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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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Oct 16, 2014

MAMA Event – November 5th at 10:00am EDT: The mHealth Mobile Messaging Toolkit: Practical Uses and Applications

The mobile technology marketplace is extremely dynamic– not only is the technology evolving but so are the infrastructure and politics around mobile communications. The “mHealth Mobile Messaging Toolkit” provides frameworks to evaluate the best solution for a mHealth project in this environment. It contains practical step-by-step questions for global health program implementers to consider when planning and selecting the most appropriate communications vendor and application for use in a particular behavioral change intervention or country.

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Oct 15, 2014

Surveillance strengthening takes off in Rwanda

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.

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Oct 14, 2014

Ebola: Can big data analytics help contain its spread?

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.

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Oct 6, 2014

New mHealth services to support moms and babies in Nigeria

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.

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