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Monday, August 31, 2015 — South Asia

IIT-Hyderabad model to make ECGs available in remote areas

Source: ZeeNews

A team of four IIT-H professors have proposed a two-tier-cardiology framework in which electrocardiogram (ECG) records can be transmitted even when available resources such as power and bandwidth are limited.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 — South Asia

Government launches telemedicine initiative 'Sehat'

Source: The Economic Times

To provide health care facilities in rural areas, the government today launched a telemedicine initiative in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals under which people can consult doctors through video link.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — South Asia

Medicine in India: 'Qualified Quacks' and a Baffling Drug Landscape

Source: Vice News

In India, stories of doctors being drunk, using rusty instruments or bicycle pumps during surgery, or ordering unjustified procedures are increasingly common.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 — South Asia

Death rate goes up with distance from district hospital

Source: The Indian Express

Better access to district hospitals may have prevented close to 50,000 of the estimated 72,000 deaths in India due to acute or sudden abdominal conditions in 2010, according to a study published in Lancet Global Health journal.
Monday, August 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Health Solutions for Rural India

Source: Livemint

How do you design a developmental solution or provide a digital tool for a poor and inaccessible area where visitors are tracked by Maoists? An area so remote that barely any telecom network works, where more than 90% of the population lives in villages.
Friday, August 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Can randomized trials eliminate global poverty?

Source: Nature

A new generation of economists is trying to transform global development policy through the power of randomized controlled trials.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ford designs Smart Mobility in urban and rural Africa

Source: Automotive Business Review

U.S. automotive giant Ford has geared up to extend Smart Mobility for connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles and big data through Ford vehicles for reaching out to under-served communities in urban and rural Africa. The plan incorporates Data Driven Healthcare with a view to improving healthcare services in rural areas.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: An Unhealthy Health Card

Source: The Tribune

A high-decibel emphasis on economic growth notwithstanding, a multitude of states continues to do poorly on the indicators of social development, especially health. An unhealthy workforce cannot build a healthy economy. Over the past decade, the cost of treatment has seen a double-digit rise, far outpacing average inflation, in both rural and urban India, according to a recently published National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: It's time to better understand what makes primary health care work

Source: Devex

Recent crises — from the earthquake in Nepal to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa — have been wake-up calls: too many primary health care systems are under-resourced and fragmented, leaving countries unprepared to reach everyone with needed health services. This is true when disasters strike, and it’s also true in times of relative calm.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Baltimore health-tech startup is developing a way to recycle blood

Source: Baltimore Business Journal

Sisu Global Health is developing a medical device that doctors could use to recycle a patient’s blood lost through traumatic internal bleeding. The company later this year will launch a clinical study of the device, called Hemafuse, in partnership with the University of Zimbabwe.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — Latin America

The ketchup sachet-shaped drug saving babies from HIV

Source: BBC Mundo

Inside a foil sachet, which looks more at home in a fast-food restaurant, an exact dose of antiretroviral medicine is helping to protect newborn babies against the threat of infection from their HIV-positive mothers.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — South Asia

Beijing gets 1st private mental hospital

Source: The Times of India

Beijing got its first privately owned mental health clinic on Sunday. This is part of a larger drive by the government to shake up the monopoly of state-owned hospitals in a country where private hospitals have less than one percent market share.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

China to Expand Medical Insurance for Major Illnesses

Source: Business Insider

China will expand medical insurance to cover all critical illnesses for all urban and rural residents by the end of the year, the cabinet said on Sunday, the latest step in a plan to fix a healthcare system that has sparked public discontent.
Friday, July 31, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Healthcare Start-Up Connects Rural Patients With Global Network of Specialists

Source: How We Made It In Africa

The diagnosis of a serious illness takes heavy emotional and financial toll on the sick and their families. Patients also have to make tough decisions on the choice of medical care. In many African countries, access to second opinion consultations can be challenging since most have a shortage of specialist doctors. And often the few available specialists are stationed in cities hence rural patients must travel long distances.
Friday, July 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

How Drones Can Improve Medical Care Access

Source: The Washington Post

Drones seem perfect for quick and fast delivery of all sorts of cargo. So why not biomedical specimens?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — South Asia

India Showing Improved Consumer Sentiment: Rakesh Kapoor, CEO, Reckitt Benckiser

Source: The Economic Times

Rakesh Kapoor, chief executive at British consumer goods firm Reckitt Benckiser, on Monday said India is showing "improvement in consumer sentiment" even as the maker of Dettol antiseptic liquid and Durex condoms reported better-than-expected performance for the quarter ended June.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Trying to Get the World Unhooked From Hookworm

Source: NPR

This week, Goats and Soda learned of a pretty icky research experiment taking place in our nation's capital. People are becoming infected with hookworm in the name of science, as researchers seek to develop a vaccine.
Monday, July 20, 2015 — South Asia

‘Arogya Sakhi’ Tablets Are Revolutionising Indian Rural Healthcare

Source: Networked India

It is common knowledge that health care services in rural India are not easily accessible and health awareness among the people is poor. Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), a learning and development organization has stepped in to improve the situation in rural Maharashtra through a programme called Arogya Sakhi reports The Better India.
Friday, July 17, 2015 — South Asia

Affordable Healthcare Technologies for Rural India

Source: The Hindu

Imagine a three-year-old child suffering from severe pneumonia, which leads to insufficient oxygen in the blood, at a primary health centre (PHC) in a remote village. The centre has no reliable supply of oxygen. So what does one do? How about a low-cost method for oxygen production in rural areas?
Friday, July 17, 2015 — South Asia

Rural India Healthier Than Urban India, Malayalees Sickest

Source: Indiaspend

As much as 86% of the rural population and 82% of the urban population is without health-expenditure support. The average medical expenditure for treating one ailment without being admitted to hospital was Rs 509 in rural India and Rs 639 in urban India. Up to 58% of hospital care occurred in private hospitals in rural India; it was 68% in urban India.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 — South Asia

Bigger May Not Be Better for China's 'Super Hospitals'

Source: Reuters

Just before midnight, the pavement outside the glowing high-rise towers of the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University is littered with slumbering bodies. Splayed on colorful mats or tucked into folding cots, these are patients' relatives.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 — South Asia

Pharma Price Control Has Stunted Innovation, Study Finds

Source: The Times of India

Consumers may be happy at a cut in medicine bills but the government's price control measures have forced many brands out of the "unviable" pharmaceutical market, resulting in a drastic slowdown in new launches in the last five years.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: Rural Maubane Receives Solar Powered Health Centre

Source: allAfrica

The North West Department of Health together with Samsung Electronics South Africa have launched a Solar Powered Health Centre (SPHC), which officials says will improve access to specialised healthcare for Maubane residents.
Friday, June 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Rwanda’s Clinics Have Gone Off-Grid and Onto Renewable Energy

Source: The Conversation

Rwanda is located in the poorest region in the world, sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, it is making advances with off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural areas that could be a model for similar economies.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips launches innovative ultrasound to boost healthcare access for South African mothers

Source: Media Update

Royal Philips has launched a new ultra-mobile ultrasound system VISIQ to the South African market. The size of a tablet, the VISIQ is the first ultra-mobile system from Philips.
Monday, June 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Some 400 million lack healthcare worldwide: WHO and World Bank

Source: Reuters

An estimated 400 million people worldwide lack access to at least one of seven essential health services, ranging from pregnancy care to clean water, according to a report released on Friday by the World Health Organization and World Bank.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — South Asia

Making Markets Work: How We Got to 10,000 Toilets

Source: PSI Impact

Last month, our PSI-India project surpassed 10,000 toilets in rural Bihar, one of the poorest states in India, where 99 million reside and more than 80% practices open defecation.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — South Asia

Improving Rural Health Care, One Boat Trip At a Time

Source: Devex

More than 10 years ago, Sanjoy Hazarika heard about the death of a mother in a remote island in Assam, a state in northeast India, because she couldn’t get to the hospital in time. This led the soft-spoken professor to think: Why not bring the hospital to the people?
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Mothers Get A New Kind Of Care In Rural Nigeria

Source: NPR

How do you help a country struggling to provide quality health care, particularly to its rural citizens?More doctors would be great. New and better clinics would help. But in some places, community health workers are an important part of the solution.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Merck Opens Telehealth Clinics for Patients in Rural Africa Areas

Source: HIT Consultant

Merck, in partnership with Kenya Ministry of Health, kicked off their first telehealth clinics at both of Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi and Machacos Hospital as a part of their e-health initiative in Africa.
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.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Forget The Fitbit: Can Wearables Be Designed For The Developing World?

