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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

New Policy Could Unlock the Gates Foundation, Bring Transparency to Research

Source: Puget Sound Business Journal

One of the biggest private foundations in the world just took a step toward becoming more open with the research it funds.
Monday, November 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Lancet

In January, 2010, an unprecedented step was taken to progress research into diseases of the developing world when global pharmaceutical company GSK announced it was creating the world’s first Open Lab. ... Four years since its creation, the Open Lab model is emerging as a success story.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Injections could be a thing of the past with scientists developing a way to inhale vaccines

Source: Daily Mail

Fear of a trip to the doctors and a jab of a needle could be a thing of the past, with scientists developing a world-first needless injection to dispense vaccines.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared

Source: EE Times

UCSD researchers show latest efforts
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Social Impact Bonds' Tap Private Money for Public Health

Source: Govtech.com

More states are considering “social impact bonds” for multiyear projects in health, education and prisoner rehabilitation. Are they a good investment?
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: The Daily Mail

Within the next 30 years, the global population is set to increase by almost 3 billion up to 10 billion, and this rise is set to put a heavy burden on the healthcare industry.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Philips, GE Healthcare going big on Connected Healthcare R&D in India

Source: Techcircle.in

Engineers from Philips Innovation Labs and GE Healthcare in Bangalore are experimenting with mobility platforms and healthcare which will come to life in India soon in the form of a connected medical world.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM Teams on First Watson Application in Africa

Source: eWEEK

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

Profit motive big hurdle for Ebola drugs, experts say

Source: MedicalXpress

For nearly four decades, mention of the Ebola virus has evoked death and terror, yet a simple factor—money—has stood in the way of erasing the curse, experts say.
Friday, October 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

A new challenge

Source: The Economist

The Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health programme is a decade old. How has it done, and what should it do in the future?
Thursday, October 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: UN Dispatch

Yesterday three physicists won the Nobel Prize in Physics for creating blue-light LEDs, which makes the LED white lights we find everywhere possible.
Monday, October 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

4.4 billion people around the world still don’t have Internet. Here’s where they live

Source: The Washington Post

The world wide web still isn't all that worldwide. An exhaustive new study by McKinsey & Company (really, it's 120 pages long) about the barriers to Internet adoption around the world illuminates a rather surprising reality: 4.4 billion people scattered across the globe, including 3.2 billion living in only 20 countries, still aren't connected to the Internet.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: ObamaCare's Anti-Innovation Effect

Source: Wall Street Journal

Of the many unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the least noticed is its threat to innovation.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Experiments in development: Time to rethink RCTs?

Source: Devex

Randomized controlled trials, an impact evaluation method, have been a contentious development issue of late, with as many advocates as critics. A Devex survey of senior development executives across six continents and varied organizations revealed that nearly half aren’t familiar with the debate or have no opinion at all. This indicates that while RCTs remain a hot topic among academics and practitioners, the issue is not yet relevant to many senior managers. Another sizable group — 37 percent of executives surveyed — responded that RCTs are “somewhat overhyped.”
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Researchers Have A Radical Idea: Rush A Vaccine Into The Field

Source: NPR

Traditional means of containing Ebola aren't working fast enough to get ahead of the epidemic. So the question is: Will giving an experimental vaccine to willing volunteers help contain the disease or put people at greater risk?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Project to develop room-temperature storage for fragile biologics

Source: Lab Product News

A project at McMaster University is receiving $112,000 in seed funding from Grand Challenges Canada ... (to) adapt an existing technology to make vaccines for deadly illnesses more affordable and available for use in resource-poor areas.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

IMF unveils results of global financial access survey

Source: The Guardian, Nigeria

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has unveiled the result of its 2014 Financial Access Survey (FAS), which is aimed at mapping the global financial inclusion strategy.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sorry, Kids, Changing the World Takes More Than a Killer App

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

On Wednesday, Bill Clinton will present the Hult Prize at the Clinton Global Initiative meetings in New York. The $1 million award will go to a team of young social entrepreneurs with a business idea to improve lives in developing countries.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — Asia Pacific

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

Source: EurekAlert!

