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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.
Friday, August 28, 2015 — Latin America

Vaccine Reminder Company Tested in Developing World

Source: Cornell Chronicle

A Cornellian’s nonprofit that helps parents in developing countries remember their children’s vaccination dates with bracelets has completed an initial study in Peru and Ecuador and is moving into trials and evaluations in three countries on three continents.
Friday, August 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

Tuberculosis Video Game Battles World’s Oldest Disease

Source: Develop

A new video game from Abertay University students and University of St Andrews scientists is taking on humanity’s oldest disease, tuberculosis.
Friday, August 28, 2015 — South Asia

Oxxy Moves to Launch World’s Largest Transparent, Affordable Hospital Chain

Source: The Times of India

Spending on healthcare is a key component of a household's monthly budget. Any unforeseen illness that requires expert consultation or hospitalization or undergo a medical procedure burdens the pocket.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Fast paper test detects three diseases at once

Source: SciDevNet

A quick, paper-based blood test which can simultaneously detect the Ebola, dengue and yellow fever viruses has shown promising results in tests, say researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Turn on your sensors, development is about to go 'wearable'

Source: Devex

They range from the simple to the astounding, the familiar to the science fictional. Sensors are all around us, capturing information and turning it into something else: an electrical signal, the basis for a decision, a diagnosis, a warning.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 — South Asia

Government encouraging foreign investment in Vietnam healthcare

Source: Enterprise Innovation

Vietnam’s healthcare market expenditure is expected to grow from $12.90 billion in 2014 to $27.48 billion in 2020 or a compound annual growth rate of 13.4 percent, according to research analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 — South Asia

Researchers from India and China empowered to provide CVD care through Smart Mobile App

Source: Express Healthcare

In a first dual-country trail, researchers from India and China have together discovered cost-effective ways to improve the quality of primary care and clinical outcomes in resource-limited settings through smart mobile application which could have major benefits for the general population who suffer known cardiovascular diseases.
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.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

An American Company Eyes Revolutionizing African Healthcare Management

Source: New Business Ethiopia

AvailaMed, a United States based Information Communication Technology (ICT) Company, is set to launch its Electronic Health Record (EHR) health data recording and Business Intelligent (BI) Reporting System in three health facilities in Ethiopia, the company’s official announced.
Friday, August 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Workshop Enhances Use of Mobile Phones to Detect Diseases

Source: AllAfrica

Health experts from the African continent and beyond are meeting in Tanzania at a workshop to enhance community-based disease outbreak detection and response in East and Southern Africa.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Experimental gel partially protects against genital herpes

Source: Reuters

An experimental vaginal gel containing a drug used to treat the AIDS virus could prevent half of cases of genital herpes, according to a study done in South Africa. Among women who used tenofovir gel, the annual rate of infection with the genital herpes virus, known as herpes simplex virus type 2 or HSV-2, was 10.2 percent versus a rate of 21 percent for women who used a placebo gel.
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — South Asia

Kerala Selects HP India to Provide Digital Healthcare Solution

Source: Kerala IT News

The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala, has selected HP India to create an e-Health IT platform to enable the delivery of a digital healthcare solution and services for Health Care facilities across Kerala. The digital healthcare solution will help healthcare practitioners to improve patient care and focus resources.
Monday, July 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

AMPION, Merck Launch Africa’s First e-Health Accelerator

Source: Disrupt Africa

African entrepreneurship initiative AMPION and healthcare firm Merck have partnered to launch Africa’s first healthcare accelerator, aimed at fostering the growth of high potential, early-stage e-health startups.
Friday, July 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

TechLab Wants to Mentor Africa's 10 Best Financial and Health Tech Companies

Source: htxt

African financial tech and health tech companies can improve their businesses through a new program aimed at providing mentorship to the 10 most innovative companies in those sectors.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

NASA Langley Helps Drone Technology Get Its 'Kitty Hawk Moment'

Source: Daily Press

Tousands of patients at an annual outdoor free clinic in Wise County were treated to a unique sight recently when for the first time medical supplies flew in on an unmanned drone.
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.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Botswana’s Hearing Aid Pioneers Are Betting on Solar Power to Go Global

Source: Quartz

Six years after developing the prototype of a solar-powered hearing aid, Deaftronics, a Botswana-based company, is readying to take its technology global.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 — South Asia

BlackBerry’s Prescription for Success in Healthcare

Source: The Financial Express

“Technology and mobility will play a crucial role in revolutionising the healthcare system and propelling the next phase of growth in India,” says Annie Mathew, Director, Alliances and Business Development, BlackBerry. In conversation with Abhishek Raval.
Monday, June 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Tools Deliver Medical Diagnoses, Fast, Cheap and in the Field

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Reliable electricity is a rare commodity in some parts of Guinea, which means some traditional medical equipment often is useless. So researchers there are using a new tool to identify Ebola cases: a portable diagnostic machine that fits in a suitcase and runs on a solar battery.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Device Uses the Net to Tackle Deafness

Source: BD Live

About 3-million people in SA suffer from hearing loss. Every year, about 4,000 people become deaf due to antiretroviral and tuberculosis treatment. Early detection through screening tests could halve this number.
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.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

This High-Tech Vision Test Could Make the World See 20/20

Source: Next City

While providing charity eye care in Haiti, Joel Kassalow noticed that a complex eye-testing machine was essential, unwieldy and too costly to buy in multiples — and it became a bottleneck in giving people necessary care. So he offered an innovation he’d created at his company, Smart Vision Labs: a version of the same machine at one-fiftieth the weight and one-hundredth the cost.
Monday, June 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

How to Turn Big Health Data Into Big Health Action

Source: Devex

Mobile technology has revolutionized data-collection tools for health workers, but unless that data creates meaningful change, the “data revolution” will struggle to revolutionize global health systems for patients and providers.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — South Asia

How CAMTech India Is Addressing Pressing Healthcare Issues Through Innovation By Integrating Technology and Healthcare

Source: SocialStory

According to the World Health Organisation’s 2014 report, nearly 800 women die every day due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

5 African e-health startups to watch

Source: Disrupt Africa

Africa’s basic infrastructural challenges – such as poor transport links, and the limited number of medical professionals and clinics – have long hindered the health sector. However, across the continent, Africa’s innovators are looking to leverage technology to ensure quality medical care is universally accessible.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Campaign for Affordable Medicine Gains Ground in South Africa

Source: Inter Press Service

Patient and leading health organisations in South Africa have now joined a Fix the Patent Laws campaign launched in 2011 by Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to push for reform of the country’s current patent laws.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

3D eye tech social enterprise giving gift of sight

Source: The New Zealand Herald

Dr. Hong Sheng Chiong's talk at TEDxAuckland last month was met with a standing ovation. Yet what he had to say is really just the beginning of an open-source journey to end preventable blindness globally; and it begins with a life-changing invention designed especially for those living in poverty.
Monday, June 1, 2015 — South Asia

Rajasthan-based Karma Healthcare raises investment from Ennovent Impact Investment Holding

Source: Economic Times

Ennovent Impact Investment Holding on Monday said it has invested an undisclosed in Rajasthan-based healthcare provider Karma Healthcare.
Friday, May 29, 2015 — South Asia

Khushi Baby: A High-Tech Way to Track Infant Health

Source: India West

It looks like a dangling, shiny plastic charm, but it’s actually an innovative high-tech device that may revolutionize health care in India. This is Khushi Baby, a small medical device designed to streamline the process of vaccinating children in the developing world.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

Source: NPR

The world is losing some of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at fighting infections. The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are starting to ponder a "post-antibiotic world."
Thursday, May 21, 2015 — South Asia

India Bats for Health Research Alliance Among NAM Nations

Source: Moneycontrol

Batting for greater collaboration in health research among non-aligned group of countries, India today said the member nations should use their "collective bargaining" power for making new medicines and medical technologies available to all at affordable costs.
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.
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.
Friday, May 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Smartphone Camera Turned Microscope Could Revolutionize Healthcare in Africa

Source: News Every Day

A device that can turn your smartphone camera into a microscope may change the health landscape of Africa where shortage of diagnostic infrastructure has jeopardized public health.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 — South Asia

Drone Pilots, AI, Tweets and Texts Speed Up Relief Efforts in Nepal

Source: Voice of America

They are known as digital humanitarians: the thousands of tech-savvy volunteers from around the world who are both physically and virtually converging on the crisis in Nepal and digging through mountains of data to help humanitarian agencies direct their aid.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

