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Friday, October 24, 2014 — Latin America

Thompson Funded to Study Household Air Pollution Among Low-Income Communities in Guatemala

Source: UCSF

A new project aims to train women entrepreneurs to sell liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and provide education about reducing exposures to household air pollution.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberians have another challenge - marginalization

Source: Catholic News Agency

"How is it that we have again become the marginalized of the earth?" That is what people ask Bishop Anthony Borwah of Gbarnga, in Liberia, the country most affected by the outbreak of Ebola.
Friday, October 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Ebola wasn’t stopped by huge investment in African healthcare

Source: The Conversation

Despite it being nearly six months after the Ebola outbreak was confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), we are still hearing stories of severe shortage of gloves in health facilities in West Africa. Many nurses have been asked to reuse them or merely rub their hands with chlorine after consultations.
Friday, October 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Here's How Nigeria Beat Ebola

Source: Mother Jones

It took 18,500 interviews, but Nigeria managed to contain the Ebola outbreak.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — Latin America

Latin American Business Schools Rise With Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Business Because

Latin American business schools are drawing more international students and launching more MBA programs with a unique focus on entrepreneurship and social responsibility.
Monday, October 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: How Pay-for-Success Funding Might Help Low-Income Students

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Policy makers, college administrators, and parents are all searching for ways to help needy students graduate. But one option is missing from the debate: pay-for-success financing.
Friday, September 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Unilever and USAID Call for a World-Wide Hygiene Intervention for Newborns

Source: CSR Wire

Handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia, which are the main causes of child mortality.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

IESE Launches an MBA Elective in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Source: FindMBA

New course reflects a growing commitment by business schools to address the unique needs of social enterprises
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sorry, Kids, Changing the World Takes More Than a Killer App

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

On Wednesday, Bill Clinton will present the Hult Prize at the Clinton Global Initiative meetings in New York. The $1 million award will go to a team of young social entrepreneurs with a business idea to improve lives in developing countries.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Latin America

IDB Launches USD $500 Million Education, Youth and Employment Bond

Source: 3BL Media

Citi priced a $500 million four-year Education, Youth and Employment (EYE) bond on behalf of The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or IADB) on Tuesday – a first-of-its-kind investment vehicle, created with the support of Citi Microfinance.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — South Asia

The Man Who Feeds 1.2 Million Kids A Day

Source: Fast CoExist

Running a massive school meals program that feeds malnourished kids, Manoj Kumar is on a mission to show how entrepreneurs can make real inroads in tackling India's age-old social problems.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Harvard Receives Largest-Ever Donation

Source: NPR

A $350 million gift pledged to Harvard University's School of Public Health is the largest single donation in the university's long history, officials said, and will help bolster research in several key areas including global pandemics.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberian Natives Work To Fight Ebola Outbreak From Boston

Source: WBUR

In Boston, some natives of Liberia are working to improve sanitation conditions and train health workers on the ground in their homeland, as the country and two of its neighbors battle a deadly Ebola outbreak.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Armed Men Raid Liberia Ebola Quarantine Center

Source: Voices of America

A group of young men armed with clubs, claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia, raided a quarantine center for the deadly disease in Monrovia overnight, prompting about 20 patients infected with the deadly virus to flee, a witness said Sunday.
Friday, August 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.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Science focus urged at first US-African leaders summit

Source: SciDev.Net

Science and technology must be at the heart of the debate at the first-ever US-Africa Leaders Summit that starts today, policy experts argue, as they call for 100,000 new science graduate places in the United States for Africans over the next ten years.
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 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

High School Student 3D Prints Innovative Syringe Which Could Expand Vaccination Possibilities

Source: 3D Print .com

While some high school students were worrying about their school portraits or who might take them to the prom, Park City High School senior Peter Bermant was worrying about the problems with distributing vaccines in developing countries.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

The key to a more productive classroom is more recess

Source: Quartz

More and more US banks are getting out of the money-transfer business, Dealbook notes (paywall). A series of money-laundering scandals, punished by eye-popping fines, has made them cautious: Bank of America, HSBC, Citigroup and JP Morgan have pulled out altogether, while BBVA is reportedly looking to sell off a business unit that handles wire transfers in Latin 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.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 — South Asia

Rural education firm Hippocampus raises $2.4M from ADB, Unitus, Khosla Impact

Source: VCCircle

Hippocampus operates 128 learning centres in Karnataka with a student base of over 7,500.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 — South Asia

