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Friday, November 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

LeapFrog Set To Acquire East African Health Insurance Firm For $18m

Source: Ventures

LeapFrog Investments and Resolution Insurance announced today, that LeapFrog intends to invest $18.7 million for a majority stake in Resolution Insurance,through its holding company, Resolution Health East Africa Limited.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Déjà Rule: The Health Damaging Consequences of Reinstating the Global Gag Rule in 2015

Source: The Huffington Post

This year, the Foreign Operations Bill proposed by the House of Representatives includes the restoration of $300 million in funding for the successful President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has been chronically underfunded in recent years.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

Source: NPR

How much is a fast track for the Food and Drug Administration review of a new drug worth? Try $125 million.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

500 Startups’ $10M fund will invest in mobile health in India, China, Africa

Source: MedCity News

A $10 million micro fund that will make investments in early and growth stage mobile startups, including mobile health, got started this week.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Wish Foundation plans to raise $100 mn for health innovators

Source: Business Standard

Foundation seeks to reach 10 mn under-served people, ties up with Rajasthan govt to offer 11 low-cost health innovations
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Guy Who Delivers HIV Medicine On His Bicycle

Source: NPR

Sizwe Nzima was sitting in a clinic waiting for his grandparents' HIV medicine four years ago when he had an idea: Why not start an HIV medicine delivery service?
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — South Asia

This Indian start-up could disrupt health care with its powerful and affordable diagnostic machine

Source: The Washington Post

Frustrated at the lack of interest by the medical establishment in reducing the costs of diagnostic testing, Kanav Kahol returned home to New Delhi in 2011 and built a prototype of a device called the Swasthya Slate (which translates to “Health Tablet”) in less than three months, for a cost of $11,000.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Telemedicine trend continues with new Nigerian mobile initiative

Source: Business Monitor

A joint telemedicine initiative between Apollo Hospitals and African telecoms company Airtel will expand access to health services for many Nigerian mobile subscribers.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — South Asia

How technology is checking health corruption in India

Source: BBC News

In 2011 Amarendra Kumar learned that a doctor at one of Delhi's biggest hospitals was pushing for his baby niece to have a heart operation she didn't need.
Monday, November 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Breaking the R&D deadlock: could Open Labs be the key to cracking the world’s toughest health problems?

Source: The Lancet

In January, 2010, an unprecedented step was taken to progress research into diseases of the developing world when global pharmaceutical company GSK announced it was creating the world’s first Open Lab. ... Four years since its creation, the Open Lab model is emerging as a success story.
Monday, November 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Race to Make Ebola Vaccine Pits Crazy Timeline Against Maddening Obstacles

Source: Bloomberg

Refrigeration is just one of the myriad challenges for GlaxoSmithKline Plc and other companies racing to create vaccines to fight Ebola. They’re facing issues ranging from packaging the drug in tiny glass vials for distribution, to assembling fleets of trucks and motorbikes to transport it along potholed roads, to monitoring subjects in a Swiss lakeside city to test the vaccine ultimately destined for villages in the African jungle.
Friday, November 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pfizer and Aid Groups Team Up on Depo-Provera Contraceptive for Developing World

Source: The New York Times

Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive given once every three months, is already a popular choice of women in developing countries, who value the convenience and discretion of not having to take a daily birth control pill. But the injections are out of reach for many more women.
Friday, November 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Combatting Health Risks and Promoting Better Hand Washing and Hygiene

Source: All Africa

Saraya Co. Ltd, a Japanese manufacturer of hygiene and sanitation products, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an initiative to decrease healthcare associated infections in Uganda.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can innovation help stop children dying from pneumonia?

