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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Netcare Disputes Oxfam Report Over Hospital Costs in Lesotho

Source: Bloomberg

Netcare Ltd. (NTC), a private hospital operator in South Africa and the U.K., said its venture in Lesotho was a “success story” after an Oxfam report alleged it was draining the country’s health resources.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — South Asia

Social Business in India: Some investors wade in, but most testing waters

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Investors meet with frugal innovation, entrepreneurs leave the sector discouraged.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Healthcare Donations are Increasing

Source: Millionaire Corner

The neediest nations are getting more financial support for healthcare, while those nations that are slightly better off could be losing out in donations, a University of Washington study says.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

In Global Health, Abortion Bears the Scarlet A

Source: Aljazeera America

At the Kamazu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, Dr. Grace Chiudzu, the head of the maternity ward, ticks off the most common issues her patients face: “One is bleeding, second is infections, third is abortion complications.”
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can a tool for doctors 'fix' evidence-based foreign aid?

Source: Devex

As development institutions like the World Bank look for ways to make their projects and interventions more evidence-based, development practitioners have run into a problem faced by doctors a generation ago.
Friday, April 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Development Assistance For Global Health: Is The Funding Revolution Over?

Source: Health Affairs

In many ways, the last twenty years have been somewhat of a “revolution” in global health, as marked by rising attention, growing funding, and the creation of new, large scale initiatives to address global health challenges in low and middle income countries.
Friday, April 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bacteria fighting fabric

Source: UDaily

Each year in India, waterborne diseases sicken approximately 37.7 million people. One and a half million children die of diarrhea alone, according to a report by WaterAid.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Developing World Healthcare Market, Low-tech is the New Cutting Edge

Source: Rapid Growth Media

The r(Evolve) Centrifuge, developed by CentriCycle, is a manual hand-crank blood centrifuge that can operate without electricity in rural areas, separating blood for quick and accurate diagnostic testing.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Private sector a Key Partner in Canadian Maternal Health Initiative

Source: CBC News

Tying Canada's overseas development assistance to private-sector partnerships has been a controversial proposition for the Harper government, and one that Development Minister Christian Paradis makes no apologies for.
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 — North Africa and Near East

OPINION: How to Close the Health Gap Between Rich and Poor

Source: The Daily Star Lebanon

With aggressively scaled-up health investments, 10 million lives could be saved annually, beginning in 2035.
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

Three Recommendations to Foster Development in Africa's Health Markets

Source: Huffington Post Impact

As the CEO of a company that markets portable, power-free medical instrument sterilizers to hospitals and health centers in East Africa, Dr. Bernstein has seen first hand the degree to which people are ready to pay for safe and effective medical care. But at the same time there is a conscious effort to avoid the creation of a completely segmented health system where the quality of care is much higher for those who can afford it from the private sector, and huge portions of the population are unable to participate in the market.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Innovative' Sughavazhvu healthcare gaining popularity in rural India

Source: Yahoo! News

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

Public-private partnerships can help improve healthcare in Africa

Source: The Guardian

It is shocking, but perhaps not surprising, to read of the impact of the public-private partnership between the Lesotho government and Netcare on healthcare across Lesotho (Finance deal threatens Lesotho's hospitals, says Oxfam, 7 April). However, public-private partnership can work in an African healthcare setting, and this has been demonstrated over the last six years by the success of the Health Improvement Project Zanzibar (HIPZ) in transforming services on the island.
Friday, April 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Recommendations to Foster Development in Africa's Health Markets

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Aline Wachner is a PhD candidate at the International Research Network on Social and Economic Empowerment (IRENE/SEE) at Zeppelin University, Germany. Her research has investigated health care social enterprises in Columbia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa. She previously worked at the Grameen Creative Lab, a think tank initiated by Prof. Muhammad Yunus.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 — South Asia

Investing in Private Health Care for All in India

Source: The Huffington Post Business

India is in the midst of the world's largest experiment in democratic elections, with more than 800 million people eligible to vote in its current parliamentary elections.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Predicting Disease Outbreaks in a Changing Climate in Africa

Source: allAfrica

The IPCC report focuses on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.
Monday, April 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Governments need to 'join up and scale up' on health

Source: Devex

World Health Day is a chance to reflect on the progress we’ve made since the occasion was first marked in 1950. But it’s also a moment to reflect on the huge challenges that remain. One child dying from preventable causes is one too many — but in reality, 6.6 million die in this way each year.
Monday, April 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vector control focus of World Health Day

Source: Times of India

Swarms of mosquitoes buzzing around people after dusk is a familiar scene on almost every city street. So World Health Organisation's (WHO) theme for World Health Day on Monday will clearly strike a chord in Chennai. WHO has identified vector diseases as biggest threat to health and have started a campaign with the tagline 'Small bite, big threat'.
Monday, April 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Guardian

A flagship hospital built in Lesotho using public/private financing with advice from an arm of the World Bank threatens to bankrupt the impoverished African country's health budget.
Monday, April 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda police raid U.S. military AIDS clinic, order it shut

Source: Erasing 76 Crimes

Activists in Uganda report that plain-clothes police raided a U.S. military-affiliated AIDS services clinic in Kampala today, accused it of promoting homosexuality, and ordered it to close.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Devex

More than 125 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation worldwide, and another 30 million are at risk of being cut over the next decade — yet few interventions have focused on stopping the practice, and previous United Nations targets and pledges to end FGM within a generation have failed.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria research funding website leaves limited legacy

