Archive for the ‘Global Health’ Category

On June 1 – 2 2011 in New York City, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GBC) will celebrate 10 years since being founded by the late Ambassador Richard Holbrook.

The GBC’s 2011 Conference and Awards Dinner looks set to be an engaging event focused on the corporate world’s response to global health challenges and the identification of new avenues for future business action.

The speaker line-up is likely to inspire and provoke substantive debate, with a fantastic selection of global thought leaders, inspirational business executives, and influential government officials.

The engagement of the private sector in global health challenges is an imperative and this conference is a valuable contribution bridging together diverse stakeholders in global health to explore the avenues for future business action and engagement.

With over 500 participants from the private sector, non-profit sector, governments, and academia, for anyone working in the field of global health this is without a doubt an event to put in your calendar this year. For more information, and to register for the conference, follow this link: GBC Conference and Awards Dinner 2011

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The World Health Organization believes that 25% of the medicines sold around the developing world are inauthentic copies containing little or no active ingredients. Medication like this increases the resistance of pathogens to first-line medication and in many cases causes fatality.

But what if a mother caring for her sick child who needs a prescription drug in rural Ghana, could determine by a quick SMS/text-message via her cellphone that the prescription drug she intends to purchase is safe for her child and not a fake?

mPedigree, a Ghanaian start-up, is working to make this a reality throughout Africa. I recently met one of the founders, Bright Simons, a dynamic, young social entrepreneur from Ghana, who is on a mission to find partners and investors and spread the word about mPedigree. If mPedigree is able to forge the public-private partnerships necessary between governments, the pharmaceutical industries, and telecom giants, this technology may well become a revolutionary force in bringing access to safe drugs to people across the developing world.

Read about mPedigree’s approach and Bright’s efforts in this interview with him in June 2008:
MPedigree: Combating Counterfeit Drugs

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We were excited to get an email recently from one of our readers, who alerted us to a great initiative of the Center for Global Development’s Global Development Matters

The organization recently released an interesting documentary series entitled “A Dollar a Day”. Each documentary in the series tells the story of poor individuals struggling with a different aspect of global poverty. Many individuals and groups are complementing Blog Action Day by hosting a film screening on October 15th! Do check out their website, Global Development Matters: Host a Screening. Here are some more details we received and reasons to host a screening:

“The world is more interconnected and interdependent than ever.  Things that happen in other countries affect us here; and things we do in the U.S. affect people in other countries, particularly where the majority of the population is living in poverty. Understanding the connection between global development and U.S. political choices is now more relevant than ever as we make decisions on the eve of the 2008 U.S. presidential election.  Start a conversation about global development in your community and help spark a national dialogue.

It’s easy to host a screening, just visit http://www.globaldevelopmentmatters.org and choose the film whose issues speak to you and your community. Then you can register your screening, download discussion guides and invitations.”


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Kate Jongbloed (Canada): 
Working with CAPAIDS in Ethiopi
(September 2006-July 2007)

The Organization: 
Canada-Africa Partnership on AIDS (CAPAIDS) provides resources to grassroots community-based organizations that  are on the front lines in the battle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa

The Project: 
Microeconomic empowerment for HIV-affected orphans


Slipping between two corrugated iron walls, down a narrow pathway, I entered the two-room house of Makeda Girma*. I met with Makeda as part of my internship with a non-profit organization in Ethiopia working to combat HIV/AIDS. At 18, Makeda had been responsible for her 4 year-old daughter and her younger brother and sister since her mother died of AIDS three years ago.

The project provided vocational training and start-up capital to 340 adolescent orphans who were guardians to their younger siblings since the death of their parents due to AIDS-related illnesses. Implemented by four local HIV/AIDS service organizations in Ethiopia and Uganda, the two-year project was supported by CAPAIDS, a small Canadian NGO.

As an undergraduate International Development Studies student, I joined the project to fulfill the work-experience component of my degree and conduct field research for my thesis. Coming from an academic program that was very critical of development, my expectation was that I’d have very little to contribute and that the experience would be one for learning rather than doing. I was very conscious of not trying to “fix” or “help”. (more…)

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World Bank backs anti-Aids experiment
Financial Times
By in London
Friday Apr 25 2008 16:30

“Thousands of people in Africa will be paid to avoid unsafe sex, under a groundbreaking World Bank-backed experiment aimed at halting the spread of Aids.

The $1.8m trial – to be launched this year – will counsel 3,000 men and women aged 15-30 in southern rural Tanzania over three years, paying them on condition that periodic laboratory test results prove they have not contracted sexually transmitted infections.

The proposed payments of $45 equate to a quarter of annual income for some participants.” Read more…

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By Gretchen Lees
April 5, 2008

“About six months into his 2005 Peace Corps service in Senegal, San Diego resident Steve Bolinger helped spearhead a gardening program for the infectious disease ward of a local hospital. The goal was to teach patients, many of them HIV positive, the skills to grow their own food and help supplement the hospital food supply. After seeing the impact, Bolinger made plans to replicate the program once out of the Peace Corps. He recruited a friend, Sarah Koch, a rural health extension agent he met in the Peace Corps, who often volunteered at the original garden in Dakar. They launched Development in Gardening after discovering a lack of gardening outreach programs.” Read more…

Find out more on their website Development in Gardening

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Emily Oster, an economist at the University of Chicago, challenges our assumptions on AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

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In the Fall 2007 Stanford Social Innovation Review, Jessica Flannery highlights an innovative, new approach to combating malaria in Kenya that combines micro-finance with established franchising practices to directly provide rural poor people with local access to drugs when and where they need them. Read the article here

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