Source: Fast Company

UNICEF, the design firm Frog, and the global mobile processor company ARM are teaming up to find ways that sensor and wearable tech can benefit the world's poorest populations.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — South Asia

The Little Red Dot Saving Lives in India

Source: Yahoo News

Because nearly every Indian woman wears a bindi – a beauty accessory in the shape of a small dot worn in the center of the forehead – Grey for Good decided to create iodine-coated bindis that could act as a daily supplement if worn for at least four hours.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

D-Rev CEO: We Build Medical Devices for People who Live on Less than $4 a Day

Source: KQED

Most medical equipment companies don’t regularly top “most innovative” lists. But D-Rev isn’t your typical medical device maker. The San Francisco-based non-profit wants to help the world’s poorest individuals, who subsist on less than a few dollars per day. Its products include an $80 prosthetic knee and a phototherapy device to treat infants with jaundice.
Monday, May 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: Botswana-UPenn Partnership Teams with Microsoft to Launch Telemedicine Service over TV White Spaces Network

Source: Penn News

The Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) is collaborating with Microsoft, the Botswana Innovation Hub, and other global partners to launch the first telemedicine service in Africa using TV white spaces to bring internet connectivity to hospitals and clinics across rural areas of Botswana. The pilot project, called “Project Kgolagano,” will provide clinical consultations and diagnoses to a patient population who would otherwise have to travel far distances to the capital city of Gaborone, Botswana, for specialized care.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — South Asia

Guj Govt to Revive Telemedicine Project as PPP Model

Source: Deccan Herald

Gujarat Government is all set to revive its telemedicine project, which had failed to take off earlier due to technological hurdles, as a PPP model by roping in private hospitals and experts from Canada.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Half of World's Rural Populations Cannot Access Health Care

Source: The Economic Times

More than half the population of rural areas worldwide do not have access to basic health care, with four in five rural Africans lacking services, the United Nations said Monday.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Africa's battle against AIDS, a key player hits a crossroads

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

The Catholic Church administers 25 percent of all AIDS treatment worldwide, especially in hard-to-reach rural areas. But it's facing new obstacles as funding declines and African governments are under pressure to provide services themselves.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 — South Asia

Biocon Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Public Health by WHO – India

Source: The Financial Express

Biocon’s integrated healthcare initiatives is constantly engaged in improving the quality of life of several thousand communities in India.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 — South Asia

Rajasthan’s Karma Healthcare Bags Funding to Bring Telemedicine to Villages

Source: Tech in Asia

Indian rural healthcare startup Karma Healthcare has raised an undisclosed amount in pre-series A round from impact fund Ankur Capital and an unnamed international VC firm.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

Oral Antibiotics Are Found to Save More Infant Lives

Source: The New York Times

While vaccines, mosquito nets and other health measures have saved millions of children younger than 5 in the last decade, death rates from pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis among babies in the first weeks of life have remained stubbornly high.
Friday, April 3, 2015 — South Asia

Crucial Vaccines Out of Reach for Many in Rural India

Source: Business Today

The Union health ministry's ambitious Mission Indradhanush to immunise children against various diseases faces a major challenge as the Hib vaccine to safeguard the little ones from deadly infections like meningitis, pneumonia and severe throat conditions remains out of the reach in vast areas of the country.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — South Asia

Ali Health Pens Tie-Up for Online Health Testing Platform

Source: Reuters

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's healthcare subsidiary will tie-up with Zhejiang DiAn Diagnostics Co Ltd to help develop an online hospital platform, the diagnostics firm said in a filing late on Monday.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Be Bold: How Gavi Will Immunise Another 300 Million Children

Source: Gates Foundation

A challenge stands before us: ensuring immunisation of the world’s poorest children. If we, as global citizens can meet it, we will help protect the lives of millions in places too poor to afford vaccines.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Big Data is the booster shot the healthcare industry needs

Source: First Post

Big Data solutions can help the health care industry acquire, organise and analyse data to optimise resource allocation, plug inefficiencies, reduce cost of treatment, improve access to health care and advance medicinal research.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'My Life Is So Much Better Now'

Source: BBC

In the west, cataract surgery is a routine operation. But in rural Africa, people can find it extremely difficult to get diagnosed and treated for the condition - and it can ruin their lives.
Monday, March 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

Who Lives and Who Dies?

Source: Slate

What is it like to be a passenger on a bus, or standing in a cheering crowd at the finishing line of a marathon, in the seconds after a bomb goes off, when you know you’re hurt but not where or how badly? What’s it like to be a child who finds a discarded toy and picks up what turns out to be a landmine? What’s it like to be giving birth at home, and see blood pooling between your legs, and look up at the ashen faces of a birth attendant, a midwife, a spouse? What’s it like to feel the earth tremble and see the roof and walls of your home or school fall toward you? More to the point, in terms of survival: What happens next? It depends. Not just on the severity of the injury, but on who and where you are. Death in childbirth, once the leading killer of young women across the world, is now registered almost exclusively among women living in extreme poverty, many of them in rural areas. Trauma is now the leading cause of death for children and young adults in much of the world. Who lives and who dies depends on what sort of health care system is available. And who recovers, if recovery is possible, depends on the way emergency care and hospitals are financed.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Cholera vaccine succeeds in rural Haiti

Source: Medical Xpress

A vaccination campaign that almost didn't happen was widely effective in reducing transmission of cholera in the midst of an ongoing outbreak of the disease in rural Haiti.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Dokita Is Improving Access to Health Information

Source: 97.3 Citi FM

Ghana and Africa as a whole faces a number of big challenges to healthcare delivery. A large part of the healthcare mandate depends on access not only to facilities and treatment, but also simply to empowering, life-saving information. This is often lacking or difficult to access in Africa.
Friday, March 6, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mister Sister clinics roll on

Source: Informante

The Mister Sister initiative started almost three years ago is making a positive contribution at enhanced access to primary health care in rural and remote populations in the Otjozondjupa, Omaheke and Khomas Regions.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s Equity Bank Seeks Investment Opportunities within Health Sector

Source: Ventures

Kenyan-based Equity Bank says it is interested in exploring investment opportunities within the country’s health sector, as it seeks to exploit increasing demand for healthcare in the country.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 — South Asia

Treating India's Ailing Rural Healthcare

Source: DW

Treating diarrhea and pneumonia among children often requires a fairly simple intervention, such as administering life-saving oral rehydration salts. But instead, Indian doctors are often prescribing unnecessary antibiotics or other drugs that may actually worsen illness - according to a recent study coming out of Duke University in the United States.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — South Asia

Boy Walked Eight Days to Treat Broken Arm

Source: Nepali Times

When his eight-year old son Dharmaraj broke his hand while grazing cattle in the remote mountains of Humla, Mansingh Thapa took him to a private clinic in Simkot. It cost Rs 4,500 just to get Dharmaraj’s hand in a cast.??But the pain in the boy’s arm did not subside. Unable to afford a second visit to the clinic, Mansingh packed his belongings, slung Dharmaraj on his shoulders and set off on an eight-day walk to Bayalpata Hospital in Achham district. ?“What could we do? We didn’t have any other choice,” said Mansingh who had heard about Bayalpata from friends who had received free treatment here.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Going Mobile in Sub-Saharan Africa to Save Lives - And Change The Future

Source: Forbes

Mobile technology is rapidly transforming communications and culture in Africa. More than half the continent’s population has a mobile device, up from just one percent in 15 years, according the United Nations. Of course, cities and developed regions are as connected as their counterpart elsewhere, but remote and undeveloped areas where people live on little more than a dollar a day are usually poorly served. That is beginning to change, and healthcare providers are using technology to improve and save lives.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — South Asia

Better Bath Rituals Is One Way Bangladesh Is Saving Its Newborns

Source: NPR

Across the world, a child's survival is a lot like drawing a lottery ticket. Factors based purely on chance — where a child is born, how much money his or her family has and what their ethnic background is — can determine if a child lives past age 5.
Monday, January 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Drones’ New Mission: Saving Lives in Developing Countries

Source: The Guardian

They still aren’t delivering Amazon packages. But in Haiti, Bhutan, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, drones have helped rescue natural disaster victims – and transport medical samples and supplies.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Cloud-Based Tool Improving Healthcare Across the Developing World

Source: The Guardian

Part of a series profiling the finalists in Unilever’s Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, Daniel Yu explains how his social enterprise, Reliefwatch helps track and deliver essential supplies.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bringing HIV Labs by Backpack to Rural Africa

Source: Spectrum

Daktari is planning to roll out its portable CD4 tester in 2015 across sub-Saharan Africa. The Daktari device is part of a new wave of lab-in-a-backpack instruments that can bring diagnostic testing directly to patients and health workers in the developing world.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Home vs. Mobile Clinic-Based HIV Testing and Counseling in Rural Africa

Source: Medical Xpress

Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research published in this week's PLOS Medicine by Niklaus Labhardt from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and colleagues from SolidarMed, a Swiss non-governmental Organization for Health in Africa.
Monday, December 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Johns Hopkins Team Wins Award for Improved Suit to Fight Ebola

Source: Daily Herald

For health-care workers taking care of Ebola patients in West Africa, one of the biggest logistical problems has been the "moon suits" they must wear to protect against being infected by the deadly virus. The suits are hot. Taking them off is a meticulous, multistep process that can leave no room for error.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Selfies Could Detect a Common Deadly Disease

Source: Huffington Post

People might take selfies someday to detect a deadly yet treatable medical condition, according to an award-winning team of medical inventors.
Monday, December 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania to Get Second Floating Clinic

Source: East African Business Week

The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic/WAVE non-governmental organization is introducing a floating health clinic on Lake Tanganyika.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — South Asia

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

Source: The Indian Express

The primary health centre (PHC) in Dholmara village in Kokrajhar is run by Dr Atawor Rehman, who doesn't have an MBBS degree, yet is known for being among the best in the district on the scale of management and service delivery.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Drones Are Being Tested in the Fight Against a Tuberculosis Epidemic in Papua New Guinea

Source: Vice News

Drones have been trialled by Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to combat a centuries-old disease that has crippled communities in one of the most untamed wildernesses on earth.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — South Asia

