Transforming global health with mobile technologies and social enterprises: global health and innovation conference.

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More than 2,000 people convened for the ninth annual Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale University on April 21-22, 2012. Participants discussed the latest innovations, ideas in development, lessons learned, opportunities and challenges in global health activities. Several themes emerged, including the important role of frontline workers, strengthening health systems, leveraging social media, and sustainable and impact-driven philanthropy. Overall, the major outcome of the conference was the increased awareness of the potential of mobile technologies and social enterprises in transforming global health. Experts warned that donations and technological advances alone will not transform global health unless there are strong functioning health infrastructures and improved workforce. It was noted that there is a critical need for an integrated systems approach to global health problems and a need for scaling up promising pilot projects. Lack of funding, accountability, and sustainability were identified as major challenges in global health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-427
Number of pages3
JournalThe Yale journal of biology and medicine
Volume85
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Innovation
Health
Technology
Industry
Social Media
Social Responsibility
Systems Analysis
Social Change
Medical problems
Global Health
Sustainable development

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