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Sep 29, 2014

Improved Data on Community Health Workers Critical to Achieving Global Health Goals

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.

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Sep 28, 2014

Baby fingerprints to improve global immunisation coverage

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.

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Sep 17, 2014

Achieving Universal Health Coverage Requires Investing in Health Systems

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.

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Sep 15, 2014

Bill Gates Focused On Digital Payments For Poor

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.

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Sep 11, 2014

A Q&A With One of the World’s Leading Vaccine Delivery Experts

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.

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Sep 2, 2014

Data integrity research spurs international population health

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).

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Aug 27, 2014

Immunizing Africa, committing to a healthy future for all

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.

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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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