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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Michael Bloomberg Backs Project to Collect Foreign Health Data

Source: Newsmax

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing a new project that will collect basic health data for countries in Africa, southeast Asia, and Latin America.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Cholera vaccine succeeds in rural Haiti

Source: Medical Xpress

A vaccination campaign that almost didn't happen was widely effective in reducing transmission of cholera in the midst of an ongoing outbreak of the disease in rural Haiti.
Monday, March 2, 2015 — South Asia

Drug-resistant malaria threatens to spread to India causing global health crisis

Source: The Independent

Mutant genes that are resistant to a vital anti-malaria drug were found in the blood of people close to the India border.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Swiss Leaks' Catastrophic for African Economies

Source: EurActiv

Developing countries in Africa have been hit by the full force of the recent Swiss Leaks scandal. The Swiss branch of HSBC bank cost Tanzania, Senegal and the Ivory Coast over 30% of their national health budgets. EurActiv France reports.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — South Asia

Deserted New Delhi Hospitals Sour India's Healthcare Dream

Source: Reuters

Two state-of-the-art public hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they officially opened - not for lack of funding but because officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to treat heart and kidney patients.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — South Asia

Activists Claim India’s Free HIV/AIDS Program Is In ‘Shambles’

Source: The Wall Street Journal

India has run out of critical supplies under its state-run HIV/AIDS program, activists say, leaving tens of thousands of infected patients without access to life-saving drugs.
Monday, February 9, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Viewpoint: Suing Uganda for 'Brain Drain'

Source: allAfrica

According to recent data from Uganda's parliament, the country has 1 doctor per 24,725 people and 1 nurse per 11,000 people, both well below guidelines from the World Health Organization. By contrast, Trinidad and Tobago has 12 doctors and 35 nurses per 10,000 people.
Friday, February 6, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Japanese Foundation Joins the Public Health Grand Challenge Bandwagon

Source: AAAS

A Japanese foundation will try to discover innovative approaches to neglected infectious diseases with a Grand Challenge.
Friday, January 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

HIV Fears Rise Over Condom Shortage in States

Source: The Times of India

At least six states are facing a severe shortage of condoms distributed under the government's AIDS control programme, giving rise to a public health concern over the risk of HIV infections spreading.
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.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — South Asia

The Global Fund in China: Success Beyond the Numbers

Source: The Lancet

In June, 2014, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria completed its support for operations in China.1 The 10-year partnership between China and the Fund measurably improved China's management of the three diseases, but it also created benefits that extend far beyond the metrics usually used to assess public health programmes. These benefits include deeper engagement with civil society organisations, stronger public health systems, and the implementation of innovative approaches for disease management. As China celebrates these achievements, it must also devise a roadmap for continuing its record of success, now that the Fund has left.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Many Universities ‘Failing to Address Public Health Needs of World’s Poor’

Source: Times Higher Education

Most of the top-funded universities for medical science are not doing enough to address the needs of the world’s poorest people in terms of public health research, according to a new ranking.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 — South Asia

Used Sanitary Napkins Pose Serious Health Hazards

Source: Yahoo!

Women’s menstrual hygiene products are becoming a public health and environmental menace, raising questions on how they can be disposed safely.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Research, Policy, and the Private Sector: Sir Richard Feachem on Malaria

Source: Devpolicy

Sir Richard Feachem led the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria from its inception in 2002 until 2007, just one part of his illustrious career in public health. We were fortunate to host Sir Richard in November for a Development Policy Centre seminar.
Friday, November 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Explaining pneumonia’s big global decline on a tiny budget

Source: Humanosphere

There appears to be a disconnect between the global burden of pneumonia and how much money is spent on attempting to reduce this burden, which Humanosphere recently summed up as: Pneumonia leads in killing children, but not in global health financing.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Turning the tap on: Water as a business model

Source: Al Arabiya English

Too many people in the world don’t have access to safe drinking water in their homes. This month’s meeting of theWorld Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council in Dubai could be the first step to changing that.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Injections could be a thing of the past with scientists developing a way to inhale vaccines

Source: Daily Mail

Fear of a trip to the doctors and a jab of a needle could be a thing of the past, with scientists developing a world-first needless injection to dispense vaccines.
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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Pre-plan for ebola-style crises

Source: Biz Tech Africa

African operators have been advised to pre-plan for a crisis such as the one faced by West African countries in the form of the ebola outbreak, by ensuring people are signed up to information dissemination services in advance.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding Global Health

Source: National Geographic

According to Wikipedia, crowdfunding is “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet”.
Monday, November 3, 2014 — South Asia

USAID encourages private sector participation in new healthcare program

Source: Tuoi Tre News

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday launched its Healthy Markets program, an initiative to encourage the investment of local private sector and foster growth of a commercial market, in Ho Chi Minh City.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Backed by Gates, Affinivax Ramps up Velcro-like Vaccine Tech

Source: Xconomy

A new startup with backing by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called Affinivax claims it’s created a vaccine to protect against all 90 strains of pneumococcal bacteria. Now comes the hard part: scaling up, proving it in clinical trials, and making a successful business out of it.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Social Impact Bonds' Tap Private Money for Public Health


More states are considering “social impact bonds” for multiyear projects in health, education and prisoner rehabilitation. Are they a good investment?
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.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — Latin America

US sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting

Source: UT San Diego

U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America's response to Ebola, the most concrete sign so far of the nations' desire to cooperate against the epidemic despite decades of tense relations.
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.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Philips, GE Healthcare going big on Connected Healthcare R&D in India


Engineers from Philips Innovation Labs and GE Healthcare in Bangalore are experimenting with mobility platforms and healthcare which will come to life in India soon in the form of a connected medical world.
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.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

US Sets New Protocols for Ebola Health Workers

Source: Voice of America News

The United States has tightened guidelines for health workers treating patients with the Ebola virus, calling for new competency training, a buddy system for donning and doffing personal protective equipment, and total coverage of eyes, hair and skin.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Major step forward in understanding of viruses as scientists unlock exact structure of Hep A virus


Scientists have announced that for the first time, they have determined the precise atomic structure of the Hepatitis A virus.
Monday, October 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

3 Ways Empathy Is Driving Successful Innovations In Health

Source: Forbes

From human-centered design to the lean startup approach, methods to develop innovative products and services emphasize the importance of understanding what customers really need. Here are some lessons in innovation that social entrepreneurs have learned from empathizing with their customers.
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
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.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — South Asia

The Dangers of the Indian Government’s Flirtation with U.S. Pharma and Risks for India’s Coherent, Pro-Public Health IP Policy

Source: Equilibri

India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his delegation, who have been visiting the U.S. for the first time, have spent considerable time and energy in courting U.S. business interests.
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 — Latin America

Entrepreneur aims to eliminate blindness in Mexico

Source: CCTV America

Poor physical health and poverty can go hand-in-hand. When those without money suffer from a disability, they either cannot afford to get the medical attention to get better or go deeper into poverty trying to become healthy. In Mexico, two million people suffer from cataracts and even more from other eye-related health issues, making it the second leading cause of disability in the country. Most of them are poor or working class people.
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 — South Asia