The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), a new public health partnership that is bringing Japanese know-how and investment to the global fight against infectious diseases, today announced seven grant investments totaling US$15.3 million to speed the development of promising drugs and vaccines to battle three insect-borne diseases—malaria, dengue and Chagas disease.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Amex to Crowdsource Financial-Inclusion Ideas from Academics

Source: American Banker

It's like the opposite of "Not Invented Here" Syndrome.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Notts company Eminate aims to improve global health with new ingredients

Source: Nottingham Post

After achieving global success with a salt-reduction product, a Nottingham company is working on new ingredients which could improve health.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Johnson & Johnson Announces New Grant to Harvard Medical School to Combat Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Source: Press release

Johnson & Johnson today announced its affiliate Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen) has entered into a novel collaboration with Harvard Medical School to address critical gaps in the global struggle against tuberculosis (TB).
Friday, September 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Glaxo’s Ebola Vaccine and the Rise of Tropical-Disease R&D

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Financial arguments may finally be leading Big Pharma to increase its minuscule investment in research and development of new drugs for tropical diseases.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Harvard Receives Largest-Ever Donation

Source: NPR

A $350 million gift pledged to Harvard University's School of Public Health is the largest single donation in the university's long history, officials said, and will help bolster research in several key areas including global pandemics.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

3 Ways The Internet Of Things Is Revolutionizing Health Care

Source: Forbes

If you or a loved one has undergone medical treatment recently, you’re probably aware of some of the cool new devices that help perform diagnosis and treatment. You may not be aware, however, that some of these devices are connected to the Internet and have become an important part of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

West Africa: Ebola Epidemic

Source: AllAfrica

Socio-Economic Implications of Inadequate Human Resources for Health, and Poor Health Financing
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Economic Case for Wiping Out Ebola

Source: BusinessWeek

On Aug. 22, the World Health Organization announced a draft strategy to combat the West African Ebola outbreak over the next six to nine months. That’s a sign that the global health body isn’t optimistic about a rapid end to an epidemic that has killed around 1,300 people so far. An extended outbreak of such a feared disease would have mounting economic costs.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — South Asia

Tata Group donates $15.5M to IIT Bombay to develop low-cost solutions for BoP consumers

Source: TechCircle.in

Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Group has donated $15.5 million (Rs 95 crore) to IIT Bombay (IIT-B) to setup a virtual centre, which would focus on developing low-cost technologies for the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) consumers, says a report in The Economic Times, quoting IIT-B director Devang V Khakhar.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Humans give malaria to mosquitoes – we need a vaccine to stop this

Source: The Guardian

On Wednesday, the world marks World Mosquito Day to commemorate the 1897 discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross that malaria in people is transmitted to and from mosquitoes. Ross won a Nobel prize for his discovery, and, since then, mosquitoes have been enemy No 1 when it comes to defeating a disease that takes a life every single minute – most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa. But on this day, let’s focus on approaching malaria in a surprising new way: a vaccine to stop humans from giving malaria to mosquitoes.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola and ethics: Are rich nations doing enough to fight the outbreak?

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a matter of justice and ethics, experts said Tuesday. This has to do with medical testing and international funding.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Stopping Disease With A Simple Innovation: New Floors

Source: Fast CoExist

A Stanford University student re-invents an ancient earthen material--adobe--to work well in a country where dirt floors can cause death.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: AfricanBrains

The new South Africa-based Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) launching today will speed the development and introduction of sustainable, high-impact health technologies that can save the lives of vulnerable women and children in South Africa and beyond.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dengue vaccine is just a year away, researchers say

Source: SciDev.Net

A new vaccine that can halve the number of dengue cases provides a welcome shot to fight a deadly disease that infects around 390 million people every year in the tropics.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa outbreak

Source: Reuters

It is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organisation panel of medical ethics experts ruled on Tuesday, but cautioned supplies will be limited.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

An easier way to manipulate malaria genes

Source: MIT News

New approach to knocking out parasite’s genes could make it easier to identify drug targets.
Friday, August 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

The remarkable impact of secondary education on women’s health

Source: Humanosphere

For the first time, there is strong evidence to support the claim that girls education is a great investment. But it goes further than that. Secondary education might be the best way to improve the health of both mothers and their children.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Why Global Health Researchers Should Climb Down From the Ivory Tower

Source: Forbes

In the late 1970s, the Chicago Police Department noticed that the city’s crime rate increased when cops stopped walking the beat and started driving around in patrol cars instead.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Science focus urged at first US-African leaders summit

Source: SciDev.Net

Science and technology must be at the heart of the debate at the first-ever US-Africa Leaders Summit that starts today, policy experts argue, as they call for 100,000 new science graduate places in the United States for Africans over the next ten years.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — South Asia

