Innovation and Impact Newsletter - April 2018

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Innovation and Impact E-newsletter from the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact. USAID Global Health

APRIL 2018




CII Podcast: Are We Ready for the Next Outbreak?

The recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika demonstrate the need for new and improved tools to fight infectious diseases. In this three-part podcast series – “Are We Ready for the Next Outbreak?” – infectious disease experts and innovators from the Fighting Ebola and Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenges discuss lessons learned from responding to previous disease outbreaks and the role that innovation can play in changing the trajectory of future outbreaks. Episode one provides the context around current and future efforts in the prevention of and response to infectious disease outbreaks. Episodes two and three detail how USAID identifies and invests in the most promising ideas and applies market-oriented approaches to reduce the time it takes to transform ideas in a lab to impact on the ground.

hands shaking icon CAPACITY BUILDING

This month, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and USAID/CII hosted its first annual GSK | Kellogg | USAID Global Health Case Competition at GSK’s headquarters in London. This competition convened 20 impressive students from top business and public health programs around the world to identify cutting-edge and sustainable solutions to tough global health challenges and build business and global health capacity in top business schools across Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

GSK/Kellogg/USAID Global Health Case Competition

globe icon  PUBLICATIONS

Check out this blog from USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA), written by OHA’s Emily Harris and CII’s Meghan Majorowski, on how USAID, through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is preparing to transition countries to a new optimized HIV treatment regimen by fall 2019.

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globe icon INNOVATION

The U.S. Department of State published a CII blog on Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge innovator Kinnos and their product Highlight, a powder that adds color to bleach to increase its effectiveness as a decontaminant and ensure the safety of health care workers in places affected by infectious disease outbreaks. This blog is part of our Grand Challenge Female Innovator Series on USAID’s Medium page.

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money icon MARKET ACCESS

Workshop on the Uptake of Assistive Technologies

USAID hosted a two-day workshop to solicit feedback on early analysis of the major barriers – and proposed interventions – to uptake of assistive products (AP). Workshop participants included DFID, UNSEO, WHO, CHAI, UNICEF, PATH, Hearing Industries Association, D-Rev, and more. Ultimately, this work looks to develop a global partnership to accelerate current momentum in the AP sector by uniting partners to leverage existing financial resources, attract new resources, and fuel catalytic interventions to address the unmet need for assistive products.

Group photo from the Workshop on the Uptake of Assistive Technologies

calendar EVENTS

May 1, 2018
ROI: How GH R&D is Paying Dividends in Your State
Global Health Technologies Coalition,
Washington, DC

May 7 – 10, 2018
Transform Africa Summit 2018
Smart Africa, Kigali, Rwanda

May 8 – 10, 2018
Information & Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D)
Catholic Relief Services, Lusaka, Zambia

May 16, 2018
African Tech Summit
Ecobank, London, U.K.

June 13 –14, 2018
Sustainable Solutions and Global Health Transitions: The Role of Partnerships
The National Academies, Washington, D.C.


From Research to Use: Saving Newborn Lives with Chlorhexidine for Umbilical Cord Care
[PDF, 4.8MB]

Global Health: Science and Practice Journal
Effective Collaboration for Scaling Up Health Technologies: A Case Study of the Chlorhexidine for Umbilical Cord Card Experience

Opinion: Development Funders – Here’s How to Leverage Blended Finance to Meet the SDGs

Foreign Affairs
Gene Editing for Good

Brookings Institute
Less than Four Percent of Private Investment in Health R&D Targets the Developing World

CII is Hiring!

CII Open Position
Market Access Advisor

broadcast bars CII NEWS

Fortune featuring Angela Gichaga of the Financing Alliance for Health
World’s Greatest Leaders 2018
April 19, 2018

Kaiser Family Foundation
USAID Ebola Grand Challenge Innovation Aims to Increase Effectiveness of Decontamination Processes in Disease Outbreaks
March 28, 2018

CII Webinar: Global Health Grand Challenges
March 28, 2018

U.S. Department of State featuring Global Health Grand Challenges
Are We Ready for the Next Outbreak?
April 6, 2018

New Digital Health Webpage
April 5, 2018

Combating Zika Innovator IGES
April 20, 2018

ScienceDirect featuring Fighting Ebola grantee
Novel Color Additive for Chlorine Disinfectants
April 18, 2018

broadcast bars NEWS

Aspen Global Innovators Group
Call for Ideas: Become an Aspen Ideas Innovator
April 9, 2018

NPR: Goats & Soda
What if a Drug Could Make Your Blood Deadly to Mosquitoes?
March 29, 2018




portrait of Rahima Dosani

RAHIMA F. DOSANI, Market Access Advisor

“I’m excited to help shape global markets to deliver life-saving innovations on a faster timeframe, push the boundaries of thinking around market access challenges, and forge partnerships to drive impact in the field.”

Read the full interview [PDF, 170KB].



USAID's Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) takes a business-minded approach to fast-tracking the development, introduction and scale-up of health interventions that address the world's most important health challenges. CII invests seed capital in the most promising ideas and novel approaches, using forward-looking business practices to cut the time it takes to transform discoveries in the lab to impact on the ground.

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Photo credit: Neil Brandvold, Tom Whipps, Emily Harris, USAID