IHP news 470: Global Health Events

By on May 18, 2018

Devex – Better mortality data can have big payoffs, say public health experts


Gaps are closing across some low- and middle-income countries in recording mortality, but more work is needed to understand comprehensive demographics — as well as the actual cost of weak recording systems, according to public health experts. Public health and mortality specialists convened in New York last week to evaluate progress and continued challenges tracking mortality during the midway check-in for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Data for Health initiative, a four-year, $100 million project working to improve health data in 20 countries….”

“… Global public health experts initially helped identify which countries would be interested in boosting their birth and death recording systems, marking a reversal from other Bloomberg Philanthropies programs, which have tried to convince countries that initiatives — like work on smoking prevention — would be right for them, Ellis said. The initiative’s actual work involves engaging with local experts on boosting data quality, and training health workers to perform verbal autopsies, where health workers interview family members about the symptoms of the deceased and then plug the symptoms into a system that calculates the likely cause of death….”

IP-Watch –  Artificial Intelligence For Good: 3 Days To Discuss AI Solutions



The second edition of an annual global summit on “artificial intelligence for good” spearheaded by the UN International Telecommunication Union opened today. A focus of the summit is how artificial intelligence can help advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The opening statements by UN heads, including the World Health Organization, showed growing interest in new technology to help in all kinds of areas such as health and agriculture.”

So dr Tedros is on it, it seems.

Upcoming event (21 May, London School): Research symposium by The Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET), together with the MARCH Centre – Who should care for women?  Reflections on the private sector’s role in reproductive & maternal health care


The private sector is an important provider of maternal and reproductive healthcare in many low- and middle-income countries. Overall the private sector provides around 37% of family planning, 44% of antenatal care, and 40% of deliveries, although there is substantial variation across countries and income groups. This unique one-day symposium will bring together implementers, researchers, and policymakers working on the private healthcare sector and maternal and reproductive health, to highlight innovations in the implementation of private sector engagement, and consider the implications for policy and practice. Learn about the role of the private sector in maternal and reproductive health, the nature of private providers in low- and middle-income countries, and the impact of private sector interventions such as social franchising and contracting out.”

Among the speakers: Peter Piot.

“This event is organised by the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET), a research group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine examining the role of the private sector in delivering maternal and reproductive health care.

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