Weekly News Roundup

Program News

A recent ColaLife blog explores the benefits of engaging in public-private-partnerships to tackle development challenges. For ColaLife these partnerships were critical to the success of their innovative value-chain model – read the full story here.

Dowser, an innovative social change blog, featured a story about Naya Jeevan’s innovative micro-insurance plan which leverages “cascading” health insurance plans down corporate value chains. Read more here.

Fast Company listed CHMI-profiled program Vaatsalya as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in India! Vaatsalya is credited with kickstarting the affordable healthcare trend in India when the company opened a chain of hospitals offering inexpensive medical care to rural and semi-urban communities! Explore the full list here.

General News

Marie Stopes International has launched their latest Global Impact Report! In 2012 it is estimated MSI prevented more than 2.1 million unsafe abortions, 11,300 maternal deaths, and produced $345 million in savings to families and health care systems. Explore these phenomenal results and others in the full report here.

The Guardian’s faith and development series featured a story about working with local faith communities as a cost-effective and sustainable way to fund malaria prevention programs. For instance, The Tony Blair Faith Foundation has been supporting Muslim and Christian leaders in Sierra Leone to train over 8,000 members of their congregations, who then conduct household visits training people how to prevent malaria. Read the full story here.

NextBillion’s recent NexThought Monday questions the success of the mobile money ahead of other mobile-for-development sectors. The article analyzes M-PESA in Kenya and the positive and negative effects of its quick success. Read the full post here.’


The Microinsurance Network is excited to announce the release of a guide for practitioners in health microinsurance titled “Lessons Learned and good practices in health microinsurance” by their Health Working Group. Explore the guide here

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in collaboration with the World Health Organizationhave published an updated 2012 edition of the International Drug Price Indicator Guide. Supply officers and managers can use the guide to determine the probable cost of pharmaceutical products for their programs, compare current prices paid to prices available on the international market, assess the potential financial impact of changes to a medicines list, and help support rational medicine use education. Download the guide here

PLoS Medicine just released a comparison of frameworks evaluating evidence for global health interventions to bridge the gap between what is currently available and what needs evidence framework in an LMIC global health context. Read the full report here


The deadline for nominations to the next GlobalGiving challenge is July 22, 2013. Global Giving's online platform allows registered organizations to expand their donor networks, access resources, and connect to corporate giving campaigns at companies like Ford, Nike Foundation, Dell, Pepsi and more! Many CHMI programs are now permanently featured on the platform as a result of past Open Challenges:

Why can coca-cola get to rural communities and essential health supplies can't? Join our online debate, Getting medicines to the poor: solving the logistics challenge, on how to address global health supply chain challenges. Click on the Guardian Global Development Professional Network on Thursday 18 July at 1pm BST.

Grand Challenges Canada is seeking to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact that use scientific/technical, social, and business innovation to address some of the most pressing global health challenges both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada. Projects may encompass the whole spectrum of global health, including drug discovery, vaccine development, diagnostics, health and medical education, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases (including cancer and mental health), health-related water and sanitation, and health-related agriculture and nutrition. Learn more hereDeadline: July 30, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

GSK and Save the Children have launched a $1 million award to discover new healthcare innovations that are reducing child deaths. From June 27-August 26, organizations from across the developing world are encouraged to nominate examples of innovative healthcare approaches they have discovered or implemented. $250,000 will be awarded to the best healthcare innovation and an additional $750,000 will be available for runners-up awards. Read more about this great opportunity in this recent blog post

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched a contest to redesign the child health record by developing new ways to accurately track vaccine doses, increase ease of interpretation and use, and incite behavior change to make the record a valued asset for health professionals and families alike. The Foundation will recognize the top entries with awards of up to $50,000! For more information, click hereProposals Due: October 31, 2013