A child born at the start of 2020 was less likely to become malnourished than a child born at the turn of the Millennium. Investment, innovation and commitment has seen rates of malnutrition fall. Yet despite this progress, malnutrition is still blighting lives around the world. What’s more, it is being dramatically exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has rolled back decades of progress in child undernutrition and worsened the growing challenge of overweight and obesity.This has been compounded by disruptions to health and nutrition delivery systems, which are crucial in preventing, diagnosing and treating malnutrition.
I had the opportunity to visit Tanzania last month, my first mission to Africa since joining the World Bank. It was a long-awaited trip, as I wanted to see for myself what more we can do to support countries that are striving to recover from COVID-19. Coming from Indonesia, I also thought there were experiences that I could share from my own country’s development.
Healthy citizens are the cornerstone of every country’s development and are integral for sustainable economic growth. Given the many health hazards of pollution—from cancer to respiratory ailments and much more—it is increasingly becoming recognized as an impediment to growth and development. Recent global efforts to minimize pollution, through initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and The Paris Agreement, aim to set global guidelines for countries in order to reduce pollution.
Health development and financing institutions already have their work cut out to raise public awareness and acceptance of these potential pandemic ending-solutions. The proliferation of falsified versions in marketplaces around the world would make the job even harder. The likely diversion of these highly prized commodities away from priority or underserved recipients would also be tragic.
Deadline: 20-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Multi-Donor trust fund (MDTF) aims to enhance effectiveness in achieving sustainable RMNCAH results by strengthening the health systems and support progress towards universal health coverage. The overall objective of the MDTF supply chain management Technical Assistance for Health Products and Technologies (HPTs) is to build/strengthen HPT supply chain systems, with an emphasis on RMNCAH commodities, into efficient, effective, responsive and sustainable systems through the provision of targeted technical assistance and mentorship in 12 counties
We are excited to announce 3 Dutch Companies are shortlisted for the IFC TechEmerge Health East-Africa: Qtracer, CarePay and SwyMed.
53 tech companies from 20 countries that have been selected to attend the virtual TechEmerge Health East Africa Innovation Summit (date to be confirmed; possibly Aug/Sept. 2020).
In total, over 415 tech companies from 50 countries applied to the TechEmerge Health East Africa program. Applications went through a competitive evaluation process supported by a global network of ~30 independent expert advisors. 53 tech companies across multiple categories were identified to have market-relevant solutions that may meet the needs of participating East Africa healthcare providers (“Providers”). There are ~25 leading Providers in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia participating in the program, serving over 6.5 million patients across 285+ facilities, with 2,850 beds.
Deadline: 19-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
IFC is seeking a consulting firm to provide support on Component 4, specifically to support the pilot implementation phase of the TechEmerge Health East Africa program.
It is estimated that there may be around 15+ pilot projects supported under the program, with East African healthcare providers working with shortlisted Innovators to pilot new technologies that can improve their reach, operations, healthcare delivery and/or patient outcomes. The majority of Providers participating in the program are in Kenya, however, it is expected that there will be a few pilots implemented in Uganda and Ethiopia, supporting the Providers that are participating from those markets.