Network: Financial Support
Skoll Global Threats Fund
The Skoll Global Threats Fund’s mission is to confront global threats imperiling humanity by seeking solutions, strengthening alliances, and spurring actions needed to safeguard the future.
Supporting the iLab Southeast Asia to enable a whole class of health- and digital disease detection-related projects in Southeast Asia and support implementers in launching them.
The organization: The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) is a resource center for ICT for Development (ICT4D). Spider was established in 2004 and is based at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University. Spider is primarily financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), with complementary funding from Stockholm University. The organization’s mission is to support the innovative use of ICT for development and poverty reduction through synergistic partnerships, while strengthening the global ICT4D knowledge base through networking, brokering, and open information sharing.
The Relationship: In December 2011, Spider organized a workshop in Phnom Penh to explore the possibility of supporting ICT4D projects in Cambodia. This workshop resulted in four Spider supported projects which led to the SPIDER ICT4D Cambodia Network.
In addition, the InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia received a one year grant from Spider focused on creating an Interactive Voice Response Systems for Support of Women and Children. InSTEDD’s Verboice tool, which is part of our technology platform, is an open source Interactive Voice Response system that lets users create and run applications via voice, thereby overcoming literacy and geographical barriers. Our main partners in this project are the Open Institute and the Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia.
The collaboration will increase support for women and children on issues related to health and safety by raising their awareness through relevant and easy information access created in their local language.
The organization: The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those at risk from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help build health systems to alleviate suffering from other diseases. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations and others to make smart investments to save lives.
The relationship: Since 2008, NCHADS and InSTEDD have been working together to develop a system to improve information sharing. InSTEDD is actively engaged in Cambodia in support of the National Health Information Systems Strategic plan through a PEPFAR central grant. As part of this collaboration the iLab Southeast Asia has been providing NCHADS with adaptive technical assistance to support its strategies for future development of Health Information Systems (HIS). In light of this already close relationship, NCHADS utilized the services of the iLab Southeast Asia to develop the Data Aggregation Application.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The organization: The Global Fund is a unique, public-private partnership and international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents an innovative approach to international health financing. The Global Fund’s model is based on the concepts of country ownership and performance-based funding, which means that people in countries implement their own programs based on their priorities and the Global Fund provides financing on the condition that verifiable results are achieved.
The relationship: With funding from The Global Fund, we began working on a project for the Center for Malaria Parasitology and Entomology of Lao PDR (CMPE) to provide technical assistance in the development of an SMS system for malaria reporting.
The malaria reports consist of critical malaria drug stock information, geographic locations and the number of patient cases from the villages and health centers. The goal of using an SMS-based reporting system is to help the people at various levels within the healthcare system get critical information and alerts from the field, in real time. By having up-to-date information, they can better manage and coordinate their resources and better protect people from the potentially devastating effects of this disease.
Health Informatics Public-Private Partnership
The organization: The Health Informatics Public-Private Partnership makes it possible for resource-poor communities to respond to HIV and other health problems by building replicable and evolving healthcare IT infrastructures. This public-private partnership between multiple agencies of the US government and several private organizations and NGOs was created in 2010 to promote health system strengthening within multiple developing countries.
The Relationship: We are working to build local capacity within Cambodia in the areas of ICT portfolio management, architecture, and integration and then funding specific changes to health systems. In addition to the in-country technology improvements, the HIPPP is funding the creation of a knowledge base of patterns, reference architectures and processes to share experiences, reduce risk, and improve the effectiveness of ICT beyond the initial countries.
The Organization: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States federal government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid. USAID seeks to “extend a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country.” USAID’s stated goals include providing “economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States”. It operates in Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Eurasia.
The Relationship: With funding from USAID, we developed a custom reporting application that builds upon the SMS-based reporting functionality of GeoChat. Using an SMS-based Tuberculosis Lab Results Alert System, we are helping to increase the speed, efficiency and ease of reporting and treating patients affected with TB. Real-time reporting means that patients with positive TB test results can be given medical treatment right away, as well as educated by village volunteers with specialized training about how to prevent spreading the disease to others.
The organization: John D. Rockefeller Sr. established the Rockefeller Foundation in 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. Today, the Rockefeller Foundation supports work that helps people tap into the benefits of globalization and strengthen resilience to risks.
The relationship: We received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation in late 2007 to improve local capacity building in South East Asia and to support the MBDS network’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) goals. Through the Rockefeller Foundation’s funding, we were able to support the startup of the Innovation Lab Southeast Asia, located in Phnom Penh.
The organization: Google.org uses Google’s strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges.
The relationship: Google.org provided original funding to InSTEDD in the Fall of 2006 with a heavy focus on supporting disease surveillance programs throughout the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Network. Google.org was also a major funder in helping set up the iLab Southeast Asia to support InSTEDD’s local capacity building efforts for design and technology development.