'Leg Bank' Hope for Changing Amputees' Lives

Source: Medical Xpress

A 'leg bank' - providing life-changing prostheses to low-income people who have lost limbs - is being developed by a team including University of Strathclyde researchers.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Pocket-Sized Fingerprint Scanner Could Solve Healthcare Bottleneck

Source: Reuters

British postgraduate students have devised a pocket-sized fingerprint scanner designed to help patients in the developing world get improved access to healthcare.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why You Should Root for a Robot to Take Your Doctor’s Job

Source: The Washington Post

You don’t have to look far to find concerns about how technology will steal our jobs. It’s been widely noticed that automation is making machines more powerful and shortening the list of current jobs that only a human can do.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New App for Managing HIV Treatment Failure

Source: Science and Development Network

A health informatics specialist in Rwanda has developed a computer-based application to help clinicians reduce medical errors in managing HIV treatment failure.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 — South Asia

New Ways of Delivering Healthcare

Source: India Today

One of the biggest barriers to realising the national agenda of "healthcare for all" is tackling the existent complex, disorganised and expensive system of healthcare.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

A Patch That Delivers Vaccines, No Needles Necessary

Source: Popular Science

Special packaging lets the patches go without refrigeration for 10 weeks, far longer than vaccine solution.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can 'Supergeeks' Save Kenya's Babies?

Source: BBC

Lack of basic equipment could explain why Kenya is struggling to reduce maternal mortality rates.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — South Asia

'We Aim to Bring Affordable and Convenient Healthcare for Every Individual in India'

Source: The Financial Express

After the successful launch of a free pick and drop service to all hospitals, diagnostics and pathology labs in Delhi, UBER and OXXY expanded it to Mumbai on World Health Day, with the additional benefit of online. While Uber provides the free ride, OXXY allows customers to compare prices of tests/ surgeries/ treatment as well as avail of discounts at medical centres. Pankaj Gupta, Founder, OXXY reveals company’s plans to Usha Sharma.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — South Asia

What’s Tripping Healthcare in India and How Startups Are Tackling It

Source: Tech in Asia

Today, in India, banks send alerts on financial risks instantaneously, ecommerce companies use tech tools to coax users to buy, and social networking sites are creating personality profiles of its users. However, hospitals still do not have the technology to predict and alert us about critical health risks. Most of them don’t even have digital systems to capture medical data to create a health history.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Scientists Developing Latex Replacement That Self-Lubricates, Delivers Viagra and Feels Better Than Nothing At All

Source: The Independent

A group of scientists in Australia is developing a series of condoms which it claims could feel even better than wearing nothing at all.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Medtech Business Opportunities: There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom

Source: Plastics Today

There is a huge underserved market for medical technology—roughly two-thirds of the global population—that is largely ignored by the medtech industry. That market sits at the base of the pyramid (BoP), and it is composed primarily of populations in the emerging global markets. A report from global business consultancy PWC, "Quality healthcare for all: Starting from a strong base," considers this market to be a tremendous opportunity for companies to do good, both in business terms and for the human condition. "There may be no better place to look than the BoP healthcare market to seek new business," write PWC analysts. "Companies that do may find huge revenue potential combined with the opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people through access to better healthcare."
Friday, April 10, 2015 — South Asia

Vaccination Reminder Band Tipped to Boost Global Child Inoculation Rates

Source: The Guardian

Ankle band that changes colour to remind parents when vaccines are due comes through trials in Pakistan.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

These Printable Tests for HIV And E.Coli Will Bring Diagnosis Anywhere in the World

Source: Co.Exist

Cheap, simple diagnostic kits have the potential to revolutionize health care in the developing world. If we can put non-technical tests in the hands of normal people, we can test for diseases more efficiently without building out formal clinic networks. That should help get treatments to people in a more timely way.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

Budget Cuts and Vaccine Fears Threaten Health Progress

Source: Science and Development Network

Cuts to global health research budgets and people’s wariness of vaccines could hamper efforts to improve health around the world, two separate reports have warned in the run-up to World Health Day, which is marked today.
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.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa: Rwanda to Champion E-Health in EAC

Source: allAfrica

Rwanda was yesterday selected to be East Africa's centre of excellence in e-health and biomedical engineering as well as health vaccines and immunisation logistics.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — South Asia

Medical Devices Industry in India Underinvested: WHO

Source: DeshGujarat

The ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi throws up opportunities for growth of domestic medical devices industry, which is not only “underinvested” but heavily import-oriented at present, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
Friday, March 20, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Ebola-Proof' Tablet Device Developed

Source: BBC

A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help medics caring for patients with Ebola.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

M&A Activity Set To Increase In Africa’s Health Sector

Source: AFK Insider

Mumbai-based pharmaceutical major Lupin Ltd.'s buyout of the remaining 40 percent equity stake in South Africa’s generic drug maker Pharma Dynamics at undisclosed amount last week shed light on other potential windfalls for Africa’s health-care investors.
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

Uptake Boost for African e-Health Startups

Source: Disrupt Africa

African healthcare providers are gradually recognising the convenience and cost benefits of adopting patient portals integrating financial and clinical data, according to Frost & Sullivan, giving a boost to a number of startups operating in the e-health sector.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Using Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health and Fight Ebola: A Case Study of Mobile Innovation in Nigeria

Source: Brookings

Today, many emerging countries struggle to provide basic health care to their citizens. And the lack of quality maternal, infant and child care has a devastating impact in these areas. Yet medical practitioners, government agencies, and private industry are beginning to learn how mobile technology can be harnessed to develop and inspire solutions to aid the health of people and nations.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Accenture, Amref to Improve mHealth in Africa

Source: Machine 2 Machine Magazine

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and the Accenture Foundations have awarded Amref Health Africa an additional grant of US$3 million to help the organization enhance and scale its mobile health training program to 3,000 community health workers in Kenya. This grant brings Accenture’s direct support to Amref Health Africa to more than US$7.3 million since 2005.
Friday, March 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation makes its biggest-ever equity investment in German biotech

Source: Reuters

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it would invest $52 million in CureVac, a German biotechnology company that develops vaccines and immunotherapies, marking the foundation's biggest-ever equity investment.
Friday, March 6, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola’s low-down on high tech

Source: The Economist

Advanced equipment has been developed to help protect health-care workers, but the gear may not be helpful in poor countries.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Here's Why Global Health is So Exciting

Source: MDDI Online

Two examples provide clues to how technology is paving the way to tackle big healthcare problems globally.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Global Health Justice Partnership calls for action to lower drug prices

Source: Yale Daily News

Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership has released a report warning the international community that scientific discoveries will not be enough to prevent the over 500,000 deaths that occur every year from Hepatitis C.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Lighting Science and Global Good to Develop Light-Based Alternatives to Pesticides

Source: Business Wire

Lighting Science Group Corporation and Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good today announced a research agreement to collaborate on the development of next-generation light technologies for pest control.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Johns Hopkins Researchers Identify Key to Tuberculosis Resistance

Source: Infection Control Today

The cascade of events leading to bacterial infection and the immune response is mostly understood. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the immune response to the bacteria that causes tuberculosis have remained a mystery — until now.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — South Asia

Bengaluru-based Molbio develops India's first swine flu diagnostic kit

Source: The Economic Times

The swine flu flare-up has pushed an indigenous innovation faster into the market, a rare silver lining in an otherwise gloomy story, as India battles the worst outbreak of the virus in the past five years.
Monday, March 2, 2015 — South Asia

Pakistan wastes $3.7 million worth of donated vaccine, official says

Source: The Daily Mail

Pakistan has wasted $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated to protect children from deadly diseases because officials failed to store them properly, a senior health official told Reuters on Monday.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Vodafone Supports Healthcare with Immunization Tracker “App”

Source: Ghana Wed

Vodafone Ghana, a telecommunications company, has partnered the Legon Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) to roll out a mobile application “app” that aids child healthcare delivery and immunization.
Monday, February 2, 2015 — South Asia

Pfizer, Manipal Hospitals & others join hands to accelerate health tech startups in India

Source: The Economic Times

A group of health care entities, including Manipal Hospitals and Narayana Health, have gotten together with an investor to provide up to $1.6 million in grants and investments to early-stage startups that seek to enhance access to affordable technology-driven health care products and services for low-income masses in India.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

