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Friday, June 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Buyout Firm Vital Plans $500 Million Africa Fund As Demand Booms

Source: Bloomberg

Private equity firm Vital Capital Investments LP is planning a $500 million investment fund that will focus on African industries overlooked by competitors.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Surviving Pakistan's Slums: The Extraordinary Story of Mohammad Sabir

Source: DAWN

Every morning at sunrise, five-year-old Muhammad Sabir stepped out of his house, sagging a garbage bag to his shoulders, filling it with aluminum, plastic, paper scraps or anything he could find to sell. Salvaging trash to survive, he picked up snippets of newspapers and tried to read them.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

U.S. States Want to Do Good: Here's How Wall St. Is Helping

Source: CNBC

Goldman Sachs could be coming to a pre-K program near you. Or, at least, that may be the case in Pennsylvania.
Monday, June 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Guess Which Country Has The Biggest Increase In Soda Drinking

Source: NPR

The Big Soda companies are spending money to develop new markets in low- and middle-income countries. In some of these places, people are earning a bit more than a few years before, so they have more money for soda.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

Source: NPR

The world is losing some of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at fighting infections. The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are starting to ponder a "post-antibiotic world."
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

This Startup Pays African Students to Learn How to Code

Source: Co.Exist

Most twenty-somethings in Nairobi are underemployed—and most also can't afford to pay for college to get better jobs. On a trip to the Kenyan capital to give a talk about the future of education, edtech pioneer Jeremy Johnson was asked a difficult question: How is it possible to scale high-quality education if people can't pay for tuition?
Friday, May 22, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

Source: NPR

A recent daylong event celebrated a milestone in Zambia, where the practice of defecating in the open is all too common. In April, Chienge, in the northernmost province of Luapula, became the first district in Zambia to be declared free of open defecation by the government.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 — South Asia

The Key to a Global Nutritional Crisis Might Be a Simple Iron Fish

Source: Good

In 2009, Christopher Charles came up with a surprisingly simple and astonishingly effective tool to increase dietary iron intake without resorting to pills: A small metal fish – a symbol of luck in Cambodian culture – that can infuse food with the proper amount of necessary iron to ensure better overall nutrition.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Surgery so simple a gardener can do it – but he probably shouldn’t

Source: Reuters

The poorest one-third of the world’s population receives about 4 percent of surgical care. Africa has roughly 1 percent of the number of surgeons in the United States. Liberia has three surgeons for a population of 4 million. Failure to address this inequity is economically and politically reckless.
Monday, May 18, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Cambridge University to Adopt Ethical Approach to Multibillion-Dollar Fund

Source: The Wall Street Journal

One of the world’s oldest—and richest—universities has decided to adopt a more “ethical” approach to investing its multibillion-dollar endowment fund.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

This Bank of America Exec Helped Create a Virtual Mentoring Program to Connect Women Around the World

Source: The Business Journals

She spent one week in South Africa, and one week in Belfast, Ireland. Both trips were with different women, but the purpose was the same: To mentor businesswomen across the globe.
Monday, May 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa's Surprising Future

Source: CNN

Africa's population is growing rapidly -- and unlike much of the world, it's also getting younger. Based on current trends, the continent's population is poised to increase from just over 1 billion today to more than 4 billion by the end of the century. And while countries like the United States, Japan and many of those in Europe are aging, within the next 35 years, 40% of all our planet's children will likely call Africa home.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Nine Humanitarian Businesses Win Bloomberg-Funded Genesis Challenge

Source: Jewish Business News

Genesis Generation Challenge Recipients of this year are: Build Israel and Palestine (BIP); Building Up (Canada); eNable 3d Printed Prosthetics; LAVAN (Israel); Prize4Life (Israel); Sanergy (Kenya); Sesame (Israel); Spark (Burundi); and Vera Solutions (United States, India).
Thursday, April 30, 2015 — South Asia

Acumen Increases Its Efforts to Improve India's Private Education With New Investments

Source: Acumen

Acumen announces its new investment in Ignis Careers andStandard of Excellence in Education and Development (SEED) to improve the current state of low-cost, private education in India. India has the largest kindergarten to 10th grade system in the world with more than 1.6 million schools. More than 96 percent of children, ranging from ages 6 to 14, are enrolled in school. However, the quality of education is poor, and half of the children in Grade 5 can only read at a Grade 2 level.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

