New resources to measure impact, presentations on complementary research to assessments and more in this week's News Roundup!

Program News:

Sproxil is proud to announce their official partnership with Fight the Fakes, an organization which aims to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines.

Yale asks the question: what’s next for social enterprises? Living Goods’ CEO, Chuck Slaughter discusses what it will take for the social enterprise field to produce a breakout star.

Over the past year, the number of patients visiting Sharwan Kumar, a rural health practitioner living in a village in the North Indian state of Bihar, has almost doubled. Kumar started a SkyHealth center and is a franchisee of World Health Partners. SkyHealth uses connectivity to perform basic basic diagnostics and symptom-based treatments. Learn more about the centers here

The Maternal Health Task Force’s new blog series and topics page on mHealth for Maternal Health shares knowledge and experiences of academics, implementers and funders across the mHealth and maternal health communities. In their latest blog, mHealth for Maternal Health: What’s new, what’s missing and where are we headed, Marc Mitchell, Founder and President, D-TREE International reviews the ever-changing mHealth world. 

VillageReach's president, Allen Wilcox has been selected as a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in partnership. Read more news from VillageReach here in their newsletter!

Andrea Coleman, CEO and Founder of Riders for Health, explains why she believes social enterprise can provide a model for true sustainable development in the Skoll World Forum’s debate and series page. 

In 2008, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation decided to invest in Myanmar’s primary health care, giving a grant to Population Services International (PSI) in order to help them expand services nationwide through Myanmar’s Sun Quality Network. Read more about it here

World Health Partners is pleased to announce that during the first quarter of 2014, the organization has offered more than 100,000 teleconsultations for medical care and follow-up. 

Check out DKT International’s 2014 Annual Report here!


Join the Mobile Money - Supporting Ecosystem Development event, focuisng on: Afghanistan, Indonesia and the Philippines on April 15th at FHI 360 in Washington, DC. RSVP here.

Stanford Social Innovation Review’s “Injecting Innovation Into Your Philanthropy” webcast on April 22, shares the process and practice helping innovation funders incorporate a greater degree of risk-taking, experimentation, and flexibility into their work.

Reserve your seats for the "Experiences in Evaluating Projects Aimed at Ending Violence Against Women” roundtable on April 22, 2014 at the Sunville Banquets, Worli in Mumbai, India. Join the webinar, here

The third annual SwitchPoint conference in Saxapahaw, North Carolina on April 24-25 brings together the brightest thinkers and entrepreneurs to create new partnerships and brainstorm solutions to pressing issues. Find out more, here!

Join your colleagues and peers at this year's Mission Investors Exchange 2014 National Conference: "Sparking Change," May 13-15, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, featuring high-energy facilitators and sessions for all levels of practitioners and all types of philanthropic asset owners and managers. Learn more here

Health Hub, new online service to help change the lives of all Kenyans in the way they access health care information, has an online discussion panel which is open to everyone. 


Are you a healthcare organization looking to measure your impact and effectiveness? The Center for Health Market Innovations, in partnership with the Impact Reporting & Investment Standards (IRIS) initiative of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), is pleased to announce the launch of a new catalog of metrics for healthcare organizations, investors & funders!

Introducing the Impact Genome Project: A new, groundbreaking initiative that will codify and quantify the factors used in social impact programs proven to produce outcomes. Read more here

On April 2, SHOPS Project held their annual Private Sector Working Group Meeting in Washington, DC. The working group focused on experiences on assessing the private health sector in developing countries, sharing available tools and technical resources and exploring complementary research approaches to assessments. Presentations included:

General News:

For the first time ever the Ethiopian government and the private health sector have gathered to discuss common issues. The meeting, “The Private Health Sector in Ethiopia at a Crossroads” has the ultimate goal of enabling the sector to participate fully in the country’s effort to achieve important public health goals. 

How can healthcare organizations serve people living in the most remote areas of the world? In this Next Billion article, Last Mile Health (LMH) talks about how they’ve created an innovative model for delivering primary care in the world’s most remote villages.

Putting an end to extreme poverty: an infographic from the World Bank’s Spring 2014 Meeting. 

In this blog, Oxfam’s Winnie Byanyima calls out the immense need for universal health coverage and recommends a framework to move the idea forward

Interested in knowing what a social franchising network looks like from a client’s perspective? Check out PSI’s video about Pamela, a midwife and owner of Meditrust Health Services in Mombasa, Kenya. 

What are the essentials to strong health communication? Read k4health’s blog on behavior change communication and it’s potential effects on health programming.

Photo: Outside at one of Myanmar's Smiling Sun Franchises