To mark International Women’s Day this year, our partners at Marie Stopes compiled a list of 12 women and one man who’ve inspired change and helped to improve the lives of women either in their community or at a global level. Each day this week, they’ve revealed two names on the list, in the build up to International Women’s Day, which is coming up on Saturday, March 8.
A team of researchers mapped over 9,800 tweets with sexual and drug-related themes and found that their locations were a good predictor for established statistics on HIV-prevalence. “Because of the growing amount of social media data, researchers and public health departments will soon be able to build upon these methods to more accurately monitor and detect health behaviors and disease outbreaks.”
An interesting meta-ethnography recently published in open-access, peer-reviewed online journal PLoS OnE analyzed evidence of barriers and facilitators for prevention and health promotion activities. While there is much evidence in favor of primary prevention and health promtion activities, healthcare professionals are not able to conduct as much of those activities as they ideally would. It’s frustrating for them, and certainly a loss for the rest of us.
Administrator Raj Shah this week helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under a Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in Myanmar.
Over the next two years, USAID and P&G will make joint investments of at least $2 million on health projects aimed at providing clean drinking water through provision of P&G Purifier of Water packets, promoting better hygiene behaviors;,and building capability to deliver improved health services to mothers and children. These projects will be implemented on the ground by PSI.
CVS’s decision to quit marketing tobacco products is getting lots of well-deserved attention. And, I’d imagine competitors will follow suit. But its shift from drug store to health care provider is even more striking.
From marketing everything one might want or need (cigarettes, detergent, gum, prescriptions) towards marketing what one needs to want (prescriptions, wellness care, basic curative care… and sure, detergent too) will put CVS on the forefront of marketing for health and could possibly create a new model for health provision in the US.
In the non-profit world, it’s what we call “social” marketing — a practice that’s been around for decades but is getting renewed attention as a creative and cost-effective way to improve health around the world.