Mobile money and digitized payments have few takers in India

Source: LiveMint

Lack of awareness and difficult access are the main hurdles
Monday, June 30, 2014 — South Asia

Online facility for Diaspora doctors to serve in India opened by Health Minister

Source: India Education Diary

Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi: The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in a speech which was read out by the Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan last night to a gathering of US-based Indian medical professionals said that the aim of his government is to bring about a “complete transformation” of the health sector through research, innovation and the latest technology.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — South Asia

Big tobacco snubs health warning law in Indonesia

Source: Yahoo! News

Tobacco companies have largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that's home to the world's highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

MIT D-Lab to launch industry collaboration this fall

Source: MIT News

The "Practical Impact Alliance" will connect corporations, academic institutions, social ventures, and nongovernmental organizations to scale poverty solutions worldwide.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

D-Lab Scale-Ups awards $60,000 to three MIT social entrepreneurs

Source: MIT News

Sidhant Pai, Zehra Ali, and Matthew Orosz to receive funding and mentorship over 12-month fellowship.
Friday, May 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Teaching People Not Just to Fish, But to Build Businesses Too

Source: ReliefWeb

As USAID’s annual letter this year notes, in development it is no longer enough to teach a farmer to grow a new crop—or in this case, to fish. Our work isn’t done until we help a farmer learn to run a successful business too. This is precisely what is happening in Bangladesh.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 Inspiring Books on Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Business Insider

As the founder of a social enterprise called LSTN Headphones, I often look to companies and entrepreneurs I admire for advice on navigating our growing business while continuing our mission to do well while doing good. Below are a few of the books I’ve found to help guide our startup through new challenges and inspire the team to work harder to make our company succeed.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Best Business Schools For Social Entrepreneurship

Source: IntelligentHQ

Over the last decade an increasing number of entrepreneurs are interested in initiating entrepreneurial projects that aim to bring social change. This special type of entrepreneurs are called social entrepreneurs.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pizarro: Santa Clara University puts spotlight on social enterprise

Source: Mercury News

Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg and Graham MacMillan, senior program director for the Citi Foundation, were presented with the first Magis Global Changemaker awards at a benefit dinner Sunday for Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society.
Monday, May 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

First step taken in upgrading Myanmar’s Reproductive Health Supply Chain System

Source: relief web

Myanmar is one step closer to ensuring that women and families throughout the country receive high quality reproductive health services and products thanks to a UNFPA, and in partnership with John Snow Inc. and the Ministry of Health, backed standardized national logistics supply chain system which was announced on Thursday (08 May 2014) in Nay Pyi Taw, the nation’s capital. A total of 26 professionals attended a 7 day intensive training session on how to implement as well as operate the upcoming system.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Selling Circumcision for HIV Prevention at the Epicenter of the Global Epidemic

Source: Huffington Post

When Zimbabwe's most famous poet and musician, Albert Nyathi, decided to get circumcised, everyone had an opinion.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: So-Fi Peer-to-Peer Lender Surpasses Half a Billion Dollars in Student Loans Funded

Source: SYS-CON Media

SoFi has streamlined the lending process with a pain-free online application, mobile document upload, and helpful customer service via text, email, or phone.
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

British student founds social enterprise for electronic waste management in Nigeria

Source: I Paid a Bribe Naija

A student from the University of Northampton has made it his mission to tackle the growing problem of electrical waste in Nigeria by launching his own social enterprise.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Obesity Threatens to Overtake Hunger as No. 1 Global Health Concern

Source: The Epoch Times

In 1950, the number of starving individuals on Earth was estimated to be around 700 million. At the time, obesity affected approximately 100 million people around the globe, primarily in rich countries. These statistics have changed dramatically over the past six decades.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: CSR Wire

Leaders from three continents join fellowship to bring local perspectives on international development to global dialogue
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa to use Flavored Condoms to Tackle HIV

Source: BBC News

South Africa has some 6.4 million HIV-positive people - more than any other country.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID, Hillary Clinton Launch Global Development Lab for Game-Changing Innovations

Source: Devex

The event will take place in New York, with Hillary Clinton delivering the keynote address, following an internal launch and a USAID town hall discussion earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