Source: SciDevNet

A website intended to rewrite the rules of how malaria research is funded failed to exploit the early potential of social media to link the public with researchers — but its one achievement, a new mosquito repellent is due to hit Tanzania’s market early next year.
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.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

More Kenyans To Benefit From New Private Sector Healthcare Initiative

Source: Ventures

Excelsior Group’s Foundation and the Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH) have reached an agreement to improve healthcare accessibility for 30 percent of Kenya’s population. Private sector networks account for more than 50 percent of Kenya’s healthcare providers serving the needs of Kenyans living on lower incomes.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — Latin America

Brazil Just Became The First Country Ever To Pay Reparations For A Maternal Death

Source: BuzzFeed World

Three years after a landmark human rights ruling, Brazil offers reparations and public commemoration. But the structural inequalities that led to a 28-year-old’s death remain.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

14 Ways to Make Sanitation Sustainable

Source: The Guardian

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

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.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare, CTSI to develop cancer care network

Source: Business Standard

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, on Tuesday announced a partnership with Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI) to develop a network of 25 cancer care centres in India. Through five years, the two companies will together invest $120 million (Rs 720 crore) to establish these centres, through a hub-and-spoke model.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Global Post

Squatting on their haunches among fruit trees and orange marigolds, barefoot villagers wait in the morning chill to see Dr. Pijus Sarkar, the only full-time physician in this remote part of West Bengal. They come because their local health provider — an alternative healer or one with no training at all — failed to help them, or even made them worse.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships in Global Health

Source: Devex

If countries are healthier and more prosperous, then we all benefit. After all, global health means economic health. This is one reason why many governments in wealthier countries have helped fund disease prevention in developing countries, far outside their borders. It’s the right thing to do, but it’s also smart policy.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Health News Digest

In 2012, almost 220,000 cases were reported, and an estimated 19,000 people died from tuberculosis in the Americas.
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

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.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malawi: Antenatal Access Key to Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Source: All Africa

Malawi is leading the developing world in the Option B+ approach to preventing transmission of HIV from mothers to their children. Option B+ provides lifelong HIV medication to all HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: News Medical

Strengthening the health systems that provide health products and care is the most critical investment in global health, according to international survey results released today by leading global health organizations, PSI and PATH, as well as Devex, the global development media brand.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pitching Investors in Global Health: Funding Lessons From Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Huffington Post Business

Over the past decade, business models serving the base of the pyramid (BOP) customers have attracted increased attention. At the same time, major development agencies and foundations have identified the public health segments of the Millennium Development Goals as priorities and have expanded programs to support and encourage innovation in health care for low- and middle-income communities around the world.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: All Africa

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

Drug-Resistant TB is Global Threat

Source: Voice of America

The medical aid group -- Doctors without Borders -- warns that drug-resistant tuberculosis has become a global threat. It says despite the growing number of cases, there are no effective treatments.
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.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Guardian

A government watchdog has called on the Department for International Development (DfID) to do more to improve the quality of care at Kenyan health facilities after recording patient complaints of petty corruption and "physical and emotional abuse" by staff.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

The quest for WHO prequalification by pharmaceutical firms

Source: Business Day

Annually, millions of patients in resource-limited countries receive life-saving medicines that are purchased by or through international procurement agencies such as World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNITAID and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
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

$23M Award at Notre Dame Fights Malaria and Dengue Fever

Source: Phys Org

The grant is the second largest award to a single grant proposal in Notre Dame's history.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Haitians sue UN over cholera epidemic

Source: Yahoo! News

Nearly 1,500 Haitians filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking compensation from the United Nations for victims of a cholera outbreak that health officials say has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened over 600,000 in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
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

India pledges new low-cost drugs to developing nations

Source: Zee News

Stressing that India's pharmaceutical technology was appropriate for Africa, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said India is committed to making available to developing countries newer generation life-saving drugs also.
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.)
Friday, March 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Study - Climate Change Hampers Fight Against Malaria

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Unless disease-monitoring and control efforts are boosted and sustained, the disease will spread to new high-altitude areas, making populations living there particularly vulnerable because of a lack of immunity.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — South Asia

Biocon Launches e-healthcare Programme in Odisha, India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Biotech major Biocon in partnership with Canara Bank and Odisha government has initiated an e-healthcare programme for the underprivileged and rural communities in the state.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — South Asia

U.S. Fears for Patents on Next-Generation Drugs in India

Source: The Chicago Tribune

An Indian committee is reviewing up to a dozen patented drugs to see if so-called compulsory licenses, which in effect break exclusivity rights, can be issued for some of them.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Staying the course - Obama's 2015 proposal for US foreign aid

Source: Devex

Don’t be fooled by U.S. President Barack Obama’s relatively flat foreign aid budget request for fiscal year 2015.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Circumcised Men Abandoning Condoms

Source: ReliefWeb

Ernest Dhlamini of Mbabane city, Swaziland, was circumcised in 2006, to enjoy what he calls a clean life. Dhlamini says he is worried that a large number of men circumcised under current programs funded by international organizations, are now abandoning condoms and engaging in unsafe sex.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

In New Haven, Barbara Bush talks about public health innovation at Yale

Source: New Haven Register

Social entrepreneurs from Yale Univeristy are changing the nature of public health, from creating replacement arteries to training the global health leaders of tomorrow.
Monday, March 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Indian drug firms may lose out as US pharma supply chain consolidates

