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PARTNERS IN HEALTH (PIH) -with Budapest's special correspondent for EconomistEurope.com
DIARY OF WHOS MOST EXCITING YEAR IS 2015
Millennials POP: PIH culture is designed round Franciscan values (celebrations Dc September, Peru October)
-RESOURCES AND MILLENNIALS NEXT SOCIAL MOVEMENT
two sustainability world teaching hospitals -mirebalais haiti, coming soon Rwanda (pih is jewel in crown of kagame's national strategy)
asia millennials how can asia pacific link in its pih millennials -map needs japan, korea, china to start
africa millennials :will legacy of ebola be enough african nation leaders wanting to partner pih rwanda (more headlines economistafrica)
probabilities- jim kim has capability post 2018 to keep asia on track
-africa wont get on track unless open education revolution works on this agenda
what EconomistAmerica knew in 1984
weatern millennials cannot sustain
4000 times more spend on global commns (2030
versus 1946) unless basic universal health becomes 10 times more
economical for youth and parents of youth
the way open education is designed will determine
worldwide sustainability of millennials
what's knowable in 2015
Longer farmer videos 57.30 farmer starts here from minute 29 gies back to why he adopted liberation theology and haiti and trying to understand violence *and farm slavery) in central america in early 1980s
shorter pop 3.19
xMIREBALAIS : New hospital in Haiti proves that aid done right can change lives
Jim Kim alumni networks include: specific to farmer and Partners in Health up to 2012; selected tour of world bank panelists with jim kim; tedx alumni with jim kim; larger compass of world bank live eventsand webinars -coming soon more details on world bank open learning campus
Philosophy of Farmer and Francis
I suggest that if any economist from adam smith to keynes came back to earth and looked at what conventional macroeconomists have spun since world war 2 and tv era , they would not recognise what was going on in the name of economics. If there was an oxford union debate on this house believes macroeconomists 1948-2008 became experts in designing the most costly systems on earth, how would you vote?
Despite unprecedented new financial resources and medical advances during the past decade, millions of people are still not receiving quality health care in poor countries around the world. Health...see more
|The UN has called 2015 sustainability goal transformation year-most transformational in its existence- so what about for health millennials or other millennials...|
HEALTH MILENNIALS DIARY 2015 MOST EXCITING YEAR IN EXISTENCE
The UN has called 2015 sustainability goal transformation year-most transformational in its existence- so what about for health millennials or other millennials
Without Paul Farmer there would be no PIH (and no hope that poor's or your medical world will ever get less expensive? Millennials POP: PIH culture is designed round Franciscan values revitalised since 1960s by peoples of Peru, Colombia and Argentina-
so currently Pope Francis (3 days in september where POP rocks USA, 3 days in October Peru host of world banks commencement of 2015-2016)...Without Farmer and Kim there would be no demonstration that muslim and catholic peoples (and 28 more faiths in humanity) the world over grow when communities love public health servants) -Budapest June 2013 saw world first - commencement of 1000 students celebrated by keynotes from both Sir Fazle Abed of BRAC and Paul Farmer as George Soros helped by Gorbachev celebrated 20th Open Society Awards and first elders briefing of what youth economics curricula are emerging at INETeconomics
but without first follower Jim Kim PIH wouldnt be the invitation for very millennial professional network- if medical millennials can, you can
one of sustainability millennials 2 most famous medical networks along side medecins sans frontieres -more here PIH map
coming soon- can you help millenilas map open tech labs that could dovetial with pih networks
1 mit and pih
2 ushahidi (africa;s ihub network) and .
note blum centers across uni of cal system have in partnership with www.iadb.org made global poverty most popular undergraduate minor -blum's email address is also on attached if we can figure out who might best try and contact im
typical content: Although we in the international community talk about high and
low/middle-income countries, the WAVE study suggests
that, for young people growing up in poverty, residency in a
high-income country may matter far less than the immediate
social contexts within which they develop and grow. The present
study suggests a number of commonalities across impoverished
neighborhoods whether they are in high- or low-income countries.
We see that across sites, behaviors that predispose to NCDs (Non Communicable Diseases)
are increased among youth living in low-income distressed
communities. We see that the issues and risks faced by young
men and women in these communities differ significantly by
gender, and we are reminded that efforts that address solely the
behavioral precursors of NCDs and not the social contexts that
are their breeding grounds are unlikely to have great impact.
