[Population Services International (PSI)](http://www.psi.org/) recently published a study that looked at condom social marketing in sub-Saharan Africa. The study found that “condom social marketing interventions have advanced and achieved the goals of improving use and making condoms available in the private sector.” Read more [here](http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22348632).
According to a post on the [The Economist’s Graphic Detail blog](http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail) published February 29th, over the past 30 years, poverty rates have fallen in all regions of the world. Some notable take-aways: the number of people living on under $1.25 a day in the East Asia and Pacific region, and in China in particular, have shown the most dramatic decrease relative to other regions. [See the chart and read more here](http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/02/daily-chart-20?fsrc...).
Researchers from the [University of Southern California](http://www.usc.edu/), the [RAND Corporation](http://www.rand.org/), and the [World Bank](http://www.worldbank.org/) recently published a report titled [Firm-Level Perspectives on Public Sector Engagement with Private Healthcare Providers](https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=65fa3d...), which looked at survey evidence from Ghana and Kenya. The study found that “there may be considerable untapped potential for greater engagement with private health facilities- particularly pharmacies. Improving engagement [between the private and public sectors] will likely help governments with limited resources to better take advantage of the private sector capacity to… accelerate the achievement of the [Millennium Development Goals](http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/).”
The fifth annual **International Conference on ICT4D** will be held at the [Georgia Institute of Technology](http://www.gatech.edu/) **March 12-15, 2012**. To find out more about the conference and to register, click [here](http://ictd2012.org/).
[The Sankalp Summit](http://www.sankalpforum.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id...), one of Asia’s largest conferences that brings together social enterprises, impact investors, policy makers, and academics, will be held in Mumbai, India **April 12-13, 2012**.
The [3rd African Regulatory Conference (ARC)](http://www.diahome.org/DIAHome/Education/FindEducationalOffering.aspx?pr...), a forum for African regulatory authorities to interact with representatives of the pharmesutical industry, will take place in Accra, Ghana **May 3-4, 2012**. The conference is being jointly organized by the [Drug Information Association](http://www.diahome.org/DIAHome/Home.aspx) (DIA), the African Regulatory Network, and the [Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation](http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx).
[Grand Challenges Canada](http://applications.grandchallenges.ca/) is organizing a new contest called **The Rising Stars in Global Health program**, which will provide $100,000 CAD for up to 30 successful proof-of-concept proposals. Up to six additional scale-up grants of up to $1 million CAD will be awarded to applicants who have demonstrated success at the proof of concept stage. To apply, [click here](http://rs.applications.grandchallenges.ca/)!