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How does film support aid and development work?

On November 16 Technology Salon NYC met to discuss issues related to the role of film and video in development and humanitarian work. Our lead discussants were Ambika Samarthya from Praekelt.org; Lina Srivastava of CIEL, and Rebekah Stutzman, from Digital Green’s DC office. How does film support aid and development work? Lina proposed that there are three main reasons for using video, film, and/or immersive media (such as virtual reality or augmented reality) in humanitarian and development work: Raising awareness about an issue or a brand and serving as an entry point or a way to frame further actions. Community-led discussion/participatory media, where people take agency and ownership and express themselves through media

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Evidence-Based Medicine and State Health Care Coverage: The Washington Health Technology…

Objective To evaluate the Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program (WHTAP).

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Reconciling ethical and economic conceptions of value in health policy using the capabilities…

Publication date: December 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 195 Author(s): Mia Kibel, Meredith Vanstone When evaluating new morally complex health technologies, policy decision-makers consider a broad range of different evaluations, which may include the technology’s clinical effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and social or ethical implications.

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Medical egg freezing and cancer patients’ hopes: Fertility preservation at the intersection…

Publication date: December 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 195 Author(s): Marcia C.

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Committing to Preventing Malaria in Pregnancy From the National to State to Local Level in…

Bright Orji recently shared an overview of the Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy (TIPTOP) Project in Nigeria, a joint venture to protect pregnant women from malaria organized by Jhpiego with support from Unitaid, the National Malaria Elimination Program, The State Ministries of Health in Ebonyi, Niger and Ondo and the local communities.  He shares some highlights from the project launch this past week. The project will strengthening antenatal care services to reach out and involve communities in the grassroots delivery of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp). Her Excellency Chief (Mrs.) Rachel Umahi wife Executive Governor Ebonyi State flags off TIPTOP Among those in attendance were wife of the Ebonyi State Executive Governor and representatives from the State Ministry of Health, the State Malaria Elimination Program, the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Women Affairs, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the School of Health Technology Ngbo, the Ohaukwu local government council and the community members. The media documented the active participation, involvement and commitment by all stakeholders

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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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