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Monday, September 26, 2011

Innovating for every women, every child

The report, 'Innovating for Every Woman, Every Child', published  by The Lancet, highlights business models that could harness new infrastructure to improve the health of women, children and infants in low-income countries. Examples include LifeSpring Hospitals in India, a chain of low-cost hospitals that provide healthcare to urban women who earn roughly US$3–$6 a day; text message printers that connect African laboratories to community clinics via mobile phone networks; D-Tree International in Zanzibar, which provides health workers with easy-to-use mobile phones that guide them through the screening, examination, counselling and treatment of patients; and a safe, affordable and long-lasting meningitis vaccine called MenAfriVac, designed specifically for Africa.

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