Our Staff Writers and Editors offer insights on the latest news, events, interviews and other happenings from the development through enterprise and base of the pyramid universes
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.
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.
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

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.
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
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 08, 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 04, 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 04, 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 04, 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 04, 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 01, 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 05, 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 03, 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 03, 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 07, 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 07, 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 05, 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 05, 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 04, 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.
Tuesday, February 04, 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.
Monday, February 03, 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.
Monday, February 03, 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 03, 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.
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 09, 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 09, 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 09, 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 06, 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 04, 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 08, 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 07, 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 05, 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 aide ushers her into a sterile room, takes her vital signs, and hands her a paper gown. Some minutes later, a doctor in a white coat enters the room, asks her questions for 10 minutes or so, and conducts a brief physical examination. The doctor issues a diagnosis, writes a prescription, and sends the patient off to make a copayment. Afterward, the patient will drive to a local pharmacy to purchase medication. She is one of 40 patients whom the doctor will see that day.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Health Care: Commissioner Sues For Co-operation Amongst Practitioners

Source: The Nigerian Observer

Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fom Dakwak, called for collaboration among doctors to improve healthcare delivery in Nigeria. Dakwak made the call at the launch of Apollo Global Doctors Network-West Africa, in Lagos
Monday, September 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Al Bawaba

The most pressing global healthcare challenges are to be tackled as the world’s leading medical, academic and government professionals gather at the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha, Qatar on 10-11 December 2013.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaria Will Be The First Disease Beaten By Mobile

Source: UN Dispatch

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

Uganda: Executive Style - Managing Patients' Records for Better Health

Source: allAfrica

Claude VendetteOne Solutions, an ICT support company, is pioneering an innovative ICT-based record-keeping system to improve on operations at health facilities - which will ultimately contribute to the streamlining of processes in the health care delivery system in Uganda. The CEO, Claude Vendette, spoke to The Independent about its benefits.
Monday, September 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

New Investment Fund Will Advance Late-Stage Vaccines and other Global Health Technologies

Source: Wall Street Journal

A new investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will, for the first time, allow individual and institutional investors the opportunity to finance late-stage global health technologies that have the potential to save millions of lives in low-income countries. With $94 million committed by a pioneering group of investors -- including anchor support from Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (acting through KfW) and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation -- the Global Health Investment Fund ("GHIF" or the "Fund") will help advance the most promising interventions to fight challenges in low-income countries such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and maternal and infant mortality.
Monday, September 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

ChipCare's handheld analyzer attracts one of Canada's largest-ever healthcare angel investments


An innovative, handheld point-of-care analyzer, developed by ChipCare Corporation, has secured one of the largest ever angel investments in Canada's healthcare sector. Phase II financing has closed, with an investment of $2.05M to support ChipCare's continuing development and commercialization over the next three years. The financing evolved through a uniquely collaborative funding model among Canadian social angel investors, including Maple Leaf Angels, MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, with special financing leadership from Grand Challenges Canada and the Government of Canada.
Thursday, September 05, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Promise of eHealth in the African Region

Source: African Press Organization

Most African patients making repeat visits to a hospital or to their doctor are likely to have had at least one similar experience: they routinely see their doctor or other hospital staff digging through stacks of ancient manila files in search of handwritten notes of their medical records. The patients will even be lucky if their files are found with complete information. Must this decades-old practice continue in this information age? “No”, says Dr Derege Kebede, head of the African Health Observatory (AHO) and Knowledge Management Unit at the WHO Regional Office for Africa Office (WHO/AFRO) in Brazzaville, Congo. “A solution already exists: electronic health or eHealth – countries and people in our region should embrace, promote and intensify the use of eHealth.”
Monday, August 12, 2013 — South Asia

Antibiotic apocalypse

Source: Business Standard

The indiscriminate prescription of strong antibiotics for even minor ailments like cold and flu is leading to the alarming rise of bacterial infections that no longer respond to the usual medicine
Friday, August 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

