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May 20, 2019

72nd World Health Assembly: Here’s what you need to know

World Health Organization members will gather for the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, next week, with lively debate expected on a range of internal and external questions facing the United Nations’ health body.

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May 14, 2019

4 artificial intelligence use cases for global health

Artificial intelligence (AI) has potential to drive game-changing improvements for underserved communities in global health. In response, The Rockefeller Foundation and USAID partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop AI in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward.

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May 12, 2019

Democratizing access to data is the next frontier in international development

We founded Future State last year to help equip policymakers with the knowledge and resources so that the digital age benefits the world’s poor and strengthens open societies, rather than undermines them. We believe this requires a relentless focus on developing policies and technologies that empower people to benefit from the data they are increasingly producing online.

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Apr 29, 2019

Africa pilots world’s first malaria vaccine in major trial

A major trial of the world’s first malaria vaccine is under way in Africa – starting with Malawi, followed by Kenya and Ghana. The disease which is spread by mosquitos kills more than 400,000 people every year, most of them young children. Almost $1bn has gone into developing the vaccine over three decades.

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Apr 15, 2019

The human face of digital health

After spending the first five years of his life in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, Vishwajeet Kumar got to travel the world. He kept coming back home every year — and that back and forth was a big part of how he came to see healthcare differently.

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Apr 11, 2019

Q&A: How digital and data are transforming health in Africa

Jeff Bernson, PATH’s chief data officer and vice president of Technology, Analytics, and Market Innovation, shares his thoughts on the state of digital transformation in Africa.

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Apr 5, 2019

Opinion: The impact of the technology revolution on tuberculosis

Across Africa and Asia, affordable smartphones, digital technology, and the connective power of the internet are transforming health delivery. Countless blogs, policy briefs, and academic reports highlight the positive impact of digital solutions on health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.

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Mar 20, 2019

Vaccine cuts child pneumonia cases by a quarter

The introduction of a vaccine against childhood pneumonia has cut new cases of the disease in a Kenyan county by 27 per cent, a study says. Pneumonia accounts for 18 per cent of all deaths of children under five worldwide each year, with children in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia succumbing to the disease the most, according to the World Health Organisation.

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Feb 19, 2019

Bill & Melinda Gates 2019 Annual Letter

How would you describe 2018? Was it what you expected? We’d probably say no. From especially devastating natural disasters on the one hand to record numbers of women campaigning for office on the other, 2018 felt to us like a series of surprises. The world looking backward from today is very different from what we pictured a couple years ago looking forward.

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Feb 18, 2019

Helping developing countries protect against pneumococcal disease

An innovative Training of Trainers program has empowered more than 44,000 healthcare workers across 24 Gavi-supported countries to administer a novel presentation for a vaccine for pneumococcal disease. Diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae are a critically important global public health problem as infection with S. pneumoniae continues to be a major cause of death and disease worldwide.

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