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Switchboard http://www.switchboard.org Switchboard is a nonprofit that uses mobile phones to network health professionals in developing countries. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 07:38:30 +0000 en hourly 1 Switchboard Considered for Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Century Innovator Awards http://www.switchboard.org/2013/03/switchboard-considered-for-rockefeller-foundations-next-century-innovator-awards/ http://www.switchboard.org/2013/03/switchboard-considered-for-rockefeller-foundations-next-century-innovator-awards/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:36:45 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=1126  

Switchboard is honored to be considered for one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Century Innovator Awards and is currently 1 of 25 still in the running.  The awards are given to innovators whose work is improving the lot of poor and vulnerable people.…

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Switchboard is honored to be considered for one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Century Innovator Awards and is currently 1 of 25 still in the running.  The awards are given to innovators whose work is improving the lot of poor and vulnerable people. Switchboard is being considered for its solution to create Free Calling Networks to Strengthen Health Systems currently running in Ghana, Liberia and recently launched in Tanzania.

For more information about Switchboard’s nomination click here.

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Switchboard Launches Health Network Programme in Tanzania http://www.switchboard.org/2013/03/switchboard-launches-health-network-programme-in-tanzania-2/ http://www.switchboard.org/2013/03/switchboard-launches-health-network-programme-in-tanzania-2/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:50:24 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=1119 Switchboard, in partnership with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Vodacom successfully launched the Health Network Programme on 11 February 2013. This programme will allow 9,000 health workers to make free calls and send free SMSs to one another countrywide.

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Switchboard, in partnership with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Vodacom successfully launched the Health Network Programme on 11 February 2013. This programme will allow 9,000 health workers to make free calls and send free SMSs to one another countrywide.

Pictured here from left is Switchboard Senior Director Ali Bloch, Honorable Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Seif Rashid and the Head of Vodacom Foundation Tanzania, Mr. Yessaya Mwakifulefule.

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TechCrunch highlights Switchboard and CEO Eric Woods http://www.switchboard.org/2013/02/techcrunch-highlights-switchboard-and-ceo-eric-woods/ http://www.switchboard.org/2013/02/techcrunch-highlights-switchboard-and-ceo-eric-woods/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:56:31 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=1065  

Switchboard CEO Eric Woods discusses the “missing middle layer of available capital in the social innovation space,” in the latest TechCrunch article. Switchboard partnership model also featured as a way to engage the private sector. Check it out here.

*Photo credit:  TechCrunch

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Switchboard CEO Eric Woods discusses the “missing middle layer of available capital in the social innovation space,” in the latest TechCrunch article. Switchboard partnership model also featured as a way to engage the private sector. Check it out here.

*Photo credit:  TechCrunch

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promoting switchboard at the 2012 mHealth summit http://www.switchboard.org/2012/12/promoting-switchboard-at-the-2012-mhealth-summit/ http://www.switchboard.org/2012/12/promoting-switchboard-at-the-2012-mhealth-summit/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:53:05 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=1056  

 

 

 

Alison Bloch, Senior Director of Strategy and Development of Switchboard, promoting Switchboard’s work at the 2012 mHealth Summit. Check out the video below!

 

Alison Bloch, Switchboard from TechChange on Vimeo.

Photo Credit:  TechChange

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Alison Bloch, Senior Director of Strategy and Development of Switchboard, promoting Switchboard’s work at the 2012 mHealth Summit. Check out the video below!

 

Alison Bloch, Switchboard from TechChange on Vimeo.

Photo Credit:  TechChange

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Switchboard CEO selected as PopTech Social Innovation Fellow http://www.switchboard.org/2012/09/switchboard-ceo-selected-as-poptech-social-innovation-fellow/ http://www.switchboard.org/2012/09/switchboard-ceo-selected-as-poptech-social-innovation-fellow/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:59:13 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=1055 Switchboard is pleased to announce that CEO Eric Woods has been selected as a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow for 2012. The program is designed to “equip world-changing innovators with the tools, insights, visibility and social network that can help them scale their impact to new…

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Switchboard is pleased to announce that CEO Eric Woods has been selected as a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow for 2012. The program is designed to “equip world-changing innovators with the tools, insights, visibility and social network that can help them scale their impact to new heights.” Eric is one of a select group of high-potential change agents chosen from around the world to participate in a multi-day intensive fellowship program held in Maine. The Fellows also participate and present at PopTech, “the renowned thought leadership conference” to be held from October 17 – 20, 2012 in Camden, Maine.

Eric is deeply honored to be selected for this Fellowship and plans to use the tools and insights gained to heighten the impact of Switchboard’s operations in Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania and beyond.

For information about the PopTech Social Innovation Fellowship, visit http://poptech.org/class2012.

Photo Credit: PopTech

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Switchboard invited to speak at GSMA Mobile Health Summit http://www.switchboard.org/2012/05/switchboard-invited-to-speak-at-the-gsma-mobile-health-summit/ http://www.switchboard.org/2012/05/switchboard-invited-to-speak-at-the-gsma-mobile-health-summit/#comments Tue, 01 May 2012 22:39:08 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=926 Switchboard is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a speaker at the GSMA-mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit in Cape Town, South Africa held on May 29 – June 1, 2012.

The Summit “will deliver a thought-leadership conference programme that will cover the hottest topics in mobile health: service-provider business-models and MNO partnerships, through regulation and privacy, to on-the-ground innovations that are saving lives.”

