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Global Commitment From Public, Private Sectors Can End Extreme Poverty

Noting the “proportion of households in developing countries below the extreme-poverty line (now measured as $1.25 per person per day at international prices) has declined sharply” since 1980, Jeffrey Sachs, special adviser to the U.N. Secretary General on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute,…

Integrate Technology Solutions Into Future Development Goals, Sachs Says

“Access to, and the use of, technology should not be a standalone goal in any future development agenda because it will be the tool by which the targets will be achieved, according to Jeffrey Sachs,” director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, who spoke “at a roundtable event at…

NPR Examines How Pakistan Is Using Smartphones To Prevent Dengue

NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Shots” blog examine how a mobile phone app has helped health officials in Lahore, Pakistan, track and prevent dengue fever. “Two years ago, an estimated 20,000 people in and around the city of Lahore contracted the deadly tropical disease. This year, the region has recorded just…

African Health Ministers Agree On Several Priorities At WHO Regional Meeting

“With 44 percent of deaths among women worldwide occurring in the [WHO] African Region, African health ministers have agreed on measures aimed at addressing the issue as well as HIV, eHealth, traditional medicine and the health of elderly people,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports. The health ministers from 47 African countries, “who ended…

To Achieve Child Health MDG, Use Technology To Better Educate Mothers

“The more educated a mother, the less likely her child is to die,” Leith Greenslade, co-chair of child health at the MDG Health Alliance, writes in a post in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, published as part of “One Story, One World,” a month-long series in partnership with Johnson…

Aid Agencies Using Technology To Assist Hard-To-Reach Communities

As part of its series titled “Humanitarian Futures,” IRIN examines how humanitarian aid organizations are using technology and innovation to improve access to hard-to-reach communities, especially following conflict or disaster. The news service “explores five access innovations being piloted by aid agencies,” such as using mobile phones to assess food…

Devex Blog Examines GAVI’s New Partnership Model

Devex’s “Impact” blog examines a new partnership model being implemented by the GAVI Alliance, noting, “Three hundred and seventy million children in the world’s poorest countries have been immunized with support from GAVI.” The existing partnership model “has enabled the delivery of millions of low-cost vaccines into developing countries –…

New Issue Of ‘Global Health: Science And Practice’ Journal Available Online

The August 2013 issue of the “Global Health: Science and Practice” journal is now available online. The issue includes an editorial about “[m]aking the most of food aid to help prevent child and maternal deaths,” a commentary on “[m]ultiplicity in public health supply systems,” and a technical paper on “mHealth…

PATH Working With Private Sector To Develop Public Health Innovations

The Atlantic speaks with Anurag Mairal, director of technology solutions at PATH Health Technologies, about PATH’s “wor[k] with the commercial sector to scale, distribute, and market its innovations.” Mairal’s “approach includes disruptive innovation (disrupt the global health system by changing the cost equation, moving away from a grants-based approach to…

Devex Interviews President Of Foundation Promoting mHealth Model In India

“To promote development in India, [USAID] is increasingly pushing small-scale and low-cost innovation there,” Devex reports, adding, “One of these affordable solutions is Project Vikalp, an integrated family planning e-health care model by the U-Respect Foundation that aims to bring about high contraceptive prevalence rates among India’s populous rural communities”…