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Small Study Shows Smartphones Can Be Used To Detect Intestinal Worms

IRIN examines the feasibility of using a smartphone equipped with a glass lens to detect the presence of parasitic worms in stool samples, a concept that “could have a significant impact on the diagnosis of intestinal parasites that affect millions in remote, rural parts of the world, where even the most…

Mobile Phones Could Help Diagnose, Properly Treat Malaria In Remote Areas, Study Says

“Mobile phones, along with local knowledge and field support, can help to ensure the effective diagnosis and treatment of malaria in remote rural areas, according to a study” conducted in Bangladesh and published this month in Malaria Journal, SciDev.Net reports. Examining “almost 1,000 phone calls to report suspected cases of malaria that were…

Social Media Helping Spur Conversation Surrounding Global Newborn Health

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, discusses how social media is advancing the conversation surrounding global newborn health. “During the Global Newborn Health conference that was held [last] week in Johannesburg, South Africa,” social media “transcended continents,…

DKT Ethiopia Using GIS Technology To Improve Family Planning, HIV Prevention Programs

“In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa,” David Olson, a global development communications consultant, writes in…

Washington Post Examines How Mobile Technologies Are Transforming Remote Parts Of Africa

The Washington Post examines how new mobile applications are transforming remote parts of Africa. “Across sub-Saharan Africa, technology, particularly mobile technology, has transformed the lives of digital-savvy entrepreneurs,” the newspaper writes, adding, “While many are forging successful high-tech businesses in urban centers, others are finding ways to help people ……

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,…

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…

Mobile Technology Can Help Achieve MDGs 4, 5

Writing in the United Nations Foundation blog, Tara Morazzini, an intern at the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Health (MAMA), notes the observance of United Nations Day last week and reflects on progress made toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Mobile technologies offer significant promise to advance sustainable development now…

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…

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