Weekly News Roundup
Happy Friday everyone! Below are some highlights that we at the CHMI team found interesting.
Dr. Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital in India was interviewed by the BBC for doing “for major surgery what Henry Ford did for the motor car – make it affordable for the masses, by means of mass production.” Hear the interview here.
Last Friday, GOOD reported on MedAfrica a new smartphone app that ‘operates like a mobile yellow pages for medical services, providing basic listings of professionals in the area.” Putting this information in the hands of Kenyan citizens stands to increase access to reputable healthcare, as now any Kenyan with a smartphone can access MedAfrica’s, comprehensive directory of healthcare professionals. Check back soon for MedAfrica’s profile on CHMI!
Marty Makinen, a Managing Director at the Results for Development Institute (which manages CHMI), was featured in a NextBillion interview about his team’s comprehensive analysis of Ghana’s health marketplace. One interesting finding from the analysis is that for-profit health providers are an important souce of care for rich and poor alike.
According to an article from AlertNet, Kenyan hospitals and clinics are increasingly turning to solar power due to rising energy prices and frequent electricity blackouts. This has helped at least one clinic to almost halve its energy costs from an average of 70,000 Ksh (about US$800) per month to 42,000 Ksh (US$480). Learn more here.
A new coalition launched this week to promote investment in frontline health workers. The Frontline Health Workers Coalition, made up of 16 non-governmental organizations, is “working together to urge greater and more strategic U.S. investment in frontline health workers in the developing world as the most cost-effective way to save lives and foster a healthier, safer and more prosperous world.” In this way, the coalition hopes to overcome what the WHO has estimated to be a global shortfall of at least one million health workers.
Live or work in East Africa? Check out the “e-Health Africa Conference: Integrating m-Health into e-Health Strategy Implementation” in Nairobi on March 22nd & 23rd. The conference will identify best practices and lessons-learned from those who are in the process of developing, or have already developed national e-Health strategies.