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U.N., Governments Taking Action To Curb Violence Against Women

Noting that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month told the U.N. Security Council “that sexual violence occurred wherever conflicts raged, ‘devastating survivors and destroying the social fabric of whole communities,’” Inter Press Service reports “the United Nations is unleashing an army of Women Protection Advisers (WPAs) to specifically curb sexual…

Malaria No More To Employ Social Media In Upcoming Fundraising Campaign

The Financial Times profiles how Malaria No More is utilizing social media in its Power of One fundraising campaign to be launched later this year. The campaign will ask donors to contribute $1, the cost of a malaria diagnostic test and a pediatric course of treatment, according to the newspaper.…

Gender Equality Essential For Reaching Health-Related MDGs

“In over 15 years of working in the field of global health, I have time and time again witnessed first-hand what research tells us: gender inequity and women’s low social status have a significant impact on women’s and children’s health, as well as the overall demand for maternal, newborn and…

MAMA Initiative Using Mobile Technologies To Help Mothers, Newborns In South Africa

PBS Newshour’s “The Rundown” blog examines “the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, affectionately known as MAMA — a global movement that uses mobile technologies to improve the health and lives of mothers in developing nations.” According to the blog, “MAMA provides pregnant women and new mothers with vital information and…

IRIN Examines Effectiveness Of mHealth Technologies

In an analysis examining the effectiveness of mobile technologies in health care, IRIN asks, “[I]s the evidence there yet that mHealth is an effective health delivery intervention for the developing world?” The news service highlights a January 2013 systematic review published in PLOS Medicine that found mixed results on the “effectiveness…

Mobile Health Technology Could Help Poor Urban Residents Access Health Services, Reduce Spending, Study Says

“Using mobile health technology to monitor patients in poor urban areas could improve residents’ access to health care while also reducing health care spending, a study [.pdf] conducted in a Rio de Janeiro hillside ‘favela’ slum suggested Wednesday,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports. The New Cities Foundation’s “18-month Urban E-Health…

Examining Use Of Technology In Malaria Control Efforts

“Funding by [the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI)] and other stakeholders, together with the leadership of the Zanzibar Malaria Control Program (ZMCP), has resulted in a dramatic decrease in malaria prevalence in Zanzibar,” Lenna Neat, technical program manager for RTI International, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” as part of a series…

PBS Blog Features Stories Looking At Mobile Technology And Health In Africa

PBS’s “Rundown” blog features two stories as part of the “Cheers Report,” a “series of reports on the impact of mobile technology and health in 10 African countries.” In the first story, Imani Cheers, the director of educational resources and a multimedia producer for the PBS NewsHour, describes how mobile…

World Bank Announces 3 Winners Of ‘Sanitation Hackathon And App Challenge’

“Last week [the World Bank] announced three prize-winners of the Sanitation Hackathon and App Challenge, described as a yearlong project to recognize innovative and locally relevant [smartphone applications (apps)] that address sanitation challenges,” Inter Press Service reports. The news service highlights the three winners — “Manobi, a mobile and internet…