The [Acumen Fund blog](http://blog.acumenfund.org/) has featured [VisionSpring](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/visionspring)’s key business strategies for serving customers living on $2 a day. VisionSpring has been providing affordable eyeglasses to thousands of poor customers across the developing world, while simultaneously providing sustainable jobs and access to vision care in the world's poorest, most remote communities. Read the blog post, [here](http://blog.acumenfund.org/2012/07/17/at-least-a-million/).
Check out this [document](http://www.dktinternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/DKTWhitePaper...) released by [DKT International](http://www.dktinternational.org/) about their innovative financing approach which leads to financial sustainability. DKT International is one of the largest private providers of family planning and reproductive health products and services in the developing world; the CHMI database has profiled 15 of DKT’s country specific programs such as [DKT India](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/dkt-india), [DKT Malaysia](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/dkt-malaysia), and [DKT Ethiopia](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/dkt-ethiopia).
Congratulations to [salaUno](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/salauno-salud), which was a finalist in the “High Potential” category of [CNN Expansion’s Entrepreneurs 2012 competition](http://www.cnnexpansion.com/especiales/2012/04/02/proyectos-competitivos)! salaUno was commended for offering affordable and high quality eye care services to low and middle income populations in Mexico.
[Devex](http://www.devex.com/en/) recently published an article about the mHealth boom and the challenges it is facing. Mobile technology especially focused on mHealth, the practice of using mobile devices for medicine and public health practices, has been advancing and expanding as 6 billion people, or 87 percent of the world, have mobile subscriptions. Even the poorest citizens are able to access mobile phones as technology becomes cheaper, making mHealth the ideal tool for improving health care consultations, data delivery and outcomes. Despite the enormous potential it holds, there are several obstacles that stand in the way of mHealth development. mHealth is a fundamentally interdisciplinary field, however public health professionals and computer science specialists traditionally don’t communicate very well with each other. Also as it is still in its infancy, mHealth does not have a particularly rich history for researchers to mine for best practices. These challenges, however, should not discourage those jumping on the mHealth bandwagon, as donors and implementers alike continue to thirst after the cutting edge solutions to health care delivery. To read the article, click [here](http://www.devex.com/en/news/mhealth-is-booming-but-riddled-with-challen...).
The concept of an ambulance bicycle is taking off in Malawi and may soon be available all throughout Africa. In rural areas of many developing countries, getting a pregnant woman or a sick child to a doctor is difficult and time-consuming as the weather and the quality of roads make carrying goods and people a tough job. Enter [Sakaramenta](http://www.sakaramenta.com/), an organization that produces strong, reliable and inexpensive CareCar bicycle ambulances: bikes with stretchers that can comfortably transport patients anywhere they need to go. This social enterprise has sold over 1000 bikes in Malawi since 2009 and has plans to export the bike concept to other African countries. Click [here](http://www.flyingblueclubafrica.com/inspire/whats-hot/ambulance-bicycle-...) to read more about Sakaramenta. Also check out similar ambulance bicycle models such as [Zambulance](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/zambulance) and [Bike4Care](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/bike4care) on the CHMI database.
**Opportunities and Events**
CHMI is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for organizations interested in acting as a CHMI country or regional hub and carrying out CHMI activities in low- and middle- income countries. Funding will go toward organizations that can inform and connect programs working to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of health care for the poor. The deadline to submit an EOI is **August 10, 2012 at 12:00 EST**. For more information, read our blog post [here](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/blog/2012/jul/3/chmi-launches-call-ex...) or contact Alex Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participate in the next [Global Giving Open Challenge](http://www.globalgiving.org/open-challenge-nomination/) in September to earn a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website. [Nomination forms](http://www.globalgiving.org/non-profits/join-globalgiving/) and Due Diligence documents must be submitted by **August 1, 2012**.
[SHOPS (Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector)](http://www.shopsproject.org/) will host a satellite session titled, [“We’re in it Together,”](http://www.shopsproject.org/about/highlights/we%E2%80%99re-in-it-togethe...) at the upcoming international AIDS conference. It will feature private sector specialists from four African countries who will discuss their experiences with engaging the private sector in their countries’ national HIV programs. The session will be held on **July 25, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm EST** in Mini-Room 3 at the Washington Convention Center.
The Private Sector Working Group (PWSG) is a community of practice that seeks to bring together experts working in the field of private sector health. Members meet quarterly to discuss health market innovations and listen to technical presentations on private sector programs or research. Through an [online portal hosted on the SHOPS website](http://www.shopsproject.org/pswg), members are able to contribute to existing discussions, network through personal messages, and share working and published documents. To join the PSWG, please send your request including full name, name of organization, position title, and why you are interested in the PSWG to PSWG@abtassoc.com.