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Call for papers: Global Public Health Conference: Kattankulathur India

Mon, 07Oct2013 Comments off

Press Release

Global Public Health Conference GPHCON at SRM University, Kattankulathur

– Call for papers

Last Date: November 30, 2013

  GPHCON 2014


Pre Conference Workshop -Thursday 20th February 2014

Conference – 21-23 February, 2014

Organized by : School of Public Health ,SRM University
Supported by : Distinguished Members of Public Health Associations of India

Secretariat
School of Public Health, III Floor, Medical College Building
SRM University ,SRM Nagar, Kattankulathur
Tamil Nadu-603203, India, Tel- +91-44-27455771
Email- gphcon2014@srmuniv.ac.in

For details: http://gphcon2014.wix.com/gphcon#!organising-committe-/c1d94

Greetings from the Organizing Committee -GPHCON2014 It is our privilege to intimate you that School of Public Health SRM University will be organizing Global Public Health Conference in February 21-23, 2014 and the pre-conference workshop is on February 20, 2014. The theme of the conference is “Multi- disciplinary Approaches in Public Health: innovations, practices and Future Strategies” and about 25 sub themes focuses on multi-disciplinary approaches.

The aim of this conference is to bring the public health professionals from various disciplines to a single platform and share their technical expertise for the benefit of the people and the world. If you are working actively with public health systems or practicing public health at any level we invite you to share your rich experience in the conference. Your participation would add great value to the conference and you will certainly enjoy being among the renowned intellectual expertise.

The venue of the conference is SRM University, Near Chennai. SRM University is the first private University in India and has many glorious achievements to its credit. SRM launched the Nano satellite named, SRMSAT in the year 2012: it has been designed by students and faculties of SRM University. The crowning glory for the SRM University is in being the first private University in India to host the 98th Indian Science Congress that was hosted with the theme “Quality Education and Excellence in Scientific Research in Indian Universities” was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the year 2010 which was attended by more than 10,400 delegates from India and abroad including six Nobel Laureates has participated.

Keeping the legacy of organizing the large national and international conferences we School of Public Health, SRM University invite your august participation in the conference.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY SRM

University is one of the top ranking universities in India with over 20,000 students and 1,500 faculties, offering a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in Engineering, Management, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science and Humanities. SRM University with multiple institutions having been established 28 years ago is one of the largest private Universities in India. Over two and half decades, SRM University has set standards in experimental education and knowledge creation across various fields. Over 600 acres replete with a variety of facilities, State-of-the-art labs, libraries, Wi-Fi, Knowledge centre, 4500 capacity AC auditorium, 100 online smart classrooms and hostels with premium facilities.

SRM University is the first private university in India to launch the Nano satellite named, SRMSAT: it has been designed by students and faculties of SRM University. The design is made robust enough support different payloads and act as Nano Bus for further mission. By this process SRM University would be able to provide qualified and trained scientist and technological manpower in satellite technology. Added to the crowning glory for the SRM University is that the 98th Indian Science Congress was hosted with the theme “Quality Education and Excellence in Scientific Research in Indian Universities”, was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister in which more than 10,400 delegates from India and abroad including six Nobel Laureates has participated.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Emerging as a School of Excellence in the 6 years of genesis, our staff brings experience in multiple disciplines and have hands on experience in local, national, and international health settings. Our capabilities in research, knowledge and practice have been tested time to time and proved successful..School of Public Health intercepts into many inter related disciplines, which have key elements in common that bring us together. School of Public Health, because of its unique standing is a powerful tool in bring about balance. The School works on “hubs and spokes” model linking many departments that include Medicine, Engineering, Nursing and Management in its manifold to function effectively. Postgraduate program in the School of Public Health is designed for graduates, who aspire to be leaders and professionals in public health, who aspire to reach high-level roles nationally and internationally. Our students come from all parts of India and a few International students from the Far East. They have relevant academic and work experience. Majority of our students have a prior health related degree, and we have students from various disciplines like Arts, Humanities and Engineering. We have Doctors and Public Health Officers nominated from various states and Union Territories.

This program prepares health professionals from a varied range of backgrounds, with knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, to define, critically assess and resolve public health and nutrition problems. Various fields of study allow students to focus on Indian public health issues and international public health, including nutrition and tropical health.

Theme   “Multi-disciplinary Approaches in Public Health: Innovations, Practices and Future Strategies”

Sub- Theme

  • Public Health Policy,
  • Public Health Education,
  • Pharmacovigilance in Public Health,
  • AYUSH and Public Health, Community Health,
  • Public Health Nursing, Public Health Engineering,
  • Health Analytics, Public Health Ethics and Legalities,
  • Veterinary Public Health, Occupational and Industrial Health,
  • Public Health Promotion and Behaviour Change Communication,
  • Migration Refugees and Urban Public Health, Public Health Nutrition,
  • Hospitality Industry and Public Health, Economics of Public Health,
  • Reproductive and Child Health Management in Public Health,
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Equity Issues in Public Health,
  • Environmental Public Health, Public Health Research ,
  • CSR in Public Health, Role of NGOs in Public Health,
  • Medical Public Health, Public Health Dentistry,
  • Information Technology and Public Health
  • Disaster and Public Health

Abstract Submission

Authors who wish to submit abstract should follow the format for abstract submission that can be downloaded from the website. Abstracts should be written in English. Abstracts that are submitted must NOT have been previously presented in any other conference or published anywhere in any form.