Dabbawallas to Spread Dengue, Malaria Messages in Mumbai

Source: The Times of India

On Monday, the city's 50,000-odd dabbawallas will tag a health message-'prevent and control vector-borne diseases'-to each of the two lakh tiffin boxes that they carry throughout the day.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

The future of nursing: STTI announces new global health initiative

Source: nzDoctor

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) announces the creation of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON). The inaugural meeting of GAPFON - a panel of international nurse leaders - convened to establish a global voice and vision for the future of nursing that will advance global health. The panel is chaired by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Dean Emerita and Professor Dr. Martha N. Hill.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Nothing can stop' fight against female genital mutilation — advocacy group

Source: Devex

More than 125 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation worldwide, and another 30 million are at risk of being cut over the next decade — yet few interventions have focused on stopping the practice, and previous United Nations targets and pledges to end FGM within a generation have failed.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — South Asia

Rural Health Care Blamed for Infant Deaths in Kolkata, India

Source: The New York Times India

The national headlines in September were grimmer than usual, with newspapers blaring “Infant Death Horror” and “West Bengal Health Care in I.C.U.” on their front pages after 41 newborns died in B.C. Roy Memorial Hospital over a span of six days.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Latin America

Sustaining Recent Social Progress May Require a Squeeze on the Rich

Source: The Economist

Latin Americans, the past dozen years have been remarkable. The region has seen a magical combination of faster economic growth, falling poverty and declining income inequality. Is this unprecedented period of progress over?
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

‘Learning together’ to grow a business in the plains of Tanzania

Source: PBS NewsHour

When Hailey Chalhoub and Eliza Madden, both 22, were sent to Tabora in northeastern Tanzania to help its residents with a nascent food processing business, they had their marching orders: make a profit.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

14 Ways to Make Sanitation Sustainable

Source: The Guardian

What has more impact, new technology or behavioural change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our panel of experts share their thoughts
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

One man’s quest to train India’s many quack doctors

Source: Global Post

Squatting on their haunches among fruit trees and orange marigolds, barefoot villagers wait in the morning chill to see Dr. Pijus Sarkar, the only full-time physician in this remote part of West Bengal. They come because their local health provider — an alternative healer or one with no training at all — failed to help them, or even made them worse.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Africa: Air Pollution Now Linked to 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide, UN Health Agency Reports

Source: All Africa

Air pollution - both indoor and outdoor - killed some 7 million people across the globe in 2012, making it the world's largest single environmental health risk, according to new figures released today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

In the Americas, One in Five People with Tuberculosis is Unaware of the Disease

Source: Health News Digest

In 2012, almost 220,000 cases were reported, and an estimated 19,000 people died from tuberculosis in the Americas.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship Applications Open from MIT

Source: MIT News

Applications due April 9 for a 12-month program that provides $20,000 to develop sustainable social ventures
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Maternal health activists appeal to court

Source: New Vision

Human rights activists for improved maternal health services have asked the Supreme Court to hear their petition seeking to compel the Government to provide essential adequate kits in referral hospitals for the mothers’ safe deliveries.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Biz-school courses focus on giving back

Source: Crain's New York

In 2010, Donnel Baird grew increasingly frustrated while working for a coalition of labor and environmental groups in Washington, D.C., to promote residential energy efficiency and sustainability projects. In the process, he discovered how difficult it was for entrepreneurial businesses, nonprofits, churches and other small enterprises to find backers such as banks willing to fund their efforts to install solar power or energy-conservation technologies. "The transaction costs and the risks were too high," he said.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bottom Of The Pyramid Overspending On Mobile Services in Africa

Source: AFK Insider

Expert at a World Consumer Rights Day event in Nairobi said on Friday poor African’s are spending too much on mobile phone services to the extent of foregoing basic needs, ITWeb Africa reported.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Advancing Breastfeeding: The Power of the Network

Source: Impatient Optimists

Chinese celebrity Ma Yili has over 50 million social media fans, and now she’s using her influence to promote breastfeeding in her home country, where only 28 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed. The “10m2 of Love” campaign Ma is publicizing includes a mobile app to help Chinese women locate and use public breastfeeding spaces. From China to Pakistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam, countries are experimenting with new approaches to promote a life saving, natural practice under threat in the modern world.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Latrine numbers up

