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Friday, September 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Wireless sensor warns if vaccines get too hot

Source: SciDev.Net

A wireless sensor that sends text message alerts to healthcare workers could help better protect temperature-sensitive vaccines and provide crucial data on storage, transport and distribution infrastructures in developing nations, according to its inventors.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaysia to Send 20M Latex Gloves to West Africa

Source: Voice of America News

Malaysia will send more than 20 million medical rubber gloves to five African nations battling the deadly Ebola virus, addressing a crucial shortage faced by overwhelmed health workers, the country's Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Monday.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

Dozens of children feared dead after being injected with 'tainted’ measles vaccine in Syria

Source: The Telegraph

As many as 36 children were reported to have died excruciating deaths last night after receiving tainted measles vaccines under a UN-sponsored programme in the rebel-held north of Syria.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Fight Against Ebola Outbreak Is 4 Months Behind Where It Should Be: Aid Expert

Source: Huffington Post

National governments and health organizations around the world are scrambling to overcome lapses in leadership and logistical issues to turn around a worsening Ebola crisis in West Africa. According to one aid expert, relief efforts are roughly four months behind schedule.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — Latin America

Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Graphic Cigarette Packaging

Source: NPR

Shopping for cigarettes in Uruguay isn't a pleasant experience. Photos of decaying teeth, premature babies and gruesome hospital scenes wrap around every pack. In fact, the country requires manufacturers to cover at least 80 percent of the packaging with medical warnings and graphic images.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Notts company Eminate aims to improve global health with new ingredients

Source: Nottingham Post

After achieving global success with a salt-reduction product, a Nottingham company is working on new ingredients which could improve health.
Friday, September 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Glaxo’s Ebola Vaccine and the Rise of Tropical-Disease R&D

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Financial arguments may finally be leading Big Pharma to increase its minuscule investment in research and development of new drugs for tropical diseases.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

Nepal's entrepreneurs healing blindness among poor

Source: ShanghaiDaily.com

Many villagers are not aware of how easily cataract can be treated or cured," said Suraj Shrestha, CEO at Anthropose, a Nepal-based enterprise. "The thing that appalls me the most is how people superstitiously believe that cataract is a curse from God. This needs to change," the entrepreneur told Xinhua on Sunday.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — Latin America

Coca-Cola Life Markets As 'Healthy Coke' In South America: Is It Really Better For You?

Source: Latin Times

Coca-Cola Co. is introducing Coca-Cola Life -- a mid-calorie cola that was released in Argentina and Chile last year -- to the Mexican market in September. Each 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola life contains half the calories of a regular Coke, with 64 calories and 16 grams of sugar. According to the Wall Street Journal, the product has tested well (in both flavor and concept) with Mexicans.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Nations Working to Lift Ebola Travel Bans

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Some African countries have agreed to lift travel bans on people arriving from Ebola-hit nations, the African Union's top official said on Monday, in a step to ease the economic pain the virus has brought to the continent.
Friday, September 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

FDA rushes J&J, NewLink Genetics Ebola vaccines to clinical trials

Source: Fierce Vaccines

Another Big Pharma player is joining the hustle toward an Ebola vaccine as the death toll surpasses 1,900 victims, eclipsing the total number of people who died from the disease in all previous outbreaks combined.
Thursday, September 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

3 Ways The Internet Of Things Is Revolutionizing Health Care

Source: Forbes

If you or a loved one has undergone medical treatment recently, you’re probably aware of some of the cool new devices that help perform diagnosis and treatment. You may not be aware, however, that some of these devices are connected to the Internet and have become an important part of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.
Thursday, September 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: The key to healthcare innovation is empowering nurses

Source: Quartz

Sandeep Jauhar argued a few months ago in a New York Times’ op-ed that “Nurses Are Not Doctors” and shouldn’t be given the same responsibilities to care for patients.
Thursday, September 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nurturing health innovation in Africa: 13 ways to boost research

