#HealthyMeans: A campaign wrapup

A doctor pats the head of his young patient at a new community health center that was built with the support of the U.K. government in Danishmand, Afghanistan. Photo by: Sam French / Development Pictures / DfID / CC BY-NC-SA

A campaign ends but a cause lives on: Over the past month, #HealthyMeans engaged millions of people around the world in a discussion about how to improve access to quality health care even for the poorest of the poor.

From breakthroughs in preventing chronic diseases to disruptive innovations changing the way we receive care and stay healthy, #HealthyMeans covered a lot of ground. Its focus on solutions is particularly timely as efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals ramp up and world leaders put finishing touches on the post-2015 global development agenda.

In her contribution to #HealthyMeans, Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, called for the international community to fund movements, not individuals, and shared five lessons on funding innovation for social change.

“There are three big ways in which mainstream philanthropy holds back innovation,” she said, “and they are all based on fear.”

Just how to break that cycle and enable more people to live longer, healthier lives was the subject of a series of more than 100 feature articles, video interviews and expert commentary, as well as two dozen interactive online events that engaged more than 9 million people. More than 9,900 tweets sent using the #HealthyMeans hashtag from organizations like U.N. Women, Oxfam and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as global leaders such as Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Garry Kasparov, chairman of the Human Rights Group, and Connie Britton, U.N. Development Program goodwill ambassador and actress on the hit television show “Nashville.”

Devex will continue to roll out exclusive breaking news, top-notch analysis and practical advice on how to advance global health in the days ahead. And we’re eager to hear from you about the latest breakthroughs within your organization and industry. So please stay engaged, and feel free to contact us around the clock at info@devex.com.

Want to learn more? Check out the Healthy Means campaign site and tweet us using #HealthyMeans.

Healthy Means is an online conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with Concern Worldwide, Gavi, GlaxoSmithKline, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Population Fund to showcase new ideas and ways we can work together to expand health care and live better lives.

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    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.