US consumer giant seeks to smash India menstruation taboos

Source: YourHealth

The latest commercial for Procter & Gamble's top-selling brand of sanitary pads in India ticks all the usual boxes - a young woman jogs happily in pristine white trousers, before effortlessly winning a tennis tournament.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Plagues on the Poor: What Ebola Can Learn From Malaria


If the U.S. spent more money on disease prevention and clinics—and less on vaccines and drugs—everyone in the world would stand to benefit
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

The "Celebrity Couples" of Global Health and Development

Source: Huffington Post

Sanitation and nutrition, contraception and newborn survival, girls' education and child survival, infrastructure and maternal survival, women's incomes and violence -- these are just some of the most powerful relationships in global health and development today. Odd couples, you might think.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Handling the next pandemic

Source: USA Today

Can the global health system stop Ebola? The answer has more to do with Samuel Kaziraho than you might expect.
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

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 — 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.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Experts: Population to Grow from 7 to 11 Billion

Source: Voice of America News

Our planet is home to about seven billion people. Since the 1990s, population experts have predicted the number would grow to ninebillion before it begins to slow down and possibly decrease.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Multinationals reaffirm commitment to BoP business with BCtA

Source: The Guardian

Inclusive business has continued to flourish with the growth of new enterprises that serve the bottom of the pyramid
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO: $1 billion needed to keep Ebola infections within the ‘tens of thousands’

Source: The Washington Post

The World Health Organization is pleading for a global investment of nearly $1 billion to fight the spread of Ebola, warning that the amount is merely the minimum needed to keep infections of the deadly virus "within the tens of thousands."
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — South Asia

India Must Fix Its Drug Quality Problem

Source: Forbes

India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi just launched his first official tour of the United States.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobilizing against TB


Every year, more than one million people around the world die from tuberculosis, a disease that has been treatable and preventable for decades.
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.
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.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: World Bank Group’s billion dollar private sector health initiative in Africa is failing to reach the poor

Source: Oxfam

A billion-dollar flagship scheme to support private sector-led health care in Africa is bypassing poor people and concentrating instead on high-end urban hospitals catering mainly for the rich.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates Foundation Commits $50 Million to Fight Ebola

Source: Voice of America News

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is committing $50 million to help combat the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: There Are Far Higher Public Health Priorities For Africa Than Ebola

Source: Forbes

In a world of limited healthcare resources, we need to make hard decisions that will deliver high-impact outcomes for the most people at the least cost. Giving the WHO an additional half-billion dollars to curb Ebola virus infections would be a poor choice.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Merck adds to African m-health

Source: ITWeb Africa

Merck, a German-based pharmaceutical company, has added to a growing amount of mobile-health (m-health) programmes across Africa, channelling efforts to boost SMS-based support systems to help diabetic patients manage their condition.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 — Latin America

Dengue fever vaccine shown to be significantly effective in Latin America clinical studies

Source: Vaccine News Daily

Sanofi Pasteur announced last week that it has completed the third phase of its clinical study for a vaccine candidate in Latin America aimed at eliminating dengue fever.
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.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nearly Half the World’s Trash Is Burned, and That’s Worsening Climate Change

Source: TakePart

Researchers find that the amount of harmful pollution from such fires may be underestimated by as much as 40 percent.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Taking healthcare to India’s remote tribes

Source: The Hindu

The right to good healthcare must be addressed using modern technology, innovative approaches and by involving tribals in developing solutions for their problems
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

West Africa: Ebola Epidemic

Source: AllAfrica

Socio-Economic Implications of Inadequate Human Resources for Health, and Poor Health Financing
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.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Secrets of Starbucks

Source: PSI Impact

Twenty years ago in Nepal, the first modern example of social franchising for health – the application of commercial franchising strategies to achieve public health goals – began expanding access to quality health services. This year, PSI and Marie Stopes International, two organizations that have long-employed social franchising to improve health outcomes, came together to create an online course on social franchising, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Nigerian startups will revolutionalise healthcare delivery’

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Q: I understand that Integrated Medics helps improve health care delivery. Specifically, how do you achieve this? A; We achieve this through automation of all the process in the hospital: from record office to front desk, from consulting to admission; from store to pharmacy and from NHIS desk to payment desk. Basically, by fast-tracking the healthcare delivery system.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Surviving Ebola: Africa cries out for healthcare boost

Source: Reuters

Surviving sickness can make you stronger. So while a western corner of Africa writhes in the deadly grip of the Ebola virus, there are signs this emergency may serve as a wake-up call to strengthen spending and investment on public healthcare in the world's least developed continent. "If anything, I think it is teaching us something," Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the African Union's Commissioner for Social Affairs, told reporters in Addis Ababa this month.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola crisis provides glimpse into Samaritan’s Purse, SIM

Source: Washington Post

Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA were instrumental in the evacuation of two U.S. missionaries from West Africa. These religious relief groups maintain a low profile in the U.S. but are often on the front line of public health crises. Health organizations and leaders of affected areas are also working to contain the deadly outbreak. Here are the key players.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa outbreak

Source: Reuters

It is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organisation panel of medical ethics experts ruled on Tuesday, but cautioned supplies will be limited.
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 — 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 8, 2014 — South Asia

India has big plans for healthcare and pharma

Source: PM Live

The rumblings of an Indian healthcare earthquake have been gathering pace for some years but the arrival of a new government with a mandate of progressive reform promises to make the earth move for pharma.
Friday, August 8, 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.
Friday, August 8, 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.
Thursday, August 7, 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.
Thursday, August 7, 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 7, 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 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

PEPFAR and CIFF Launch $200 million Accelerating Children's HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative (ACT) to Save Lives

Source: PEPFAR

Today, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), launched Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT).
Wednesday, August 6, 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 6, 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 5, 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 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Meet the Tiny Company Behind the Experimental Antibodies for Ebola

Source: ABC News

The companies manufacturing an experimental drug treating two American Ebola patients aren't among the largest multinational pharmaceuticals in the world. In fact, leading the effort is a small nine-employee firm in San Diego.
Tuesday, August 5, 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.
Monday, August 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola virus: Britain's top doctor accuses drug firms of dragging their heels in finding vaccine

Source: Mirror

Professor John Ashton said the pharmaceutical industry was being slow because it had only affected Africa and not the Western world
Monday, August 4, 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 1, 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 1, 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.
Friday, August 1, 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
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 — 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.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'No Market': Scientists Struggle to Make Ebola Vaccines, Treatments

Source: NBC News

At least four vaccines are being developed to protect people against Ebola, including one that protects monkeys completely against the deadly virus. Several groups are also working on treatments, but one of the most promising is stuck in safety testing.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Computing a Cure for HIV

Source: Federal Telemedicine

HIV/AIDS has caused an estimated 36 million deaths, according to the World Health Organization and remains a major health issue worldwide.
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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Sierra Leone, Ebola continues its spread via denial and ignorance