Source: The Guardian

What needs to happen to reverse the brain drain and secure funding across the continent? Our panel suggest where to start
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.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — South Asia

USIBC Concludes Successful Pharmaceutical Mission to India

Source: Market Watch

The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) has concluded its Pharmaceutical Executive Mission to Delhi, India. The delegation expressed its commitment to the Indian market, called for further dialogue with the government on issues related to pricing and intellectual property, and discussed strategies for expanding greater access to healthcare and health insurance in India.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GSK Announces Commitment to Improving Access to Vaccines With 5-year Price Freeze

Source: Nigerian Bulletin

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will freeze the prices of its vaccines for five years for developing countries that graduate from GAVI Alliance support. By committing to offer GAVI Alliance prices for vaccines against pneumonia, diarrhoea and cervical cancer, GSK will support developing country governments as they transition to financing the full cost of their local vaccination programmes.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Health Investment Fund Leads Investment into Low-Cost Oral Cholera Vaccine for the World’s Poor

Source: GHIF News

South Korean biopharmaceutical company commits to manufacture a new and improved presentation of the vaccine at a target price of $1.00 per dose for public sector buyers.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — South Asia

In Bangladesh, Floating Schools, Farms, And Health Clinics Help Stay On Top Of Rising Waters

Source: Fast CoExist

Beyond island nations like the Maldives that are quickly getting submerged, no country is more threatened by climate change than Bangladesh. Sitting at the bottom of three huge rivers, much of its surface area is either covered with water, or barely above sea level. Many of its 154 million inhabitants are poor (about a quarter earn less than $2 a day) and Bangladeshis often live in structures unsuited to severe weather. Bangladesh, in short, is a climate disaster in the making. By 2030, rising water could make 20% of the country uninhabitable, forecasts show.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — South Asia

Male Rickshaw Drivers Playing Key Role In Maternal Health Campaign In India

Source: Huffington Post

As the autorickshaws begin lining up inside the compound at 7 a.m., Vijaylakmi Sahu knows she has just 30 minutes to finish her work. Over the next half hour, Sahu works with clockwork precision. She ensures that the temperatures of the vaccines for pregnant women and children are checked before they are packed under her supervision in cold boxes. After that, three to five autorickshaws, known as the Immunization Express, head off to the villages where mothers, children and pregnant women await them.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nutrition: there's no quick fix for hunger or obesity

Source: The Guardian

“It is worth remembering that nutrition didn’t feature at all in the first set of goals. It was the forgotten MDG,” says Marc Van Ameringen. As the world this week marks 500 days until the end of the millennium development goals (MDGs), I got an interview with the executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Gain).
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Armed Men Raid Liberia Ebola Quarantine Center

Source: Voices of America

A group of young men armed with clubs, claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia, raided a quarantine center for the deadly disease in Monrovia overnight, prompting about 20 patients infected with the deadly virus to flee, a witness said Sunday.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — South Asia

Growth of independent India an amazing story; empower it by health investment: Bill Gates

Source: Economic Times India

Today, the prime minister will stand at the Red Fort to address the nation. For a generation, the Independence Day speech has been about India's mind-blowing progress - and today's will be no different.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Fiasco At The Burial Ground, A Prank At The Shop: Covering Ebola

Source: NPR

NPR's global health correspondent Jason Beaubien tries to keep his cool when traveling abroad. But he may have set a new record for chillness.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan corporates commit to supporting health in Africa

Source: ReliefWeb

Corporate leaders and other representatives from the private sector pledged their support for health and health development in Africa at a roundtable meeting organised by Amref Health Africa in Nairobi today.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — South Asia

China and India's Growing Inequities in Access to Health Care

Source: Diplomatic Courier

China and India collectively represent more than 35 percent of humanity. Both countries have lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the last two decades. However, the developmental challenges that India and China have yet to surmount are mammoth. The public health sector is a crucial part of this challenge.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — South Asia

