Global Health Ideas

Finding global health solutions through innovation and technology

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Blog Mission:
Our goal is to document solutions and exchange ideas on innovative projects in global health. When not overseas we are primarily located either in the Washington DC or the San Francisco Bay Area.

Email us: thdblog at with comments and suggestions. We are always looking for additional contributors and would love to hear from you.
You can subscribe to our feed here. We have a whole range of people based around the world who contribute to the blog from time to time. As we get guest contributors we will introduce them on the main blog page. The biographies for the blog founders are below.

Aman was most recently a research fellow at the University of Maryland where his research focused on pharmaceutical policy, health outcomes and health technology assessment. He is passionate about innovations in health care domestically and globally. Aman received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Health Policy & Management and a Master’s in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. At Berkeley, he was a United Nations Industrial Development Organization Management of Technology Fellow where he put together a team to research innovations in global health.

In the past Aman has worked at Genentech, the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies, the Stanford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and served as a director of the Knowledge and Social Responsibility Program for the National Conference for Community and Justice. He lives in the Washington DC area.

is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, where his research focuses on private healthcare networks in East Africa. He currently splits his time between Uganda and California. His doctoral research, as technical advisor to Venture Strategies for Health and Development, is with the German Development Bank (KfW), the Uganda Ministry of Health, and Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda. Project website:

In his free time, he serves on the board of the Northern California Peace Corps Association as well as the Vice-President of Friends of Ecuador, a 501c3 dedicated to continuing the spirit of Peace Corps service in Ecuador. Previously Ben worked at the CDC to develop training programs in HIV counseling and testing with national government partners in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, and Namibia. From 1997-2000 he served in the US Peace Corps in Ecuador.

Jaspal recently finished his PhD in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on human-centered design and evaluation methods for technology in rural health. As a Fulbright Scholar in Mongolia, he is collaborating with the National Health Development Center and Health Sciences University to provide nomadic, rural health workers with mobile information technology for continuing education.

He has also worked on health technology research projects with rural populations in the United States, India, Guatemala, and Uganda. In industry, he has worked in manufacturing, mechanical design, product development, and software engineering roles for several firms, including Intel and Nokia. He received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He speaks English, Spanish, Punjabi, and Mongolian.

More about this blog:
Global health problems are well documented and various organizations have been dedicated to this field for decades. Recently, people outside public health have been using their skills to find solutions. For example, the private sector is currently testing solutions based on free market principles, while engineers are working to apply technology to problems in resource poor settings. The involvement of outside disciplines has brought new ideas, technologies and innovations to the toolbox for tackling global health problems. We believe these issues cannot be solved by any one idea or set of experts, and that a group effort is essential.

We want to bring together public health advocates, teachers, engineers, computer scientists and business/technology experts who may not normally interact in order to combine forces. We want to know what ideas are really working and by spreading the news we aim to connect people. While the blog will be initially more focused on the application of technology to global health because that is our background, we hope readers will also contribute solutions, innovative ideas or projects to the blog. This blog was created by students and professionals in epidemiology, health policy and management, engineering, and information technology. Our main goal is to share ideas and connect people.

Written by Jaspal

November 1, 2006 at 4:12 am

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  1. Hi Guys,

    I have an African blog called Nubian Cheetah. My blog is focused on African sustainability, most recently, I’ve been paying more attention on affordable healthcare in Africa. I would love to connect with you guys on common interests.

    Nii Simmonds

    Nii Simmonds

    March 23, 2009 at 8:50 am

  2. Dear Aman, Ben and Jaspal,

    My name is John Wilpers. I am the Global Blog Coordinator for GlobalPost, a new international news organization set to launch on Jan. 12 (see

    My job is to build a list of blogs that will appear on GlobalPost where we will have approximately 65 correspondents in some 46 countries plus high-profile correspondents writing about major themes we’re calling Latitudes (Commerce, Diplomacy, Environment, Health, NGOs, Sports, Technology, Wheels).

    We are looking for enlightening, informative posts from bloggers writing (in English) about those themes. And we were very pleased and excited to find your blog about Health.

    So, I would like to extend an invitation to you to have the most recent post of “Technology, Health & Development” included on the Health page of as part of our “Global Blogs” service. (I wrote you guys an e-mail to double the chances of reaching you before we launch next week. Please pardon my enthusiasm for getting your posts onto!)

    After reviewing thousands of blogs worldwide, we have found “Technology, Health & Development” to be one that is thought provoking and gives readers your unique perspective on the issues and events in the world of Health.

    The way it would work if you accept our invitation is that we would use your RSS feed to place your most recent post on your personal page on We would point back to your actual blog for comments and for archives, hopefully driving lots of traffic to your site. Each time you write a new post, it would replace the older one so only one post would appear on

    By appearing on Global Post’s exciting new international news website, your words, viewpoints, and pictures would gain worldwide exposure. Your posts would not only appear instantly on but also possibly on the sites of our partners, including the Huffington Post (7.8 million U.S. and 9.7 million global monthly unique visitors) and other news and information websites.

    You don’t need to do anything differently. We do request that you consider pointing back to us from your blog (we will send out logos shortly for your consideration), but that’s not a requirement.

    You should know that we have a few guidelines that we observe here at Global Post:

    1) We do not publish racist, sexist, or misogynist comments (unless those comments are the subject of the post).
    2) We do not publish obscene language or photos. While we recognize that obscenity can be difficult to define, we know it when we see it and we will let you know if we think you have crossed our line.
    3) We do not permit plagiarism. Any work taken from another source must be attributed to that source.
    4) We do not publish libelous or slanderous language.
    5) We do not tolerate repeated errors of fact or misrepresentations of facts or quotes.
    6) We do not publish work inciting violence.

    Failure to observe these guidelines would result in the removal of your blog from GlobalPost. We would contact you, of course, to discuss the post in question.

    Because we have a broad multicultural audience holding every conceivable political and religious viewpoint, we want to respect their views while also possibly challenging them. We will host controversial work. We will encourage robust debate of the hottest topics. We will not stifle discussion, only abuse of people, belief systems, and laws.

    We hope these guidelines are acceptable to you.

    I look forward getting your permission to put your RSS feed on our site. Please reply to: Thank you!


    John Wilpers

    PS If you choose to accept our invitation and would like a photo and a short biography to appear on GlobalPost, please send both to me with your confirmation e-mail or at some time shortly thereafter.

    Global Blog Coordinator
    The Pilot House
    Lewis Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110


    January 8, 2009 at 11:20 am

  3. Well done! You have put together a wonderful resource.


    December 2, 2008 at 7:55 pm

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