Abstract should not exceed 300 words. It must be prepared in MS Word format. A 12 point font, Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing should be used. Abstracts should be structured one with following sub-headings indicating in bold – Background; Objectives; Methods; Results; Conclusion. Always define abbreviations and acronyms including standard measures. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word the first time it appears. Each abstract must be complete, i.e. it must include all information necessary for its comprehension and not refer to another text.

We encourage applying though online submission; however for the convenience the abstract can be emailed to gphcon.2014@srmuniv.edu.in. The submitted abstract will be reviewed by the expert committee and the authors will be notified about the acceptance by Email. If accepted for presentation the selected authors are requested to submit the full paper.

o Deadline for abstract submission – November 30, 2013.
o Last date for submission of full paper – December 31, 2013
o After you complete your submission, you will receive an e-mail that confirms your submission was successfully received.
o Keep a copy of your abstract submission for your records.

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new paper: non-clinical interventions for preventable & treatable childhood diseases – what do we know?

Thu, 19Sep2013 1 comment

new paper: by  Maureen Seguin  and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa

United Nations University,

Munich Personal RePEc Archive

13. September 2013

“What do we know about non-clinical interventions for preventable and treatable childhood diseases in developing countries?”

Abstract:

Preventable and treatable childhood diseases, notably acute respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases are the first and second leading causes of death and morbidity among young children in developing countries. The fact that a large proportion of child deaths are caused by these diseases is symptomatic of dysfunctional policy strategies and health systems in the developing world. Though clinical interventions against such diseases have been thoroughly studied, non-clinical interventions have received much less attention. This paper contributes to the existing literature on child wellbeing in two important respects: first, it presents a theory of change-based typology that emerges from a systematic review conducted on non-clinical interventions against preventable and treatable childhood diseases. Second, it pays particular attention to policies that have been tested in a developing country context, and which focus on children as the primary target population. Overall, we find that improved water supply and quality, sanitation and hygiene, as well as the provision of medical equipment that detect symptoms of childhood diseases, along with training and education for medical workers, are effective policy instruments to tackle diarrhoeal diseases and acute respiratory infections in developing countries. more…

34 page pdf

Seguin, Maureen and Niño-Zarazúa, Miguel (2013): What do we know about non-clinical interventions for preventable and treatable childhood diseases in developing countries? Published in: WIDER Working Paper Series , Vol. 2013, No. 087 (13. September 2013)

WASHLink  from time to time likes to briefly note newly publish papers in hopes of giving  them a wider audience – let us know if you know of paper that could use this very small piece of publicity…

$8.1 M in new grants from Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative.

Wed, 22May2013 Comments off

press release

May 21, 2013, SEATTLE –

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced more than US $8.1 million in new grants through its Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative.

grandchallenges.org

GCE is a phased grant program that funds innovative ideas to tackle key global health and development problems, and provides additional resources for projects that demonstrate promise.
Fifty-eight projects from 18 countries will receive $100,000 grants.
These grants allow researchers to begin testing bold global health and development projects that could transform the lives of those most in need. Included in today’s announcement is a group of grantees working to develop “Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers” to find holistic solutions that will boost productivity of smallholder farmers, including:

  • Solar-powered Grain Drier:  Vaibhav Tidke of Institute of Chemical Technology in India will work to develop a mobile, solar-powered grain drier that would double the storage life of harvested crops to reduce spoilage and significantly reduce the time women spend working in the fields.
  • Multi-crop Thresher: Jodie Wu, D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow and CEO of Global Cycle Solutions in Tanzania, is working to develop a multi-crop thresher that would enable smallholder farmers to thresh crops in a fast and affordable way, saving hours of manual labor.  The thresher works without electricity and allows smallholder farmers to significantly reduce harvest loss.
  • Drip Irrigation Tubes from Recycled Bags: Dr. Joseph Parse of Synovision Solutions in the United States will develop equipment to recycle plastic shopping bags into drip irrigation tubing for smallholder farmers in developing countries.  The design of the manually powered equipment will allow the tubing to be produced in developing countries by relatively low-tech facilities.

“The impressive concepts from around the world that are part of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative are pushing the envelope when it comes to innovation to tackle ongoing challenges for the poor using approaches ranging from agricultural development to communications for social good,” said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery &Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  “We expect this increasing diversity of novel approaches to foster interventions that will save and improve lives.”