4 Innovations On mHealth and POC Devices

Source: Devex

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

India Needs Cutting-Edge Technology to Become Global Healthcare Destination

Source: The Economic Times

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Founder, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, speaks about NCDs, healthcare challenges and solutions in a conversation with Shivani Arora.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Three Questions with David Aylward, Senior Advisor on Global Health and Technology at Ashoka

Source: The Daily Meal

Food Tank, in partnership with The George Washington University, is hosting the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit in Washington D.C. on January 21-22, 2015.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Spending on Medical Research Falls in U.S. While Growing Globally

Source: U.S. News and World Report

Spending on medical research is waning in the United States, and this trend could have dire consequences for patients, physicians and the health care industry as a whole, a new analysis reveals.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — South Asia

Health Minister JP Nadda for Innovation of Cheaper New Drugs

Source: The Economic Times

Union Health Minister JP Nadda today underlined the need for innovation of new drugs at low cost which are affordable to the poorest, even as he sought to strike a balance between the commercial and medical spendings.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — South Asia

Weavers Turn Silk Into Diabetes Test Strips

Source: NPR

It's a new way to do silk screening, that's for sure. Bangalore-based Achira Labs has figured out a way to hand weave diabetes test strips from silk. That sounds pretty luxurious compared to the standard materials of plastic or paper. But silk turns out to have several advantages in a country like India, where weavers who can work a handloom are abundant and the material is readily available and inexpensive.
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.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria Requires $51bn to Fix Healthcare System

Source: Business Day

Nigeria would require about $51 billion (10 times of public health expenditure in 2012) to catch up with more advanced health systems in developed economies including Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries by 2030, according to a report of the World Economic Forum (WEF)and Boston Consulting Group, the world’s leading advisor on business strategy.
Monday, December 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bringing HIV Labs by Backpack to Rural Africa

Source: IEEE Spectrum

When John Barber, a project manager at Daktari Diagnostics, sought to test his company’s instrument, he went to the type of place where the technology might have the most impact: a small fishing village on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda. He awoke at dawn on a November morning in 2013, tossed a few Daktari devices into a backpack, and, together with a team of HIV-treatment specialists, drove 2 hours to the village of Kasensero, where the first Ugandan case of HIV was reported more than 30 years ago. Driving a Jeep along dirt roads with more cows than traffic, “we were off the grid,” Barber recalls.
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.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Q&A: Creating a Mobile Health Platform That “Just Works” for All

Source: PSI Impact

When something “just works”, there’s usually a mini-universe of people, technology and ideas behind it that the rest of us take for granted. Take bar codes for example; they’re ubiquitous, and serve multiple uses for every stage of a product’s manufacture and eventual sale. The tale behind them is an astounding story of vision, foresight, technological progress and, perhaps most importantly, the appropriate wrangling of partners that started with grocers and eventually cut across every industry.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — South Asia

Baby's Necklace Could End Up Being a Life Saver

Source: NPR

It's traditional for newborns in northern India to wear a black thread necklace as a symbol of good health and good fortune, but Vikram's got a high-tech version. The round pendant on the string is a wearable device called Khushi Baby that carries his vaccination history inside a computerized chip about the size of a dime.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Co.Exist

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

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.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Telemedicine Africa Rolls Out Virtual eHealth Centers in South Africa

Source: eHealth News

Telemedicine Africa has collaborated with Dimension Data and the IDC to set up private telehealth centres in South Africa.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Trends in Mobile and Cloud Technology: Redefining Medicine Around the World

Source: Devex

Around the world, shifting demographics are putting more pressure on health systems that are struggling to catch up to changing expectations.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A New Technology to Support HIV Prevention

Source: PSI Impact

Trymore Chikwiriro is 29 years old, and his wife gave birth to their first child just this past October. Just like they expected, all of their nights were focused on their new baby– so the time seemed right for Trymore to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Digital Journal

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

Automated Medical Equipment Could Save Many Lives

Source: The Observer

Christine Nabbanja is a 22-year-old, fourth year, biomedical engineering student at Makerere University. She is also part of a group of five innovative students, teamed up to offer global health solutions to the world. Their innovation is an automatic switch for an electrical suction pump. Suctions are used to clear the airway of blood, saliva, vomit or other secretions so that a patient can breathe during respiratory failure or surgery.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID Seeks Help From ‘Maker Movement’ in Ebola Outbreak

Source: The Washington Post

On a recent Friday, several inventors gathered in downtown Washington with suitcases and coolers full of prototypes designed to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

10 Apps That Are Reshaping Healthcare In Africa

Source: Ventures Africa

As mobile penetration and smartphone proliferation continues its unprecedented surge in Africa, its beneficiaries are spreading beyond the confines of social interactions and brand development. The number of health solutions, exploiting this growth, are also on the rise.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

500 Startups’ $10M fund will invest in mobile health in India, China, Africa

Source: MedCity News

A $10 million micro fund that will make investments in early and growth stage mobile startups, including mobile health, got started this week.
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.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — South Asia

How technology is checking health corruption in India

Source: BBC News

In 2011 Amarendra Kumar learned that a doctor at one of Delhi's biggest hospitals was pushing for his baby niece to have a heart operation she didn't need.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

To end preventable maternal mortality, let’s explore 'business as unusual'

Source: Devex

When you think of efforts to reduce maternal mortality, it’s natural to look to governments, theUnited Nations, the World Health Organization and other national and international bodies charged with responding to global health challenges.
Monday, November 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Breaking the R&D deadlock: could Open Labs be the key to cracking the world’s toughest health problems?

Source: The Lancet

In January, 2010, an unprecedented step was taken to progress research into diseases of the developing world when global pharmaceutical company GSK announced it was creating the world’s first Open Lab. ... Four years since its creation, the Open Lab model is emerging as a success story.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile technology reduces maternal mortality

Source: All Ghana News

Abdul-Rashid Imoro, Project Officer of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of Savana Signatures, a Tamale NGO, has said some health facilities in the Northern Region had recorded zero maternal mortality due to mobile phone technology the NGO had introduced in the area
Monday, November 10, 2014 — South Asia

Healthcare providers in India to spend $1.1 billion on IT in 2014: Gartner

Source: Hindu Business Line

Healthcare providers in India are expected to spend $1.1 billion on IT products and services in 2014, a 5 per cent rise over 2013.
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 might get sick before it gets rich: Krishna Kumar

Source: Business Standard

Interview with Vice-chairman and MD, Philips India
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.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana’s Fidelity Bank In $3.9m Private Health Partnership With USAID

Source: Ventures

In a bid to provide funding for private health facilities, top tier Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited and the United States Agency for International Development have signed a $3.9 million deal that will see laon facilities availed for private hospitals and clinics accredited by the country’s National Health Insurance Authority or those seeking NHIA accreditation.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: For-profit health care: Eliminate, tolerate or stimulate?

Source: Devex

Search online for the role of for-profit organizations in health care and you’ll find millions of results, including an abundance of studies, conferences and discussions among providers, advocates and various other actors. It’s an important debate about a complex issue — one that remains largely unresolved in countries around the globe.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cyborg engineers, virtual doctors and wristbands to detect cancer: Futurologist reveals how tech will transform healthcare

Source: The Daily Mail

Within the next 30 years, the global population is set to increase by almost 3 billion up to 10 billion, and this rise is set to put a heavy burden on the healthcare industry.
Monday, October 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Booting Up: Tech effort could help fight spread of Ebola

Source: Boston Herald

Despite the prevalence of crowd-sourced data and geolocation technology, global health leaders are missing the opportunity to use mobile technology in the fight against Ebola.
Friday, October 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

App puts process of AIDS testing in the palm of your hand

Source: The Globe and Mail

Ask Nitika Pant Pai about her work on a new self-test for HIV/AIDS and she’ll tell you: There’s an app for that.
Monday, October 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

3 Ways Empathy Is Driving Successful Innovations In Health

Source: Forbes

From human-centered design to the lean startup approach, methods to develop innovative products and services emphasize the importance of understanding what customers really need. Here are some lessons in innovation that social entrepreneurs have learned from empathizing with their customers.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — 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

IBM Teams on First Watson Application in Africa

Source: eWEEK

IBM and Metropolitan Health of South Africa have teamed to create a new health care customer service service based on Big Blue's Watson cognitive computing system.
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.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

DuPont suits part of battle against Ebola crisis

Source: DelawareOnline

The World Health Organization estimates a monthly need for 300,000 personal protection suits or seven suits daily per Ebola patient bed, according to Daniel Epstein, spokesman for WHO.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — South Asia

After Winning Hult Prize, MBA Entrepreneurs Seek To Heal Indian Healthcare

Source: BusinessBecause

Manish Ranjan led his business school team to victory in the Hult Prize 2014. Now, the MBA entrepreneur has grand plans to help fix India's healthcare system.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola outbreak: Where are the mHealth apps?

