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Jul 8, 2019

How digital health solutions can reduce non-communicable diseases

Worldwide, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for approximately 70% of deaths, of which 75% occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Yet funding for tackling NCDs is low compared to other diseases, and governments are struggling to respond to this massive health threat. In a new report on the promise of digital health to address NCDs, The Broadband Commission Working Group on Digital Health calls digital health a catalyst in transforming healthcare from disease silos to an integrated, resilient health system.

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Jul 5, 2019

A digital path to health for all

Global leaders at the recent annual gathering of the World Health Assembly in Geneva expressed worry and optimism in almost equal measure. Delegates at the Assembly – the decision-making body of the World Health Organization – likened the scope of the world’s health crisis to that of the threat posed by climate change. They also agree, however, that digital technology and data will play a crucial role in accelerating efforts to achieve health for all.

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Jul 1, 2019

We need a digital revolution in global public health

We are living in a moment of unprecedented attention to expanding access to essential health care. That has been evident in Geneva this week, where leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector are meeting to set global health priorities. They reaffirmed their resolve to reach 1 billion more people with health coverage in the next five years, an interim step toward achieving universal health coverage by 2030. It’s a remarkable shift; UHC was once considered a distraction countries were best advised to avoid, but today it is an overarching goal of the United Nations.

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Jul 1, 2019

2019 OpenHIE Community Meeting announced in Ethiopia

On behalf of the entire OpenHIE community, we are excited to announce the 2nd OpenHIE Community Meeting focused on improving the use of data, which will be held November 4-8 at the Hyatt Regency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Concurrent with this event will be an OpenHIE Academy, that will provide training and lessons learned to help guide design and implementation of health information architectures, standards and exchanges. Stay tuned for more details about the agenda and how to book your hotel room.

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Jun 7, 2019

What role should donors play in helping drones for delivery take flight?

Unmanned aerial vehicles are carrying blood and other lifesaving medical supplies over Rwanda’s hilly landscape. These fixed-wing aircraft are engineered by Zipline, a company based in California, which recently expanded from Rwanda to Ghana.

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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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