Simon Barson, a [Virgin Money Giving](http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/) fundraiser, has registered and will compete in the [London Half Triathlon](http://www.thelondontriathlon.co.uk/) to raise money for [mothers2mothers](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/mothers2mothers); an NGO that helps prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. The target is 1000 British pounds, and you can donate and learn more about Simon’s trials and tribulations in preparing for the triathlon [here](http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiser...).
LGT Venture Philanthropy is at it again! This time with [Operation ASHA](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/operation-asha)!! 1 Like = $1 USD. So be sure, if you haven't already, to go to [Operation ASHA's Facebook page](https://www.facebook.com/operationasha) and "Like" it to have LGT donate $1 towards the fight against TB!! Don't forget to also like [CHMI's](https://www.facebook.com/HealthMarketInnovations) Facebook page on your way there!
[Living Goods](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/living-goods), an “Avon-like” network of community health promoters was recently featured in a series of articles by [Next Billion](http://www.nextbillion.net/), a website and blog that explores the connection between enterprise and development, on businesses that use mobile applications to increase the reach of their services. The article explores Living Goods’ SMS program that sends information through texts to community members on everything from general health tips to drug-adherence reminders. Be sure to [give the article a read](http://www.nextbillion.net/blogpost.aspx?blogid=2926)!
[The Economic Times](http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/), a major news publication in India, recently published an article on the problem government insurance schemes are having in reaching the poor in India. Many individuals in the lower income brackets in India are completely clueless to the existence of government insurance schemes, and those that are privy, are often turned away for frivolous reasons. [RSBY](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/rashtriya-swasthya-bima-yojan...) is the largest of such programs in India, and you can learn more about it, how India is trying to fix the problem, and the government insurance scheme landscape within the country in the article [here](http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-08-29/news/33476145_1_...).
[Airtel](http://www.airtel.in/), the largest telecommunication company in India, recently announced that it has partnered with [Sproxil](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/sproxil), a consumer SMS verification company, to stamp out the counterfeit drug market in Africa. The partnership will have Airtel providing Sproxil’s SMS verification service free of charge to its customers. Click [here](http://www.humanipo.com/blog/1384/Bharti-Airtel-finds-comradeship-with-S...) to read more about this development.
According to the World Health Organization [(WHO)](http://www.who.int/en/), Dracunculiasis, or [Guinea-Worm disease](http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs359/en/), is on the verge of eradication. Less than 400 cases of the disease have appeared so far this year, making the disease prime to be the second disease eradicated by man (the first being smallpox). Click [here](http://www.voanews.com/content/who-officials-say-guinea-worm-disease-nea...) to read more about this historical occurrence.
Her Majesty [Queen Noor Al Hussein](http://www.kinghusseinfoundation.org/index.php?pager=end&task=view&type=...) of Jordan recently attended an unveiling of Tamweelcom’s (aka Jordan Micro Credit Company) initiative to provide free health insurance for its clients. The initiative is a cooperative between the queen’s, [Noor Al Hussein Foundation](http://www.nooralhusseinfoundation.org/index.php?pager=end&task=view&typ...) and the pharmacy chain outlet, [Pharmacy 1](http://www2.pharmacy-1.com/CustomerCenter/default.aspx). You can read more about this pioneering program in Jordan [here](http://www.kinghusseinfoundation.org/index.php?pager=end&type=news&task=...).
Have you ever forgot to take your medicine on time when you were sick? Well, you're not the only one. But don't worry, new technology that has you swallow a sensor, reminding you of when take your medicine, has just been released and it has the potential to change the game in drug adherence. Not only for you, but especially in the developing world where multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extremely drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis has become a serious problem. Make sure to [read more about this innovative technology](http://blog.psiimpact.com/2012/08/technology-that-reminds-patients-to-ta...) and what other measures need to be taken to combat the most dangerous forms of tuberculosis.
[The Manthan Award](http://manthanaward.org/index.asp), an award that recognizes the best practices in e-Content and Creativity in development, a first of its kind in India, is now accepting nominations! The award was launched in October 2004 by the [Digital Empowerment Foundation](http://www.defindia.net) in partnership with the World Summit Award, the [Department of Information Technology](http://deity.gov.in/), the Government of India, and various other stakeholders that are engaged in promoting digital content inclusiveness for development in Asia Pacific nation states. The last day to [submit your nomination](http://manthanaward.org/nomination/nomination2012.asp) is Friday, August 31st, so be sure to get it in soon!