Regarding communicable diseases I suggest we defer to this study of paul farmers:
Extracted from 2000 conference on HIV
Farmer had studied 200 women in rural Haiti- half with HIV
Almost none had been exposed to experts-cited risks like intravenuous drug use -which noone could have afforded anyway.On average both groups had sexual relations with 2 men not concurrently. Between the two groups only 2 differences stood out
Unlike the uninfected, many of those with HIV had worked as servants in Port-Au-Prince. Domestic service hadnt given them HIV but it did describe their economic desperation- working for Haiti's elite was rarely pleasant or remunerative. Uniformly the infected women in their desperation named what appeared to be the real risk of contracting aids, co-habiting with drivers or soldiers. Why these groups of men? because they were the main ones to have steady jobs in an economy were the official unemployment rate of 70% is probably an under-estimate. Truck drivers were mobile and could keep women in many ports. Soldiers back in those days of military rule had wielded special power over every Haitian.
Therefore in Haiti poverty and inequality is the main problem compounding HIV. As one of the women in the sample said- You want to stop HIV in women- give them jobs
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Millennials YP network is amazing- my first encounter with this boston originated group was in NY, the day before a un collaboration briefing
5 hours was spent with luminary speakers future of health like:
Addressing access to affordable medicines
Peter Maybarduk, Global Access to Medicines Program Director at Public Citizen, outlined the consequences of free trade agreements (FTAs), which often give big business free rein to sue governments for regulatory efforts to amend medication patent laws or pass stricter laws to control access to substances like tobacco. One such agreement going through current negotiations is the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (the TPP), which- if passed- would strengthen companies’ abilities to have monopolies. Specifically, pharmaceutical companies would own exclusive patents to essential drugs for diseases such as cancer and diabetes, and thus able to charge any price they wish for these drugs, which are already financially out of reach for many in low- and middle- income countries. Within the parameters of the TPP, biosimilar competition- or the manufacture of cheaper versions of expensive drugs- would be blocked, giving pharmaceutical companies unfettered power over drug prices in the absence of competition. “It’s certainly quite obvious that in this battle money and politics are an obstacle,” stressed Maybarduk, who noted that the majority of these agreements are conducted in secrecy and not shown to public until they have already been finalized.
James Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), a veteran of the AIDS access to medicines movement in the 1990s and a current activist for access to cancer medicines, expanded on Maybarduk’s sentiments. Of pharmaceutical makers and the rising cost of cancer medicines- which are untouchable for those in developing countries- Love said, “If they think they haven’t quite exhausted the patients and the public, it’ll be higher next time.” Love touched on the dearth of cancer medicines on the WHO Essential Medicines List and the convoluted explanation provided by governments for this glaring absence: “They say there’s no problem with cancer, because there are no patented drugs on the EM list, but there are no patented drugs on the list, because they’re really expensive. They’re expensive because of the patents.”
This problem was the same which we ran into in the early days of AIDS, in which those in low- and middle income countries lacked any chance of access to vital drugs. Both Peter Maybarduk and Keegan Hall, President of the International Diabetes Federation’s Young Leaders and a native South African, touched on this, citing South Africa’s 1999 battle for access to AIDS drugs. Love stressed the importance of an idea that he has pioneered and has gained traction within the WHO, which is to de-link the cost of research and development for drugs from the price of the drugs themselves. Love further asserted that the public is unjustly paying for the 10 to 15 years of research and trials that often go into drug production, when we should be considering new business models that reconcile both innovation and access to health technologies. “As long as there’s a monopoly on the paradigm for funding R&D, people will keep dying,” said Love, “This is not acceptable. It’s unfair. It’s morally repugnant. It’s inefficient in a thousand ways. And you can change it.”
What does trade have to do with NCD risk factors?
Benn McGrady, Project Director for the Initiative on Trade, Investment and Health of the O’Neill Institute at Georgetown University, further fleshed out complications of trade and health, pointing out that trade has positive effects as well in that it grants wider access to products such as food to marginalized populations. Within that access, he stated, also comes access to harmful substances like unhealthy, highly processed food and tobacco, citing “coca-colonization” of countries. McGrady highlighted the handcuffing of governments by corporations that occurs when they try to regulate such dangerous products. One such example is the implementation of plain packaging for cigarettes in Australia, or packs that would depict the health consequences of tobacco products: lip cancer, etc. These efforts were challenged at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the basis that it interferes with trademark rights and is more trade restrictive than necessary.
Gregg Haifley, Director of Federal Relations of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, elaborated on the fight for tobacco control, citing particular cases in which tobacco company Phillip Morris sued countries to thwart governmental and public health efforts to stop the spread and decline of tobacco use, which will kill one billion people in this century. Tobacco companies argue that despite having no positive attributes, tobacco is “just another product,” and that singling out products as harmful or illicit leads way to a slippery slope in which more and more products could get banned. Using this logic, they maintain their stronghold on governments and their influence in the global marketplace.