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

Source: Forbes

Artepharm, a Cantonese medical drugs laboratory, has been engaged for the past few years in a remarkable venture against malaria, a health scourge that has long plagued humanity and has been responsible for every second human death since the Middle Ages.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Wish Foundation plans to raise $100 mn for health innovators

Source: Business Standard

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

Telemedicine trend continues with new Nigerian mobile initiative

Source: Business Monitor

A joint telemedicine initiative between Apollo Hospitals and African telecoms company Airtel will expand access to health services for many Nigerian mobile subscribers.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Guy Who Delivers HIV Medicine On His Bicycle

Source: NPR

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

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

Source: The Washington Post

Frustrated at the lack of interest by the medical establishment in reducing the costs of diagnostic testing, Kanav Kahol returned home to New Delhi in 2011 and built a prototype of a device called the Swasthya Slate (which translates to “Health Tablet”) in less than three months, for a cost of $11,000.
Monday, November 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Intel unveils new chip for mobility healthcare delivery

Source: Business Standard

World's largest chip maker Intel Corporation has unveiled a new sensing platform for enabling mobile-based healthcare delivery to masses.
Monday, November 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Race to Make Ebola Vaccine Pits Crazy Timeline Against Maddening Obstacles

Source: Bloomberg

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

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

Source: The New York Times

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

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

Source: All Africa

Saraya Co. Ltd, a Japanese manufacturer of hygiene and sanitation products, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an initiative to decrease healthcare associated infections in Uganda.
Monday, November 10, 2014 — South Asia

Indian hospital shows how mobility can improve healthcare in rural areas

Source: Information Week

By using telemedicine application for mobile devices, Balabhai Nanavati Hospital is demonstrating how mobility can truly transform the way healthcare services are delivered to rural communities.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals to focus on rural areas

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Apollo Hospitals plans to ride the next wave of growth with expansion in rural sector, Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, said. The hospital chain plans to add at least 14 Reach Hospitals in rural regions at a cost of ? 1,800 crore by 2016 and plans more in the coming years.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

AddressHealth bags global award for innovation in tele-enabled school health centres for urban poor

Source: Pharma Biz

AddressHealth, India’s first paediatric primary healthcare network, has won the prestigious ‘Stars in Global Health’ grant competition from Grand Challenges Canada. The company bagged the honours for its innovative model to provide comprehensive healthcare to children in low income groups through tele-enabled school health centres.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — South Asia

India next on Abbott’s global rebranding map

Source: Times of India

In a bid to reach out and engage with consumers more, the $22-billion US healthcare major Abbott is redefining its corporate identity, with India becoming one of the first markets after the US and Brazil where the change is being rolled out.
Friday, October 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Secret to Nigeria’s success in overcoming Ebola: ORS

Source: Defeat DD

Aggressive use of ORS is being credited with significantly reducing the mortality rate among those who contracted Ebola in Nigeria.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Airtel, Apollo to drive telemedicine in Nigeria

Source: New Telegraph

Nigeria’s third largest telecoms firm, Airtel, has partnered one of the largest integrated healthcare providers in the world, Apollo Hospitals, to enhance access to world-class healthcare services in Nigeria.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Jovago, Unicef Partner to Enhance Infant Registration in Africa

Source: allAfrica - an online hotel booking company- and UNICEF have launched a partnership with the aim of ensuring official birth registration of every child born in Africa.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

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


Engineers from Philips Innovation Labs and GE Healthcare in Bangalore are experimenting with mobility platforms and healthcare which will come to life in India soon in the form of a connected medical world.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Steroids Are No Boon to World’s Poorer Women

Source: The New York Times

Giving steroids to women who are about to give birth prematurely — a standard lifesaving medical practice in richer countries — may be useless or even dangerous in poor countries where most women give birth at home, a major new study has found.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sri Lanka’s Malaria Elimination Efforts a “Spectacular Achievement”

Source: Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka has remained free of malaria for two years – an accomplishment the Global Health Group (GHG) described as a “spectacular achievement,” during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees recently.Dr. Richard Feachem
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Fast CoExist

Drones aren't delivering pizza just yet. But they could soon help save lives in places where health care is hard to reach.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A total market for circumcision

Source: PSI

How private sector providers add marketing and distribution value for voluntary medical male circumcision
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Digital doctors: China sees tech cure for healthcare woes

Source: Reuters

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

Liberian Singers Use The Power Of Music To Raise Ebola Awareness

Source: NPR

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

OPINION: Ebola epidemic is a 'Black Swan' event, say U of M infectious disease experts

Source: MinnPost

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is a “Black Swan” event that is likely to severely alter how the world approaches future global public health crises — even more so than the AIDS epidemic has done — according to a commentary published Friday in JAMA Internal Medicine by Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Detroit Free Press

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

Health insurance reduces mortality among Indian poor

Source: IANS Live

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

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

Source: NPR

Firestone detected its first Ebola case on March 30, when an employee's wife arrived from northern Liberia. Since then Firestone has done a remarkable job of keeping the virus at bay.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

The "Celebrity Couples" of Global Health and Development

Source: Huffington Post

Sanitation and nutrition, contraception and newborn survival, girls' education and child survival, infrastructure and maternal survival, women's incomes and violence -- these are just some of the most powerful relationships in global health and development today. Odd couples, you might think.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Developing countries should enroll medical and nursing students from rural areas

Source: MedicalXpress

Nearly one third of medical and nursing students in developing countries may have no intention of working in their own countries after graduation, while less than one fifth of them intend to work in rural areas where they are needed most, according to a new study.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Guardian

From India to Mexico, meet the innovators in open-heart surgery and palliative care developing unconventional health solutions
Monday, September 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE eyes expansion of healthcare and energy operations in SA

Source: Business Day

General Electric, which is supplying a total of 376 locomotives to Transnet, is looking for opportunities in other sectors in SA, such as healthcare and energy.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE Foundation Expands ImPACT Africa program to Address Critical Shortage of Health Workers in Kenya

Source: Yahoo! Finance

The GE Foundation announced today a new Commitment to Action with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to expand the ImPACT (Improving Perioperative & Anesthetic Care Training) Africa program in Kenya.
Friday, September 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 Techy Solutions for Health Systems

Source: Impact Magazine

There's a shortage of doctors, nurses and midwives worldwide, so there's a need to make the most of those currently in the field. Here are several ways to do that.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Making African Health Care Radically Cheaper

Source: Harvard Business Review

In sub-Saharan Africa, there are three important ways disruptive innovations can democratize health systems: improving health record-keeping, widening drug access and building patient trust.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Forbes

In a world of limited healthcare resources, we need to make hard decisions that will deliver high-impact outcomes for the most people at the least cost. Giving the WHO an additional half-billion dollars to curb Ebola virus infections would be a poor choice.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — South Asia

Indian-American doctor's formula gives expert AIDS care in rural areas

Source: Times of India

When AIDS first struck, patients simply died as there were no drugs to treat it. Now, drugs bring down the spread of virus but still a large section of rural India is left untreated. The reasons: High costs of treatment and travelling.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Taking healthcare to India’s remote tribes

Source: The Hindu

The right to good healthcare must be addressed using modern technology, innovative approaches and by involving tribals in developing solutions for their problems
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GSK Announces Commitment to Improving Access to Vaccines With 5-year Price Freeze

Source: Nigerian Bulletin

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will freeze the prices of its vaccines for five years for developing countries that graduate from GAVI Alliance support. By committing to offer GAVI Alliance prices for vaccines against pneumonia, diarrhoea and cervical cancer, GSK will support developing country governments as they transition to financing the full cost of their local vaccination programmes.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — South Asia

Male Rickshaw Drivers Playing Key Role In Maternal Health Campaign In India

Source: Huffington Post

As the autorickshaws begin lining up inside the compound at 7 a.m., Vijaylakmi Sahu knows she has just 30 minutes to finish her work. Over the next half hour, Sahu works with clockwork precision. She ensures that the temperatures of the vaccines for pregnant women and children are checked before they are packed under her supervision in cold boxes. After that, three to five autorickshaws, known as the Immunization Express, head off to the villages where mothers, children and pregnant women await them.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Glimmer of hope seen in Ebola outbreak

Source: CNN

Three health care workers who were given the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp in Liberia have shown "very positive signs of recovery," the Liberian Ministry of Health said Tuesday. Medical professionals treating the workers have called their progress "remarkable."
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

SimPrints wins £250,000 from Gates Foundation to develop fingerprint scanner


UK start-up SimPrints announced it has received a £250,000 grant in funding to develop a fingerprint scanner that some are calling a “game-changer” in global healthcare, according to Cambridge News.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sanford looks to build hundreds of Ghana clinics

Source: The Island Packet

Sanford Health is looking to open more than 300 clinics in Ghana in the next five years to treat millions of patients. The Dakotas-based health network has opened five clinics in the African nation since 2012 and broke ground last week for a sixth.The clinics have treated more than 180,000 patients.
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.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Midwifery Delivers Health to Ghanaian Moms


One mobile phone app delivers time-sensitive text messages or voicemails to pregnant women and new mothers; the other is for nurses. Together they are doing wonders for maternal and pregnancy health care and raising community awareness at the same time.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Less is More for the Health of Africa’s Hospitals

Source: PDandD Magazine

The rural health clinic in Kimalamisale, Tanzania, sits at the end of a rutted sandy road some 160 miles from the nearest large town.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola outbreak spreads fear in rural Sierra Leone

Source: Enquirer

Weeks under the strain of bad news, much uncertainty and no direct support are taking a toll on rural towns like Rotifunk, in Bumpeh Chiefdom, the focus of my all-volunteer nonprofit Sherbro Foundation Sierra Leone.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

How far off are drones in the delivery of rural care?

