Congratulations to [Jacaranda Health](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/jacaranda-health) for winning a [seed grant](http://www.savinglivesatbirth.net/news/12/07/15/15-innovations-nominated...) from [Saving Lives at Birth Partners](http://www.savinglivesatbirth.net/)! Jacaranda Health, a network of mobile clinics that provides maternal health care in Kenya, was among 15 innovators nominated for the award.
[Riders for Health](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/riders-for-health) has launched its [Riders for Health Hero competition](http://www.riders.org/riders_for_health_MCN_hero.aspx), a fundraising effort for its goal to provide cost-efficient, sustainable transportation solutions for health care interventions in rural sub-Saharan African communities. The person who raises the most money will be declared the Riders for Health Hero and win a special [MCN](http://www.motorcyclenews.com/) award along with several other prizes!
As last week marked [XIX International AIDS Conference](http://www.aids2012.org/) in Washington, DC, ABC News Health Unit highlighted [DKT Brazil](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/dkt-brazil)’s condom tester program. DKT Brazil is holding its fourth condom testing contest to market its low-priced, Prudence brand condoms. Check it out [here](http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/07/25/test-a-condom-win-a-years-...)!
Collaboration between [The Lancet](http://www.thelancet.com/home) and the Imperial College of London, UK, has resulted in a new Commission, which examines how medical technology should best be used to improve health in low- and middle-income countries. The report states that in many cases, medical technology—almost exclusively developed in rich countries—is inappropriate for use in poorer nations. Instead of relying on hand-me-down technologies from wealthier countries, which can be costly, inappropriate for local conditions, and even dangerous, the authors urge a renewed effort towards developing what they call "frugal technologies," cost-effective technologies that are developed specifically to cope in local conditions. Read the full publication [here](http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/technologies-for-global-health).
BBC News recently published an article about the significant role technology is playing in improving Africa’s health sector. Due to exorbitant out-of-pocket spending on health care in many developing countries, there’s plenty of incentive to find ways to cut costs while keeping standards high. The article highlights organizations that are supplementing technology to improve the provision of affordable quality health care. Some of these technologies include a mobile phone app that can monitor an unborn baby’s heart rate and simple interfaces that track stock and expiry dates of medications at health clinics. Click [here](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18969646) to read the article.
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 email@example.com.
The [Implementation Research Platform](http://www.implementationresearchplatform.org/) has announced a call for proposals to support implementation research that contributes to the scale-up of effective health interventions related to [Millenium Develpment Goals](http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/) (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6. Proposed research should seek to adopt a systems perspective which may require a multi-disciplinary research team and the need to engage multiple stakeholders. Interested applicants should pre-register online by August 20, 2012. The deadline for submission is **September 15th, 2012**. Click [here](http://goo.gl/7iApH) to learn more.
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.