was $3.23 billion dollars invested in 580 AgTech deals. Investments in US firms represented 40% of of those deals, followed by investments in India, Canada, UK, Israel and France. However, investments in Africa and most of Asia remain low, a missed opportunity given that this is where the majority of the approximately 500 million small-holder farmers in the world who produce 70% of the world’s food are located. While there are challenges to encouraging AgTech investment in emerging markets, donors and impact funds and other actors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem can play a role in attracting capital to this growing field

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Doing good? Or do-gooder?

We all like to think our work makes a difference, even if we’re not really sure if it does. I’m well known for ‘doing good in the world’ yet even I question what that really means, or who precisely where might be better off in some way because of my chosen career path. For many people, feeling like they’re doing good is likely enough. For me, it’s not.

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Prudence, pleasure, and cognitive ageing: Configurations of the uses and users of brain…

Publication date: August 2017 Source:Social Science &amp; Medicine, Volume 187 Author(s): Martyn Pickersgill, Tineke Broer, Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Ian Deary The use of ‘brain training’ games is often regarded as relating to wider ideals of self-improvement and youthfulness.

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360° Technological change

For the World Bank, changes in the global landscape present a challenge in developing innovations and solutions that can address pressing issues around health, education, and social protection. (Photo: Simone D. McCourtie) The way we communicate, produce, and relate to technology is evolving quickly.   Tell me something I don’t know, you’ll say.

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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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