Source: Healthcare Dive

A Silicon Valley startup called Matternet is pioneering a pilot program that uses drones to connect rural care providers with major hospitals in Bhutan.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Novartis aims to improve healthcare access in developing nations

Source: The Guardian

Novartis has trained more than 500 health educators and supervisors, addressing healthcare issues for remote communities in emerging markets
Monday, August 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

An easier way to manipulate malaria genes

Source: MIT News

New approach to knocking out parasite’s genes could make it easier to identify drug targets.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips introduces innovative ultra-mobile ultrasound system ‘VISIQ’ in Nigeria

Source: Business Day

Royal Philips unveiled its new ultra-mobile ultrasound system to the Nigerian market during the Lagos leg of its annual pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Cheap Nasal Spray May Save Snakebite Victims

Source: AllAfrica

Curitiba — Snakebites are a highly neglected health problem despite causing up to 84,000 deaths a year globally - but a novel, nasal spray-based approach may help reduce the toll, according to researchers.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — South Asia

Lessons from India for Africa’s healthcare entrepreneurs

Source: HowWeMadeItInAfrica

Access to high-quality, low-cost healthcare services is a big challenge in many African countries. There are few public hospitals in most areas and those available are often under-staffed, under-funded and lack basic facilities. Low-income earners and people residing in rural areas face even greater difficulties accessing the most basic care.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Focus on Poverty: More nutrition science or political will?

Source: SciDev.Net

The second Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) has just been launched, providing detailed evidence on efforts to reduce hunger (ten indicators) and undernutrition (12 indicators) in 45 developing countries.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — South Asia

BlackBerry Up on Plans for New Healthcare Platform in India


Finally, things are shaping up well for Canadian handset manufacturer BlackBerry Limited. According to a report in Economic Times, Blackberry is planning to introduce a novel service platform designed to cater to the needs of the health care sector.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘eHealth For Africa’ initiative makes debut in Nigeria

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

AS part of efforts to strengthen health system in Nigeria, Novartis has introduced ‘eHealth For Africa’ initiative into the country – being an updated version of the Short Message Service (SMS) for Life system in public health facilities.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Brainlab Announces Launch of Right.Brain Foundation To Advance Global Healthcare

Source: Digital Journal

MUNICH--(Business Wire)--In a continued effort to expand global access to and consistency of healthcare, Brainlab today announced the launch of the Right.Brain Foundation, which will provide medical technology and education to selected hospitals and public institutions in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Going the Extra Mile for Health

Source: Huffington Post

In the distant corners of Africa, entrepreneurs deliver goods and services across bumpy roads, crossing brimming rivers and rickety bridges, climbing steep hills and descending treacherous valleys. It is a classic story of conquering odds to reach the unreached.
Monday, July 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Linezolid: Affordable generic access win highlights obstacles to life-saving treatment

Source: Science Speaks

With side effects that include stomach pain, vision problems, vomiting, diarrhea, and anemia as well as pain, weakness, and numbness in hands and feet, linezolid is not something you would take if you had much choice.
Monday, July 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Injecting healthcare into Nairobi’s slums

Source: New Internationalist

What is the significance of seven seconds?
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — South Asia

Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap

Source: IRIN News

DHAKA, 1 July 2014 (IRIN) - Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly-served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services are weak.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — South Asia

HP Will Expand Its Cloud-enabled Rural Health Care Centres In India

Source: Business Insider India

HP's two day long summit is on in Mumbai, India. Today world's major technology and data solutions company, HP, revealed a lesser known fact.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

GNRC announces launch of air ambulance service in North-East India

Source: The Health Site

GNRC (formerly known as Guwahati Neurological Research Centre) today unveiled plans to initiate air ambulance and medical outreach programme using helicopters to remote areas of North-east India.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Going under the knife: surgery access should be available to all

Source: The Guardian

Two billion of the world's poorest are at risk because of the perceived high cost of surgical treatment. But there are solutions
Monday, June 30, 2014 — 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.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Oscars' for health care innovation is back

Source: Devex

GlaxoSmithKline and Save the Children are reopening their doors for innovative solutions to reduce under-5 child mortality.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reuters: Sanofi plans to put dengue program into separate unit

Source: Fierce Markets

Sanofi ($SNY) has been working on a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne dengue virus for 20 years, and now it may be breaking that program off into a distinct unit.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nigeria: India and Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria

Source: AllAfrica

Quality and affordable healthcare delivery is one challenge that Nigeria still battles with. While government at various levels have carried out reforms at one time or the other in the healthcare system, the fact remains that most of the Nigerian hospitals still lack infrastructure of international standard.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Honoring mHealth's young talent

Source: mHealth News

Two young entrepreneurs are receiving international recognition for mHealth products that aim to improve healthcare delivery in Third World countries.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Radio Station Reaches Remote Areas Through Cell Phones

Source: PSFK

Unilever in India launches a marketing initiative that provides entertainment and ads in areas unreachable by other media.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: “Project Last Mile” Expands to Improve Availability of Life-Saving Medicines in Additional Regions of Africa

Source: Market Watch

The Coca-Cola Company, USAID, the Global Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invest more than $21M USD to expand initiative to 10 countries
Monday, June 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

High cost of vaccines complicates crisis response in South Sudan

Source: Global Post

Aid group Médecins Sans Frontières says thousands of children have missed critical vaccines because pharmaceutical companies won’t budge on price
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tackling the ebola epidemic in west Africa: why we need a holistic approach

Source: The Guardian

Immediate medical action is not enough to manage the disease. We need cross-sector collaboration and integrated research
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Circumcision by rubber band? Uganda tries it

Source: ioL News

With trousers around his ankles, Justin Igalla awaits a tight rubber band for his foreskin, an innovative non-surgical technique rolling out in several African nations to encourage circumcision and cut HIV infection rates.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dairy training aims to boost Rwanda to health

Source: UC Davis

In Rwanda, the expression “have milk” — “gira amata” — is not part of a milk-mustachioed marketing campaign. It’s a wish for prosperity.
Friday, June 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

“Big Push” Global Health Model for Reducing Maternal Mortality Has Broad Healthcare Systems Benefits

Source: Health Canal

Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health evaluated the first year of the Saving Mothers, Giving Life program, a global public-private partnership founded by the U.S. and Norway, Merck for Mothers, Every Mother Counts, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

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

In Somalia, a wives’ tale delays measles treatment

Source: The Washington Post

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Hawa Nor carried her visibly weakened son into the hospital’s isolation ward. Like many sick children here, the 7-year-old boy is likely a victim of an old Somali wives’ tale: A child with measles should be kept inside, and away from the doctor, for a week.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

How to Beat Malaria, Once and for All

Source: The New York Times

MALARIA is a seasonal disease; with tropical rains come the fevers. In the news media, malaria is also seasonal.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Market solutions to Cambodia's toilet troubles

Source: IRIN News

PHNOM PENH, 5 June 2014 (IRIN) - Having money in your pocket does not translate into a toilet in your home, so Cambodian sanitation campaigners are trying new ways to encourage latrine construction in a country where years of awareness and subsidy campaigns have not been flush with success.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

In South Africa, Old Custom Becomes Health Crisis

Source: ABC News

The young South African thought he was going to the hills to become a man. He came back with a horrifying injury that made him an outcast.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Telemedicine in India might be just what the doctor ordered

Source: Reuters

Between surgeries and hospital rounds one recent day, Dr. Rajiv Parakh made a dash into his Gurgaon office for an appointment he couldn’t miss: a consultation with a patient who lives hundreds of kilometres away.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — South Asia

India gang rape case highlights lack of toilets

Source: Yahoo! News

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — The two teenage girls had walked out together at night, as they did every night, into the wild bamboo fields 10 or 15 minutes from their mud-and-straw huts to relieve themselves. Like millions of families across India, they had no toilet at home.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fighting Deadly Disease, With Grains of Rice

Source: New York Times

TOKYO — Yoshikazu Yuki and other researchers at the University of Tokyo are bioengineering rice in a bid to turn it into an easy and low-cost storage and delivery medium for drugs to combat common infectious and contagious illnesses.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Exploring the Millennium Villages Project: has it improved lives in Africa?

