[Vision Spring](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/visionspring) has received a grant for over half a million dollars, from [USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures](http://idea.usaid.gov/organization/div) to open and operate 10 BoPtical Care Hubs in India over the next three years. Read more about it [here](http://visionspring.tumblr.com/post/30604108465/usaid-development-innova...) on Vision Spring’s [new blog](http://visionspring.tumblr.com/)!
[Living Goods](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/living-goods) has been featured again (you can read the first feature [here](http://www.nextbillion.net/blogpost.aspx?blogid=2926)) by [Next Billion](http://www.nextbillion.net/) in a series of articles on organizations that use mobile applications to increase the reach of their services. The article explores Living Goods’ SMS program more in depth, and how they are harnessing mobile technology to empower micro-entrepreneurs and impact lives. Be sure to [give the article a read](http://nextbillion.net/blogpost.aspx?blogid=2930)!
The Director General of [salaUno Salud](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/salauno-salud), an organization that focuses on providing affordable and high-quality eye care services to the poor, recently attended a global health conference at [Imperial College London’s](http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/) brand new institution, [The Global Health Policy Summit](http://www.globalhealthpolicyforum.org/index.html). While there he presented the successes of SalaUno's operational processes and participated in the forum. The Global Health Policy Summit is an institution conceived by the [Institute of Global Health Innovation](http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/global-health-innovation/) with a mission to foster and support the global community of health reformers. Make sure to give both salaUno and The Summit a look!
[HingX](http://www.hingx.org/) (Health Ingenuity eXchange) has launched! HingX is a Health IT registry, repository and collaborative platform, that is funded by the [Rockefeller Foundation](http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/), to facilitate the productive exchange of material in propelling the development of health information technology. There are currently more than 550 Health IT registries, with more soon to come. Be sure to give it a look!
[The New England Journal of Medicine](http://www.nejm.org/) recently released their 200th Anniversary Article, with the topics chosen to commemorate the event being: Tuberculosis, Drug Resistance, and the History of Modern Medicine. Give the article a read [here](http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1205429?query=featured_home).
[_Contraception_](http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/home), an international journal dedicated to research in all areas of contraception, has released an article exploring the use of “Mobile for Reproductive Health (m4RH)” technology. The study on m4RH was conducted in Tanzania and it evaluated the feasibility, reach and potential behavioral impact of providing automated family planning information via mobile phones to the general public. The full study can be read [here](http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824%2812%2900675-0/ab...).
[The Lancet](http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/issue/current) recently released an article on the prevalence of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis, which has increased due to the expanded use of second-line drugs in people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis. The study was carried out in eight countries (Estonia, Latvia, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, and Thailand), with the situation provided on tuberculosis being clear - the disease is becoming much harder to treat. Give the article a read [here](http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960...).
[The Ugandan Parliament](http://www.parliament.go.ug/new/) is threatening to block the passage of Uganda’s budget if more funds are not allocated towards healthcare. According to the [World Health Organization](http://www.who.int/en/) there is an extreme shortage of health workers in Uganda, with fewer than two health care workers for every 1,000 people in the country. Learn more about Uganda’s health care and budget situation by giving an article on the matter a [read](http://www.voanews.com/content/uganda_parliament_threatens_to_block_budg...).