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Friday, March 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Dispelling Myths About Surgery’s Role in Global Health

Source: The World Bank

The past few decades have seen enormous changes in the global burden of disease. Although many people, especially those living in (or near) poverty and other privations, are familiar with heavy burdens and much disease, the term “global burden of disease” emerged in public health and in health economics only in recent decades. It was coined to describe what ails people, when, and where, and just as reliable quantification is difficult, so too is agreeing on units of analysis. Does this term truly describe the burden of disease of the globe? Of a nation? A city?
Friday, March 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Pandemic Insurance to Prevent Crises Through Early Payouts

Source: Reuters

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, a quiet revolution is taking place that is set to transform the way governments and aid agencies respond to major disease outbreaks.
Friday, March 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Aren’t We Producing Medications for Looming Global Disease Threats?

Source: The Washington Post

In the United States, any cluster of tuberculosis cases makes headlines, no matter how small the numbers. For example, local health authorities recently issued a warning to medical providers after 15 residents of a New York City neighborhood contracted tuberculosis over a two-year period — and the tabloids promptly hyped the news.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — South Asia

Bangladesh Introduces Cash Incentive for Poor Pregnant Women and Children


Bangladesh has introduced cash incentives for poor pregnant women and under-5 children in some selected districts to lure them into facilities for health and growth check-ups.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

On the Path to End Tuberculosis: How Social Franchising Can Effectively Engage Private Practitioners

Source: PSI Impact

Over the past 20 years, that rallying cry has gone from fantasy to imperative. Since the advent of the World Health Organization’s directly observed treatment strategy in 1995, more than 61 million people have been successfully treated for tuberculosis, and new TB cases and TB-related deaths are on the decline. Furthermore, countries have achieved the Millennium Development Goal of halting and reversing the TB epidemic by 2015. Thus, today, we have important successes to celebrate. Ending TB is within reach.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa: Rwanda to Champion E-Health in EAC

Source: allAfrica

Rwanda was yesterday selected to be East Africa's centre of excellence in e-health and biomedical engineering as well as health vaccines and immunisation logistics.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Michael Bloomberg Backs Project to Collect Foreign Health Data

Source: Newsmax

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing a new project that will collect basic health data for countries in Africa, southeast Asia, and Latin America.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — South Asia

New Drugs Still Out of Reach for Most in India, World Tuberculosis Hotspot

Source: Reuters

The case of a Mumbai tailor cured of an extremely resistant form of tuberculosis this week has revived debate over a new drug to which the Indian government has limited access, prompting calls for change.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Future of Chronic Diseases Through the Eyes of Youth

Source: Devex

Young people make up nearly half of the world’s population. And even though global health policy-making impacts them — think vaccinations, reproductive health or preventative care — young people far too often don’t have a say in that process.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Union Has Launched Its Centre for Disease Control to Tackle Epidemics Like Ebola

Source: Ventures Africa

Efforts are underway by The African Union (AU) to establish a pan-African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC) by mid-2015, a development that can bolster the continent’s desire to transform its health practices and promote the welfare of its people.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — South Asia

Medical Devices Industry in India Underinvested: WHO

Source: DeshGujarat

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

World Health Organization Delayed Declaring Ebola an Emergency for 2 Months

Source: International Business Times

The World Health Organization (WHO) had avoided declaring Ebola as an international emergency for about two months partly due to political reasons since the outbreak of the disease started last year, documents and internal emails obtained by the Associated Press (AP) showed. The organization had earlier accepted that it was slow in its response to the disease, which has killed over 10,000 people so far. It had blamed the contagious and mutating nature of the virus for the outbreak.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How a Sachet of Micronutrient Powder Boosts Somali Children's Health and Development

Source: PSI Impact

Hargeisa, Somaliland March 2015: Hasha Abdi Abdullahi was desperate. She was living in a makeshift camp for the displaced in Hargeisa with her seven children after being forced to leave her home, 50 kilometres away, because of drought. She was heavily in debt and her three-year-old son, Abdisalam Mustafa Farah had started to refuse all food and showed signs of being malnourished.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Daktari Secures $15.5M for Portable Diagnostic

Source: The Business Journals

Cambridge-based Daktari Diagnostics is inching towards commercialization of its fast and portable diagnostics platform, securing $15.5 million in equity funding earlier this month with hopes of entering the global market this year.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

New Initiatives Launched with €365M to Tackle Major Global Health Problems

Source: Science|Business

A £195M fund to address antimicrobial resistance and a $100M VC fund to spur drug discovery in dementia, both announced by the UK government this week, aim to build international coalitions to deal with these threats.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Next Epidemic — Lessons from Ebola

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

Bill Gates writes: "It's instructive to compare our preparations for epidemics with our preparations for another sort of global threat — war."
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: AFK Insider

Mumbai-based pharmaceutical major Lupin Ltd.'s buyout of the remaining 40 percent equity stake in South Africa’s generic drug maker Pharma Dynamics at undisclosed amount last week shed light on other potential windfalls for Africa’s health-care investors.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Big Data is the booster shot the healthcare industry needs

Source: First Post

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

'My Life Is So Much Better Now'

Source: BBC

In the west, cataract surgery is a routine operation. But in rural Africa, people can find it extremely difficult to get diagnosed and treated for the condition - and it can ruin their lives.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — South Asia

Indian Pharma Firms Must Innovate in Face of Generic Drugs Slowdown

Source: Zee News

Indian pharmaceuticals companies need to diversify their product range and focus on evolving as innovators as growth in generic market is expected to slow down over the next decade, a study by industry body Assocham said on Monday.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — South Asia

India Bets on Mobiles in Battle on Maternal, Child Deaths

Source: Reuters

India is betting on cheap mobile phones to cut some of the world's highest rates of maternal and child deaths, as it rolls out a campaign of voice messages delivering health advice to pregnant women and mothers.