Source: Irish Examiner

Two leading global philanthropists, Jeffrey D. Sachs and Bill Gates, debate the impact and progress of the Millennium Villages Project, which aims to improve lives in 20 African countries over the course of 10 years.
Monday, June 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

CITADEL takes a look at 3S, the social enterprise that manufactures, cleans and services portable toilets for the urban poor

Source: Citadel

In a globalized nation where connectivity is the norm and gadgets rule, the most basic toilet facilities are not available to a staggeringly huge number of people. This picture has been changing enormously as people have been availing assistance for an improved quality of life.
Friday, May 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Selling affordable water filters to the bottom of the pyramid

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

In a five-year span, Chandrasekaran Jayaraman (Chandra) visited approximately 1,000 villages in India to restore dilapidated temples and heritage structures. He first discovered the problem when visiting some villages in Chennai, noticing that most buildings had heavy vegetation but were still standing strong.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

U.N. Vows to Eliminate Open Defecation by 2025

Source: Inter Press Service

At the height of his election campaign last October, Narendra Modi, India’s Hindu nationalist leader, briefly set aside his spiritual aspirations when he told a surprised audience that economic development should take precedence over religion.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Zambia And IBM To Provide Increased Access To Life Saving Drugs

Source: ventures

VENTURES AFRICA – IBM has announced a collaboration with Zambia’s Ministry of Health to provide citizens with better access to 200 lifesaving drugs.
Friday, May 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

New vaccine approach imprisons malaria parasite in blood cells

Source: Reuters

May 22 (Reuters) - Scientists seeking a vaccine against malaria, which kills a child every minute in Africa, have developed a promising new approach intended to imprison the disease-causing parasites inside the red blood cells they infect.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Zambian Government and IBM Provide Improved Access to Life Saving Drugs

Source: The Wall Street Journal

LUSAKA, Zambia, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide citizens with improved access to 200 life saving drugs. Supported by the World Bank, the Department for International Development, UNICEF and London Business School, Zambia's Medical Stores Limited (MSL) will deploy a new medical supply chain pilot project using sophisticated analytics and mobile technologies to better manage medicine inventory and delivery.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

India asks BRICS nations to use flexibilities under TRIPS for increased accessibility to medicines

Source: Pharmabiz

India has urged other members of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to use flexibilities and safeguards under TRIPS like compulsory licencing and parallel imports to push down the prices and increase accessibility to medicines.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

The importance of energy in improving maternal and child health in Africa

Source: AfDB

The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Annual Meetings 2014 commenced in Kigali on May 19. A ministerial visit to healthcare centres in a rural area was organised to coincide with this event. The visit highlighted the importance of rural electrification through the use of renewable energy sources.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

This is what makes a 'best buy' in global health

Source: Devex

What makes a sound investment in global health? In this video interview, Devex Editor Rolf Rosenkranz asked Anastasia Thatcher, head of global health at Accenture Development Partnerships, who discussed how firms can figure out the right market to enter so they can deliver both the business and development outcomes they are aiming for, and gave the example of a Novartis-led program to make affordable pharmaceutical drugs for poor customers in India as an example of a “best buy” in her line of work.
Monday, May 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Analytical approach' needed to rethink investment in global health

Source: Devex

To reduce overall mortality rates, where should global health investments go? It’s more about understanding the specifics that are the root causes of the mortality rather than whether to investment in this or that country, according to Dr. Mark Grabowsky, chief operating officer at the Office of the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

1,000 Days: The Period That Decides the Health and Wealth of the World

Source: The Atlantic

A globetrotting investigation into the biggest new idea in international development.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Janssen and Stop TB Partnership to expand access to tuberculosis medicines

Source: Zenopa

Janssen has entered into a new agreement with the Stop TB Partnership that will facilitate access to tuberculosis therapies in a number of poorer countries.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

iKure - Paving the Way to Accessible and Affordable Healthcare through Software Development


iKure - a Kolkata-based social enterprise dedicated to bringing affordable health care to India’s poorest populations - has created these spot camps as an integral part of their inventive model for a network of health clinics in India’s rural areas. In addition to providing access to doctors and medicine prescriptions, they provide the necessary outreach to tell villagers about where and when the clinics are and how they can access medical consultations and medicine.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

Rohingya Health Crisis In West Myanmar After Aid Groups Forced Out

Source: Business Insider

The United Nations says at least 40 Rohingya were killed there by Buddhist Rakhine villagers. The government denies any killings occurred.
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.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Innovative' Sughavazhvu healthcare gaining popularity in rural India

Source: Yahoo! News

A healthcare system for rural India, dubbed Sughavazhvu, which stands for 'happy life' in Tamil, is gaining popularity thanks to it's use of innovative techniques for providing accessible and appropriate primary healthcare.
Friday, April 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Public-private partnerships can help improve healthcare in Africa

Source: The Guardian

It is shocking, but perhaps not surprising, to read of the impact of the public-private partnership between the Lesotho government and Netcare on healthcare across Lesotho (Finance deal threatens Lesotho's hospitals, says Oxfam, 7 April). However, public-private partnership can work in an African healthcare setting, and this has been demonstrated over the last six years by the success of the Health Improvement Project Zanzibar (HIPZ) in transforming services on the island.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — South Asia

Philips India Offers 2 Affordable, Pocket-sized Diagnostics for Xardiac & Maternal Emergencies

Source: PharmaBiz

The two products designed and developed at the Phillips Innovation Centre (PIC) in Bengaluru which is one among its key R&D locations of the 59 research centres globally.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: Richard Branson on World Health Day

Source: Virgin

This year’s World Health Day is focused on vector-borne diseases.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Guardian

A flagship hospital built in Lesotho using public/private financing with advice from an arm of the World Bank threatens to bankrupt the impoverished African country's health budget.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — 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.
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.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Outbreak in Guinea May Spread to Liberia

Source: The Washington Post

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is believed to have killed at least 59 people in Guinea and may already have spread to neighboring Liberia, health officials said Monday.
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.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda: Are Virtual Doctors the Answer for Ugandan Health Care?

Source: All Africa

A new telemedicine facility in one of the most remote regions of Uganda allows local health care workers to consult online with doctors in Kampala. The potential for Uganda's poorly-staffed health centers could be huge.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Strengthening health systems is the most critical investment in global health, finds survey

Source: News Medical

Strengthening the health systems that provide health products and care is the most critical investment in global health, according to international survey results released today by leading global health organizations, PSI and PATH, as well as Devex, the global development media brand.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

UK aid watchdog tells DfID to focus on quality of healthcare in Kenya

Source: The Guardian

A government watchdog has called on the Department for International Development (DfID) to do more to improve the quality of care at Kenyan health facilities after recording patient complaints of petty corruption and "physical and emotional abuse" by staff.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Improving Global Health, One Text at a Time

Source: Relief Web

AMREF Kenya receives matching grant for mHealth Project
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria spreads to higher altitudes due to global warming

Source: Catholic Online

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

How Donated Bicycles Are Helping Save Lives in Africa

Source: Care2

Think supporting development means giving hand outs? Think again. Done right, development means giving a hand up. Take for example Aid for Africa member World Bicycle Relief and its recently established Buffalo Bikes Ltd.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — South Asia

Biocon Launches e-healthcare Programme in Odisha, India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Biotech major Biocon in partnership with Canara Bank and Odisha government has initiated an e-healthcare programme for the underprivileged and rural communities in the state.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — Latin America

Haiti launches anti-cholera vaccination campaign

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Haitian government along with international partners including the World Health Organization launched a vaccination campaign against cholera on Saturday targeting 100,000 people in vulnerable areas of the impoverished Caribbean country.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Deepening' medical crisis in Afghanistan

Source: BBC News

Despite years of aid, medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited as casualty rates from violence climb, humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns in a report.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobile Phones, Apps, Throw Lifeline to Shunned Sufferers of Brain and Mental Disorders in Remote World Corners

Source: Press Release

Grand Challenges Canada today offers funding of up to $270,000 to 21 global mental health projects worldwide and up to $2 million to an innovative program in India designed to improve the quality of mental health patient treatment and end reported abuses.
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

e-health Centre Soon in Ghatshila Subdivision

Source: The Times of India

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

Healthcare on the go

Source: Mumbai Mirror

Most of us have been embarrassingly blind to the fact that so many Indians can't see. Or that so many Indians do not even have access to basic healthcare.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Zambia: Govt Takes Healthcare Closer to Solwezi Communities

Source: All Africa

Owning a bicycle by households in the rural parts of Zambia is such a life-saving asset especially to the people of Kimpitubwanga village in chief Kapijimpanga area in Solwezi district who walk several hours in search of health services.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vaccines endure African temperatures without damage

Source: Nature

An immunization campaign in West Africa has shown that vaccines can be delivered to remote areas without using ice boxes, and still remain viable. The finding challenges decades-old dogma that vaccines must be kept cool at every step of the chain from manufacture to use.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Asia Pacific

The Philippines Rolls Out Telemedicine with TV White Spaces

Source: Future Gov Asia

TV White Spaces will tap unused frequencies between TV channels to deliver data connectivity to further support rural broadband, telemedicine, educational content delivery and to enhance the data gathering capability of the government’s sensor networks.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

‘Quality, a concern for Indian healthcare sector’

Source: The Hindu

As many as 98,000 hospital deaths occur annually due to medical errors, which also increase the cost of treatment for patients, according to K.K. Kalra, Chief Executive Officer of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Merck expands its Capacity Advancement Campaign to Mozambique

Source: Africa Science News

Merck Germany has expanded the Capacity Advancement Program first rolled out in Kenya to Mozambique, a move to show its taking Africa seriously.
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 — Asia Pacific

Typhoon Haiyan leaves shattered healthcare in central Philippines

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

There have been no major outbreaks of disease in Samar and Eastern Samar provinces, but between Jan. 1 and 20 , there were 84 suspected dengue cases in Ormoc City in Leyte Province, leading to the medical evacuation of at least four international aid workers.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gambia: Rural Electrification Boosts Health Care Delivery

Source: allAfrica

CEO Kebba Badjie recently made these remarks in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Bwiam.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Space Programme Can Improve Health Care: Ex-ISRO Chief

