Weekly News Roundup: Innovators recognized for their contributions to healthcare, resources to help accelerate collective impact and more!

Program News:

Congratulations to Chris Underhill of BasicNeedsJavier Lozano of Clinicas del AzucarSanduk Ruit of Nepal Eye Program, Tilganga Institute of OphthalmologyShelly Batra of Operation ASHAAshifi Gogo of Sproxil and Allen Wilcox of Village Reach on winning the 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year Award for their contributions in health! The award identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.

Congratulations to Ashish Gram Rachna Trust (AGRT)/Institute of Health Management (IHMP) - they were selected as the recipient of the Dasra Girl Power Award 2014! IHMP's work on sexual reproductive health of married adolescent girls was recognized as a holistic program which showed significant impact. 

BRAC’s Chairman Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has been named by CNN as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” The organization, established by Abed, is the world's largest nonprofit with over 100,000 employees serving millions in 10 Asian and African countries.

In the Devex “#SheBuilds social businesses — and how we can help,” the relationship between women’s empowerment and development is examined. In the article, Maternovaan Amazon-type platform for global health technologies, is cited as one of the most “disruptive initiatives to emerge in women’s health in recent years.” 

Melissa Menka, co-founder of Access Afya, is featured on NextBillion writing about the how her organization is redefining the care system in Nairobi’s urban slums. Read more here

Despite vast economic growth, poverty is still a persistent problem. According to the World Health Organization, more than 30% of deaths that occur every day are related to extreme poverty, with causes such as starvation, diarrhea and tuberculosis. Vera Cordeiro, founder and CEO of Associação Saúde Criança, blogs about social enterprises’ multidimensional approach to poverty alleviation and what more can be done. 

This poster from Abt Associates presents findings from an evaluation of the use of a maternity savings product offered by Changamka. It was presented at the 2014 African Health Economics and Policy Association conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

SevaMob and Nationwide have teamed up to service the National Capital Region (Delhi and suburbs) and Bangalore.


The Collective Impact Forum is a network of individuals coming together in an online forum to share experience and knowledge to help accelerate the effectiveness and adoption of collective impact. 

Marie Stopes International: Engaging the Private Sector for Maximum Impact and Reach: this presentation from MSI with contributions by SHOPS Project, describes MSI's social franchising model, which aims to improve the quality of care and variety of services offered by private providers in countries where MSI is active. 

The Role of the Private Sector in the Provision of Family Planning: Past, Present, and Future: This presentation, from Abt Associates with contributions by SHOPS Project, offers an overview of the types of providers that work in the private sector. It was presented at a panel event held in March 2014 by the SHOPS project on The Role of the Private Sector in the Provision of Family Planning: Past, Present, and Future.

MicroInsurance Innovation Facility’s “Business case for microinsurance part II: Follow-up study on the profitability of microinsurance,” followed six insurers through their challenges with profitability. After implementing a number of corrective measures, particularly in distribution and claims management this paper investigates whether those measures have been successful over the longer term. 

General News:

How can countries deal with scare human resources in health? TechChange.org examines the mobile phone’s impact on healthcare in developing countries

Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung's Executive Director Renate Baehr speaks to Devex about challenges of developing innovative and effective responses in low- and middle-income countries using public-private sector partnerships. 

What’s next on the agenda of the USAID leadership team? According to Ariel Pablos-Méndez, assistant administrator for global health at the U.S. Agency for International Development, it’s programs with scalable, sustainable and measurable impact on the lives of people in developing countries using public-private partnerships and increased efforts promote girls and women’s health. Read more here

Photo: patient presents his treatment card at one of Operation ASHA's clinics in India by André J. Fanthome.