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

Source: Devex

Anti-malaria efforts have been gaining significant traction and progress in the past couple of years, particularly in Africa, with a 54 percent decline in child malaria deaths.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

U.S. under pressure to give potentially life-saving medication the green light as experts warn of global pandemic

Source: The Daily Mail

Health campaigners are today calling for U.S. authorities to speed up their approval of a new drug hoped to be the first cure for the deadly Ebola virus.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO: Ebola Spread Outpaces Control Effort

Source: Voice of America News

The head of the World Health Organization has told the presidents of West African nations stricken by Ebola that the outbreak is moving faster than efforts to control it.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — South Asia

How 500 Startups-backed SocialCops gets to the bottom of the pyramid with big data

Source: Tech in Asia

India, like most developing countries, struggles to bridge the gulf between authorities and the common man. Even the best of intentions come to naught when the benefits of welfare schemes don’t reach the people who need them the most — and those in high places can’t seem to figure out why.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdnetic and UC Berkeley to partner on Crowdfunding Research

Source: Crowdfund Insider

Over a year ago, Crowdnetic and UC Berkeley began collaborating on the launch of UC Berkeley’s Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, headed by Dr. Richard Swart, who serves as its Director of Research at the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: 3D Print .com

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

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

Source: EurekAlert!

A new study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggests that getting patients in India quickly evaluated by the right doctors can be just as effective at curbing tuberculosis (TB) as a new, highly accurate screening test.
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 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Seven Ways to Assist Health Research in Developing Nations

Source: AllAfrica

A guide released yesterday details seven principles for good practice in strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

GATES FOUNDATION FUNDS BAY AREA RESEARCHERS

Source: abc 7 News

Researchers in the Bay Area are joining in an innovative campaign to treat diseases and health threats that impact millions of people, but are often overlooked. And their solutions involve thinking outside the box.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — Latin America

OPINION: Latin America's Silicon Valley: That would be Colombia

Source: Mercury News

Today, nearly half of the world lives in poverty, including nearly a quarter of Californians. The United States, like every nation, grapples with the challenge of income inequality. Colombia is no different.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

MIT D-Lab to launch industry collaboration this fall

Source: MIT News

The "Practical Impact Alliance" will connect corporations, academic institutions, social ventures, and nongovernmental organizations to scale poverty solutions worldwide.
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

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

Source: EurekAlert!

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

D-Lab Scale-Ups awards $60,000 to three MIT social entrepreneurs

Source: MIT News

Sidhant Pai, Zehra Ali, and Matthew Orosz to receive funding and mentorship over 12-month fellowship.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Four in five investors consider sustainability issues – PwC survey

Source: Blue & Green Tomorrow

Four in five investors have looked at sustainability issues in one or more investment contexts in the last year, according to research from PwC. However, investors also cited dissatisfaction with current reporting standards.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Correlation Established Between Mobile Phone Usage and Banking Behavior

Source: Digital Journal

Findings are result of WSBI project carried out by Cignifi
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dating site tech inspires health research website

Source: SciDev.Net

A meeting on drug discovery and development run by The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases in London, United Kingdom, yesterday, brimmed with useful tips and resources for the research community. One of them was the just-launched space on The Global Health Network’s website dedicated to collaboration on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Monday, May 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investors Still Chasing A Too-Small Pool Of Companies

Source: Forbes

Interest in impact investing continues to increase, even as investors report a shortage of promising opportunities.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Vaccine News Daily

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

ExxonMobil Provides New Grant for Malaria

Source: Nigerian Tribune

The grants from ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation will support a wide range of research, advocacy, treatment and prevention programmes to accelerate progress in the fight against malaria, which still claims more than 627,000 lives each year, mostly children under the age of five.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

NIH Center Sets New Goals for Global Health Research and Training

Source: Science Codex

Fogarty plans to reinvigorate its efforts to train more developing-country scientists in these new areas of global health, where the field is moving and where the most interesting discoveries are yet to be made, according to the plan.
Monday, April 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

With genome deciphered, experts aim to swat dreaded tsetse fly

Source: Reuters

An international team of scientists has deciphered the genetic code of the tsetse fly, the bloodsucking insect that spreads deadly African sleeping sickness, with the hope that its biological secrets can be exploited to eradicate this malady.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Genetically engineered mosquitoes could be vital weapon against malaria

Source: The Guardian

An Oxford-based biotech firm is modifying the males of the species to be sterile, effectively making the killers kill themselves.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

