Award and conference opportunities abound and more in this week's News Roundup!

Program News:

Congratulations to ‘ReMeDi, by Neurosynaptic Communications Pvt. Ltd, who won the prestigious NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours 2014 Jury Choice Cash Award!

The Classy Awards has nominated APOPO and DKT International as two of their “Top 5 Communicable Disease Services” Awardees. 

Penda Health is hiring! The team is looking for a Visionary Medical Director & Product Manager - Business Analyst. Interested? Click here for more details.

When it comes to selling condoms, bringing a little controversy into the marketing mix has produced some very positive public health outcomes for consumers. DKT International is highlighted in this Huffington Post article as a successful example in Ethiopia. 


On March 19, join the conversation with experts from implementing agencies, governments, research institutions, and the private sector to discuss and debate what makes a “best buy” in global health. Register to at attend event in Washington, DC here. Or join the conversation via Twitter by using the hashtag #BestBuys4GH.

The 6th Annual ICT4D Conference provides audiences with the opportunity to listen, discuss and test innovative technology solutions with practitioners and providers who are using information and communications technology to build the resilience of communities across Africa, Latin America and Asia. The conference will be held on March 25-28 in Nairobi, Kenya. Register here.

Nominations for the 2014 ISIF Asia Awards are now open! The Awards seek to acknowledge the important contributions ICT innovators have made with creative solutions to the social and economic development of the Asia Pacific region. Nominate your program here; deadline is May 26.

Through its Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project, USAID is seeking brief project examples of engaging and benefiting the very poor through push/pull approaches to inclusive market development. Project examples (500 words or less) are requested by March 31. Submit your examples here.

Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation is a seven-week course that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and help you use the design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change. No prior design experience necessary. Class starts March 31. Register here.

Save the date! The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems and will take place April 9 – 11 in Oxford, England.

Have a great idea for ways to use mobile money? The social innovation lab has established the BRAC Innovation Fund for Mobile Money and is looking for brainstorming ideas to share with the community. Share your ideas here and rate others’ ideas here. Submission are being accepted through April 10.

On April 15, in Abu Dhabi, the 1st Middle East Conference on Telemedicine and mHealth will bring together all major stakeholders of the global eHealth ecosystem to network, share best practices & show case innovative solutions in Telemedicine and mHealth during relevant sessions and at the concurrent exhibition. Register here.

Impact Forum 2014 “From Niche to Mass” will provide diverse perspectives to analyze key issues around how to mainstream social finance, exploring concrete actions that stakeholders in the public sector, private sector, academia, and civil society can do to scale positive change in your own communities. The Forum will be held in both Singapore (June 12-13) and Paris (June 12). Register here

The Healthees is a global competition to celebrate those individuals who are driving innovation in  healthcare and an opportunity to gather, meet and toast with all the individuals who are transforming healthcare with technology. Know a program in Africa, that promotes digital health on the continent through entrepreneurial activities, blogs, projects? Nominate them here or tweet your nomination.

mBillionth Award is a dedicated platform to explore the latent potential of the mobile & telecom sector across 8 countries in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Nominate a program here.


Delivering high quality, low cost care at scale: KPMG in Southern Africa is the culmination of a year’s worth of effort in studying, learning and understanding how KPMG’s clients and other organizations are experimenting with innovation. 

The Performance-Based Incentives for Public Health Supply Chains: Training Toolkit introduces the basics of performance-based incentive (PBI) schemes for the public health supply chain, provided by USAID’s DELIVER PROJECT

In MicroInsurance Innovation Facilities’ 2013 Annual Report, they review the dramatic shift in microinsurance that has taken place over the last 6 years. 

SHOPS Project presents an overview of the mass media campaign in Jordan and explores its impact on IUD presented by Houda Khayme at the LA/PM Community of Practice Technical Consultation Meeting.

There are now more than 1,000 mHealth products and services around the world, according to the GSMA mHealth Tracker. Read more about mHealth in the current issue of GHSP and get access to a package of resources that can help strengthen the capacity of mHealth programs.

General News:

Community Health Workers are oftentimes the first line of defense for those living in the “last mile” or hard-to-reach corners of a country. Yet, the external support they receive can be inconsistent. This Stanford Social Innovation Review article explores how to place these workers at the center of design strategies and to recognize their vital role in improving health outcomes. 

How can you increase road safety while fostering opportunity and job equality for women? Put more women behind the wheel of an ambulance. In Mozambique, an effort to train women as ambulance drivers through the Mozambique Red Cross enhances public safety and fosters opportunity. 

In February, the Nigerian Senate passed the National Health Bill 2014, which is designed to 'revolutionise' the health sector and focus heavily on better regulation and quality. What does this mean for healthcare in Nigeria? Read more about the bill here

With around 35% of Kenyans in Nairobi using public transportation for their daily commute to work, could public buses be an ideal place to relay a message? FlashCast, a startup that offers advertisers an engaging communication channel on buses in Kenya, alongside PS Kenya (formerly PSI Kenya) designed three short health quizzes for commuters on contraceptive myths and misconceptions. Read about the results here.

Roughly half of medical equipment in developing countries – much of it donated – is inoperable or otherwise out of service. Health facilities simply do not have the resources to support equipment that was designed for the developed world. NextBillion reports on how social entrepreneurs and engineers are rethinking medical devices in ways that could lead to real, sustainable improvements in health systems around the world. 

Why is Chelsea Clinton obsessed with talking about diarrhea? As Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, she wants to make it clear that while diarrhea is a major killer for children under-five in low- and middle-income countries, there are simple treatments available to combat the issue. Read more about Clinton’s Fast Company Q&A at SXSW.

Photo: Thomas Feeny of Hanshep (left) and Amit Thakker at the 3rd East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF) Conference.