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An Electronic Eye on Hospital Hand-Washing

The New York Times

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Hospital-acquired infections are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Hospitals are trying to remedy that using high-tech solutions to promote health-care worker handwashing.

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An End to Polio in India?

The New York Times

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India has, for years, been a hotbed of polio. Supported by the WHO as well as local health-care workers, immunizations have officially ridded the country of the disease.

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An Investment Strategy in the Human Interest

The New York Times

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Social Impact Bonds are hot - these programs issue bonds to finance prevention programs that house the homeless or prevent recidivism, repaying investors from the savings generated if they succeed. Now governments and donors are applying the same idea to poor-country development.

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Better Hand-Washing Through Technology

The New York Times

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Washing hands in between contact with patients is one of the most important things a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of disease and reduce the rise of superbugs like MRSA. A new technology is increasing rates of hand washing by displaying, via a sensor in an employee's badge, wheth...

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Five years after quake, emerging northern Haiti faces challenges

The Seattle Times

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Five years after the earthquake in Haiti, foreign investment has not delivered all that was promised, but some projects have materialized, such as access to electricity in the city of Madras.

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Lessons From America's Safest Hospitals

AARP Magazine

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An estimated 6,000 "never events" — egregious errors like operations on the wrong limb or instruments left inside a surgical wound — occur every month among Medicare patients alone. Hospitals across the country are revamping their care programs to stop preventable injuries and deaths.

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In India, a Small Pill, With Positive Side Effects

The New York Times

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In the developing world, intestinal worms stunt physical and mental growth, drain energy, and can inhibit school work for children. Deworm the World is a global campaign that lobbied the Delhi government to regularly distribute deworming pills to school children. The benefits decrease student abs...

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How to Protect Foreign Aid? Improve It

The New York Times

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One of two columns on Cash on Delivery, a new, hands-off, no-bureaucracy method of foreign aid: countries set goals and get financial incentives and rewards only when they successfully meet them on-the-ground practical solutions, The concept comes from the Center for Global Development, and could...

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How to Grow a Social Business

The New York Times

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Two columns on microconsignment, a new variation on microcredit that helps poor people living in developing countries - particularly women in rural villages - start small social businesses without taking on debt or requiring previous business skills. The organization, Soluciones Comunitarias, par...

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A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa

The New York Times

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The Green Revolution in Asia and Latin America never spread to Africa, due to the continent's varied climate, degraded soil and lack of infrastructure. Now, scientists look to develop a high grossing wheat seed to bring a new green revolution to Africa.

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