Source: The Phnom Penh Post

The number of Cambodian rural households with access to latrines increased from 23 to 33 per cent in 2013, a Ministry of Rural Development report released yesterday says.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Non-communicable diseases: Despite their rise, but public knowledge still low

Source: Africa Science News

According to Dr Richard Ayah, the principal investigator and lecturer at University of Nairobi, disclosed at a recent meeting of health experts in Nairobi that a study they conducted in Nairobi disclosed that most people do not know what non-communicable diseases are.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The 'Cursed' Women Living in Shame in Uganda

Source: BBC News

Many people in rural areas believe in witchcraft over medical science says Dr Florence Nalubega, a gynaecologist at Kitovu Hospital in Masaka.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Coca-Cola invests in 'Engine' initiative to help young women in Nigeria

Source: FoodBev

The Coca-Cola Company and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have joined forces to bolster the educational and economic opportunities of more than 10,000 marginalised girls and young women in Nigeria.
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

Circumcised Men Abandoning Condoms

Source: ReliefWeb

Ernest Dhlamini of Mbabane city, Swaziland, was circumcised in 2006, to enjoy what he calls a clean life. Dhlamini says he is worried that a large number of men circumcised under current programs funded by international organizations, are now abandoning condoms and engaging in unsafe sex.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Harvested rainwater in South Africa harbors pathogens, finds new study

Source: WaterWorldMag

According to research from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, pathogens are inhabiting harvested rainwater across the region, potentially posing a public health hazard, especially for children and immunocompromised individuals.
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

Harvested rainwater in South Africa harbors pathogens, finds new study

Source: Water World

According to research from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, pathogens are inhabiting harvested rainwater across the region, potentially posing a public health hazard, especially for children and immunocompromised individuals. Likewise, South Africa has been financing domestic rainwater harvesting tanks in informal low-income settlements and rural areas in five of the nation's nine provinces.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Medical Xpress

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.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Try digital condom for electrifying sex

Source: Times of India

Considering how important they are to modern society and how little people like wearing the things, it's a wonder that the design of the condom has barely changed over hundreds of years. The drawback of having a prophylactic that is so widely disliked has even inspired the Gates Foundation to make the invention of "the Next Generation of Condom" one of their Grand Challenges in Global Health — a research initiative designed to find solutions to 15 global health problems.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Devex

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

Mobile Vaccine Vans to Make Healthcare Services More Convenient in Kashmir

Source: Business Standard

Under the scheme of the National Rural Health Mission, Teeka Express, a mobile vaccine van, was launched in Rajouri District.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Press Release : USC Marshall Establishes Master’s Degree in Social Entrepreneurship

Source: USC News

Traditionally, students looking to make a social impact in such areas as health, poverty alleviation, environment, education and government pursued advance degrees in public policy and social work.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Adolescent Health And Why Now?

Source: Huffington Post Impact

With less than two years left to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for maternal and child health and survival, the UN Secretary-General's independent Expert Review Group (iERG) for monitoring progress did something remarkable last year.
Friday, February 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sustainable Harvest-Rwanda Launches First Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda

Source: Press Release

On February 18 and 19, Sustainable Harvest Inc., through its nonprofit entity, Relationship Coffee Institute, will launch its Rwanda operation with the first Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda event, convening in partnership with Women for Women International (WfWI). Sustainable Harvest’s relationship coffee initiative in Rwanda is funded by a three-year grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

CDC health projects improve disease detection and control

Source: The Observer

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) global health security (GHS) projects on early disease detection, response and prevention in Uganda and Vietnam have resulted in improvements in those areas.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pakistan: Where conspiracy theories can cost a child's life

Source: Global Post

American parents may have the luxury of being able to buy into odd ideas about vaccines — their children are protected by others' immunity. But elsewhere, the results are tragic.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Georgetown gets $10M gift for social innovation

Source: The Washington Post

Georgetown University has received a $10 million gift for a new center aimed at fostering innovation among students who want to build skills and organizations to solve society’s problems, the school announced Monday.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: A Wealthier Africa Will Depend on Health Care

Source: The Japan Times

The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) have long been the focus of emerging-market investors. But it is in Africa, a region with the world’s second-fastest growth, where the next big business opportunities lie.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Power imbalances between nations 'undermining global health efforts'

Source: Medical News Today

A joint commission from The Lancet and the University of Oslo in Norway finds that the imbalance of political power between nations is failing to protect the public's health, and calls for urgent reform in global decision making.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Prevention is Key to Decreasing Cancer Mortality in Africa