In partnership with the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, a second round of grantees will be funded for research focused on the “Aid is Working. Tell the World” topic. The goal of this topic is to identify revolutionary approaches to communications that could motivate the public in wealthy countries of the world to support foreign aid investments. Projects include:

  • BeHere-BeThere Project: Christoph Nann of Serviceplan in Germany will test a simple method for raising awareness of development projects in developing countries using location-based network applications such as Foursquare, in collaboration with local retail partners, to connect consumers to projects.
  • Mobileizing the Unheard Voices of Aid Recipients: Arjun Venkatraman of Environics Trust in India and colleagues will use an Interactive Voice Response system to collect 10,000 personal narratives of the impact of aid programs in rural India and share them through social media channels.
  • Hactivating Development Aid: Charlotte Obidairo and team from Coxswain Social Investment plus in Tunisia will develop a crowdsourcing program that engages young people around the world to learn about global development challenges through first-person narratives, and offer solutions to real-life challenges identified by their peers

Following promising results from initial GCE grants made earlier, four projects were awarded additional funding. These projects take a variety of approaches that could contribute improved health and development including:

  • Vaginal Gel to Inhibit Sperm Mobility: David Clapham of Boston Children’s Hospital in the United States will develop and test a nanoparticle contraceptive that releases sperm tail inhibitors that could be incorporated into a vaginal gel as a low-cost contraceptive.
  • Acoustical Newborn Diagnosis Tool:  Chakib Tadj of École de Technologie Supérieure in Canada will design a software-based diagnostic tool using acoustical analysis of newborn cries to detect serious medical conditions such as heart defects and infections.
  • Heat Stable Vaccines: Fasséli Coulibaly of Monash University in Australia will design a vaccine platform based on protein crystals (MicroCubes) produced by insect viruses to produce new and more potent vaccines with increased heat stability, reducing the need for refrigerated storage.
  • Blood Protein Test for Preeclampsia:  Guiying Nie and colleagues of Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research in Australia will test the utility of measuring blood proteins for the early diagnosis of preeclampsia, which is a serious disorder of human pregnancy. Early diagnosis would help guide interventions to avoid premature delivery and associated risks.

A full list [with descriptions] of GCE projects and grant recipients can be found here. [List of 58 without details is provided below] Applications for the next round of Grand Challenges Explorations will be accepted beginning in September 2013. For email updates with the latest grant opportunities for Grand Challenges in Global Health and for Grand Challenges Explorations, sign-up here.

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About Grand Challenges Explorations

is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2008, more than 850 projects in more than 50 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with a two-page online application and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of US$100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million.

About Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  206-709-3400
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List of 58 projects

(for descriptions and more …)

 

A Fortified School Meal Product to Deworm School Children

Primary Investigator:
Elijah Songok, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya – KE
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

A Small Animal Model Of Onchocerciasis

Primary Investigator:
Joseph Turner, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom – GB
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

A Small Animal Model to Validate Onchocerca Macrofilaricides

Primary Investigator:
Warwick Grant, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – AU
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical

DiseasesAccurate, Accelerated, and Affordable Kit to predict Preterm Birth and Postpartum Recovery
Primary Investigator:
Ashish Ganguly, CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, India – IN
Topic: Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority AreasBeHere-BeThere Project
Primary Investigator:
Christoph Nann, Serviceplan, Hamburg, Germany – DE
Topic: Aid is Working. Tell the World (Part 2)

Cause Generation: A Platform to Define a Generation’s Cause
Primary Investigator:
Tony Morain, Ogilvy, San Francisco, CA, United States – US
Topic: Aid is Working. Tell the World (Part 2)

Cheap Yeast-Based Efficient Screens For Antifilarial Drugs
Primary Investigator:
Stephen Oliver, The University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom – GB
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Chimeric Nematode Models for Anthelmintic Discovery
Primary Investigator:
Richard Komuniecki, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dawadawa Therapy For Intestinal Helminthic Infections
Primary Investigator:
Michael Chan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China – CN
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Delivery of New Drugs Into Parasitic Nematodes
Primary Investigator:
Stephen Miller, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, MA, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Designing an Agricultural Implement Microfranchise for Women
Primary Investigator:
Patrice Martin, IDEO.org, San Francisco, CA, United States – US
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Evolutionary Learning Laboratory for Labor Saving Innovation
Primary Investigator:
Ockie Bosch, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia – AU
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Farmer-Led 3D Prototyping for New Labor Saving Agri-Tools
Primary Investigator:
Charles Spillane, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland – IE
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Foodborne Disease Treatments
Primary Investigator:
Aaron Maule, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom – GB
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Hactivating Development Aid
Primary Investigator:
Charlotte Obidairo, Coxswain Social Investment plus, Tunis, Tunisia – TN
Topic: Aid is Working. Tell the World (Part 2)

Hand-Operated Seed Cleaner for Ugandan Women Farmer Groups
Primary Investigator:
Margaret Smith, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, United States – US
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Hand-Powered Millet Processing Suite Viability
Primary Investigator:
Bert Rivers, Compatible Technology International, St. Paul, MN, United States – US
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

HMKD (humankind)
Primary Investigator:
Eric King, Leo Burnett, Chicago, IL, United States – US
Topic: Aid is Working. Tell the World (Part 2)

House Parties: Experiential Marketing for Global Aid
Primary Investigator:
Chip Carter, Plan International USA, Washington, DC, United States – US
Topic: Aid is Working. Tell the World (Part 2)

Improved Lighter and Long-Handle Hoes For Women
Primary Investigator:
Ton Rulkens, Oxfam Solidarité, Brussels, Belgium – BE
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Improving the Livelihood Of Women Smallholder Farmers
Primary Investigator:
Tomás Chiconela, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique – MZ
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