Anthony So, Director of Duke University Sanford School’s Program on Global Health and Technology Access, tied together the access to medicines movement and that of tobacco control, pointing to a lack of transparency in areas concerning trade where FTAs have allowed for lowered tariffs on tobacco products, as well as the seizure of lower priced generic drugs while in transit. Dr. So highlighted the difficulties in addressing these violations in a global arena, citing cases of governments unsuccessfully going up against the WTO, and stating that he was told “it would not be possible to add tobacco control to the Millennium Development Goals.” Dr. So also touched on the power of young people to change the world, citing the AffordableMedsNow, a campaign by our colleagues at Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) and the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) to grant affordable access to biologic alternatives to those who cannot afford vital medications.
Ashley Schram, a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, further reiterated previous points, drawing parallels between the food, tobacco, and alcohol industries and their tactics to inhibit government and public health influence and push their products forward. “If tobacco, alcohol, and food didn’t have so many negative health consequences, we wouldn’t be talking about them today,” said Schram, who cited corporations’ use of “personal responsibility” as a justification for keeping their unhealthy products unrestricted to the public. The difficulty with this logic, she pointed out, is that- especially in the case of food- unhealthy “choices” are often the only accessible choices for the poorest populations. “When a parent is deciding between trying to keep the electricity on and putting healthy food on the table, are they responsible? Did they really have a choice?” Schram asked. Citing obesity of the new face of food insecurity and malnutrition, Schram said, ““Food has gone from a source of life to a source of death for many.”
Galvanizing a new generation of allies and change advocates
Following speaker presentations, we heard from young professionals who have done their own part to drive change. Seun Adebiyi of YP-CDN told of his successful efforts to start the first bone marrow registry in Nigeria as a patient who was given a 17% chance of finding a marrow donor match. Kavitha Kolappa of YP-CDN spoke of South Africa’s recent battle to lessen intellectual property laws on pharmaceuticals within FTAs to grant free access to cancer medications. Bryan Collinsworth of UAEM talked about breaking down the traditional barriers between academia and activism, with a story of a Nepali immigrant and his UAEM colleagues, who were able to successfully convince Central Michigan University Medical School to adopt progressive medical research licensing and commercialization policies. Divya Dhar discussed her founding of the P3 Foundation, a youth movement that quickly took hold in New Zealand to end poverty within our generation. Though each story was different, the message which came through was common across all narratives: a small group of committed individuals with passion can change the world: “Advocacy is coming from a place where you’re willing to risk everything,” said Adebiyi.
The forum ended with an interactive conversation around the Declaration on NCDs and International Trade and Investment, a statement which YP-CDN issued as a call to action for governments and policy makers around trade. The document, which reiterates Dr. Kishore’s respectful but honest advisory on behalf of civil society, “We are watching you,” asserts that there is not enough being done to combat trade’s negative consequences on health. Within the document, we demand greater transparency in negotiation of FTAs, stricter regulations of harmful risk factors, and other measures to protect health. Out of the discussion on the declaration, audience members affirmed its importance as a living document to provide guidance on trade negotiations from a generation of advocates and thought leaders. One suggestion that was made by an audience member was to create an online database on trade and health, a place for individuals and civil society groups to share their thoughts, create events, and collaborate across advocacy areas. Another suggestion was to put into place an action plan for a path forward. The declaration will be updated accordingly and shared widely to continue the dialogue around how to mitigate trade’s negative effects on health and provide those in developing countries to greater access to the opportunity to live longer, more productive lives.
Everyone has a story. What´s yours? - The Face of NCDs
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) -- chiefly cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, diabetes, and mental health -- are only recently beginning to be recognized as conditions of social injustice and deprivation. For years, and even still, diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers such as that of the lung and the cervix, have been commonly and mistakenly brushed off as “lifestyle” diseases. That is to say, individuals with NCDs have often been seen as having done something to bring their disease upon themselves.In reality, 80% of NCDs occur in the most marginalized populations who lack access to basic human health rights like nutritious food, clean water, and medical care.
To reduce the growing burden of NCDs and achieve the World Health Assembly’s (WHA) goal of a 25% reduction in these diseases by the year 2025, it is important for society as a whole to understand the complexities of NCDs and that there is no one distinguishable face of these diseases. Rather, the face of NCDs is a global one. Our partners at NCDFREE seek to show the world that the narrative of NCDs touches all people. Continuing their efforts in doing so, they have launched #theface, a campaign which seeks to put a face to NCDs. In painting the face of NCDs as a diverse one, it illustrates that NCDs affect us all, and sends a message that everyone is needed to reverse this worsening global public health crisis.
Please join us in supporting this important campaign by submitting a picture of yourself with your own story of why you want to see a reduction in the incidence of NCDs, whether you are a patient yourself, a loved one of someone living with an NCD, a researcher, or any other kind of advocate. Once you have uploaded your photo and story here, please share widely through social media using the hashtag #theface. NCDFREE, and all of us who are working to put an end to preventable NCDs, need you to join us in raising a collective voice in unison to show the world that we are the face of NCDs.
