What does the future of global health aid financing look like? On April 20th, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies held an event to discuss the future of global health financing. Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group, offered his take on the topic. He suggested three ways to navigate the new climate: (1) Catalyze domestic resource mobilization, (2) Build a demand for health, and (3) Break out of a “public sector-only mindset.”
The U.S. was the biggest single source of development aid finance for health at $12.8 billion — 34 percent of the global total — its future position is less clear.”
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Owlstone, a company in Cambridge, England, is currently in the clinical trial stages of creating a chemical sensor that uses odor samples to detect illnesses. The idea behind this technology comes from Ancient Greek and Chinese medical practitioners who used scent to diagnose patients. This practice is still around today, but not super reliable, e.g. a dog trained to detect cancer might get distracted. The promise of building a precision tool to diagnose illness by smell has researchers on both the commercial and academic side of research, working on similar sensors in Israel, the United States, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. Hopefully, the competition means more potential for this life-saving technology to succeed.
Mr. Haick and his colleagues published a paper in ACS Nano last December showing that his artificially intelligent nanoarray could distinguish among 17 different diseases with up to 86 percent accuracy.”
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HOW CAN YOU LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND WHEN MILLIONS OF CHILDREN ARE UNCOUNTED?
In 2015 all UN countries signed the sustainable development goals (SDGs), a series of 17 goals and 169 targets that aim to end poverty and “leave no one behind.” But many argue that because these goals will be measured using a series of home surveys, the SDG’s will miss millions of the most at-risk people: those who are homeless. Specifically, children living without families or in unregulated orphanages will not be counted. How can technology help to recover these “invisible” children?
Technology could help locate unregulated, privately-run orphanages through satellite mapping and could help local communities conduct more accurate, citizen-led surveys. It could help social workers collect and share information about vulnerable children, and improve the efficiency of data collection surveys.”
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