In Vitro Culture of Filariae
Primary Investigator:
Edward Mitre, Uniformed Services University, Rockville, MD, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Increasing Productivity for and by Women Smallholder Farmers
Primary Investigator:
Alice Irene Whittaker-Cumming, African Women Education and Development Forum, Woodbridge, VA, United States – US
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Inhibitors of tRNA-Synthetases as Antimalarials
Primary Investigator:
Ralph Mazitschek, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-malarial Compounds

Innovative 3D In Vitro Culturing System for Filarial Worms
Primary Investigator:
Sara Lustigman, New York Blood Center, New York, NY, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Interrogating AntiMalarials Using Optogenetics Technology
Primary Investigator:
Choukri Ben Mamoun, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-malarial Compounds

Liver-Stage Antimalarials to Drive Sterile Immunity
Primary Investigator:
Kirsten Hanson, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisboa, Portugal – PT
Topic: New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-malarial Compounds

Local Multi-Crop Thresher to Improve Productivity for All
Primary Investigator:
Jodie Wu, GCS Tanzania Limited, Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of – TZ
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Locally Produced Drip Irrigation Tubing from Recycled Waste
Primary Investigator:
Joseph Parse, Synovision Solutions, LLC, Burke, VA, United States – US
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Locally Produced, Labor Saving Groundnut Sheller Promotion
Primary Investigator:
Setegn Gebeyehu, Oxfam America, Boston, MA, United States – US
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Lymphatic on a Chip as a Model Host for Lymphatic Filariasis Parasites
Primary Investigator:
J. Brandon Dixon, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Malaria Box Target and Mechanism Characterization
Primary Investigator:
Gregory Goldgof, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-malarial Compounds

Media Trust: Global360
Primary Investigator:
Caroline Diehl, Media Trust, London, United Kingdom – GB
Topic: Aid is Working. Tell the World (Part 2)

MicroRNA Biomarkers for Parasite Macrofilariae
Primary Investigator:
Paul McVeigh, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom – GB
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Mobilizing the Unheard Voices of Aid Recipients
Primary Investigator:
Arjun Venkatraman, Environics Trust, New Delhi, India – IN
Topic: Aid is Working. Tell the World (Part 2)

Neobreathe
Primary Investigator:
Avijit Bansal, Windmill Health Technologies, New Delhi, India – IN
Topic: Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas

Neurophysiology-Based Platform for Soil-Transmitted Helminth Drug Discovery
Primary Investigator:
Janis Weeks, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

No-Till Rotary Punch Planter For Women
Primary Investigator:
August Basson, KEL Growing Nations Trust, Mohale’s Hoek, Lesotho – LS
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Participatory Neglected Tropical Disease Detection and Response System
Primary Investigator:
Bebe Sylla, American Friends of Guinea, Houston, TX, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Pay As You Go Biogas: Labor Saving and Affordable for Women
Primary Investigator:
Kyle Schutter, Schutter Energy Ltd., Nairobi, Kenya – KE
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Piloting Sustainable Mechanisms for Fuel Efficient Stoves
Primary Investigator:
John Gilliland, Vita, Dublin, Ireland – IE
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Profiling Anti-Malarials for Loss of Efficacy in Endemic Regions
Primary Investigator:
Sangeeta Bhatia, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-malarial Compounds

Programmed Killing of Parasite Eggs by Probiotic Organisms
Primary Investigator:
Tae Seok Moon, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Radio8
Primary Investigator:
Mark Bashore, Digital Kitchen, Seattle, WA, United States – US
Topic: Aid is Working. Tell the World (Part 2)

Rapid, Low-Cost, Point-of-Care Diagnosis of Loa loa Microfilaremia by Handheld Fluorescence Photodetection
Primary Investigator:
Jason Andrews, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases
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Reducing Women’s Labor In Parboiled Rice Transformation
Primary Investigator:
Karime Séré, Fundación Intermon Oxfam, Barcelona, Spain – ES
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Rural Mobility and Agro-Products Collection Centers
Primary Investigator:
Richard Seshie, Vivus Ltd., Accra, Ghana – GH
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Single Dose Cocktail Anti-Filarial Therapies Using AmPa
Primary Investigator:
Bryan Bellaire, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Smart Cities: An Interactive Multi-Media and Mapping Platform
Primary Investigator:
Jamie Lundine, Spatial Collective, Nairobi, Kenya – KE
Topic: Aid is Working. Tell the World (Part 2)

Solar Grain Dryer
Primary Investigator:
Vaibhav Tidke, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India – IN
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Supporting Uptake of Time and Energy-Saving Technologies
Primary Investigator:
Michelle Winthrop, Farm Africa (Food & Agricultural Research Management), London, United Kingdom – GB
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

TB Nanodots: Transdermal Controlled Release of TB Drugs
Primary Investigator:
Rohit Srivastava, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai, India – IN
Topic: Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas

The Development of Periphyton Biofilm Fertilizer
Primary Investigator:
Yonghong Wu, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China – CN
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

The Hand-Pulled Small Seeds Planter
Primary Investigator:
Alfred Alumai, Muni University, Arua, Uganda – UG
Topic: Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Turning the Worm Against its Symbiont
Primary Investigator:
Denis Voronin, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom – GB
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Ultra-Low-Cost Loa Loa Paper Diagnostic Device
Primary Investigator:
Andrew Steckl, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, United States – US
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

Virosomes Producing Virus-Like Particles in situ for Dengue Prophylaxis
Primary Investigator:
Vishwas Joshi, Seagull BioSolutions, Pune, India – IN
Topic: Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas

Widespread Monitoring of Soil-Transmitted Helminths
Primary Investigator:
Stephen Sowerby, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand – NZ
Topic: New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases

1 million dollar prize for reducing childhood mortality

Thu, 25Apr2013 Comments off

The Caplow Children’s Prize is a novel humanitarian contest to save children’s lives.