Source: The Financial Express

Consolidation in the pharmaceuticals supply chain in the US will weigh on the bargaining power of Indian drug firms in that market, top Indian players apprehend. A spate of acquisitions and joint ventures — 16 in 2012 and 10 in 2013 — has resulted in fewer suppliers of prescription drugs, which might work against the interests of Indian firms.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Harvested rainwater in South Africa harbors pathogens, finds new study

Source: WaterWorldMag

According to research from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, pathogens are inhabiting harvested rainwater across the region, potentially posing a public health hazard, especially for children and immunocompromised individuals.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank postpones Uganda loan over anti-gay law

Source: Reuters

The World Bank on Thursday postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda's health system over a law that toughened punishment for gays, an unusual move for an institution that typically avoids wading into politics.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — South Asia

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

Source: MedicalXpress

An analysis of a unique "SuperMum" (SuperAmma) handwashing campaign shows for the first time that using emotional motivators, such as feelings of disgust and nurture, rather than health messages, can result in significant, long-lasting improvements in people's handwashing behaviour, and could in turn help to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Developing-World Disease Vaccines Being Prepared for Human Tests

Source: Science World Report

The fight against poverty-related diseases is gaining ground as scientists prepare trials of vaccines for hookworm, leishmaniasis and other parasitic diseases common in the developing world, thanks to the support of public research funding.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 — South Asia

Crowdfunding Platform Nyaya Raises Cash for Healthcare for Nepal’s Poor

Source: South China Morning Post

In December, the New York-based NGO officially launched its Crowdfund Health portal to solicit donations to fund health care for the poor.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Adolescent Health And Why Now?

Source: Huffington Post Impact

With less than two years left to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for maternal and child health and survival, the UN Secretary-General's independent Expert Review Group (iERG) for monitoring progress did something remarkable last year.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Community-Based Methods for Improving Maternal and Newborn Health

Source: Medical Xpress

High mortality rates for pregnant women and newborns continue to be a major health concern in Africa, with Ethiopia being one of the most affected countries.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

President Obama to Propose $45 million Increase to Protect Global Health

Source: Vaccine News Daily

President Obama will propose an additional $45 million in his 2015 budget to improve global health, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said on Thursday.
Friday, February 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

UNAIDS and Lancet Commission to put forward recommendations on AIDS and global health for the post-2015 debate

Source: UNAIDS

The UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS – Advancing global health is meeting in London on the future of AIDS and global health in the post-2015 era—the recommendations will be published in The Lancet later this year.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why This Social Entrepreneur Is Paying African Women To Go To Free HIV Clinics

Source: Forbes

Nigerian women get a small payment everytime they’ve received a treatment in a clinic, proved by their geotagged doctors’ notes.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Power imbalances between nations 'undermining global health efforts'

Source: Medical News Today

A joint commission from The Lancet and the University of Oslo in Norway finds that the imbalance of political power between nations is failing to protect the public's health, and calls for urgent reform in global decision making.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — 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.
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.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Announcing a New Investment: Miliki Afya

Source: Acumen

Acumen is pleased to announce a $600,000 equity investment in Miliki Afya Ltd., a company that aims to create a chain of clinics that offer high quality, low cost, outpatient care and diagnostics in low income, densely populated areas in Kenya.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Prevention is Key to Decreasing Cancer Mortality in Africa

Source: Global Health Africa

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

Measles threat looms large

Source: Vietnam net

The Health Ministry has ordered all provinces to intensify measles prevention and quarantine measures as the epidemic is likely to spread due to the humid and cold weather and the increase in travel at the beginning of the year.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

Source: Reuters

IBM says system will improve farming, e-commerce, health.
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?
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.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Duke Global Health Institute unveils cancer prevention partnership in Tanzania

Source: The Duke Chronicle

The Duke Global Health Institute and Duke Cancer Institute have collaborated on a new Global Cancer Initiative that will be launched in Tanzania.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

VisionSpring Cofounder Jordan Kassalow On Why Two Million Customers Is Not Enough

Source: Forbes

Jordan Kassalow is cofounder and chairman of VisionSpring, and has more than 20 years of experience providing eye care to the world’s poor.
Monday, February 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Govt creating India Inclusive Innovation Fund with initial corpus of $80M

Source: VCCircle

Registered as venture capital entity, it is targeting to take the total investible funds to around $800 million in two years.
Monday, February 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ministry Seeks to Quash Measles, Rubella Vaccination Rumors

Source: The Cambodia Daily

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

North Africa: Arab Spring Complicates Shifting Demands in Health Sector

Source: allAfrica

Healthcare needs are changing in the Arab world, and chronic diseases linked to rising prosperity and aging populations are forcing health services to retool, even as the region grapples with political turmoil and uncertainty.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — South Asia

Pakistan facing challenge over procuring vaccines

Source: Oman Tribune

Pakistan may face a country-wide shortage of life-saving vaccines due to government’s failure to fulfil its international co-financing liabilities for the procurement of vaccines to safeguard lives of millions of children from seven lethal preventable diseases.
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.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Janssen announces new group to tackle global health

Source: PM Live

Will implement R&D and access strategies to support areas with unmet public health need
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Times of India

In mid-January, air pollution in Beijing was so bad that the government issued urgent health warnings and closed four major highways, prompting the panicked buying of air filters and donning of face masks. But in New Delhi, where pea-soup smog created what was by some measurements even more dangerous air, there were few signs of alarm in the country's boisterous news media, or on its effervescent Twittersphere.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Preparing for a dengue fever vaccine: why Brazil's ahead of the game

Source: The Guardian

Six dengue vaccine candidates are in various stages of clinical development but developing countries will not receive the benefits if planning does not start now.
Friday, January 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Using Open Innovation to Deliver High-End Healthcare Disruption

