Weekly News Roundup

Program News

Changamka MicrohealthAccess Afya and Mera Doctor are finalists Ashoka Changemakers’s “Transforming Health Systems: Gamechanging Business Models” competition. Forbes featured these CHMI-profiled programs in a showcase of six business models that are transforming health systems around the world. Read the full articlehere.

AllAfrica.com featured a story about APOPO's collaboration with the National Institute of Medical Research in Africa. They are making 'electronic noses' that use computer chips to detect TB. This bioengineering innovation would overcome challenges of having APOPO rats working. Read more about this fascinating work here.

mothers2mothers is proud to announce that has been awarded a three-year impact grant from DFID. Funding will expand mothers2mothers’s innovative Mentor Mother program in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent pediatric HIV and reduce maternal mortality.

General News

Did you know that Results for Development launched a companion platform to CHMI, focused on education? Building upon the example of CHMI, the Center for Education Innovations ( CEI) increases access to quality education for the poor by identifying, analyzing, and connecting non-state education innovations. Listen to R4D Managing Director Nicholas Burnett outline CEI's vision here.

The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion is underway in Helsinki. The meeting focuses on how public policy can meet the health challenges of a growing and changing global population.

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research the global mHealth market is expected to reach USD 10.2 billion by 2018 from USD 1.3 billion! Browse the full report and related articles here.

“Can a Like Save a Life?” A Georgetown University and Waggener Edstrom study sheds new light on the debate surrounding the effectiveness of online influence for social good. A blog post from the Stanford Social Innovation Review shares three conclusions for nonprofits that may be considering the best approach to engage their supporters online. Read the full post here.

Another blog from SSIR this week shares insights into ways nonprofits are making funding an integral part of their mission, and working with for-profits and other nontraditional partners to deliver on that mission. The blog features Living Goods, and shares useful tips for programs trying to broaden their funding schemes. Check out the blog here.


A pilot study for the app Mobilize, used by mobile health workers in rural South Africa to track MDR-TB patients, has valuable lessons for scaling new mHealth initiatives in other resource-constrained environments. Read the article published in PLoS Medicine here .

Investments in healthcare infrastructure in BRICs will play a big role in the expanding market for patient monitoring devices, according to a new report from Global Business Intelligence (GBI) Research. In China, the market is expected to reach $714 million USD within six years. The report examines "trends for seven patient monitoring devices market categories: remote patient monitoring devices; micro-electro mechanical systems; patient monitoring accessories; non-invasive blood pressure monitors; multi-parameter patient monitoring devices; neonatal monitors and fetal monitors."


Are you the founder of an early stage venture having social and or environmental impact at the base of the pyramid in India? Artha Venture is looking for up to 15 ambitious social ventures to grow their enterprises to deliver impact at scale in India. They will work with your program through an intensive 12-month program that is designed to help you raise investment of between INR 25 lakh to 100 lakh (USD $50,000 to $200,000) Check out our latest blog post with more information here. The deadline is midnight IST on June 17.

The IDEAS team is hosting a webinar looking at scaling-up and improving coverage of maternal, newborn and child health programs and interventions through integration with the WHO Expanded Program on Immunization services. The discussion will be based on the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Knowledge Summary titled “Integrating immunization and other services for women and children.” For registration information, click here. Webinar is 10am UK time, June 19.

Acumen and IDEO are offering a new course titled Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation. This free five-week online course introduces you to the concepts of human-centered design. The course helps groups of change agents learn to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change. For more information on registration and to find groups in your area, click here. The deadline for registration is July 3.

Calling all non-profits! The deadline for nominations to the September GlobalGiving challenge is fast approaching. GlobalGiving's online platform allows registered organizations to expand their donor networks, access resources, and connect to corporate giving campaigns at companies like Ford, Nike Foundation, Dell, Pepsi and more! Many programs are able to continually fundraise on the platform after being referred by CHMI to participate in past Open Challenges:

Learn more about the challenge and nominate a program here. The nomination deadline is July 22.