Source: mHealth News

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and now the U.S. is surely among the most high-profile incidents wherein mobile health technologies could have proven their mettle.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Meet the Company That’s Bringing the LED Revolution to the Developing World

Source: UN Dispatch

Yesterday three physicists won the Nobel Prize in Physics for creating blue-light LEDs, which makes the LED white lights we find everywhere possible.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — Latin America

Entrepreneur aims to eliminate blindness in Mexico

Source: CCTV America

Poor physical health and poverty can go hand-in-hand. When those without money suffer from a disability, they either cannot afford to get the medical attention to get better or go deeper into poverty trying to become healthy. In Mexico, two million people suffer from cataracts and even more from other eye-related health issues, making it the second leading cause of disability in the country. Most of them are poor or working class people.
Monday, October 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips, PET to commercialise Wind-Up Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

Source: BizTech Africa

Royal Philips has announced a partnership with South Africa based not-for-profit organization, PET (PowerFree Education Technology), to further develop, test and commercialise a Wind-up Doppler Ultrasound Fetal Heart Rate Monitor aimed at addressing the high rates of preventable infant mortality across Africa.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook planning to step into healthcare: Sources

Source: Times of India

Facebook already knows who your friends are and the kind of things that grab your attention. Soon, it could also know the state of your health.
Monday, September 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Scientists grapple with ethics in rush to release Ebola vaccines

Source: Reuters

Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Project to develop room-temperature storage for fragile biologics

Source: Lab Product News

A project at McMaster University is receiving $112,000 in seed funding from Grand Challenges Canada ... (to) adapt an existing technology to make vaccines for deadly illnesses more affordable and available for use in resource-poor areas.
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.
Friday, September 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Wireless sensor warns if vaccines get too hot

Source: SciDev.Net

A wireless sensor that sends text message alerts to healthcare workers could help better protect temperature-sensitive vaccines and provide crucial data on storage, transport and distribution infrastructures in developing nations, according to its inventors.
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.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Japanese Global Health Fund awards $33.5 million to develop vaccines, drugs for neglected diseases

Source: EurekAlert!

The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), a new public health partnership that is bringing Japanese know-how and investment to the global fight against infectious diseases, today announced seven grant investments totaling US$15.3 million to speed the development of promising drugs and vaccines to battle three insect-borne diseases—malaria, dengue and Chagas disease.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile technology supports frontline health workers

Source: SciDev.Net

South Africa’s standard paper-based health system is inefficient and ineffective. Through Mobenzi, workers can organise patient data centrally and swiftly. It allows illness identification and treatment, referrals, and patient interaction.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Merck adds to African m-health

Source: ITWeb Africa

Merck, a German-based pharmaceutical company, has added to a growing amount of mobile-health (m-health) programmes across Africa, channelling efforts to boost SMS-based support systems to help diabetic patients manage their condition.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nurturing health innovation in Africa: 13 ways to boost research

Source: The Guardian

What needs to happen to reverse the brain drain and secure funding across the continent? Our panel suggest where to start
Thursday, September 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

3 Ways The Internet Of Things Is Revolutionizing Health Care

Source: Forbes

If you or a loved one has undergone medical treatment recently, you’re probably aware of some of the cool new devices that help perform diagnosis and treatment. You may not be aware, however, that some of these devices are connected to the Internet and have become an important part of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Chemical test device diagnoses without internet

Source: SciDev.Net

A handheld device that performs a range of chemical tests and transmits the results for remote analysis through a standard mobile phone call could be commercially available within 12 months.
Friday, August 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

ChildFund, MasterCard Foundation, launch nurse-training program for Zambian youth

Source: YahooFinance

Innovative $7.6 million e-learning program will train 6,000 young people to become nurses and midwives and expand capacity of nursing schools in Zambia.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — South Asia

Bosch forays into healthcare segment

Source: Deccan Herald

Auto component major Bosch on Monday announced the launch of a locally developed eyecare solution in India. The company’s new eyescreening and detection system offers a combination of hardware and software and provides affordable eyecare.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Michigan Startup Wins Grant to Make Medical Devices for Developing World

Source: Xconomy

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 80 percent of the world’s medical equipment is designed for only 10 percent of the population. After all, what’s the point of having the latest cutting-edge device if you live in the developing world without a steady source of electricity? However, Grand Rapids, MI-based med tech startup Sisu Global Health is on a mission to help change that statistic.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Nigerian startups will revolutionalise healthcare delivery’

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Q: I understand that Integrated Medics helps improve health care delivery. Specifically, how do you achieve this? A; We achieve this through automation of all the process in the hospital: from record office to front desk, from consulting to admission; from store to pharmacy and from NHIS desk to payment desk. Basically, by fast-tracking the healthcare delivery system.
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.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — South Asia

Indian doctors, government launch portal to share healthcare expertise

Source: DNA

Indian-origin doctors across the globe have joined hands with the Indian government to launch a web portal for sharing expertise, skills, knowledge and resources with those in need of such services in India.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South African Medical Research Council and PATH launch new Global Health Innovation Accelerator

Source: AfricanBrains

The new South Africa-based Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) launching today will speed the development and introduction of sustainable, high-impact health technologies that can save the lives of vulnerable women and children in South Africa and beyond.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals to expand footprint with hub and spoke model

Source: Business Standard

Apollo Hospitals Ltd is actively looking at expansion with the hub and spoke model and harnessing the telemedicine technology.
Friday, August 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why the Ebola Vaccine Won't Be Administered in Africa

Source: Newsweek

The earliest the world can expect a vaccine to curb spreading of Ebola in West Africa is about a year away, scientists say.
Friday, August 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Airtel unveils Airtel Insurance

Source: IT News Africa

Airtel Nigeria has collaborated with MicroEnsure and Cornerstone Insurance in order to launch its latest, free insurance product.
Friday, August 8, 2014 — South Asia

India has big plans for healthcare and pharma

Source: PM Live

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

Meet the Bots That Knew Ebola Was Coming


Online technology has improved the ability to detect and track outbreaks
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE Foundation Commits $20-Million to Maternal and Child Health in Africa

Source: Philanthropy

The GE Foundation will spend an additional $20-million over the next five years to advance maternal and child health in Africa, an expansion of its existing global health development program, officials say.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — South Asia

Target 'zero': Going full force against malaria in Asia

Source: Devex

Anti-malaria efforts have been gaining significant traction and progress in the past couple of years, particularly in Africa, with a 54 percent decline in child malaria deaths.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Meet the Tiny Company Behind the Experimental Antibodies for Ebola

Source: ABC News

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

Mobile tech on the Africa health frontier

Source: Politico

Billions have been spent to bring AIDS medicines to patients in Africa, but a technology with just as much lifesaving potential can be had for pennies: the text message.
Monday, August 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Countries Where Human Progress Is Fastest and Slowest

Source: Mashable

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual Human Development Report, which focuses on human vulnerability worldwide, last week.
Monday, August 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Mirror

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

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

Source: NBC News

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

Computing a Cure for HIV

Source: Federal Telemedicine

HIV/AIDS has caused an estimated 36 million deaths, according to the World Health Organization and remains a major health issue worldwide.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Humanosphere

Standing in line at a small, street side pharmacy just off this port city’s main drag, a well-clad woman is buying a crate of hand sanitizer.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pricey Hepatitis C Drug Draws Criticism

Source: Voice of America News

To hear scientists talk about it, it’s nothing short of a wonder drug.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

U.S. doctor contracts Ebola in Liberia

Source: Reuters

DAKAR (Reuters) - A 33-year-old American doctor working for a relief organisation in Liberia's capital has tested positive for the tropical disease Ebola, according to a statement from Samaritan's Purse.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Health insurance comes to Nigeria through mobile phone subscriptions

Source: htxt

Quality healthcare is often out of reach for many living in rural areas, but MTN in Nigeria initiated as program together with Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to provide affordable healthcare to its subscribers in the country.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine

Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Samsung partners in good health for Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: IT News Africa

Samsung Electronics has joined GSMA, an organisation that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, to partner in initiatives that will see an improved healthcare system.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — South Asia

CAMTech India's “Jugaad-a-thon” spurs promising innovations for maternal and child health

