National security concerns have continued to drive U.S. assistance policy, aiming to provide stability in conflicted regions. Other objectives, related to but separate from U.S. national security, also drive assistance. These include most notably humanitarian relief efforts to respond directly to acute disasters, poverty reduction, health care, and other development programs.”
Read more on cfr.org
This is the final article in a three-part series that explores the data revolution in agriculture. The first part explored how to improve agriculture data to make it more actionable and accurate, and the second part explored the farmer’s point of view. This final article looks at who uses agricultural data (hint: it’s a lot more than just farmers), and why we need to improve data accuracy for all stakeholders.
Better data collection will help everyone involved in agriculture, but farmers have reason to be skeptical about broadly releasing vital data from their farms, which they might see as offering greater benefit to the rest of the value chain than to the individual farmers themselves. The industry needs to commit to data privacy, accuracy and ownership principles.”
Read more on agfundernews.com
Did you miss the other two parts of this series? Read our recaps in our May 19th and June 2nd ICT4D Roundups.
INDIA’S HEALTHCARE SECTOR: A LOOK AT THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FACED BY THE $81.3 BILLION INDUSTRY
As India’s population grew over the past 25 years, so did the strain on its healthcare system. Today, India is currently facing a “dual disease burden,” or in other words, a rise in both communicable and non-communicable diseases. This article addresses the key challenges the healthcare system in India is facing, as well as the innovations set to improve the system.
As that happens, in rural areas, mobile technology and improved data services are expected to play a critical role in improving healthcare delivery. Although limited, some companies are also investing in innovative services and creating lucrative yet low-cost digital and device solutions, an example of which would be GE Healthcare’s Lullaby Baby Warmer.”
Read more on firstpost.com
5 INVENTIONS CREATED TO PREVENT THE EPIDEMIC OF MATERNAL MORTALITY AROUND THE WORLD
In 2015, over 300,000 women died from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Fortunately, there are a number of organizations that are working to create life-saving innovations to improve maternal healthcare. This article from GirlTalkHQ dives into five of these innovations, one of which is CommCare.
With the Trump administration’s implementation of an expanded Global Gag Rule (effectively cutting off $8.8 billion in funding worldwide), comes the reality that it could affect and increase maternal mortality rates greatly. This is why innovation and focus from the non-profit and private sector are an important and powerful piece of the puzzle to solving the maternal mortality problem globally.”
Read more on girltalkhq.com
CommCare has been used in 60+ projects globally to support community health workers (CHWs) who provide care to mothers and children. With CommCare, CHWs are able to do their work more efficiently by supplementing or eliminating the need for paper records and providing them with a job aid that supports counseling, decision-making, and referrals for emergencies. Learn more here.
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