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Friday, January 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: Four Initiatives From Across Africa Win Share of Global $1 Million Healthcare Innovation Award


Organisations from South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda recognised by GSK and Save the Children for innovations proven to help reduce deaths in under-fives.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 — South Asia

International Health Activists Criticise President Obama’s Attempts to Undermine India's IPR

Source: Pharmabiz

US President Barack Obama’s comments during the India-US CEO Forum in New Delhi on Monday January 26 with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have drawn harsh criticism from international health activists. The activists have called upon Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stand strong against US pressure to change its pro-public health patent laws.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

Mental Health Is a Global Issue – Here’s How Neuroscience Can Cross International Boundaries

Source: The Conversation

Neuroscience holds the key to understanding the brain – and to developing more effective treatments for people with mental health disorders.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Innovative Biometric Payment Technology for Ebola Response Workers Launched

Source: UNDP in Sierra Leone

The Government of Sierra Leone through the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has this week launched a national exercise to implement the revised Hazard Policy aimed at re-classifying Ebola Response Workers (ERWs) based on real risks and further ensuring fiduciary sustainability and compliance.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

4 Innovations On mHealth and POC Devices

Source: Devex

There has been much talk about innovations in mobile health technologies among the international aid community in recent years. But now there’s a new kid on the block.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — South Asia

How One Man Brought Health Care to India's Poorest Populations

Source: Entrepreneur

Shelley Saxena, a mobile technology entrepreneur in Atlanta, had a head start when he launched Sevamob, a distribution system for low-cost preventive health services across India. But that didn’t save him from having to make a few strategic pivots as his new business grew.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — South Asia

India Needs Cutting-Edge Technology to Become Global Healthcare Destination

Source: The Economic Times

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Founder, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, speaks about NCDs, healthcare challenges and solutions in a conversation with Shivani Arora.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Crisis: Oxfam Calls for Recovery Marshall Plan

Source: BBC

Oxfam has called for a multi-million dollar Marshall Plan-type scheme to help the three West Africa countries worst affected by Ebola to recover.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Cleft Lip Surgical Tool Simulator to Be Showcased at WISH in Qatar

Source: Sowetan LIVE

The recent innovation, that will definitely put a smile to a lot of people’s faces, literally, is the cleft lip and palate and palate surgical tool.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — South Asia

Choosing an Investment Model for India’s Medical Devices Industry

Source: India Briefing

This year, India’s medical devices industry will be opened up to 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI). The move had been in the works for some time – India’s union cabinet met last year to discuss the reform, while the industry’s regulatory framework has been tweaked several times since it was first introduced in 2005.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — South Asia

GAVI Selects India's HMD As Partner for Global Health Project

Source: The Economic Times

GAVI, a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation, has chosen Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices Ltd (HMD) as one of its knowledge and strategic partners to promote injection safety around the world.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Growing Global Health Awareness Could Mean Big Business for Manufacturers

Source: Market Watch

The battle against the bulge is a global phenomenon that could translate into real opportunity for manufacturers, according to a new study by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy. Nearly half (49%) of the global respondents in Nielsen's Global Health & Wellness Survey consider themselves overweight. Obesity rates around the world are accelerating and not just in developed countries. In fact, 62% of the world's 671 million obese individuals live in developing markets, according to the 2013 Global Burden of Disease Study. The study estimated that 2.1 billion people (nearly 30% of the global population) were overweight or obese. Nielsen's study shows that consumers are attempting to take charge of their health—50% are actively trying to lose weight and 88% are willing to pay more for foods with healthy attributes to some degree.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 — South Asia

Bengaluru Start-Up Wins Tata Social Enterprise Challenge

Source: The Hindu

A low-cost medical device invented by a city-based start-up has emerged the winner of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2014-15, an initiative of the Tata group and Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Indian-Made Vaccine Approved to Fight Meningitis in Africa