Direct link to campaign webpage.
U.S. Investigators' Symposium on Global NCD Research
On September 8 and 9, in an effort to tackle the mounting global burden of non-communicable diseases -- particularly in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) -- a coalition of U.S. universities and medical schools gathered emerging leaders in the NCD and global health fields to present their research to colleagues and potential funders.
Held at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, the U.S. Investigators' Symposium on Global NCD Research gave Ph.D. and M.D. students and practitioners the chance to present their work to one another in hopes of fostering collaboration between similar projects and sharing resources among institutions. With prominent NCD and global health funders present, researchers had the chance to directly pitch their ideas to those with the financial power to make them a reality.
YP-CDN had a strong presence at the meeting with over 25 YPers presenting their work in either oral or poster format.
The consortium of universities -- which includes Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Emory, University of California at Berkeley, University of Washington, and Vanderbilt- hopes to make this conference a yearly event, expanding their pool of universities, researchers, and funding sources each year for greater chance of collaboration to solve the overwhelming problem of reversing the growing NCD epidemic in developing countries.
YP Members Kasia Lipska, Jeremy Schwartz, Sunny Kishore, Justin List and Christine Ngaruiya were featured in a story on the symposium in the Yale News.
We are NCD Positive! Are you? We want to hear your story!
During the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference (27-29 August 2014) on the role of civil society in the post-2015 development agenda, YP-CDN- along with NCD Child, Caring & Living As Neighbors (CLAN), American Cancer Society (ACS), and UNICEF- plans to have a strong presence of young NCD advocates, survivors, activists, and supporters at various events representing the new face of the NCD movement.
The conference panel, ‘Empowering Young People to Enjoy Healthy Lives – A Focus on NCDs an...’ and a side event co-hosted by UNICEF & NCD Child ‘Interactive Discussion: Healthy Living and the Prevention, Control and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases in Children and Adolescents’ on Thursday, August 28 will be important opportunities for youth and civil society organizations to speak up and be heard!
At the conference, ACS and Sage Innovation will also launch #NCD+, a global effort to begin an open dialogue about NCDs and show the world the faces of those affected and working to make a difference in this space. The campaign, which will not only take place in real-time with the wearing of temporary tattoos by NCD advocates around the world, will also include online components via Twitter and Vine. This is where you come in!
Tell us your NCD advocacy story in 6 seconds or less.
We want to hear from YOU about how you are NCD positive. You may have an NCD yourself, have someone close to you who does, be a professional working in the field, or an advocate for change.
#NCD+ Global Video Challenge: Please send us a Vine-based video telling us why you are #NCD+. If you have Twitter or Facebook, it is very easy to link one of those accounts to a Vine account. Setup and video making takes under a minute, and once done, we would like you to share your video on Vine, Twitter, and Facebook using the #NCD+ and tagging @ncdaction in your message. An example Vine can be found here:https://vine.co/v/M9QM7OqjHlD
Below, please find some guidelines for how to participate in the campaign, as well as some basic pointers about how to use Vine. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Communications Director,Abby Capobianco. We greatly appreciate you sharing your story with the world, and of course, your involvement in our community of passionate advocates.
Please download the instructions here.
The Young Professionals Forum for Action on NCDs: Mobilizing a Movement for Solidarity on Trade
On July 11, prior to receiving a standing ovation from civil society for hisstatement, YP-CDN Founder and resident physician at Yale School of Medicine, Sandeep Kishore, stood before the United Nations General Assembly at its Non-communicable Disease (NC... and called for swift and targeted action to prioritize health and mitigate corporate influence in trade agreements:
“Whether it is access to medicines, tobacco control, salt reduction, reduction of marketing of sugary drinks to children, we understand behind the scenes the enormous pressures you face to stand up for the public’s health. We get it. As civil society, our avowed responsibility is to respectfully stand with you. But please know that we are also watching you. We are mobilizing a people’s movement.”
Delivering on this promise, YP-CDN held the Young Professionals Forum for Action on NCDs two days prior to Dr. Kishore’s statement, which brought together individuals who are working tirelessly to mitigate the negative impacts of trade and investment agreements on health. At the forum, we put forth a declaration demanding action on this issue, and heard from emerging leaders and established experts in the areas of health, law, and economics. Testifying to the damaging influence that vested corporate interests can have on health, these authorities cited specific examples of big business efforts to hinder government regulatory actions in some countries, such as attempts by pharmaceutical lobbies to block patent reforms in South Africa that would allow for greater access to affordable treatments.
