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Blog Highlights The Power Of Networks In Advancing Health Issues

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Mariam Claeson, director of the Gates Foundation’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health team, and Ruth Landy, principal, Strategic Communication for Social Impact, write about the power of social and media networks to advance breastfeeding, noting “the breastfeeding community has yet to coalesce…

Electronic Communication, Monitoring Help Guinea In Efforts To End Ebola Epidemic

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: As Ebola Resurges in Guinea, So Do Government Efforts to Quash It Kayode Odusote, chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Health Development, discusses his trip to Guinea “to help the Ministry of Health roll out mHero, a new communication platform that connects health workers to health officials,…

Youth Engagement Central In Efforts To Address NCDs

Devex: The future of chronic diseases through the eyes of youth “Young people make up nearly half of the world’s population. And even though global health policy-making impacts them — think vaccinations, reproductive health, or preventative care — young people far too often don’t have a say in that process.…

Partnerships Critical For Delivering Digital Payments To HCWs In Emergency Response Situations

Devex: The importance of partnerships in humanitarian response Momodu L. Kargbo, Sierra Leone’s minister of finance and economic development “…Building partnerships with the private sector and development organizations is key for us to succeed [in delivering digital payments to health care workers (HCWs) in emergency response situations]. … It is…

Investments In Digital Health Could Contribute To SDG Progress

Devex: Unlocking the potential of digital health Patricia Mechael, principal and policy lead at HealthEnabled, executive vice president for the Personal Connected Health Alliance, and visiting professor at Princeton University; and Misha Kay, head of the Global Observatory for eHealth “…The recent adoption of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] marks…

IRIN Investigates Relationship Of IT Firm Palantir With Humanitarian Community

IRIN: Spies Sans Frontières? “…The [software] tool, developed by secretive Silicon Valley firm Palantir, can be enlisted to tackle a range of humanitarian problems: from people trafficking and gun-running to stemming floods. It could revolutionize disaster coordination, management, and response. But the global aid community is wary. Palantir retains extremely…

Health Messaging SMS Campaign Reaches 125K Pregnant Women, New Mothers In Tanzania

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tanzania’s free SMS health campaign helps pregnant women, new mothers “…Since the campaign, Wazazi Nipendeni, ‘Parents Love Me’ in Swahili, was introduced three years ago, some 125,000 pregnant women have registered for the free text messages. More than five million text messages have been sent to subscribers,…