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White House CIO Steps Down To Coordinate Ebola Efforts At USAID

News outlets report on Steven VanRoekel’s move from the White House to USAID to help lead the U.S. Ebola response. The Hill: USAID seeks to bring high-tech fight to Ebola “The White House’s chief information officer is being dispatched to improve the government’s use of technology and data to respond…

Mobile Technology Helping HCWs In South Africa

SciDev.Net: Mobile technology supports frontline health workers “Primary health care in South Africa is notoriously overstretched and under-resourced, making the daily demands of record-keeping, home visits and patient monitoring a challenge for workers. Telemedicine — the remote provision of health care using information and communications technology (ICT) — holds great…

Researchers Use Social Media To Monitor Spread Of Ebola

Foreign Policy: Can Social Media Help Contain Ebola? “As Ebola spreads, some epidemiologists are beginning to analyze those traces to guess where outbreaks might occur. They’re not only gathering data from diseased neighborhoods and hospitals. They’re also using sources like flight data, Twitter mentions, and cellphone location services to track…

Mobile Technology Being Used To Improve MCH In Asia

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound”: Cell Phones — The Future of Rural Health Care in South Asia In a guest post, Becky Allen, the women and foreign policy intern at CFR, and Jenna Karp, the global health governance intern at CFR, discuss how mobile technology is being used to…

U.S. Using Mobile Technology To Improve Health In Africa

Politico: Mobile tech on the Africa health frontier “Billions have been spent to bring AIDS medicines to patients in Africa, but a technology with just as much lifesaving potential can be had for pennies: the text message. As African leaders gather for a summit with President Barack Obama this week,…

Mobile Reminders Help Pregnant Women, Mothers In Ghana Keep Health Care Appointments

BBC News: Joining up Ghana’s health care to save lives “…[Pregnant women in Ghana are being] reminded about their appointment[s] by messages sent to a mobile phone, through a system called Mobile Midwife. … Mobile Midwife is part of the Ghana mobile technology for community health (Motech Ghana) initiative –…

Blog Post Discusses Role Of Mobile Data In Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Big Data and How it Can Serve Development Nirant Gupta, research analyst in global development on the financial services for the poor team at the Gates Foundation, and Jake Kendall, program officer on the same team, discuss how data — specifically mobile data…

Bangladesh Aims To Improve Maternal Health With Text, Voice Messages

IRIN: Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap “Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services…

Mobile Technology Targets Counterfeit Drugs

New York Times: The Fight Against Fake Drugs Tina Rosenberg, author and former editorial writer for the New York Times “…In many poor countries, counterfeit medicines are an enormous problem. … Nations with a serious counterfeiting problem can resolve it by acquiring effective regulation, strong institutions, working courts, and well-designed…