Source: Unicef

Pneumonia is the world’s number one cause of preventable death among children under five years old. Every year, pneumonia kills nearly one million children – more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. What makes this number of pneumonia deaths so unfathomable is that its cure is well-known, inexpensive and widely available.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile technology reduces maternal mortality

Source: All Ghana News

Abdul-Rashid Imoro, Project Officer of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of Savana Signatures, a Tamale NGO, has said some health facilities in the Northern Region had recorded zero maternal mortality due to mobile phone technology the NGO had introduced in the area
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — South Asia

India takes action on spurious and sub-standard drugs

Source: The Pharma Letter

An American pharmacist and an Indian pharmacologist charged with smuggling four million fake pharmaceuticals into the country earlier this month may have been the last straw for the Indian government battling counterfeit drugs.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Sterlisation deaths: A rotten healthcare system continues to play havoc in Chhattisgarh

Source: FirstPost

The sterilization camp that left 13 women dead and many battling for life has exposed the rotten healthcare system in Chhattisgarh, yet again.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 ways the public sector can work with business to fight chronic diseases

Source: Devex

More than three out of every five people who die today will do so because of a chronic, non-communicable disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer or lung disease.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Smartphone Gadget Pumps Up Breast-Milk Banks

Source: NPR

Monday, November 10, 2014 — South Asia

Healthcare providers in India to spend $1.1 billion on IT in 2014: Gartner

Source: Hindu Business Line

Healthcare providers in India are expected to spend $1.1 billion on IT products and services in 2014, a 5 per cent rise over 2013.
Monday, November 10, 2014 — South Asia

Indian hospital shows how mobility can improve healthcare in rural areas

Source: Information Week

By using telemedicine application for mobile devices, Balabhai Nanavati Hospital is demonstrating how mobility can truly transform the way healthcare services are delivered to rural communities.
Monday, November 10, 2014 — South Asia

Sanofi launches paediatric vaccine Shan5 in India

Source: Business Standard

With the launch of Shan 5 in India, 27 million babies born annually will have access to vaccination.
Monday, November 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Inflatable Incubator for Premature Babies Wins Dyson’s $45K Prize

Source: Wired

In developing countries, childbirth is a high-risk affair—particularly if the baby’s born premature. In countries like the United States, we often put these babies in incubators until they’re able to make it on their own. But access to sophisticated equipment isn’t a given everywhere in the world. Incubators in particular are expensive, require constant electricity, and they can be complicated to operate and maintain. “I just thought, ‘there has to be a better way of doing this,’” says James Roberts.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can We Rely on the Private Sector to Halt Malaria in Africa?

Source: Newsweek

Aid organizations are selling discount drugs directly to shopkeepers in hopes of quelling the parasitic disease
Friday, November 7, 2014 — South Asia

India to lose over $4.58 trillion to non-communicable diseases

Source: Economic Times India

India stands to lose $4.58 trillion due to non-communicable diseases and mental disorders between 2012 and 2030, an amount more than double India's annualGDP, according to a report.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals to focus on rural areas

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Apollo Hospitals plans to ride the next wave of growth with expansion in rural sector, Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, said. The hospital chain plans to add at least 14 Reach Hospitals in rural regions at a cost of ? 1,800 crore by 2016 and plans more in the coming years.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — South Asia

India next on Abbott’s global rebranding map

Source: The Economic Times

In a bid to reach out and engage with consumers more, the $22-billion US healthcare major Abbott is redefining its corporate identity, with India becoming one of the first markets after the US and Brazil where the change is being rolled out.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — South Asia

India might get sick before it gets rich: Krishna Kumar

Source: Business Standard

Interview with Vice-chairman and MD, Philips India
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — South Asia

India next on Abbott’s global rebranding map

Source: Times of India

In a bid to reach out and engage with consumers more, the $22-billion US healthcare major Abbott is redefining its corporate identity, with India becoming one of the first markets after the US and Brazil where the change is being rolled out.
Monday, November 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates to give $500 million for malaria, other diseases

Source: Yahoo News

US philanthropist Bill Gates on Sunday announced he will donate over $500 million to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world, saying the Ebola outbreak is a call to action.
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.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vaccine group says 5 million-plus lives can be saved over next few years in poor countries