The forum gave an overview on how the international trade and investment system works, highlighting both positive and negative outcomes that result from free trade agreements, but focused mainly on two major health concerns related to trade: access to medicines, and regulation of harmful risk factors like unhealthy food, tobacco, and alcohol. Kicked off by Ariella Rojhani, Senior Advocacy Manager at NCD Alliance, the forum began with an overview of gains and progress still needed on 25x25—the goal of reducing mortality from NCDs by 2025.
here's a list of some of those who have connected partners in health viewpoint of global health starting with those who have notable experience outside USA (source contributors to book on Reimagining Global Health -an Introduction, by Paul Farmer, Jim KIm et al
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Before Ebola :
Traditional hospital-based services are failing to reach the world's most remote villages. Nowhere is the rural health crisis worse than in Liberia, the poorest war-torn nation on earth. Liberia is recovering from one of the 20th century’s most devastating civil wars. The majority of health facilities were destroyed and the country saw a mass exodus of professional health workers, leaving just 51 doctors to serve a country the size of Ohio. Today, 60% of the rural population lacks access to essential health services.
Founded by survivors of Liberia's civil war, Last Mile Health (LMH) is committed to saving lives in the world's most remote villages. Working in remote rainforest communities cut off from even basic life-saving health services, LMH is building a health system that reaches everyone - by bringing health care directly to villagers' doorsteps. LMH trains, equips, and supervises community members to be health practitioners for their villages and then connects them with rural health clinics to offer every person access to the care they deserve. These Frontline Health Workers are able to prevent, diagnose, and treat the top ten most life-threatening health conditions in Liberia, and therefore are transforming access to health services and health outcomes in the region.
Huffington Post op-ed by Raj Panjabi and Paul Farmer on our shared commitment to fight Ebola and our vision of Liberia for the long-term. They write, "Ebola does not need to be a death sentence...we will work hand-in-hand with local governments and Ministries of Health, helping to ensure that the investments made in fighting Ebola will translate into long-term health gains." (October 16, 2014).
London Review of Books diary entry by Paul Farmer on his trip to Liberia with the Last Mile Health team. He wrote, "Ebola is more a symptom of a weak healthcare system than anything else." (October 1, 2014).
Clinton Global Initiative blog post on how CGI members Last Mile Health, PIH, Direct Relief, Wellbody Alliance and AirLink are responding to the Ebola outbreak and building resilient health systems in West Africa. Watch the video that was shown at CGI 2014's closing plenary here (October 10, 2014).
NPR Goats and Soda interview on Lorenzo Dorr, "a strong voice from the Ebola front." Well done Lorenzo! (October 8, 2014).
Ebola Survival Fund PSA featuring Dr. Paul Farmer and celebrities like Idris Elba, Jeffrey Wright, Alicia Keys and many more on the fact that Ebola doesn't need to be a death sentence. Watch the PSA here, and check out the website where they highlight Last Mile Health as an organization to support (October 8, 2014).
Bill Gates blog post highlighting Last Mile Health as an organization to support in the fight against Ebola. He wrote, "I hope we can fight Ebola on two fronts: a short-term response to stop the crisis, and a long-term effort to build the health systems that will prevent the next one." (October 6, 2014).
Forbes article on the need for remote health delivery models like Last Mile Health's to respond to and prevent the recurrence of epidemics like Ebola, featuring LMH's Raj Panjabi and Josh Albert. Raj said, "The problems of remote villages have now become the problems of the capital cities of three important countries. There is no better proof that illness is universal but access to care is not.” (October 3, 2014).
Echoing Green blog post on Raj Panjabi's role in the Ebola response (October 2, 2014).
Harvard Gazette article on the Harvard-affiliated organizations, like LMH, PIH and Wellbody, that are engaged in the Ebola response in West Africa (September 30, 2014).
GE Foundation report on their support of the LMH/PIH coalition to respond to Ebola and strengthen the health system in Liberia. Raj said, “We need a clear and comprehensive strategy to fight Ebola and improve healthcare in the villages. Ebola started in the rainforest and it could have stopped there if we had a health care system in place.” (September 29, 2014).
Al Jazeera America Op-Ed by LMH's Andy Sechler, titled: "Hell hath no fury like an Ebola virus out of control." Andy said, "Community health systems must be strengthened. Effective Ebola response requires a continuum of care to break the circle of transmission." (September 28, 2014).
Open Society Foundations blog post announcing the $4 million grant to support Last Mile Health and Partners In Health’s Ebola response coalition (September 17, 2014).
Government of Liberia Executive Mansion press release announcing the visit of Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners In Health and Dr. Raj Panjabi of Last Mile Health to the country to discuss the Ebola virus (September 16, 2014).
