News, Resources, and Opportunities: A Recap of Recent Health Innovations

Program News

SHOPS described the successes and lessons learned from the partnership between Microensure and Penda Health. The two worked to devise a business plan to deliver affordable, high quality health care to sugar cane cutters and their families. Read more here.

Saude Crianca was featured in a Huffington Post article, which detailed the program’s actions and achievements in providing women and children healthcare in Brazil.

Pathfinder International released a technical brief detailing their efforts to strengthen family health services in Ethiopia.

Riders for Health was featured in a BBC video feature, which described their efforts to battle HIV, and told the stories of Malawi’s first two riders.



Apply for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Grant to be awarded up to $100,000. Funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Network Planning program’s purpose is to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks to achieve efficiencies, expand access, coordinate and improve the quality of health care services and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Applications are due by January 9, 2015.

International Rescue Committee is hiring a Health Coordinator and Health Manager. The Health Manager would be based in Jordon and the Health Coordinator will be based in Sierra Leone.

IMA World Health is hiring a Health Systems Strengthening Advisor who will be stationed in Kenya. Application deadline is December 13, 2014.

Sankalp Forum has announced their Africa Summit Summit 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, from February 5 to 6. The summit aims to facilitate discussions on inclusive development and South-to-South exchange for innovative partnerships and collaboration. Registration and more information here.



SHOPS will be airing a webinar on November 25, 2014 at 9:00 am EST on a “New Online Tool for Conducting Private Health Sector Assessments.

PMA 2020 released the results of family planning research in Kenya. Recent findings indicate increased uptake of contraception methods, according to researcher Selamawit Desta on the K4Health blog.

SHOPS published six macro level assessments analyzing the private health sector in West Africa. See full report here.

SHOPS examined a total market approach to diarrhea management, including policy, stakeholders, market segmentation, marketing service delivery, and health financing strategies.

General News

Next Billion article “Supply Chains for Global Health: Learning from Starbucks to get life saving commodities where they’re needed, when they’re needed,” described insights from panelists at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on supply chains and how it can be implemented in the realm of global health.

SHOPS article “Meeting Demand for Modern Contraception: Role of the Private Sector,” provides an overview in the role of the private health sector in providing family planning products globally.

WHO warned that progress towards eliminating measles has stalled and 2015 targets will not be met.  Read the full article here.


Photo Credit: SHOPS Project