Source: The Economic Times

A vaccine against meningitis prepared by an Indian company has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), paving the way for its use to eradicate the disease in sub-Saharan Africa.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 — South Asia

India Needs Reliable Data on Basic Healthcare

Source: The Hindu

Founder and Chair of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute G.N. Rao is universally known for his contribution to the introduction of quality and affordable eye care in India. Apart from his work in ophthalmology, Dr. Rao is well-known for his innovative ideas on healthcare in general and his efforts to make healthcare affordable.
Monday, January 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

WHO: Millions Die Prematurely From Non-Communicable Diseases

Source: Voice of America

The World Health Organization (WHO) said 16 million people under the age of 70 are dying prematurely every year from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). A new report is calling for action to reduce these largely preventable deaths.
Friday, January 16, 2015 — South Asia

India Business Group Urges Laws for ICT Adoption in Healthcare

Source: Enterprise Innovation

The Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has suggested the introduction of laws and bylaws mandating the adoption of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in the healthcare sector.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Britain's CDC Invests $48 Million in Narayana Hrudayalaya

Source: The Economic Times

British government-owned development finance institution CDC has invested $48 million in Bengaluru-based Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital chains for a minority share.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — South Asia

How Nanobiophysics Can Stop Ebola and Other Global Pandemics

Source: Wired

In an age of cell phones, human genome sequencing, and Google self-driving cars, even the world’s best hospitals (and airports) are still relying upon a thermometer (a 400-year-old technology) to decide who to quarantine for Ebola. The result of these antiquated approaches for diagnosing Ebola has resulted in over 1,400 Ebola suspects in the U.S. today who still have not received a definitive diagnosis.
Monday, January 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Portable Retinal Imaging System Approved

Source: Federal Telemedicine News

Si14, an original design and technology development laboratory announced that their D-EYE Portable Retinal Imaging System www.d-eyecare/com, registered with both the FDA and the European CE Authority is now approved to be marketed in the U.S. and in Europe. Dr. Andrea Russo, an ophthalmologist and PhD candidate researcher with the University of Brescia Italy, partnered with Si14 to develop the device.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tailor-Made Vaccine Set to Banish Africa's Meningitis Epidemics

Source: World Bulletin

The website of a global partnership formed to wipe out deadly meningitis epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa is closing down with a simple message: "Thank you and goodbye!".
Friday, January 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria Requires $51bn to Fix Healthcare System

Source: Business Day

Nigeria would require about $51 billion (10 times of public health expenditure in 2012) to catch up with more advanced health systems in developed economies including Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries by 2030, according to a report of the World Economic Forum (WEF)and Boston Consulting Group, the world’s leading advisor on business strategy.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Neglected Tropical Diseases: Challenges for the Post-2015 Development Era

Source: PLOS Blogs Network

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of 18 infectious diseases – caused by parasites, viruses, or bacteria – that disproportionately affect the poor and cause significant health and financial burdens. NTDs are endemic – meaning that they regularly infect humans – in 149 countries, with over 1 billion people infected and 2 billion people at risk. These diseases are largely treatable and preventable through control of the insects that carry these diseases, improved water quality and sanitation, and the efficient delivery of drug treatments already donated by major pharmaceutical companies.
Monday, December 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Vaccine Trial in Africa May Support More Potent Version

Source: Bloomberg

An experimental Ebola vaccine showed it was safe and generated an immune response in healthy Ugandan adults in a clinical trial that bodes well for a more potent version undergoing testing.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Vaccine Trial in Africa May Support More Potent Version

Source: Bloomberg

An experimental Ebola vaccine showed it was safe and generated an immune response in healthy Ugandan adults in a clinical trial that bodes well for a more potent version undergoing testing.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How to combat malaria with mobile phones

Source: Wired

Africa, where malaria kills around 400,000 children every year, is set to top 1 billion mobile phone subscriptions by next year. That means that public health researchers will have one billion ways to communicate with -- and collect data from -- the people who are most at risk of catching malaria, a disease that has traditionally been extremely difficult to track.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Here’s How Much the Next Ebola Will Cost Us

