Weekly News Roundup

On Monday, CHMI participated in a [Twitter chat](http://www.changemakers.com/blog/save-date-december-12) about health care solutions that have the potential to be applied in communities around the world. In case you missed it, find a wrap up of the [#SocEntChat](https://twitter.com/#!/socentchat) [here](http://www.changemakers.com/blog/innovatehealth-talking-health-innovatio...).


[Shelly Batra](http://s01.opasha.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=171&I...) from [Operation ASHA](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/operation-asha) authored a [blog post](http://blogs.worldbank.org/dmblog/biometrics-for-tuberculosis-management) that was recently featured on the [World Bank’s Development Marketplace blog](http://blogs.worldbank.org/dmblog/). In the post, she discusses Operation ASHA’s unique partnership with [Microsoft Research](http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/) to develop biometric technology – in this case, portable finger print scanners - that allows Operation ASHA to easily monitor patient compliance. [Shelly spoke last week](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/blog/2011/dec/12/mhealth-potential-im...) at the R4D offices about how her program measures its impact, along with [Steve Ollis](http://www.d-tree.org/our-team/steve-ollis/) of [D-Tree](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/d-tree-international-0).

[The Healthy Newborn Network (HNN)](http://www.healthynewbornnetwork.org/) and [Save the Children](savethechildren.org) have partnered on a blog series that explores the role and potential of technological innovation to improve maternal and newborn survival. Their [first post](http://www.healthynewbornnetwork.org/blog/great-expectations-grand-chall...) discusses how appropriate technologies in the hands of frontline health workers would bring major breakthroughs. Their [second post](http://www.healthynewbornnetwork.org/blog/mandate-mobilizing-innovations...), also live, provides an overview of the MANDATE (Mobilize Innovations for Maternal and Newborn Health) initiative, a tool designed to help prioritize efforts and investments by comparing the potential impact of technologies.

This week the Washington Post highlighted a conundrum in Pakistan – the country’s population is soaring, but contraceptives remain a difficult sell to much of the population. The article highlights [Greenstar Social Marketing Pakistan](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/greenstar)'s work in encouraging contraception use and the situation on the ground in Pakistan. Read the article [here](http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/family-planning-is-a-ha...).


[FAILFaire](http://failfaire.org/), a conference focused on highlighting projects that used mobiles and ICTs in international development and have failed in order to avoid other organizations repeating the same mistake, held their fourth-ever conference on December 14th in New York. Their event creates a space where it is okay to be honest about things that didn’t succeed. Check out [one example of a project that failed](http://mobileactive.org/majimatone-fail), as well as [New York Times coverage of a past FAILFaire event](http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/technology/17fail.html).

We found [The Quiet Health-Care Revolution article](http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/the-quiet-health-car...), published in the November 2011 edition of The Atlantic, to be a particularly interesting read. The article discusses how [CareMore](http://www.caremore.com/), an HMO based in California, has drastically improved geriatric patient outcomes by focusing on providing preventative care rather than just reactive care. The result - “a hospitalization rate 24% below average; hospital stays 38% shorter; an amputation rate among diabetics 60% below average”. We at CHMI are very interested in cross-border innovation sharing; how can lessons learned from CareMore in the U.S. be applied in the developing world?

[PATH](http://www.path.org/index.php), an NGO focused on sustainable solutions to longstanding cycles of poor health, recently self-published a case study detailing their work implementing a total market approach to family planning in Vietnam, entitled [Developing a Total Market Plan for Family Planning in Vietnam: An Innovative Public and Private Collaboration to Enhance Equity and Sustainability](http://www.path.org/publications/detail.php?i=2024). Download the article and read more after the jump.