Source: Humanosphere

Standing in line at a small, street side pharmacy just off this port city’s main drag, a well-clad woman is buying a crate of hand sanitizer.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

U.S. doctor contracts Ebola in Liberia

Source: Reuters

DAKAR (Reuters) - A 33-year-old American doctor working for a relief organisation in Liberia's capital has tested positive for the tropical disease Ebola, according to a statement from Samaritan's Purse.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pricey Hepatitis C Drug Draws Criticism

Source: Voice of America News

To hear scientists talk about it, it’s nothing short of a wonder drug.
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.
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.
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 — South Asia

From food aid to nutritious, locally produced food: A look at fortifying flour in Ethiopia

Source: Devex

Right now in Ethiopia, nearly half of all children under the age of 5 are stunted and anemic.
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.
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 — 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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Strawberry flavoured condoms a hit

Source: The Standard Zimbabwe

NEW flavoured Protector Plus condoms with a sleeker and more stylish packaging have been introduced on the market, replacing the old Protector Plus condoms.
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.
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.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The virus detective who discovered Ebola in 1976

Source: BBC News

Nearly 40 years ago, a young Belgian scientist travelled to a remote part of the Congolese rainforest - his task was to help find out why so many people were dying from an unknown and terrifying disease.
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 — No Region Specified

Focus on Poverty: More nutrition science or political will?

Source: SciDev.Net

The second Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) has just been launched, providing detailed evidence on efforts to reduce hunger (ten indicators) and undernutrition (12 indicators) in 45 developing countries.
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 — 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
Friday, July 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Childhood TB 25 Percent Higher than Previous Estimates

Source: Science World Report

A recent study published in The Lancet Global Health found that the incidence of childhood tuberculosis has been 25 percent higher than previous estimates. In fact, findings suggest that around 15 million children may be exposed to TB every year, while roughly 53 million are living with latent TB infection.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — South Asia

BlackBerry Up on Plans for New Healthcare Platform in India


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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘eHealth For Africa’ initiative makes debut in Nigeria

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

AS part of efforts to strengthen health system in Nigeria, Novartis has introduced ‘eHealth For Africa’ initiative into the country – being an updated version of the Short Message Service (SMS) for Life system in public health facilities.
Wednesday, July 9, 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.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: India’s Sex-Ed Controversy

Source: The New York Times

India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, is on the defensive after he questioned the focus on condom use in the fight against the spread of H.I.V. Late last month, Dr. Vardhan, who is a surgeon by profession, defended a call on his website to ban sex education.
Tuesday, July 8, 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.
Monday, July 7, 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 3, 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 2, 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 2, 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 1, 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.
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.
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 — South Asia

British Medical Journal article on graft in Indian healthcare creates stir

Source: Financial Express

A British Medical Journal (BMJ) article on corruption in Indian healthcare is creating a flutter in the medical community and policy experts. Written by Australian medical practitioner Dr David Berger who volunteered as a physician at a charitable hospital in the Himalayas, the article titled “Corruption ruins the doctor-patient relationship in India” highlights how “kickbacks and bribes oil every part of the healthcare machinery” and says there is a “lack of the will to reform these practices”.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — South Asia

Why USAID is shifting maternal health funds toward Africa, Asia

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The US Agency for International Development announced today that 26 countries have done so well at achieving maternal and child health goals that they’re now on their own. Their funding will instead go to 24 countries where mothers and children are still dying at alarming rates.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — South Asia

Inaugural CAMTech India 'Jugaad-a-thon' launched

Source: India Blooms

Kolkata, June 24 (IBNS): CAMTech India, a new United States Agency for International Development (USAID/India) funded public-private partnership to accelerate medical technology innovation for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) in India, announced its first medical technology hack-a-thon in Bangalore on July 18-20.
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.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Test could ease diagnosis of tuberculosis in children

Source: SciDev.Net

A new genetic test for tuberculosis (TB) could dramatically improve the accuracy of diagnoses of infected children in developing countries, although a simple diagnostic kit could be some way off.
Monday, June 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vaccine against dengue close

Source: The Standard

The first anti-dengue vaccine is expected to be licensed by major regulatory agencies from the end of next year, health experts from ASEAN countries have been told.
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.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

It’s not a new model, but if it’s going to eliminate cholera in Haiti, Faith Wallace-Gadsden is going to give it a try.

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

It’s not a new model, but if it’s going to eliminate cholera in Haiti, Faith Wallace-Gadsden is going to give it a try.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

In Somalia, a wives’ tale delays measles treatment

Source: The Washington Post

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Hawa Nor carried her visibly weakened son into the hospital’s isolation ward. Like many sick children here, the 7-year-old boy is likely a victim of an old Somali wives’ tale: A child with measles should be kept inside, and away from the doctor, for a week.
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.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Inside the tech hub movement: In-depth lessons from a global mobile entrepreneurship initiative

Source: The World Bank

“The technology startup scene has grown from zero to hundred in the last three years”, aMobile Monday co-founder in Bangkok recently told us.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

MIGA and OPIC team to unlock investments in African agriculture

Source: Devex

A new partnership between a U.S. government agency, a World Bank Group member and a private equity fund plans to help about half a million small-scale farmers boost yields and improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

GeneXpert’s benefits still not reaching patients

Source: Health-e

The Department of Health’s multi-million rand investment in an automated, rapid TB test is being short-changed by slow health systems, said researchers this week.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

GravityLight: Doing More With Less- Designing For The Bottom Of The Pyramid

Source: Business Fights Poverty

Globally, 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. Millions more are ‘under-electrified’, with unreliable and sporadic supply. Instead they typically rely on kerosene for lighting. Hazardous, expensive and polluting, there is a real need to replace kerosene with a safer, sustainable and affordable light.
Friday, June 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mounting concern as crippling virus reaches Caribbean,USA

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Laurence, a 58-year-old Haitian woman who works in my building, woke up with sharp pain and fever and thought she was dying. She was unable to rise from her bed or hold a glass of water because of the pain in her joints. She could not believe this was a real disease, surmising it must be a voodoo spell that her neighbor put on her.
Friday, June 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Better child TB diagnosis on the horizon

Source: IRIN News

Accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis among children is notoriously difficult because the bacteria causing the disease tend to be detectable in the sputum only of adults, and because the clinical symptoms used to diagnose TB in children are also present in other conditions.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Millions denied end-of-life drugs'

Source: BBC News

Lack of access to pain relief for dying patients is a "public health emergency", say experts.
Friday, May 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare Is Focusing On Emerging Markets, R&D And Cost Cuts To Drive Growth

Source: Forbes

Driven by growth from the emerging markets and gains from cost cutbacks, profits from GE‘s healthcare segment have risen strongly in the last few years.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

U.S. Cites End to C.I.A. Ruses Using Vaccines

Source: The New York Times

Three years after the Central Intelligence Agency set up a phony hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration told a group of American health educators last week that the agency no longer uses immunization programs as a cover for spying operations.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is India Ready for Better Healthcare?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

In the heat of the world's largest election many of India's biggest political parties are promising better health coverage for the south Asian nation’s citizens.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Delhi's air among the dirtiest in world: WHO study