Boston Herald article detailing the trip led by Last Mile Health CEO Raj Panjabi with PIH leadership team, including Dr. Paul Farmer, to Liberia as part of the Ebola response coalition (September 16, 2014).
90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, interview with Raj Panjabi on the trip to Liberia with Last Mile Health and Partners In Health leadership teams, including Dr. Paul Farmer (September 15, 2014).
Partners In Health blog post announcing the launch of a major response to Ebola with Last Mile Health and Wellbody Alliance in Liberia and Sierra Leone (September 11, 2014).
CHMI (Center for Health Market Innovations) promotes programs, policies and practices that make quality health care delivered by private organizations affordable and accessible to the world’s poor. Managed by Results for Development, CHMI works through Regional Partners around the world and receives support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and UKaid. Building on the success of CHMI, Results for Development launched the Center for Education Innovations in 2013 to increase access to quality, affordable, and equitable education.
Details on more than 1,300 innovative health enterprises, nonprofits, public‐private partnerships, and policies can be found in CHMI's programs database.
New blog post from a patient's perspective: http://bit.ly/1ySYZIv
PIH/Haiti operates clinics and hospitals—including a national teaching hospital—at 12 sites across the Central Plateau and beyond.
PIH helps strengthen Rwanda’s public health system in three districts, serving 800,000 people through three hospitals and 41 health centers.
PIH/Lesotho brings high-quality health care to nearly 200,000 people through a network of rural health facilities.
PIH/Malawi works with the Ministry of Health to provide comprehensive care in the rural Neno district.
Compañeros En Salud is improving primary health care in Chiapas, one of the poorest regions of Mexico.
We work with Russia's Ministry of Health to combat one of the world’s worst epidemics of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Socios En Salud has achieved remarkable success in confronting multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the slums of Lima.
PIH partners with the COPE Project to serve Native Americans struggling with some of the worst health outcomes in the United States.
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By Salmaan Keshavjee, Askar Yedilbayev, Chris Sweeney
How "Sputnik," a model of patient-centered accompaniment in Tomsk, Russia, delivers daily comprehensive care to TB and MDR-TB patients at greatest risk of defaulting from treatment.
March 18, 2014
The goal of this pocket guide, which was funded by USAID through the TB CARE II Project, is to provide practitioners useful information for the clinical management of MDR-TB patients.
October 22, 2013
By Dr. Hind Satti, Megan M. McLaughlin, Dr. K.J. Seung
The role of maternity waiting homes as part of a comprehensive maternal mortality reduction strategy in Lesotho
January 22, 2013
PIH clinicians are trained in the main aspects of comprehensive HIV/STIs and tuberculosis treatment and management, including diagnosis and treatment using clinical algorithms, adherence support, patient education, prevention, partner notification strategies, and prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child (PMTCT).
Idea submitted by: Kathleen Healey My practice involves serving profoundly disabled individuals with MS who live at home, I do make house calls with my team. My idea includes an adapted tele-health system to serve the severely disabled including "super" screens, keyboards and enhanced voice interaction supporting care delivery. Multidisciplinary ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Manu Gupta Timely monitoring and treatment is critical for proper child growth and development. Growth monitoring consists of routine measurements to detect abnormal growth, combined with treatment when this is detected. I propose a mobile application, which can also be used by health workers in a home ... (read more)
We are developing the All Purpose Medical Information System (APMIS), a connected healthcare platform, that is being implemented in Nigeria. APMIS is an innovative Health Information System (HIS) that connects all stakeholders together on a single platform to harness the value that various stakeholders seek and is inherent in our ... (read more)
Patients all over the world now have access to mobile devices—such as cell phones that can run mobile apps. Apps are gold to increase patient engagement. Consider depression patients: Resource constraints make it difficult for many of them to receive adequate face-to-face consultation from psychiatrists, nurses and other caregivers. Mobile ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Dr Abhijit Bhograj Use social networks to link those who wish to do good. Existing networks could be used or a new platform could be developed. I am an endocrinologist from India, on an average I see 30-40 patients per day, and out of the 40, I ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Mark Ott A great model for patient engagement already exists and it’s widely used in hospitals across the country: inpatient nurse rounding. Rounding is proactive, personal, and efficient. Patients and families like it. It improves patient outcomes, safety, and satisfaction. And clinicians actually find it to be ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Valerie Watzlaf, PhD Healthcare facilities are required by law to report cancer-related data items to state and central cancer registries. Since the cancer data is not required to be reported concurrently, it can be outdated, incomplete and underutilized. Also, risk factors of a specific cancer that may ... (read more)