A $1 million prize will be awarded to the best plan for  preserving the lives of children who would otherwise die before the age of five. All prize finalists will be showcased on our website.

THE PROBLEM:        19,000 children under five die every day.
THE CONTEST:         Seeks to find the best way $1 million might help.
WHO CAN APPLY:    Any person or organization worldwide that:
                                        1) works with or for children
2) could save more children’s lives with more funding
3) could save those lives within two years
4) has a great but realistic plan

HOW TO APPLY:      It’s easy! Fill out a short online form by May 31st: Apply Now

 source / more…

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2013 Presented by Unite For Sight, 10th Annual Conference

Thu, 24Jan2013 2 comments

 

http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference/

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA 

Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14, 2013

http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes more than 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  Register during January to secure the lowest registration rate.

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit a social enterprise pitch abstract for consideration.

The conference’s confirmed speakers to date include:

Keynote Addresses

Design Thinking Speakers

  • “Strategic Innovation in Complex Challenges,” Banny Banerjee, Director, Stanford ChangeLabs; Associate Professor, Design Group, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University
  • “The Next Step for Design: Social Entrepreneurship,” Jon Kolko, Vice President of Design, MyEdu; Executive Director, Austin Center for Design
  • “Weapons of Mass Design: Taking Products to Scale,” Robert HJ Miros, CEO, 3rd Stone Design Inc.

Education Initiatives in Global Health Speakers

  • “The ‘New’ World Health: Building a Field Across Disciplines and Sectors,” Sue Goldie, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute
  • “Impacts of Internet-Based Sexual Health Education in Colombia,” Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • “Global Mental Health and the Role of Academic Partnership,” David Henderson, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Associate Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Medical Director, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma
  • “Global Health, Education, and Development: Exploring the Critical Linkages,” Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University; Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health (VIGH)
  • “Connect. Heal. Empower: The Findings of a Proven School-Based Community Model for Public Health in Haiti,” Jessica Jean François, Country Director, Hope for Haiti
  • “International Medical Electives: The Critical Importance of Listening to Your Host,” Christian Kraeker, MD, FRCPC DTM&H MSc, Department of Internal Medicine, McMaster University
  • “Initiating, Fostering, and Sustaining Biomedical Engineering Education in Africa,” Muhammad Zaman, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, Boston University

Environment, Energy, and Agriculture Speakers

  • “Health in Harmony: Saving Forests, Saving Lives. A Five Year Assessment of Project ASRI’s Human and Environmental Health Work in Borneo, Indonesia,” Christina Fitch, Secretary, Board of Directors, Health in Harmony
  • “The Relationships Between Human Health and Environmental Conservation: Case Studies from Madagascar,” Christopher Golden, PhD, MPH, Ziff Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
  • “Asset-Based Financing for Smallholder Farmers,” Barrett Prinz, Director, Global Human Resources and Legal, One Acre Fund
  • “Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry and Engineering,” Julie Beth Zimmerman, PhD, Associate Professor of Green Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Acting Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Yale University

Film, Photography, Art & Global Health Speakers

  • “NightWatch: How a Celebrity Campaign is Helping to Knock Out Malaria in Cameroon,” Hannah Bowen, Research Manager, Malaria No More
  • “Using Visual Methods to Investigate Urban Health Disparities,” Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, Core Investigator, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Philadelphia VA Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • “Patient Empowerment: How the Visually Impaired Can Become Better Advocates for Themselves…And for Their Service Providers,” Joseph Lovett, Producer/Director, Going Blind
  • “Designing Social Change Programs: Lessons from the Field,” Bob McKinnon, President GALEWiLL Design; Director, the GALEWiLL Center for Opportunity & Progress

Healthcare Delivery Models and Impact Measurement

  • “Improving the Performance of Nurses in Egypt: Leadership and Management Capacity Building Improves Health Services and Outcomes,” Abdo Hassan Al Swasy, Consultant for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aswan, Egypt; Management Sciences for Health
  • “Tackling U.S. Health Disparities through Reverse Innovation: Community Health Workers Increase Value-Based Care,” Heidi Behforouz, Medical and Executive Director, Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment (PACT) Project
  • “Achieving Patient Safety on a Global Scale: The Solutions for Patient Safety Case Study,” Shelley Bird, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Cardinal Health
  • “The Cuban Health System Today,” Peter Bourne, Senior Research Fellow, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford; Chair, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)
  • “Middle East ‘Doctors With Borders’ Ophthalmology Opportunities,” Michael Brennan, Past President, American Academy of Ophthalmology; Ophthalmologist, Alamance Eye Center
  • James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana; Unite For Sight Ghana Medical Director
  • “Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare/Wellness for the Base of the Pyramid,” Al Hammond, Co-Founder and Chairman of Healthpoint Services; Director of Health for All, Ashoka
  • “Partners In Health at 25: A Generation of Solidarity and Partnership,” Ali Lutz, Haiti Special Projects Manager, Partners In Health
  • “5 Ways to Empower Health Entrepreneurs: With Mobile, Micro-Finance, Merchandise and More,” Chuck Slaughter, President and Founder, Living Goods

