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Featured Image The First E-Health Card Launched in India to Control NCDs

On August 2, 2017, the Himachal Pradesh government in India announced the launch of the E-Health Card for citizens of the state, which was the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. And as of December 2018, the federal government is currently looking into integrating unique features from both the E-Health Card and the MIS […]


Featured Image Diabetes: Shifting Behavior and Lifting Up What Works, an interview with Prof. William Polonsky

In the beginning of December, William Polonsky, Founder and President of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, and one of the most renowned names in behavioral psychology in the world, visited Brazil. We had the privilege to interview him about the main challenges and best strategies for behaviour change and management of diabetes. Interviewers: Is there any specific […]


Featured Image Public and Private Sector Leaders Take Action in the Fight against Non-communicable Diseases in Brazil: Report Out on Third Intersectoral NCD Forum

On Tuesday, October 23rd, over 40 authorities and representatives of the public and private sectors in Brazil gathered at the third meeting of the Intersectoral Forum to Fight NCDs in Brazil at the São Paulo State Legislative Institute, part of the São Paulo State Legislative Chamber. The focus of the meeting was to build action […]


Featured Image Medtronic Pacemaker Recipients in Brazil Encouraged by Medtronic Founder and Pioneer Earl Bakken to LiveOn, GiveOn, and DreamOn

Earl Bakken, co-founder of Medtronic, is but one of countless beneficiaries of today’s remarkable, life-saving medical technology. Having benefited himself from the medical equipment he helped to develop during his career (a pacemaker, insulin pump, and some stents), Earl has always had a strong desire to give back to the community. With this “extra life” given […]


Featured Image GHL Fellows Visit PHI – July 2018 Brown Bag Presentations

Global Health Leaders welcomed three of our fellows to PHI on July 24th. While visiting the PHI Headquarters in Oakland, Nayanjeet Chaudhury, Belinda Ngongo, and Mark Barone hosted a Brown Bag Presentation on their capstone Public-Private Competency Building (PPCB) projects in their home countries. Nayanjeet spoke first on his work to understand the barriers to improvement […]


Featured Image Forum highlights need for cross-sector partnership in Brazil’s fight against NCDs

The following article was written by Denilson Oliveira, a journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil. Leaders and authorities from the public, private and philanthropic sectors met for the second time on May 15, 2018 in Espaço França, São Paulo as part of the Intersectoral Forum to Fight NCDs in Brazil. Through sharing knowledge and pooling resources, they […]


Featured Image Challenges and Opportunities of Public-Private Partnerships: Perspectives from HealthRise and Dr. Saúde

The following article was written by Ronaldo J. Pineda Wieselberg, a member of the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes Program, based in São Paulo, Brazil. The Forum on Intersectoral Efforts to Fight NCDs in Brazil (Forum Intersetorial para Combate as DCNTs no Brasil) is an initiative of Global Health Leaders’ (GHL) Public Private Competency Building strategy. […]


Featured Image What can we learn about non-communicable diseases in Brazil?

On October 25th, 2017, at the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo State, Global Health Leaders, a program of the Public Health Institute, hosted the launch of the Forum on Intersectoral Efforts to Fight Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Brazil in partnership with Medtronic Foundation. Participants of the forum included representatives from the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MoH), São Paulo Municipal Health Secretary, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on combating NCDs. […]


Featured Image Transforming Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Health in Africa

The following article was written by Belinda Ngongo, a Medtronic Foundation Associate in PHI's Global Health Leaders Fellowship Program. In November, I attended the Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS) conference in Dakar, Senegal. Participants at this gathering included representatives from the private, public, Ministry of Health (MOH), and non-governmental organization (NGO) sectors, as well as representatives […]


Featured Image Why Investments in Frontline Health Workers Matter: Preventing needless deaths through trusted healthcare relationships

It all started when I nursed a young female university student with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). As a teen she had received a mechanical valve replacement requiring her to take an anticoagulant daily, which she did without fail. During her third year, she became pregnant and stopped taking her anticoagulant medication without medical consultation, thinking she was looking out for the best interest of her baby. Several days later, she lost her baby and I saw her passing away on her graduation day, suffering from valve thrombosis, a condition which could have easily been prevented if she hadn’t defaulted her medication. […]


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