Source: Deseret News

GAVI Alliance believes its five-year plan to vaccinate another 300 million children worldwide will save at least 5 million lives. It will also save billions of dollars now lost to treatment of the preventable illnesses and other costs, like parents' lost wages, members of the alliance said.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — South Asia

Eli Lilly shares MDR-TB drug technology with Shasun Pharma

Source: LiveMint

US drug maker Eli Lilly and Company said on Thursday that it had shared the manufacturing technology for two antibiotic drugs meant for the treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) with India’s Shasun Pharmaceuticals Ltd as part of its ongoing programme to increase access of these medicines in countries including India, China, Russia and South Africa, where drug-resistant TB is most prevalent.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

China To Build Liberia Health System

Source: Liberian Observer

The government of the People’s Republic of China has pledged that as a plan for the post-Ebola period, it will work with other international partners to help build and modernize Liberia’s health sector.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania looks to India to set up tele-medicine network

Source: Business-Standard

A high-level delegation of medical experts from Tanzania led by its Health Minister Seif Suleiman Rashid today visited the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences here to study its tele-medicine programme with a view to setting up a similar facility in their country.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Defying stigma, survivors join the Ebola fight in West Africa

Source: Reuters

The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Guinea and neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. But thousands more have survived, ostracised by fearful communities ravaged by the disease.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — South Asia

Latrines May Not Improve Health of Poor Children

Source: The New York Times

Because of the well-known dangers of open defecation — especially for children’s health — bringing millions of latrines to the poor has long been a goal of public health experts. But now a major study in India has stunned advocates of latrine building by showing that it may do little good.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: For-profit health care: Eliminate, tolerate or stimulate?

Source: Devex

Search online for the role of for-profit organizations in health care and you’ll find millions of results, including an abundance of studies, conferences and discussions among providers, advocates and various other actors. It’s an important debate about a complex issue — one that remains largely unresolved in countries around the globe.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana’s Fidelity Bank In $3.9m Private Health Partnership With USAID

Source: Ventures

In a bid to provide funding for private health facilities, top tier Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited and the United States Agency for International Development have signed a $3.9 million deal that will see laon facilities availed for private hospitals and clinics accredited by the country’s National Health Insurance Authority or those seeking NHIA accreditation.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM partners with Airtel and Echo Mobile on Ebola containment initiatives in Africa

Source: Biz Tech Africa

Airtel, IBM Research Africa and Kenya's Echo Mobile have joined forces to launch several initiatives to help curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cyborg engineers, virtual doctors and wristbands to detect cancer: Futurologist reveals how tech will transform healthcare

Source: The Daily Mail

Within the next 30 years, the global population is set to increase by almost 3 billion up to 10 billion, and this rise is set to put a heavy burden on the healthcare industry.
Monday, October 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Booting Up: Tech effort could help fight spread of Ebola

Source: Boston Herald

Despite the prevalence of crowd-sourced data and geolocation technology, global health leaders are missing the opportunity to use mobile technology in the fight against Ebola.
Friday, October 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Secret to Nigeria’s success in overcoming Ebola: ORS

Source: Defeat DD

Aggressive use of ORS is being credited with significantly reducing the mortality rate among those who contracted Ebola in Nigeria.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 — South Asia

Pharma companies feel law change can weaken ability to provide low-cost drugs

Source: The Economic Times

Indian drugmakers and public health activists are deeply worried that sections of the American pharmaceutical industry may use the recently announced Indo-US working committee on intellectual property rights to force changes in Indian patent laws to further their commercial interests at the cost of the domestic industry.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Steroids Are No Boon to World’s Poorer Women

Source: The New York Times

Giving steroids to women who are about to give birth prematurely — a standard lifesaving medical practice in richer countries — may be useless or even dangerous in poor countries where most women give birth at home, a major new study has found.
Monday, October 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Ebola: The dark side of globalization