Indian doctors, government launch portal to share healthcare expertise

Source: DNA

Indian-origin doctors across the globe have joined hands with the Indian government to launch a web portal for sharing expertise, skills, knowledge and resources with those in need of such services in India.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Less is More for the Health of Africa’s Hospitals

Source: PDandD Magazine

The rural health clinic in Kimalamisale, Tanzania, sits at the end of a rutted sandy road some 160 miles from the nearest large town.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Stopping Disease With A Simple Innovation: New Floors

Source: Fast CoExist

A Stanford University student re-invents an ancient earthen material--adobe--to work well in a country where dirt floors can cause death.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola and ethics: Are rich nations doing enough to fight the outbreak?

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a matter of justice and ethics, experts said Tuesday. This has to do with medical testing and international funding.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — South Asia

Random decisions in pharma pricing bad for India’s health

Source: Economic Times India

On July 10, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) arbitrarily fixed prices for all anti-diabetic and cardiovascular drugs outside the scope of the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) 2013, with no warning to manufacturers.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola outbreak spreads fear in rural Sierra Leone

Source: Enquirer

Weeks under the strain of bad news, much uncertainty and no direct support are taking a toll on rural towns like Rotifunk, in Bumpeh Chiefdom, the focus of my all-volunteer nonprofit Sherbro Foundation Sierra Leone.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South African Medical Research Council and PATH launch new Global Health Innovation Accelerator

Source: AfricanBrains

The new South Africa-based Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) launching today will speed the development and introduction of sustainable, high-impact health technologies that can save the lives of vulnerable women and children in South Africa and beyond.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dengue vaccine is just a year away, researchers say

Source: SciDev.Net

A new vaccine that can halve the number of dengue cases provides a welcome shot to fight a deadly disease that infects around 390 million people every year in the tropics.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

How far off are drones in the delivery of rural care?

Source: Healthcare Dive

A Silicon Valley startup called Matternet is pioneering a pilot program that uses drones to connect rural care providers with major hospitals in Bhutan.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Ebola shows the need to rethink global public health

Source: Montreal Gazette

NEW YORK - The horrific Ebola epidemic in at least four West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria) demands not only an emergency response to halt the outbreak; it also calls for rethinking some basic assumptions of global public health.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

An easier way to manipulate malaria genes

Source: MIT News

New approach to knocking out parasite’s genes could make it easier to identify drug targets.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola virus: Liberia health system 'overtaxed'

Source: BBC News

Liberia's information minister has admitted that the country's health care system has been overwhelmed by the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals to expand footprint with hub and spoke model

Source: Business Standard

Apollo Hospitals Ltd is actively looking at expansion with the hub and spoke model and harnessing the telemedicine technology.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Novartis aims to improve healthcare access in developing nations

Source: The Guardian

Novartis has trained more than 500 health educators and supervisors, addressing healthcare issues for remote communities in emerging markets
Monday, August 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola virus: Vaccine 'should be ready for 2015', WHO says, as GSK plays down timing

Source: The Independent

An Ebola vaccine should be ready for public use by 2015, the United Nation’s health agency has said.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why the Ebola Vaccine Won't Be Administered in Africa

Source: Newsweek

The earliest the world can expect a vaccine to curb spreading of Ebola in West Africa is about a year away, scientists say.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

The remarkable impact of secondary education on women’s health

Source: Humanosphere

For the first time, there is strong evidence to support the claim that girls education is a great investment. But it goes further than that. Secondary education might be the best way to improve the health of both mothers and their children.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Why Global Health Researchers Should Climb Down From the Ivory Tower

Source: Forbes

In the late 1970s, the Chicago Police Department noticed that the city’s crime rate increased when cops stopped walking the beat and started driving around in patrol cars instead.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Investing in Health: African Countries Expand Domestic and Innovative Financing

