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 gmail.com 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.
Ben 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: oba-uganda.net
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.