Thursday, May 28, 2009

THD Blog is now Global Health Ideas

Aman, Jaspal, Ben and company have outdone themselves. The venerable global health blog, THD (Technology, Heath, and Development) is now Global Health Ideas, featuring a fresh, clean look and feel with more of the same content that we have been used to seeing over the years. This has to be my favorite global health blog and I bet it will rank among your top 10, if it isn’t already. Take note of their new address as well as their new RSS feed to keep your reader nourished.

Right now, they are live blogging the Global Health Council conference in Washington, D.C.

Check out some of the recent action

Global Health Council (GHC36): Trust & social desirability in m-health

Global Health Council (GHC36): No such thing as “HIV in Africa”

GHC36: Discovering New Strategies Using Proven [mHealth] Technologies

and a recent MIT spinoff!! Global Health Startup: SHE Innovates for Reproductive Health

Monday, May 18, 2009

Dr. Kris Olson featured in Scientific American

Dr. Kris Olson, who leads CIMIT's Global Health Initiative, just got featured in Scientific American 10: Guiding Science for Humanity. SciAm does a pleasant, if brief overview, of a physician who's at the forefront of changing the way we develop technologies for patients in developing countries.

From Scientific American:
One colleague told the Boston Globe that Olson is “The Man” when the topic turns to lifesaving technologies for the developing world. Last year Olson and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT)—a nonprofit consortium of Boston teaching hospitals and engineering schools—moved ahead with a program to demonstrate the effectiveness of $7 resuscitators, tubes through which a medical worker exhales into a newborn’s mouth. The program started after the 2004 South Asian tsunami. Since then, about 500 midwives in Aceh, Indonesia, have been trained to use the technology.

If want to learn more, go to CIMIT GHI. They even have a Facebook group.