Source: Outlook India

India's versatile space programme has potential to significantly improve health care through tele-medicine and gene therapy which will go a long way in providing affordable treatment to large section of people, former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan said today.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mart to take GE medical devices to rural India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Taking a cue from the success story in Bangladesh, rural marketing consultancy firm Mart is chalking out plans to introduce low-cost ultrasound devices in Indian villages.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 — South Asia

Mobile devices to empower health workers under MMPs

Source: Financial Chronicle Live

Adoption of Information Technology is important in improving access to healthcare in India. After pilot projects in a few states, Central Ministry of Health is planning to empower health workers with handheld devices like mobiles phones for data collection at the grass-root level.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Connected health to redefine India’s journey as an economic superpower, says Accenture

Source: InformationWeek

Despite its growing economic prowess, India ranks among the bottom five countries with the lowest public health spending globally and accounts for 21 percent of the world’s burden of disease.
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 — South Asia

Philips India & PGIMER showcase mobile health outreach programme Asha Jyoti in New Delhi

Source: PharmaBiz

Philips Healthcare’s flagship Women's Healthcare Outreach Mobile programme, Asha Jyoti, has collaborated with Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), and the non-governmental organization RAD-AID to screen 4000 women in less than 20 months.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan rural eye hospital finds profit in service

Source: Standard Digital Business

Few people would think of establishing a private healthcare facility in Kenya’s rural areas as many patients in these regions cannot afford private care.
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
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Portable telemedicine device for medics

Source: Phys Org

A robust portable device for monitoring vital signs and providing communications for medics developed with the support of ESA offers a lifeline even in the remotest areas on Earth via satcoms.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

New tele-medicine concept launched to tackle sickle cell

Source: Business Standard

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

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

Source: Huffington Post Impact

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

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

Source: Nigerian Tribune

The cost of basic health care more often than not goes beyond the financial strength of many people and those that can afford such services more often than not find themselves at a loss on how and where to get qualitative attention. In Oyo State, however, this is a thing of the past with the intervention of the Access to Basic medical Care (ABC) foundation, an initiative of the wife of the executive governor of the state, Mrs Florence Ajimobi.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vaccine nanoparticles offer shake-and-bake field delivery

Source: Fierce Drug Delivery

To be able to make vaccines on site simply and effectively would greatly benefit remote areas that are often hampered by both distance from the source of vaccines and the difficulty of refrigeration.
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

Nigeria: Doctors Shelve Planned Strike

Source: All Africa

Medical Doctors have announced the suspension of its planned nationwide strike which was to take effect today.
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

The emerging world’s vaccine pioneers by Bill Gates

Source: Live Mint

"As I look ahead to 2014, I am more optimistic than ever about the progress that we can make using the power of vaccines"
Friday, December 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Crowd-sourcing Nepal’s rural healthcare

Source: IRIN News

An Internet campaign to solicit funds for the medical procedures of individual patients in rural Nepal is increasing donor awareness and healthcare provider accountability, public health practitioners say.
Friday, December 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Thousands of health workers in Senegal receive no pay. Is that fair?

Source: PRI

In many parts of Latin America, Asia and Africa, there aren't enough doctors and nurses to care for everyone who is sick. So charities and governments have enlisted thousands of volunteers to serve as community health workers.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Ennovent, Ankur Capital Invests In ERC Eye Care

Source: DealCurry

Assam-based ERC Eye Care has raised funds form Ennovent Impact Investment Holding and Ankur Capital along with participation from angel investor Sadeesh Raghavan and Ennovent Circle, ET states. The company would use the funds for expanding number of vision centres and to launch its first hub hospital.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Indigenous thalassemia diagnostic kit launched in India

Source: The Hindu

India on Tuesday launched a low-cost, indigenously-manufactured Thalassemia and Sickle Cell diagnostic kit that will simplify the identification of 7 common beta-thalassemia mutations and two common abnormal haemoglobins, common in India.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Victory for Rwanda

Source: U.S. News

The African country synonymous with violence is winning the battle against disease and death.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Latin America

Haiti's new generation of doctors hope to revive ailing health sector, rebuild country

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A cholera epidemic, one of the highest malnutrition and maternal mortality rates in Latin America and an ill-equipped health sector are not putting off a new generation of Haitian doctors born and trained in the Caribbean nation.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Solar Lamp for African Villagers

Source: OnIslam

On a continent where more than half the population lives off-the-grid, many African villagers can neither afford nor acquire simple solar lamps. Instead, they have to rely on dangerous kerosene products to light their homes.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Startup Spotlight : Specialty Telehealth Services

Source: Miami Herald

Specialty Telehealth Services (STS) integrates complex telehealth systems to produce positive health impacts. STS owns and operates a 24-hour Response Center providing teletrauma services and is also implementing a Latin American Telestroke Network.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Give every health worker in Africa a bike

Source: CNN

When we first met health workers like Kaemba, they told us that when they didn't have a bike -- which was most of the time -- or, when they have a bike and that it had broken down -- almost always -- they couldn't do the job they had been trained for.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013

Source: Capital Public Radio

This year was on track for a record-low number of polio cases. But polio pushed back hard. It reappeared in some places and spiked in others. Still, global health officials remain confident that polio can be defeated soon.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Health sector needs a paradigm shift to escape morass

Source: Standard Digital

Kenyans mourn for the people who have died in senseless road accidents even as the country celebrates its Golden Jubilee. It is regrettable that a country that was born out of bloodshed in the fight for independence should witness more deaths in hospitals due to the ongoing health workers’ strike.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global resistance to TB drugs is 'ticking time bomb'

Source: BBC News

Increasing resistance to tuberculosis drugs around the world is a "ticking time bomb", says the World Health Organization (WHO).
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovate or die: what it takes to transform global health

Source: The Guardian

Social entrepreneurs are changing the lives of millions in the developing world, but it is often a lonely and frustrating journey. Ken Banks shares his tips for success for would-be innovators.
Friday, December 6, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Portable Device Tests for HIV With a Single Drop of Blood

Source: Health Line

Advances in T-cell analysis give hope to HIV and ovarian cancer patients.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: Rural Health - Grossly Unequal but Some Hope

Source: All Africa

While there are significant unmet health needs in many parts of South Africa, they are particularly acute in historically disadvantaged rural areas.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Africa, Climate Change Wages War on Bodies, not Just Lands

Source: Yahoo News

While the African Union concentrates on strategies to mitigate the devastating financial effects climate change is having on Africans, I worry instead about its impact on our bodies.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 — Latin America

Duke Global Health Institute brings pediatric care to Guatemala

Source: The Duke Chronicle

A multidisciplinary team from Duke is providing pediatric surgical care and research in Guatemala, where access to medical services is limited.
Monday, November 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia spreads health awareness in its villages over coffee

Source: The Hindu

The government has employed an army of women health workers to educate rural women about healthy lifestyle practices
Monday, November 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Medical students join fight against diabetes

Source: Africa Science News

Over 5000 medical students at the University of Nairobi, Makerere University and University of Namibia are set to steer the fight against diabetes.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Agency ready to provide telemedicine in Nigeria

Source: Daily Times Nigeria

The Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) is ready to provide telemedicine services to improve the health status of Nigerians.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

World's First Heath Conference on Social Marketing and Franchising begins Dec 3

Source: India Education Diary

The Government is keen to explore the potential of social marketing (SM) and social franchising (SF) as effective tools to reach out to the rural population and scale up healthcare delivery under its flagship programmes, said Ms Anuradha Gupta, Additional Secretary of Health and Mission Director of National Rural Health Mission.
Monday, November 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Training Rural Liberians To Save Lives

Source: Forbes

Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) aims to bring quality health care and jobs to remote regions of Liberia.
Monday, November 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africans once protected against malaria face new risk

Source: Business Recorder

While virus P. vivax causes some 65 percent of malaria in India and is endemic in many other parts of the world, much of Africa has remained immune.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Apollo inks MoU with CSC to offer healthcare via telemedicine

Source: SmartInvestor

Apollo Hospitals Group today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Common Services Centers (CSC) Scheme of the government to deliver healthcare using telemedicine platform to patients in rural areas.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Winners of $1 million award to support lifesaving innovations announced

Source: Times of India

A simple low-cost device that helps newborn babies to breathe and has the potential to transform the life chances for thousands of African babies has been awarded the highest fund in the first GSK and Save the Children $1million Healthcare Innovation Award.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Clinics Bring Health Care to the Countryside in South Africa

Source: allAfrica

South Africa has a serious lack of healthcare facilities in rural areas but some new solar-powered mobile clinics are changing that.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 — South Asia

Integrated medicine is future

Source: The Times of India

The international conference on Global Health Futures reiterated that integrated medicine is the way forward in days to come.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 — South Asia

Patient Data Company Commits to the Business Call to Action While Expanding Low-cost Mobile Health Services in India

Source: Business Call To Action

Company links health security with better medical outcomes
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Mobile Clinics Bring Health Care to South Africa Countryside

Source: Voice of America News

South Africa has a serious lack of healthcare facilities in rural areas. In many cases, people must walk for kilometers to reach the closest clinic. But some new solar-powered mobile clinics are changing that.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Pneumonia responsible for 20% of child deaths

Source: The Jakarta Post

Global health bodies highlight essential interventions that will help reduce the incidence of pneumonia as the disease remains the single biggest killer of children under five globally. Pneumonia claims the lives of more than 1 million girls and boys every year despite pneumonia deaths being preventable.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Latin America

