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Friday, September 11, 2015 — South Asia

Has the high court just thrown a lifeline to doctor-starved rural India?

Source: Catch News

Rural India is reeling from a shortage of doctors and medical personnel. To address this, a three-year course to train medical personnel was proposed. However, the MCI opposed the proposed course and failed to implement it. Now, the Delhi high court has ordered that it be implemented within six months.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 — South Asia

Women rule Pakistan’s med schools, but few practice. Men want M.D. 'trophy wives.'

Source: PRI

The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council says more than 70 percent of medical students are women. But most of these bright female undergraduate doctors do not actually go on to practice; only 23 percent of registered doctors are female.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 — South Asia

Developing youth entrepreneurship in Morocco

Source: Al Jazeera

A short stroll through Casablanca's Derb Ghallef "informal market", with its endless stalls of goods and services, offers a panorama of the entrepreneurial spirit and capacity of Morocco's youth: entrepreneurship, innovation and the Silicon Valley. These are all seductive terms that have been touted by everyone from private sector leaders to politicians as panaceas to a wide range of problems plaguing the world. However, in the context of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) where there is a pronounced youth bulge , these words can still hold meaning and potential where four out of five unemployed individuals are inactive and, often, disaffected youth between the ages of 15 and 34.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — South Asia

Medicine in India: 'Qualified Quacks' and a Baffling Drug Landscape

Source: Vice News

In India, stories of doctors being drunk, using rusty instruments or bicycle pumps during surgery, or ordering unjustified procedures are increasingly common.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: National Skill Development Corporation, Ennovent to help skilling firms in India get funding

Source: Media Infoline

The initiative aims to create opportunities and aspirations for skilling as an entrepreneurial opportunity in different sectors to fill the demand of trained skilled workforce in the country.
Friday, June 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Expats, the 'scaffolds' of locally led organizations

Source: Devex

“Why does Nuru Kenya have to be locally led?” Jake pressed. “Why can’t expats continue the work?" “Maybe we aren’t asking the right question,” I responded, straightening up in my chair. “Instead of asking why should we exit, perhaps we should ask, why should we stay?”
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Mothers Get A New Kind Of Care In Rural Nigeria

Source: NPR

How do you help a country struggling to provide quality health care, particularly to its rural citizens?More doctors would be great. New and better clinics would help. But in some places, community health workers are an important part of the solution.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 — South Asia

Fighting poverty by helping find jobs

Source: Business Standard

Dedicated to connecting the right job seeker with the right employer in this unstructured segment, Bengaluru-based start-up uses the internet, mobile apps and a variety of other routes.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Surgery so simple a gardener can do it – but he probably shouldn’t

Source: Reuters

The poorest one-third of the world’s population receives about 4 percent of surgical care. Africa has roughly 1 percent of the number of surgeons in the United States. Liberia has three surgeons for a population of 4 million. Failure to address this inequity is economically and politically reckless.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — South Asia

Three focus areas to boost jobs

Source: The Hindu

Micro entrepreneurship, artisanship and agriculture are the three promising areas where huge number of jobs can be created, according to Ravi Venkatesan, former Chairman of Microsoft India and presently Chairman of Senior Venture Partners (SVP) India, a network of philanthropists.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: MasterCard Foundation and Technoserve Announce New Phase of African Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Source: Globe Newswire

The MasterCard Foundation and TechnoServe are announcing today a five-year, $25.9 million partnership to generate increased income and economic opportunities for 48,000 young people in rural East Africa.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — Latin America

Tunnel Lab: A Social Enterprise that Equips Impoverished Brazilian Youths With Technological and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Source: Digital Journal

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth most populous in the world, but it provides only a minor fraction of the technological innovation that drives economic growth in other countries. A new social enterprise called Tunnel Lab is trying to change this dynamic by introducing a love for technology in many of the country’s poorest favelas.
Monday, November 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Good for health, good for business

Source: Devex

Why would a global corporation reinvest 20 percent of its profits from developing countries back into training health workers? It’s simple. Health workers are the driver of health systems.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Developing countries should enroll medical and nursing students from rural areas

Source: MedicalXpress

Nearly one third of medical and nursing students in developing countries may have no intention of working in their own countries after graduation, while less than one fifth of them intend to work in rural areas where they are needed most, according to a new study.
Friday, September 5, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$350,000 mobile money activation project begins

