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NCA Invests in Magpi

As recently reported on their website, NCA (Norwegian Church Aid) has recently selected Magpi for their mobile data collection activities: NCA has invested in Magpi, a digital data collection tool with cloud-based mobile collection, communication, and data visualization tools to improve effectiveness in the way data is collected, managed and analysed. At a recent training in Zambia, participants from Norway, Zambia, Malawi and elsewhere learned about Magpi’s capabilities and use, “with a specific focus on key concepts in the survey design process, practical use, data protection and ethics”.  The hope is that Magpi can help save time and money, and improve data quality. Read the full post at NCA’s website.

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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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Transforming floodplains into farmlands in Zambia

When I met Esther Nyambe, she was dressed in a vibrant swirl of brown, green and violet and was pedaling a water pump. Nyambe heads a community organization in Mbeta Island, where women are taking the lead to improve access to safe water and diversify their income through climate-smart farming. Mbeta Island is surrounded by the Zambezi River and faces increasingly unpredictable floods. Climate change is a reality in this landlocked country where more than half of the population lives in poverty. The island has seen floods that can turn communities into swamps

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IVR, Facebook and WhatsApp: tech and M&E at AfrEA

Our latest Technology Salon, at the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) Conference in Uganda on March 29th, focused on how mobile and social media platforms are being used in monitoring and evaluation processes. Our lead discussants were Jamie Arkin from Human Network International (soon to be merging with VotoMobile) who spoke about interactive voice response (IVR); John Njovu, an independent consultant working with the Ministry of National Development Planning of the Zambian government, who shared experiences with technology tools for citizen feedback to monitor budgets and support transparency and accountability; and Noel Verrinder from Genesis who talked about using WhatsApp in a youth financial education program. Using IVR for surveys Jamie shared how HNI deploys IVR surveys to obtain information about different initiatives or interventions from a wide public or to understand the public’s beliefs about a particular topic. These surveys come in three formats: random dialing of telephone numbers until someone picks up; asking people to call in, for example, on a radio show; or using an existing list of phone numbers. “If there is an 80% phone penetration or higher, it is equal to a normal household level survey,” she said

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A chance to win at health

Editor’s note: This is the sixth post in our blog series Local Brilliance: women leading global health innovation, featuring firsthand accounts from scientists and leaders who are saving lives and improving health for women and girls in their countries and communities. I first got interested in public health after my sister passed away from AIDS, which […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe impact inspired by a little girlInnovation is at the heart of SeattleIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnerships ;

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A Ruined Christmas: When More Bandwidth Led to Worse User Experiences

In rural developing communities, access is often provided through slow satellite or other low- bandwidth long-distance wireless links, if available at all. As a result, the quality of Internet access is often poor and, at times, unusable. Internet Bandwidth Upgrade: Implications on Performance and Usage in Rural Zambia shows the performance and usage implications of an Internet access upgrade, from a 256 Kbps satellite link to a 2 Mbps terrestrial wireless link in rural Zambia. Our work builds on our prior study of rural networks’ performance and presents the first real-world comparative study of pre- and post-upgrade Internet use and performance. Our results show that while use did not change immediately, application performance improved

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Global health porn: the case of Extreme Doctors

The last few years have seen a growing interest in the ethics of short-term medical missions in the developing world. Global health initiatives and programs in many universities often involve such missions, where medical students or faculty travel to a faraway lands (relatively resource-constrained, with high disease prevalence and fragile health infrastructure) and provide certain medical services, for awhile. These missions certainly enhance the prestige and attractiveness of Western medical institutions and schools of public health, and can improve the CV’s of those who participate in them. But those working in the field know such missions, particularly when embedded in longstanding partnerships, can also do some good. They also know that such missions can raise a number of serious ethical challenges that need to be addressed in advance, carefully thought through and continuously managed.These ethical challenges include: students or doctors practicing beyond their competence; inadequate follow-up care for interventions that are provided, particularly for chronic conditions; disruption of local health systems and patient expectations; lack of correspondence between services provided and local health priorities; cultural clashes between Western views of medical need and local conceptions of health and disease

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Testing moms to stop syphilis in newborns

Last week, on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newest surveillance report on sexually transmitted infections, a little-known infection affecting newborns made news. Congenital syphilis, a condition where pregnant women pass syphilis to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth, is on the rise in the United States. During 2015, 487 cases […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe multidimensional fight against polioThe essential fight for positive changeThe race to immunize a country—and a little girl named Precious ;

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Desktop warriors build maps to fight malaria

This post originally published on the Making Malaria History blog. Allan Walker is building a map. A career computer geek, he’s comfortable using sophisticated software to unveil patterns among massive amounts of data that can be used to help solve some of the world’s most complex problems. “I’m actually tracing structures right now, as I’m […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesEnding malaria by protecting mosquitoesPATH and the Clinton Global Initiative: over a decade of global health impactA vaccine for malaria elimination? ;

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My early memories led to a life serving others

My most vivid memories of my early childhood are twofold: lying on a hospital bed with my legs in the air, and watching my younger brother draw his last breath as a result of severe hot water burns he suffered during his hospitalization in what was then Northern Rhodesia. According to my parents, I should […] ; ; ; ;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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Ending malaria by protecting mosquitoes

As a scientist who has worked in malaria for more than 30 years, I can truthfully say the numbers are dramatic. Two years ago along the Lake Kariba districts in Zambia’s Southern Province, one in three children was infected with malaria. In some areas, every other person carried the parasite. Those numbers just dropped by […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy early memories led to a life serving othersLes 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? ;

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News in the Humanosphere: Zambian elections are big test for the country’s stability

The election will be close. According to new electoral rules, the winner must gain more than 50 percent of the national vote instead of just a simple majority, a challenge for incumbent president Edgar Lungu, who won last year’s election with 48.3 percent of the vote – only 27,000 votes ahead of his rival Hakainde

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The Blind Spot of SMS Projects: Constituent Illiteracy

With the overwhelming optimism around mobile phone-based communication technologies, it is reasonable to ponder: Do literacy levels pose a serious limitation to SMS-based communication campaigns? Imagine the following scenario It is a busy Monday morning. You’re rushing to get breakfast on the table, to pack lunches for your kids, and to get everyone — including yourself — out the door. Your phone pings: You skim the SMS, and think to yourself… I don’t know why I’m getting a message in Spanish, I only read and speak English… Perhaps this afternoon I can ask my Spanish-speaking neighbor what this means?

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Zambia plague outbreak yields lessons learned — again

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingWhen the first children with fevers and swollen neck glands arrived at public health clinics in the Nyimba District of Zambia in March 2015, health workers tested them for malaria. And when results showed the children had the mosquito-borne disease, they were given the standard treatment for that illness and sent home. As more patients […](Read more…)

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