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Read the latest updates on our lifesaving medical and research programs.

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

Give a Day to World AIDS Day

Give a Day to World AIDS Day

One day can change the world. That’s the vision for the Give a Day campaign that is happening in workplaces and communities across Canada today, World AIDS Day. This Canadian grassroots response to the global HIV epidemic started in 2004 as a challenge to give one day’s pay on December 1st to stand in solidarity

The Path to an AIDS Free Generation: Teen Club Study

The Path to an AIDS Free Generation: Teen Club Study

Today is World AIDS day, and globally there are an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV. While there have been massive strides made in the global response over the last decade, HIV is still the leading cause of death for African teenagers, and in fact increased between 2001 – 2012, contrary to a global

Help Women in Africa to Beat Cervical Cancer

Help Women in Africa to Beat Cervical Cancer

Despite being fully preventable and treatable if caught early, more women in Malawi die from invasive cervical cancer than anywhere else in the world. For women living with HIV, the risks are even greater. That’s why we’re running a project to help women in Malawi beat cervical cancer. We need your help to reach out