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Friday, July 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine

Source: Reuters

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

Bill Gates: Health, agriculture key to Africa's development

Source: Global Post

Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — South Asia

From food aid to nutritious, locally produced food: A look at fortifying flour in Ethiopia

Source: Devex

Right now in Ethiopia, nearly half of all children under the age of 5 are stunted and anemic.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — South Asia

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

Source: Pharma Biz

CAMTech India along with Glocal Healthcare and GE Healthcare organised ‘Jugaad-a-thon’, an event to test creativity in medical design which brought to the table 34 new solutions ranging from new tools for antenatal care to disruptive technologies for newborn asphyxia.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — South Asia

iClinic Healthcare looks to raise Rs 25 cr to fund expansion

Source: Business Standard

Online healthcare provider iClinic Healthcare is in talks with investors to raise Rs 25 crore to fund its expansion in India.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — South Asia

India's new government vows clampdown on healthcare graft

Source: Reuters

India's health minister called for tougher laws on Tuesday after a media report alleged that laboratories had offered kickbacks to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centres.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Business Day

Royal Philips unveiled its new ultra-mobile ultrasound system to the Nigerian market during the Lagos leg of its annual pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Strawberry flavoured condoms a hit

Source: The Standard Zimbabwe

NEW flavoured Protector Plus condoms with a sleeker and more stylish packaging have been introduced on the market, replacing the old Protector Plus condoms.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Epistem to roll out tuberculosis test following new agreement

Source: Manchester Evening News

The biotechnology form has agreed a collaboration and funding deal with the Global Health Investment Fund to help launch its tuberculosis diagnostic platform.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — South Asia

India misses key health targets, but shows improvement

Source: Business Standard

India is lagging considerably behind its key human development index targets, including population control, infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MFR), according to figures given by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha today.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The virus detective who discovered Ebola in 1976

Source: BBC News

Nearly 40 years ago, a young Belgian scientist travelled to a remote part of the Congolese rainforest - his task was to help find out why so many people were dying from an unknown and terrifying disease.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Discovery Health, Woolworths ‘winning at home’

Source: Moneyweb

These emerging market companies are giving multinationals a run for their money – BCG.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Focus on Poverty: More nutrition science or political will?

Source: SciDev.Net

The second Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) has just been launched, providing detailed evidence on efforts to reduce hunger (ten indicators) and undernutrition (12 indicators) in 45 developing countries.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Could HIV self-testing be a game changer in Africa?

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

In Africa, where fewer than half the people know their HIV status, HIV self-testing is being explored as a way of encouraging more individuals, particularly in high risk groups, to know their status as a first step to seeking treatment, an AIDS charity said on Monday.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

TPP: Still a Terrible Deal for Poor People's Health

Source: Huffington Post

When the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement was leaked late last year, it confirmed everything public health watchers had warned about for years.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — South Asia

Medanta-The Medicity: World class health care, with a soul

Source: Forbes India

Dr Naresh Trehan's vision for his latest venture is to emulate the best-in-class health care facilities in the world
Friday, July 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Childhood TB 25 Percent Higher than Previous Estimates

Source: Science World Report

A recent study published in The Lancet Global Health found that the incidence of childhood tuberculosis has been 25 percent higher than previous estimates. In fact, findings suggest that around 15 million children may be exposed to TB every year, while roughly 53 million are living with latent TB infection.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — South Asia

BlackBerry Up on Plans for New Healthcare Platform in India

Source: Zacks.com

Finally, things are shaping up well for Canadian handset manufacturer BlackBerry Limited. According to a report in Economic Times, Blackberry is planning to introduce a novel service platform designed to cater to the needs of the health care sector.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Muslims demand condom ban in Malawi

Source: Nyasa Times

Malawi Muslim traditional leaders are campaigning against the promotion of condoms as a means of preventing HIV and AIDS.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘eHealth For Africa’ initiative makes debut in Nigeria

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

AS part of efforts to strengthen health system in Nigeria, Novartis has introduced ‘eHealth For Africa’ initiative into the country – being an updated version of the Short Message Service (SMS) for Life system in public health facilities.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Digital Journal

MUNICH--(Business Wire)--In a continued effort to expand global access to and consistency of healthcare, Brainlab today announced the launch of the Right.Brain Foundation, which will provide medical technology and education to selected hospitals and public institutions in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: India’s Sex-Ed Controversy

Source: The New York Times

India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, is on the defensive after he questioned the focus on condom use in the fight against the spread of H.I.V. Late last month, Dr. Vardhan, who is a surgeon by profession, defended a call on his website to ban sex education.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight

Source: The Seattle Times

Just as Myanmar opens up to the world and becomes a place of economic opportunity, fears are rising over the spread of a drug-resistant form of malaria. But efforts are under way, including a big initiative of the Gates Foundation, to fight this problem.
Monday, July 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Healthy moms give birth to 'similar size babies' worldwide

Source: Zee News

Washington: A new International study has revealed that babies born to healthy mothers are remarkably of the same size worldwide.
Thursday, July 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

How We Cope With MDGs Challenges

Source: The News Nigeria

As the global community winds down the efforts towards the Millennium Development Goals, countries’ efforts are coming under scrutiny. In this interview with OLUOKUN AYORINDE, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals, Dr. Precious Kalamba Gbeneol, gives insight into the progress so far recorded by the country and others
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 — South Asia

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

Source: Business Insider India

HP's two day long summit is on in Mumbai, India. Today world's major technology and data solutions company, HP, revealed a lesser known fact.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Health Site

GNRC (formerly known as Guwahati Neurological Research Centre) today unveiled plans to initiate air ambulance and medical outreach programme using helicopters to remote areas of North-east India.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Guardian

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

GSMA announces mHealth partnership across Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: IT News Africa

The GSMA has announced that its Mobile for Development mHealth programme has launched a new cross-ecosystem partnership designed to provide a range of mHealth services to women and children, with a particular focus on nutrition, across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reuters: Sanofi plans to put dengue program into separate unit

Source: Fierce Markets

Sanofi ($SNY) has been working on a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne dengue virus for 20 years, and now it may be breaking that program off into a distinct unit.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — South Asia

British Medical Journal article on graft in Indian healthcare creates stir

Source: Financial Express

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

iDE Cambodia hits 100,000 toilet sales in 2 years

Source: Sanitation Updates

iDE Cambodia has facilitated the sale of 100,000 Easy Latrines in two years through sanitation marketing, reaching an estimated 470,000 people, according to a June 14 press release.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — South Asia

Why USAID is shifting maternal health funds toward Africa, Asia

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The US Agency for International Development announced today that 26 countries have done so well at achieving maternal and child health goals that they’re now on their own. Their funding will instead go to 24 countries where mothers and children are still dying at alarming rates.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 — South Asia

Inaugural CAMTech India 'Jugaad-a-thon' launched

Source: India Blooms

Kolkata, June 24 (IBNS): CAMTech India, a new United States Agency for International Development (USAID/India) funded public-private partnership to accelerate medical technology innovation for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) in India, announced its first medical technology hack-a-thon in Bangalore on July 18-20.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Philips introduces ultra sound machine in Kenya to aid pregnant women

Source: Africa Science News

Philips has introduced an innovative mobile ultra sound system (VISIQ) that aims at bringing high quality, affordable healthcare to pregnant mothers in Kenya.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Circumcision by rubber band? Uganda tries it

Source: ioL News

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

Dairy training aims to boost Rwanda to health

Source: UC Davis

In Rwanda, the expression “have milk” — “gira amata” — is not part of a milk-mustachioed marketing campaign. It’s a wish for prosperity.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Test could ease diagnosis of tuberculosis in children

Source: SciDev.Net

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

Vaccine against dengue close

Source: The Standard

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

Life-saving bananas undergo human trials

Source: 9News

It's the genetically modified fruit from Australia that could turn East African nations into life-saving banana republics.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

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

In Somalia, a wives’ tale delays measles treatment

Source: The Washington Post

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

A partnership that’s working: Celebrating nine years of results and counting from UNICEF and Pampers’ One-For-One

Source: PSI Impact

Tetanus, a swift and painful killer, comes from bacteria that live in soil, which can enter the body through deep, open wounds. Untreated tetanus infections produce intense muscle spasms that prevent breathing, often leading to death.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The World Bank