In the US and other countries, an estimated 75% HIV positive adults are linked to care but only 48-56% are retained in care and 25-35% have undetectable viral loads, the goal of anti-retroviral treatment. To achieve the treatment and prevention goals of the HIV Strategy, it is recommended that at ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Nana Kwaku mainoo A medical record data bank where patients voluntarily asks allows their medical data to be stored in a cloud,with their unique password, they can make their medial records accessible to any healthcare facility they visit in the world. This will be very useful in ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Norman Sondheimer Online tools and processes that patients can employ to improve the accuracy of their electronic health records. Patient portals are enabling easy access to one’s record. At the same time, patients are discovering errors of various types in these records. These errors include simple demographic ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Basit Chaudhry Innovations in technology are often become breakthroughs when combined with innovations in service delivery. Conversely-radical innovations in services often depend on new technologies. Goal oriented care offers a promising approach to create this needed synergy in healthcare. Goal oriented care is a model where patients ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Soori Kani Initiate programs and policies to ensure that health information for foster children is shared more effectively among foster-parents, social services professionals, court system, and healthcare providers as children move through various care situations. Given the complex social and physical/mental health issues of children and youth ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Aaron Seib As a component of meaningful use EMRs should be required to load a consumer-facing trust bundle based on a community established consensus driven process. Additionally, in a similar fashion to how CMS required providers to use certified technology to qualify for a new chronic care ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Marc Samet Full data interoperability to be able to truly define the fully burdened costs of care. Once reliable costs in different settings and case mixes is defined the risk share components of ACA will be more accurate. Increased accuracy in risk-share reimbursement benchmarks will simultaneous increase ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Madhuri Gandikota We are a small startup interested in translating big-health-data to knowledge. Our solutions are based on the techniques of observational research and evidence based medicine guidelines. This involves A) Design a clinical question B) translating clinical decision rules into models, i.e. data and security design ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Patrick Jouissance In many primary care facilities within developing countries, one of the greatest challenges that are being faced by the health care system is the reliability of the medical archives. Having readily access to medical records can be very problematic. This situation certainly has a deleterious ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Rostislav A Mitrofanov, MD Using flying robots/drones for medication delivery to patients (with tuberculosis, for example) with possibility of directly observed treatment and patient direct communication with medical specialist. The drone can be programmed to locate mobile signal from a targeted patient and to deliver itself to ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Chris Macrae The idea is to use the existing technology of Yazmi (http://www.yamzi.com), an e-learning satellite-to-tablet content delivery system to share content that explores different topics including top 10 demonstrations of the power of community health care. Other topics include nursing, nutrition, clean energy, mobile life saving ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Genevieve Gaudet There is a significant opportunity to improve patient understanding of health inputs, outcomes and medical results through communications design and technology. For many patients, especially those with chronic lifestyle-related conditions, the factors contributing to their health outcomes are manifold. This challenge is compounded by opaque ... (read more)
Currently, the vast majority of EHR systems are proprietary, and vendors do not make their application programming interfaces (API) available. As a result, interactions are limited to each healthcare provider’s system making integration of outside data or tools effectively impossible.* (See attached article from Keith Marsolo in the Journal of ... (read more)
Having survived a life threatening illness, worked as a primary care provider and facilitator of care transformation with hundreds of primary care providers and hospital systems and authored a book on redesigning primary care, I laud your effort here. I would like to submit a new technology breakthrough of faster ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Michael Dermer Financial rewards are critical to drive patient and provider behavior. Forbes identified 5 trends with the potential to transform healthcare and rewards for patient and provider behavior were 2 of the 5. A framework for deploying rewards to these audience is a foundational asset that ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Mike Brooke Capturing consumer input on health service experiences demands a wide range of low cost, reproducible and locally supported channels that can manage large volumes of data. This idea uses a central processing "engine" with input sourced via each individual's preferred channel, including forums, focus groups, ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Joel J, Reich, MD Home Telehealth has tremendous potential for patient engagement and activation. While it is currently quite helpful in the home management of patients with COPD, HF, and diabetes it has much untapped potential for home, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living facility use. To ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Elizabeth Berka Offer incentives for patients consenting to Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs). This may involve a point system in which patients earn points every time they view their electronic health record (EHR) and/or comment after receiving medical care. Every patient would have a unique username/password for ... (read more)
I suggest local government to connect the citizen data from other offices (population and civil registration office) to the medical record. This will improve the problem of justification of patient ID in insurance office. This also will improve the service at front office of hospital to the community. Integration of ... (read more)
We need to use integrated cycles of care (involving the healthy individual / patient / consumer) in primary health care settings through the use of ICT platform. Co-management should be offered to the consumer. This should be holistic, affordable, easy to use, easy to access. We need assistance from psychologists ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Joanna Venieri I work in a project regarding E-Learning enhancement for patient health improvement to offer better health and teach patients with chronic illness in remote areas. The project is to improve the training quality in telehealth through an effective virtual environment with e-learning materials. To improve ... (read more)
