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USAID RDMA Director Michael Yates presents awards to the winner and finalists of the Mobiles for Development Forum Asia 2015 in
January 21, 2015

BANGKOK, January 21, 2015 – An innovative mobile healthcare application that connects rural patients to doctors has won this year’s U.S. Agency for International Development/Regional Development Mission for Asia’s (USAID RDMA) Mobiles for Development (M4D) Award. The contest, now in its second year, recognizes mobile services in Southeast Asia that have the potential to improve development outcomes in climate change, food security, health, governance, biodiversity or fisheries.

The winner, mPower Social Enterprise from Bangladesh, plans to expand its Amader Daktar (or “Doctor in a Tab,” referring to remote medical consultations provided over a tablet device) service into Myanmar in partnership with mobile network operator, Telenor, in order to reach rural populations with basic medical care. The service currently has 200 locations in Bangladesh and has served over 1,200 clients to date.

Michael Yates, Director of the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia addresses the opening session of the Mobile Solutions
January 20, 2015

Good morning all, and welcome to USAID’s second Mobile Solutions for Development Forum.  USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), along with our partner and event co-organizer, FHI360, is privileged to have close to 100 people here today, all with amazing backgrounds and experience - from the private sector, NGOs, and the academic community, to other donors, USAID staff, and implementing partners, from many countries in the region.  I am sure your discussions will be rich and productive!

January 19, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Health Research Program helps generate and apply strategic, scientifically sound data in health programming in the region. Malaria, tuberculosis, pandemic influenza, HIV and other emerging infectious diseases pose a significant public health threat throughout Asia, and in particular, the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Headquartered in Bangkok, this five-year program addresses these health threats by supporting health research, building sustainable research capacity and creating a platform for researchers and other stakeholders to access and learn from the program’s initiatives.

January 15, 2015

USAID is hosting an interactive summit on March 9 and 10,

Michael Yates, center, director of the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia, congratulates Praphan Phanuphak, director of
January 15, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a five-year program to help develop stronger research methods to study the effectiveness of ongoing programs and generate data that can lead to better health policies at the community level across Asia.

USAID Regional Development Mission Director Michael Yates speaks at the launch of Inform Asia: USAID's Health Research Program.
January 14, 2015

I am very pleased to be here with you all today to launch Inform Asia, a health research program that will be implemented by our partners RTI International and the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre. We know that learning and knowledge-sharing are powerful accelerators of successful development, and in that way this activity will play an important role in helping us to achieve better health policy - and better health conditions - for the people of the region.

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Last updated: January 21, 2015

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