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

MIGA and OPIC team to unlock investments in African agriculture

Source: Devex

A new partnership between a U.S. government agency, a World Bank Group member and a private equity fund plans to help about half a million small-scale farmers boost yields and improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, June 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

GeneXpert’s benefits still not reaching patients

Source: Health-e

The Department of Health’s multi-million rand investment in an automated, rapid TB test is being short-changed by slow health systems, said researchers this week.
Monday, June 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

GravityLight: Doing More With Less- Designing For The Bottom Of The Pyramid

Source: Business Fights Poverty

Globally, 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. Millions more are ‘under-electrified’, with unreliable and sporadic supply. Instead they typically rely on kerosene for lighting. Hazardous, expensive and polluting, there is a real need to replace kerosene with a safer, sustainable and affordable light.
Friday, June 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mounting concern as crippling virus reaches Caribbean,USA

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Laurence, a 58-year-old Haitian woman who works in my building, woke up with sharp pain and fever and thought she was dying. She was unable to rise from her bed or hold a glass of water because of the pain in her joints. She could not believe this was a real disease, surmising it must be a voodoo spell that her neighbor put on her.
Friday, June 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Better child TB diagnosis on the horizon

Source: IRIN News

Accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis among children is notoriously difficult because the bacteria causing the disease tend to be detectable in the sputum only of adults, and because the clinical symptoms used to diagnose TB in children are also present in other conditions.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Millions denied end-of-life drugs'

Source: BBC News

Lack of access to pain relief for dying patients is a "public health emergency", say experts.
Friday, May 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare Is Focusing On Emerging Markets, R&D And Cost Cuts To Drive Growth

Source: Forbes

Driven by growth from the emerging markets and gains from cost cutbacks, profits from GE‘s healthcare segment have risen strongly in the last few years.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

U.S. Cites End to C.I.A. Ruses Using Vaccines

Source: The New York Times

Three years after the Central Intelligence Agency set up a phony hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration told a group of American health educators last week that the agency no longer uses immunization programs as a cover for spying operations.
Thursday, May 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is India Ready for Better Healthcare?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

In the heat of the world's largest election many of India's biggest political parties are promising better health coverage for the south Asian nation’s citizens.
Thursday, May 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

Delhi's air among the dirtiest in world: WHO study

Source: Hindustan Times

An effort by the World Health Organisation to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing's measurements, like its skies, are far from clear.
Thursday, May 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cameroon: Vaccinating Against Their Will

Source: AllAfrica

The growing number of child deaths from diarrhoea in Cameroon has necessitated the introduction of a new vaccine (RotaTeq) designed to protect babies under five against common types of rotaviruses that cause diarrhoea.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Breakthrough new medicines to be made available for low- and middle-income countries

Source: StreetInsider.com

The UNITAID Executive Board has committed $160 million in new grants, including investments to ensure low- and middle-income populations have access to new high performing treatments for hepatitis C and drug-resistant tuberculosis, and the largest-yet global programme for seasonal malaria chemoprevention.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ethiopia most successful in Africa at cutting maternal deaths - NGO

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pregnancy-related deaths in Ethiopia have fallen by nearly two-thirds, making it the African country that has most successfully lowered its maternal mortality rate thanks to its lifesaving investment in female health workers and girls’ education, Save the Children said on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Student Venture Wins Inaugural Thorne Prize for Healthcare Innovation

Source: Yale School of Management

A team of students from Yale SOM, Yale College, and the Yale School of Public Health won the inaugural $25,000 Thorne Prize from the Yale School of Public Health’s InnovateHealth Yale Program on April 26.
Friday, May 02, 2014 — South Asia

Harvard Startup Champion Focuses on India's Women

Source: CNN Money

Saathi, a social enterprise startup that provides low-cost sanitary napkins and jobs to women in rural India, took top honors at Harvard's New Venture Competition. Co-founder Amrita Siagal discusses the origins of the project and its path forward.
Thursday, May 01, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

One Stop Shop Toilet Project for Densely Populated Areas of Africa Launched

Source: Standard Digital Business

Poor sanitation and unhygienic practices in urban slums and rural populations have been cited as the major causes of diseases while young children have been singled out as the most affected.
Thursday, May 01, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

The fantastic tricorder device that “Bones” used to scan aliens on “Star Trek” is nearly at hand—in your cellphone.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

"This Isn’t Activism; We’re Empowering Rural India"

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Ravikant Singh is the founder of Doctors For You, a NGO tackling disaster relief and rehabilitation work.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

Bangladesh Fights Off HIV

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

Strong political commitment, timely donor support and effective government-NGO collaboration are behind Bangladesh’s successes on this front.
Monday, April 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Survivors of Ebola face second 'disease': stigma

Source: Yahoo! News

The doctor has beaten the odds and survived Ebola, but he still has one more problem: The stigma carried by the deadly disease. Even though he is completely healthy, people are afraid to come near him or to have anything to do with him.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home

Source: NPR Blogs

"Our view on health is that we have a lot of interventions where we're saving lives for less than $2,000 per life saved."
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.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can Mr. Poo stop public defecation in India?

Source: CNN

India has an unlikely new public health hero: a giant, anthropomorphic stool that chases people to squat in toilets.
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.
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

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 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.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria spreads to higher altitudes due to global warming

Source: Catholic Online

Malaria, the deadly mosquito-borne virus that brings debilitating chills and fever in many parts of Southeast Asia and Africa may soon seek higher altitudes on account of global warming, experts warn. New research has found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching malaria during hotter years.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Mobile Movies Is A Novel Way Of Collecting Data In Off-The-Grid Areas

Source: Tech Crunch

In the late 1960s, the British Ministry of Technology turned buses into mobile cinemas that toured the country and screened films promoting modern production techniques. Half a century later, a Singapore-based startup is reviving the concept to reach rural communities throughout Southeast Asia.
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.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Mobile Mast Vaccine Storage Project Wins Global Prize

Source: All Africa

An organisation that uses surplus energy from mobile phone masts to refrigerate vaccines in remote areas was named as the Best Mobile Health Product or Service at the Global Mobile Awards this week.
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Deepening' medical crisis in Afghanistan

Source: BBC News

Despite years of aid, medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited as casualty rates from violence climb, humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns in a report.
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.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

India, UK hold talks to expand cooperation in health sector

Source: Business Standard

Aiming to expand their cooperation in health sector, India and the UK today held talks to indentify more partnerships at national and state levels to further the collaboration.
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.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates supports affordable bio-toilets for Ghanaians

Source: Ghana Web

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has offered a grant of one million US Dollars to the Biofilcom, inventors and producers of biofil toilets to scale up to make the toilets available at cheaper cost.
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.
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

Global health 2035: A world converging within a generation

Source: Journalist's Resource

Prompted by deepening concerns over poverty and global inequality, the U.N. General Assembly in 2000 adopted the Millennium Development Declaration, putting forward a series of goals which were meant to be achieved by 2015. Core issues included improving global health, including reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Nigerian Tribune

The cost of basic health care more often than not goes beyond the financial strength of many people and those that can afford such services more often than not find themselves at a loss on how and where to get qualitative attention. In Oyo State, however, this is a thing of the past with the intervention of the Access to Basic medical Care (ABC) foundation, an initiative of the wife of the executive governor of the state, Mrs Florence Ajimobi.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Huffington Post Impact

South Africa, with support from the United States through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), provides more than 2.4 million of its people with antiretroviral treatment (ART) - saving countless lives, keeping families together, and increasing South Africa's overall economic productivity.
Thursday, January 02, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's Health Funding Is Still Not Enough

Source: allAfrica

In Kenya, the allocation of total government expenditure to health has been below 10 per cent since 2002.
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.
Tuesday, December 31, 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.
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.
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 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, November 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Delegates Debate Climate Change Influence On Health

Source: allAfrica

Through providing leadership, advocacy, policy and research, the Alliance aims to ensure health impacts are integrated into global, national and local responses to climate change and to encourage the health sector's mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Friday, November 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

World Bank Identifies Threats to Global Health - Says Policy Interventions Can Turn the Tide

Source: HispanicBusiness

A new World Bank report warns that risky behaviors -smoking, using illicit drugs, alcohol abuse, unhealthy diets, and unsafe sex-- are increasing globally and pose a growing threat to the health of individuals, particularly in developing countries.
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 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Pfizer, Carter Center Partner in Global Health Project