Source: Hindustan Times

An effort by the World Health Organisation to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing's measurements, like its skies, are far from clear.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cameroon: Vaccinating Against Their Will

Source: AllAfrica

The growing number of child deaths from diarrhoea in Cameroon has necessitated the introduction of a new vaccine (RotaTeq) designed to protect babies under five against common types of rotaviruses that cause diarrhoea.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Breakthrough new medicines to be made available for low- and middle-income countries


The UNITAID Executive Board has committed $160 million in new grants, including investments to ensure low- and middle-income populations have access to new high performing treatments for hepatitis C and drug-resistant tuberculosis, and the largest-yet global programme for seasonal malaria chemoprevention.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ethiopia most successful in Africa at cutting maternal deaths - NGO

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pregnancy-related deaths in Ethiopia have fallen by nearly two-thirds, making it the African country that has most successfully lowered its maternal mortality rate thanks to its lifesaving investment in female health workers and girls’ education, Save the Children said on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Student Venture Wins Inaugural Thorne Prize for Healthcare Innovation

Source: Yale School of Management

A team of students from Yale SOM, Yale College, and the Yale School of Public Health won the inaugural $25,000 Thorne Prize from the Yale School of Public Health’s InnovateHealth Yale Program on April 26.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — South Asia

Harvard Startup Champion Focuses on India's Women

Source: CNN Money

Saathi, a social enterprise startup that provides low-cost sanitary napkins and jobs to women in rural India, took top honors at Harvard's New Venture Competition. Co-founder Amrita Siagal discusses the origins of the project and its path forward.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

One Stop Shop Toilet Project for Densely Populated Areas of Africa Launched

Source: Standard Digital Business

Poor sanitation and unhygienic practices in urban slums and rural populations have been cited as the major causes of diseases while young children have been singled out as the most affected.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Inside the Technology That Can Turn Your Smartphone into a Personal Doctor

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

The fantastic tricorder device that “Bones” used to scan aliens on “Star Trek” is nearly at hand—in your cellphone.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

"This Isn’t Activism; We’re Empowering Rural India"

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Ravikant Singh is the founder of Doctors For You, a NGO tackling disaster relief and rehabilitation work.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

Bangladesh Fights Off HIV

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

Strong political commitment, timely donor support and effective government-NGO collaboration are behind Bangladesh’s successes on this front.
Monday, April 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Survivors of Ebola face second 'disease': stigma

Source: Yahoo! News

The doctor has beaten the odds and survived Ebola, but he still has one more problem: The stigma carried by the deadly disease. Even though he is completely healthy, people are afraid to come near him or to have anything to do with him.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home

Source: NPR Blogs

"Our view on health is that we have a lot of interventions where we're saving lives for less than $2,000 per life saved."
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

UNICEF and Global Health Partners Open Market Entry for Innovative HIV Point of Care Diagnostics

Source: UNICEF Stories

he tender is part of a UNICEF and Clinton Health Access Initiative project, funded by UNITAID, to accelerate access to high quality POC HIV diagnostic equipment in seven African countries that carry one third of the world’s HIV burden.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can Mr. Poo stop public defecation in India?

Source: CNN

India has an unlikely new public health hero: a giant, anthropomorphic stool that chases people to squat in toilets.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Half of Lesotho health budget goes to private consortium for one hospital

Source: The Guardian

A flagship hospital built in Lesotho using public/private financing with advice from an arm of the World Bank threatens to bankrupt the impoverished African country's health budget.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UK Drugs Firm GSK Announces Africa Investment

Source: Yahoo News

GSK will invest up to £130 million ($216 million, 157 million euros), including £100 million to expand existing manufacturing operations in Nigeria and Kenya and build up to five new factories in Africa, it said in a statement.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Guinea: Ebola death toll reaches 70

Source: CNN

At least 70 people are reported to have died from Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, according to a statement from the West African nation's health ministry.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Anti-Science Environmentalists Ban 'Neonic' Insecticides, Imperiling Global Health

Source: Forbes

Some of history’s greatest advances in public health – especially in regions plagued by insect borne diseases – have come from the judicious use of pesticides to kill or repel the insect vector before it can infect human populations. Because the market for public health pesticides is relatively small, however, most of these vital chemistries were developed for larger agricultural uses. Unfortunately, that source of new products is increasingly under threat from shortsighted environmentalism and the European embrace of “precautionary” regulation.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria spreads to higher altitudes due to global warming

Source: Catholic Online

Malaria, the deadly mosquito-borne virus that brings debilitating chills and fever in many parts of Southeast Asia and Africa may soon seek higher altitudes on account of global warming, experts warn. New research has found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching malaria during hotter years.
Friday, March 7, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Mobile Movies Is A Novel Way Of Collecting Data In Off-The-Grid Areas

Source: Tech Crunch

In the late 1960s, the British Ministry of Technology turned buses into mobile cinemas that toured the country and screened films promoting modern production techniques. Half a century later, a Singapore-based startup is reviving the concept to reach rural communities throughout Southeast Asia.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Secrets to a Successful mHealth Campaign

Source: SciDev.Net

At the Mobile World Congress last week (25 February) I listened to Arjen Swank, business development manager of Text To Change (TTC), discuss the best way to implement a successful mobile health programme in Africa.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Mobile Mast Vaccine Storage Project Wins Global Prize

Source: All Africa

An organisation that uses surplus energy from mobile phone masts to refrigerate vaccines in remote areas was named as the Best Mobile Health Product or Service at the Global Mobile Awards this week.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — South Asia

'SuperMum' campaign results in startling improvements in people's hand-washing behavior

Source: MedicalXpress

An analysis of a unique "SuperMum" (SuperAmma) handwashing campaign shows for the first time that using emotional motivators, such as feelings of disgust and nurture, rather than health messages, can result in significant, long-lasting improvements in people's handwashing behaviour, and could in turn help to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Developing-World Disease Vaccines Being Prepared for Human Tests

Source: Science World Report

The fight against poverty-related diseases is gaining ground as scientists prepare trials of vaccines for hookworm, leishmaniasis and other parasitic diseases common in the developing world, thanks to the support of public research funding.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Deepening' medical crisis in Afghanistan

Source: BBC News

Despite years of aid, medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited as casualty rates from violence climb, humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns in a report.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — South Asia

e-health Centre Soon in Ghatshila Subdivision

Source: The Times of India

The electronic health centre that will commence at Musabani Surda in March has the capacity to diagnose 90 patients each day.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

India, UK hold talks to expand cooperation in health sector

Source: Business Standard

Aiming to expand their cooperation in health sector, India and the UK today held talks to indentify more partnerships at national and state levels to further the collaboration.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health-care innovations to drive down local costs

Source: Business Report

A diagnostic kit that can detect tuberculosis (TB) in 25 minutes, diagnosis of diabetes using a dipstick and a doctor consultation that can be capped at R50. These are just a few of the health-care innovations that South African medical researchers and companies have up their sleeves, and are planning to introduce to the health-care system in their bid to drive down costs.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates supports affordable bio-toilets for Ghanaians