“Correlation is not causation”: Roodman takes issue with World Bank study

Source: David Roodman

The issue is standard. Correlation is not causation. The Economist makes a strikingly confident statement about how one thing affects another. The problem is that in families and villages, everything affects everything. Taking more microloans can make people wealthier or poorer. Being wealthier or poorer can make people take more microloans. The arrows go in circles. Statistics can measure correlations. How do we make the leap to causation?
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fears for global health R&D after US budget battle

Source: SciDevNet

Future research and development targeting diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria may be at risk because of across-the-board federal cuts implemented last year by the United States, the largest funder of global health R&D, warns a report.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria research funding website leaves limited legacy

Source: SciDevNet

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

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

Source: Science Codex

While a ceasefire in Washington's budget wars has restored funding for a range of programs targeting global health threats like AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), the simultaneous underfunding of the world's biggest sponsor of global health research and development (R&D) puts future progress at risk, warns a new report from a coalition of nonprofit groups focused on advancing innovation to save lives. The Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) released their annual policy report today at a Capitol Hill briefing.
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.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: GiveDirectly? Not So Fast.

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

GiveDirectly is the current flavor of the month, and every couple of days someone asks us what we think of it. GiveDirectly does unconditional cash transfers—it sends money via mobile payment straight to the poorest people in Kenyan villages. It’s a brilliant approach to cutting out corruption and waste: 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to recipients as cash, and those recipients reliably spend it on food, housing, health care, education, and business investment.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Source: Phys Org

The grant is the second largest award to a single grant proposal in Notre Dame's history.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — Europe & Eurasia

German Company Wins Inaugural EU Prize For Innovative Vaccine Technology

Source: RTT News

The European Commission offered the prize, worth EUR2 million, to encourage inventors to overcome one of the biggest barriers to using vaccines in developing countries: the need to keep them stable at any ambient temperature.
Friday, March 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

10,000 Women's Perspectives on Non-Communicable Diseases - A New Global Survey

Source: Market Watch

Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action Explores Impact of NCDs on Women
Friday, March 7, 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.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Devex

Don’t be fooled by U.S. President Barack Obama’s relatively flat foreign aid budget request for fiscal year 2015.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opinion: The Role of Global Health R&D in the New Development Framework

Source: EPHA

While everybody recognises that health is an essential precondition for development, the research and innovation dimension of global health has too often been side-lined in the development discourse.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ugandan mobile money agents in the spotlight

Source: IT News Africa

The Helix Institute of Digital Finance launched its first country report on agent networks in Uganda as part of its Agent Network Accelerator (ANA) research project. According to Helix Institute, “ANA, a collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MicroSave, is the largest research project on agent networks in the world, designed to determine what drives their success and scale.”
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — South Asia

Merck Serono Supports India’s Two-tier Drug Pricing Policy

Source: The Economic Times

The US Chamber of Commerce may think India is an inhospitable terrain for innovation, but surprisingly, Big Pharma doesn't agree.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Prevention is Key to Decreasing Cancer Mortality in Africa

Source: Global Health Africa

For many young women, identifying a lump during a breast self-exam can be terrifying. The thought of cancer strikes fear in the heart of many and unfortunately, it appears to be on the rise according to the recently released World Cancer Report 2014. In 2012 alone, there were 14 million new cancer cases and this number is expected to rise to 22 million in 20 years.
Friday, February 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Quick test finds signs of diarrheal disease

Source: Science Codex

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

Dengue and West Nile vaccines come closer to reality

Source: Business Standard

Scientists have discovered a key aspect to how the dengue and West Nile viruses replicate in the cells of their host and how they manipulate the immune system as they spread.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Micro-insurance Impacts Significantly on Social Indices'

Source: This Day Live

The Micro-insurance Network, the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) micro-insurance innovation facility, has said that micro-insurance has impacted positively on the standard of living of low income earners across the world.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Pharmabiz

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

Chagas Disease: Urgent Measures Are Needed

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Global health topics are typically presented in the context of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa or Asia. However, today approximately 100 million people in the Western Hemisphere also live on less than $2 per day. About 10 percent of these "bottom 100 million" currently live with a serious and life-threatening neglected disease known as Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Janssen announces new group to tackle global health

Source: PM Live

Will implement R&D and access strategies to support areas with unmet public health need
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Janssen announces new group targeting unmet global health needs

Source: European Pharmaceutical Review

“To solve today’s greatest public health challenges, it’s essential that we emphasize the needs of the developing world in equal measure to those of the developed world,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman of Janssen.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile money helps Kenyans weather financial storms

Source: MIT News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — South Asia

Microfinance as a tool for empowering conflict-affected communities

Source: Daily FT

At a recently-held seminar organised by the Pathfinder Foundation in Colombo, a paper and three presentations were publicised under the theme ‘microfinance as a tool for empowering conflict-affected communities’.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can telcos predict Mobile Money hotspots?