Source: Pharma Biz

CAMTech India along with Glocal Healthcare and GE Healthcare organised ‘Jugaad-a-thon’, an event to test creativity in medical design which brought to the table 34 new solutions ranging from new tools for antenatal care to disruptive technologies for newborn asphyxia.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Epistem to roll out tuberculosis test following new agreement

Source: Manchester Evening News

The biotechnology form has agreed a collaboration and funding deal with the Global Health Investment Fund to help launch its tuberculosis diagnostic platform.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — South Asia

Drug price cut of vital medicines a global phenomenon

Source: Economic Times India

MUMBAI: It is not the Indian regulator who is the only one after drug companies to cut prices. Across the world, pharmaceutical companies are coming under pressure to reduce prices as concerns over growing healthcare costs force governments to target drug makers.
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.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The virus detective who discovered Ebola in 1976

Source: BBC News

Nearly 40 years ago, a young Belgian scientist travelled to a remote part of the Congolese rainforest - his task was to help find out why so many people were dying from an unknown and terrifying disease.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gemalto, GSMA drive African mHealth initiative

Source: Biztechafrica

Gemalto has announced its partnership with (global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA1) to drive the pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI).
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.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: 3D Print .com

While some high school students were worrying about their school portraits or who might take them to the prom, Park City High School senior Peter Bermant was worrying about the problems with distributing vaccines in developing countries.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — South Asia

Rollout strategy is key to battling India's TB epidemic, researchers find

Source: EurekAlert!

A new study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggests that getting patients in India quickly evaluated by the right doctors can be just as effective at curbing tuberculosis (TB) as a new, highly accurate screening test.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth initiative to curb infant and maternal fatalities in Kenya

Source: Africa Science News

In a bid to reduce the glaring rates of child and maternal deaths annually estimated at 6.6 million and 260,000 respectively, Sub Saharan-African states are set to launch a mobile phone text messaging service to educate masses on better health care and nutrition.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Contraceptive Shot Being Released in Africa

Source: The New York Times

An easy-to-use new form of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera was introduced last week in Burkina Faso, the first of four African countries in which it will be rolled out this year.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile health in Africa: MDiabetes program: Mobile technologies are catalysts for development

Source: Mareeg, Senegal,July 14, 2014/ – Alcatel-Lucent ( attended the ceremony for launching the m-Ramadan campaign, which originated from the mDiabetes program, in Dakar on June 16, 2014.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Childhood TB 25 Percent Higher than Previous Estimates

Source: Science World Report

A recent study published in The Lancet Global Health found that the incidence of childhood tuberculosis has been 25 percent higher than previous estimates. In fact, findings suggest that around 15 million children may be exposed to TB every year, while roughly 53 million are living with latent TB infection.
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.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Connecting healthcare workers in rural Uganda with mobile technology

Source: Malaria Consortium

Malaria Consortium has encouraged the creation of parish coordinator roles as part of the integrated community case management (iCCM) programme in support of the Ugandan Ministry of Health’s village health team structure and as part of the inSCALE project in Uganda, which seeks to increase coverage of community health services. Acting as the link between village health team members (VHTs) and supervisors, the role of the parish coordinator facilitates the reporting, supervision and mobilisation processes, often through the use of mobile technology.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Digital Journal

MUNICH--(Business Wire)--In a continued effort to expand global access to and consistency of healthcare, Brainlab today announced the launch of the Right.Brain Foundation, which will provide medical technology and education to selected hospitals and public institutions in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New mobile project to tackle malnutrition in Africa and Asia

Source: ILRI news

A CABI-led consortium has gained GSMA funding to help three million people access nutrition information using mobile technology.
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 — 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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Seven Ways to Assist Health Research in Developing Nations

Source: AllAfrica

A guide released yesterday details seven principles for good practice in strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
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 — South Asia

iDE Cambodia hits 100,000 toilet sales in 2 years

Source: Sanitation Updates

iDE Cambodia has facilitated the sale of 100,000 Easy Latrines in two years through sanitation marketing, reaching an estimated 470,000 people, according to a June 14 press release.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — South Asia

British Medical Journal article on graft in Indian healthcare creates stir

Source: Financial Express

A British Medical Journal (BMJ) article on corruption in Indian healthcare is creating a flutter in the medical community and policy experts. Written by Australian medical practitioner Dr David Berger who volunteered as a physician at a charitable hospital in the Himalayas, the article titled “Corruption ruins the doctor-patient relationship in India” highlights how “kickbacks and bribes oil every part of the healthcare machinery” and says there is a “lack of the will to reform these practices”.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO urges 'drastic action' on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting

Source: Yahoo! News

Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization on Thursday called for "drastic action" to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to address the growing crisis.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

A New Malnutrition Vaccine for the World's Poor

Source: Huffington Post

When we think about the world's most pressing global health issues, usually diseases or conditions such as HIV/AIDS, malaria or influenza come to mind.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — South Asia

Inaugural CAMTech India 'Jugaad-a-thon' launched

Source: India Blooms

Kolkata, June 24 (IBNS): CAMTech India, a new United States Agency for International Development (USAID/India) funded public-private partnership to accelerate medical technology innovation for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) in India, announced its first medical technology hack-a-thon in Bangalore on July 18-20.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — South Asia

Big tobacco snubs health warning law in Indonesia

Source: Yahoo! News

Tobacco companies have largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that's home to the world's highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling healthcare challenges through digital innovations

Source: Hispanic Business

It is business as usual at the Comprehensive Care Centre (CCC) at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Patients move in and out of different rooms as medical specialists address various concerns.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Serenus Biotherapeutics sees large potential market in Africa

Source: SFGate

San Francisco's newest pharmaceutical company is staking its future on a distant continent: Africa.
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.
Monday, June 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Served in Haiti Cholera Lawsuit

Source: Newsweek

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti said on Friday they have served United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with a complaint in New York as part of a federal lawsuit seeking compensation for the outbreak, which they blame on U.N. peacekeepers.
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

We're Inventing a New Way to Diagnose Diabetes in the Poorest Parts of the World

Source: Huffington Post

Imagine a disease that cripples and blinds the infected after a few short years. A disease that affects mostly young adults and has no affordable treatment available. This disease is a reality for urban slum citizens, in the form of type-2 diabetes mellitus.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Philips introduces ultra sound machine in Kenya to aid pregnant women

Source: Africa Science News

Philips has introduced an innovative mobile ultra sound system (VISIQ) that aims at bringing high quality, affordable healthcare to pregnant mothers in Kenya.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Medtronic Launches $17-Million Program To Improve Heart Disease, Diabetes Care For Underserved Populations

Source: 3BL Media

MINNEAPOLIS, June 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Medtronic today announced the launch of HealthRise, a five-year, $17-million (USD) Medtronic Philanthropy program that supports community-based demonstration projects specifically designed to expand access to care and management of chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease and diabetes.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Test could ease diagnosis of tuberculosis in children

Source: SciDev.Net

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

Vaccine against dengue close

Source: The Standard

The first anti-dengue vaccine is expected to be licensed by major regulatory agencies from the end of next year, health experts from ASEAN countries have been told.
Monday, June 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Life-saving bananas undergo human trials

Source: 9News

It's the genetically modified fruit from Australia that could turn East African nations into life-saving banana republics.
Monday, June 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health impacts of planetary change, swelling cities: New assignment for UN think tank in Malaysia

Source: EurekAlert!

United Nations University will help pioneer a fresh trail in global health research, exploring links between the planet's health and human health at an institute in Kuala Lumpur generously supported by Malaysia.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

In Somalia, a wives’ tale delays measles treatment

Source: The Washington Post

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Hawa Nor carried her visibly weakened son into the hospital’s isolation ward. Like many sick children here, the 7-year-old boy is likely a victim of an old Somali wives’ tale: A child with measles should be kept inside, and away from the doctor, for a week.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Hackathons Aren’t Just for Coders. We Can Use Them to Save Lives

Source: Wired

With growing attention on medical technology “hackathons“—summits that bring together engineers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and designers to develop innovative solutions to health problems—the conversation has turned to whether they are more hype than impact. After all, what can 250 people in a room for two days really do to solve challenges that experts over decades have been unable to address?
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The World Bank

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

OPINION: Did ‘Social Business’ Sink the Cardboard Bike?

