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Health Innovations: From Motorcycle Pharmacies to Open-Source Medical Software

Monday, 17 June 2013, 4:00 p.m., Room Aeltestenrat

Hosted by Development Policy Forum of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Only healthy and strong people can contribute to economic growth. If life expectancy extends beyond the age of 30, they can look forward to full and productive lives and their societies will have a future. Too often, however, health care in developing countries is quite poor. Sometimes even the most basic necessities are lacking. In remote rural regions the situation is particularly dire.

Creative solutions are needed. Not only governments can take action; companies can also improve the lives of the poor with good business models. Sometimes, very simple ideas, or ones that seem inconceivable in industrial nations, deliver good outcomes for the disadvantaged.

Mobile health camps are publicizing life-saving campaigns. Motorcycle pharmacies are reaching the most remote villages. E-learning opportunities are educating midwives and doctors. Modern technology has been a big factor as well, enabling for example text messaging of lab reports, mail networking systems for doctors and open-source software to register patient records.

This panel will present and discuss effective initiatives and ideas around different parts of the world.


Verfuerth, Eva-Maria
Freelance Journalist and PR Consultant, Frankfurt, Germany


Haupt, Solveig
Consultant on Global Health, Berlin, Germany

Marcelo, Alvin
Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Manila, Philippines

Complete session on soundcloud:
WS15 - Health Innovations - From Motorcycle Pharmacies to Open - Source Medical Software