Source: TelecomTV

A study by CGAP looks at the relationship between voice call routes and money transfer, trying to help telcos focus their investment in mobile money solutions.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — South Asia

Corporate social responsibility and India Inc: IT leads, finance lags

Source: First Post Business

Reporting on corporate social responsibility has been undertaken by almost three quarters (73 percent) of large Indian companies, led by the IT sector, shows a new survey by KPMG.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Smartphone uptake boosts mobile banking

Source: Human IPO

The growing demand for smartphones, mass adoption of cashless services and hotspot services that provide free Wi-fi to customers has resulted in the expansion of the mobile wallet industry, according to a new report.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Doctors Without Borders Pioneers Opening Up Access to Humanitarian Data

Source: allAfrica

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pioneering an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 — Asia Pacific

What's Holding Back China's Mobile-Money Market?

Source: pymnts.com

China further solidified its position as a market that could greatly impact payments in 2013
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.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — Latin America

Latin American Nations Increase Usage of Bank Card and Mobile Payment in Online Commerce

Source: Pymnts.com

Research and Markets' new Latin America Online Payment Methods 2013 - Second Half 2013 report indicates that online payment continues its growth in the emerging markets of this dynamic region.
Friday, December 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Research and Markets: Global Mobile Payment Methods 2013 Research Report

Source: pymnts.com

Mobile payment for goods and services continues global growth.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Leading health and philanthropic organizations outline plan to address global preterm birth burden

Source: Science Codex

A call-to-action was issued to advance a comprehensive research agenda to address the global burden of preterm birth, which has become the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

A data-driven perspective on Islamic finance

Source: Global Arab Network

In an effort to add some empirical rigor to ongoing debates surrounding Islamic finance, a new working paper and Findex Note explore differences in the usage of formal financial services between Muslims and non-Muslims, and the usage of and preference for Sharia-compliant banking products.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Microinsurance: Ripe for Disruption

Source: Insurance Networking News

The microinsurance market grew to more than 500 million risks in 2011, from 78 million risks in 2006, and could be as large as 360 million people in Latin America alone, according to a report from Celent.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

MasterCard Launches Center to Drive Inclusive Growth Around the World

Source: Wall St. Journal

MasterCard has launched the Center for Inclusive Growth to further sustainable and equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world.
Friday, November 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Piloting the 2014 Findex

Source: World Bank Blogs

As President Kim pointed out earlier this month at the plenary of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, 2.5 billion adults worldwide aren’t using the formal financial system
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Micro-finance: the fuel or fall of entrepreneurship in emerging markets?

Source: Ventureburn

The advent of micro-finance has ignited hopes that micro-entrepreneurs would now have one less obstacle in their way.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSK and BMGF ink new partnership to accelerate research into vaccines for global health needs

Source: Pharmabiz

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have launched a new joint initiative that will endeavour to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration. GSK and BMGF will invest a combined $1.8 million in early stage research into vaccine thermostability.
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.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

To treat innovation ills, remove funding roadblocks

Source: The Hill's Congress Blog

The effects of the federal shutdown, combined with budget cuts implemented this year as a result of sequestration, pose a significant barrier to healthcare innovation in both the public and private sectors.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSMA Releases Initial Findings Of 2013 Mobile Money Adoption Survey

Source: Yahoo Finance

The GSMA today issued the initial findings of its 2013 Mobile Money Adoption Survey.
Friday, September 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

New Report: Bringing Impact Investing From the Margins to the Mainstream

Source: Press Release

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, today launched From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors. The report provides a market assessment and recommendations for how mainstream investors can more actively engage in impact investing.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 — Asia Pacific

China eyes health research cooperation with Africa

Source: SciDev.Net

China plans to improve the health services it provides in Africa and expand its medical aid there, according to the International Cooperation unit at China's National Health and Family Planning Commission.
Tuesday, August 6, 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.
Friday, July 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