Source: PharmTech.com

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 — South Asia

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

Source: PharmaBiz.com

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 — 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.
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

Source: Crowdsourcing.org

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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobilium Smart Health app launched

Source: BizCommunity.com

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 — 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 — 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.
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.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Eight years after the last outbreak in 2005, polio is once again ravaging the Horn of Africa

Source: allAfrica

Since May health authorities have reported 191 cases: 174 in Somalia, 14 in north-eastern Kenya and three in Ethiopia.
Friday, November 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

Time for New Revolutions in Global Health Care

Source: The Huffington Post

The introductions of anesthesia, sterilization and academy-trained surgeons were the three revolutions of modern surgery, but this history reflects progress that has prioritized a small portion of the world's population.
Friday, November 01, 2013 — Latin America

Mexico nears junk food tax, sets anti-obesity plan

Source: Bradenton Herald

Mexico's congress approved a new tax on junk food Thursday as the government announced a campaign to fight obesity in a country with one of the world's highest rates of overweight people.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ink new partnership to accelerate research into vaccines

Source: PharmaBiz

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have launched a new joint initiative that will endeavor to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration.
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 — 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
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.
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.
Monday, October 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund boss upbeat about funding future

Source: ABC Radio Australia

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria aims to find fifteen-billion dollars by December, as part of its replenishment efforts.
Friday, October 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Deadly gaps persist in new drug development for neglected diseases

Source: Medical Xpress

In a study published today in the open-access journal The Lancet Global Health, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and other researchers report a persistent deficiency in truly new therapeutics for neglected diseases, despite nominal progress and an acceleration in research and development (R&D) efforts. This continued 'fatal imbalance' in medical R&D points to the urgent need to develop and deliver groundbreaking new treatments for the world's poorest and most neglected patients.
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.
Monday, October 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The global health crisis you've never heard of

Source: Devex

When we talk about global health challenges, we often cite the ones that receive the most attention or funding. AIDS and malaria come to mind. You probably don’t think about injuries sustained from cooking fires or acid attacks. But the truth is, severe burns are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in developing countries — a crisis afflicting the poor that hardly anyone is talking about. In resource-strained parts of the world, open fires and kerosene cookstoves are relied upon for cooking, heating and lighting. Add in to the mix overcrowded living conditions, lack of proper fire safety measures, loose clothing worn by women and insufficient supervision of children. Suddenly, it’s not hard to see why someone is severely burned every three seconds in a developing country. That’s more than 10 million people each year. For those burn survivors around the world who do not have access to basic medical care, burns are left to heal by themselves, creating a permanent tightening of the skin as the burn wound heals. As a result, even a minor burn can restrict one’s ability to walk or cause a working hand to become an unusable fist.
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.
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 — 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.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 — South Asia

Low-cost healthcare: US can take cue from India

Source: Hindustan Times

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

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

Source: CNN

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

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.
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.
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 triggered something in me and I started to feel I needed to do something”.
Thursday, October 03, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Global Movement Emerges for Universal Health Coverage

Source: allAfrica

An emerging movement of global leaders of government, civil society and finance is urging United Nations member states, as they meet in New York, to include universal health coverage (UHC) in the next round of global goals for economic development, just as similar reforms take root in the US.
Thursday, October 03, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa's Richest Man To Build 1,000-Bed Hospital

Source: Forbes

Nigerian billionaire and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote plans to construct a 1,000-bed hospital in Kano, which when completed will be the largest health facility in the northern state, Nigeria’s Channels Television has reported.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Malaria — the first disease beaten by mobile?

Source: Devex

The fight against malaria, one of the world’s most killer diseases, urgently needs an injection of mobile technology. “Malaria threatens half the globe. By some accounts it has killed more people than any other cause in human history,” Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, told Devex at the Social Good Summit in New York. The organization — founded by U.N. special envoy for the disease Ray Chambers — has just launched its new “Power of One” campaign, which links mobile phones around the world with a tracking program for malaria testing and treatment supplies, so individuals can track the impact of their charitable donations.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New service uses mobile phones to reduce maternal mortality

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

For many rural expectant and new mothers, health care providers may be far away, but new technology is bringing them close through the mobile phone, now almost ubiquitous even in the poorest corners of the world.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Devex

At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, the GAVI Alliance announced a pair of new intiatives that aim to leverage private sector funds and expertise to improve delivery of vaccines worldwide.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

Comprehensive and Successful Healthcare: Innovations from Brazil

Source: Huffington Post

For over twenty years Saúde Criança -- "Child Health" in English -- has helped thousands of poor families, mostly female-headed households, cope with chronic health problems that affect their children. It does so through fostering partnerships with public hospitals and implementing a co-responsibility scheme with families whose children suffer major health issues such as cancer, brain tumors, or chronic respiratory problems.
Monday, September 30, 2013 — South Asia

Sucre Blue sets up affordable, community health care in India

Source: MSNBC

Erin Little’s inspiration to establish India’s Sucre Blue stemmed from the problems she encountered with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis during her childhood. “It was getting to a point where it was really, really hard to take care of myself,” Little told MSNBC about her health insurance costs.
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.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Consortium to advance human hookworm vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa

Source: Africa Science News

The HOOKVAC consortium, led by the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, Thursday announced receiving a grant of 6 million Euros to develop and test a vaccine for human hookworm, a disease that infects 600-700 million of the world’s poorest people.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

GAVI Alliance to address the next vaccine challenge: Supply chains

Source: Devex

No one likes it when a delivery fails to show, but when it happens with vaccines it costs lives. Currently, millions of children go unimmunized each year because of delivery problems, including anything from vaccine supply chain breaks and ineffective cold chain equipment to poor vaccine stock management in developing countries. Shockingly, these kinds of issues account for a substantial number of the children who miss out on their shots. That has got to change. These supply chain inefficiencies may be contributing to the deaths of 1.5 million children each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, the vast majority in developing countries.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

How finding research gaps can help fight malnutrition

Source: Devex

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

Firm bets on telemedicine to reach needy patients

Source: Hispanic Business

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

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

Source: Ventures Africa

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

Ghana to vaccinate girls against cervical cancer - Mahama

Source: CitifmOnline

Ghana this year will begin a demonstration project vaccinating girls against human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, which is the biggest cancer killer of women on the African continent. President John Mahama revealed this in New York on Tuesday, when Ghana hosted a side event at the ongoing UN General Assembly, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and the Global Fund.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Organization Rallies Global Oncology Community to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities

Source: OncLive

Today, more than half of new cancer cases and over two-thirds of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Underlying this burden of cancer is an unequal distribution of global resources, a lack of coordinated care for oncology patients, and a multitude of social, cultural, and economic factors that lead to late diagnosis and incomplete palliation in the developing world. To combat the growing cancer burden, concerted action is needed from the global health and oncology communities. In her Presidential Address to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Sandra Swain, MD, highlighted the “possibilities and promise in global health equity,” encouraging oncology leaders worldwide to join the effort to bridge the “access gap” in cancer care. The Global Oncology Initiative, an academic and grassroots volunteer organization based out of Boston, Massachusetts, seeks to do just that. GO connects local and global oncology communities and is developing programs aimed at alleviating worldwide cancer care disparities.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — Latin America

Healthy Connections: Technology Promoting Family Health

Source: The Herald

During the Healthier Futures plenary at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Chelsea Clinton was joined onstage by Pro Mujer's President and Chief Executive Officer, Rosario Perez; Mayo Clinic's President and CEO, John Noseworthy, M.D.; the President of Pfizer Latin America, Adele Gulfo; Sesame Workshop President and CEO, H. Melvin Ming, along withSesame Street Muppet, Rosita, to announce a unique CGI Commitment to Action that will promote healthy behavior and disease prevention among poor women and children in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. The commitment will use a new technology platform integrating mobile, web, and video technology along with remote training and access to specialists.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: United Nations News Centre

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

Malaria Will Be The First Disease Beaten By Mobile

Source: UN Dispatch

"Malaria will be the first disease beaten by mobile.” That’s what Martin Edlund, the CEO of Malaria No More, told the buzzing crowd during his Social Good Summit talk earlier today. Edlund and his organization view the mobile phone as a game-changer in the fight against malaria, a disease that killed 660,000 people last year – primarily women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edlund explained that malaria “thrives on bad information” and lack of data. And mobile phones are helping connect the dots between all the other malaria-fighting tools.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda streamlines healthcare with mobile technology