Source: Ghana Web

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has offered a grant of one million US Dollars to the Biofilcom, inventors and producers of biofil toilets to scale up to make the toilets available at cheaper cost.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Building A Global Health Sensing Network From Star Trek-Inspired Devices

Source: Fast Co.Exist

This futuristic tricorder gadget measures health and environmental data almost instantly. What would happen if everyone in the world had one?
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

SRL Diagnostics to enter CIS, Africa

Source: Business Standard

SRL Diagnostics, the healthcare arm of Fortis, is eyeing expansion into fast-growing markets of Africa and CIS countries. SRL, which has about 40 per cent share of the organised diagnostic market in India, plans to open labs and collection centres countries such as Congo, Kenya and Nigeria in Africa. It is also looking at tie-ups in CIS countries.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

New tele-medicine concept launched to tackle sickle cell

Source: Business Standard

A novel concept of providing medical facility over phone to families of newborns suffering from Sickle Cell Disease has been launched by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) here in co-ordination with the Gujarat government.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Power of Partnership: Extraordinary Progress, Lessons Learned & Great Hope for Future in South Africa

Source: Huffington Post Impact

South Africa, with support from the United States through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), provides more than 2.4 million of its people with antiretroviral treatment (ART) - saving countless lives, keeping families together, and increasing South Africa's overall economic productivity.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global health 2035: A world converging within a generation

Source: Journalist's Resource

Prompted by deepening concerns over poverty and global inequality, the U.N. General Assembly in 2000 adopted the Millennium Development Declaration, putting forward a series of goals which were meant to be achieved by 2015. Core issues included improving global health, including reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Florence Ajimobi’s ABC: Towards Oyo’s quality, effective basic health care

Source: Nigerian Tribune

The cost of basic health care more often than not goes beyond the financial strength of many people and those that can afford such services more often than not find themselves at a loss on how and where to get qualitative attention. In Oyo State, however, this is a thing of the past with the intervention of the Access to Basic medical Care (ABC) foundation, an initiative of the wife of the executive governor of the state, Mrs Florence Ajimobi.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's Health Funding Is Still Not Enough

Source: allAfrica

In Kenya, the allocation of total government expenditure to health has been below 10 per cent since 2002.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Small lifestyle changes 'lower type 2 diabetes risk'

Source: BBC News

Modest lifestyle changes in diet and activity by South Asian families improve their chance of losing weight to lower their risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Watch The Gates Foundation's New CEO In Action

Source: Forbes

Bill and Melinda Gates just announced that they have recruited Susan Desmond-Hellmann, until now the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, as the chief executive of their foundation.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Walking poo mascot will visit malls in Delhi and Mumbai. Here's why

Source: DNA India

Unicef India has initiated a digital campaign called 'Take Poo to the Loo" that focuses on eliminating open defecation and creating awareness of the same to the masses.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Health sector needs a paradigm shift to escape morass

Source: Standard Digital

Kenyans mourn for the people who have died in senseless road accidents even as the country celebrates its Golden Jubilee. It is regrettable that a country that was born out of bloodshed in the fight for independence should witness more deaths in hospitals due to the ongoing health workers’ strike.
Friday, December 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Narayana Health: Providing World-class Treatment to the Poor

Source: Forbes India

Narayan Health, founded by leading cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, could easily be mistaken for just another 'corporate' hospital chain. But by ensuring that the poor get equal access to world-class health care, they have proved that they are so much more.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Delegates Debate Climate Change Influence On Health

Source: allAfrica

Through providing leadership, advocacy, policy and research, the Alliance aims to ensure health impacts are integrated into global, national and local responses to climate change and to encourage the health sector's mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

World Bank Identifies Threats to Global Health - Says Policy Interventions Can Turn the Tide

Source: HispanicBusiness

A new World Bank report warns that risky behaviors -smoking, using illicit drugs, alcohol abuse, unhealthy diets, and unsafe sex-- are increasing globally and pose a growing threat to the health of individuals, particularly in developing countries.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Lifebuoy, UNICEF partner to fight colera

Source: The Guardian - Nigeria

Lifebuoy commences another journey towards saving lives by partnering UNICEF with donation of Lifebuoy soap towards basic hygiene practice aimed at preventing the spread of cholera in Nigeria.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Most African nations ‘will not achieve Millennium Development Goals’

Source: Standard Digital News

Most African countries will not achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by the 2015 deadline, women leaders have said. The women raised the red flag in Addis Ababa Ethiopia during a meeting that brought together leaders from across the continent.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — South Asia

India continues to have largest pneumonia & diarrheal disease burden in world


U.S. based, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently highlighted the Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report 2013 which showed that India continues to have the largest pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease burden in the world.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Newly accessible Japanese encephalitis vaccine will make saving children easier in developing countries

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A newly accessible vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE) is going to make the protection of more children in developing countries easier. The vaccine, manufactured in China, only needs to be given in one dose, it can be used for infants, and it is less expensive than other Japanese encephalitis vaccines.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips Partners With AMREF Flying Doctors To Improve Health Care In Africa

Source: RTT News

Royal Philips and African Medical and Research Foundation or AMREF Flying Doctors, the largest health organization in Africa, announced Tuesday that they will work closely together in a shared-value partnership model designed to bring about a structural improvement in the health care infrastructure and provision on the African continent.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Pfizer, Carter Center Partner in Global Health Project


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined Pfizer at the company's headquarters on Nov. 5, 2013, to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), an independent, not-for-profit program dedicated to the elimination of blinding trachoma as a public health concern.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UN and World Bank to boost support for women’s health, girls’ education in Africa’s Sahel

Source: UN News Centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim pledged today to support an initiative to improve women’s reproductive health and girls’ education in Africa’s Sahel region, and to invest $200 million in a new project to achieve these goals.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigerian Governor - Why We're Training Health Professionals

Source: allAfrica

To address the dearth of medical personnel in public hospitals in Kano State, the state government has embarked on a deliberate strategy of training indigenes in medical and related-courses, the state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso has revealed.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Health Corps Calls for Young Professionals to Join the Movement for Health Equity


Global Health Corps (GHC) opened applications for its sixth class of fellows and urged young professionals who want to make an impact in global health and development to apply for its fellowships in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the United States
Thursday, November 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

Expanding Healthcare Needs and Technology Advancements Drive the Global Stethoscopes Market

Source: Digital Journal

Despite the advent of several newer technologies such as electrocardiography, hand-held ultrasounds, among others, stethoscopes continue to be the primary device used by healthcare professionals for listening to sounds emanating from the heart and other body organs.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter & Pfizer commemorate the 15th Anniversary of International Trachoma Initiative

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined Pfizer today to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), an independent, not-for-profit program dedicated to the elimination of blinding trachoma as a public health concern. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that is a leading cause of blindness and suffering in the poorest regions of the world. Pfizer has provided hundreds of millions of doses of the antibiotic Zithromax(R) (azithromycin) to help the global campaign wipe out blinding trachoma by the year 2020.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Nestle Boosts Nutrition Education in Africa