'Personalized' Vaccines Help Treat Chronic Leukemia

Source: BioScience Technology

Patients with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) often receive donor transplants that effectively “reboot” their own immune defenses, which then attack and potentially cure the hard-to-treat disease.
Thursday, August 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

Fat profits: how the food industry cashed in on obesity

Source: The Guardian

Ever since definitions of healthy bodyweight changed in the 1990s, the world has feared an obesity epidemic. But the food giants accused of making us fat are also profiting from the slimming industry
Thursday, August 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

How to Foster Low-Tech Health Innovation

Source: The Atlantic

A Seattle non-profit's model for uniting public health and the private sector, and what they've come up with
Thursday, August 01, 2013 — Latin America

Breast-feeding woes: Mexico sees dramatic drop of moms nursing, raising concerns over health

Source: The Star Phoenix

Despite the well-known advantages to breast milk and vigorous campaigns around the world championing breast as best, Mexican mothers say the bottle is better.
Thursday, August 01, 2013 — Latin America

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

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Colombia has become the first country in the world to eradicate river blindness through the distribution of an anti-parasitic drug in affected parts of the South American nation and a sustained health education campaign in local communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — South Asia

Heart Surgery in India for $1,583 Costs $106,385 in U.S.

Source: Bloomberg

Devi Shetty is obsessed with making heart surgery affordable for millions of Indians. On his office desk are photographs of two of his heroes: Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Slow Ideas

Source: The New Yorker

Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?
Thursday, July 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

3D imaging could cut health care costs

Source: Innovation Trail

Upstate company Qmetrics has developed technology that can take medical images like MRIs and turn them into a three-dimensional image or model.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

This Bill Gates-Backed Super-Thermos Saves Lives With Cold Vaccines

Source: Co.Exist

Life saving medicine doesn’t like hot temperatures, which makes it hard to get it to the remote villages where it’s often most needed. The amazing new Passive Vaccine Storage Device keeps health workers informed about its movements and its cargo, and keeps that cargo totally cool for 30 days.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

One man’s innovation turns Ugandan hospitals hi-tech

Source: The Observer

Have you ever wanted to know how many doctor visits you make per year or what your annual expenditure on health care is?
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

mHealth for Chronic Diseases in Developing Countries

Source: tech pH

Non communicable diseases (heart diseases, strokes, cancers, diabetes, and chronic lung disease) cause an estimated 36 million deaths every year, including 9 million people dying prematurely before the age of 60.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

Changing the perspective: from disease control to healthy people

Source: The Lancet Global Health

Never before has the health situation improved so fast across the world. At the same time, exposures to major health risks rise just as quickly and dramatically.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

Understanding the Protective Side of Dengue Virus

Source: The New York Times

Infection with one strain of the dengue virus gives people protection against the other three strains for about two years, a new biostatistics study has found.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Data visualisation aims to change view of global health

Source: BBC

By creating a new and innovative way to look at massive amounts of patient data worldwide, one man hopes he can change the way public health crises are managed, as Cynthia Graber reports.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

What will Google Glass do for health?

Source: Healthcare IT News

It's probably the most anticipated and potentially transformative new gadget since the smartphone. But unlike the iPhone, Google Glass has also been heralded with a healthy dose of controversy. Although few folks have yet managed to get their mitts on a pair, lots of people have some pretty passionate ideas about what the technology – which enables hands-free Web and camera access – will mean, for healthcare and society at large.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Q&A: Jeffrey Sachs on the world's post-MDG future

Source: SciDev.Net

The UN special advisor and director of a key science network tells SciDev.Net what the road to 2015 will look like.
Friday, June 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

New $1 patch can deliver vaccines without injections

Source: The Independent

Professor Mark Kendall's Nanopatch was shown off last night to crowds at TEDGlobal
Friday, June 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

US health officials say pill can also help prevent AIDS infection in injection drug users

Source: The Washington Post

Doctors should consider giving a daily AIDS drug to another high risk group to help prevent infections — people who shoot heroin, methamphetamines or other injection drugs, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.
Friday, June 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

