Weekly News Roundup

The CHMI team would like to wish a happy holiday season to you and yours! Our Weekly News Roundup will be on hiatus next week and will return on January 6th. Happy (early) New Year!

**General News**

[The Gates Foundation](http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx) and [Grand Challenges Canada](http://www.grandchallenges.ca/) are pairing up to [create a handheld device that doctors could use to diagnose patients far from medical labs](http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017026981_apwamodernday...). “The battery-powered devices could be taken into remote areas to take samples from patients and provide analysis on various illnesses”, such as malaria and diarrheal disease. A device such as this has the potential to be a lifesaving tool in remote areas of developing countries, where access to diagnostic tests is extremely low.

The [Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)](http://www.ssireview.org/) recently highlighted the efforts of the [Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)](http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/aspen-network-development-entr...) to [research and map the new wave of for-profit businesses that are benefiting low-income communities in Brazil](http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/a_new_generation_of_brazilian_busine...). ANDE found that **roughly 60% of the small and medium enterprises they surveyed targeted households with monthly incomes of less than $170**. One such enterprise, [Projecto Cies](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/projeto-centro-de-integra%C3%...), aims to increase access to quality healthcare services to lower income communities in Brazil by bringing trucks stocked with medical equipment and trained healthcare professionals to underserved areas.

[Uganda is attempting to cut down on the number of health professionals’ that practice in Uganda without a license](http://www.intrahealth.org/page/uganda-unveils-new-mobile-directory-of-h...). “Earlier this month, the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC)’ launched its new mobile directory, which offers Ugandans with mobile phones the ability to verify a health worker’s or a health facility’s qualifications.”