Source: The Guardian

The Central and West Africa Region has not been left untouched by the increasing burden of under-nutrition, which is affecting developing countries worldwide. To help ameliorate the dire situation, Nestlé, the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company, officially launched its Healthy Kids Global Programme in 2009, part of concerted efforts to improve children’s dietary habits.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobilium Smart Health app launched


Samsung and Mobilium Global have joined forces to distribute the Mobilium Smart Health app - a "Made For Africa" mobile health and wellness, smart device application.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Latin America

Project in Sergipe, Brazil, Deploys Telemedicine in Pediatric Care

Source: Hispanic Business

Cisco technology will be used in the care of children in Brazil´s northeastern region, in the towns of Lagarto and Tobias Barreto, connecting local clinics to hospitals and specialists from the capital of the state and the Federal University of Sergipe, improving medical assistance.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia: Global Fight Against Killer Diseases At Crossroads

Source: allAfrica

One of the greatest successes in development aid over the past decade has been the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund has saved millions of lives and helped countries around the world beat back three epidemic diseases. Now it is appealing to the world's governments and the private sector for another three years of funding, with governments set to decide on further financing in early December in Washington DC.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — South Asia

AAPI India summit to focus on health information technology

Source: Business Standard

A Global Healthcare Summit organised by an influential body of Indian American physicians in Ahmadabad in January would focus on how to use modern technology more effectively in providing efficient care to patients.
Monday, November 4, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Eight years after the last outbreak in 2005, polio is once again ravaging the Horn of Africa

Source: allAfrica

Since May health authorities have reported 191 cases: 174 in Somalia, 14 in north-eastern Kenya and three in Ethiopia.
Friday, November 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Time for New Revolutions in Global Health Care

Source: The Huffington Post

The introductions of anesthesia, sterilization and academy-trained surgeons were the three revolutions of modern surgery, but this history reflects progress that has prioritized a small portion of the world's population.
Friday, November 1, 2013 — Latin America

Mexico nears junk food tax, sets anti-obesity plan

Source: Bradenton Herald

Mexico's congress approved a new tax on junk food Thursday as the government announced a campaign to fight obesity in a country with one of the world's highest rates of overweight people.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ink new partnership to accelerate research into vaccines

Source: PharmaBiz

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have launched a new joint initiative that will endeavor to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — Latin America

Brazil to produce measles and rubella vaccine for poor countries

Source: The Baltimore Sun

Brazil's top biomedical research and development center announced plans on Monday to produce a combined measles and rubella vaccine for developing countries, mainly in Africa.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cigna and Samsung Team Up to Deliver Digital Health Improvement Platform Worldwide

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The initial development is focused on delivering health-related tips and articles through the Samsung S Health Application, with an ultimate goal of connecting individuals with caregivers, doctors and hospitals to improve health and wellness globally.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

$74m gift from Carlos Slim to genomics center targets Latin Americans

Source: The Boston Globe

Mexican billionaire and philanthropist Carlos Slim Helú visited the Broad Institute on Monday afternoon to announce a $74 million gift to the genomics center that will advance biomedical research that benefits people in Latin America.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — Asia Pacific

AIDS mobile app to be launched

Source: The Jakarta Post

The Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC), an NGO with members from AIDS-affected communities, will launch a mobile application on HIV/AIDS information and services.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Vaccine Community Must Make Major Changes to Reach More Children

Source: Doctors Without Borders

As GAVI meets to examine its progress and look ahead, Doctors Without Borders points to needed policy changes
Monday, October 28, 2013 — South Asia

Medical services through phone on anvil

Source: The Times of India

Can cellphones save lives? Marking a significant shift, Indian healthcare providers are now looking at extending medical services through mobile telephony.
Monday, October 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund boss upbeat about funding future

Source: ABC Radio Australia

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria aims to find fifteen-billion dollars by December, as part of its replenishment efforts.
Friday, October 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Deadly gaps persist in new drug development for neglected diseases

Source: Medical Xpress

In a study published today in the open-access journal The Lancet Global Health, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and other researchers report a persistent deficiency in truly new therapeutics for neglected diseases, despite nominal progress and an acceleration in research and development (R&D) efforts. This continued 'fatal imbalance' in medical R&D points to the urgent need to develop and deliver groundbreaking new treatments for the world's poorest and most neglected patients.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Building innovative PPPs to fight poverty-related diseases

Source: Devex

Innovative forms of across-sectors partnerships add value and accelerate innovation in the fight against poverty-related and neglected tropical diseases, and at the same time contribute to the EU’s research and development policy goals.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Malnutrition is biggest global health problem, Gates Foundation exec tells CU students

Source: Omaha World-Herald

Malnutrition plays a major role in the deaths each year of 6.6 million children under 5 years of age, a global health expert told Creighton University premed students Tuesday.
Monday, October 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The global health crisis you've never heard of

Source: Devex

When we talk about global health challenges, we often cite the ones that receive the most attention or funding. AIDS and malaria come to mind. You probably don’t think about injuries sustained from cooking fires or acid attacks. But the truth is, severe burns are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in developing countries — a crisis afflicting the poor that hardly anyone is talking about. In resource-strained parts of the world, open fires and kerosene cookstoves are relied upon for cooking, heating and lighting. Add in to the mix overcrowded living conditions, lack of proper fire safety measures, loose clothing worn by women and insufficient supervision of children. Suddenly, it’s not hard to see why someone is severely burned every three seconds in a developing country. That’s more than 10 million people each year. For those burn survivors around the world who do not have access to basic medical care, burns are left to heal by themselves, creating a permanent tightening of the skin as the burn wound heals. As a result, even a minor burn can restrict one’s ability to walk or cause a working hand to become an unusable fist.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Building public-private partnerships for better access to health products

Source: The Guardian

Improving health outcomes for the most vulnerable people requires global funding and collaboration – but neither will have an impact without effective systems for delivering health products and care. Strong supply chains, while critical for improving lives, are rarely the focus of programmes that aim to achieve the millennium development goals or end deaths from preventable disease. As World Health Organisation director-general Dr. Margaret Chan has said, "All the donated drugs in the world won't do any good without an infrastructure for their delivery."
Friday, October 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Future of Health Care Access

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

For generations, the model of how people in the developed world access health care services has involved face-to-face encounters between doctors and patients in brick-and-mortar medical facilities. The contours of that model are well known: A patient arrives in a clinic, registers her insurance at the front desk, and waits. Then a nurse or an aide ushers her into a sterile room, takes her vital signs, and hands her a paper gown. Some minutes later, a doctor in a white coat enters the room, asks her questions for 10 minutes or so, and conducts a brief physical examination. The doctor issues a diagnosis, writes a prescription, and sends the patient off to make a copayment. Afterward, the patient will drive to a local pharmacy to purchase medication. She is one of 40 patients whom the doctor will see that day.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — South Asia