MBA Careers Pack Social Impact as Schools Hone Corporate Responsibility

Source: BusinessBecause

The role of business in society has never been greater. The case for corporate responsibility strategies like product innovation, resource efficiency and diverse workforces grows ever stronger.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Citi Supports Teach Children to Save Campaign to Help Educate And Prepare Kids for Positive Financial Futures

Source: PR Newswire

Citi will once again help thousands of young students across the country receive basic financial education as the bank supports American Bankers Association's (ABA) annual Teach Children to Save campaign for the 15thconsecutive year. The national program, designed to encourage local youth to develop positive financial habits early in life, marks April 24th as Teach Children to Save Day to raise awareness of the importance of teaching children about saving. Beginning in March and continuing for months after Teach Children to Save Day, hundreds of Citi volunteers will teach thousands of children in grades K-12 in classrooms and after-school programs in financial education events in major cities across the country.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

DfID Accused of Heightening Inequality Through Support for Private Sector

Source: The Guardian

Report by campaign group Global Justice Now points finger at Department for International Development over private health and education projects.
Monday, April 20, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: MTN Launches Mobile Money School Fees Payment Service

Source: allAfrica

MTN Rwanda has partnered with 21 schools from across the country to enable parents pay school fees using the telecom's mobile money platform.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

M-PESA Foundation Opens New Academy

Source: BiztechAfrica

The M-PESA Foundation has announced that it is constructing a state of the art, mixed boarding high school that will seek to provide a first class, unique education to gifted but economically disadvantaged children from all counties of Kenya.
Monday, April 6, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Obgyn Training in Sub-Saharan Africa Bolstered By New Collections Shared Both Online and Offline

Source: University of Michigan Health System

U-M’s 1000+ OBGYN Project provides free access to educational materials to support ob-gyn training in Africa for improved maternal, newborn care.
Friday, April 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why the Ivy League Needs the Hult Prize

Source: The Huffington Post

How do we get Ivy League students interested in changing the world? Fluorescent pink posters with one simple message: "Do you want to win $1,000,000?"
Friday, March 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

New Youth Agenda At the World Bank? Readers and Development Partners Weigh In

Source: Devex

Can World Bank staff loosen their ties and engage with young people in a meaningful, productive way? Youth champions and development professionals hope that — if approved by senior management — a new team focused on youth will put an emphasis on listening more to young people to incorporate their ideas into the core of the global financial institution’s work.
Friday, March 20, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Viewpoint: Can a Starbucks Model Educate the World's Poor? Top Tech Funders Think So

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Bridge International Academies is intent on disrupting education in Africa and other poor parts of the world. And with big backers like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Pierre Omidyar, the company has lots of momentum right now.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

New Report Offers Insights into How Young People Save in Developing Countries

Source: Washington University

A new project from the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis shows, among other findings, that girls in developing countries, given equal opportunities, will save as much or more in formal financial institutions than boys.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — South Asia

Press Release: MetLife Foundation Sponsors ‘The Financial Inclusion Challenge’ in Asia

Source: Market Watch

Today, MetLife Foundation announced its exclusive sponsorship and launch of The Financial Inclusion Challenge. The Challenge, developed in partnership with MetLife Foundation and managed by The Wall Street Journal, is a two-year global project launching in Asia with the aim of encouraging non-profit and for-profit enterprises to submit proposals that provide innovative, sustainable solutions for individuals and families struggling to be part of the financial mainstream.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

What Gates Foundation's $52M Investment Says About Social Enterprise Funding

Source: Forbes

Social enterprises seeking financing face a great many hurdles that more-traditional ventures don’t have to tackle.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

OurCrowd Helps Wharton Students Launch Largest Student-Run Impact Investing Platform in the World

Source: Business Wire

OurCrowd, the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, has announced a unique collaboration that will help students at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania get an industry-leading experiential education in impact investing. This initiative will greatly expand the Wharton Social Venture Fund (WSVF), a flagship program operated under the Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) which allows students to select, curate and diligence investments that will change the world.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Proper Sanitary Pads Are Keeping Girls in School

Source: NPR

How do you cut the school dropout rate for girls in a remote pocket of Uganda? And how do you create jobs for village women? The answer to both questions: sanitary pads.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 — Latin America

