This week, CHMI published eight case studies on programs that are using ICTs to bring efficiency to healthcare in countries around the world. For more information and a full list of published case studies, [click here](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/blog/2012/feb/16/case-study-highlight...)!
[Freedom from Hunger](http://www.freedomfromhunger.org/), CHMI’s partner in the Andean Region of Latin America, was recently profiled in a Huffington Post blog entry for its work providing essential healthcare services to its microloan clients. [Read more here](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzanne-skees/2-a-year-can-keep-mothers_b_...).
[E Health Point](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/e-health-point-0) and [108 Emergency Response Services](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/emri-108-emergency-response-s...) both recently won the [NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours (NSIH)](http://www.nasscomfoundation.org/nsih/), an “annual award that recognizes innovation in the use of ICT for social transformation and showcases projects that demonstrate best practices in this context”. Congratulations to both organizations on this honor! [Read more here](http://informationweek.in/Software/12-02-15/NASSCOM_Foundation_announces...).
[USAID recently announced](http://gbiportal.net/2012/01/27/utilizing-mobile-money-in-healthcare/) that “hospitals in Uganda are now accepting mobile money to pay for health expenses”. This is an exciting development, since CHMI has reported on new mobile money initiatives such as [Changamka](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/changamka-microhealth-limited) in Kenya, [M-PESA](http://www.safaricom.co.ke/index.php?id=250) in Tanzania, and [PhilHealth](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/philhealth) in the Philippines.
Young [Maasai](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maasai_people) men in Kenya are taking on healthcare responsibilities traditionally shouldered by women in an effort to provide healthcare to mothers and children who otherwise might not have access to care. [The Africa Medical Research Foundation (Amref)](http://www.amref.org/) “trained the young men on basic medical skills including patient consultations, recording patient history, diagnosing basic medical conditions, prescribing medication, and dressing wounds.” [Click here](http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000052158&cid=259&) for the full article.
[Ziquitza Health Care Limited](http://zhl.org.in/) a new dedicated ambulance service in India, is striving to “save human lives by providing a leading network of fully equipped advanced and basic life support ambulances across the developing world.” [Read more here](http://www.expresshealthcare.in/201202/tradeandtrends01.shtml).
How has do entrepreneurs operate and thrive in Sub-Saharan Africa, a business environment with lots of challenges, but also many opportunities? [This BBC news story](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16723791) quotes a Nigerian entrepreneur as saying "[I] would have struggled to get to the same level I'm at now (if in the UK) because there's so much more competition.”
A new foundation, recently established by the South Africa-based Council for Health services Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), the PharmAccess Foundation of the Netherlands, and the U.S.-based Joint Commission International (JCI), aims to improve health care delivery in developing countries. The foundation, called [SafeCare](http://www.safe-care.org/), will introduce “a comprehensive quality improvement program using internationally recognized standards to improve health care delivery.” [Read more here](http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-foundation-aims-to-improve-health-c...).