What healthcare leaders can do to nurture innovation

Source: The Guardian

The five top tips to harness potential and give staff a licence to suggest changes
Thursday, July 25, 2013 — Latin America

Goizueta MBAs Help Fix the Bolivian Recycling Business

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

On Aug. 3, seven MBA students from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School will travel to Bolivia as part of a project designed to put their skills to work solving a waste problem in the nation’s capital in Santa Cruz. The students will help determine the feasibility of building a more efficient recycling plant and creating jobs in the process.
Friday, June 7, 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.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cancer and the Global Equity Divide: A Call for Action

Source: PLOS.org

Caused by an inequity in health, health care and resulting disease, the disparities across the cancer care continuum found between rich and poor countries remain largely unaddressed.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

A novel pathway for a mucosal TB vaccine

Source: UB News Center

A new pathway for improving vaccines against tuberculosis has been discovered by microbiologists at the University at Buffalo in collaboration with researchers at other universities, according to a paper in the journal Mucosal Immunology, published by the Nature group.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

The dirty little secret for making better vaccines

Source: Futurity

A menu of 61 new strains of genetically engineered bacteria may mean better vaccines for diseases like flu, whooping cough, cholera, and HPV.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

'Game-Changing' Flu Vaccines Not Far Off

Source: Sci-Tech Today

Today's flu shots aren't perfect -- but a "universal" flu vaccine that works better and lasts longer may not be far off, health experts say.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

Source: Science Speaks Blog

Will the U.S. government's fiscal cliff deal mean steep drops in global health and research funding?
Friday, December 14, 2012 — No Region Specified

New, Individual-Level Data on Financial Inclusion: The “Unbanked” Are Deterred by Cost, Documentation, and Travel Requirements

Source: World Bank Press Release

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2012 – Policy makers can boost the number of people using formal financial services through policies that help reduce the cost, documentation requirements, and travel distance associated with accessing a bank account, says a new World Bank research paper.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 — No Region Specified

Are you the next Mark Zuckerberg?

Source: Salon.com

New tests are helping loan officers assess entrepreneurs -- and weed out the bad investment risks from the good
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

AfDB, researchers launch $63 m initiative to lift Africans out of poverty

Source: Africa Science News

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and researchers have launched the US$63.24 million AfDB-funded initiative aimed to raise agricultural productivity and also lift millions of Africans out of poverty.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Study paints sad picture of women in poor countries

Source: Standard Digital

Women perform more than half of all economic activities in developing countries but only a third of their work is captured by statisticians, a new report says. This means women are likely to miss out on business, industrial and social development opportunities arising from globalisation.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 — No Region Specified

Release of 2012 MIV Survey – growth stabilizes in spite of lower rates and investor redemptions

Source: Press Release

Washington D.C., October 16, 2012 – Today MicroRate released The State of Microfinance Investment 2012, which finds that microfinance investment has stabilized into a lower growth rate following the global financial crisis.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

GlaxoSmithKline opens door on data in bid to aid discovery of medicines

Source: The Guardian

British drugs company releases findings of clinical trials and announces new effort to find tropical disease cures
Thursday, October 4, 2012 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprise - ImpactAssets50 provides view of growing impact investing landscape

Source: Trust Law

SAN FRANCISCO (TrustLaw) - A database of fund managers who invest for maximum social, environmental and financial impact shows that assets under management grew 15 percent compared to last year to $10.2 billion.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 — No Region Specified

Scaling from Small to Large: Endeavor Insight's Research Reveals How Entrepreneurs are Integral to Solving the Job Crisis

Source: MarketWatch Press Release

NEW YORK, Sep 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Entrepreneurship is increasingly viewed as a key solution to chronic unemployment, but when it comes to job creation, not all entrepreneurs are equal. According to a new report and interactive online tool released by Endeavor Insight, high-growth small and medium size enterprises that scale into large businesses have significant potential to drive sustained job creation and employment, especially in emerging markets. Endeavor Insight partnered with Omidyar Network and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) to commission and release the report.
Monday, February 6, 2012 — No Region Specified

McGraw-Hill Research Foundation Policy Paper Shows How Social Entrepreneurship Provides Innovative Solutions to Global Education

Source: PR Newswire

In the last decade, social entrepreneurship has been touted as one of the most promising ways to solve some of the world's problematic issues. How Social Entrepreneurship is Helping to Improve Education Worldwide, a McGraw-Hill Research Foundation policy paper, outlines specific ways in which social enterprise is improving education in the U.S. and in developing countries.
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