global health

Development and Technology, Learning from our Failures

The diffusion of information and communication technology (ICTs) throughout the world is changing the face international development and global health in fundamental ways. Development practitioners and technologists have an array of new tools with the potential to solve age-old problems, but the road to realize success is full of failures – as it should be.

Forum One on Social Media Monitoring and Evaluation at the Global Health Mini-University

At Forum One, we take monitoring and evaluation (M&E) seriously, especially when it comes to measuring the success of digital communication campaigns. While we love data and establishing relevant indicators for initiatives that are sometimes hard to measure, we also love talking about these strategies.

Meet your Audiences Online to Combat Noncommunicable Diseases

Much of the current conversation among the international health community is focused on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are medical conditions or diseases that are not spread by infection (e.g., lung disease or diabetes). The impact from these disease could be greatly reduced by healthier decision making.

Navigating the Evolving e-Publication Landscape

Long gone are the days of print outs, folders, pamphlets and even books. E-readers are becoming a popular method for distributing information for not only popular books and magazines, but large data heavy organizations.

Transparency and Global Health: Starting at the Top

This summer, I had the pleasure of attending the InterAction Forum (#IAForum) here in Washington, D.C. One of my most pleasant surprises was the acknowledgement and engagement at a very senior level around data sharing and transparency within the global development sector.

What Hillary’s cookstoves need to succeed

This post was written by Alanna Shaikh. Alanna is a global health professional who blogs at UN Dispatch and Blood and Milk.
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton announced a new $60 million initiative to help 100 million households adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership that includes the US State Department, the UN Foundation, the World Food Program, Royal Dutch Shell, the World Health Organization, and the US Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

David Rieff takes on Hillary’s “new approach” to Global Health

In a blog post for The New Republic, author David Rieff calls Hillary Clinton’s approach to development naïve, contradictory, and muddled. His post is a response to Clinton’s speech, delivered last week at SAIS, about the administration’s six-year, $63 billion Global Health Initiative.
Rieff’s critique rests on three main arguments, all of which will be familiar to Aid Watch readers.

Global Health and Social Entrepreneurship – New Recipe for Great Conferences

If you are a regular reader, you know by now about the Tech4Society event Ashoka is hosting with the Lemelson Foundation in Hyderabad in February. Though I won’t be there, I am excited for our team putting on the event and am anxiously looking forward to the commentary and insights we’ll gain from the gathering.

IMCI's Not Working

The World Health Organization’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) strategy is one of the cornerstones of global health. It’s meant to reduce child mortality by improving their medical care, teaching parents about how to care for sick kids, and improving health systems. It’s an evidence-based diagnostic strategy, based on identifying the illnesses most likely to kill children in the developing world.

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