Switchboard CEO Eric Woods will be speaking on the Building Health Workforce Capacity panel.  Other speakers at the Summit include Axel Nemetz, Head of Health for Vodafone; Gustav Praekelt, CEO of Praekelt; and Robert Fabricant, Vice President of Creative, frog.

With innovations and practitioners from around the globe, the Summit will demonstrate the economical scale, the sustainability, and the challenges of mobile health initiatives in the developing world.

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Switchboard CEO selected as Rainer Arnhold Fellow http://www.switchboard.org/2012/04/switchboard-ceo-selected-as-rainer-arnhold-fellow/ http://www.switchboard.org/2012/04/switchboard-ceo-selected-as-rainer-arnhold-fellow/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 23:36:23 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=493 Switchboard is pleased to announce that CEO Eric Woods has been selected as a Rainer Arnhold Fellow for 2012.

The Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program commemorates the life of Rainer Arnhold, a German-born physician who spent his life practicing medicine, teaching medical students around the world,…

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Switchboard is pleased to announce that CEO Eric Woods has been selected as a Rainer Arnhold Fellow for 2012.

The Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program commemorates the life of Rainer Arnhold, a German-born physician who spent his life practicing medicine, teaching medical students around the world, and making a lasting impact in the developing world where his work focused on detecting and treating child malnutrition.

“Rainer Arnhold Fellows are social entrepreneurs with particularly promising solutions to the big problems in health, poverty and conservation in the Third World. The Program helps them design their work to maximum impact through iterative design process focused on scalability.”

The Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program and their focus on design for scalable impact will help Switchboard further its mission of building nationwide networks of health workers in the developing world, all in the name of improving patient care.

*For information about the Rainer Arnold Fellows Program, visit www.rainerfellows.org

 

Photo credit: Rainer Arnold Fellows Program

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Woods and Switchboard win 2011 Mobile Health Top Innovators http://www.switchboard.org/2011/12/woods-wins-2011-top-innovators-in-mobile-health/ http://www.switchboard.org/2011/12/woods-wins-2011-top-innovators-in-mobile-health/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 02:31:21 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=453

Eric Woods, CEO and Founder of Switchboard, speaks at the 2011 mHealth Summit, after accepting the Top 11 Innovators in Mobile Health for 2011 Award.  The award was selected by the mHealth Alliance and Rockefeller Foundation. Check out the video below!

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Eric Woods, CEO and Founder of Switchboard, speaks at the 2011 mHealth Summit, after accepting the Top 11 Innovators in Mobile Health for 2011 Award.  The award was selected by the mHealth Alliance and Rockefeller Foundation. Check out the video below!

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Google.org funds Switchboard with $250,000 grant http://www.switchboard.org/2011/12/google-org-funds-switchboard-with-250000-grant/ http://www.switchboard.org/2011/12/google-org-funds-switchboard-with-250000-grant/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:16:23 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=444 We would like to sincerely thank Google.org for providing Switchboard with a grant of $250,000 to connect all doctors and nurses in Tanzania on a free mobile phone network.

Tanzania has one of the lowest health worker-to-patient ratios in the world, so there is a…

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We would like to sincerely thank Google.org for providing Switchboard with a grant of $250,000 to connect all doctors and nurses in Tanzania on a free mobile phone network.

Tanzania has one of the lowest health worker-to-patient ratios in the world, so there is a tremendous need to improve the communication and collaboration of health care professionals in the country.

In Tanzania, Switchboard will help create a network of 1,336 doctors and 13,000 nurses, so that any of these health professionals can communicate with one another, free of charge, using their mobile phones.  Building off our experience connecting doctors on such a network in both Ghana and Liberia, this will be the first opportunity for Switchboard to expand the network to nurses — critical players in getting care to more patients, and further into remote areas.

Switchboard will also create and distribute a physical health worker directory to each person in the network, so that doctors and nurses can expand their social networks and consult with new colleagues

Finally, Switchboard will be able to lay the foundation for our Ensemble two-way bulk SMS platform, allowing the government to send critical information straight to health workers’ mobile phones and collect data in real-time.

We want to truly thank Google.org for their generosity, and support for the work of health professionals and the care of patients in Tanzania.

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Dr. Patricia Mechael joins Board http://www.switchboard.org/2011/12/dr-patricia-mechael-joins-board/ http://www.switchboard.org/2011/12/dr-patricia-mechael-joins-board/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 04:55:34 +0000 switchboard http://www.switchboard.org/?p=432 Switchboard is very pleased to announce that Dr. Patricia Mechael has joined our Board of Directors.

Dr. Mechael is one of the key thought leaders in mHealth.  She serves as the Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance, a central convener for the mHealth community that…

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Switchboard is very pleased to announce that Dr. Patricia Mechael has joined our Board of Directors.

Dr. Mechael is one of the key thought leaders in mHealth.  She serves as the Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance, a central convener for the mHealth community that shares tools, knowledge, experience, and lessons learned.  Dr. Mechael has been actively involved in the field of International Health for 15 years with field experience in over 30 countries primarily in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  She previously served as the Director of Strategic Application of Mobile Technology at the Earth Institute and Millennium Villages Project at Columbia University, with a special focus on mHealth and telemedicine.

Dr. Mechael holds a Masters in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene (1998) and a PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2006), where she specifically examined the role of mobile phones in relation to health in Egypt.

We are truly honored and excited to add Dr. Mechael to our incredible Team and esteemed Board of Directors.

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