News from our programs and #AIDS2014 in the latest Bi-Weekly Round Up!

Program News

Text to Change shares a great infographic on their mHealth project in Ghana, where 1200 subscribers participated in an SMS based quiz on sexual and reproductive health.

Riders for Health is promoting a new video featuring their work combatting TB by delivering care to remote locations in Lesotho. 

LifeNet is looking for volunteer translators. Click here for more details.

Weltel, supported by Grand Challenges Canada, shares a brief video on how the text-message based patient contact system works.

Sevamob is introducing dental services in their mobile clinics, and has begun offering healthcare service in Jharkhand state in partnership with Udyogini, a livelihood assistance NGO.

BRAC writes on “Predicting the Path to Scale” in the SSIR. Their Social Innovation Lab conducts research that examines what happens when a model is taken from the community to the national level. Can you truly anticipate unexpected changes and the organic growth of innovation? BRAC investigates how this is possible and useful for social change.

Possible Health founder Ted Arnoldy took the stage at TEDx Denver to discuss the organization’s desire to go beyond sustainability and focus on “durable health.” Read more and see the video here.

Africare has partnered with Dimagi and AMREF to propose a mHealth system for improved maternal and child health in Senegal. The project will integrate community based maternal care support groups with mobile and telemedicine platforms.


July 28 – October 28 – Are you a public health expert, coder, or designer interested in health data visualization? VizRisk is a behavioral health data visualization challenge hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Read more about the 3 month challenge, which features up to 7 prizes totally $15,000.

August 8 ­– Dimagi’s Motech Suite and the Grameen Foundation are hosting a workshop in Accra, Ghana, for mobile health implementers to share best practices and increase learning awareness of mHealth platforms. Read more and apply for the August 27 workshop.

August 20 – Apply for the Vodafone Foundation’s ‘Mobile for Good’ (M4G) awards in India. Five best solutions in the main categories of the awards will receive up to INR 1,200,000 each. More information here.

August 25 - GSK and Save the Children's $1 Million Healthcare Innovation Awards are open for a second year of funding. Learn more.

August 31 - The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) seeks proposals for innovations in health in Tanzania.



A new supplement in the Oxford Journal of Health Policy and Planning contains many great articles on private health market innovations. Includes a study on Informal Providers in India commissioned by CHMI.

Few interventions that “prove” effective through high-quality research actually scale.” So claims the One Acre Fund in “Social Good = Scale x Impact (Who Knew?)” on SSIR.

General News

The 20th International AIDS Conference last week in Melbourne, Australia, was host to many exciting announcements of new projects, funding, and research or AIDS prevention and treatment. One such announcement concerned the success of Gilead Sciences’ Truvada pill, a pre-exposure prophylaxis that has demonstrated a 75 percent success rate in preventing HIV transmission. Read more about these announcements here.

FHi360 and USAID will begin work on a collaborative 5-year project titled “Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV.” The Linkages project will target cooperation between partner governments and civil society organizations working with key populations and private-sector providers to deliver HIV prevention and services for key populations. The project is one of three new USAID awards funded by PEPFAR at $500 Million.

Sankalp Forum’s Social Design Jam occurs this weekend from August 1st through 3rd in New Delhi. The three-day event focuses on design thinking for scalable solutions for social enterprises in India. Learn more.

The StopTB partnership announces that a new drug therapy has shown rapid success fighting drug-resistant TB in clinical trial phases. Read the announcement on the Stop TB website.

A new report in the Lancet assesses the decreases in the global burden of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. This summary from the Science Codes blog discusses the Lancet analysis of  “Success of the Millennium Development Goals.”


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