Source: Huffington Post

This week, President Barack Obama is hosting the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., welcoming leaders from across the African continent to discuss trade and investment, with an eye toward security, peace and democratic development. Importantly, these high-level meetings will also include discussions of the future of global health investments and the U.S.-Africa partnership in reaching an AIDS-free generation.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Meet the Bots That Knew Ebola Was Coming

Source: TIME.com

Online technology has improved the ability to detect and track outbreaks
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESCRIPTIONS: Health solutions lie in effective partnerships

Source: The Daily Mail

Anyone working in the public health sphere knows that things are looking up when a group of experts deliberating over solutions to diseases go beyond the rhetoric and come up with unique and easily applicable ideas.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Caterpillar Foundation Announces $11 Million in Investments for Africa's Future Through Water, Energy and Women

Source: Market Watch

Foundation's focus on corporate social innovation helps put people on the path to prosperity
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

What’s the Real Risk of the West African Ebola Outbreak?

Source: Dalberg

Ebola’s deadly sweep across West Africa has raised global alarm: Nigeria recently became the fourth country affected by the virus when a traveler fell ill and died in Lagos after flying there from Monrovia.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — South Asia

Target 'zero': Going full force against malaria in Asia

Source: Devex

Anti-malaria efforts have been gaining significant traction and progress in the past couple of years, particularly in Africa, with a 54 percent decline in child malaria deaths.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola risk unheeded as Guinea's villagers keep on eating fruit bats

Source: The Guardian

Health workers struggle to separate myth from reality of Ebola as residents say abandoning tradition is out of the question
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

Circumcision cuts risk of HIV infection, experts say

Source: SciDev.Net

[MELBOURNE] Getting men to choose voluntary circumcision is seen as essential in preventing new cases of HIV infection in heterosexual men and women.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile tech on the Africa health frontier

Source: Politico

Billions have been spent to bring AIDS medicines to patients in Africa, but a technology with just as much lifesaving potential can be had for pennies: the text message.
Monday, August 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: On AIDS: Three Lessons From Africa

Source: The New York Times

An AIDS fable: Once upon a time, in the years after AIDS went from being a death sentence to a manageable disease, at least for people rich enough to take antiretroviral therapy, many of the people who ran the world believed that these medicines weren’t appropriate for residents of very poor countries.
Friday, August 01, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: The paradox that is Indian healthcare

Source: The Hindu Business Line

The best and the worst of facilities exist cheek by jowl. This glaring contradiction needs to be addressed
Friday, August 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO: Ebola Spread Outpaces Control Effort

Source: Voice of America News

The head of the World Health Organization has told the presidents of West African nations stricken by Ebola that the outbreak is moving faster than efforts to control it.
Friday, August 01, 2014 — South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: New Report on Integrated Health and Microfinance in India Shows the Way Forward

Source: Digital Journal

On July 29, 2014, Freedom from Hunger, the Microcredit Summit Campaign, and the Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar released a new report titled "Integrated Health and Microfinance in India, Volume II: The Way Forward." The report was released in advance of the South Asia Conference on Policies and Practices to Improve Nutrition Security in New Delhi, India.
Friday, August 01, 2014 — No Region Specified

U.S. under pressure to give potentially life-saving medication the green light as experts warn of global pandemic

Source: The Daily Mail

Health campaigners are today calling for U.S. authorities to speed up their approval of a new drug hoped to be the first cure for the deadly Ebola virus.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Pretty Good' Malaria Vaccine Moves Forward

Source: Voice of America News

A “pretty good” malaria vaccine is on track to be the first to market.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — South Asia

India's battle against unneeded medical care finds World Bank support

Source: Reuters

India needs to curtail excessive medical care that leads to patient overspending as more people get health insurance, the World Bank said on Thursday, adding voice to a growing chorus against overtreatment in the country.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Harvard Business School Appoints Matt Segneri Director of Its Social Enterprise Initiative

Source: Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School (HBS) has named Matthew M. Segneri (MBA 2010) the new Director of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), succeeding Laura Moon, who has become Managing Director of the School’s wide array of Initiatives, which focus on research and course development in specific topics such as leadership, health care, and digital technology.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Protector Plus 'night campaigns' to promote condom usage in Africa

