Weekly News Roundup
News, Events and Observations about Health Markets in the Developing World
In April, CHMI’s partner organization in Indonesia, Mercy Corps, held a CHMI roundtable in Jakarta that focused on the use of technology in healthcare in Indonesia. For the event, Mercy Corps produced a video about the use of mHealth in Indonesia. Check it out here!
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching a competition for innovation and ICT solutions for the health sector in Africa. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2012, and more information about the competition and the application form can be found here.
Al Jezeera has published a documentary series about Narayana Hrudayalaya, an organization that operates for-profit hospital that are turning a profit and do not turn away patients who are unable to pay. According to Dr. Devi Shetty, a cardiac surgeon, “40 per cent of patients pay a reasonable price for their treatment, a small percentage - those who "want the frills of executive rooms" - pay a premium, a majority pays less than the market rate and 10 to 20 per cent pay virtually nothing. For the latter category, the hospital's charitable wing raises money to help compensate for the material costs of their treatment.” Read more from the documentary series’ first episode here!
CHMI’s very own Rose Reis published an article on Next Billion titled Scratch it Off the Public Health Wish-List about CHMI’s recent e-health publication in the WHO Bulletin. Check it out here to learn more about the major findings of the study.
How can you design the best social enterprise? Fast Company’s Co.Exist blog spoke to the leadership team of IDEO.org, the non-profit offshoot of design consultancy IDEO, to learn more about the “lessons they’ve learned from the organization’s first projects about what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to designing for nonprofits.” The very first step – “know who you’re trying to help before even taking pad to paper on initial prototypes. “I think it takes real deep humility to go to places that we may not intuitively know, and understand what motivates them, what are their behaviors, and be open and committed to learning that,” Martin says.” Read more here!
The Global Fund, a major player in the financing of efforts to combat HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, expects to have an additional $1.6 billion USD to fund projects in 2012-2014. This represents a “turnaround from a funding freeze last year.” Read more here.