Source: MedCity News

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

To Achieve Good Health We Need Good Education

Source: The World Post

Maternal deaths have fallen from 540,000 a year in 1990 to 287,000 in 2010, and the momentum is there for to save even more lives of mothers and their precious infants.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — 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.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — South Asia

Health program launched by Indian government to cover urban areas with over 50,000 population

Source: The Hindu

A flagship programme of the UPA government at the Centre, it is a counterpart of the National Rural Health Mission
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Nation's economic situation influences health of people'

Source: Times of India

Academique, an inter-disciplinary group in the DST Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) held a discussion on 'Social determinants of health' in the 275th session on Sunday.
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health

Source: NPR

American kids have a problem with obesity, according to the most recent studies. In fact, the closest thing we have to good news about childhood obesity is that kids are not gaining weight as rapidly as they were some years ago. Researchers may have identified one surprising new factor in why kids are overeating.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Next Era of Global Health? Follow the Money

Source: Chatham House

As more and more money flows through the global health domain, and emerging economies and companies take a more influential role in it, new approaches are needed to help the agenda adapt. Creating a commission on the financial and commercial health environment, a funding mechanism for global public goods for health and a high-level independent panel on health impact would all help drive it forward.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Public health leaders promote new framework for development

Source: Vaccine News

Countries should consider expanding investments through organizations that are already engaged in global dialogue and investment approaches.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

India polio-free for third straight year

Source: The Hindu

India has a reason to smile. On Monday, it completes three years without reporting any case of polio.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Whisky-Inspired Solution For Clean Drinking Water

Source: Fast Co.Exist

With arsenic in their drinking water wells, Bangladeshi citizens suffer the "largest mass poisoning in history" every day. A new type of filter made from the leftovers from the distillation process could give them a convenient, safer water supply.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Light-Bulb Moments for a Nonprofit

Source: New York Times

No baby should die or be disabled because a light bulb can’t be replaced. Yet during visits to hospitals in India and other countries, Krista Donaldson often saw lifesaving phototherapy systems, used to treat infant jaundice, languishing in dusty corners because of burned-out bulbs and other seemingly simple problems.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

More jobs? Forget IT, look at healthcare instead

Source: Firstpost

Finance and information technology may be the sectors everybody wants to be in. But when it comes to jobs creation in a growing economy like India, these sectors are turning out to be laggards as they are less labour-intensive. Health and construction sectors are the ones that have the potential to create more jobs.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

Viral load tests ‘could transform HIV treatment failure’

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for an increased use of viral load monitoring to improve treatment outcomes of HIV patients, in its latest study on testing in Africa.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Long-term Health Problems After Natural Disasters Strike

Source: US News and World Report

Health obstacles plague communities long after a natural disaster.
Monday, January 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Security personnel to administer polio vaccine in Pakistan

Source: Zee News

Around 200 security personnel have been trained to immunise children against polio in north-western Pakistan after civilian workers refused to join an upcoming campaign against the crippling disease.
Monday, January 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nigeria: Doctors Shelve Planned Strike

Source: All Africa

Medical Doctors have announced the suspension of its planned nationwide strike which was to take effect today.
Saturday, January 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

South African trauma center launches portable electronic trauma health record application

Source: Science Codex

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become standard practice throughout hospitals in North America, but in countries with fewer resources many front-line clinicians are still collecting data on paper, if they are collecting it at all. But now, surgeons from Vancouver, British Columbia, have developed a way for their peers at a Level I trauma center in South Africa to accurately collect and analyze trauma care data via an iPad app.
Friday, January 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Source: NPR

Wiping out malaria is a top goal for many leaders in global health. But when you look at the overall numbers on malaria, eradication almost seems like a pipe dream.
Friday, January 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

A third of adults across world now overweight or obese

Source: Irish Times

More than a third of all adults across the world are overweight or obese, a report from a British think-tank has revealed, leading to calls for governments to do more to tackle the growing crisis.
Thursday, January 02, 2014 — South Asia

A new dawn: India to be certified polio-free this year

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Later this month, India will clock three polio-free years, a milestone that will be officially certified in 2014 by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Thursday, January 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Globe and Mail

That is the conclusion of a new study that calls for a tripling of tobacco taxes and a doubling of the price of a pack of cigarettes in much of the world.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Small lifestyle changes 'lower type 2 diabetes risk'

Source: BBC News

Modest lifestyle changes in diet and activity by South Asian families improve their chance of losing weight to lower their risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study.
Friday, December 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Over 3.3 million lives saved from malaria since 2000, says WHO

Source: Global Post

Good news for humanity: efforts to battle the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease appear to be working.
Friday, December 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Watch The Gates Foundation's New CEO In Action

Source: Forbes

Bill and Melinda Gates just announced that they have recruited Susan Desmond-Hellmann, until now the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, as the chief executive of their foundation, which has made huge progress in improving public health in the developing world.
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.
Friday, December 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

7 wins for global child health in 2013

Source: Global Post

In the battle against child mortality, the global health community gained some ground in 2013. Here are seven political and scientific developments that gave us reason to hope this year.
Friday, December 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Crowd-sourcing Nepal’s rural healthcare

Source: IRIN News

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

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

Source: PRI

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

Global health icon says aid must build local systems

Source: Oxfam America

Whether helping local farmers increase their crop production or supporting neighbors to rebuild after a natural disaster, few Americans would disagree that the aim of US foreign assistance must be to help people help themselves. But 60 years of foreign aid has shown that international donors alone cannot fix the problems of developing countries.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global push seeks greater spending to improve health

