May 7, 2014
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From April 12-13, I had the opportunity to present Wireless Reach’s Dulce Wireless Tijuana (DWT) project at the Global Health & Innovation Conference 2014 (GHI), the world's leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference at Yale University. As the Senior Health Advisor for The International Community Foundation, I viewed the conference as an opportunity to highlight our collaboration with the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) Family Medicine Unit No. 27, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), Fronteras Unidas ProSalud, la Fundación Internacional de la Comunidad, Qualcomm, Iusacell, Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute and Entra Health Systems while participating in a dynamic dialogue on important global challenges.
The keynote speakers provided insight on the many challenges millions of people face throughout the world. The presentation on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Post-2015 Development Agenda by Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute of Columbia University and Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, offered insight to some of the most important health issues that need to be addressed worldwide (Post 2015 Development Agenda/Sachs).
The overarching goals for the Post-2015 Agenda focus on ending extreme poverty, promoting sustainable growth and jobs, education for all, social inclusion, healthcare for all, sustainable agriculture, sustainable cities, sustainable energy and climate change, sustainable biodiversity and good governance.
During an interactive session on health technology and mHealth social enterprise, eight speakers presented their programs and ideas for social change. It was eye-opening to learn about the creative ways organizations, institutions and individuals are using mobile technology to address some of the biggest health and development issues in the world.
The mobile solutions included water sanitation and hygiene in Kenya, efficient record keeping systems in Haiti, support for orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria, an electronic record system for frontline providers in developing and underserved communities, and a model to educate and empower low-income mothers and families in developing countries.
Dulce Wireless Tijuana is a bi-national, multi-sector study that examines how the chronic care model, together with 3G wireless Internet access, can be used in diabetes management to improve patient care for marginalized communities. The presentation was received with great interest and was very well attended by representatives and students from India and Latin America who were interested in learning more about the project and exploring how they could replicate it in their countries.
The remainder of the conference covered topics on advocacy, development, consumer rights, and innovation in the social and health fields. I highly recommend visiting the event website and downloading the presentations you find interesting.
To learn more about the ways Wireless Reach is working with the International Community Foundation and others on addressing some of these challenges, I encourage you to visit the Wireless Reach website.