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Jul 30, 2014

Innovation knows no borders: Delivering on the health MDGs

Despite our progress, far too many people — mainly women and children — are compromised or killed by diseases that we can prevent.By building on the experience of the MDGs and tapping new sources of innovation, particularly in poorer countries, we are poised to change history.

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Jul 24, 2014

African Content Award: Best Practices in Mobile Applications for Africans-by Africans – Deadline: July 30th

The African Development Bank has launched a special award to recognize creativity in the best mobile applications. This award is set up to promote innovation, creativity and collaboration within the continent, so entries are restricted to African individuals and organizations.

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Jul 22, 2014

Time for a revolution in reporting of global health data

Writing in The Lancet, Richard Horton has identified three revolutions in global health: the first in metrics, the second in accountability, and the third in quality of health care. The time is right for the fourth revolution: new global standards to make available the data, methods, and models used in global health estimates of incidence, prevalence, mortality, and morbidity to enable replication, setting in motion a new era in global health research. Only then will we ensure transparency, intensify scrutiny, and create accountability in global health.

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Jul 22, 2014

Technology-based mobile health takes off in developing countries

Accessible healthcare solutions that use just a mobile phone are being used simultaneously by patients in both developing and developed markets.

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Jul 21, 2014

African Moms Go Digital for Better Healthcare

A new initiative that aims to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa is being launched in September 2014 using digital technology. Gemalto, a digital security company, is partnering with the mobile telecommunications association called Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA).

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Jul 17, 2014

Immunization coverage reaches 84%, still short of 90% goal

More than 111 million infants received vaccines in 2013 to protect them from deadly diseases. These infants account for about 84% of the world’s children, but an estimated 21.8 million infants remained unvaccinated, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF.

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Jul 14, 2014

MOTECH Suite workshop: August 27-29 in Accra, Ghana

Dimagi and Grameen Foundation are hosting the first ever MOTECH Suite workshop from August 27-29 in Accra, Ghana. The goals of the workshop are to build a community of mobile health implementers in Ghana, share best practices & strategies for mHealth projects running at scale, and enable participants to be leaders in mHealth within their organizations.

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Jul 7, 2014

Delivering on the Data Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa

Since the term “data revolution” was brandished in the High-Level Panel report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, there has been a flurry of activity to define, develop, and drive an agenda to transform the way development statistics are collected, used, and shared the world over. And this makes sense — assessing the new development agenda, regardless of its details, will need accurate data.

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Jul 2, 2014

Helping the world’s poor, via cell phones

Cell phones have become ubiquitous even in the world’s poorest places. Now, researchers are using data collected by the devices to address third-world problems, according to a report provided exclusively to Fortune.

The report, produced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in conjunction with strategy consulting firm Cartesian, argues that analyzing mobile data has the potential to improve the lives of the poor in many ways—from expanding access to banking services to tracking the spread of infectious diseases.

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Jun 25, 2014

Let’s Use Evidence-Based Interventions to Save the Lives of Children and Mothers

If 18,000 preschool kids and 800 moms were attending a World Cup game and they all died, no newspaper around the world would be silent. But that’s exactly what happens every day around the world: 18,000 kids die before they reach the age of five and 800 moms die during pregnancy or childbirth. The biggest tragedy is that in both of these cases, most of these deaths are preventable.

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