Drought-Stricken São Paulo Battles Dengue Fever Outbreak

Source: Wall Street Journal

Inhabitants of this megacity, suffering through the worst drought in decades, have unwittingly contributed to an outbreak of dengue fever by storing scarce water in open containers.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — South Asia

Maternal health in India much worse than previously thought, new study finds

Source: MedicalXpress

More than 40 percent of women in India are underweight when they begin pregnancy, according to a new study published by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How an Anti-Tech Teacher Ended Up Creating A Mobile App to Improve Education in Africa

Source: The Huffington Post

In 2011 I returned to Kenya for a vacation. I wanted to see the community where I had lived just two years earlier, bring gifts to the families I had bonded with, and sing songs with the kids of the rural village that I had called home. I had lived in Muhuru Bay without water and electricity while working with teachers in this community to help students prepare for high school. It was meant to be a break before heading off to the West Coast for business school. I hadn't expected to start a company, especially one in technology.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Oxford Business Dean: MBA Programs Should Be More than Driving Schools

Source: Bloomberg

Saïd Business School's dean argues that MBA programs should steer students toward futures that benefit not only their institutions but the world at large.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Future of the Global Fund

Source: Devpolicy

During his recent visit to Canberra, Stephen Howes spoke to Dr Mark Dybul, the head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. You can listen to a podcast of their full conversation here. The following is a condensed transcript.
Monday, February 16, 2015 — South Asia

Nandan Nilekani Plans Tech Project 'Ek Step' to Hone Children's Basic Skills

Source: The Economic Times

Infosys co-founder and billionaire Nandan Nilekani, who spearheaded the country's massive unique identification project, is gearing up for an equally ambitious project - to help elementary school children across the country improve their reading and arithmetic skills using low-end tablets and smartphones.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

DAI, Souktel, and MFO Launch Mobile Financial Education Services with Facebook’s Internet.org

Source: DAI

In low-income countries, good information about personal budgeting and saving is hard to find. Many people have limited schooling and little familiarity with financial institutions. Financial education efforts at the local level—often constrained by inadequate staff resources and transportation challenges—tend to be one-time events accessible only to a small slice of the population. Getting the information you need at the moment you need it is nearly impossible.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Startup Accelerator Scholas.Labs Announced by Pope Francis

Source: The Inquisitr

Startup accelerator Scholas.Labs was announced last week during an education event hosted by Pope Francis. Although one hardly expects to hear “startup accelerator” and “pontiff” in the same sentence, this enterprise is quite real and is aimed at assisting education projects all over the world.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Investments in African Schools, Health and Other Infrastructure Exposed to Climate Risks

Source: Reuters

Investments in African schools, healthcare and other infrastructure are at risk from the long-term impacts of global warming because governments and businesses are not considering climate information in their plans, researchers have warned.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

New aid model needed or world's poorest will wait a century for basics

Source: Reuters

It will take 100 years for some of the world's poorest people to get basic healthcare, sanitation and education services, unless the current approach to aid is radically changed, said a report published on Tuesday.
Friday, January 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Stanford Launches Major Effort to Expedite Vaccine Discovery with $50 Million Grant

Source: Stanford Medicine

The funding will establish the Stanford Human Systems Immunology Center, and will accelerate efforts to develop vaccines for the world's most deadly infectious diseases.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

UK University Ranking Reveals Global Health Neglect

Source: Science and Development Network

The United Kingdom’s top medical research universities spend just two per cent of their health research budgets on work related to health in developing countries, according to a study launched last week.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Columbia Business School Receives Generous Donation to Establish the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise

Source: Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School today announced the creation of theTamer Center for Social Enterprise. The new center, made possible through a transformative endowment gift from Sandra and Tony Tamer will help develop a new generation of business leaders that understand how management can contribute to, enhance, and impact society and the environment. Additionally, it will serve as the educational, curricular, research, and strategic hub of all social entrepreneurship activities at Columbia.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: U.S. Small Business Administration’s Impact Investment Fund Grows Threefold in Last 12 Months

Source: PR Newswire

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that the Impact Investment Fund of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program has tripled in the last 12 months.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tampax, Toilets and Shark Tanks