Health Policy & Advocacy

  • “Trading in Global Health: The Politics of Innovation,” Tahir Amin, Co-Founder and Director of Intellectual Property, I-MAK
  • “Is There the Courage to Change the Nation’s Diet?” Kelly Brownell, Professor of Psychology, Epidemiology and Public Health; Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University
  • “Bipartisan Advocacy for Global Health in Difficult Economic Times,” Deborah Derrick, President, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • “Shifting Paradigm: How the BRICS are Reshaping Global Health and Development,” David Gold, Principal, Global Health Strategies
  • “Advancing Global Health and Human Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • “The Art of the Patient Narrative: Using Narrative to Enhance Diagnosis and Transform International Policy,” Leana Wen, MD, MSc, Emergency Physician, Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals; Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Maternal and Child Health Speakers

  • “Improving Maternal and Child Health: A Look at Community Level Interventions that Save Lives,” Koki Agarwal, Director MCHIP, JHPIEGO
  • “State of the World’s Children: A Tragedy in the Making,” Jane Aronson, MD, CEO, Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University
  • “Helping Babies Breathe: Neonatal Care for Resource-Limited Settings,” Sara Berkelhamer, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University
  • “The Role of Nutritious Products to Combat Stunting as One of the Key Long-Term Strategies,” Martin Bloem, Global Coordinator, WFP UNAIDS
  • “Reducing Pre-Eclampsia Morbidity and Mortality in Low-Resource Settings Through the Urine Congo Red Dot (CRD) Test,”Irina Buhimschi, MD, Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science
  • “Children as Key Participants in Health Promotion,” Mary Carlson, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • “Collective Efficacy as a Protective Factor in Child Health Promotion,” Felton James Earls, Research Professor of Human Development, Harvard School of Public Health
  • “Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: The Forgotten Aspect of Gender-Based Violence in Conflict Affected Settings,” Jhumka Gupta, ScD, Assistant Professor, Global Health Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
  • “The Global Toll of Preterm Birth: Strengthening Prevention and Care of Prematurity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” Christopher Howson, PhD, March of Dimes Foundation
  • “The Global Landscape of Cross-border Reproductive Care: Twenty Key Findings for the New Millennium,” Marcia Inhorn, MPH, PhD, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs; Editor, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University
  • “Clinical and Community Action to Address Postpartum Hemorrhage Plus,” Ellen Israel, Senior Technical Advisor for Women’s Health and Rights, Pathfinder International
  • “Factors Influencing Neonatal Mortality in Rural Ghana,” Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute; Pediatric Program Director, Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • “Safe Babies: Building Agency in a Rural Kenyan Community,” James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • “Reversing the Trend of Separating Infants and Mothers After Delivery at a USA Academic Center and the Impact on Breastfeeding Rates,” Maureen Padilla, Administrative Director of Nursing, Women’s and Infant’s Service Line, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • “Friends of Low-Cost IVF: Empowering Infertile Women Globally,” Pasquale Patrizio, Professor of Obestrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Yale Fertility Center
  • “Strengthening Maternal Child Health in Tajikistan by Linking Community and Facility-Based Interventions through Community-Managed Transport Systems,” Ramesh Singh, Health Program Manager, Mercy Corps
  • “Eliminating Pediatric AIDS, One Mother at a Time,” Robin Smalley, Co-Founder/International Director, mothers2mothers International

Non-Communicable Diseases Speakers

  • “Challenges and Strategies for Assessing Mental Health in Cross-Cultural Contexts,” Judith Bass, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Applied Mental Health Research Group, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • “Let’s Close the Billion-Person Treatment Gap for Common Mental Disorders: Rethinking Delivery, Knowledge, and Mental Capital,” Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor and Director, Program in Global Mental Health, New York University School of Medicine; Senior Director for Psychiatric Services, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
  • “Association of Sexual Violence, Human Rights Violations, and Mental Health Outcomes in Liberia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Kirsten Johnson, MD, MPH, Director, Humanitarian Studies Initiative, McGill University; Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University
  • “Closing the Cancer Divide: Opportunities for Health System Strengthening,” Felicia Knaul, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative
  • “A Novel Simplified Echocardiographic Strategy for Heart Failure Diagnosis and Management at District Hospital Level for Sub-Saharan Africa,” Gene Kwan, MD, Research Fellow, Division of Global Health Equity; Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • “Innovative Partnership for Vision Research Integration: Leveraging Existing Health and Development Platforms for the Eye Diseases,” Gyan “John” Prakash, PhD, MBA, Associate Director, International Programs, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • Sarwat Salim, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Glaucoma Service, University of Tennessee
  • “Ensuring Right to Sight by Eliminating Needless Blindness through Public Private Community Participation Model,” Sarang Samal, Founder, Kalinga Eye Hospital, NYSASDRI, India; Unite For Sight Partner
  • “What is Health and Why Do We Need to Know? A New Understanding to Improve Health Through the Meikirch Model,”Sarang Samal, Founder, Kalinga Eye Hospital, NYSASDRI, India; Unite For Sight Partner
  • “Tropical Dermatology: Role in Global Health,” Aisha Sethi, Assistant Professor, Dermatology and Infectious Diseases, Associate Residency Program Director, Section of Dermatology, University of Chicago