Source: TIME

The global community cannot withstand another Ebola outbreak: The World Bank estimates the two-year financial burden price tag of the current epidemic at $32.6 billion. Unfortunately, the virus has revealed gaping holes in our preparedness for major infectious disease epidemics. Because of these, plus the urbanization of rural communities and globalization of travel and trade, more of these epidemics are expected.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back on Infections for Hospital Patients

Source: NPR

Checking into a hospital can boost your chances of infection. That's a disturbing paradox of modern medical care. And it doesn't matter where in the world you're hospitalized. From the finest to the most rudimentary medical facilities, patients are vulnerable to new infections that have nothing to do with their original medical problem. These are referred to as healthcare-acquired infections, healthcare-associated infections or hospital-acquired infections. Many of them, like pneumonia or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can be deadly.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

An Atomic Physicist's Plan to Bring Adjustable Eyeglasses to Developing World Classrooms

Source: Co.Exist

Think about what life would be like if you needed glasses and you didn't have them. You would struggle to study in school, you would be hampered in your work, and much else besides.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

We can’t hope to solve global ills without action against poverty

Source: The Conversation

Poverty is still one of the driving forces behind ill health, a lack of access to healthcare and medicines and consistent underdevelopment.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Orange, USAID announce mHealth initiative for Africa

Source: Telecom Lead

Telecom services provider Orange announced its mobile health (mHealth) development initiative with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – targeting Africa.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Coming Global Boom in Private Healthcare

Source: Forbes

To many Americans, whose multi-trillion dollar government has just executed a hostile takeover of the healthcare industry, the future of care looks like lawyer-laden socialized medicine in General Motors GM -1.68%-style hospital factories.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tricking People Into Being Healthy

Source: Yahoo! News

As though it heard the Christmas wishes of policy nerds everywhere, the World Bank Group made behavioral economics the theme of its 2015 World Development report.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Better Healthcare for Low Income Kenyans

Source: GOV.UK

The Business Call to Action and Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health (PSP4H) on December 4, 2014 co- hosted an event focused on innovative private sector approaches to delivering better healthcare to low income Kenyans. The event brought together chief executives, senior representatives from governments, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PHN Unveils $1m HIC to Address Nigeria’s Suboptimal Health Outcomes

Source: Business Day

As low application of innovation and technology in the healthcare sector remains the biggest drawback in transforming delivery in Nigeria, the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN), a private sector-led coalition, has unveiled $1 million Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) to address suboptimal health care.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania to Get Second Floating Clinic

Source: East African Business Week

The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic/WAVE non-governmental organization is introducing a floating health clinic on Lake Tanganyika.
Friday, December 5, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GSK Opens £4 Million Research Grant on Non-Communicable Diseases

Source: allAfrica

Apparently to find scientific answers to why Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are rising on the African continent, GlaxoSmitheKline (GSK) has opened a £4m grant initiative to researchers in the region.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — South Asia

In healthcare starved Assam, Dholmara health centre sets example of super-effective functioning

Source: The Indian Express

The primary health centre (PHC) in Dholmara village in Kokrajhar is run by Dr Atawor Rehman, who doesn't have an MBBS degree, yet is known for being among the best in the district on the scale of management and service delivery.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Delivering Twice As Many Pharmaceuticals At Half The Cost Is Now A Reality

Source: Digital Journal

Eulysis UK Limited's mission is to revolutionise pharmaceutical delivery globally. The Single Vial System (SVS), their unique storage and reconstitution technology for lyophilized (freeze-dried) pharmaceuticals is just 9 months away from becoming commercially viable.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — Latin America