Source: PSI Impact

Inspired by the ABC reality TV show Shark Tank, PSI’s corporate partnerships team recently conducted its own version of the contest. Teams of PSI staffers presented five ideas to three judges, Sumathi Balasubramanian, senior manager, initiatives for girls and women, PSI; Marcie Cook, senior regional director, Asia and Eastern Europe, PSI; and Adeeb Mahmud, director, FSG. The winner was the Tampax for Toilets campaign, submitted by Dan Lawner and Genevieve Kelly of PSI’s East Africa department and Malaria and Child Survival department, respectively. Watch their winning presentation above or read below for more on their idea:
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Islamic Development Bank Approves Close to US $190 Million in New Development Financings

Source: Zawya

The 302nd meeting of the Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank ( IDB ) which started on Sunday, 18 January, 2015, concluded on Tuesday in Jeddah, KSA. Chaired by IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, the Board reviewed a number of important items amongst them the draft agenda for the upcoming 40th Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors slated for 10-11 June 2015 in Maputo, Mozambique, which is to be attended by Ministers of Finance and Economy of the 56 member countries. The members of the Board also approved US $ 189.4 million worth of new financings for a number of development projects covering important sectors in several member countries as well as a number of Muslim communities in non-member countries.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 — South Asia

Villgro Launches Rs 20-Crore Incubation Fund

Source: The Economic Times

Impact investment firm Villgro has announced a Rs 20-crore fund targeted at incubating education startups.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Capitalism Begins at Home

Source: The Economist

Joseph Schumpeter argued that the miracle of capitalism lies in democratising wealth. Elizabeth I owned silk stockings, he observed, but the “capitalist achievement” does not lie in “providing more silk stockings for queens but in bringing them within reach of factory girls.” In most areas of life this miracle has been working magnificently: in America the number of hours of work that it takes to buy a car, or a wardrobe full of clothes, has halved in the past generation. But in three big areas it has singularly failed to operate: health care, education and housing.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Army of Women Educates on Trachoma in Ethiopia

Source: Voice of America

An army of women” in Ethiopia has been recruited to teach friends and neighbors how to prevent trachoma, an eye disease that’s preventable but still very common in many parts of Ethiopia. The confederation of national development NGO’s -- Light For The World – has been working to implement national eye health initiatives to prevent trachoma and other eye diseases through the World Health Organization’s initiative “VISION 2020—the right to sight”.
Monday, January 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Taking Health to the Global Scale

Source: UCSD Guardian

UCSD has become one of the first universities in the nation to offer global health as an undergraduate program.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — South Asia

Nestle-NGO Tie-Up to Provide Adolescent Health Education

Source: India Gazette

In order to inform adolescents about the benefits of proper nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Nestle India signed an agreement Wednesday with Magic Bus India Foundation, an NGO, a company statement said here.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

MBA's Start-Up Ventures Make a Social Impact in Emerging Markets

Source: BusinessBecause

MBA students prove that entrepreneurs can create a great social impact and develop profitable business models at the same time.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: African Policymakers Pledge to Financially Include Kids

Source: Daily Exchange

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – On 4-5 December 2014 the Third Child and Youth Finance Regional Meeting for Africa will be held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Meeting will bring together Africa’s finest policy makers, educators, research and academic institutions, financial service providers, as well as representatives from various government ministries to develop a common African position on the advancement of a unified financial education and inclusion plan of action for children and youth across the continent.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — Latin America

Tunnel Lab: A Social Enterprise that Equips Impoverished Brazilian Youths With Technological and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Source: Digital Journal

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth most populous in the world, but it provides only a minor fraction of the technological innovation that drives economic growth in other countries. A new social enterprise called Tunnel Lab is trying to change this dynamic by introducing a love for technology in many of the country’s poorest favelas.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

UCLA gets $10 million for center to spur socially conscious projects

Source: LA Times

Former EBay Inc. President Jeff Skoll has donated $10 million to UCLA for a center that will encourage students to create socially conscious entertainment projects.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Defying stigma, survivors join the Ebola fight in West Africa

Source: Reuters

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

Latrines May Not Improve Health of Poor Children

Source: The New York Times

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

MBAs Drive Social Impact In Corporate Venture Capital Funds

Source: Business Because

Business school graduates are pioneering corporate venturing – venture capital funds run inside large companies that invest in social enterprises.
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 — 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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
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 — 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.
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
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

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.
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.
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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