Organization Management Speakers

  • “Innovation in Health Systems,” Rifat Atun, Professor of International Health Management, Imperial College London

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Speakers

  • “Measuring Performance and Outcomes of Health Programs in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Health Systems Perspective,” Juan-Carlos Alegre, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Management Sciences for Health
  • “Showing Up is the First Step: Improving Healthcare Provider Attendance,” Angela Ambroz, Research Manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
  • “Controlled Trials as Program Evaluation: Not Just for Researchers Anymore,” Paul Bolton, Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • “Assessing the Economic Impact of Psychological Distress on Employment and National Income in Ghana,” Maureen Canavan, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in Public Health, Yale University School of Public Health
  • “Implementation and Assessment of a Perinatal Health Education Program in Rural Nepal,” Sienna Craig, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
  • “Low Grade Inflammation and Glaucoma,” James Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • “But How Generalizable is That? A Framework for Examining the External Validity of Development Interventions,” Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, Development Research Group, The World Bank

Philanthropy and Investment Speakers

  • “Gender Lens Investing in Healthcare,” Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO, Pipeline Fellowship
  • “Piloting the ‘Health Impact Fund’ Idea,” Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University

Social Enterprise Speakers

  • “Transparency as a Brand Culture,” Kyle Berner, Creator, Feelgoodz LLC
  • “Lessons Learned From Doing Social Enterprise Start Ups,” Jeffrey Church, Founder, Nika Water
  • “Creative Failure: How Culture, Economics, and Projection Can Screw Up a Great Program, and What to Learn from That,” Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • “Money in the Jungle: Investments and Earned Income Opportunities in the Amazon,” Tyler Gage, Co-Founder and President, Runa
  • “The Fig Food Movement: From Tikkun Olam to the Whole Foods Shelf,” Joel Henry, President and Founder, Fig Food Company, LLC
  • “Separating Consumer Products From Profit: Using a Non-Profit Model in a For-Profit Industry,” Krista Lampe Licata, CORE Foods Chief of Operations and Co-Founder
  • “Women Rice Farmers Feed Billions: Innovations that Transform Lives,” Ken Lee, Co-founder and Co-owner, Lotus Foods
  • “Building from the Inside Out: Co-opertives as an Egalitarian, Democratic, Grassroots, Free-Market Development Strategy,” Rodney North, The Answer Man – Information for the Public and Media, Equal Exchange Coop
  • “Lessons Learned from 28 Days in Captivity,” Alastair Onglingswan, CEO, Green Souls Shoes
  • Frederick Schilling, Co-Creator, Big Tree Farms
  • “Improving Our Economy and Our Health with Real Food,” Noha Waibsnaider, Founder and CEO, Peeled Snacks
  • “From the Congo to the Center of the Universe: How Chocolate Can Help Save the World,” Joe Whinney, Founder and CEO, Theo Chocolate, Inc.

Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

  • “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy,” Philip Auerswald, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
  • “From Start-Up to Scale-Up: The Path to Becoming Industry Leaders in Reducing Indoor Air Pollution,” Ron Bills, Chairman and CEO, Envirofit International
  • “Can Good Products Drive Out Bad? Experimental Evidence from Local Markets for Antimalarial Medicine in Uganda,” David Yanagizawa-Drott, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • “Post Conflict Nations: Building Modern Institutions on Traditional Values – The Case Study of Rwanda,” Michael Fairbanks, Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
  • ” The Low Take-up of Welfare Improving Products Among Poor Consumers: Lessons from Randomized Controlled Trials in Bangladesh, India and Malawi,” A. Mushfiq Morabak, Associate Professor of Economics, Yale University School of Management
  • “Design and Policy for Humanitarian Impact,” Tim Zak, Associate Teaching Professor; Director, Institute for Social Innovation, H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University

Social Media & Marketing Speakers

  • “A Global Study of Marketing and Preschool Children: Young Children’s Awareness of Fast Food, Beverages, Chips & Candy, Alcohol, and Tobacco,” Dina Borzekowski, EdD, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • “The Medium, the Message, and the Muppets: How Sesame Workshop Delivers Locally-Specific Health Education Across the Globe,” Charlotte Cole, Senior Vice President, Global Education, Sesame Workshop
  • “Integrated Impact: Aligning Internal Resources and Engaging External Stakeholders to Make a Difference,” Scott Henderson, Managing Director, CauseShift
  • “Marketing Strategies for Non-Profit and For-Benefit Organizations,” Naomi Hirabayashi, Director of Marketing, Do Something
  • “The Animated Activist,” Firdaus Kharas, Chairman, Chocolate Moose Media and Culture Shift
  • “The Power of Dynamic Digital Storytelling,” Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Surgery & Global Health Speakers