Good medical history takes time and is an art. It forms the basis of any exam and is the crux of diagnosis. Since the majority of our population uses cell phones, a Medical History app is designed to take a good history before the patient visits the doctor. Key words, ...(read more)
I propose the development of a centralized access point for patient records, similar to the way individuals can access their financial records in one place on Mint.com. If patients were able to pull in data from a range of providers, they could see their latest test results, diagnoses, treatment plans, ... (read more)
Submitted by: Dr Abhijit Bhograj Most patients once started on a treatment are lost to follow up thanks to the complexity of our health system. The follow up app is a pre-set questionnaire follow up, texted to the patient few days/hours after the primary visit. This is very important because ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Joshua Wamboga Unsafe medications and unsafe use of medications are increasingly becoming a problem in Uganda. Patients continue to be harmed or lose lives and it has led to increasing health care costs; lack of adherence, self-medication, counterfeit medicine and adverse drug reactions are all challenges. The ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Peter Pennefather Patient should find chronic medication management for chronic disease AMUSEing – an Agreeable, Meaningful, Universal, Salutogenesis, Experience. This can be fostered through a patient narrative extensions to eHealth record systems. That extension would allow construction of a record of the patient's experience in a story ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Ryan Peterson The choice of a primary care provider can have broad impact on a patient's interaction with the health system. Often, this choice comes down to picking the closest doctor or through word of mouth. The types of things that are important to different patients are ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Zvi Frankel There's a plethora of published research establishing the dramatic decrease of re-admissions and complications when patients receive optimal post-discharge rehabilitation. At the same time, the unfortunate reality is that a very high percentage of patients never end up receiving the critical benefits of attending an ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Nana Kwaku mainoo Putting QR codes on medicine packages to enable patients check the authenticity of the medicine, locate medications in the nearest pharmacies by GPS, get medicine information in audio and video formats in local languages. Data generated can be used to analyze the movement of ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Victoria Hill, PhD In low/middle income countries, public healthcare tends to be distributed as if by tiered levels of service. It’s not an intentional policy but the result of difficulties funding remote and sparsely populated regions. However, there are patients in these regions that are elderly, weak ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Joanne Buzaglo The Cancer Support Community (CSC) and Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) want to disrupt the way the FDA and pharmaceutical companies determine the value of current and new cancer treatments by incorporating patient-determined preferences. The idea is to quantify cancer patients’ value for treatments and ... (read more)
Key to leveraging HIT to drive efficient patient centered care is determining how the introduction of technologies changes the work flow of providers. In other industries, IT has created efficiencies by enabling workers to perform at a higher level than they could previously and fundamentally change jobs. Yet, in healthcare ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Global Organization for Maternal & Child Health: Sylvia Sosa, Valerie Kong, Board of Directors Interactive device similar to a watch, or wearable technology, that engages the pediatric patient experiencing pain from chronic disease such as cancer and HIV/AIDS. "Pain watch" allows the child to press a button ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Dr. Cheryl Lynne Galler I would create an IT program that could be accessed by phone. It would be the equivalent of a 911 symptom concern line. The point would be to allow an immediate answer for patients when during their usual treatment they encounter a sensation, ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Shelly Batra Operation ASHA has developed and implemented an innovative and low-cost solution to turn the tap off on MDR/XDR TB with the use of biometric technology. eCompliance was developed in collaboration with the Research Lab of Microsoft and Innovators in International Health, Boston, USA. eCompliance tracks ... (read more)
The US is like a microcosm of the wider world with so many ethnic and cultural diversity; more than 50 million US population speak languages other than English and more than 22.3 million people believe they have limited English proficiency. We have so many highly qualified healthcare professionals who are ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Barbara Saul We, at Wayne State University School of Medicine, are working in Haiti to improve patient health engagement and health literacy. Since less than 40% of the population is literate, we want to create patient-oriented health videos in Creole that could be seen on smartphone, tablet, ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Norman Sondheimer Nina Kjellson's keynote talked about coaching apps as way of engaging patients. Let's raise the ante by thinking through how to get everyone the patient needs engaged. Those people would include their care team with the primary physician, the nurses, pharmacists and specialists, and then ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Chris Hayes Patient Reported Outcome measures and instruments are a growing area of practice and research. Tools like the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire have patients provide their perspectives on their social, health and functional well-being. This tool predicts outcomes for, in this case, CHF. I can imagine ... (read more)
Idea submitted by: Marie Link Engagement is achieved when individuals reach a certain level of comfort with a given situation. If the situation is purchasing a car, individuals research answers to questions and purchase only after determining that decision to engage is worthwhile. Healthcare is more personal than car buying, ... (read more)