Source: The Federalist

It’s time to retire the term “social business.” Better to run a business that honors agreements and respects the dignity of employees and customers.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

GeneXpert’s benefits still not reaching patients

Source: Health-e

The Department of Health’s multi-million rand investment in an automated, rapid TB test is being short-changed by slow health systems, said researchers this week.
Friday, June 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Better child TB diagnosis on the horizon

Source: IRIN News

Accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis among children is notoriously difficult because the bacteria causing the disease tend to be detectable in the sputum only of adults, and because the clinical symptoms used to diagnose TB in children are also present in other conditions.
Monday, June 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Promising malaria vaccine looks to employ robots to mass produce its product

Source: SingularityHUB

Imagine that, in the face of substantial technical odds, you developed a vaccine for malaria that, in early trials, was 100 percent effective. But then, due to political wrangling over the budget, you couldn’t get the funding you needed to produce enough of the vaccine to market it. What would you do?
Friday, May 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Merck’s Expansion Plans in Africa And its Continental Outlook

Source: Africa Science News

Dr Karl-Ludwig Kley, Merck CEO and Chairman of Executive board is a man who believes in Africa and says Merck is in the continent to stay. Read on as he talks to Africa Science News
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing in Global Health: The Role of the Private Sector and Technology in sub-Saharan Africa

Source: TechNet

Would you ever consider strapping a small sensor to your finger? One that connects to your phone and detects your malaria status, via an app?
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cellphones Can Change Global Health for the Better

Source: US News

For two days this month, the United Nations Headquarters in New York hosted the invite-only Cavendish Global Impact Forum. Among the panel discussions was how to identify innovations with the potential for transformational impact on disease outcomes and ensure their successful integration into medical practice.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

PSI plans health app with Telenor, Ooredoo

Source: Myanmar Times

Improved mobile phone services could also bring more up-to-date health information, particularly for pregnant women. Population Services International, better known as PSI, is planning to launch a mobile health information service with telecom operators Ooredoo and Telenor, said Daniel Crapper, deputy country director of PSI Myanmar.
Monday, May 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

ICT Authority names Microsoft, ZiDi as 2014 Innovation Award winner in health care

Source: CIO

The application is developed by MicroClinic Technologies with technical support from Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative. ZiDi trials are being run in 6 health centres and public dispensaries in Kiambu and Kisumu counties and the Gatundu Sub District Hospital, that serves in excess of 3,000 patients monthly. ZiDi™ automates stocktaking, personnel administration, financial management and service delivery in these health centres.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Analysis: Getting telemedicine informed consent

Source: SciDev.Net

Telemedicine could boost healthcare in rural Africa, but it has informed consent challenges, writes Linda Nordling.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Need for affordable medical services driving students to develop healthcare applications in India

Source: The Economic Times

The need for affordable medical services and a growing market for tech-based applications are driving students to develop healthcare applications in India. Over a dozen campus startups that topped various industry contests this year are breaking new ground in medical technologies.
Friday, May 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Apps emerging new health tool

Source: Times of India

Mobiles may emerge as one of the best instruments to control heart diseases. A study done by a San Francisco-based cardiologist, who was born in Vile Parle and studied at KEM Hospital in Parel, was presented at the ongoing World Congress of Cardiology in Melbourne, showing how this can be done. E-health or the use of healthcare mobile applications could help manage the chronically sick in places where patients were poor or there were very few doctors, said a press release from the Congress.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Polio’s Return After Near Eradication Prompts a Global Health Warning

Source: The New York Times

Alarmed by the spread of polio to several fragile countries, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Monday for only the second time since regulations permitting it to do so were adopted in 2007.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Interactive Training and Rapid Diagnostic Testing Reduces Over-diagnosis of Malaria

Source: Vaccine News Daily

A study published on Friday in The Lancet Global Health showed countries where malaria is endemic should rollout malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) at the same time new training programs are integrated into the medical care system.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

The fantastic tricorder device that “Bones” used to scan aliens on “Star Trek” is nearly at hand—in your cellphone.
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 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: UNICEF Stories

he tender is part of a UNICEF and Clinton Health Access Initiative project, funded by UNITAID, to accelerate access to high quality POC HIV diagnostic equipment in seven African countries that carry one third of the world’s HIV burden.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

7 Incredible Health Tech Innovations Changing the Way South Africans Live

Source: Venture Burn

Nowhere is the need for more efficient, more accessible and generally more powerful tools as great as it is in Africa.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

DesignMedix Awarded $3 Million to Develop Low-Cost, Safe Malaria Drug

Source: VentureBeat

DesignMedix, Inc., a biotech startup with ties to Portland State University, received a grant for almost $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue development and manufacture of a new anti-malarial drug.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Health-Technology Deals on the Rise

Source: Destiny Man

Africa's rising middle class may see a rise in Private Equity and Venture Capital investments in the continent's healthcare industry
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Musa, Swiss Partner to Help African SMEs in Healthcare

Source: Business Day South Africa

Private equity company Musa Capital is the partner in an investment fund that plans to develop small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) providing health services to the poor in various African countries.
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.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Santa Fe company delivers vaccines to ‘last mile’

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

A couple of years ago, the head of a management company specializing in high-performance processes and materials met the founder of a nonprofit organization that supports spiritual and medical programs among the Mayan communities of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Ohki S. Forest of Canadian Mohawk descent, who visits Santa Fe periodically, was giving a talk at a conference hosted by the Bioneers, a Santa Fe nonprofit that often serves as a catalyst among social, technological and visionary entrepreneurs.
Friday, April 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health technology will make our medicine cooler than Star Trek’s soon

Source: MedCity News

Health technology is advancing so rapidly that within a decade the small handheld medical reader used by Dr. Leonard McCoy in Star Trek — the tricorder — will look primitive.
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.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

How IBM is Using Nanotechnology to Tackle MRSA and HIV

Source: Fast Company

While giving a talk at a conference in Australia in the mid-2000s, IBM Research's lead scientist for the advanced organic materials group, James Hedrick, had an encounter that would make him rethink his career. At one point, Hedrick--who holds more than 100 patents--took a question from a woman in the audience. It wasn't what he was expecting.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fears for global health R&D after US budget battle

Source: SciDevNet

Future research and development targeting diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria may be at risk because of across-the-board federal cuts implemented last year by the United States, the largest funder of global health R&D, warns a report.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Using Ethiopia’s Healthcare Gaps to Do Good and Make a Profit

Source: IPS News

For a while now, Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scanners have typically been a luxury that both government and private hospitals in Ethiopia have struggled to afford to purchase for in-house use.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

Source: MedCity News

In collaboration with a mobile health startup, a design firm and local health clinics, Medtronic is orchestrating a program aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of ear infections and hearing loss in India, meanwhile supporting its ENT business there.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UK Drugs Firm GSK Announces Africa Investment

Source: Yahoo News

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

Mobilium Global builds health Smartphone app for Africa

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Mobilium Global has architected and built the first android “Made For Africa” mobile health and wellness, free and free to use smartphone application for specific use by, for, and of Africans.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Guinea: Ebola death toll reaches 70

Source: CNN

At least 70 people are reported to have died from Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, according to a statement from the West African nation's health ministry.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Startup wants West Michigan devices to improve medical care in developing world

Source: MiBiz

Three young entrepreneurs want to leverage the strength of West Michigan’s medical device capabilities to commercialize new products that could help improve care in the developing world.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Congress budget pact good for global health but NIH cuts threaten US innovations

Source: Science Codex

While a ceasefire in Washington's budget wars has restored funding for a range of programs targeting global health threats like AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), the simultaneous underfunding of the world's biggest sponsor of global health research and development (R&D) puts future progress at risk, warns a new report from a coalition of nonprofit groups focused on advancing innovation to save lives. The Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) released their annual policy report today at a Capitol Hill briefing.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

US Global Health Research Funding Falls Short of Innovation Rhetoric

Source: Devex

Despite the Obama administration's emphasis on science, technology, and innovation for international development, United States funding for global health research and development is not what it could or should be, according to an advocacy coalition of 30 global health nongovernmental organizations
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

People + technology as a best investment

Source: Devex

Gib Bulloch, founder and global managing director of Accenture Development Partnerships, is all about putting money into ideas that work.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sahel meningitis outbreaks linked to wind and dust levels, claim scientists

Source: The Guardian

Scientists may soon be able to forecast disease outbreaks in sub-Saharan African's "meningitis belt" using weather data. The forecasts could be used to plan early vaccination drives aimed at preventing or limiting casualties.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID's partnership with GE in Kenya will help health facilities buy high-tech equipment

