Diarrhea – which is quite treatable – still kills 1,000 per day, and children in low- and middle-income countries continue to experience about three episodes of diarrhea each year. Repeated cases of severe diarrhea, especially during important development stages in a child’s life, can have a lasting impact on physical and cognitive growth.
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There’s certainly a “sauce” that makes Aravind special, according to Dr. R.D. Ravindran, the organization's chairman and director of quality, but it’s not secret. It all boils down to a culture of respect, and Aravind isn't shy in talking about it.
Changing the Definition of a Surgeon: GE Foundation launches Safe Surgery 2020, based on the idea that clinic leadership isn’t limited to doctors
Based on three main pillars – leadership development, innovation and elevating ideas – Safe Surgery 2020 is rooted in the idea that safe surgery champions in operating rooms, hospitals and at national levels have the potential to drive cost-effective, systemic change. For example, training a doctor to empower other members of the care team to report and act upon clinical observations can greatly improve surgical outcomes.
No Cardiac Clinic? No Problem: Handheld electrocardiogram monitor designed to provide distant, affordable heart care
Makers of Cardiotrack, a handheld ECG monitor, say it's easy to use, provides clinical grade output and performs predictive diagnosis to start intervention immediately, thus reducing the need for invasive intervention. Best of all, they say, is that it saves cardiologists’ time.
Rewriting the Rules for Surgery: ‘Task-shifting’ is one way to help solve the human resource problem in global health
Requiring the designation of “surgeon” as it is traditionally defined as a prerequisite for holding a scalpel in the developing world is simply untenable, given the relentless growth in population, the rapidly changing landscape of illness from acute to chronic, and the increasingly well-documented need for, and value of, essential surgery.
Calling All Innovators: Nominate a ‘ridiculously awesome’ health care entrepreneur for the Innovations in Healthcare network by Aug. 14
Innovations in Healthcare (formerly IPIHD) is looking for health care entrepreneurs to join its network, which currently includes 55 innovators operating in 47 countries and serving more than 7 million people. A full range of health care delivery is included – rural and urban clinics, specialty hospitals, anti-counterfeiting devices, telemedicine technologies and safe birthing kits.
Feel Better Now, Pay Later: AfriMedico founders are hoping an ancient Japanese drug sales system will work in Africa
Okigusuri is a drug sales system that worked for centuries in Japan and has been successfully exported to other Asian countries. The founders of AfriMedico are betting the system – in which households are given a box of medicine, and they pay only for what they use – will work in Africa, too.
An Essential for Essential Surgery: Low-resource optimized anesthesia machines needed to help fill global need
The majority of health care facilities in sub-Saharan Africa do not have reliable access to electricity. If they have access at all, these facilities face weekly or even daily outages that make putting a patient’s consciousness during surgery in the hands of an electricity-dependent anesthesia machine a dangerous proposition.