Mobile telephony is not a panacea for all health challenges in the developing world. But there is enough experience – and the beginnings of an evidence base – to argue that mHealth deserves serious attention from any development actor seeking to improve global health.
A policy briefing focusing on how the mobile phone offers important opportunities for saving lives, drawing on BBC Media Action's direct experience in using phones to improve health education in one of the poorest states of India.
This briefing focuses on how one of the greatest engines of innovation in the 21st century – the mobile phone – provides a high-impact solution to save lives. It identifies three aspects of mHealth – the delivery of healthcare information and services via mobile communication devices – that renders it such a potentially robust healthcare tool:
• Reach. The first is its capacity to leverage existing – and quite basic – phones to provide life-saving information to people in difficult-to-reach, rural areas.
• Design. The second is its capacity to tailor both the delivery and content of that information to the needs of poor, illiterate and marginalised populations.
• Scale. The third is its capacity to operate at scale in a cost-effective, financially sustainable way.
The Gadchiroli forest division has come up with the unique idea of feeding the scavenger population to save them from the brink of extinction.
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A new study led by WCS-India scientist Vidya Athreaya finds that certain landscapes of western India completely devoid of wilderness and with high human populations are crawling with a different kind of backyard wildlife: leopards.
Delivering health care to a billion-plus population is very complex. And, like eating a Reese’s, there’s no right way to do it. In the past, Indian entrepreneurs have innovated on several business models that range from frugal to world-class luxury care.
A testimony to its success is the fact that citizens spent Rs 1,650 billion, or 3.16 percent of the GDP (in 2011-12), on health care, whereas the government spent only 1.04 percent. In other words, a family of four spends nearly Rs 10,000 per year on health care.
With the government once again shirking from committing higher budgets to health care, it is tempting to ask: Since there’s money on the table, can entrepreneurs devise privately financed and privately run universal health coverage? Perhaps all it needs is one disruptive idea to show that it’s possible to design comprehensive care outside the government
A retired army officer-turned-farmer has done the city and the.district proud by winning one of the top 'krishi' awards of the country for his innovative technique in kinnow cultivation.
Major Manmohan Singh (retd) received the Krishak Samrat Samman from union minister of state for agriculture and cooperation Tanvir Ahmed in New Delhi on Friday. He was chosen for the award from the north zone.
The award carried a trophy, a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 51,000.
Maj Singh, who has a 17-acre orchard of kinnows at Phriwara village near Ajnala, was picked for breaking established norms and for being instrumental in driving sustainable and innovative farming technologies. His innovative approach has made a positive impact on the agricultural community.
HT had last year highlighted Maj Singh's new system of crop spacing in kinnow cultivation. This spacing known as 'ventilator practice' involves 20x10 feet spacing between kinnow plants, thus sowing 220 plants in one acre.
The net result of this approach was that he got a productivity of 2,400 kg kinnows from an acre this season. The sunlight made available to the inner side of the plant resulted in healthier and bigger-sized fruit and longer life of the orchards.
"I am happy that my services towards the farming community have been noticed. Farming is a hobby to me and I like to take risks in experimenting with new methods of cultivation," Maj Singh told HT here on Sunday as he held his award.
Generally it was thought that kinnow is a crop of Hoshiarpur and Ferozepur districts or could be grown in other parts of the Malwa belt. But the major has proved that the fruit can also be grown in the Majha area. Besides kinnow, the major is into pear and plum cultivation, agro-forestry and turmeric cultivation. He has recently grown sugarcane using the single-bud technique which was until recently only known in the Phagwara belt.
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