Source: Global Health Africa

For many young women, identifying a lump during a breast self-exam can be terrifying. The thought of cancer strikes fear in the heart of many and unfortunately, it appears to be on the rise according to the recently released World Cancer Report 2014. In 2012 alone, there were 14 million new cancer cases and this number is expected to rise to 22 million in 20 years.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Measles threat looms large

Source: Vietnam net

The Health Ministry has ordered all provinces to intensify measles prevention and quarantine measures as the epidemic is likely to spread due to the humid and cold weather and the increase in travel at the beginning of the year.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Duke Global Health Institute unveils cancer prevention partnership in Tanzania

Source: The Duke Chronicle

The Duke Global Health Institute and Duke Cancer Institute have collaborated on a new Global Cancer Initiative that will be launched in Tanzania.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is high blood pressure the new HIV epidemic?

Source: Science Codex

High blood pressure could be as devastating to global health as HIV, a group of experts is warning.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ministry Seeks to Quash Measles, Rubella Vaccination Rumors

Source: The Cambodia Daily

The Ministry of Health has moved to calm public fears over the safety of the measles and rubella (MR) vaccine, which was administered to 4.5 million Cambodian children in the last three months of 2013, as rumors circulate that it poses sinister health risks, according to a statement issued last week.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

PPP can help Africa's health future

Source: Business Ghana

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

Top 10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2014

Source: IntraHealth International

The past year has given us plenty of global health successes to celebrate.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Surgery Goes Global

Source: Harvard Medical School

Drafting a plan for universal access to surgical care
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Pearson announces joint venture secondary schooling investment with Ayala in the Philippines

Source: Press Release

Pearson is the world's leading learning company.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Global Shortage of Health Workers

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Health workers are essential for health care. Without health workers there are no health systems, yet there is a critical global shortage of them, and it is the poorest countries that are most affected.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Life expectancy in Indian increases by 5 years

Source: National Turk

The life expectancy in India has increased by 5 years in last decade due to measures taken by the country.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Life expectancy in Indian increases by 5 years

Source: National Turk

The life expectancy in India has increased by 5 years in last decade due to measures taken by the country.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Delhi's air quality worse than one of world's most polluted cities Beijing, data shows

Source: Times of India

In mid-January, air pollution in Beijing was so bad that the government issued urgent health warnings and closed four major highways, prompting the panicked buying of air filters and donning of face masks. But in New Delhi, where pea-soup smog created what was by some measurements even more dangerous air, there were few signs of alarm in the country's boisterous news media, or on its effervescent Twittersphere.
Friday, January 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Using Open Innovation to Deliver High-End Healthcare Disruption

Source: MedCity News

The lifeblood of any successful company stems from a sustained stream of commercially viable innovations, both incremental and breakthrough. As any seasoned executive will tell you, maintaining that steady stream is one of the most difficult management challenges he or she faces.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

To Achieve Good Health We Need Good Education

Source: The World Post

Maternal deaths have fallen from 540,000 a year in 1990 to 287,000 in 2010, and the momentum is there for to save even more lives of mothers and their precious infants.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Business Scales Up Action to Combat Global Malnutrition

Source: World Food Programme

Announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, forty global companies have now joined together to take global action against malnutrition.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Achieving Global Health Equality Within a Generation

Source: Huffington Post Impact

When looking at the broad sweep of human history, people's health status was relatively similar across the world. Death rates for mothers and children were high, life expectancy was short, and health status was poor. This was the universal condition.Only in the past two centuries have we seen the world diverge.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Myths That Block Access to the Poor

Source: The Gates Foundation

Every year The Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, this is 2014 where Bill Gates states "By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world."
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Source: NPR Blogs

Wiping out malaria is still a top goal for many leaders in global health.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Child marriage seen as a girl’s health issue

Source: Humanosphere

The development community is starting to pay closer attention to the problem of child marriages.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Doctors Without Borders Pioneers Opening Up Access to Humanitarian Data

Source: allAfrica

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pioneering an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO guidance 'risks killing children'

Source: The Guardian

Rapid fluid resuscitation of children in shock can cause death, a major trial showed in 2011, but the World Health Organisation has yet to update its advice to doctors, say scientists, warning thousands could be harmed
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.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 — South Asia

The Indian government launched a comprehensive programme to improve the health of adolescents

