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Nexleaf Named Beneficiary of Humanist Giving Program

We are happy to announce that Nexleaf has been selected as a Foundation Beyond Belief beneficiary for their Humanist Giving Program for 2018! FBB recognizes and promotes organizations whose interventions deliver impact and efficiency. Nexleaf was chosen in the “Poverty & Health” category based on the core values of the Humanist Giving Program, including transparency, innovation, evidence-based impact, and capacity building.

We featured a blog post on the Foundation Beyond Belief website explaining how our technologies ColdTrace and StoveTrace were designed with evidence-based impact and transparency in mind. The vision that data and technology can be built for global good drives Nexleaf’s work.

Learn more about Foundation Beyond Belief and their work.

Read about our work in developing tech for global good on the FBB blog.

 

Nexleaf Shares Lessons Learned on HR Capacity Building

Human resources capacity building is an important, but sometimes overlooked, component of strengthening the vaccine supply chain. That’s why Nexleaf published an article in Health & Humanitarian, the Supply Chain Review on best practices for training health workers on new technologies.

The article, “Training Health Care Workers in the use of New Technologies,” is based on Nexleaf’s experience in training over 1,000 healthcare workers across South Asia and Africa. Designing trainings with a focus on people rather than technology leads to greater personal investment from workers, increased technology uptake, and better outcomes. Nexleaf is eager to share the lessons learned over the years that can help shape the landscape for successful uptake of new technologies across all countries.

Nexleaf Interview on Country Engagement at World Economic Forum

­We’re excited to see Nithya Ramanathan, CEO of Nexleaf, attend the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. In Davos, she was interviewed live on Facebook by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance on Tanzania’s push to introduce an Internet of Things (IoT) solution to monitor vaccine refrigerators at national scale.

Nithya explains how this initiative was made possible through a joint learning exchange between the Tanzanian and Mozambican Ministries of Health (MoH), in which the Mozambican MoH shared their learnings and data gathered from refrigerator monitoring. We’re proud to have facilitated the country engagement between the Tanzanian and Mozambican Ministries of Health and to be part of their initiatives to monitor the vaccine supply chain at the ‘last mile.’

The partnerships we have fostered with countries such as these are moving us closer towards our goal to monitor and protect every vaccine on Earth! Watch the full interview to understand how Nexleaf is cross-designing solutions with countries and helping build a complete picture of the cold chain.

World Bank Releases “Internet of Things” Report Co-Authored by Nexleaf

The World Bank released a new report entitled “Internet of Things: The New Government to Business Platform,” co-authored by Nexleaf CTO Martin Lukac. As an IoT provider achieving impact in emerging markets, Nexleaf is proud to have provided input on this important report.

While the report does not cover specific countries where Nexleaf technology is currently deployed, it showcases the potential and importance of IoT applications for all countries and contexts. We believe governments have a critical opportunity right now to create policy and regulatory frameworks that will help them protect their data while also ensuring that IoT technologies can operate within their borders in ways that serve national goals and priorities.

Read the full article here.

For more on Nexleaf’s applications of IoT technologies, visit nexleaf.org/impact to read our two recent “IoT for Development” reports.

Nexleaf Announces “IoT for Development” Series

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is revolutionizing how data is gathered all over the world, and Nexleaf is committed to creating IoT solutions that serve global goals. Today, Nexleaf announced the release of two data-driven reports from our new “IoT for Development” series.

These reports give background on our work in both the global immunization sector and in climate financing for cleaner cooking, and they showcase how our data and analytics are already driving systemic improvement and change.

Read our full reports:

ColdTrace: Real-Time Data for Immunization and Beyond

StoveTrace: How Data Can Help Steer Clean Cooking in the Right Direction

We’ve also updated our organizational impact statistics, which you can view on our impact page.

 

Mobile Technology (mHealth) in the South African Healthcare System

Nexleaf’s CEO Nithya Ramanathan co-authored a paper featured in Social Science & Medicine. In collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa and UCLA CHIPTS, the paper identifies potential uses of mobile technology (mHealth) to address current barriers in the South African healthcare system. Based on findings from interviews and focus groups with community health workers, health officials, field staff, and patients, the development of mHealth can improve resource allocation, foster trust between community health workers and clinic staff, and facilitate communication with patients.

Read the full article “Perceived mHealth barriers and benefits for home-based HIV testing and counseling and other care: Qualitative findings from health officials, community health workers, and persons living with HIV in South Africa.”

Nexleaf Data in the Journal Vaccine

A research paper co-authored by Nexleaf’s ColdTrace Program Director Shahrzad Yavari is featured in a special edition of the journal Vaccine, “Building Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains.”

With partners PATH and VillageReach, Nexleaf conducted small-scale studies to evaluate the performance of vaccine cold chain equipment (CCE) in Uganda and Mozambique and to unearth underlying causes for equipment failures. By monitoring eighty-six failing refrigerators and freezers in selected locations, the project teams acquired revealing, actionable information that led to immediate and long-term vaccination systems improvements. This is an exciting example of how collaborative efforts to systematically collect and communicate data can improve the efficiency and reach of immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries.

Read the full paper.

Learn more about our ColdTrace program.

Gavi Announces New Tool

Gavi has announced a partnership with Nexleaf Analytics to create a planning tool to help countries make evidence-based decisions on the purchase and maintenance of vaccine refrigerators. The Gavi-owned planning tool will be available to all Gavi countries as they make their vaccination supply chain equipment decisions. Nexleaf will contribute software engineering and analytics know-how, as well as lessons learned from our years of experience working directly with Ministries of Health. Funding to implement in initial countries will come from the Gavi Matching Fund provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This project also receives support from Google.org, a Nexleaf funder since January 2015, for tool development and engineering.

The Financial Times Features Nexleaf’s StoveTrace Program

An article and video featured in the Financial Times address Nexleaf’s StoveTrace program in Notarpalli, a rural village in India. Following an eight-month trial, in which Nexleaf provided villagers with modern, clean cookstoves with attached data-monitoring devices, Notarpalli has experienced full adoption of clean cookstoves.

By analyzing data collected from the monitoring devices, Nexleaf was able to identify problems associated with the stoves and provide impactful solutions to ensure integration of the stoves into daily life.

Read the full article to learn how Nexleaf’s StoveTrace program is affecting rural communities.

Click here to learn more about StoveTrace.