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Holly Ladd
Academy for Educational Development

AED Vice President and Director of the AED/STELLIFE: Center for Health Information and Technology. In July, 2006 SATELLIFE joined the Academy for Educational Development (AED), a non-profit international development organization, to create the AED-SATELLIFE Center for Health Information and Technology. The AED-SATELLIFE Center will carry on the mission and work that began almost twenty years ago. A leader in developing solutions to the everyday information needs of health professionals working in communities where AIDS and malaria are commonplace, but medical journals and the Internet are an unaffordable luxury, AED-SATELLIFE employs innovative applications of information and communication technology to break down barriers to information access and thereby strengthen health care delivery systems in resource-poor countries. To this end, the organization works with policymakers, planners, program and resource managers, and health practitioners need up-to-date, relevant information to make sound decisions on a daily basis.     

In addition to disseminating information, AED-SATELLIFE deploys technologies and builds health care workers’ skills to utilize these technologies effectively while creating local, regional, and global communities that share information and support each other. Over 100,000 individuals in 120 countries participate in theses efforts to share knowledge and build healthier communities.     

A leader in the development of the use of mobile technologies for health in developing environments, AED-SATELLIFE uses email and the World Wide Web to enable the exchange of information for decision-making through discussion groups on urgent health topics, supported by daily communication with colleagues; and publications featuring current, reliable public health and clinical content.