Source: India.com.health

Adolescents comprise over 21 percent of the over 121 core population, in the country with a focus on community-based interventions.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

More jobs? Forget IT, look at healthcare instead

Source: Firstpost

Finance and information technology may be the sectors everybody wants to be in. But when it comes to jobs creation in a growing economy like India, these sectors are turning out to be laggards as they are less labour-intensive. Health and construction sectors are the ones that have the potential to create more jobs.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Viral load tests ‘could transform HIV treatment failure’

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for an increased use of viral load monitoring to improve treatment outcomes of HIV patients, in its latest study on testing in Africa.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Long-term Health Problems After Natural Disasters Strike

Source: US News and World Report

Health obstacles plague communities long after a natural disaster.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: US Department of State

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

Brazil’s healthcare solution: more Cuban doctors

Source: Miami Herald

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

Security personnel to administer polio vaccine in Pakistan

Source: Zee News

Around 200 security personnel have been trained to immunise children against polio in north-western Pakistan after civilian workers refused to join an upcoming campaign against the crippling disease.
Friday, January 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

A third of adults across world now overweight or obese

Source: Irish Times

More than a third of all adults across the world are overweight or obese, a report from a British think-tank has revealed, leading to calls for governments to do more to tackle the growing crisis.
Friday, January 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia

Source: KDLG Radio

Poor countries are starting to realize something that richer ones sometimes forget: Basic, inexpensive measures can have dramatic impacts on the health of a country. And they can save thousands of lives. Take, for instance, the situation in Ethiopia.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Most effective way to reduce smoking? Increase price of cigarettes, study says

Source: The Globe and Mail

That is the conclusion of a new study that calls for a tripling of tobacco taxes and a doubling of the price of a pack of cigarettes in much of the world.
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.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 — No Region Specified

MBA grads find way to serve and thrive

Source: The Boston Globe

As a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, Siiri Morley watched development workers train women to make crafts without much thought to whether their products would actually sell. Unsold crafts piled up until these businesses and programs inevitably failed, leaving the women without an income, marketable skills, or hope of rising from poverty. This experience taught Morley that even the best-intentioned social programs would not work unless they could operate in the black by adhering to established business practices such as identifying markets for goods and services. Today, with an MBA in hand, she is one of three founders of a successful Boston firm that sells candles made in developing nations and provides a steady income to the women who make them.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Baby steps to saving lives

Source: BBC News

Each year, one in 10 babies around the world will be born prematurely and over a million of those will die. But could measuring the size of a baby's feet help save lives?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice?

Source: NPR

Bridge International Academies has set up more than 200 schools in Kenya over the past four years, and plans to open 50 more in January. Using a school-in-a-box model, Bridge's founders say it gives primary schoolkids a quality education for roughly $5 a month.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

MBA Programs Increasingly Incorporate Social Goals

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

Students seeking to “do good” have traditionally sought higher education programs in fields such as nonprofit management, social work, or public policy and administration. Recently, increasing numbers of these students are turning to business schools and, consequently, business schools are adjusting their curriculums to meet the change in demand.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

To treat innovation ills, remove funding roadblocks

Source: The Hill's Congress Blog

The effects of the federal shutdown, combined with budget cuts implemented this year as a result of sequestration, pose a significant barrier to healthcare innovation in both the public and private sectors.
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.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 — Asia Pacific

China eyes health research cooperation with Africa

Source: SciDev.Net

China plans to improve the health services it provides in Africa and expand its medical aid there, according to the International Cooperation unit at China's National Health and Family Planning Commission.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 — South Asia

Working on Tibet’s Future, From India

Source: The New York Times

In a spacious classroom in this northern Indian hill town, 20 young Tibetan men and women sit in front of computers as the summer monsoon rains fall outside.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: NGO, Micro-Finance Partner to Promote Savings for Education

Source: allAfrica

GLOBAL COMMUNITIES, an international non-governmental organisation, in partnership with Duterimbere IMF, a local Micro-finance institution, has launched a campaign aimed at encouraging residents, especially parents, to save part of their income to educate their children.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Students need to be challenged on social innovation, says Microsoft

Source: MaltaToday

“Instead of standardized teaching, our schools and our educators need to teach innovation” – Microsoft Malta
Friday, August 9, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Literacy Bridge Uses Talking Books to Spread the Word in Ghana