Source: Bulawayo24

Population Services International (PSI) has ventured into Protector Plus night campaigns in a bid to promote usage of a new brand of condoms, New Man in Town, as the fight against HIV and Aids continues, an official has said.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Suspected Ebola cases sent home as Liberian isolation unit fills up

Source: Reuters

An isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, is overrun with cases and health workers are being forced to treat up to 20 new patients in their homes, government officials said on Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

#BBCtrending: Can social media help prevent the spread of Ebola?

Source: BBC News

West Africa is in the grip of the world's deadliest outbreak of Ebola, and many in the region are using social media to educate each other on the symptoms and prevention methods.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sweden resumes aid to Uganda after suspending it over anti-gay law

Source: Reuters

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Sweden has resumed financial aid to Uganda after suspending some assistance in March over a law widely condemned by donor nations that increases punishment for homosexuals.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 ways to deliver nutrition through cash crop standards

Source: Devex

Nutrition security is an essential part of improving farmer livelihoods.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — South Asia

Smartphones, apps reshaping the health sector

Source: Times of India

WASHINGTON: Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it's also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Health insurance comes to Nigeria through mobile phone subscriptions

Source: htxt

Quality healthcare is often out of reach for many living in rural areas, but MTN in Nigeria initiated as program together with Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to provide affordable healthcare to its subscribers in the country.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Abia, Ford Foundation, Forward Africa partner on youth health and development

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

EXPANSION of integrated programming to improve the reproductive health and general development of young people in Abia state has taken a new turn in the state capital following the inauguration of a 15-member Technical Working Group (TWG).
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Samsung partners in good health for Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: IT News Africa

Samsung Electronics has joined GSMA, an organisation that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, to partner in initiatives that will see an improved healthcare system.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bill Gates: Health, agriculture key to Africa's development

Source: Global Post

Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine

Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — South Asia

CAMTech India's “Jugaad-a-thon” spurs promising innovations for maternal and child health

Source: Pharma Biz

CAMTech India along with Glocal Healthcare and GE Healthcare organised ‘Jugaad-a-thon’, an event to test creativity in medical design which brought to the table 34 new solutions ranging from new tools for antenatal care to disruptive technologies for newborn asphyxia.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Doctors Strike - Hospitals Take to Free Medicals

Source: AllAfrica

An ongoing nationwide by doctors has prompted private practice and nongovernment agencies to step into healthcare to bridge gulfs let wide open when doctors walked out July 1.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — South Asia

Lax antibiotic controls raise fears of killer disease

Source: Economic Times India

NEW DELHI: A pharmacist swiftly pulls white boxes of powerful antibiotics from neatly stacked shelves behind him, and hands them over the counter without asking for a doctor's prescription.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

The global impact of the female condom

Source: Daily Life

When Debby Herbenick met a friend and former colleague for lunch at the end of last year, it was only natural the conversation would turn to sex.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — South Asia

iClinic Healthcare looks to raise Rs 25 cr to fund expansion

Source: Business Standard

Online healthcare provider iClinic Healthcare is in talks with investors to raise Rs 25 crore to fund its expansion in India.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — South Asia

India's new government vows clampdown on healthcare graft

Source: Reuters

India's health minister called for tougher laws on Tuesday after a media report alleged that laboratories had offered kickbacks to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centres.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Leveraging economic supply chains for extending health solutions to the Bottom of Pyramid (BoP)

Source: Sankalp Forum

Products and services that are of relevance to public health need a supply chain to reach the bottom of the pyramid (BoP). They need to reach the last mile with the least transaction cost and in a sustainable manner, irrespective of the type of money that is involved (investor capital, grant etc). These services and products also need a channel. Establishing a channel for them, with least cost and long term viability has been the challenge to date in a country such as India. It is in this context that it becomes relevant to look at existing market mechanisms that are already reaching large BoP populations in rural and semi-urban areas, where some level of aggregation has already taken place.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — South Asia

