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5 ways mobility improves development outcomes
8 Feb 2018

In an increasingly mobile world, the ability to travel safely and affordably is central to a number of development goals related to everything from health and education to equality, economic empowerment, and the environment. In a new report, Devex, in partnership with the Toyota Mobility Foundation, explores how mobility can make a difference.

Windows to the world: How eye care is about more than health
22 Jan 2018

Vision is often an overlooked area within global development, yet poor eyesight affects the daily life of billions of people who do not have access to eye care services and products, or do not realize they need them, potentially inhibiting their school performance and their ability to earn and reach their full potential. The solution need not be complex; it’s achievable, and Devex has learned that to improve people’s vision, you must think “outside of the health box.”

Communication as aid: How satellites help the Philippines respond to natural disasters
20 Dec 2017

Typhoon Haiyan — also known as Super Typhoon Yolanda — made landfall in the Philippines in November 2013, leaving massive amounts of damage to electricity and telecommunications infrastructure in its wake. It left those affected without access to critical information and unable to contact their families. Devex takes a deeper look into how satellite communications had an impact in response efforts, and how partners are preparing for future disasters.

Q&A: Towards medicines regulatory harmonization — lessons from Zimbabwe
11 Dec 2017

When it comes to implementing effective medicines regulatory processes and systems, Zimbabwe was one of the first countries in Africa to embark on this almost 50 years ago. Now, efforts are underway to ensure the rest of the continent is synchronized in its medicines regulatory approach. Speaking to Devex, Gugu N. Mahlangu of Zimbabwe's Medicines Control Authority discusses the medicines regulatory harmonization efforts and highlights the challenges ahead in the African context.

Q&A: Improving access to diabetes care
7 Dec 2017

Some 15.5 million people in Africa live with diabetes today, and this number is expected to increase to 40.7 million by 2045. With that in mind, early detection, effective prevention, and access to medicines is vital. Devex sits down with Novo Nordisk, the world's largest supplier of insulin, to find out how it is ensuring affordable access to the critical drug across the continent.

Q&A: Regulation harmonization — Africa's blueprint for health care success
23 Nov 2017

As it stands, many countries across the African continent have independent systems for approving medical products and pharmaceuticals. Margareth Ndomondo-Sigonda, head of health programs at the NEPAD Agency, claims this lack of coordination across the continent is denying people access to the health care they should have. Sitting down with Devex, she explains how medicine regulatory harmonization could solve the problem.

Putting people front and center: Participatory health in the 21st century
20 Nov 2017

How can ministries of health strengthen their capacity and ensure they are well equipped for the 21st century? Dr. Agnès Soucat, director of health systems governance and financing at the World Health Organization, calls for significant collective intelligence and strategic planning to put people at the center of health care decision-making.

How to improve access to NCD care
20 Nov 2017

Addressing and reversing the increasing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases will require concerted government action, but that alone may not be enough. Devex explores the role of partnerships in tackling NCDs and asks how the private sector can join African countries on their journey toward universal health coverage.

Prioritizing the public purse for universal health coverage
13 Nov 2017

Universal health coverage is an ambitious yet achievable goal, but it won't come cheap. In order to achieve UHC, significant public, as well as private, funding is needed. Speaking to Devex, Dr. Agnès Soucat, the World Health Organization's director of health systems governance and financing, explains why UHC should be seen as a political matter, and how health should be given priority when it comes to the public purse.

How to scale up indigenous peoples’ land rights: Lessons shared by the experts
2 Nov 2017

Global experts, private sector leaders, policymakers, and indigenous and community organizations came together earlier this month in Stockholm, Sweden. How did they progress toward the goal of achieving land rights for indigenous peoples and local communities? We glean some key insights, and find out what comes next.