Project in Sergipe, Brazil, Deploys Telemedicine in Pediatric Care

Source: Hispanic Business

Cisco technology will be used in the care of children in Brazil´s northeastern region, in the towns of Lagarto and Tobias Barreto, connecting local clinics to hospitals and specialists from the capital of the state and the Federal University of Sergipe, improving medical assistance.
Friday, November 1, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Blue chip companies join forces with UN to provide better healthcare

Source: The Guardian

The campaign aims to train, equip and deploy one million community health workers by the end of 2015.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Samsung Electronics push medical equipment for remote areas

Source: New Era

With the shortage of skilled medical personnel and resources in outlying rural areas of Africa, Samsung Electronics says its diagnostic medical technology solutions could be the ideal healthcare for impoverished rural areas.
Monday, October 28, 2013 — South Asia

Medical services through phone on anvil

Source: The Times of India

Can cellphones save lives? Marking a significant shift, Indian healthcare providers are now looking at extending medical services through mobile telephony.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Building public-private partnerships for better access to health products

Source: The Guardian

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

The Future of Health Care Access

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

For generations, the model of how people in the developed world access health care services has involved face-to-face encounters between doctors and patients in brick-and-mortar medical facilities. The contours of that model are well known: A patient arrives in a clinic, registers her insurance at the front desk, and waits. Then a nurse or an aide ushers her into a sterile room, takes her vital signs, and hands her a paper gown. Some minutes later, a doctor in a white coat enters the room, asks her questions for 10 minutes or so, and conducts a brief physical examination. The doctor issues a diagnosis, writes a prescription, and sends the patient off to make a copayment. Afterward, the patient will drive to a local pharmacy to purchase medication. She is one of 40 patients whom the doctor will see that day.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 — South Asia

Low-cost healthcare: US can take cue from India

Source: Hindustan Times

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

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

Source: CNN

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

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

Source: Your Story

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

Bikes for Africa changing health care

Source: IOL

When Andrea Coleman bought her first motorcycle six months before her 16th birthday, all she wanted to do was escape her “funny little suburb” outside London. Now, almost 50 years later, she is being credited with using motorcycles to revolutionise Africa's transport and health systems. The mother- of-three will receive the Barclays Women of the Year award at the 59th annual Women of the Year Lunch on 16 October.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

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

Source: Live Mint

Can digital intervention and adoption of information communication technology (ICT) tools save 300,000 TB patients from dying every year? Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said recently that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has in its two terms in office taken initiatives to revamp two key sectors—health and education. Although public health is a state subject, the central government has made significant investments in developing health infrastructure and services delivery through the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Under NRHM alone, more than Rs.96,000 crore has been provided for revamping rural healthcare.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: United Nations News Centre

The United Nations health agency has approved a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE), stressing that access to the vaccine will help save the lives of children in developing countries.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Health Care: Commissioner Sues For Co-operation Amongst Practitioners

Source: The Nigerian Observer

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

Medanta Opens Its First Telemedicine Centre in Chandigarh

Source: i-Newswire

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

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

Source: Social Story

Would you have the courage to leave behind a comfortable life in big MNC to chase a dream full of uncertainties? That’s exactly what Sujay Santra, the founder of iKure, did. Unhappy with the way his life was going, he resigned from Oracle – one of the biggest software and hardware systems companies – and got into his own business. “Although I had a very decent and satisfying life, I had an identity crisis. I asked ‘Where do I see myself in five, ten years down the line?” and the vision forward was not very satisfying. Then I started to think about how could I change many people’s lives; it triggered something in me and I started to feel I needed to do something”.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New service uses mobile phones to reduce maternal mortality

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

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

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

Source: Devex

At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, the GAVI Alliance announced a pair of new intiatives that aim to leverage private sector funds and expertise to improve delivery of vaccines worldwide.
Monday, September 30, 2013 — South Asia

Sucre Blue sets up affordable, community health care in India

Source: MSNBC

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

How finding research gaps can help fight malnutrition

Source: Devex

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

Firm bets on telemedicine to reach needy patients

Source: Hispanic Business

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

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

Source: Ventures Africa

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

Ghana to vaccinate girls against cervical cancer - Mahama

Source: CitifmOnline

Ghana this year will begin a demonstration project vaccinating girls against human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, which is the biggest cancer killer of women on the African continent. President John Mahama revealed this in New York on Tuesday, when Ghana hosted a side event at the ongoing UN General Assembly, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and the Global Fund.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Multi-level strategy to fight malaria launched by UN development arm and partners

Source: United Nations News Centre

The United Nations and a coalition of partners today launched a comprehensive approach to fighting malaria, a disease which – despite tremendous advances – still kills an estimated 660,000 people each year and poses a major challenge to development. With the participation of world leaders gathered in New York for the 68th General Assembly, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria, which calls for greater coordinated action among different development sectors to tackle the disease, which exacts its deadliest toll in sub-Saharan Africa.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaria Will Be The First Disease Beaten By Mobile

Source: UN Dispatch

"Malaria will be the first disease beaten by mobile.” That’s what Martin Edlund, the CEO of Malaria No More, told the buzzing crowd during his Social Good Summit talk earlier today. Edlund and his organization view the mobile phone as a game-changer in the fight against malaria, a disease that killed 660,000 people last year – primarily women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edlund explained that malaria “thrives on bad information” and lack of data. And mobile phones are helping connect the dots between all the other malaria-fighting tools.
Monday, September 23, 2013 — Latin America

Latin American link-up aims for US$1 syphilis test


Paraguayan and Uruguayan scientists are working together to develop a US$1 diagnostic test for syphilis, which they hope could be launched as early as next year. The early-detection kit for a disease that affects three million people in Latin America would be used alongside pregnancy tests to cut cases of congenital syphilis, say the researchers, who have linked up through the UN University's Biotechnology Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC), based in Venezuela.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 — South Asia

Apollo pins hopes on affordable healthcare

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Apollo Hospitals will bank on its own revenues for its rural healthcare drive under the brand Apollo Reach, with an aim at faster return on capital expenditure. “We have 10 Reach hospitals in operation. In the next three years, we’ll have 1,300 beds set up in Tier I cities, and another 1,100 in Tier II cities,” said Joint Managing Director Suneeta Reddy. Setting up a Reach hospital in a Tier II city will cost about Rs 50 lakh, which is less than half of what it takes for a healthcare centre in a city, she said. Each Reach hospital has about 120 beds.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Early Childhood Survival Improving Globally

Source: allAfrica

More children are surviving their early years and maturing into adolescence than in the past, and the international community is celebrating the progress. The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the United Nations' Population Division report data September 13 showing that child deaths worldwide were down by almost half in 2012 as compared to 1990. More than 12 million children under age 5 died, mostly from preventable causes, in 1990. In 2012, the annual number of young deaths was down to 6.6 million.
Monday, September 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Passionate, and You Just Might Change the World

Source: Womenetics

You know that sinking, cold feeling you get when you know something is bad, but when you really begin investigating, it turns out that the situation is much worse than you even anticipated? Now what if that problem is the safety of health care workers and the integrity of blood samples collected to diagnose and treat health issues like HIV/AIDS? Renuka Gadde traveled to medical facilities around the world to prove her theory that blood collection techniques and protocols were a weak point in health care systems. What she observed was even more alarming than she expected.
Friday, September 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Motorcycles are Critical to Health in Rural Africa

Source: Andrea Coleman, CEO, Riders For Health

The motorcycle. Even though from an early age I was fascinated by the engineering, it has always meant fun and freedom. That is until 25 years ago, when my husband Barry and I started Riders for Health. Barry had always had a similar interest in the incredibly perfect technology that is the motorcycle and its engine. And we founded Riders for Health to concentrate on the efficient running of this technology to deliver health care to millions of people living in communities in rural Africa.
Friday, September 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Cell Phones Are Transforming Health Care in Africa

Source: MIT Technology Review

In a little over a decade, Africa has gone from a region with virtually no fixed-line telecoms infrastructure to a continent where one in six of the billion inhabitants now owns a cell phone. But as this mass adoption of technology continues to gather momentum, it is causing a fundamental shift that goes beyond merely connecting people; it is creating one of the largest, low-cost distributed sensor networks we’ve ever seen, one which has the potential to completely transform global health care.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The toughest job in Nigerian healthcare

Source: The Guardian

Midway through our interview the power cuts and the room is thrown into darkness. We are at Nigeria's National Primary Healthcare Development Agency to talk to its chief executive about the issues facing his nation – and sporadic electricity supply is just one. Dr Ado Jimada Gana Muhammad has arguably the toughest job in Nigerian healthcare.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Dispatches from the Field: Transforming Breast Cancer Care in Rural Africa

Source: Fletcher Allen Health Care

To a Ugandan woman, “a diagnosis of breast cancer is like a death sentence,” explains Kristen DeStigter, MD, Vice Chair of the Department of Radiology at Fletcher Allen. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in Ugandan women, with more than 75 percent of patients diagnosed with stage III or stage IV cancer. DeStigter, the co-founder of Imaging the World (ITW), hopes her program can change that. ITW brings ultrasound training, technology, and telemedicine to rural parts of low-income countries, and promises cost-effective, sustainable breast cancer detection, remote diagnosis, and greater breast cancer awareness.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Developing Healthier Habits