Source: ENCA

Uganda has received the African Development Bank's prestigious eHealth award for its M-Trac health management system, which has successfully changed the face of health service delivery in the country. At Uganda’s many remote health centres, putting pen to paper was the only way to alert health officials to problems such as drug shortages or outbreaks of malaria.
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 23, 2013 — Latin America

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

Source: scidev.net

Paraguayan and Uruguayan scientists are working together to develop a US$1 diagnostic test for syphilis, which they hope could be launched as early as next year. The early-detection kit for a disease that affects three million people in Latin America would be used alongside pregnancy tests to cut cases of congenital syphilis, say the researchers, who have linked up through the UN University's Biotechnology Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC), based in Venezuela.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 — Latin America

Unequal Access to Health Care in Latin America No. 1 Killer of Moms & Kids

Source: Hispanically Speaking News

An international delegation recently concluded their meeting on infant and maternal health in Latin America. The conclusion – unequal access to health care is still the number one killer for mothers and their children. While child mortality has more than halved in the region according to the World Bank, children from impoverished homes are five times more likely to die before they turn five years old. The majority of those deaths deemed preventable. Over the past 20 years significant improvements have been made on maternal health and mortality rates have dropped by 40 percent.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Comment: Rebranding disease to launch global change

Source: SBS

A little over a year ago, a group of young people – connected by a passion for addressing the leading cause of global deaths – had an idea. Re-brand the way we perceive a group of conditions, and the narrative we collectively conjure when hearing their name – Non-Communicable Diseases. Challenge the current, misguided perception that diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancers are simply the result of poor choices and laziness, and instead use inspiring stories from young health advocates to paint an accurate global and local picture.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 — South Asia

Apollo pins hopes on affordable healthcare

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Apollo Hospitals will bank on its own revenues for its rural healthcare drive under the brand Apollo Reach, with an aim at faster return on capital expenditure. “We have 10 Reach hospitals in operation. In the next three years, we’ll have 1,300 beds set up in Tier I cities, and another 1,100 in Tier II cities,” said Joint Managing Director Suneeta Reddy. Setting up a Reach hospital in a Tier II city will cost about Rs 50 lakh, which is less than half of what it takes for a healthcare centre in a city, she said. Each Reach hospital has about 120 beds.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Swaziland: MSF Rolls Out Innovative Approach to Prevent Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Source: Doctors Without Borders

Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS from mothers to their children is an essential step in curbing the epidemic of the disease in Swaziland. Beginning in February 2013, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been rolling out an innovative approach, commonly referred to as PMTCT B+ (prevention of mother-to-child transmission, option B+), in southern Swaziland's Nhlangano area.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Early Childhood Survival Improving Globally

Source: allAfrica

More children are surviving their early years and maturing into adolescence than in the past, and the international community is celebrating the progress. The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the United Nations' Population Division report data September 13 showing that child deaths worldwide were down by almost half in 2012 as compared to 1990. More than 12 million children under age 5 died, mostly from preventable causes, in 1990. In 2012, the annual number of young deaths was down to 6.6 million.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IMS Health and BroadReach Healthcare Announce Strategic Alliance in Africa

Source: The Herald

IMS Health and the Life Sciences division of BroadReach Healthcare today announced a strategic alliance to deliver comprehensive advisory and commercial effectiveness solutions for life sciences organizations operating in Africa. The alliance brings together IMS Health’s industry-leading information, analytics, consulting and technology capabilities with BroadReach Healthcare’s deep knowledge of the African healthcare landscape and local regulatory environment. Life sciences organizations will gain immediate access to information and services that support market assessment, market entry planning and commercial implementation across the continent.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

BDC Venture Capital allocates $135 million more to healthcare innovation, broadens investment strategy

Source: Yahoo!

As part of its mandate to support Canadian entrepreneurs, BDC Venture Capital announced today it has allocated $135 million in new capital to direct venture investments in innovative healthcare companies. That brings its total direct commitment to the sector to $270 million. Recognizing a massive and growing market opportunity, the BDC Venture Capital Healthcare Fund will broaden its investment strategy and invest in technology, products and services that aim to dramatically improve global healthcare productivity, efficiency and patient outcomes.
Monday, September 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Three Global Health Successes That I Witnessed Firsthand

Source: By Shawn Baker

Somewhere bumping along the back roads in Mali, Nick Kristof challenged me to reflect on lessons learned from my 25 years working in Africa first as a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1980s and most recently on public health and nutrition programs for Helen Keller International.
Monday, September 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Phys.org

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.
Monday, September 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Womenetics

You know that sinking, cold feeling you get when you know something is bad, but when you really begin investigating, it turns out that the situation is much worse than you even anticipated? Now what if that problem is the safety of health care workers and the integrity of blood samples collected to diagnose and treat health issues like HIV/AIDS? Renuka Gadde traveled to medical facilities around the world to prove her theory that blood collection techniques and protocols were a weak point in health care systems. What she observed was even more alarming than she expected.
Monday, September 16, 2013 — South Asia

Measles elimination by 2020: WHO

Source: The Jakarta Post

The 11 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region are committed to eliminating measles and controlling rubella and congenital syndrome (CRS) by 2020, as stated at the 66thSession of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia, on Friday. The WHO estimates that US$800 million is needed to achieve this goal. WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Samlee Plianbangchang, said an estimated 8 million children in the region were not protected against measles.
Friday, September 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Growing disease burden to drive pharma boom in Nigeria, Africa

Source: Business Day

Huge opportunities are in the offing for local drug manufacturers including Fidson Healthcare plc GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Nigeria and East Africa region (NEAR), Evans Medicals, Swipha, and Neimeth Pharmaceuticals, to grow their revenues on the back of recent surge in non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Friday, September 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Motorcycles are Critical to Health in Rural Africa

Source: Andrea Coleman, CEO, Riders For Health

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

How Cell Phones Are Transforming Health Care in Africa

Source: MIT Technology Review

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

A 'fishy' way to prevent dengue

Source: Devex

The Asian Development Bank and the World Health Organization have found their latest weapon against dengue-carrying mosquitoes: larvae-eating guppy fish. A recent trial study in select villages in Cambodia and Laos found out dengue cases can be significantly reduced by putting the fish in water tanks and containers near the stagnant water areas where the insects thrive especially during the rainy season.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The toughest job in Nigerian healthcare

Source: The Guardian

Midway through our interview the power cuts and the room is thrown into darkness. We are at Nigeria's National Primary Healthcare Development Agency to talk to its chief executive about the issues facing his nation – and sporadic electricity supply is just one. Dr Ado Jimada Gana Muhammad has arguably the toughest job in Nigerian healthcare.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Millennium Development goals in rural Africa get $100 million boost

Source: RYOT.org

In 2011, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Earth Institute (Columbia University) formed a partnership to work with African nations to support their efforts to end extreme poverty. On Tuesday, the IsDB and the Earth Institute and its partner, Millennium Promise, announced that the IsDB and its poverty reduction arm, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), have now extended more than $100 million in financing to help eight African nations combat extreme poverty, improve public health and achieve more sustainable development.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 — South Asia

NextDrop Uses Big Data, Texting To Improve Water Distribution

Source: dowser.org

The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity amongst lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection. This “tech” model of social entrepreneurship has become the norm not only in India, but also in other emerging markets throughout Asia, Africa and South America. Case in point: NextDrop, a social enterprise launched in 2011, is simplifying urban water collection in India. With its “Smart Grid ‘Lite’” solution, the enterprise collects and shares water delivery information with city residents and water utilities. In this way, efficiency and transparency are improved upon.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Universal health coverage within reach for developing countries

Source: EurActiv.com

Once seen as a distant objective, economic growth and political will are now bringing universal health coverage within reach for the developing world. But great financial and social challenges still remain to be addressed before the vision becomes reality, EurActiv France reports. Developing countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa are quickly catching up with European healthcare standards, although it will take nearly half a century before all can provide comparable treatments.
Monday, September 09, 2013 — South Asia

Vijayan launches Charioteer Fund-I impact investment fund

Source: The Times of India

Krishnamurthy Vijayan, the former executive chairman of JP Morgan Asset Management India, has launched an impact investment fund that will invest in India's livelihood and skills development space. The Rs 250-crore fund, Charioteer Fund-I, will be a five-year fund with an extension of a further five years, and will look to invest between Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 crore in micro-enterprise clusters.
Monday, September 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

