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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.
Seeing Solutions Instead of Problems: What happens when 16 Changemakers come together to innovate? They hope to find out Sept. 25–27
Being part of a network not only gives social entrepreneurs visibility and recognition for their innovative work, it also puts them in contact with entrepreneurs from all over the world who, like them, are implementing projects that positively impact communities. That’s the idea behind the Ashoka Globalizer Summit on Economic Inclusion taking place in Buenos Aires, Sept. 25–27.
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.
Weekly Roundup 8/1/15: Kenya gets a pat on the back, then a lecture, and the Internet roars about Cecil
It was all about Africa this week, as President Obama (and a surprising tech luminary) visited Kenya, the country's Catholic bishops made a stunningly ill-considered public health intervention, and a lion-killing dentist in Zimbabwe became the latest person to break the Internet. We cover these developments in this week's roundup.
NexThought Monday – Tapping the Potential of the World’s Largest Minority: Two keys to boosting employment for 70 million disabled people in India
After spending three months analyzing ongoing efforts to increase employment for people with disabilities at the base of the pyramid in India, the author saw two main problems: no collective goals have been established and there’s a lack of transparent impact data demonstrating the economic and social outcomes.
Maybe it’s the heat, but as we approach the dog days of summer, people seem to be in a fighting mood. This week featured plenty of conflict, involving companies, nonprofits, politicians – and even researchers. Grab some popcorn as we cover the hostilities – and compile some memorable tweets – in this Roundup.
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.