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Lawrence Summers has a new mission. The former U.S. Treasury secretary and chief economic adviser to President Obama is looking to improve the world's health dramatically over the next 20 years. Part of his job is to persuade governments - mostly in low- and lower-middle-income countries - to spend tens of billions of dollars a year to get there.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Walking poo mascot will visit malls in Delhi and Mumbai. Here's why

Source: DNA India

Unicef India has initiated a digital campaign called 'Take Poo to the Loo" that focuses on eliminating open defecation and creating awareness of the same to the masses.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Ennovent, Ankur Capital Invests In ERC Eye Care

Source: DealCurry

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

Indigenous thalassemia diagnostic kit launched in India

Source: The Hindu

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

Schistosomiasis: a Latin American neglected tropical disease

Source: Saludify

Schistosomiasis is classified as a Latin American neglected tropical disease (NTD), meaning it belongs to a group of parasitic and bacterial diseases that cause substantial illness for more than one billion people globally, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Victory for Rwanda

Source: U.S. News

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

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

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

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

The Next Frontier: Transforming Healthcare in Africa

Source: CSR Wire

Strategic public-private partnerships are going beyond traditional philanthropy to solve Africa's health challenges and promote development.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Solar Lamp for African Villagers

Source: OnIslam

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

Startup Spotlight : Specialty Telehealth Services

Source: Miami Herald

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

Give every health worker in Africa a bike

Source: CNN

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

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.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Capital Public Radio

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

Health sector needs a paradigm shift to escape morass

Source: Standard Digital

Kenyans mourn for the people who have died in senseless road accidents even as the country celebrates its Golden Jubilee. It is regrettable that a country that was born out of bloodshed in the fight for independence should witness more deaths in hospitals due to the ongoing health workers’ strike.
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.
Friday, December 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Secretive US Trade Deal Could Endanger Global Health Gains

Source: Mintpress News

Much of the concern focuses on a host of provisions that would impact the ability of poor communities to get cheap generic medicines.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Malaria Deaths Hit A New Low

Source: NPR

The death rate from malaria dropped by 45 percent globally between 2000 and 2012, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday. In Africa, the rate fell by almost half.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank, Global Fund, Partner to Expand Results-Based Financing for Maternal and Child Health

Source: The World Bank

Specifically, this partnership will identify opportunities to enable the inclusion of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB services in RBF projects funded by these organizations
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — South Asia

Maternal health program in India failing to deliver

Source: Medical Xpress

A prominent program that claims to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural India by encouraging mothers to deliver in private hospitals has been unsuccessful, despite the investment of more than $25 million since 2005, a new Duke University study finds.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

MSF Calls for Scale-Up of "Viral Load" Monitoring to Improve HIV Treatment in Developing Countries

Source: Doctors Without Borders

Global Fund and US-gov’t PEPFAR program must use purchasing power to get better prices for viral load tests.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global resistance to TB drugs is 'ticking time bomb'

Source: BBC News

Increasing resistance to tuberculosis drugs around the world is a "ticking time bomb", says the World Health Organization (WHO).
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund: Quash Human Rights Barriers

Source: The Global Fund

In honor of International Human Rights Day, the Global Fund made an appeal to break down all human rights barriers to health, a critical factor in the goal of defeating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
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 — Latin America

How a $16M Nike-led effort could reshape Brazil's health and economy

Source: Biz Journals

A three-year, $16 million initiative led by Nike Inc. to get more Brazilian children involved in physical activity could ultimately help the World Cup host nation avert an economic catastrophe.
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

In Latest Report, Professors Propose Health Investment Framework

Source: The Harvard Crimson

A global public health report co-authored by Harvard University professor Lawrence H. Summers, School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, and Public Health professor Sue J. Goldie, among others, proposes an unprecedented investment framework to significantly reduce health disparities between the poorest and the wealthiest nations.
Friday, December 06, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania: Home Child Delivery an HIV/Aids Risk

Source: allAfrica

When HIV positive women give birth, treatment for the newborns has to start immediately as any delay may result into the transmission of viruses from mother to child
Friday, December 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Narayana Health: Providing World-class Treatment to the Poor

Source: Forbes India

Narayan Health, founded by leading cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, could easily be mistaken for just another 'corporate' hospital chain. But by ensuring that the poor get equal access to world-class health care, they have proved that they are so much more.
Friday, December 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Investment Program Can Cut Global Health Disparities by 2035

Source: HCP Live

The authors of the framework note that the current generation has the financial and technological capability to begin closing the global health gap.
Friday, December 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

A California nonprofit is crowdfunding its tech-enabled HIV vaccine project

Source: Fierce Vaccines

It is now 25 years since the first World AIDS Day. Although patient outcomes have improved significantly over that time, the long-sought-after vaccine remains elusive.
Friday, December 06, 2013 — South Asia

What We Can Learn from How 1 Million People Died in India

Source: Slate

The Million Death Study (MDS) involves biannual in-person surveys of more than 1 million households across India. The study covers the period from 1997 to the end of 2013, and will document roughly 1 million deaths.
Thursday, December 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Dementia Biggest Global Health Challenge Facing Our Generation

Source: Digital Journal

In a policy brief launched today, Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has announced that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million (estimated at 35 million in 2010), reaching 76 million in 2030 (66 million) and 135 million by 2050 (115 million).
Thursday, December 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