Source: Punch

eTranzact has announced the investment of $350,000 in a mobile money activation project in collaboration with EFInA, a financial sector development organisation. The company told our correspondent on Tuesday that the project was in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s cashless policy and would be piloted in North and South-West regions of the country.
Friday, August 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

ChildFund, MasterCard Foundation, launch nurse-training program for Zambian youth

Source: YahooFinance

Innovative $7.6 million e-learning program will train 6,000 young people to become nurses and midwives and expand capacity of nursing schools in Zambia.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberian Natives Work To Fight Ebola Outbreak From Boston

Source: WBUR

In Boston, some natives of Liberia are working to improve sanitation conditions and train health workers on the ground in their homeland, as the country and two of its neighbors battle a deadly Ebola outbreak.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: The Aspen Institute Announces Second Class of New Voices Fellows

Source: CSR Wire

Leaders from three continents join fellowship to bring local perspectives on international development to global dialogue
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

The future of nursing: STTI announces new global health initiative

Source: nzDoctor

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) announces the creation of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON). The inaugural meeting of GAPFON - a panel of international nurse leaders - convened to establish a global voice and vision for the future of nursing that will advance global health. The panel is chaired by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Dean Emerita and Professor Dr. Martha N. Hill.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

More Kenyans To Benefit From New Private Sector Healthcare Initiative

Source: Ventures

Excelsior Group’s Foundation and the Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH) have reached an agreement to improve healthcare accessibility for 30 percent of Kenya’s population. Private sector networks account for more than 50 percent of Kenya’s healthcare providers serving the needs of Kenyans living on lower incomes.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Strong health systems, the 'secret ingredient'

Source: Devex

In his 2013 State of the Union Address, U.S. President Barack Obama set forth a vision for achieving what would be one of the greatest contributions to human progress — eliminating extreme poverty. As a global health community, we have the skills and know-how to accomplish these goals, but we must work together and recognize that the ‘secret ingredient’ that binds all of our collective knowledge, skills and interventions is a strong health system.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

In New Haven, Barbara Bush talks about public health innovation at Yale

Source: New Haven Register

Social entrepreneurs from Yale Univeristy are changing the nature of public health, from creating replacement arteries to training the global health leaders of tomorrow.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

NUHM launched in Maharashtra, will help 2 crore slum dwellers

Source: Times of India

The state government announced the launch of the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) on Sunday to focus on the healthcare needs of 2 crore slum dwellers living in 95 districts. The NUHM launch follows the flagging off of the dial 108 for a free ambulance scheme on March 1.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling Newborn Deaths? We Need More (Qualified) Health Workers

Source: Devex

With 78,977 stillbirths and first-day deaths, the Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the highest newborn mortality rate across sub-Saharan Africa, despite enjoying a high rate of 80.4 percent of skilled attendance at birth.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

U.S. Telemedicine Initiative Tackles Diabetes Epidemic in Libya

Source: HuffPost Impact

A Libyan-American steering group has been created to manage local outreach, and get as many retinal cameras into primary care situations as possible.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Community-Based Methods for Improving Maternal and Newborn Health

Source: Medical Xpress

High mortality rates for pregnant women and newborns continue to be a major health concern in Africa, with Ethiopia being one of the most affected countries.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Finding real wealth in health industry

Source: E China News

It may be the best time ever to be living right now. Over the past four decades, the life expectancy of Asians has increased by more than a decade to more than 70 years, thanks to the development of the healthcare industry. New drugs, medical equipment, therapies, organizations, policies and healthcare systems have emerged one after another, bringing improvements in people's lives and changes in their thinking about health management.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

‘Quality, a concern for Indian healthcare sector’

Source: The Hindu

As many as 98,000 hospital deaths occur annually due to medical errors, which also increase the cost of treatment for patients, according to K.K. Kalra, Chief Executive Officer of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: M - Lab Wins Impact Economy Innovations Grant

Source: allAfrica

M:Lab East Africa identifies, nurtures and helps build startups in the knowledge economy by providing training, market research, access to finance and infrastructure among many other services.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Philips joins AMREF for Africa health

Source: East African Business Week

Royal Philips and the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) announced that they will work closely together in an innovative shared-value partnership model designed to bring about a structural improvement in the healthcare infrastructure and healthcare provision on the African continent.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