Pakistan polio outbreak puts global eradication at risk

Source: Reuters

A Taliban ban on vaccination is exacerbating a serious polio outbreak in Pakistan, threatening to derail dramatic progress made this year towards wiping out the disease worldwide, health officials say. Health teams in Pakistan have been attacked repeatedly since the Taliban denounced vaccines as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims and imposed bans on inoculation in June 2012.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 — South Asia

Low-cost healthcare: US can take cue from India

Source: Hindustan Times

The United States may be good at innovations in medicines, procedures and equipment. But it should learn from India how to keep health care affordable, says a new study. India's private hospitals provided world-class health care at a fraction of US prices using innovative ways to manage costs, personnel, equipment and even real estate.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Birth advice by text message: Phone medicine saving lives in Kenya

Source: CNN

A young woman steals her way down darkened passages in Korogocho -- one of Kenya's largest slums. Crime, prostitution and drug use are rampant in the locality where a quarter of a million people reside and the young woman's eyes dart around erratically on the lookout for danger. It should be one of the happiest days of her life -- she is pregnant and has just gone into labor. She is also one of the fortunate few that can afford to go to hospital. Some women face a homebirth where, instead of medical equipment, they must make do with cotton wool and razorblades. But the journey to hospital leaves her vulnerable to opportunistic assault.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 — South Asia

NewDigm: an example to be followed for improving healthcare in rural areas

Source: Your Story

Scientific paradigm is a recognized achievement which provides solution models to be followed by a specific community. That is exactly the role NewDigm is performing in the Indian rural healthcare landscape: by developing mobile-based Clinical Decision Support apps, real-time monitoring & tracking systems or training village health workers (VHW), they aim to be the new solution for democratizing access to quality and affordable healthcare through appropriate technology.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bikes for Africa changing health care

Source: IOL

When Andrea Coleman bought her first motorcycle six months before her 16th birthday, all she wanted to do was escape her “funny little suburb” outside London. Now, almost 50 years later, she is being credited with using motorcycles to revolutionise Africa's transport and health systems. The mother- of-three will receive the Barclays Women of the Year award at the 59th annual Women of the Year Lunch on 16 October.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Gavi On Track to Immunize One-Quarter Billion Children By 2015

Source: allAfrica

The GAVI alliance - a public-private global health partnership previously known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization - has announced it is on track to immunize a quarter of a billion children against killer diseases by 2015. The organization said nearly four million children's lives will be saved thanks to these additional vaccinations.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Disrupting The Pharmaceutical Industry To Save The World From Diarrhea

Source: Ariel Schwartz, Co.Exist

Pharmaceutical companies like to focus on developing two kinds of drugs: blockbuster drugs that lots of people use (like Lipitor), and more recently, extremely expensive niche drugs. Drugs targeted specifically for common afflictions that affect the developing world aren't as profitable and are often left out of the picture entirely. Global health nonprofit Path is trying to change that with an ambitious drug development program that targets diseases like kala-azar (also known as black fever disease), malaria, HIV, and diarrheal diseases, such as cholera.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

Social Entrepreneurs On A Mission To Solve Chronic Female Health-Care Problem

Source: SiliconIndia

India is headed on a well-laid path towards modernization in terms of technology and economy. Yet, for most women hailing from interior parts of Indian farmlands, modernization is only a matter of outside change and has failed to reflect their inner mind-sets. When it comes to personal hygiene, over 300 million Indian women prefer home-spun, cotton rag substitutes or even dry leaves or news papers over branded sanitary pads.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

Fighting tuberculosis: Can Nikshay save 300,000 lives per year?

Source: Live Mint

Can digital intervention and adoption of information communication technology (ICT) tools save 300,000 TB patients from dying every year? Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said recently that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has in its two terms in office taken initiatives to revamp two key sectors—health and education. Although public health is a state subject, the central government has made significant investments in developing health infrastructure and services delivery through the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Under NRHM alone, more than Rs.96,000 crore has been provided for revamping rural healthcare.
Friday, October 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

The long war: A new vaccine will help, but will not defeat malaria

Source: The Economist

ON OCTOBER 8th researchers announced progress in developing a vaccine against malaria. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British pharmaceutical firm, said it would seek regulatory approval next year for this vaccine, called RTS,S. GSK and its charitable partner, the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, also revealed new data showing the vaccine’s effect in children. This is good news, but RTS,S will not vanquish malaria by itself.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

UN health agency approves new encephalitis vaccine to protect children in developing countries

Source: United Nations News Centre

The United Nations health agency has approved a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE), stressing that access to the vaccine will help save the lives of children in developing countries.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates Backs Cambridge Alumna's $94M Health Fund

Source: Business Weekly

Global technology pioneer Bill Gates is supporting a Cambridge University alumna in a blockbusting new health investment fund. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to back the venture, inspired in the UK by Gates scholar Julia Fan Li, after she made a personal presentation to Bill Gates’ father. The Global Health Investment Fund is structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Foundation.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Top 10 New Health Care Innovations for Developing Countries

Source: The Borgen Project

The need for new, inexpensive medical innovations in the third world is staggering. These devices must be easy to transport, operate, and most importantly, be affordable, or else they will remain available only to the wealthy. These ten new health care innovations for developing countries will be ready to distribute by 2015 and have the potential to save 1.2 million people.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 — Latin America

Pfizer’s Adele Gulfo on the benefits of working with women-owned businesses

Source: Devex

As women’s empowerment gains more visibility as a part of the global development agenda, companies are realizing that working with women-owned businesses pays off. Pfizer has discovered that working with women-owned businesses both benefits its business and helps achieve its goals of empowering women, said Adele Gulfo, president of Pfizer Latin America.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Pharmaceutical firms profit from rising disease burden

Source: Business Day

A growing trend of ailments plaguing the Nigerian populace, including non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, cancer and diabetes, is offering huge growth prospects for pharmaceutical companies challenged to manufacture drugs to address the situation.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSK aims to market world's first malaria vaccine

Source: The Baltimore Sun

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will seek marketing approval for the world's first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children. The vaccine known as RTS,S was found, after 18 months of follow-up, to have almost halved the number of malaria cases in young children in the trial, and to have reduced by around a quarter the number of malaria cases in infants.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Health Care: Commissioner Sues For Co-operation Amongst Practitioners

Source: The Nigerian Observer

Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fom Dakwak, called for collaboration among doctors to improve healthcare delivery in Nigeria. Dakwak made the call at the launch of Apollo Global Doctors Network-West Africa, in Lagos
Monday, October 7, 2013 — South Asia

Medanta Opens Its First Telemedicine Centre in Chandigarh

Source: i-Newswire

Dr. Naresh Trehan, renowned cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon and Chairman cum Managing Director of Medanta -The Medicity inaugurated the region's first telemedicine consultation facility at Prime Diagnostic Centre in Chandigarh today on the eve of the World Heart Day. Dr. Trehan said that it is a part of Medanta's commitment to leverage technology to provide easily accessible and affordable healthcare to the people in the country and help patients make informed choice for the course of treatment after consultation with super-specialists of Medanta.
Friday, October 4, 2013 — South Asia