To Win Fight Against AIDS, We Must First Defeat TB

Source: IIP Digital

The overlap of TB and HIV is a deadly combination with tragic consequences. TB is the leading killer of people with HIV, accounting for one in four HIV-related deaths.
Thursday, December 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovation is key to affordable healthcare in India

Source: The Times of India

The Asian Heart Institute in Bandra played host to Prof Anil Gupta of IIM Ahmedabad, also executive vice chair National Innovation Council, a man who by his own admission has walked over 6,000 km across the country in search of innovative ideas.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: Rural Health - Grossly Unequal but Some Hope

Source: All Africa

While there are significant unmet health needs in many parts of South Africa, they are particularly acute in historically disadvantaged rural areas.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Yahoo News

While the African Union concentrates on strategies to mitigate the devastating financial effects climate change is having on Africans, I worry instead about its impact on our bodies.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

Children in Philippines receive vaccines against polio, measles

Source: Vaccine News

More than 30,000 children are being targeted as part of a vaccination campaign in Tacloban, Philippines, the city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan, the World Health Organization recently announced.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Baby steps to saving lives

Source: BBC News

Each year, one in 10 babies around the world will be born prematurely and over a million of those will die. But could measuring the size of a baby's feet help save lives?
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 — Latin America

Duke Global Health Institute brings pediatric care to Guatemala

Source: The Duke Chronicle

A multidisciplinary team from Duke is providing pediatric surgical care and research in Guatemala, where access to medical services is limited.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why the Global Fund is the Best Investment You Could Make

Source: Huffington Post Impact

The Global Fund also plays a critical role in strengthening health care in developing countries, but the impact of the Global Fund extends far beyond lives saved.
Monday, November 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global AIDS Response - What Progress?

Source: HIV/AIDS Alliance

On Wednesday, in the run up of the World AIDS Day, UNAIDS released its 2013 report on the global epidemic
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Lifebuoy, UNICEF partner to fight colera

Source: The Guardian - Nigeria

Lifebuoy commences another journey towards saving lives by partnering UNICEF with donation of Lifebuoy soap towards basic hygiene practice aimed at preventing the spread of cholera in Nigeria.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — South Asia

Domex launches toilet academy

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Domex, toilet cleaner brand of Hindustan Unilever Lever (HUL), has launched Domex Toilet Academy to mark the occasion of World Toilet Day which is celebrated globally on November 19 every year.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why your future becomes brilliant if you have a toilet

Source: NewStatesman

In Madagascar, toilets can change the entire course of a woman's life, from time to cook to freedom from fear of rape and attack.
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.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Accion’s Venture Lab Closes Two New Investments

Source: Accion

Impact-investing initiative announces close of investments in seed-stage companies that provide payments, health care and microinsurance products to clients at the base of the pyramid.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Mobile Clinics Bring Health Care to South Africa Countryside

Source: Voice of America News

South Africa has a serious lack of healthcare facilities in rural areas. In many cases, people must walk for kilometers to reach the closest clinic. But some new solar-powered mobile clinics are changing that.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Most African nations ‘will not achieve Millennium Development Goals’

Source: Standard Digital News

Most African countries will not achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by the 2015 deadline, women leaders have said. The women raised the red flag in Addis Ababa Ethiopia during a meeting that brought together leaders from across the continent.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — South Asia

India continues to have largest pneumonia & diarrheal disease burden in world


U.S. based, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently highlighted the Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report 2013 which showed that India continues to have the largest pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease burden in the world.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Newly accessible Japanese encephalitis vaccine will make saving children easier in developing countries

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A newly accessible vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE) is going to make the protection of more children in developing countries easier. The vaccine, manufactured in China, only needs to be given in one dose, it can be used for infants, and it is less expensive than other Japanese encephalitis vaccines.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips Partners With AMREF Flying Doctors To Improve Health Care In Africa

Source: RTT News

Royal Philips and African Medical and Research Foundation or AMREF Flying Doctors, the largest health organization in Africa, announced Tuesday that they will work closely together in a shared-value partnership model designed to bring about a structural improvement in the health care infrastructure and provision on the African continent.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Pfizer, Carter Center Partner in Global Health Project


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined Pfizer at the company's headquarters on Nov. 5, 2013, to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), an independent, not-for-profit program dedicated to the elimination of blinding trachoma as a public health concern.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Women's access to life-saving contraception increases in Kenya

Source: Devex

There are 222 million women in developing countries who wish to prevent or delay childbirth but who are not using modern contraceptives, according to the World Health Organization.
Thursday, November 07, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UN and World Bank to boost support for women’s health, girls’ education in Africa’s Sahel

Source: UN News Centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim pledged today to support an initiative to improve women’s reproductive health and girls’ education in Africa’s Sahel region, and to invest $200 million in a new project to achieve these goals.
Thursday, November 07, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigerian Governor - Why We're Training Health Professionals

Source: allAfrica

To address the dearth of medical personnel in public hospitals in Kano State, the state government has embarked on a deliberate strategy of training indigenes in medical and related-courses, the state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso has revealed.
Thursday, November 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Health Corps Calls for Young Professionals to Join the Movement for Health Equity


Global Health Corps (GHC) opened applications for its sixth class of fellows and urged young professionals who want to make an impact in global health and development to apply for its fellowships in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the United States
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.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Nestle Boosts Nutrition Education in Africa

Source: The Guardian

The Central and West Africa Region has not been left untouched by the increasing burden of under-nutrition, which is affecting developing countries worldwide. To help ameliorate the dire situation, Nestlé, the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company, officially launched its Healthy Kids Global Programme in 2009, part of concerted efforts to improve children’s dietary habits.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter & Pfizer commemorate the 15th Anniversary of International Trachoma Initiative

