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Aug 18, 2014

August 19 meeting of mHealth Working Group on Principles for Digital Development

Building upon the 2010 Greentree Principles, USAID has come together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, The World Bank, SIDA, Omidiyar Foundation, UNHCR, WFP, UNFPA, UNDP, Global Pulse, UNWomen, and OCHA to develop a set of Principles for Digital Development. These represent a concerted effort by donors to capture the most important lessons learned by the development community in the implementation of information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) projects.

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Aug 18, 2014

Mobile Phones: The Next Step towards Healthcare Delivery in Rural India?

Given the ubiquity of mobile phones, their use to support healthcare in the Indian context is inevitable. It is however necessary to assess end-user perceptions regarding mobile health interventions especially in the rural Indian context prior to its use in healthcare. This would contextualize the use of mobile phone communication for health to 70% of the country’s population that resides in rural India.

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Aug 13, 2014

Africa’s child demographics and the world’s future

In 1950, only about a tenth of the world’s children lived in Africa. Within 50 years, that proportion almost doubled, and it is set to double again by the middle of the 21st century, leaving Africa with nearly a billion children younger than 18 years by 2050—37% of the worldwide total. By the end of the century, based on present trends, almost half of all children will live in Africa. How this unprecedented growth in the continent’s child population came about, and its implications for Africa and the rest of the world, is the subject of Generation 2030 Africa, a report on child demographics released by UNICEF on Aug 12, 2014.

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Aug 13, 2014

Can developing countries benefit from cutting-edge technology?

The latest technology doesn’t just revolutionise life for people in developed countries, it has the power to address people’s needs everywhere. Stanley Ellerby-English, looks at why cutting-edge technology should be made available for everyone.

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Aug 7, 2014

Sounding off on how to improve global health outcomes

Over the last two decades, much progress has been made in improving global health outcomes, with people living longer and fewer children dying from preventable diseases. So the challenge now is to accelerate progress.

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Aug 6, 2014

Dimagi and Grameen Foundation host first MOTECH Suite workshop – Applications due this Friday, August 8th.

If your organization or institution is interested in using cutting edge mobile phone technology, come and find out how to innovate and improve your programs! On August 27th, 28th, and 29th, MOTECH Suite will be hosting a workshop at The Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT in Accra, Ghana.

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Aug 4, 2014

Travel Scholarships for MAMA’s In-Country Learning Workshop Timor-Leste

MAMA Global is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for travel scholarships to its 2nd annual in-country Mobile Messaging for MNCH Workshop. This year’s workshop will take place in Timor-Leste, October 22nd-October 24th 2014, in coordination with Health Alliance International and the Liga Inan program and with participation of the MAMA programs in South Africa, Bangladesh and India.

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Jul 30, 2014

MTS India to send 9 million SMSs on immunization alerts

MTS India has partnered with Responsenet to create awareness on immunization against whooping cough, measles, diphtheria, Hib infection, pertusis, tuberculosis and tetanus.

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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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