Source: Global Post

Health care providers in Kenya will soon have a much better shot at getting a bank loan to buy high-tech medical equipment — as long as the machines are made by General Electric.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Strong health systems, the 'secret ingredient'

Source: Devex

In his 2013 State of the Union Address, U.S. President Barack Obama set forth a vision for achieving what would be one of the greatest contributions to human progress — eliminating extreme poverty. As a global health community, we have the skills and know-how to accomplish these goals, but we must work together and recognize that the ‘secret ingredient’ that binds all of our collective knowledge, skills and interventions is a strong health system.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dell Streamlines Patient Care In India With New Cloud-Based Healthcare Solution

Source: Silicon India

“There is a seismic shift happening in the global healthcare industry. The overarching trend is to integrate and move information to the right person or system at the right time — whether it's a provider's staff, external service provider, or the consumer (patient or prospect),”said Sudhanshu Bhandari, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

South Africa ground zero for reforming drug patents

Source: CMAJ

The government of South Africa is squaring off against drug makers over patent reform in the lead-up to national elections on May 7, citing a "massive disease burden" from HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis, cancer and heart diseases.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Alarming spread of drug-resistant TB threatens global health

Source: Medical News Today

The medical aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has published a briefing paper about the alarming spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis, which they refer to as the "biggest threat to global health you've never heard of."
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Best Buys in Global Health: Striking the Effective Balance

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Innovation in both the development of new technologies and better delivery methods is critical. But here's where it gets more complex: An intervention must be designed from the perspective of the health consumer, and it must be affordable and have an effective delivery system.
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.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bottom Of The Pyramid Overspending On Mobile Services in Africa

Source: AFK Insider

Expert at a World Consumer Rights Day event in Nairobi said on Friday poor African’s are spending too much on mobile phone services to the extent of foregoing basic needs, ITWeb Africa reported.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health in Urban Slums Depends on Better Local Data

Source: Sci Dev Net

Data collection in urban areas should also be interdisciplinary; involving epidemiologists, toxicologists, urban planners and environmental scientists among other experts, according to Sotiris Vardoulakis, air pollution and climate change group leader at the UK government agency Public Health England.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — South Asia

Huge Opportunities Await Indian Health Investors in Africa

Source: SME Times

In 2012, Africa accounted for almost a quarter of India's drug exports.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

New ITU standard enables health data exchange

Source: relief web

Following calls for increased global coordination of standards enabling e-health, ITU has offered first stage approval to an important specification enabling an exchange of multimedia health data between a health provider, a controlling function and patient.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Forbes

Some of history’s greatest advances in public health – especially in regions plagued by insect borne diseases – have come from the judicious use of pesticides to kill or repel the insect vector before it can infect human populations. Because the market for public health pesticides is relatively small, however, most of these vital chemistries were developed for larger agricultural uses. Unfortunately, that source of new products is increasingly under threat from shortsighted environmentalism and the European embrace of “precautionary” regulation.
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
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

NGOs Launch New Tool to Map Water and Sanitation in Kenya’s Largest Slum

Source: Veture Burn

With an estimated 1.2-million residents, Kibera is Africa’s second largest and one of the biggest slums in the world with some of the poorest living conditions
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — Europe & Eurasia

German Company Wins Inaugural EU Prize For Innovative Vaccine Technology

Source: RTT News

The European Commission offered the prize, worth EUR2 million, to encourage inventors to overcome one of the biggest barriers to using vaccines in developing countries: the need to keep them stable at any ambient temperature.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

US Provides $40 Million to Tackle Infectious Diseases

Source: Sci Dev Net

Within five years, the CDC aims to help 30 at-risk nations cope with the “perfect storm of vulnerability”, Tom Frieden, the centre’s director, said during a press briefing preceding the announcement.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health insurers go for bottom of the pyramid

Source: Standard Digital

It is now possible for low-income earners to flash a smart card when seeking treatment from selected Government hospitals, faith-based health facilities or public health centres. This follows the entry of several underwriters into the low-income medical insurance business.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Wello Smartphone Case Puts Health Data in the Palm of Your Hand

Source: Computerworld

You may already know Wello as a personal training web service we reviewed last year, but now a health-tracking gadget called Wello wants to pull a Facebook Paper and make you forget all about that other Wello. Oh, well. (Sorry.)
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Turning Africa’s Healthcare Challenges Into Opportunities

Source: Ventures

Most people are familiar with the problems facing the health sector in Sub-Saharan Africa faces: poor infrastructure, a shortage of healthcare workers, a lack of capacity in the existing workforce and substandard quality to name a few. These problems, coupled with inadequate public sector spending on health, have pushed the private sector to the front in the development of the African health sector.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Secrets to a Successful mHealth Campaign

Source: SciDev.Net

At the Mobile World Congress last week (25 February) I listened to Arjen Swank, business development manager of Text To Change (TTC), discuss the best way to implement a successful mobile health programme in Africa.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — South Asia

USAID and P&G Kick Off Global Development Alliance to Improve Health in Myanmar

Source: YahooFinance

Administrator Rajiv Shah yesterday helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in India.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Qualcomm, Vecna Cares, Etisalat, to Promote Maternal, Child Health

Source: This Day Live

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced its partnership with other operators to improve maternal and child health. They include Vecna Cares Charitable Trust, the nonprofit arm of Vecna Technologies; InStrat Global Health Solutions, a turnkey health care solutions provider; Etisalat Nigeria; Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA); and Evidence for Action.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

U.S. Telemedicine Initiative Tackles Diabetes Epidemic in Libya

Source: HuffPost Impact

A Libyan-American steering group has been created to manage local outreach, and get as many retinal cameras into primary care situations as possible.
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 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan Healthcare Tech Firm Showcased at Sankalp Africa Summit

Source: Human IPO

Kenyan healthcare technologies company MicroClinic Technologies has been named one of the top four high-impact small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa at the Sankalp Africa Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya.
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).
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Experts to map Nigeria’s neglected tropical diseases

Source: SciDevNet

Nigerian health officials partnering with international experts have embarked on a national programme to map Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by analysing data obtained from 14 of the country’s 36 states.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Finding real wealth in health industry

Source: E China News

It may be the best time ever to be living right now. Over the past four decades, the life expectancy of Asians has increased by more than a decade to more than 70 years, thanks to the development of the healthcare industry. New drugs, medical equipment, therapies, organizations, policies and healthcare systems have emerged one after another, bringing improvements in people's lives and changes in their thinking about health management.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — South Asia

Nathealth and Nasscom in Pact to Deliver Healthcare Services in India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

“The idea is that healthcare cannot go to next level without IT. So, there is an opportunity for businesses to collaborate."
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.
Friday, February 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Quick test finds signs of diarrheal disease

Source: Science Codex

Bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston have developed a simple, highly sensitive and efficient test for the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis that could have great impact on global health.
Friday, February 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dengue and West Nile vaccines come closer to reality

Source: Business Standard

Scientists have discovered a key aspect to how the dengue and West Nile viruses replicate in the cells of their host and how they manipulate the immune system as they spread.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Big pharma and healthcare providers join forces to promote wellbeing

Source: The Guardian

With cash-strapped healthcare systems around the world struggling, is it time to call on pharmaceutical companies for new innovation?
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.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Development Bank Holds First Forum On Development of Health in Africa

Source: allAfrica

Convinced that investing in health is a prerequisite for economic growth, the African Development Bank, in partnership with Groupe Jeune Afrique, is organizing the Africa Health Forum, the first public-private forum on Africa's health economy.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Health Organization calls for action after predicting rise in cancer cases

Source: Deutsche Welle English

The number of cancer cases will rise by half by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Developing countries are set to bear the brunt of the increase, with governments urged to take preventative action.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fixing health supply chains, saving lives

Source: Devex

Each year, millions of children die before the age of 5, largely from preventable causes. With that staggering number, the task of saving these children’s lives is a daunting challenge. That said, the solution may not be as complicated as you’d think.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Hacking global health: Technology is transforming global health care

Source: The Varsity

For many people in the developed world, healthcare is defined by the ubiquitous scent of disinfectant, the beeping of the cardiac monitors, and other properly sterile equipment. However, in many low- and middle-income countries, such an image is incomplete or nonexistent.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health-care innovations to drive down local costs