Price caps on drugs hurt Indian units of global pharma firms

Source: Livemint

Widening of price controls adds pressure on the local units of global manufacturers to boost sales volumes
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips introduces innovative ultra-mobile ultrasound system ‘VISIQ’ in Nigeria

Source: Business Day

Royal Philips unveiled its new ultra-mobile ultrasound system to the Nigerian market during the Lagos leg of its annual pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Epistem to roll out tuberculosis test following new agreement

Source: Manchester Evening News

The biotechnology form has agreed a collaboration and funding deal with the Global Health Investment Fund to help launch its tuberculosis diagnostic platform.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — South Asia

Drug price cut of vital medicines a global phenomenon

Source: Economic Times India

MUMBAI: It is not the Indian regulator who is the only one after drug companies to cut prices. Across the world, pharmaceutical companies are coming under pressure to reduce prices as concerns over growing healthcare costs force governments to target drug makers.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Hampered by Cost, Zimbabweans Skip Contraceptives

Source: Voice of America News

New research suggests thousands of women in Zimbabwe get pregnant each year because they cannot afford proper birth control methods.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — South Asia

India misses key health targets, but shows improvement

Source: Business Standard

India is lagging considerably behind its key human development index targets, including population control, infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MFR), according to figures given by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha today.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gemalto, GSMA drive African mHealth initiative

Source: Biztechafrica

Gemalto has announced its partnership with (global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA1) to drive the pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI).
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Discovery Health, Woolworths ‘winning at home’

Source: Moneyweb

These emerging market companies are giving multinationals a run for their money – BCG.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Could HIV self-testing be a game changer in Africa?

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

In Africa, where fewer than half the people know their HIV status, HIV self-testing is being explored as a way of encouraging more individuals, particularly in high risk groups, to know their status as a first step to seeking treatment, an AIDS charity said on Monday.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

TPP: Still a Terrible Deal for Poor People's Health

Source: Huffington Post

When the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement was leaked late last year, it confirmed everything public health watchers had warned about for years.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth initiative to curb infant and maternal fatalities in Kenya

Source: Africa Science News

In a bid to reduce the glaring rates of child and maternal deaths annually estimated at 6.6 million and 260,000 respectively, Sub Saharan-African states are set to launch a mobile phone text messaging service to educate masses on better health care and nutrition.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Contraceptive Shot Being Released in Africa

Source: The New York Times

An easy-to-use new form of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera was introduced last week in Burkina Faso, the first of four African countries in which it will be rolled out this year.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — South Asia

Medanta-The Medicity: World class health care, with a soul

Source: Forbes India

Dr Naresh Trehan's vision for his latest venture is to emulate the best-in-class health care facilities in the world
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile health in Africa: MDiabetes program: Mobile technologies are catalysts for development

Source: Mareeg

Mareeg.com-DAKAR, Senegal,July 14, 2014/ – Alcatel-Lucent (http://www.alcatel-lucent.com) attended the ceremony for launching the m-Ramadan campaign, which originated from the mDiabetes program, in Dakar on June 16, 2014.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — South Asia

BlackBerry Up on Plans for New Healthcare Platform in India

Source: Zacks.com

Finally, things are shaping up well for Canadian handset manufacturer BlackBerry Limited. According to a report in Economic Times, Blackberry is planning to introduce a novel service platform designed to cater to the needs of the health care sector.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Muslims demand condom ban in Malawi

Source: Nyasa Times

Malawi Muslim traditional leaders are campaigning against the promotion of condoms as a means of preventing HIV and AIDS.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Insulin Market Worth $47.54 Billion by 2020 Research Report Available Online

Source: WhaTech

Key industry participants include Sanofi, Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Biocon, Oramed Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Dongbao Enterprise Group Co., Ltd. and others.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

Brainlab Announces Launch of Right.Brain Foundation To Advance Global Healthcare

Source: Digital Journal

MUNICH--(Business Wire)--In a continued effort to expand global access to and consistency of healthcare, Brainlab today announced the launch of the Right.Brain Foundation, which will provide medical technology and education to selected hospitals and public institutions in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

Public-private partnerships: A 'win-win' for global health?

