On Wednesday, we recognized the continued fight against one of the deadliest diseases in human history — malaria. The theme of this year’s World Malaria Day was “let’s close the gap.” The World Health Organization, along with Gavi, the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Unitaid, and GSK, made headlines this week by announcing the development of a new malaria vaccine that will be rolled out to Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi in 2018. This could be a huge step toward closing the gap in coverage of lifesaving malaria prevention tools. Although there are high hopes, the vaccine is only proven to prevent four in 10 cases of malaria. Those numbers drop significantly if all four doses of the vaccine are not given within a specific timeframe. Will these restraints hinder the vaccine’s effectiveness outside of a clinical setting?
Community Health Workers in Zambia have seen significant improvements in the fight against malaria over the past few years. This article features videos that capture stories of health workers providing care in areas that are most affected by malaria.
The Government of Zambia and the U.S. Government — through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) — has worked in districts, villages and remote communities to achieve historic reductions in malaria deaths and illness. The program has armed people with the tools to protect themselves from malaria and provided them with fast-acting medicines to cure malaria if they do become infected.”
Read the full article on medium.com
How can digital solutions help the fight against malaria? Read how the Malaria Consortium uses CommCare to help Community Health Workers track cases of malaria in Mozambique.
“Do digital information and communications technologies increase the voice and influence of women and girls?” A new study dug into this question and came up with eight recommendations on how to design an ICT solution with women in mind.
The digital divide also means digital ICTs may increase the power of some women while reducing the power of others. For programming to be better informed by learning on the conditions under which (different groups of) women and girls are able to use digital ICTs to increase their power, voice and influence, there is a need for more research grounded in established social and political theory, including development and gender studies.”
Read the full article on ictworks.org
If you are interested in how ICTs can help women’s organizations scale their impact, check out this interview from Womanity’s “ICTforWomanity” series.
FROM SCALING IMPACT TO IMPACT AT SCALE
The Bridgespan Group and Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative recently held their 2017 Transformative Impact Summit. The Summit brought together nonprofit, NGO, and foundations leaders from around the world to discuss “impact at scale.” Much like the ICTworks article (above), this summit focused on “impact gaps” that arise when “addressing only a small fraction of the need.” You can listen to the original talks on Bridgespan.org, and over the next few weeks you can read a series of articles to be published on how the leaders from this summit approach impact at scale.
The article and an accompanying series featured a set of pioneering leaders in the United States and Global South who had come to recognize this enormous ‘impact gap’ and were experimenting with a variety of strategies to address it.”
Read more on ssir.org
From this “Future of Food
” series, Digital Trends
explores the many new innovations farmers, researchers, and entrepreneurs are coming up with to feed our expanding world. In this article, the author delves into vertical farming methods. While some researchers think this is the future of food production, others argue scalability will be its downside.
In theory, indoor farms could allow us to grow food 24-hours a day, protect crops from unpredictable weather, and even eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. If these farms were built in cities, we could potentially mitigate crop loss due to shipping and storage, and cut down on fossil fuel usage because food wouldn’t need to be transported very far after harvest.”
Read the full article on digitaltrends.com
Also, in agriculture news: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations developed a new database, WaPOR, that uses satellites to record and understand water usage patterns in countries that are closest to facing shortages. Read more here.
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