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined Pfizer today to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), an independent, not-for-profit program dedicated to the elimination of blinding trachoma as a public health concern. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that is a leading cause of blindness and suffering in the poorest regions of the world. Pfizer has provided hundreds of millions of doses of the antibiotic Zithromax(R) (azithromycin) to help the global campaign wipe out blinding trachoma by the year 2020.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 — Latin America

Project in Sergipe, Brazil, Deploys Telemedicine in Pediatric Care

Source: Hispanic Business

Cisco technology will be used in the care of children in Brazil´s northeastern region, in the towns of Lagarto and Tobias Barreto, connecting local clinics to hospitals and specialists from the capital of the state and the Federal University of Sergipe, improving medical assistance.
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.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobilium Smart Health app launched


Samsung and Mobilium Global have joined forces to distribute the Mobilium Smart Health app - a "Made For Africa" mobile health and wellness, smart device application.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia: Global Fight Against Killer Diseases At Crossroads

Source: allAfrica

One of the greatest successes in development aid over the past decade has been the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund has saved millions of lives and helped countries around the world beat back three epidemic diseases. Now it is appealing to the world's governments and the private sector for another three years of funding, with governments set to decide on further financing in early December in Washington DC.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — South Asia

Health tourism being made competitive in India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

The Centre is taking all steps to make the Indian health tourism industry globally competitive
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

First Woman to Lead Global Health Council

Source: Digital Journal

The Global Health Council, a network of leading organizations dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest people, has named a veteran of UNICEF, USAID, and other global health organizations as its new executive director.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — Latin America

Brazil to produce measles and rubella vaccine for poor countries

Source: The Baltimore Sun

Brazil's top biomedical research and development center announced plans on Monday to produce a combined measles and rubella vaccine for developing countries, mainly in Africa.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cigna and Samsung Team Up to Deliver Digital Health Improvement Platform Worldwide

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The initial development is focused on delivering health-related tips and articles through the Samsung S Health Application, with an ultimate goal of connecting individuals with caregivers, doctors and hospitals to improve health and wellness globally.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

$74m gift from Carlos Slim to genomics center targets Latin Americans

Source: The Boston Globe

Mexican billionaire and philanthropist Carlos Slim Helú visited the Broad Institute on Monday afternoon to announce a $74 million gift to the genomics center that will advance biomedical research that benefits people in Latin America.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — Asia Pacific

AIDS mobile app to be launched

Source: The Jakarta Post

The Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC), an NGO with members from AIDS-affected communities, will launch a mobile application on HIV/AIDS information and services.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Vaccine Community Must Make Major Changes to Reach More Children

Source: Doctors Without Borders

As GAVI meets to examine its progress and look ahead, Doctors Without Borders points to needed policy changes
Monday, October 28, 2013 — South Asia

Medical services through phone on anvil

Source: The Times of India

Can cellphones save lives? Marking a significant shift, Indian healthcare providers are now looking at extending medical services through mobile telephony.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals Group readies higher dose of telemedicine


In a first of its kind initiative in the healthcare sector, Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals Group is soon going to launch the next version of telemedicine, a web-based platform with a ‘Skype-like’ video conferencing tool embedded’.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

To treat innovation ills, remove funding roadblocks

Source: The Hill's Congress Blog

The effects of the federal shutdown, combined with budget cuts implemented this year as a result of sequestration, pose a significant barrier to healthcare innovation in both the public and private sectors.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare India aims for 15-20% growth in 2013

Source: The Economic Times

Global medical technologies major GE Healthcare today said it was aiming for 15 to 20 per cent growth in India operations during this year.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Building innovative PPPs to fight poverty-related diseases

Source: Devex

Innovative forms of across-sectors partnerships add value and accelerate innovation in the fight against poverty-related and neglected tropical diseases, and at the same time contribute to the EU’s research and development policy goals.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Malnutrition is biggest global health problem, Gates Foundation exec tells CU students

Source: Omaha World-Herald

Malnutrition plays a major role in the deaths each year of 6.6 million children under 5 years of age, a global health expert told Creighton University premed students Tuesday.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — South Asia

Pakistan polio outbreak puts global eradication at risk

Source: Reuters

A Taliban ban on vaccination is exacerbating a serious polio outbreak in Pakistan, threatening to derail dramatic progress made this year towards wiping out the disease worldwide, health officials say. Health teams in Pakistan have been attacked repeatedly since the Taliban denounced vaccines as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims and imposed bans on inoculation in June 2012.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Building public-private partnerships for better access to health products

Source: The Guardian

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

The Future of Health Care Access

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

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

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

Source: CNN

A young woman steals her way down darkened passages in Korogocho -- one of Kenya's largest slums. Crime, prostitution and drug use are rampant in the locality where a quarter of a million people reside and the young woman's eyes dart around erratically on the lookout for danger. It should be one of the happiest days of her life -- she is pregnant and has just gone into labor. She is also one of the fortunate few that can afford to go to hospital. Some women face a homebirth where, instead of medical equipment, they must make do with cotton wool and razorblades. But the journey to hospital leaves her vulnerable to opportunistic assault.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 — South Asia

Low-cost healthcare: US can take cue from India

Source: Hindustan Times

The United States may be good at innovations in medicines, procedures and equipment. But it should learn from India how to keep health care affordable, says a new study. India's private hospitals provided world-class health care at a fraction of US prices using innovative ways to manage costs, personnel, equipment and even real estate.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bikes for Africa changing health care

