Oct 15, 2014
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.
Oct 14, 2014
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.
Oct 6, 2014
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.
Sep 29, 2014
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.
Sep 28, 2014
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.
Sep 17, 2014
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.
Sep 15, 2014
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.
Sep 11, 2014
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.
Sep 2, 2014
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).
Aug 27, 2014
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa underlines one of the biggest threats to the continent: Disease. This includes many illnesses such as measles, meningitis A and whooping cough that are easily prevented in wealthier countries through routine immunization. In Africa and in the countries that do not have access to those vaccines, the diseases claim the lives of tens of thousands each year.