The funds cashing in on the global healthcare crisis

Source: FE Trustnet

Healthcare and biotechnology companies have had a storming few years on a global scale, with the UK pharmaceutical sector getting in on the action this year too. The FTSE World Healthcare Index has made 71.49 per cent over the past three years, according to data from FE Analytics, with the FTSE World index, which includes stocks from all sectors, up 38.59 per cent.
Monday, September 09, 2013 — South Asia

The Best Of Both Worlds

Source: Business Outlook India

A frail looking Mini Shaji sits on a bed in the corner of the general ward of AyurVaid’s hospital in Bengaluru. Wearing a brick red nightgown, Shaji’s painfully thin frame looks devoid of all energy, but there is a glimmer of hope in her eyes. Six months back, the 36-year-old Shaji, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, could not move without the help of a walking stick. A friend directed her to the AyurVaid centre at Ramamurthy Nagar. After 10 days of in-patient treatment, Shaji can now walk slowly without a stick. Though still weak, she’s now hopeful that the weight she lost because of her ailment will be regained too.
Friday, September 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Hollywood takes on South African health issues

Source: Screen Africa News

Hollywood writers, producers and executives visited South Africa in May as part of efforts to inspire more global health storylines on popular US television shows.
Friday, September 06, 2013 — South Asia

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

Source: women'senews.org

A mother-in-law often dictates family planning decisions for the younger women in her household. Some health reformers are trying to change that dynamic through counseling efforts and discussion groups.
Thursday, September 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.”
Thursday, September 05, 2013 — Latin America

Brazil, facing health-care crisis, imports Cuban doctors

Source: The Washington Post

Since the 1960s, Cuba has deployed an army of doctors by the tens of thousands to the world’s most inhospitable corners, from Haiti to Africa’s killing fields to the ultra-violent barrios of Venezuela. Now, thousands of Cubans are heading to relatively affluent Brazil to shore up a decrepit health-care system that has become a national embarrassment.
Thursday, September 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Birth Simulator Includes Baby, Blood, Backpack

Source: ABC News

If Resusci Anne and Resusci Andy had a love child, it would probably look like this baby from the MamaNatalie birthing simulator kit. In fact, the kit was conceived — if you’ll pardon the pun — by Laerdal Global Health, the makers of the CPR dummies, for the purpose of training midwives and medical professionals on how to respond to potential complications during childbirth. As the company website explains, “Details such as weight, head articulation, umbilical pulse, as well as the babies’ breath and heartbeat have been simulated as closely as possible, making the subsequent handling of a real-life baby only a minor adjustment.”
Thursday, September 05, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Eye-phone set to revolutionise African optical care

Source: eNews Channel Africa

An impressive new mobile phone app is being tested in Kenya. It acts as a mobile visual clinic, and is set to revolutionise eye care in Africa. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 300 million people are blind or seriously visually impaired. But a team of doctors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine armed with an innovative, low cost, smartphone solution, have set out to make an impact on this community.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

India's government hails interventions for reducing maternal deaths

Source: International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

According to the Indian minister of health and family welfare, "various interventions" spearheaded by the country's government have contributed to a successful reduction in maternal mortality over the last 12 years.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 — South Asia

Impact Investment Exchange Asia invests in Indian Social Enterprise Spring Health

Source: Social Story

Singapore based Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) has announced today that its Impact Partners platform has successfully facilitated an investment from two private investors, alongside lead investors from the Artha initiative and the Stone Family Foundation, into Spring Health Water (India) Pte. Ltd., a for-profit Social Enterprise that provides safe and affordable drinking water to rural customers in India.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Niger and Global Fund sign €13.5 Million malaria grant

Source: Newstime Africa

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has signed a 13.5 million euro grant agreement that will intensify efforts to provide families with mosquito nets and improve the diagnosis and treatment of malaria in Niger.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Study shows HIV/AIDS remains a major health burden to Kenyans

Source: Africa Science News

Contrary to Kenya’s Health ministry’s position, HIV/AIDS remains a major health burden in Kenya despite numerous efforts to contain the scourge, according to a new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, USA.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania Set to Train 10,000 New Health Workers Each Year

Source: All Africa

Arusha — TANZANIA is moving in the right path towards the target of training 10,000 new health workers every year in its resolve to curb acute shortage of medical personnel.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

What ails Indian Healthcare?

Source: Money Control

In April 2012, there were reports of India’s health expenditure being the lowest in comparison to the BRIC Nations despite growing as fast as them. A year later, the ‘progress report’ barely shows any progress.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Rethinking Global Public Health

Source: Huffington Post

Families and friends make healthy or unhealthy choices based on social and cultural pressures, especially when it comes to activities like exercise and eating. If we are ever going to solve this trillion-dollar problem, we have to rethink global public health.
Monday, August 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can African Healthcare Systems Handle Growing Economies?

Source: Ventures

With severely limited resources, African health systems may have to think more radically about how to manage health problems, as well as about striking a more sustainable balance between supply oriented and demand-targeted interventions.
Monday, August 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Polio in Somalia: UN warns of 'explosive' outbreak

Source: BBC

The UN has warned of a severe outbreak of polio in Somalia, days after a medical charity pulled out of the country, citing insecurity.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Harvard Awarded $8.1 Million for Transparency Research on Health and Other Social Sector Outcomes

Source: Freedom Info

Harvard University researchers have been awarded $8.1 million for a five-year project to research the impact of community transparency and accountability initiatives on health and other social sector outcomes, beginning in Indonesia and Tanzania.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Forbes

Editor’s Note: In advance of the many health-related discussions to take place in September at the Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit, UN week and other such events, the Skoll World Forum asked some of the world’s leading voices in global health to paint a comprehensive picture of key trends, challenges and opportunities to realizing healthcare access and treatment around the world. A new piece will be posted everyday through Friday, and you can view the entire series here.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Response to Polio Outbreaks Shows Global Eradication Plan Is Working

Source: All Africa

Just as we were seeing record-low cases of polio worldwide and coming closer than ever to eradication, 105 new cases of wild polio have been identified in Kenya and Somalia, raising new concerns about low coverage and inaccessible populations in that area. While the outbreaks are undoubtedly a setback, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) had anticipated that sporadic cases would occur in vulnerable settings during the final push for polio eradication, and it's noteworthy that the situation has been met with one of the quickest and most effective emergency responses to date.
Friday, July 26, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Bribery Serves as Life-Support for Chinese Hospitals

Source: The Jakarta Globe

Bribery is the lubricant that helps keep China’s public hospitals running, and the health system would struggle to function without illegal payments to poorly paid doctors and administrators, say medical practitioners and industry experts.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Environment, education and health need urgent progress, says MDG report

Source: The Guardian

Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia lag behind rest of world, with targets on child and maternal deaths, and sanitation significantly off-target
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Health and the post-2015 development agenda: Stuck in the doldrums?

Source: World Bank

I think it’s fair to say most of us don’t typically take UN reports with us on our summer vacation. But you might want make an exception in the case of the high-level panel (HLP) report on the post-2015 development agenda. It offers a nice opportunity to reflect how – over the last 15 years or so – we have seen some serious global shifts in values, expectations and motivations.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The “Worst Public Health Epidemic We’re Facing Today”? Tuberculosis in the Mining Sector

Source: Think Africa Press

Despite being both preventable and curable, tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the most serious health problems facing sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

End of sex worker pledge in AIDS funds lifts stigma

Source: GlobalPost

US groups that work to end HIV around the world will no longer be forced to take a pledge against prostitution, after the Supreme Court ruled this week it is a violation of free speech.
Friday, June 21, 2013 — South Asia

Especially grim encephalitis toll feared in India

Source: Associated Press

A mosquito-borne disease that preys on the young and malnourished is sweeping across poverty-riven northern India again this monsoon season in what officials worry could be the deadliest outbreak in nearly a decade.
Friday, June 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Let's set a global drug quality benchmark

Source: Business Today

The crisis in Indian pharma is a chance to develop a new regulatory path
Friday, June 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Pepfar Marks 10 Years, 1 Million Healthy Babies

Source: AllAfrica

One million babies are alive today because their HIV-infected mothers received medication to prevent them from transmitting the virus to their infants.
Friday, June 21, 2013 — Latin America