Source: Financial Advisor

Health-care companies facing a host of profit-threatening conditions—such as pricing pressures, patent expirations and sluggish economic growth in mature markets—are beginning to build some immunity by boosting their exposure to the developing world. According to Julia Giguere, a senior analyst who covers the health-care sector for MSCI ESG Research in Boston, developing countries are experiencing stronger economic and population growth than the developed world. They also boast rising middle classes and they increasingly need products that can address shifting disease burdens.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Universal health coverage within reach for developing countries


Once seen as a distant objective, economic growth and political will are now bringing universal health coverage within reach for the developing world. But great financial and social challenges still remain to be addressed before the vision becomes reality, EurActiv France reports. Developing countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa are quickly catching up with European healthcare standards, although it will take nearly half a century before all can provide comparable treatments.
Monday, September 9, 2013 — South Asia

Vijayan launches Charioteer Fund-I impact investment fund

Source: The Times of India

Krishnamurthy Vijayan, the former executive chairman of JP Morgan Asset Management India, has launched an impact investment fund that will invest in India's livelihood and skills development space. The Rs 250-crore fund, Charioteer Fund-I, will be a five-year fund with an extension of a further five years, and will look to invest between Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 crore in micro-enterprise clusters.
Friday, September 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Hollywood takes on South African health issues

Source: Screen Africa News

Hollywood writers, producers and executives visited South Africa in May as part of efforts to inspire more global health storylines on popular US television shows.
Friday, September 6, 2013 — South Asia

In India, Daughters-in-Law Encouraged to Speak Up

Source: women'

A mother-in-law often dictates family planning decisions for the younger women in her household. Some health reformers are trying to change that dynamic through counseling efforts and discussion groups.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Eye-phone set to revolutionise African optical care

Source: eNews Channel Africa

An impressive new mobile phone app is being tested in Kenya. It acts as a mobile visual clinic, and is set to revolutionise eye care in Africa. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 300 million people are blind or seriously visually impaired. But a team of doctors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine armed with an innovative, low cost, smartphone solution, have set out to make an impact on this community.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 — Latin America

Brazil, facing health-care crisis, imports Cuban doctors

Source: The Washington Post

Since the 1960s, Cuba has deployed an army of doctors by the tens of thousands to the world’s most inhospitable corners, from Haiti to Africa’s killing fields to the ultra-violent barrios of Venezuela. Now, thousands of Cubans are heading to relatively affluent Brazil to shore up a decrepit health-care system that has become a national embarrassment.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda: Doctors Get Offers They Can't Resist

Source: The Independent (Kampala)

Every two days, at least one doctor heads to the airport of a poor African country and flies off to work in Europe or America. Up to 2000 doctors have left in the last 10 years; leaving Africa with the highest disease burden in the world and the lowest number of health workers.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malawi's Health Care Subject Of Intense Worry For Country's Poor

Source: Huffington Post

Fagnes Matunga lives about as far away as a Malawian can from the country’s capital city of Lilongwe. Her village of thatch-roof huts is perched on the summit of a windswept mountain. The dirt road that serves as the main thoroughfare doubles as a porous border between her native Malawi and neighboring Mozambique. Trucks that carry her meager crop of Irish potatoes to urban markets — and the ambulances that transport laboring women in urgent need of C-sections — travel hours to reach the paved highway.
Friday, August 9, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Proving that mobile can revolutionise healthcare

Source: BizTechAfrica

A mobile health initiative now being expanded across numerous rural clinics in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province underlines the positive impact mobile can have on healthcare.
Thursday, August 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Top 3 Public Health Trends Across Africa

Source: Forbes

In advance of the many health-related discussions to take place in September at the Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit, UN week and other such events, the Skoll World Forum asked some of the world’s leading voices in global health to paint a comprehensive picture of key trends, challenges and opportunities to realizing healthcare access and treatment around the world.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Disruptive Innovation In The Poorest And Most Remote Places In The World

Source: Forbes

Editor’s Note: In advance of the many health-related discussions to take place in September at the Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit, UN week and other such events, the Skoll World Forum asked some of the world’s leading voices in global health to paint a comprehensive picture of key trends, challenges and opportunities to realizing healthcare access and treatment around the world. A new piece will be posted everyday through Friday, and you can view the entire series here.
Monday, August 5, 2013 — South Asia

'Two-thirds of injections in India unsafe’

Source: The Indian Express

With an aim to protect patients from infections caused by use of unsafe injections, Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) launched Safe Injection Environment programme in the city on Sunday, where they talked about the importance of safe injection practices.
Friday, August 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Open development and social impact bonds: rethinking healthcare delivery

Source: The Guardian

By incentivising investment through payment on results, and by making information open, local entrepreneurs can fill the gaps and help deliver much needed services
Thursday, August 1, 2013 — Latin America

Colombia is world's first country to wipe out river blindness - WHO

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Colombia has become the first country in the world to eradicate river blindness through the distribution of an anti-parasitic drug in affected parts of the South American nation and a sustained health education campaign in local communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

$2 birth kit could prevent hundreds of deaths every day

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

What if you arrived at a hospital to give birth, only to be sent home because you didn’t bring your own delivery room supplies?
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — South Asia

'The Govt's decision of sending inexperienced MBBS doctors to rural India is flawed'

Source: DNA

According to various sources, the Central Government and the Medical Council of India have reached a consensus about introducing a compulsory one-year rural stint for any MBBS student who wishes to sit for post-graduation entrance exams.
Friday, July 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Clinical trials and global health equity

Source: The Lancet

What happens when people who previously did not have access are provided with the kind of health care that most of The Lancet’s readership takes for granted?
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovative finance can boost global health R&D

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Whatever the exact numbers, few would dispute that only a small fraction of health R&D funding targets conditions in poor countries that account for most of the global disease burden.
Monday, July 8, 2013 — No Region Specified

Making a Medicine as Easy to Find as a Can of Coke

Source: The New York Times

Diarrheal disease, which kills a million children younger than 5 each year, has an image problem. It doesn’t raise much alarm in industrialized countries, where it is merely a nuisance that can be treated with inexpensive, readily accessible remedies. In poorer countries, though, where a large majority of these children are dying, those remedies often cannot be found.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Hepatitis Network against 'silent crisis'

Source: Devex

Hepatitis may not be as notorious a disease as HIV/AIDS, but it kills almost as many people each year.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Surgery: Myths and Realities

Source: Huffington Post

What the world really needs is consistent, quality surgical services in developing countries. In communities around the world, lack of training and supplies mean there is little to no surgical treatment available for injuries, maternal complications, cancer, congenital malformations, and emergencies like appendicitis
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

The battle for affordable drugs

Source: CNN World

“No intellectual property should stand in the way of you, the countries of the world, protecting your people. Do you agree or not?”
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Nano cool device to take vaccines to remote areas

Source: The Hindu

One of the major challenges in rural healthcare programme is preserving vaccines in the right temperature, especially in power-deficient villages.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Four Innovative Models Changing Health Care In Africa

Source: Fast CoExist

In Tanzania, giant pouched rats are trained to sniff out tuberculosis in human sputum samples. Dubbed HeroRATS, the animals can evaluate 40 samples in just seven minutes, equal to what a skilled lab technician can do in a full day. In northern Kenya, health services--including family planning services--are being brought to 36 remote, underserved communities by four-wheel drive vehicles, bicycles, camels and good old-fashioned human feet. And in Malawi, durable e-health hardware--even touch screen computers--that are significantly more robust in harsh environments with erratic power supplies are being manufactured by Malawians.
Monday, January 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Better Design, Better Health: Bringing Telemedicine to Rural India

Source: Good

Twenty-six year-old Rinku has been bleeding for days. So she did what many village women in rural India do when health problems reach a certain level of severity; she made the multi-hour trip to a private hospital for high-quality, if expensive, healthcare.
Monday, January 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Central Mali, MSF Staff Bunkers Down, Clamoring for Access

Source: Devex

The day after it called for military leaders to unblock access to crucial roads in central Mali, the majority of Médecins Sans Frontières’s staff remained on lockdown, unable to provide medical care and services to those in need.
Monday, January 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Sierra Leone's free health-care initiative: work in progress

Source: The Lancet

More than 2 years have passed since Sierra Leone granted pregnant women, new mothers, and young children free health care, but their needs often remain unmet.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Telemedicine Project On Track Year After Plan Was Hatched


A year after a plan to connect Rwandan hospitals through telemedicine was announced, the government says the project is set to start soon in some district hospitals.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

UT Arlington receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for research in global health


A new research grant could lead to new ways to cool vaccines and medicine that must be shipped to remote parts of the world without ready access to electricity.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — Asia Pacific

S’pore firm and Mongolian government create ‘Medical Silk Road’ to improve healthcare with mobile technology

Source: SGEntrepreneurs

The Mongolian government has partnered with Singapore’s Borderless Healthcare Group to improve rural healthcare through the use of mobile technology. The initiative is dubbed the ‘Medical Silk Road’.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — South Asia

Providing remote medical care in inaccessible areas

Source: The Hindu

Future of Indian medicare is Telemedicine, opined experts in the field, which is evolving into a promising technological intervention to provide quick and super-specialty medical care to even people residing in a remote place.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 — South Asia

Measles outbreak kills hundreds in Pakistan

Source: Al Jazeera

An international health body says that the disease has killed more than 300 children in Pakistan's Sindh province.
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