The Next Grand Challenge in India: Reinvent the Toilet

Source: Hispanic Business

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with India'sBiotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) launched a call for proposals as part of Grand Challenges India to reinvent the toilet. The Department of Biotechnology and the Gates Foundation will each invest US$1 million to support Indian investigators to drive research, development, and production of the "next generation toilet."
Friday, October 4, 2013 — South Asia

Sujay Santra’s mission to provide an innovative healthcare service system to rural areas

Source: Social Story

Would you have the courage to leave behind a comfortable life in big MNC to chase a dream full of uncertainties? That’s exactly what Sujay Santra, the founder of iKure, did. Unhappy with the way his life was going, he resigned from Oracle – one of the biggest software and hardware systems companies – and got into his own business. “Although I had a very decent and satisfying life, I had an identity crisis. I asked ‘Where do I see myself in five, ten years down the line?” and the vision forward was not very satisfying. Then I started to think about how could I change many people’s lives; it triggered something in me and I started to feel I needed to do something”.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Global Movement Emerges for Universal Health Coverage

Source: allAfrica

An emerging movement of global leaders of government, civil society and finance is urging United Nations member states, as they meet in New York, to include universal health coverage (UHC) in the next round of global goals for economic development, just as similar reforms take root in the US.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa's Richest Man To Build 1,000-Bed Hospital

Source: Forbes

Nigerian billionaire and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote plans to construct a 1,000-bed hospital in Kano, which when completed will be the largest health facility in the northern state, Nigeria’s Channels Television has reported.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Malaria — the first disease beaten by mobile?

Source: Devex

The fight against malaria, one of the world’s most killer diseases, urgently needs an injection of mobile technology. “Malaria threatens half the globe. By some accounts it has killed more people than any other cause in human history,” Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, told Devex at the Social Good Summit in New York. The organization — founded by U.N. special envoy for the disease Ray Chambers — has just launched its new “Power of One” campaign, which links mobile phones around the world with a tracking program for malaria testing and treatment supplies, so individuals can track the impact of their charitable donations.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New service uses mobile phones to reduce maternal mortality

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

For many rural expectant and new mothers, health care providers may be far away, but new technology is bringing them close through the mobile phone, now almost ubiquitous even in the poorest corners of the world.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

GAVI’s David Ferreira: Private sector to boost vaccine supply-chain effectiveness

Source: Devex

At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, the GAVI Alliance announced a pair of new intiatives that aim to leverage private sector funds and expertise to improve delivery of vaccines worldwide.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Comprehensive and Successful Healthcare: Innovations from Brazil

Source: Huffington Post

For over twenty years Saúde Criança -- "Child Health" in English -- has helped thousands of poor families, mostly female-headed households, cope with chronic health problems that affect their children. It does so through fostering partnerships with public hospitals and implementing a co-responsibility scheme with families whose children suffer major health issues such as cancer, brain tumors, or chronic respiratory problems.
Monday, September 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

World leaders set to tackle global healthcare challenges at World Innovation Summit for Health

Source: Al Bawaba

The most pressing global healthcare challenges are to be tackled as the world’s leading medical, academic and government professionals gather at the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha, Qatar on 10-11 December 2013.
Monday, September 30, 2013 — South Asia

Sucre Blue sets up affordable, community health care in India

Source: MSNBC

Erin Little’s inspiration to establish India’s Sucre Blue stemmed from the problems she encountered with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis during her childhood. “It was getting to a point where it was really, really hard to take care of myself,” Little told MSNBC about her health insurance costs.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

GAVI Alliance to address the next vaccine challenge: Supply chains

Source: Devex

No one likes it when a delivery fails to show, but when it happens with vaccines it costs lives. Currently, millions of children go unimmunized each year because of delivery problems, including anything from vaccine supply chain breaks and ineffective cold chain equipment to poor vaccine stock management in developing countries. Shockingly, these kinds of issues account for a substantial number of the children who miss out on their shots. That has got to change. These supply chain inefficiencies may be contributing to the deaths of 1.5 million children each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, the vast majority in developing countries.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

How finding research gaps can help fight malnutrition

Source: Devex

The case of nutrition in the development agenda is often complicated. It is often overshadowed when bundled with food security, and yet donors sometimes appear clueless on how to solve one without addressing the other, leaving many to question on whether donor money is really making a dent in the global fight against malnutrition. So what can the aid community do? Nutrition experts on Thursday converged in New York — where development takes center stage this week — to present some 20 priority areas for nutrition research in the first Global Research Agenda on Nutrition Services. These include: * Describing the interactions between the food system and nutrition. * Integrating individual and household-level factors underlying economic vulnerability and food insecurity. * Role of nutrition in developmental origins of health and disease. * The relationship between markers of nutrition and functional outcomes. * Knowledge related to inputs of nutrition intervention.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Consortium to advance human hookworm vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa

Source: Africa Science News

The HOOKVAC consortium, led by the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, Thursday announced receiving a grant of 6 million Euros to develop and test a vaccine for human hookworm, a disease that infects 600-700 million of the world’s poorest people.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Firm bets on telemedicine to reach needy patients

Source: Hispanic Business

Access to healthcare has been a challenge to many Kenyans, particularly those in remote areas which do not attract specialized doctors. To help solve this problem, Dr Emily Obwaka, a medic, has made advocating for the use of telemedicine in both public and private hospitals her mission.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s Healthcare Cocktail: Of Coverage, Cost And Innovation

Source: Ventures Africa

“You guys are investing in hospitals.” That was the question (or masked hope) of an American-trained Ethiopian doctor, the owner and head doctor of a local hospital in Addis Ababa. The question is a familiar one to investors in many of Sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging economies. Many foreign-trained doctors are returning home to the desperate health sectors in Africa. The perilous state of health care in Sub-Saharan Africa begs for more investment. Communicable and parasitical diseases persist, with few countries able to provide basic sanitation, clean water and adequate nutrition to all of their citizenry. Few countries are able to spend the $35 per person that the World Health Organization (WHO) considers the minimum for basic health care. But despite the extensive poverty, more than 50 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s health expenditure is paid out-of-pocket by individuals.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana to vaccinate girls against cervical cancer - Mahama

Source: CitifmOnline

Ghana this year will begin a demonstration project vaccinating girls against human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, which is the biggest cancer killer of women on the African continent. President John Mahama revealed this in New York on Tuesday, when Ghana hosted a side event at the ongoing UN General Assembly, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and the Global Fund.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Organization Rallies Global Oncology Community to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities

Source: OncLive

Today, more than half of new cancer cases and over two-thirds of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Underlying this burden of cancer is an unequal distribution of global resources, a lack of coordinated care for oncology patients, and a multitude of social, cultural, and economic factors that lead to late diagnosis and incomplete palliation in the developing world. To combat the growing cancer burden, concerted action is needed from the global health and oncology communities. In her Presidential Address to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Sandra Swain, MD, highlighted the “possibilities and promise in global health equity,” encouraging oncology leaders worldwide to join the effort to bridge the “access gap” in cancer care. The Global Oncology Initiative, an academic and grassroots volunteer organization based out of Boston, Massachusetts, seeks to do just that. GO