  • “Three Years of Championing the Fight Against Needless Cataract Blindness in Ghana: Experiences and Challenges at Save The Nation’s Sight Clinic,” Thomas Baah, MD, Ophthalmologist and Director, Save The Nation’s Sight Clinic, Ghana
  • “Evolution of Conceptual Approaches for NGO Intervention,” Scott Corlew, ReSurge
  • “Glaucoma Care in West Africa: Challenges and Opportunities,” Leon Herndon, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Duke Glaucoma Service
  • “Implementation of Surgical Services in Low and Middle Income Countries,” Selwyn Rogers, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Technology in Global Health Speakers

  • “Comparative Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Care Technology in Low to Middle Income Countries,” Rajesh Balkrishnan, PhD, Associate Director for Research and Education, University of Michigan Center for Global Health
  • “Health Information Systems: Design Thinking in the Context of Quality Improvement,” Leo Anthony Celi, MD, MS, MPH, Executive Director, Sana, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT; Research Director, Laboratory of Computational Physiology, MIT; Staff Intensivist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • “Breakthrough: Driving Better Access, Quality, and Efficiency through Collaboration, Technology, and Innovation,” Paul Ellingstad, Parter and Program Development Director, Sustainability and Social Innovation, Hewlett-Packard
  • “HIV Infant Tracking System (HITSystem) in Kenya,” Brad Gautney, PNP, MPH, Founder and President, Global Health Innovations
  • Jose Gomez-Marquez, Little Devices @MIT and co-founder LDTC+Labs LLC
  • “‘Planting’ Solutions: Puzzling Problems,” Martin Gordon, MD, FAAAS, Emeritus Chairman and Lifetime Trustee, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Board; Prior Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
  • “Remote Biosensing in Resource-Limited Settings,” Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, Research Scientist, Harvard Institute for Global Health; Assistant in Health Decision Sciences, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School
  • “Using mHealth, eHealth and iHealth in PMTCT and OVC Programs,” Bobby Jefferson, Senior Informatics Advisor, Futures Group
  • “Bridging the Communication Gap with Speaking Books,” Brian Julius, Owner, Books of Hope
  • “Technology For Better Healthcare: Using Technology to Leapfrog Traditional Models of Healthcare Delivery in the Developing World,” Shainoor Khoja, Managing Director, Roshan
  • “Use Scenarios and Target Product Profiles for Malaria Elimination Diagnostic Technologies,” Paul LaBarre, Senior Technical Officer/Portfolio Leader, PATH
  • “Mobile Technologies to Improve Rural Referral Systems for Obstetric and Newborn Care,” Alain Labrique, Assistant Professor, Program in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, Department of International Health and Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; Director, JHU Global mHealth Initiative
  • Paul Meyer, Chairman and President, Voxiva, Inc.
  • “The Social Nature of Digital Disease Detection,” Robert Munro, CEO, Ibidon; Graduate Fellow, Stanford University
  • “Can mHealth Bridge the Gap Between the Haves and Have Nots?” John Piette, Associate Director for Global Health Communications, Center for Global Health, University of Michigan
  • “Mobile Phone Technology in the Developing World: Driving Supply Chain Transparency and Worker Empowerment,” Todd Stark, President, Good World Solutions

Water and Sanitation Speakers

  • “A Candid Look at Monitoring, Evaluation and Resolution in WASH in Schools: New Data from the Field,” Leslie Deroo, WASH in Schools Fellow, WASH Advocates
  • “Increasing Cost Effectiveness in Rural Service Delivery: The Case of Dispensers for Safe Water,” Katherine Hoffmann, Dispensers for Safe Water, Innovations for Poverty Action
  • “Empowering Youth: Why WASH in Schools Matters,” Elynn Walter, WASH in Schools Director, WASH Advocates

“Advice From The Experts” Panels

  • “Careers in Social Entrepreneurship: Advice From The Experts”
  • “Careers in Global Health: Advice From The Experts”
  • More panels to be announced

Interactive Workshops

  • “Camp for Orphans: Building Independence and Leadership Skills in At-Risk Youth,”Jane Aronson, MD, CEO, Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University and Alyson Fox, Senior Program Manager, Global Partnership Program, SeriousFun Children’s Network
  • “Scaling Your Social Venture: Becoming an Impact Entrepreneur,” Paul Bloom, Ph.D., Faculty Director, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • “The Practicalities of Where, When, and How to Implement Controlled Trials as Program Evaluation,”Paul Bolton, Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Judith Bass, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Applied Mental Health Research Group, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • “The Coming Wave of Social Entrepreneurship,” Jeffrey Church, Founder, Nika Water
  • “What You Won’t Learn in Business School: How to Structure a Social Enterprise for Real and Lasting Change,” Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • “China Has an Africa Strategy; Does Africa Have a China Strategy?”Michael Fairbanks, Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
  • “(Some!) Essentials of Global Health: Working from a Common Foundation,” Richard Skolnik, Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health; Author, “Essentials of Global Health/Global Health 101”

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