Narayana Health Opens Hi-Tech Hospital in the Caribbean

Source: India West

Famed heart surgeon Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Mother Teresa's personal physician and founder of Narayana Health — an Indian hospital network that is internationally regarded as one of the world's lowest-cost, highest-quality healthcare providers — is bringing his mission of providing affordable, accessible healthcare to America.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Automated Medical Equipment Could Save Many Lives

Source: The Observer

Christine Nabbanja is a 22-year-old, fourth year, biomedical engineering student at Makerere University. She is also part of a group of five innovative students, teamed up to offer global health solutions to the world. Their innovation is an automatic switch for an electrical suction pump. Suctions are used to clear the airway of blood, saliva, vomit or other secretions so that a patient can breathe during respiratory failure or surgery.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — South Asia

India's Orissa Halts 'Bicycle Pump Sterilisation Surgery'

Source: CNN

An Indian state has halted mass sterilisations at health camps after a doctor was found using a bicycle pump to inflate women's abdomens.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Are Smartphones the Right Gift for West Africa’s Ebola Fight?

Source: Politico

Smartphones may not be the smartest solution to fighting Ebola in West Africa. Technology giants including Google, Amazon and Ericsson, and techie charities such as the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have donated thousands of smartphones for use across the region, where better communication is key to stopping the epidemic.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Africa: The Economics of Pro-Poor Health Policy

Source: allAfrica

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) can learn from the difficulties faced by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in curtailing the spread of Ebola.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PHN in $1m Health Innovation Push to Save 1m Lives

Source: Business Day

Nigeria’s healthcare space is set to witness a landmark investment as the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, a public-private coalition aimed at mobilising Nigeria ‘s private sector to improve health outcomes, unveils a $1 million Health Innovation Challenge (HIC).
Monday, December 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Needling Questions On China In Africa

Source: Caixin Online

In a recent agreement, the China-Africa Development Fund and Wuhan-based Humanwell Healthcare (Group) Co. inked a deal to open a pharmaceutical factory in Bamako, Mali, as part of a series of healthcare sector investments in Africa.
Monday, December 1, 2014 — South Asia

MNCs Deprive India Of Vital Drugs Despite Getting Monopoly Rights

Source: The Economic Times

Some multinational companies (MNCs) have been delaying the launch of life-saving drugs in India years after getting monopoly rights, while cheaper generic versions of exorbitantly-priced medicines are going off the shelves under the product patenting law.
Monday, December 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria To Invest $1m In Nigeria’s Health Sector

Source: The Guardian

Nigeria's health care sector is to get a major push courtesy of a $1million public-private coalition investment to save one million lives of women and children from preventable diseases such as malaria, malnutrition, lack of access to life-saving commodities and suboptimal supply chain systems, among others.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — South Asia

China's War On Malaria: A Tiny Nation Pushed Into A Test-Tube

Source: Forbes

Artepharm, a Cantonese medical drugs laboratory, has been engaged for the past few years in a remarkable venture against malaria, a health scourge that has long plagued humanity and has been responsible for every second human death since the Middle Ages.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID Seeks Help From ‘Maker Movement’ in Ebola Outbreak

Source: The Washington Post

On a recent Friday, several inventors gathered in downtown Washington with suitcases and coolers full of prototypes designed to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Merck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine

Source: NPR

It's now Goliath versus Goliath in the quest for an Ebola vaccine. Until now, the two leading candidates for a vaccine to protect against the Ebola virus were being led by global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline on the one hand, and a tiny company in Ames, Iowa, that was virtually unknown, on the other.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Barbara Bush: How Corporate America Can Mold Global Health Leaders

Source: Fortune

The Global Health Corps co-founder argues that the nonprofit health care world needs workers with expertise in business, engineering, and communications.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

10 Apps That Are Reshaping Healthcare In Africa

Source: Ventures Africa

As mobile penetration and smartphone proliferation continues its unprecedented surge in Africa, its beneficiaries are spreading beyond the confines of social interactions and brand development. The number of health solutions, exploiting this growth, are also on the rise.
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