Early this week, CHMI staff attended the 2011 mHealth Summit at the National Harbor in Maryland. At our exhibition booth, we spoke to more than 100 researchers, implementers, and other conference attendees about how CHMI’s database can raise the visibility of mHealth programs, improve transparency, and inform the research field. We attended relevant sessions, posting earlier about [mFinancing](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/blog/2011/dec/5/leveraging-mfinancing...) and mobile-powered [health business models](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/blog/2011/dec/8/health-business-model...) in emerging markets. Thanks to everyone who came by our table to say hello!
In late November, CHMI’s local partner in East Africa officially launched CHMI’s presence in Tanzania. Coverage of the event and CHMI’s work in East Africa appeared in local newspaper _The Citizen_. Read more [here](http://thecitizen.co.tz/news/4-national-news/17462-tanzanias-drug-dispen...)!
We were excited to learn that [Jordan Kassalow](http://www.forbes.com/impact-30/jordan-kassalow.html) from [Vision Spring](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/visionspring) and [Josh Nesbit](http://www.forbes.com/impact-30/josh-nesbit.html) of [Medic Mobile](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/medic-mobile), both profiled in the CHMI database, are two of the thirty innovators [named by Forbes as the world’s leading social entrepreneurs](http://www.forbes.com/impact-30/list.html). Congratulations, Jordan and Josh!
[Ashoka Changemakers](http://www.changemakers.com/) and their expert judges have [selected three winners](http://view.info.ashoka.org/?j=fe571575726c03787711&m=fef81d72706304&ls=...) for the [Making More Health Competition](http://www.changemakers.com/morehealth). The competition focused on identifying strong initiatives that increase access to quality health services and treatment, empower individuals, families and communities to address local health issues, and/or target vulnerable and underserved populations. Each winner will receive US$10,000 to help further their solutions. The winners are:
* [ColaLife](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/colalife): Piggybacking Simple Medicines on Cola Supply Chains to Save Lives in Underserved Rural Areas in Zambia
* [Saude Crianca](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/sa%C3%BAde-crian%C3%A7a): Holistic Health Solutions for Families in Favelas, Brazil
* [United For Sight](http://www.uniteforsight.org/), Ghana
**The Innovation Working Group and the mHealth Alliance announce Grantees to Improve Women’s and Children’s Health Using Mobile Technology**
At the [2011 mHealth Summit](http://www.mhealthsummit.org/), the [Innovation Working Group](http://www.who.int/pmnch/activities/jointactionplan/jap_innovationswg/en...), part of the UN Secretary-General’s [Every Woman Every Child effort](http://everywomaneverychild.org), announced the [recipients of eight grants for mobile health programs](http://www.everywomaneverychild.org/images/IWGgranteerelease_final.pdf). The grants will help organizations working on mobile health projects in low income countries to share knowledge, improve management, and improve mobile technology solutions to obstacles in health and healthcare practice.
The winners are: [Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)](http://www.clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-health-access-initia...), [Dimagi, Inc.](http://www.dimagi.com/), [D-Tree International](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/d-tree-international-0), [Grameen Foundation](http://www.grameenfoundation.org/), [International Relief and Development (IRD)- Pakistan](http://www.ird.org/), [Novartis Foundation](http://www.novartisfoundation.org/platform/apps/home_e/index.asp?MenuID=...), [Rwanda Ministry of Health](http://www.moh.gov.rw/), and [Cell Life](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/the-cell-life-project).
CHMI was privileged to have a leader from one of the winning organizations, [Steve Ollis](http://www.d-tree.org/our-team/steve-ollis/) from [D-Tree International](http://www.d-tree.org/), speak in our offices yesterday at an event about how to measure the impact of mHealth programs. Congratulations to all of the winners!
**New PATH and Merck Collaboration Around Technologies for Maternal Health**
[Merck](http://www.merck.com/index.html), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, [awarded a grant](http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/33424-Merck-for-Mothers-and-PATH-C...
) to [PATH](http://www.path.org/), a global health nonprofit, to identify innovative technologies with potential to save the lives of women during pregnancy and childbirth in low-resource settings. Spearheaded by top scientists from [Merck for Mothers](http://www.merckformothers.com/home.html#2) and PATH, this unique alliance will evaluate more than 30 promising technologies at various stages of development that address the two leading causes of maternal mortality—[post-partum hemorrhage](http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/275038-overview) and [preeclampsia](http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1476919-overview )—as well as family planning. The partnership, valued at $2.5 million and extending through Fall 2012, will integrate private- and public-sector expertise to help evaluate affordable and easy-to-use maternal health technologies that work in resource-poor settings.
[Ashoka Changemakers](http://www.changemakers.com/) will [host a multilingual (English, Spanish and Portuguese)](http://www.changemakers.com/blog/save-date-december-12?utm_source=contac...) [#SocEntChat](http://twitter.com/socentchat) on Twitter next **Monday, December 12, 2012, between 2pm and 4pm EST**. They will discuss the challenges related to the health sector, as well as innovative solutions that have the potential to cross borders.
**December 12** is also the **Early Entry Deadline** for Ashoka Changemakers’[Innovations For Health competition: Solutions that Cross Borders](http://www.changemakers.com/innovations4health), which seeks healthcare solutions from anywhere in the world that have the potential to be applied in other countries to improve health and healthcare. Early entries received by December 12 at 5pm EST will be eligible to win US$500 and one of two private consulting sessions with industry experts. Winners of the contest will each receive a cash prize of US$10,000.
Results for Development is pleased to invite you to a presentation and discussion called **Quality Monitoring in Health Programs’** led by [Jishnu Das](https://blogs.worldbank.org/africacan/team/jishnu-das), Senior Economist at the World Bank and [Ken Leonard](http://www.arec.umd.edu/People/Faculty/Leonard_Kenneth/), an agricultural economist at the University of Maryland on the use of peer and customer accountability to improve service quality. The event will take place on **Tuesday, December 13, between 12:00-1:30pm** at **1100 15th Street NW, 400**. Lunch will be provided. Please [RSVP here](http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2616449872).