Source: IOL

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

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

Source: Your Story

Scientific paradigm is a recognized achievement which provides solution models to be followed by a specific community. That is exactly the role NewDigm is performing in the Indian rural healthcare landscape: by developing mobile-based Clinical Decision Support apps, real-time monitoring & tracking systems or training village health workers (VHW), they aim to be the new solution for democratizing access to quality and affordable healthcare through appropriate technology.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Disrupting The Pharmaceutical Industry To Save The World From Diarrhea

Source: Ariel Schwartz, Co.Exist

Pharmaceutical companies like to focus on developing two kinds of drugs: blockbuster drugs that lots of people use (like Lipitor), and more recently, extremely expensive niche drugs. Drugs targeted specifically for common afflictions that affect the developing world aren't as profitable and are often left out of the picture entirely. Global health nonprofit Path is trying to change that with an ambitious drug development program that targets diseases like kala-azar (also known as black fever disease), malaria, HIV, and diarrheal diseases, such as cholera.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Gavi On Track to Immunize One-Quarter Billion Children By 2015

Source: allAfrica

The GAVI alliance - a public-private global health partnership previously known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization - has announced it is on track to immunize a quarter of a billion children against killer diseases by 2015. The organization said nearly four million children's lives will be saved thanks to these additional vaccinations.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

Social Entrepreneurs On A Mission To Solve Chronic Female Health-Care Problem

Source: SiliconIndia

India is headed on a well-laid path towards modernization in terms of technology and economy. Yet, for most women hailing from interior parts of Indian farmlands, modernization is only a matter of outside change and has failed to reflect their inner mind-sets. When it comes to personal hygiene, over 300 million Indian women prefer home-spun, cotton rag substitutes or even dry leaves or news papers over branded sanitary pads.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

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

Source: Live Mint

Can digital intervention and adoption of information communication technology (ICT) tools save 300,000 TB patients from dying every year? Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said recently that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has in its two terms in office taken initiatives to revamp two key sectors—health and education. Although public health is a state subject, the central government has made significant investments in developing health infrastructure and services delivery through the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Under NRHM alone, more than Rs.96,000 crore has been provided for revamping rural healthcare.
Friday, October 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

The long war: A new vaccine will help, but will not defeat malaria

Source: The Economist

ON OCTOBER 8th researchers announced progress in developing a vaccine against malaria. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British pharmaceutical firm, said it would seek regulatory approval next year for this vaccine, called RTS,S. GSK and its charitable partner, the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, also revealed new data showing the vaccine’s effect in children. This is good news, but RTS,S will not vanquish malaria by itself.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: United Nations News Centre

The United Nations health agency has approved a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE), stressing that access to the vaccine will help save the lives of children in developing countries.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates Backs Cambridge Alumna's $94M Health Fund

Source: Business Weekly

Global technology pioneer Bill Gates is supporting a Cambridge University alumna in a blockbusting new health investment fund. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to back the venture, inspired in the UK by Gates scholar Julia Fan Li, after she made a personal presentation to Bill Gates’ father. The Global Health Investment Fund is structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Foundation.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Top 10 New Health Care Innovations for Developing Countries

Source: The Borgen Project

The need for new, inexpensive medical innovations in the third world is staggering. These devices must be easy to transport, operate, and most importantly, be affordable, or else they will remain available only to the wealthy. These ten new health care innovations for developing countries will be ready to distribute by 2015 and have the potential to save 1.2 million people.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 — Latin America

Pfizer’s Adele Gulfo on the benefits of working with women-owned businesses

Source: Devex

As women’s empowerment gains more visibility as a part of the global development agenda, companies are realizing that working with women-owned businesses pays off. Pfizer has discovered that working with women-owned businesses both benefits its business and helps achieve its goals of empowering women, said Adele Gulfo, president of Pfizer Latin America.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Pharmaceutical firms profit from rising disease burden

Source: Business Day

A growing trend of ailments plaguing the Nigerian populace, including non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, cancer and diabetes, is offering huge growth prospects for pharmaceutical companies challenged to manufacture drugs to address the situation.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSK aims to market world's first malaria vaccine

Source: The Baltimore Sun

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will seek marketing approval for the world's first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children. The vaccine known as RTS,S was found, after 18 months of follow-up, to have almost halved the number of malaria cases in young children in the trial, and to have reduced by around a quarter the number of malaria cases in infants.
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, October 07, 2013 — South Asia

Medanta Opens Its First Telemedicine Centre in Chandigarh

Source: i-Newswire

Dr. Naresh Trehan, renowned cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon and Chairman cum Managing Director of Medanta -The Medicity inaugurated the region's first telemedicine consultation facility at Prime Diagnostic Centre in Chandigarh today on the eve of the World Heart Day. Dr. Trehan said that it is a part of Medanta's commitment to leverage technology to provide easily accessible and affordable healthcare to the people in the country and help patients make informed choice for the course of treatment after consultation with super-specialists of Medanta.
Friday, October 04, 2013 — South Asia

The Next Grand Challenge in India: Reinvent the Toilet

Source: Hispanic Business

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with India'sBiotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) launched a call for proposals as part of Grand Challenges India to reinvent the toilet. The Department of Biotechnology and the Gates Foundation will each invest US$1 million to support Indian investigators to drive research, development, and production of the "next generation toilet."
Friday, October 04, 2013 — South Asia

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

Source: Social Story

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