Colombia Consolidates Itself As A Health Destination In Latin America

Source: Curaçao Chronicle

The country is pioneer in creating its own accreditation systems. There are 16 national Colombian institutions accredited nationally and two accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).
Friday, June 21, 2013 — Latin America

Doctors reap in billions as Cuba’s top export

Source: Business Recorder

Cuba is out to boost its top export, an ever-more critical pillar of its economy.
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

India signs loan agreement with World Bank for US$ 255 million for National AIDS Control Project-IV

Source: Business Standard

An agreement for loan of US$ 255 million (equivalent) from World Bank for the "National AIDS Control Project (NACP-IV)" was signed here today between India and the World Bank.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Only 1 in 20 washes hands properly

Source: News24

Only one in every twenty people washes their hands properly, a new global survey has found. And South Africans are no exception. Although South African adults are worried about infectious diseases, they still don't wash their hands properly.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Vaccine Drives Africa Meningitis Cases to Lowest in Decade

Source: Chicago Tribune

Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Micro Health Insurance: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

Source: CGAP

Is there a future for micro health insurance? Is it destined to go by the wayside as governments take on an increasingly larger share of the burden of providing coverage to their populations? Should it?
Monday, June 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Surgery: Myths and Realities

Source: Huffington Post

What the world really needs is consistent, quality surgical services in developing countries. In communities around the world, lack of training and supplies mean there is little to no surgical treatment available for injuries, maternal complications, cancer, congenital malformations, and emergencies like appendicitis
Friday, June 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

How AIDS Invented Global Health

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

Over the past half-century, historians have used episodes of epidemic disease to investigate scientific, social, and cultural change.
Thursday, June 06, 2013 — South Asia

What are the biggest problems for Indian healthcare system?

Source: The Times of India

The Indian healthcare system is a dilapidated state. The costs seem to raise everyday which makes it unaffordable for a large chuck of the population. Recently Indian Health Progress (IHP) organisation with support from PhRMa discussed what the Indian healthcare system desperately needs and the steps to improve it. Aman Gupta, Principal Advisory of IHP shares the key areas that need to be developed urgently.
Monday, June 03, 2013 — No Region Specified

UN panel's post-2015 goals: 'Promising start' or 'lacking a roadmap'?

Source: Devex

Just hours after the 27-member U.N. High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda unveiled its recommendations to replace the MDGs in New York, the thousands of stakeholders involved in the process began to analyze how the framework will affect international cooperation and the delivery of foreign aid until 2030.
Friday, May 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

The New Idealism of International Aid

Source: The Atlantic

Developing countries are often passive recipients of international health aid. Now they'll be getting the freedom to decide what to do with it.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gambia: 'Motorcycles Bring Universal Health Care Closer to Gambians'

Source: The Daily Observer

The Gambia has been recognised for its success in bringing universal access to maternal health care closer to its citizens by becoming Africa's first country to have enough motorcycles and ambulances to deliver health care to the whole country, a press release from Riders For Health (RFH) revealed.
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.
Monday, May 20, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaria fight at a ‘tipping point,’ experts tell Congress

Source: Global Post

Leading global health experts told Capitol Hill lawmakers today that the fight against malaria is at a turning point, during a hearing on the US’ role in combating malaria globally.
Friday, May 17, 2013 — South Asia

Anti-diarrhoea vaccine: Why social innovation is the way ahead for Indian healthcare

Source: First Post India

After nearly 25 years of work involving multi-institution, multi-country collaboration, India yesterday announced its first locally developed anti-diarrhoea vaccine.
Friday, May 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

How Drug Companies Keep Medicine Out of Reach

Source: The Atlantic

The promise of delinking research and development from the actual manufacture of drugs, and why the pharmaceutical industry rejects an idea that could turn neglected diseases into profit
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Global Leaders Unite to End Polio -- But Where Is the U.S.?

Source: Roll Call

Last month, the U.S. government stood on the sidelines as much of the world united for the final push to eradicate polio. Now, Congress has a chance to put us back on track.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — Europe & Eurasia

SARS-Like Virus Vaccine Unlikely, Experts Say

Source: ABC News

A virus similar to SARS has spread through hospitals in Europe and the Middle East, prompting fears of human-to-human transmission.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — South Asia

Dirty medicine

Source: CNN Money

The epic inside story of long-term criminal fraud at Ranbaxy, the Indian drug company that makes generic Lipitor for millions of Americans.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 — South Asia

Source code: PharmaSecure goes mobile in battle against fake drugs

Source: The Guardian

An initiative allowing the provenance of medicines to be verified using mobile technology is taking aim at the illegal drug trade.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 — Europe & Eurasia

New global surveillance tool detects, monitors public concerns about vaccines in real time

Source: Medical XPress

Scientists have developed a global media surveillance system that enables them to look for, and systematically monitor, up-to-the-minute public concerns and rumors about vaccines originating from 144 countries.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Canada gives $10 million to health innovations

Source: Sci Dev Net

More than 100 projects spanning the globe — including a number from South-East Asia — will share CAN$10.9 million (US$10.7 million) worth of funding from the Canadian government to pursue novel and cost-effective innovations in disease treatment.
Monday, May 13, 2013 — South Asia

World economy in a tizzy, but Indian pharma flying high

Source: The Hindu

Although global economic recovery still remains fragile and the road back to normalcy is a long and difficult one, the fortunes of India’s pharmaceutical industry remain upbeat.
Friday, May 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cancer Vaccines Get a Price Cut in Poor Nations

Source: The New York Times

The two companies that make vaccines against cervical cancer announced Thursday that they would cut their prices to the world’s poorest countries below $5 per dose.
Thursday, May 09, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Preventing Drug Shortages With Cell Phones in Malawi

Source: PBS Newshour

Eighty percent of the 13 million Malawians live in rural areas, making delivering health services challenging, especially in remote parts with no roads.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Pharmacovigilance Reporting Goes Digital in Kenya

Source: Management Sciences for Health

Monitoring and reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and poor-quality human medicines has gone digital in Kenya.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Unhealthy Hospitals

Source: Time Magazine

The future of Afghanistan begins at the end of next year, after U.S. combat troops depart and Afghan forces take over for keeps.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Big Pharma in Africa: Weighing corporate citizenship and the bottom line

Source: African Arguments

In the early 2000s, pharmaceutical companies were high on activists’ hit lists. Today, the discourse seems merrier.
Monday, May 06, 2013 — South Asia

Toxic waste sites detrimental to health in India: research

Source: Business Standard

Toxic waste sites in India with elevated levels of lead and chromium are causing disease, disability and even death, leading to loss of healthy years of life among people, according to a new research.
Monday, May 06, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How one social enterprise is leading the fight against malaria

Source: The Guardian

Living Goods, a social enterprise based in San Francisco, has built a network of door-to-door salespeople in Uganda.
Thursday, May 02, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How solar panels are leading the fight against malaria

Source: Business Green

Kenyan island aims to become free of the disease thanks to solar-powered, insecticide-free mosquito traps
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 — Asia Pacific

We're Not Prepared For China's Deadly Bird Flu

Source: Forbes

In Asia, more than 120 people have been sickened, and 23 are dead, from a potent strain of bird flu that has the frightening markings of a potential pandemic strain.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

6 Canadian game-changing ideas for global health care

Source: Global News Canada

A Ziploc bag filled with $5 worth of tools to save newborn babies’ lives in third world countries.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

Entrepreneurs say the FDA is killing medical innovation

Source: Venture Beat

Chandra Duggirala, maker of an experimental device for type two diabetes, is on the verge of giving up.
Monday, April 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaria resistance - it's in the parasite's genes

Source: The Guardian

Tracking malaria resistance is imperative if it is to be prevented, say scientists who have been genotyping the parasites.
Monday, April 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Vaccines shunned by some as others struggle for access

Source: CNN

For parents in Somalia, giving their children immunizations is not a choice.
Friday, April 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Power of One: An Anti-Malaria Campaign With Some Powerful Partners

Source: Fast CoExist

An all-star team--including Twitter, a former Apple marketing executive, the people who ran Obama’s online campaign, drug companies, and more--are coming together with Malaria No More to make a huge push to stop one of the most deadly diseases in the world.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovative finance and its promise for global health

Source: Devex

Few global health institutions focus as much on innovative finance as UNITAID.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Four Reasons Doctors Worry About Social Media

