How can mobile technology improve health in LMIC? (UCL conference)

Today I attended the first day of the mhealth conference at University College London on ‘How can mobile technology improve health in low and middle income countries?’. Here are just a few thoughts based on the presentations and discussions I heard today! Some key points from the day – Account for disabilities in mhealth interventions:…More

Mapping the World

Last week I attended a Mapathon with Missing Maps at King’s College. A map-athon is a group of people getting together to create maps. While we already have all sorts of maps online, this mapathon was to create maps for OpenStreetMap – an opensource map of the world. It is often described as the Wikipedia of maps;…More

HIV stigma is not over

On September 2nd I attended the launch of the report ‘HIV and Stigma: The Media Challenge’ by Sophie Chalk, Director of Campaigns at the International Broadcasting Trust. Beyond the findings of the report, the launch also included a prominent panel, including Garth Japhet (Founder of Heartlines and the Soul City Institutes, South Africa), Winnie Ssanyu…More

Tell me about the slums

I like to watch what I call ‘popular documentaries’ about life in other countries. In my eyes, these are different from ‘regular documentaries’, because they appeal less to an intellectual elite, but to people who enjoy entertainment shows. Often they include a British reporter who goes on to explore a new culture and give us…More

Why breastfeeding is everybody’s business

Today I read quite an interesting article about how  ‘Breastfeeding is a grey area for Ugandan mothers’. Namubiro’s article is from 2009 but still relevant for today.  She makes a very good point – which is also widely acknowledged – a lot of mothers in Uganda stop breastfeeding early, a lot of them exclusively breastfeed…More

Seven Mindfulness Apps

When choosing an app to help you practice mindfulness, you have a wide range of choice: You can choose a very simple one that will only remind you to meditate, potentially play some relaxing bell chimes. A more complicated app may or may not cost a bit, but will bring you guided meditation, ranging from…More

Are tech gadgets only for men?

Judging from these two ads, you could definitely think that –  Nosh Video Galaxy Gear Video  When looking at these two ads separately, you may not think much of it – they are funny ads both targeting men. However, when you put the two example next two each, commonalities appear: – Women are only in secondary…More

Stigma and HIV reporting – a lesson from the BBC

Zainab Deen wrote an article in BBC Magazine on ‘Sex workers using anti-HIV drugs instead of condoms’. However, her reporting is everything else but neutral. Her first paragraph reeks with stigmatizing rhetoric:  “In Kenya 1.5 million people are living with HIV, and there are about 100,000 new infections every year. Despite this, some sex workers…More

Global health reporting fail – tuberculosis

And I read another article covering global health that is somewhat biased (chrmm chrmm). I’m talking about Tulip Mazumdar’s article on multi-drug resistant TB : Global resistance to TB drugs is ‘ticking time bomb’ We have the usual suspects: -an alarmist title -the hopeless situation of the poor (yet not to forget their wisdom) -the non…More