First TDR Global talks showcasing impact of social health innovations

TDR news item
9 February 2018

TDR Global, the network of current and former grantees and experts, held its first series of video presentations in Manila recently. The 4 TDR Global talks are now available online.

TDR Global Talk at the University of the Philippines Manila Theater.
TDR Global Talk at the University of the Philippines Manila Theater.

Dr Francois Bonnici, Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, talks about his experiences in Namibia and implementing the skin-to-skin-care that puts newborns in direct touch with their mother’s skin, which has shown improved survival rates. Using community members to do this changed the way Dr Bonnici thought about their role and how healthcare is designed, and the critical value of social innovation. This was the impetus for eventually founding the Bertha Centre at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business, to advance social innovation through research, teaching, knowledge building and catalytic projects.

Dr Belen Dofitas of the University of the Philippines Manila spoke about the work of the Partners in Leprosy Action group. Despite free treatment available at home in the Philippines, this old disease is still prevalent in these islands. Stigma is a major barrier, so the Leprosy Action group used research on community-seeking behavior to help them design community skin health programmes, integrating leprosy care with general health information and care to reduce the stigma.

Dr Iris Thiele Isip Tan of the University of the Philippines Manila provides guidance for how to use social media to improve health. Using the hashtag “healthXPH”, she has attracted 7 million impressions weekly. This has democratized access and organized citizen feedback, supporting the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan as just one example of impact.

Dr Phyllis Awor from the Makere University School of Public Health shares research findings from Uganda on increasing access to care for the poorest and most vulnerable. She explains integrated community case management of diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia, and how private shop owners have been able to provide the needed diagnostics and treatments.

For more information, contact Beatrice Halpaap.