Source: Fortune

As upcoming goals, the United Nations should enact basic sanitation, healthcare and governance in failed or collapsing states not simply because of moral concerns, but because of our own safety concerns.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — Latin America

IDB and PepsiCo Foundation Launch Innovative Program to Prevent Undernutrition and Obesity in Latin American Infants

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

On the eve of World Food Day, the IDB and the PepsiCo Foundation announce $5 million grant for nutrition program to help children in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — South Asia

India to enter top two markets for health company Abbott

Source: Times of India

Close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" call, global health giant Abbott is setting up a Rs 450-crore plant for manufacturing nutrition products in Jhagadia, Gujarat.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A total market for circumcision

Source: PSI

How private sector providers add marketing and distribution value for voluntary medical male circumcision
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Doctors Without Borders Is Experimenting With Delivery Drones To Battle An Epidemic

Source: Fast CoExist

Drones aren't delivering pizza just yet. But they could soon help save lives in places where health care is hard to reach.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Digital doctors: China sees tech cure for healthcare woes

Source: Reuters

There's been a rise recently in digital healthcare, or eHealth, to bridge the chasm between China's developed health services in large cities and its grassroots rural care.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberian Singers Use The Power Of Music To Raise Ebola Awareness

Source: NPR

In West Africa, one of the simplest ways to slow the Ebola outbreak is to educate people about how to keep from getting infected with the virus. Now, there are some signs that Ebola awareness is indeed driving down the number of cases in parts of Liberia — and Liberian musicians and DJs may deserve some of the credit.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — South Asia

Southeast Asia has an acute healthcare problem. These apps inject hope

Source: Tech In Asia

Millions of Southeast Asians today lack access to affordable, quality healthcare. As connected devices become increasingly ubiquitous in the region, however, many companies and NGOs are developing innovative ehealth apps to address the problem.
Friday, October 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

SC Johnson Rolls Out Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Marketing Strategy in Ghana

Source: Triple Pundit

SC Johnson, the Wisconsin-based company, is selling cleaning and pest control products in Ghana while contributing to local efforts to reduce the risks of contracting malaria.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola outbreak: Where are the mHealth apps?

Source: mHealth News

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and now the U.S. is surely among the most high-profile incidents wherein mobile health technologies could have proven their mettle.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Meet the Company That’s Bringing the LED Revolution to the Developing World

Source: UN Dispatch

Yesterday three physicists won the Nobel Prize in Physics for creating blue-light LEDs, which makes the LED white lights we find everywhere possible.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Meet the Company That’s Bringing the LED Revolution to the Developing World

Source: UN Dispatch

Yesterday three physicists won the Nobel Prize in Physics for creating blue-light LEDs, which makes the LED white lights we find everywhere possible.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola cost to W.Africa economy could top $32 bn: World Bank

Source: Yahoo! News

The deadly Ebola epidemic could deal a $32 billion-plus blow to the West African economy over the next year if officials cannot get it under control, the World Bank warned Wednesday.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$25M gift to U-M will help Third World moms, babies

Source: Detroit Free Press

An anonymous donor has given the University of Michigan $25 million to bring reproductive health medicine to remote areas in Africa.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — South Asia

Health insurance reduces mortality among Indian poor

Source: IANS Live

Washington, Oct 9 (IANS) An Indian government scheme to provide health insurance for catastrophic illness to households below the poverty line (BPL) has lowered both mortality rates and out-of-pocket expenses for the residents in Karnataka, a World Bank-funded study shows.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks

Source: NPR

Firestone detected its first Ebola case on March 30, when an employee's wife arrived from northern Liberia. Since then Firestone has done a remarkable job of keeping the virus at bay.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Protective Suits Are In Short Supply

