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INDIA: 150K Babies Lives Saved With Miracle Product

May 2015 YahooNews; Almost 2 million babies die the same day they’re born. For those pre-term babies who struggle to stay warm, incubators can be lifesaving. But the pricey technology and medical assistance are out of reach for many mothers of children at risk in the developing world. That’s why …

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Health as an economic engine

May 2015 HavardGazette; A Harvard program aimed at improving health care systems around the world brought more than a dozen finance ministers to campus this week, seeking to convince those who hold the power of the purse that good health is good economics.   Delivering the forum keynote at a …

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Is Big Data the Gold Dust of Medical Aid?

May 2015 SciDevNet; The idea that big data from mobile phones could have helped predict how Ebola spreads and so saved lives in West Africa, if only telecom companies had released it, seemed both powerful and out of sync at a gathering of Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff last week. …

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New African Center to Tackle Infectious Diseases

May 2015 KeyCorrespondence; Spurred on by the recent Ebola outbreak, an African Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is being established this year to effectively respond to major epidemics. The need for an African CDC was recognised at the African Union Special Summit on HIV and AIDS, TB, and Malaria …

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MDGs to SDGs: Have We Lost the Plot?

May 2015 CGD; In September this year, world leaders will meet in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. Top of the agenda will be the passage of a resolution laying out global development goals for the 15 years to 2030, covering progress in areas from poverty reduction to …

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Missing millions, could impair SDG monitoring efforts

May 2015 SciDevNet; Too many people are missing from data sets used for international development to correctly shape policies relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a report warns.   The report, by UK think-tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), says millions of people are excluded from statistics in poorer …

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