Source: Global Post

Forged partnerships between the public and private sectors are gaining prominence, raising questions about their transparency and precise impact in the world.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight

Source: The Seattle Times

Just as Myanmar opens up to the world and becomes a place of economic opportunity, fears are rising over the spread of a drug-resistant form of malaria. But efforts are under way, including a big initiative of the Gates Foundation, to fight this problem.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Going the Extra Mile for Health

Source: Huffington Post

In the distant corners of Africa, entrepreneurs deliver goods and services across bumpy roads, crossing brimming rivers and rickety bridges, climbing steep hills and descending treacherous valleys. It is a classic story of conquering odds to reach the unreached.
Monday, July 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Healthy moms give birth to 'similar size babies' worldwide

Source: Zee News

Washington: A new International study has revealed that babies born to healthy mothers are remarkably of the same size worldwide.
Thursday, July 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

How We Cope With MDGs Challenges

Source: The News Nigeria

As the global community winds down the efforts towards the Millennium Development Goals, countries’ efforts are coming under scrutiny. In this interview with OLUOKUN AYORINDE, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals, Dr. Precious Kalamba Gbeneol, gives insight into the progress so far recorded by the country and others
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

GNRC announces launch of air ambulance service in North-East India

Source: The Health Site

GNRC (formerly known as Guwahati Neurological Research Centre) today unveiled plans to initiate air ambulance and medical outreach programme using helicopters to remote areas of North-east India.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 — South Asia

Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap

Source: IRIN News

DHAKA, 1 July 2014 (IRIN) - Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly-served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services are weak.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 — South Asia

HP Will Expand Its Cloud-enabled Rural Health Care Centres In India

Source: Business Insider India

HP's two day long summit is on in Mumbai, India. Today world's major technology and data solutions company, HP, revealed a lesser known fact.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Seven Ways to Assist Health Research in Developing Nations

Source: AllAfrica

A guide released yesterday details seven principles for good practice in strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 — No Region Specified

U.N.'s Own Study Reveals Its $13 Billion Maternal Health Efforts Aren't Saving Lives

Source: Huffington Post

LONDON (AP) — In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent trying to save the lives of mothers in developing countries using strategies — usually inexpensive drugs — deemed essential by the U.N. health agency.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 — No Region Specified

Going under the knife: surgery access should be available to all

Source: The Guardian

Two billion of the world's poorest are at risk because of the perceived high cost of surgical treatment. But there are solutions
Monday, June 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GSMA announces mHealth partnership across Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: IT News Africa

The GSMA has announced that its Mobile for Development mHealth programme has launched a new cross-ecosystem partnership designed to provide a range of mHealth services to women and children, with a particular focus on nutrition, across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Oscars' for health care innovation is back

Source: Devex

GlaxoSmithKline and Save the Children are reopening their doors for innovative solutions to reduce under-5 child mortality.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — South Asia

iDE Cambodia hits 100,000 toilet sales in 2 years

Source: Sanitation Updates

iDE Cambodia has facilitated the sale of 100,000 Easy Latrines in two years through sanitation marketing, reaching an estimated 470,000 people, according to a June 14 press release.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reuters: Sanofi plans to put dengue program into separate unit

Source: Fierce Markets

Sanofi ($SNY) has been working on a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne dengue virus for 20 years, and now it may be breaking that program off into a distinct unit.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nigeria: India and Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria

Source: AllAfrica

Quality and affordable healthcare delivery is one challenge that Nigeria still battles with. While government at various levels have carried out reforms at one time or the other in the healthcare system, the fact remains that most of the Nigerian hospitals still lack infrastructure of international standard.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is Warby Parker Too Good to Last?

