Weekly News Roundup: A forecast into accessible health care for 2014 and more!

Program News:

Naya Jeevan, a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides low-income families with affordable and quality health care has been named the winner of the 2013 Asia Society-Bank of America Merrill Lynch Asia 21 Young Leaders Public Service Award.

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business discusses how World Health Partners leverages existing resources to provide basic health care, reproductive health services and telemedicine technology to India.

Chuck Slaughter, CEO and founder of Living Goods, explains how entrepreneurs, looking to improve the lives of low-income communities, can use a synergistic mix of microfinance, direct selling, mobile technology and social media to tackle the fragmented market.

While there are many obstacles plaguing health care access in India, there have also been many great improvements. In this NextBillion blog, Sevamob is recognized as a strong contributor to health care access through their affordable insurance schemes, cloud-based storage and mobile-based technology approaches.


Looking for an internship with one of the leading development organizations dedicated to alleviating poverty? BRAC has three internship openings! Check them out here.

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is seeking an intern to work alongside their IRIS program: which addresses a key need of the impact investing industry.

Marie Stopes International is looking for a Regional Director for the Pacific Asia Region.

Access Afya, a private social enterprise works with Kenyan consumers to provide affordable health care solutions, is hiring for a Chief Operating Officer position

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies is hosting the panel discussion: Successful Transition to Aid Independence – What’s the Role of the Donor Community? Panelists include Result for Development’s Managing Director David Hecht.

Are you interested in global health, social entrepreneurship, or international development? Unite for Sight’s Global Health University announces the inauguration of our free online webinar series with leading experts in global health and social entrepreneurship. The webinar will be held on February 12, 2-3pm Eastern Time, with Lakshmi Karan, PhD, Senior Advisor, Global Strategies and Impact Assessment at The Hero Group. 

The Tech Awards 2014 honors science and technology innovators whose life-changing work touches millions of people around the world. The technology and its application must be ground-breaking and stand out from existing solutions. The innovation must be in use in the field, be measurably impactful, and have the potential to be used more widely. Applications are now open and the deadline is Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 2:00 PST.


Over the past year, Universal Health Coverage has made monumental progress. This new essay in PLoS Medicine examines the importance of Improving Women’s Health through Universal Health Coverage.

Can social franchising work to increase contraceptive use in Pakistan? Read more about it in the study: Impact of Social Franchising on Contraceptive Use When Complemented by Vouchers: A Quasi-Experimental Study in Rural Pakistan.

The International Franchise Association has developed the Social Sector Task Force with the primary goal to improve the lives of people in emerging markets and to create economic activities that will drive commerce and job creation by assisting. 

General News:

2014 health care predictions for Asia? In this Forbes’ article, frugal tech innovations, pharmaceutical pricing transparency, stronger supply-chain efficiency and mobile technology growth are at the top of the list for 2014.

Curbing malnutrition with a text message: in Malawi, health care workers are able to monitor children’s growth with a simple Nokia phone using RapidSMS technology.

For women experiencing side effects from their injectables in India, discontinuation rates are high.  In order to address this, the SHOPS Project created a toll-free helpline to provide method-specific counseling and answer questions about their injectables, which have vastly improved adherence.

Crowdfunding has the potential to benefit a wide variety of fund-seekers, especially  low-income communities. However, these opportunities don’t come without roadblocks: NextBillion talks about some of the challenges and solutions to being a successful crowdfunder for social change.

Can we build a social healthcare enterprise that serves the needs of 25 million slum dwellers suffering from chronic diseases by 2019? The 2014 Hult Prize Challenge and the Clinton Global Initiative challenges students from around the world during regional competitions; winners receive USD 1 million in seed capital.

In Case You Missed It:

A Conversation with Helen Saxenian and Robert Hecht on 20 years in Global Health: Making an Even Stronger Case for Investing in Health by Christina Starr

Disquiet in Chhattisgarh over new "combative" rules for medical providers by Gautham Subramanyam

A framework to improve primary care in India and the role of innovation by Dr. Anuradha Katyal

Action on the Social Determinants of Health- the need of the hour! by Rohini Rao

Reaching the Health Millennium Development Goals: The Critical Role of India's Business Sector by Siddhi Mankad