Source: PBS

On a warm spring evening in 2006, software consultant Cliff Schmidt decided to take a walk near the hotel where he was staying for a conference in Atlanta, not yet knowing that what he would stumble upon would alter his life's path.
Friday, August 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates on His Foundation's Health and Education Campaigns

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

"Polio eradication is this amazing effort. We’re raising the money to get it done by 2018. When these problems leave the rich world, they’re out of sight, out of mind. And reminding people of what a big problem it was and how amazingly others responded—which is why we have these tools at all—helps people, saying this can be the second disease to be eradicated."
Monday, August 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Investments in online edu to improve access, enhance skills

Source: Business Standard

The country needs to bet big on investments in online education, making it available to those struggling and aspiring for higher achievements, said S Ramadorai, vice chairman, Tata Consultancy Services, and advisor to the Prime Minister in the National Skill Development Council (NSDC).
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Environment, education and health need urgent progress, says MDG report

Source: The Guardian

Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia lag behind rest of world, with targets on child and maternal deaths, and sanitation significantly off-target
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social Innovation in Africa: When a Young Girl and Prime Minister Share a Vision to Fight Illiteracy

Source: Huffington Post

Fighting illiteracy and advancing social innovation in Africa are different sides of the same coin. Worldreader joins the two visions with a scalable approach.
Monday, June 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

UN panel's post-2015 goals: 'Promising start' or 'lacking a roadmap'?

Source: Devex

Just hours after the 27-member U.N. High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda unveiled its recommendations to replace the MDGs in New York, the thousands of stakeholders involved in the process began to analyze how the framework will affect international cooperation and the delivery of foreign aid until 2030.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Make Money in Social Enterprise With a Business School Degree

Source: U.S. News and World Report

Social enterprise is a newer area of business used to address shortcomings in society, such as environmental challenges or education disparities, but often pays less than traditional fields. The lower salary potential could deter students going to business school to make more money.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

NYU Teams Win $200K In Stern's 2012-2013 Entrepreneurs Challenge

Source: Forbes

NYU’s most promising innovators received a combined $200,000 in startup cash at the annual $200K Entrepreneurs Challenge held by NYU Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Univ. of Utah gets $13 mln for impact investing center

Source: Reuters

University of Utah's school ofbusiness has received $13 million from technology entrepreneur James Lee Sorenson to establish a center to advance investment to organizations that demonstrate a benefit to society, the university announced on Tuesday. The new James Lee Sorenson Center for Global Impact Investing will focus on the very early stages of investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why Toilets, Not Cell Phones, Are Key To Education Around The World

Source: Forbes

John Kluge says things many people want to say, but don’t because they think it’s taboo. Kluge is out to change that.
Friday, December 7, 2012 — No Region Specified

How Law Schools And Entrepreneurs Collaborate to Serve Both Students and Innovators

Source: Forbes

In this post, Tiffany Morris, has taken a look at the new collaborations happening between universities and social innovators ensuring that the fine print doesn’t get overlooked while trying to change the world.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Education boosts role of local women

Source: China Daily

Women in the Tibet autonomous region enjoy rising social status and are stepping beyond their traditional roles, according to an official at the Tibet Women's Federation.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — Latin America

QMágico’s co-founder talks social entrepreneurship and education in Brazil

Source: The Next Web

Thiago Feijão was one of the panelists speaking at Entrepreneur Week Brazil, which took place for the first time in Rio de Janeiro last week. As the co-founder of edtech startup QMágico, he talked about social entrepreneurship and education opportunities in Brazil.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet The Man Who’s Shaping Africa’s Future

Source: Ventures Africa

VENTURES AFRICA – Just like the great American civil right activist Martin Luther King Jnr. had a dream of an equal social existence, so did Ghanaian-born entrepreneur, Fred Swaniker, dream to build a Pan-African school that will position the new generation of African youth towards prosperity in future years. His mission was to give the African child a network of successful peers to tap for job opportunities, mentoring and career guidance.
Monday, October 15, 2012 — South Asia

Learn for life, not for exams, students told

Source: The Times of India

MANGALORE: Pragrati 2012, the biennial symposium with the theme 'Youth- Intrinsic Motivation' with a focus on igniting young minds and awakening them to the realities surrounding them was held at AIMIT, St Aloysius College, Beeri on Wednesday.
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