U.S. top court bars patents on human genes unless synthetic

Source: Yahoo

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday prohibited patents on naturally occurring human genes but allowed legal protections on synthetically produced genetic material in a compromise ruling hailed as a partial victory for patients and the biotechnology industry.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

6 Business Models That Are Transforming Health Systems Around The World

Source: Forbes

The new vision for health care isn’t just about access, quality and affordability.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare plans $2 billion investment for software development

Source: Business Standard

Will focus on advancing current and future technology offerings through the convergence of machine and intelligent data
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

New hope for malaria

Source: The Star

A new Japanese malaria vaccine cuts infections ‘by 72%’.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

At Grameen Foundation, an international nonprofit becomes a software developer

Source: The Washington Post

The Grameen Foundation was providing health care to pregnant women in Ghana in 2010 when the organization had an idea: As cellphones become more widely available in developing nations, health information can be quickly disseminated to poor patients in remote locations via voice and text messaging.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Timeline: Smartphone-enabled health devices

Source: MobiHealth News

Mobile health has come a long way since the start of 2009 when Apple demonstrated on-stage at its World Wide Developer Conference how blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters could connect to the iPhone 3G via cables or Bluetooth. MobiHealth News has tracked smartphone-enabled health and fitness devices over the course of the past five years.
Friday, June 07, 2013 — Asia Pacific

China's Healthcare Choice: Innovation or Access?

Source: Forbes

China today faces a dilemma in healthcare development between the present and the future. A fundamental choice will need to be made between financial incentives for future medical innovation or price controls that broaden present access to care
Thursday, June 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Hospital Calculates The ROI Of An iPad At 9 Days

Source: Forbes

I attended a healthcare event last year that needs to remain nameless. It wasn’t a big event. In fact, it was very focused and relatively small. That’s about as much as we need to know because our headline came from that conference and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) who served it up wishes to remain anonymous. That’s ok, of course, but the story and lesson are definitely worth reviewing.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 — South Asia

HP deploys virtual health platform to help deliver quality psychiatric care in rural India

Source: Business Standard

As part of HP's continued commitment to making healthcare accessible to people living in remote parts of India, HP today announced the availability of a virtual health technology platform that will enable healthcare professionals to virtually conduct specialist psychiatric consultations with patients.
Monday, June 03, 2013 — No Region Specified

Japan Joins Fight Against Neglected Diseases

Source: Science

Tens of thousands of new compounds will be screened for effectiveness against critical illnesses
Friday, May 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

66th World Health Assembly: 5 takeaways

Source: Devex

The 66th World Health Assembly concluded with a number of resolutions and action plans adopted and approved in the more than week-long conference.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Success In mHealth: Shifting Focus from the 'm' to the 'Health'

Source: Forbes

Many lament the slow pace at which formal mHealth innovations are mainstreamed, blaming a dearth of robust evidence and hesitant policy makers. Still, the pace of evidence is accelerating, and a possible future is not difficult to imagine.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Four Innovative Models Changing Health Care In Africa

Source: Fast CoExist

In Tanzania, giant pouched rats are trained to sniff out tuberculosis in human sputum samples. Dubbed HeroRATS, the animals can evaluate 40 samples in just seven minutes, equal to what a skilled lab technician can do in a full day. In northern Kenya, health services--including family planning services--are being brought to 36 remote, underserved communities by four-wheel drive vehicles, bicycles, camels and good old-fashioned human feet. And in Malawi, durable e-health hardware--even touch screen computers--that are significantly more robust in harsh environments with erratic power supplies are being manufactured by Malawians.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Mobile health: donors should follow, not lead

Source: The Guardian

No more preempting local demand with substandard products, the mHealth sector needs donors willing to learn from local actors and invest in sustainable business models.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

The dirty little secret for making better vaccines

Source: Futurity

A menu of 61 new strains of genetically engineered bacteria may mean better vaccines for diseases like flu, whooping cough, cholera, and HPV.
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