PPP can help Africa's health future

Source: Business Ghana

The future of Africa's health sector lies in the bosom of Public- Private- Partnership (PPP) and there is no option, Dr khama Rogo, Head of the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) Health in Africa Initiative said Wednesday.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Surgery Goes Global

Source: Harvard Medical School

Drafting a plan for universal access to surgical care
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Global Shortage of Health Workers

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Health workers are essential for health care. Without health workers there are no health systems, yet there is a critical global shortage of them, and it is the poorest countries that are most affected.
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Loans facilitate skill development training in India

Source: The Hindu

Skill development training, which costs anywhere between Rs 20, 000 and Rs 50,000 for a typical engineering student, now comes along with loans which can be converted into easy monthly installments (EMIs).
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Heifer International Receives $25.5m Grant to Expand Its East Africa Dairy Development Program

Source: allAfrica

Heifer International received a $25.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project and assist more than 136,000 farm families in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Department of State to Host Google+ Hangout on How Young People Are Transforming the Health World

Source: US Department of State

Secretary Kerry’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush will participate in a Google+ Hangout on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” at 9:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, January 8.
Monday, January 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Brazil’s healthcare solution: more Cuban doctors

Source: Miami Herald

The Brazilian government is carrying out a controversial scheme to address a shortage of medical professionals in rural areas by importing more doctors from Cuba, reports the Financial Times.
Monday, January 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nigeria: Doctors Shelve Planned Strike

Source: All Africa

Medical Doctors have announced the suspension of its planned nationwide strike which was to take effect today.
Friday, January 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia

Source: KDLG Radio

Poor countries are starting to realize something that richer ones sometimes forget: Basic, inexpensive measures can have dramatic impacts on the health of a country. And they can save thousands of lives. Take, for instance, the situation in Ethiopia.
Friday, December 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Thousands of health workers in Senegal receive no pay. Is that fair?

Source: PRI

In many parts of Latin America, Asia and Africa, there aren't enough doctors and nurses to care for everyone who is sick. So charities and governments have enlisted thousands of volunteers to serve as community health workers.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Latin America

Haiti's new generation of doctors hope to revive ailing health sector, rebuild country

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A cholera epidemic, one of the highest malnutrition and maternal mortality rates in Latin America and an ill-equipped health sector are not putting off a new generation of Haitian doctors born and trained in the Caribbean nation.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Next Frontier: Transforming Healthcare in Africa

Source: CSR Wire

Strategic public-private partnerships are going beyond traditional philanthropy to solve Africa's health challenges and promote development.
Friday, December 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Narayana Health: Providing World-class Treatment to the Poor

Source: Forbes India

Narayan Health, founded by leading cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, could easily be mistaken for just another 'corporate' hospital chain. But by ensuring that the poor get equal access to world-class health care, they have proved that they are so much more.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 — Latin America

Duke Global Health Institute brings pediatric care to Guatemala

Source: The Duke Chronicle

A multidisciplinary team from Duke is providing pediatric surgical care and research in Guatemala, where access to medical services is limited.
Monday, November 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Medical students join fight against diabetes

Source: Africa Science News

Over 5000 medical students at the University of Nairobi, Makerere University and University of Namibia are set to steer the fight against diabetes.
Monday, November 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Training Rural Liberians To Save Lives

Source: Forbes

Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) aims to bring quality health care and jobs to remote regions of Liberia.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

7M more healthcare workers needed to meet world demand

Source: Fierce Healthcare

In order to meet demand for essential health services, the world needs at least 7.2 million more nurses, midwives and doctors, according to a new report by the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the World Health Organization, presented at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 — South Asia

Low-cost healthcare: US can take cue from India

Source: Hindustan Times

The United States may be good at innovations in medicines, procedures and equipment. But it should learn from India how to keep health care affordable, says a new study. India's private hospitals provided world-class health care at a fraction of US prices using innovative ways to manage costs, personnel, equipment and even real estate.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Health Care: Commissioner Sues For Co-operation Amongst Practitioners

Source: The Nigerian Observer

Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fom Dakwak, called for collaboration among doctors to improve healthcare delivery in Nigeria. Dakwak made the call at the launch of Apollo Global Doctors Network-West Africa, in Lagos
Monday, August 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Investments in online edu to improve access, enhance skills