Source: Wired

The first thing to know is that I’m wearing a pair of Warby Parker glasses as I write this. My bias is as plain as the frames on my face. I like the company I’m writing about.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling healthcare challenges through digital innovations

Source: Hispanic Business

It is business as usual at the Comprehensive Care Centre (CCC) at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Patients move in and out of different rooms as medical specialists address various concerns.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Honoring mHealth's young talent

Source: mHealth News

Two young entrepreneurs are receiving international recognition for mHealth products that aim to improve healthcare delivery in Third World countries.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — South Asia

India likely to extend price caps to more drugs-sources

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - India is likely to raise the number of drugs deemed essential and therefore subject to price caps to improve affordability, said people directly involved in the process.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: “Project Last Mile” Expands to Improve Availability of Life-Saving Medicines in Additional Regions of Africa

Source: Market Watch

The Coca-Cola Company, USAID, the Global Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invest more than $21M USD to expand initiative to 10 countries
Monday, June 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Are World Cup viewers receiving a message that could make them sick?

Source: Irish Examiner

The World Cup has a profound social impact, including on global health, according to Kent Buse and Sarah Hawkes
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

GATES FOUNDATION FUNDS BAY AREA RESEARCHERS

Source: abc 7 News

Researchers in the Bay Area are joining in an innovative campaign to treat diseases and health threats that impact millions of people, but are often overlooked. And their solutions involve thinking outside the box.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tackling the ebola epidemic in west Africa: why we need a holistic approach

Source: The Guardian

Immediate medical action is not enough to manage the disease. We need cross-sector collaboration and integrated research
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Philips introduces ultra sound machine in Kenya to aid pregnant women

Source: Africa Science News

Philips has introduced an innovative mobile ultra sound system (VISIQ) that aims at bringing high quality, affordable healthcare to pregnant mothers in Kenya.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Circumcision by rubber band? Uganda tries it

Source: ioL News

With trousers around his ankles, Justin Igalla awaits a tight rubber band for his foreskin, an innovative non-surgical technique rolling out in several African nations to encourage circumcision and cut HIV infection rates.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dairy training aims to boost Rwanda to health

Source: UC Davis

In Rwanda, the expression “have milk” — “gira amata” — is not part of a milk-mustachioed marketing campaign. It’s a wish for prosperity.
Monday, June 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Life-saving bananas undergo human trials

Source: 9News

It's the genetically modified fruit from Australia that could turn East African nations into life-saving banana republics.
Friday, June 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tide turns for Belu as ethical water goes global

Source: The Telegraph

Belu boss Karen Lynch has taken the social enterprise from losses of £1.9m to a fast-growing brand, which generates over £500,000 for WaterAid
Friday, June 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

“Big Push” Global Health Model for Reducing Maternal Mortality Has Broad Healthcare Systems Benefits

Source: Health Canal

Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health evaluated the first year of the Saving Mothers, Giving Life program, a global public-private partnership founded by the U.S. and Norway, Merck for Mothers, Every Mother Counts, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Friday, June 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Want a PPP partner? Provide incentives, make 'money' business case

Source: Devex

The role of business in addressing development challenges is growing, and changing — but how do you get a particular company to say “yes” to a public-private partnership?
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

A partnership that’s working: Celebrating nine years of results and counting from UNICEF and Pampers’ One-For-One

Source: PSI Impact

Tetanus, a swift and painful killer, comes from bacteria that live in soil, which can enter the body through deep, open wounds. Untreated tetanus infections produce intense muscle spasms that prevent breathing, often leading to death.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Hackathons Aren’t Just for Coders. We Can Use Them to Save Lives

Source: Wired

With growing attention on medical technology “hackathons“—summits that bring together engineers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and designers to develop innovative solutions to health problems—the conversation has turned to whether they are more hype than impact. After all, what can 250 people in a room for two days really do to solve challenges that experts over decades have been unable to address?