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Oct 16, 2014

MAMA Event – November 5th at 10:00am EDT: The mHealth Mobile Messaging Toolkit: Practical Uses and Applications

The mobile technology marketplace is extremely dynamic– not only is the technology evolving but so are the infrastructure and politics around mobile communications. The “mHealth Mobile Messaging Toolkit” provides frameworks to evaluate the best solution for a mHealth project in this environment. It contains practical step-by-step questions for global health program implementers to consider when planning and selecting the most appropriate communications vendor and application for use in a particular behavioral change intervention or country.

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Oct 15, 2014

Surveillance strengthening takes off in Rwanda

Africans have been thinking a lot about infectious disease recently, with the Ebola death toll rising and infection spreading. Many countries are exploring roles for technology to strengthen their response. eHNA’s had pieces on work in Guinea and Liberia, a UNICEF platform and other global efforts.

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Oct 14, 2014

Ebola: Can big data analytics help contain its spread?

While emergency response teams, medical charities and non-governmental organisations struggle to contain the virus, could big data analytics help? A growing number of data scientists believe so.

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Oct 6, 2014

New mHealth services to support moms and babies in Nigeria

Airtel Nigeria has partnered with Grameen Foundation and VAS2nets Technologies Ltd to unveil two new innovative mHealth services, Mobile Midwife and Dial-a-Doctor. An article in BIZTECH Africa provides an overview of the services. Both initiatives were developed in an effort to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates in Nigeria, which despite impressive economic growth, remain amongst the highest in the world.

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Sep 29, 2014

Improved Data on Community Health Workers Critical to Achieving Global Health Goals

A new report finds that developing nations’ ability to deal with pressing health challenges like HIV/AIDS and ensuring maternal and newborn survival will be strengthened by creating a common definition for community health workers, as well as a core set of skills and competencies that would help ensure they are optimally trained, supported and deployed to provide care and treatment when and where it is needed most.

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Sep 28, 2014

Baby fingerprints to improve global immunisation coverage

Fingerprints of infants and toddlers have the potential to accurately record immunisations and improve vaccination coverage, especially in developing countries, says a study led by an Indian-origin researcher.

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Sep 17, 2014

Achieving Universal Health Coverage Requires Investing in Health Systems

In discussions at the United Nations in New York, there is now a growing consensus that the next set of global, sustainable development goals to cover the years from 2015 to 2030 need to include the achievement of universal health coverage. This means that all people will have access to high-quality health care services, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Sep 15, 2014

Bill Gates Focused On Digital Payments For Poor

Though there has been a lot of talk and media coverage about the tremendous potential mobile payments offer to the poor, underbanked and financially disenfranchised around the world–minus a few bright spots (M-Pesa) the progress of mobile in bridging the gap between the banked and unbanked has been slow going.

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Sep 11, 2014

A Q&A With One of the World’s Leading Vaccine Delivery Experts

Dr. Orin Levine Director of Vaccine Delivery at the Gates Foundation is a leading expert in the field and the role that he plays in helping to get kids immunized around over the world is vital. He recently participated in a short Q&A where he discusses his passions, common barriers to world vaccination efforts, and what we as Global Citizens can do to help.

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Sep 2, 2014

Data integrity research spurs international population health

Researchers in North Carolina are helping to foster population health management and disease control efforts in developing nations by studying data integrity techniques and sharing their knowledge with the help of a $180 million grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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