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Ideas to Impact Lab Fellow Spotlight: Jessica Gallant

Ideas to Impact Lab Fellow Spotlight: Jessica Gallant

At the Ideas to Impact Lab (i2i Lab), we are a team of scientists, health care providers, designers, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs united for a single purpose: to make health care better for people who need it most. Our i2i fellows are tackling emerging and evolving health challenges, locally and globally. Jessica Gallant is a

A Star is Born: Charity Film Screening Drives Dignitas International’s Mission

A Star is Born: Charity Film Screening Drives Dignitas International’s Mission

On October 3, many of Dignitas’ greatest champions came together for our annual advance charity film screening. It was with the support of 300+ guests and sponsors that we were able to raise over $90,000 for our lifesaving medical and research programs. The ripples of change started at this event will reach Malawi and Indigenous

Creating Impact at AIDS 2018

Creating Impact at AIDS 2018

  Every summer, the world’s leading HIV/AIDS research and service organizations, scientists, scholars and community stakeholders convene for a week long conference. The International AIDS Conference presents a powerful forum for those in the scientific community to come together with human rights and advocacy organizations and exchange knowledge as well as best practices on the

Ideas to Impact Launch

Ideas to Impact Launch

On May 7th, the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto was transformed into an evening that was one part experimental theatre, one part live pitch and two-parts cocktail party. The room filled with buzz as actors captivated the audience with dramatic vignettes created by emerging and established playwrights. The pitches from i2i Lab fellows were equally inspiring

Impact Fellow in the Spotlight – Victor Banda

Impact Fellow in the Spotlight – Victor Banda

Victor Banda hails from the Kasungu district of Malawi and serves as a Data Analyst for Dignitas International in Zomba. Armed with a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Computer Science and Statistics from Chancellor College at the University of Malawi, Victor began his career passionate about data science and its applications for

Sustainably taking Big Data to the last mile

Sustainably taking Big Data to the last mile

Too often in low-resource settings health data is quickly channeled upwards away from frontline clinical and managerial teams to district, provincial and national levels where practice and policy decisions are often made. Dignitas International’s Ideas to Impact Lab (i2i Lab) is seeking to address this problem through a recently awarded Connaught Global Challenge Award sponsored

Leaving no one Behind: Access to HIV Services in Prison

Leaving no one Behind: Access to HIV Services in Prison

In Malawi, nearly 4 in 10 prisoners are HIV positive – compared to 1 in 10 in the general population. Prison inmates in Malawi are an underserved and marginalized ‘key population’ in a resource-limited country that already faces significant health challenges. While there are ongoing efforts to provide access to treatment and care to all people

ACTA: A Groundbreaking Meningitis Study

ACTA: A Groundbreaking Meningitis Study

Cryptococcal meningitis is responsible for more than 100,000 HIV related deaths every year. It is the most common type of meningitis for adults in regions that have high rates of HIV and accounts for 10 to 20% of all HIV related deaths. The current international standard of treatment for HIV positive adults with cryptococcal meningitis

Launch of the NCD-BRITE Program

Launch of the NCD-BRITE Program

The Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Building Research Capacity, Implementation and Translation Expertise (NCD BRITE) program was officially launched on Thursday, February 8th at the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. NCD BRITE is a national consortium funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It that brings together key institutions

Impact Fellow in the Spotlight

Impact Fellow in the Spotlight

With Dignitas International operating in a context of global health challenges, we see the potential that fostering and igniting innovative ideas can have in transforming the way health care is approached globally. Our Ideas 2 Impact (i2i) Lab, led by Dignitas’ Josh Berman, develops new approaches to identified global health challenges, and potential solutions to