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.
Industry Emerging from the Rubble in Haiti: How building skills locally through community networks can create sustainable businesses
Throughout the street markets in Port-au-Prince, a growing corps of entrepreneurs – mostly women – is helping the fuel-efficient stove market take root, showing how empowered local businesses, even in the poorest and most difficult-to-navigate environments, can create sustainable enterprises that employ and train local workers.
NexThought Monday – ‘The Neglected Stepchild of Global Health’: About 5 billion people have no access to basic surgical care
Considering the fact that approximately 5 billion people have no access to basic surgical care, now is the time to make surgery a global health priority, say Dr. James Bernstein and Huma Malik of Eniware. They describe ways this care can be delivered, even in low-resource settings that lack the fundamental infrastructure that surgery usually requires.
This week brought a number of developments in global health, social enterprise and financial inclusion - some promising, some disturbing, and one bittersweet. As usual, we’ve highlighted a sample of the reaction to these events on Twitter, along with some long-form pieces that vividly describe some of the big challenges and small triumphs in the sectors we cover.
Comic (Book) Challenges to Chronic Problems: How students face the challenges of malaria, malnutrition through graphic novels, collaboration
For the third year in a row, fourth- and fifth-grade students at the American International School of Bamako in Mali collaborated with Mali Health and students from three local schools to create graphic novels on health-related issues.
A new treasure trove of financial inclusion data.
A significant milestone for the B Corp movement.
And to coincide with tax day in the U.S., a handy guide on where to donate - and a thought-provoking post on the surprising way America’s tax system benefits the poor. These are just a few of the highlights of this week’s Twitter Top 10.
- Education, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Health Care, Impact Assessment, NextBillion Originals
New resources. New partnerships. Even a cool new toilet. This week’s Twitter Top 10 is full of fascinating ideas and useful info, and you can help us get a head start on next week’s list. If you see anything interesting in the Twitterverse, you’re welcome to tweet it to our editors.
Health workers as mobile money agents?: Digital Campus working on a business model that explores the synergies
A major barrier to mobile money uptake is the lack of a well-trained agent network to serve and address the financial needs of the community, with the greatest effects felt in remote areas. One way to address this challenge is to explore synergies between community health workers and mobile money agents.