Innovations in Health
This week’s health news, plus some interesting events and contests!
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CHMI is excited to announce mHealth Impact: Measuring What Works, an event that will take place on Thursday, December 8th from 12 to 2 pm at our DC office. The conversation, which will focus on the importance of measuring the impact of mHealth and how programs have completed the task, will include implementers Shelly Batra, the cofounder of Operation ASHA and Steve Ollis, the chief operating officer of D-Tree International. We hope to see you there!
As a precursor to CHMI’s event next Thursday, the third annual mHealth summit is being held from December 5th through the 7th. Over 300 exhibitors and 3,500 leaders from around the world will be attending the summit to discuss, debate and collaborate around all the ways mhealth affects health market decisions internationally in both implementation and action. The CHMI team will be at booth #339 in the exhibit hall so stop by to learn more about the innovative mHealth programs we profile. Additionally, make sure to take time at the summit to attend Government Role in Scaling mHealth: Collaborations to Launch National mHealth Strategies which will be monitored by CHMI’s Gina Lagomarsino on Tuesday, December 4th.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS day was yesterday and while the international community is more enthusiastic than ever about controlling and eventually eradicating the disease, it’s back to the drawing board for one group of scientists. A recent trial was brought to an end in Africa as it was found that a microbicide gel meant to protect women from the disease was not working. The results are leaving researchers stumped, as the gel appeared to work well in an original test. There is a push in the international arena to find a way to put protective control against the disease into the hands of women, who may be fearful or intimidated to ask their partner to use protection.
While scientists work through ways to provide women with protection against HIV/AIDS, other groups are working on creating faster and smaller HIV tests that could be used in the field. Scientists at the London Center for Nanotechnology are creating a “lab-on-a-chip,” a tiny chip that would only need one drop of blood to test for the disease. These little labs wold be able to provide results quickly in the field, minimizing chances of transmission by those who are unsure of their status. While the new technology is not easy to create, it does hold a lot of promise for the rural and remote areas that lack access to full sized labs and clinics.
Elsewhere in Health News
The GAVI alliance recently announced that it would be distributing HPV vaccines to women in the developing world, and in correlation with that, Women Deliver has released a report on the latest partnerships and innovations in cervical cancer treatment and prevention. The piece highlights countries like Rwanda, Mexico, Thailand and Bolivia for their advances in detecting and preventing the disease, in addition to examining worldwide trends and progress.
We’ll end this week’s round up with a new challenge sponsored by the G20. The G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation is a search for businesses with “innovative, scalable and commercially viable ways of working with low-income people in developing countries.” These inclusive businesses are those that are generating access to health care, education, modern communication and so much more to those that have potentially never previously had access to these services. Winners will attend the G20 Leaders Summit in Mexico in 2012 and then meet for a series of regional workshops to strengthen inclusive business partnerships.
Thanks for reading this week’s round up! Have a safe weekend and we hope to see you at the mHealth summit and the CHMI’s event, mHealth Impact: Measuring What Works, both being held next week. To keep up with events like these and other CHMI news, check out our Twitter feed and Facebook page.