TOMS is turning coffee into clean water

TOMS is launching into the coffee market. Announced at South by Southwest, TOMS Roasting Co. offers six varieties of coffee, and they are advertising that each bag will deliver a week’s worth of clean water for one person. In planned TOMS cafés, one cup of coffee will be advertised to provide one day of clean water for one person.

12 Women (and one man) who are inspiring change

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.

Let’s talk about the Best Buys for Global Health

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Starting today and culminating on March 19th at the Center for Global Development, we hope you’ll join a conversation along with experts from implementing agencies, governments, research institutions, and the private sector to  discuss and debate what makes a “best buy” in global health.

Twitter can locate HIV outbreaks

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.”

When evidence is not enough

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.

USAID and P&G kick-off Global Development Alliance to improve health in Myanmar

Parents and children of North Okkalapa Township, outside Burma's capital Rangoon on Feb. 27, 2014, listen intently to a demonstration on proper safe water and hygiene practices. In Burma USAID and Procter and Gamble partner to provide clean drinking water and promote sanitation practices for some of the country's most vulnerable. (Image credit: Kelly Ramundo/USAID)

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.