Source: Business Report

A diagnostic kit that can detect tuberculosis (TB) in 25 minutes, diagnosis of diabetes using a dipstick and a doctor consultation that can be capped at R50. These are just a few of the health-care innovations that South African medical researchers and companies have up their sleeves, and are planning to introduce to the health-care system in their bid to drive down costs.
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.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Pilot Project Demonstrates Disease Containment

Source: Voice of America

U.S. and international public health officials have launched two successful demonstration projects - in Africa and Asia - to show how a quick response to outbreaks can contain infectious diseases.
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.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare & IIT Madras ink 3-year R&D pact to accelerate innovation for a healthier India

Source: Pharmabiz

GE Healthcare, the US$ 18 billion healthcare business of General Electric Company and Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC), a multi-disciplinary R&D centre of IIT Chennai have entered into a three-year collaborative research and development agreement for innovating a range of disruptive and affordable healthcare solutions.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID, General Electric to finance health programme in Kenya

Source: Afrique en Ligne

USAID, GE partner with Kenyan bank to finance health programme - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and General Electric (GE), in conjunction with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Tuesday announced a new partnership that will make up to US$ 10 million in local financing available to small- and medium-enterprises in the country.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

GAVI raises $152 million for vaccinations with private sector partnerships

Source: Vaccine News Daily

The GAVI Alliance announced on Friday that it secured $152 million to immunize children against disease using private sector partnerships, a unique funding mechanism leveraging cash and expertise from corporations and foundations.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE’s Immelt Urges More Private Investment in Africa Health Care

Source: Business Week

General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt urged private investors to provide more funding for health care in African nations, where government-run services are overstretched.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Philippines Works to Freeze Spread of Childhood Diseases

Source: The Wall Street Journal

On Wednesday the Philippine government’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, or RITM, will get new walk-in freezer, which will be used to store vaccines for various viruses, measles included.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Political leaders join experts on health to call for innovation in sustainable funding

Source: New Vision

Global health experts and political leaders meeting in Davos, Switzerland on the side lines of the World Economic Forum, have concluded that finding innovative ways to optimize funding for health programmes in developing and middle-income countries will be key to development and economic growth.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth Alliance to move head office to South Africa

Source: Sci Dev Net

The move is to scale up mHealth projects at country levels in the global South.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Healthcare tech is hot for venture capitalists

Source: The Hindu Business Line

From wearables like wristbands that keep track of your physical activity to wireless weighing machines that help you track your weight fluctuations, technology is getting into healthcare with an eye firmly on the consumer.
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sevamob Announces Seva360, an Innovative Health Exchange for Patients and Healthcare Providers

Source: Press Release

Sevamob is an Atlanta based company working to fundamentally transform the delivery of primary healthcare in the developing countries. Sevamob is delighted to announce Seva360, an innovative health exchange that enables patients to find, connect with and use tele-health or in-clinic services from participating health providers and is rapidly signing new consumers and healthcare providers on the exchange.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Fast Co.Exist

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

SRL Diagnostics to enter CIS, Africa

Source: Business Standard

SRL Diagnostics, the healthcare arm of Fortis, is eyeing expansion into fast-growing markets of Africa and CIS countries. SRL, which has about 40 per cent share of the organised diagnostic market in India, plans to open labs and collection centres countries such as Congo, Kenya and Nigeria in Africa. It is also looking at tie-ups in CIS countries.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Doctors Without Borders Pioneers Opening Up Access to Humanitarian Data

Source: allAfrica

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

WHO guidance 'risks killing children'

Source: The Guardian

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

Africa: USAID Announces Award to Prevent, Repair Obstetric Fistula

Source: All Africa

More health care workers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia will be able to prevent, detect and treat the disabling condition obstetric fistula thanks to a new project sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
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.
Friday, December 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

High-tech inventions meet global-health needs in cool ways

Source: The Seattle Times

Innovators from Washington state blend high-tech research and pragmatic application to create cool, surprising and even downright weird global-health inventions.
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.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSK bets on emerging markets with $1 billion plan to raise stake in India unit

Source: The West Australian

GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) has decided to spend roughly $1 billion to raise its stake in its Indian pharmaceutical unit, betting on rising demand in emerging markets as sales in developed economies slow due to a wave of patent expirations.
Friday, December 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Healthcare innovations can revolutionise maternal and infant health


Despite the amazing advances made by our nation since independence, one area where we continue to be woefully inadequate is basic health parameters, particularly maternal and infant health.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

All Health Care Is Local in Uganda

Source: HuffPost Impact

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successful by addressing the everyday concerns of the voters who elected them to office
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why mHealth Alliance is moving to the Global South

Source: Devex

The company which champions the use of mobile technologies to improve health around the world will move its headquarters to South Africa.
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.
Monday, December 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Philips partners Africa to promote maternal, child health

Source: Ghana Web

Over the years, efforts by most countries, including Ghana, to address high maternal and infant mortality rates as a step to meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Four and Five have yielded some results.
Monday, December 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Masimo and Newborn Foundation Jointly Announce Mobile Health Initiative to Reduce Global Newborn Mortality

Source: The Newborn Foundation

The Newborn Foundation’s BORN Project launches with new iSpO2 Rx mobile technology for early detection of health conditions in newborns in low-resource settings.
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 — No Region Specified

How much would it take to end health gaps?

Source: Devex

Bridging the health gap between rich and poor nations is feasible in the next 22 years, but it will require the international community to refocus its assistance, and explore inexpensive but innovative interventions to curb emerging health issues, such as noncommunicable diseases.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Study Demonstrates the Power of Ultrasound Screenings to Transform Maternal and Newborn Care in Rural Uganda

Source: The Wall Street Journal

"Magnet Effect" caused by access to innovative ultrasound technology includes positive clinical trends in antenatal visits and newborn deliveries
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.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — South Asia

Conference on adapting Indian innovations in health

Source: News Track India

At a time when the western world is going through a crisis of sorts in the health care sector, a conference at the University of Oxford will explore adapting Indian innovations for better health services across the world.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Technology Meets Health and Spurs Invention

Source: All Africa

Young African entrepreneurs are taking giant steps forward in addressing some of the continent's most pressing health issues.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates Can’t Build a Toilet

Source: New York Times

IN addition to eradicating polio in India and starting the personal computer revolution, the Seattle Superman of our age has managed to make going to the bathroom a cause célèbre. Five years ago, if I’d told people I worked on toilets, they would have surely assumed I was a plumber. Now, they exclaim: “Oh! Isn’t Bill Gates into that?”
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

EU seeks ways to make vaccines resistant to hot weather


Half of the vaccines sent to developing countries are lost as they deteriorate during transportation, but a new EU-sponsored project may solve the problem.
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.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tablets Improve Family Planning Service in Rural Kenya


In Kenya, mobile technology usage is quickly becoming more popular. While these solutions increase access to services, many rural health facilities lack ability to provide adequate service delivery.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — South Asia

Infosys to help Dutch community on health project

Source: The Times of India

Indian IT bellwether Infosys will partner with Commit, a public-private research community in the Netherlands, for a sensor-based engagement for an improved health project, the company said.
Friday, November 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Healthcare on the cheap - innovations from Appropriate Healthcare Technologies event

Source: Materials World

It takes years for a manufacturer to demonstrate that a new medical device is effective and safe. But, if a less-than-perfect, cheaper innovation can save lives in the developing world, it should be made available, said speakers at the Appropriate Healthcare Technologies event in London, UK. Ledetta Asfa-Wossen reviews four design innovations.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

Expanding Healthcare Needs and Technology Advancements Drive the Global Stethoscopes Market

Source: Digital Journal

Despite the advent of several newer technologies such as electrocardiography, hand-held ultrasounds, among others, stethoscopes continue to be the primary device used by healthcare professionals for listening to sounds emanating from the heart and other body organs.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — South Asia

AAPI India summit to focus on health information technology

Source: Business Standard

A Global Healthcare Summit organised by an influential body of Indian American physicians in Ahmadabad in January would focus on how to use modern technology more effectively in providing efficient care to patients.
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.
Friday, October 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Health IT takes hold around the world

Source: Healthcare IT News

Healthcare IT plays a central role in modern healthcare strategies. As a relatively new component of healthcare, there is still much to learn about how best to integrate digital health systems. Keeping an eye out for successes and innovations -- learning opportunities around the world -- should be a priority for all countries.
Friday, October 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare hopes to record double digit growth in MRI, CT segments in India

Source: Pharmabiz

GE targets to develop 100 low cost solutions in India to address India’s and world’s healthcare challenges in the area of cancer, cardiac diseases and maternal/infant care.
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 a