Source: NPR

The Ebola outbreak created a demand for personal protective equipment. Clinics can go through hundreds of PPE suits a day. Manufacturers increased production but agencies say there's still a shortage.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Vaccine Trials May Give Placebo to Those at Risk

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

As global health officials rush to begin human trials of two promising Ebola vaccines in West African medical workers, a daunting question remains unanswered: Who gets the placebo injection?
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: Freedom from Hunger, Microcredit Summit Campaign launch project to improve maternal health in the Philippines

Source: Microcredit Summit

CARD MRI, Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign are launching a joint project called “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies” to improve health knowledge and promote behavior change for more than 600,000 women by December 2015.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — South Asia

Why India's sanitation crisis needs more than toilets

Source: BBC News

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, vowed to eliminate open defecation, India took notice.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — South Asia

Delving deep into India’s fast-growing healthcare industry

Source: The Hindu

The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the framework of a health care system in terms of its basic building blocks.
Monday, October 6, 2014 — South Asia

Over the counter drug market to reach $6.6 billion by 2016

Source: The Economic Times

The over the counter (OTC) drug market in India is expected to grow to $6.6 billion by 2016 with pharma companies and chemists increasing their presence in the rural market.
Monday, October 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malawi HIV infections down

Source: Amalawi

The Malawi Ministry of Health said new HIV infections have reduced from 52,000 to 35,000 per year.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook planning to step into healthcare: Sources

Source: Times of India

Facebook already knows who your friends are and the kind of things that grab your attention. Soon, it could also know the state of your health.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Ebola and Irrational Exuberance for Social Impact Bonds and Social Enterprise

Source: Non-Profit Quarterly

The lack of preventative action against Ebola isn’t just market failure, and effective action against public health crises in West Africa are unlikely to be addressed by private investors putting money into social impact bonds.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 smart ways for the private sector and NGOs to tackle chronic diseases together

Source: Devex

It’s no secret that noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma cause an increasing burden of death and disability in rich and poor countries alike. But few people are aware that 35 million people die from chronic diseases globally each year, and that number is expected to grow considerably over time.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

The future of healthcare: live-saving innovations for the bottom billion

Source: The Guardian

From India to Mexico, meet the innovators in open-heart surgery and palliative care developing unconventional health solutions
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unilever Pledges to Help 25 Million People Gain Improved Access to Toilets

Source: Sustainable Brands

Today, at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park, Unilever is announcing a commitment to help 25 million people gain improved access to toilets by 2020.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Landmark HIV Diagnostic Access Program Will Save $150m

Source: AllAfrica

Roche has announced a major Global Access Program to sharply lower the price of HIV viral load tests in low- and middle-income countries
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — South Asia

UST Global unveils unique telemedicine mobile app, in collaboration with Nanavati Hospital

Source: The Health Site

Kerala’s largest IT employer UST Global, Monday, announced the release of an advanced telemedicine application, developed in collaboration with Mumbai-based Balabhai Nanavati Hospital’s telemedicine centre and BlackBerry India.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bringing Solar Power To Remote Hospitals Is Saving Lives

Source: Fast CoExist

One startup working in Nepal learned that delivering high-quality health care often means having to innovate in unexpected ways--such as building new energy systems.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The gamification of global health: could a game change your bad habits?

Source: The Guardian

From the #StopEbola song to the Aids Fighter Pilot game in India, fun is proving to encourage healthier behaviours
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — South Asia

Health insurers offer Nano price

Source: The Times of India

With increased penetration of government health insurance schemes like RSBY ( Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana) coupled with private hospitals building capacity across the country, health insurers are also looking at smaller markets.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Death Rate 70 Percent, WHO Says in Dire New Forecast

Source: NBC News

World Health Organization researchers issued a dire new forecast for the Ebola epidemic Tuesday, one that sees 20,000 cases by November, much sooner than previous estimates. And 70 percent of patients are dying.
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 — 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.
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.
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


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 5, 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 4, 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 4, 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.