Source: Business Standard

The country needs to bet big on investments in online education, making it available to those struggling and aspiring for higher achievements, said S Ramadorai, vice chairman, Tata Consultancy Services, and advisor to the Prime Minister in the National Skill Development Council (NSDC).
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Rockefeller Foundation To Pump $97 Million Into African Digital Jobs

Source: Forbes

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced that it will pledge $97 million to create jobs in the digital field in Africa as part of its ongoing initiative to create jobs for young Africans in the rapidly growing information and communications technology (ICT) enabled sectors in the continent.
Friday, May 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Africa, the best 'charity' is aid for business

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

The traditional approach to solving Africa’s problems has been to rely on charity and aid – free money, more or less. And while charity has done much good for millions across the continent in terms of food security, health care, emergency response, and education, its chief weakness is that its results have not proven sustainable. Africa finds itself continually going back to donors simply to maintain the status quo. What the continent really needs is to create the environment – political, economic, and social – to achieve self-sufficiency.
Friday, February 1, 2013 — South Asia

Rebecca van Bergen Gives Wings to Struggling Artisans

Source: PBS NewsHour

The talents of countless small-scale craftspeople around the world are abundant, but many have trouble growing their businesses because they lack resources and connections to large-scale, and perhaps more importantly, consistent buyers in higher-income countries. But what if those connections could be made, with some financial resources and business consulting made available? Enter Rebecca van Bergen, part social entrepreneur, part fashionista. Van Bergen is founder and executive director of Nest, a nonprofit dedicated to helping artisans in developing countries grow their businesses.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 — Asia Pacific

DBS China launches social enterprise program

Source: China Daily

Development Bank of Singapore (China) announced the launch of a program to support the development of social enterprises in China on Wednesday.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 — No Region Specified

Social enterprise should be made central to higher education strategy

Source: The Guardian

When I went to university in the late 1970s, fewer than 20% of school leavers when on to higher education. Some degrees were clearly vocational (medicine perhaps the most obvious example), but most were not. My module on the Comparative Government of Indonesia and Nigeria has not, I'm afraid to say, been of direct relevance to me in the world of work.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Cape Town's Women Take the Lead in Farm-Focused Social Enterprise

Source: GOOD

Abalimi’s profitable social business, Harvest of Hope, relies on a community-supported agriculture model that provides customers (who pay in advance) a box of fresh, organically grown produce harvested from community gardens each week.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 — South Asia

Tara Thiagarajan Wants the Poor to Get More Out of Their Micro Borrowings

Source: Forbes India

Tara Thiagarajan believes that microfinance institutions (MFIs) have been pursuing the wrong goal. Instead of scale, they should be looking to make loans more effective. That means borrowers should get more out of their borrowings. Along with credit, they should also get the tools and the benefits of a large network to make the most of the credit.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 — South Asia

Anudip Foundation to Raise Up to Rs 3.21Cr from Omidyar Network

Source: VCCircle

This is Omidyar’s third funding deal in India in as many months after backing Teach For India and Aspiring Minds.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 — South Asia

Social Innovators Seek to Balance Economic Sustainability and Impact

Source: Business Standard

Bridging the digital-divide in India has long been a cherished dream. While much is yet to happen, IT industry body Nasscom has taken initial steps to identify business models that can change the access of technology at the bottom of the pyramid. This year too, Nasscom presented awards to six businesses that are trying to bring social innovation. The awards showcase the impact and learnings from the ideas of winners that have gained shape, acceptance and success.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Truly Local Power: African Wind Turbines Built From Scrap

Source: FastCo.Exist

Wind power isn’t used much in the developing world, since a turbine is much more expensive than a solar panel. But Access:energy is flipping that equation by finding ways to build the turbines in the communities where they’re needed.
Monday, February 13, 2012 — South Asia

Brac Programme Lifting 'Ultra-poor' Out of Poverty in Bangladesh

Source: The Guardian

The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee is helping communities escape extreme poverty by providing individuals with livestock and a monthly payment for two years
Friday, February 10, 2012 — South Asia

Students Learn a Trade in Afghanistan Hotspot

Source: PBS

Mercy Corps is working in southern Afghanistan to connect craftsmen with their countrymen and women so they can make a living and better their lives.
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