Source: Forbes

Continuous social media exposure to the imaginative and the extraordinary can also be a bit deceptive.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Superbug drug fight in danger with just four pharmaceutical firms left making antibiotics, report says

Source: The Star

The number of new antibiotics being developed is “alarmingly low,” according to a new report by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 — South Asia

Making a clean sweep of a 'dirty' business in India

Source: MoneyControl.com

A new kind of "dirty" business is becoming the latest frontier in the bottom-of-the-pyramid market in India, with a number of start-ups seeing a huge opportunity in building and maintaining toilets as more than 600 million Indians still defecate in the open, according to the World Health Organization.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Coming, ready or not

Source: The Economist

The threat of a global pandemic is rising again.
Friday, April 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Universal healthcare: 14 steps in the right direction

Source: The Guardian

From innovative financing to national income surveys, our expert panel offer some important lessons in developing affordable and sustainable universal health coverage
Thursday, April 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Shared value: USAID's new global health focus

Source: Devex

Dr. Pablos-Mendez joined the USAID leadership team with a vision to shape the Bureau for Global Health’s programmatic efforts to accomplish scalable, sustainable and measurable impact on the lives of people in developing countries as envisioned in President Obama’s Global Health Initiative.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Medical Care, Aided by the Crowd

Source: The New York Times

Two years ago, Chase Adam, a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, was riding a bus through a town called Watsi, when a woman got on board asking for money.
Monday, April 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sierra Leone: Using Technology to Save Lives

Source: All Africa

The telecommunications industry and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have teamed up to use mobile phone technology to save lives in Sierra Leone.
Friday, April 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Poverty No Bar to Fighting Deadly Undernutrition

Source: All Africa

Some of the world’s poorest countries, including two in sub-Saharan Africa, are showing the greatest political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: People On Art Have Near Normal Life Expectancies

Source: All Africa

People living with HIV in South Africa, who access antiretroviral therapy (ART) before their immune systems are severely compromised, have life expectancies close to that of the general population, researchers have found.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

US races to make vaccine against new bird flu – just in case

Source: NBC News

Less than two weeks after Chinese officials released the genetic sequence of a new type of bird flu, U.S. vaccine experts are well on the way to making a vaccine to protect people against it.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 — South Asia

Coughing Dragon, Sneezing Elephant: China, India, and Global Health Governance

Source: Council on Foreign Relations

The recent H7N9 flu scare in China has shown once again that we live in “an epidemiologically interdependent world.”
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 — Asia Pacific

World experts debate case for new bird flu vaccine; China confident it can control outbreak

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Experts from around the world are in daily talks about the threat posed by a deadly new strain of bird flu in China, including discussions on if and when to start making a vaccine.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Product Development Partnerships Applaud Japan’s First Public-Private Partnership to Spearhead Innovation in Global Health

Source: TB Alliance

As Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) dedicated to the discovery, development and delivery of new global health tools, we applaud the official launch of the Global Health Innovation and Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), which was announced today in Tokyo, Japan.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zambia slowly winning HIV/AIDS fight

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

In Southern Africa, Zambia has one of the world’s most devastating HIV and AIDS pandemic. In 2009, nearly 76,000 adults were newly infected with HIV, representing about 200 new infections each day.
Monday, April 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

10 Impactful Innovations in Health Care

Source: MDNews.com

When the Cleveland Clinic speaks, people listen. And, well, they should.
Monday, April 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Donors likely to cut down on HIV and Aids funds

Source: Standard Digital

Uncertainty looms over the future of donor funding of the fight against HIV and Aids, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Friday, April 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

HIV Self-Testing: The Key To Controlling The Global Epidemic

Source: Red Orbit

A new international study has confirmed that self-testing for HIV is effective and could be the answer to controlling the global epidemic.
Thursday, April 04, 2013 — Asia Pacific

No sign of human transmission in new bird flu appearance-WHO

Source: Alert Net

The World Health Organization says no evidence has emerged to show that a type of bird flu which has killed two Chinese men can be transmitted between people.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 — No Region Specified

Kenya: Faith Healers Key to Fighting Mental Disorders

Source: All Africa

Traditional and faith healers are among informal players that are expected to aid the health sector in bridging the human resource gap in mental health service delivery.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 — South Asia

The Novartis Decision: Is the Big Win for Indian Pharma Bad News for Investment?

Source: Time

In a decisive victory for India’s pharmaceutical industry, India’s Supreme Court rejected Novartis’ patent application for the cancer drug Glivec on Monday.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Major Price Cut for Rapid TB Test

Source: All Africa

The cost of a highly accurate, rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) has been reduced by 40 percent under a new agreement between the US government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the health financing mechanism, UNITAID.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 — No Region Specified

Is the ‘glass half-empty’ drowning our efforts in Global Health?

Source: PLOS

In the 18 months since the 2011 UN High Level Meeting (HLM) on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), increasing discussion has surrounded this vast and growing epidemiological burden.
Monday, April 01, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: HIV/Aids - New Investment in Point-of-Care Evaluation

Source: All Africa

International medicines financing mechanism UNITAID will invest more than US$140 million to evaluate point-of-care HIV diagnostic and monitoring technology in seven African countries.
Monday, April 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

Rethinking TB vaccines

Source: IRIN

As researchers consider who might benefit most from the next wave of tuberculosis (TB) vaccines, some argue that we're not doing enough with the vaccine we already have.
Monday, April 01, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Clever Packaging: Essential Medicine Rides Coke’s Distribution Into Remote Villages

Source: Wired

Simon Berry is piggybacking on Coca-Cola’s distribution system to bring life-saving medicine to the places that need it most.
Friday, March 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Accurate TB tests needed in the private sector

Source: The Sunday Guardian

More affordable tests should be introduced in the private sector as 70% of Indians seek private medical care for TB.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates explores Ghana’s health progress

Source: IOL News

The freckled man with the rectangular glasses instantly recognisable to much of the world stood in the West African heat, staring at data that had nothing to do with selling software.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

The New State Department Office of Global Health Diplomacy: A Second Chance to Get Things Right

Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in one of her final acts as secretary, created the Office of Global Health Diplomacy (OGHD) and appointed Dr. Eric Goosby to head the new office.
Monday, March 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Plan to Chart Heart Risk in 1 Million Adults in Real Time

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Researchers are launching a major study that will marshal the power of smartphones and other personal technologies in an effort to develop new strategies for preventing and managing heart disease.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 — South Asia

Panel spikes government’s rural healthcare plan

Source: Deccan Herald

The government’s plan to create a new cadre of trained individuals to provide basic healthcare in villages has received a setback with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health rejecting the proposal.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mozambique leads from the front in battle against Aids

Source: The Guardian

Mozambique is using new technology to improve diagnosis and treatment for people living with HIV.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 — South Asia

India's Primary Health Care Needs Quick Reform

Source: Forbes India

Primary health care delivery needs to reinvent itself. Only then can India aim for universal health coverage.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Connecting the dots between vaccines and hunger

Source: The Guardian

Comic Relief started as a response to the 1984 famine in Ethiopia. Any solution to the persisting problem of global hunger must factor in immunization.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Ban tells public health educators to get involved in post-2015 development agenda

Source: United Nations News Centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the global public health academic community to be active partners in the future development framework as the international community starts to set its post-2015 anti-poverty goals.
Monday, March 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mozambique turns to technology in battle against tuberculosis

Source: The Guardian

New machine expected to cut TB diagnosis time dramatically, enabling speedier treatment in Maputo and beyond.
Monday, March 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Immune Finding Aids Quest for Vaccines to Beat Tropical Infections

Source: Science Daily

Scientists are a step closer to developing vaccines for a range of diseases that affect 200 million people, mainly in tropical south-east Asia, Africa and Central America.
Friday, March 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips highlights unmet healthcare needs of African women

Source: AfricaNews.com

Royal Philips Electronics released its Fabric of Africa Trends Report on healthcare services across Africa, focusing specifically on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), maternal and child health and the strengthening of healthcare systems.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa Moves to Revitalize Nursing

Source: All Africa

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has unveiled a national strategic plan aimed at rebuilding and revitalising the nursing profession in South Africa.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Burden of Disease Estimates: Secret Recipes or Spoiled Ingredients?

