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Nov 12, 2014

Moving beyond access to development — immunization reframed

While a focus primarily on inputs can lead to program distortions inconsistent with a broader health development and systems approach, narrow strategies have lately come under scrutiny. Greater attention is being given to strengthening immunization systems capable of routinely reaching infants and other targeted age groups year in and year out.

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Nov 10, 2014

African health spending lags despite rapid economic growth

Over the last decade, more than half of sub-Saharan countries have either cut the share of government spending devoted to healthcare, or barely increased it, according to World Health Organization data. In Mozambique, healthcare dropped from 15% of the government budget in 2001 to 9% in 2012.

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Nov 6, 2014

Tech Change Course: mHealth – Mobile Phones for Public Health

Many have expressed great interest in becoming better informed consumers and implementers of mHealth. To support this demand, TechChange is pleased to announce its 5th four-week online certificate course on mHealth: Mobile Phones for Public Health. The course will start on November 17th and go until December 12th with unlimited access to the course for an additional 4 months. The course is based on the increasing importance of and and interest in the topic of mobile health (mHealth) as well as the need to develop more skills and exchange of best practices among practitioners in the sector.

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Nov 5, 2014

World Health Organization elects new Africa director amid Ebola outbreak

As Ebola continued to burn its way through three West African countries, the World Health Organization on Wednesday elected its next Africa director, Botswana doctor Matshidiso Moeti, a longtime veteran of the U.N. agency.The announcement was made by Senegalese health minister Awa Marie Coll Seck, who chaired the vote during this week’s meeting of WHO Africa’s regional committee in Benin.

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Nov 4, 2014

Shaping the Market for Global Health Data

The most valuable currency in global health programs today is accurate and reliable data, but such data—abundant in rich countries—does not exist for most low-income and lower-middle-income countries. And without data on past consumption and unmet needs, program planners and global financiers cannot budget appropriately, pharmaceutical and vaccine companies cannot plan investments, and it is harder to understand how programs are performing and how patients’ needs are changing over time.

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Nov 3, 2014

Challenges and Opportunities for mHealth in Kenya

When taking TechChange’s Mobile Phones for Public Health online course with a group of 10 colleagues at PATH, I was curious to learn what mHealth looked like in Kenya and learn what lessons I can apply to my mHealth programs in Bihar, India. As part of my final project for the course, I asked Debjeet Sen, one of my colleagues at PATH based in Kisumu, Kenya, to share his views on the state of mHealth interventions in Kenya.

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Nov 2, 2014

What Technology Can Do for Health

Sue Desmond-Hellmann runs the $40 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is probably best known for investing in the development of drugs and vaccines to fight widespread diseases such as AIDS and malaria. Sam Altman is the president of Y Combinator, one of the best-known technology incubators in Silicon Valley.

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Oct 27, 2014

Strengthen routine immunization programs, give mothers a reason to smile

Innovations come in different sizes, shapes and forms, but the best innovations have one thing in common: They make the world a better place to live. Vaccines, which help ensure the good health of billions of people, are one of the most important innovations of the past millennium.

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Oct 22, 2014

Do you want to know how to approach mHealth?

The mHealth Expert Learning Program (mHELP) has published How To Approach mHealth Prepared by Kelly Keislin. It’s part of the support and technical help that mHELP provides to governments, the private sector, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) in low- and middle-income countries that want to implement eHealth and its mHealth component.

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Oct 20, 2014

Why better data is the key to tackling poverty

When you think about ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity, what comes to mind? For many people, it is building schools and roads, developing effective safety net programs, improving health facilities, making more and better jobs available, and so forth… for good reason.

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