Source: Center for Global Development

Although counting the sick and dead in a country can seem quite dull if not morbid, these facts are critical inputs to designing any national health policy, let alone global priorities in health. Yet 85% of the world’s population still lack systems that register births and deaths along with high-quality data on causes of death.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — South Asia

Interview with Impact Investment Shujog and Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

Source: Forbes

Robert Kraybill, Managing Director at IIX, and Magnus Young, Research Manager at Shujog, join us today to share their insights on the work they do at Shujog and IIX. They also provide their analyses on the trends in the impact investing space.
Monday, March 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

World Allergy Week 2013 Will Focus on the Rising Global Health Problem of Food Allergy: Heaviest Burden is on Children

Source: Digital Journal

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) will host its annual World Allergy Week from 8-14 April, 2013, together with its 93 national Member Societies, to address the topic of “Food Allergy – A Rising Global Health Problem,” and its growing burden on children.
Monday, March 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Advance Market Commitments 'Promising Solutions' to Global Health Challenges

Source: All Africa

An evaluation of the design of the pilot Advance Market Commitment (AMC) for pneumococcal vaccines published today shines a light on the groundbreaking funding mechanism which has already helped vaccinate 13 million children against the world's biggest childhood killer.
Monday, March 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

AIDS researchers and global health community ponder a reported cure

Source: The Washington Post

AIDS researchers, advocacy organizations and global health officials spent Monday trying to determine whether the report that a baby girl born in Mississippi was cured of the infection is a therapeutic breakthrough or a scientific curiosity.
Friday, March 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

Trade-offs in FY14: A case for the Global Fund

Source: Devex

Amid an increasingly complex fiscal environment in Washington (i.e. the newly-triggered sequester and the soon-to-expire FY13 continuing resolution), I can’t help but think about the tough trade-offs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) must be considering as they finalize the 2014 budget request to Congress, expected to be released in mid-March.
Friday, March 08, 2013 — Latin America

From Andrew Square, taking on the UN for Haiti

Source: The Boston Globe

Fights against entrenched and powerful forces are sometimes waged from highly improbable places. As a case in point: Brian Concannon is taking on the United Nations from the sanctuary of a quiet former convent in Andrew Square.
Thursday, March 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

Energy poverty deprives 1 billion of adequate healthcare, says report

Source: The Guardian

Neglect of energy undermines healthcare and education, leaving patients, teachers and children in the dark.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

With end of TRIPS, aid groups see access to cheap drugs closing

Source: Devex

Civil society groups are rallying efforts to extend a deal that is seen to give the world’s poorest countries access to cheap drugs.
Monday, March 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg: Our Plan to Eradicate Polio

Source: The Wall Street Journal

More than three decades ago, each of us started a technology company based on a big idea—and each company found success based on a culture of innovation and accountability.
Friday, March 01, 2013 — South Asia

India Bends Curve on Child Health

Source: The Wall Street Journal

India is making positive strides in reducing child mortality through new policies and ambitious programs, but preventing the deaths of millions of children remains one of the country’s greatest challenges.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

GlaxoSmithKline unit joins patent pool for AIDS drugs

Source: Reuters

GlaxoSmithKline's HIV/AIDS drugs business is to share intellectual property rights on children's medicine in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available in poor countries.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

U.S. Cuts to Global Health Budget “Mass-scale Malpractice”

Source: Inter Press Service

Public health workers, activists and policymakers are stepping up a last-minute campaign to highlight the global health impact of historic, sweeping cuts to the U.S. federal budget due to go into effect Friday if Congress doesn’t act.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 — Europe & Eurasia

What the NHS can learn from innovative healthcare practices abroad

Source: The Guardian

From clinical services to specialised care, there are many models of affordable healthcare.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Rising vaccine prices mean fewer children immunized

Source: Fierce Vaccines

Adding more children's vaccines to the recommended package should--in theory--save more lives. But rising prices may actually mean fewer children are vaccinated.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

PEPFAR at 10: What’s next?

Source: Devex

A leading global AIDS program lacks a clear long-term strategy to help countries build the capacity to tackle the epidemic themselves, an independent report prepared for U.S. Congress suggests.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda's Historic Health Recovery: What the U.S. Might Learn

Source: The Atlantic

Over the last decade in Rwanda, deaths from HIV, TB, and malaria dropped by 80 percent, maternal mortality dropped by 60 percent, life expectancy doubled -- all at an average health care cost of $55 per person per year.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Big Data, Better Global Health

Source: Council on Foreign Relations

Bill Gates, Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and other experts and leaders gathered this month in Geneva for a very important meeting on a very unimportant-sounding subject: global disease estimates.
Friday, February 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Closing the Gap - Meet Aims to End Extreme Poverty

Source: All Africa

When 17-year-old Sona Traore represented the Child Protection Network of Liberia at a civil society event organized in conjunction with a three-day United Nations meeting in this capital city earlier this month, she knew she was not speaking for Liberian children alone.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Here’s how many fewer AIDS patients would be treated after sequestration

Source: The Washington Post

Members of Congress have left Washington without having made a deal to avoid the deep across-the-board spending cuts to federal agencies slated to begin March 1, and agency heads are already lamenting the potential damage to both foreign and domestic programs.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

6 Innovations that will change health care

Source: CIO

When economists, data scientists and medical professionals team up, the result is often remarkable innovation.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Q&A: Inovio CEO on DNA Vaccines

Source: The Wall Street Journal

One area of biotechnology that has drawn a lot of attention in recent years is DNA vaccines.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Health Needs More Statistics

Source: Science Magazine

What is the best way to estimate how many people suffer from tuberculosis, from the forests of Central Africa to the highlands of Peru?
Monday, February 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Vaccinator killings set back Nigerian polio eradication drive

Source: IRIN

Unknown gunmen on mopeds shot dead 10 polio vaccinators last week in separate attacks on two polio clinics in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, capital of a polio-endemic region where concerted global efforts are being made to stamp out the virus by the end of 2013.
Monday, February 18, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Global Health Threat Seen in Overuse of Antibiotics on Chinese Pig Farms

Source: The New York Times

As Europe continues to recoil at the “horseburger” scandal, focusing minds on the risks in long food-production chains, a new study has found that high use of antibiotics in Chinese pig farms is producing antibiotic-resistant genes that pose “a potential worldwide human health risk.”
Thursday, February 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Doctors Struggling to Fight 'Totally Drug-Resistant' Tuberculosis in South Africa

Source: U.S. News

In a patient's fight against tuberculosis—the bacterial lung disease that kills more people annually than any infectious disease besides HIV— doctors have more than 10 drugs from which to choose. Most of those didn't work for Uvistra Naidoo, a South African doctor who contracted the disease in his clinic. For those who contract the disease now, maybe none of them will.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Decentralise malaria diagnosis and treatment in Africa

Source: The Guardian

The most effective way to overcome the key challenge of access is to focus on community health workers – if people can't come to a health facility, take the health facility to people
Thursday, February 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

An Optimistic Era for Global Infectious Disease Control

Source: The Atlantic

The world has an "historic opportunity" to contain and end three of humanity's deadliest scourges by focusing on their "hot zones," according to Mark Dybul, the newly appointed director of the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Researchers Work on Developing New HIV Vaccines

Source: Azonano

Studying infectious diseases has long been primarily the domain of biologists. However, as part of the Ragon Institute, MIT engineers and physical scientists are joining immunologists and physicians in the battle against HIV, which currently infects 34 million people worldwide.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

UNDP chief calls for 'permanent' focus on NCDs

Source: Devex

The way U.N. Development Program Administrator Helen Clark sees the future, the fight against noncommunicable diseases can only be won by making sure it is on everyone’s agenda.
Monday, February 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Whooping cough may be becoming resistant to vaccines

Source: USA Today

For the first time, American researchers have found evidence that the bacteria that cause whooping cough are becoming resistant to vaccines, a new study shows.
Thursday, February 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Health Funding Slows as Nations Cut Back on Donations

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Global health funding barely grew last year as the U.S. and other nations cut their donations to programs in developing nations, a study found.
Thursday, February 07, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Tsunami’ of Diseases Waiting to Hit

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

A tsunami is looming on the horizon and the world is unprepared for it. This one won’t be a massive wall of water but a tidal wave of non-communicable disease – cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, among others – and experts say the international community needs to act fast to keep it from crashing.
Thursday, February 07, 2013 — South Asia

India's new child survival plan

Source: Devex

The Indian government plans to engage the private sector and aid community more as part of a strategic approach to reduce child mortality launched today at a national summit on child survival in Chennai.