Innovation and Impact Newsletter - April 2019

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

April 2018




AI in Global Health

Recognizing the huge potential of AI in global health, The Rockefeller Foundation and United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) have partnered, in close coordination with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop AI in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward. This report identifies opportunities for donors, governments, investors, the private sector, and other stakeholders to explore and accelerate the appropriate development and cost-effective use of AI at scale in global health.
Read the report.


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As part of Women's History Month, CII published a blog on USAID Medium, 8 Inspiring Women Changing the Landscape in Global Health, in celebration of female innovators supported by our Global Health Grand Challenges. These 8 women push the boundaries to solve the world’s toughest challenges, while paving the way for the next generation of scientists, policy makers, change agents and entrepreneurs. They come from organizations including Bempu Health, Shift Labs, Kisumu Medical and Education Trust, D-Rev, Dalberg Data Insights, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, D-tree International, and the World Mosquito Program.

8 Inspiring Women

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Zika Grand Challenge project partner, World Mosquito Program, was featured on BBC's People Fixing the World podcast series. This story, called The City Where Children are Learning to Love Mosquitoes, describes the task of introducing mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria into the city of Medellin, Colombia in order to prevent the spread of viruses such as Zika and dengue. Listen to the story.

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The Guardian published an article featuring Saving Lives at Birth innovator INMED for their package of 3 SL@B-supported innovations, called the Bilikit, to address jaundice in newborns. The package includes the Jaundice Ruler (for screening), the Bilistick® (for quantitative diagnosis), and the Bili-Hut™ (for phototherapy treatment) to address each touchpoint in jaundice management. The article describes INMED's work in Peru, where they are launching a two-year project with the backing of Peru's Ministry of Health to screen, diagnose, and treat jaundice in 12K newborns.

The Guardian

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On April 1st, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and USAID/CII, alongside the Aspen Global Innovators Group, hosted an event at the Aspen Institute for the launch of their new report Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward. The event featured a panel conversation with public and private sector experts exploring the opportunities and challenges of AI in global health. Watch a video of the launch event. The report was also featured in a Lancet editorial and a VOA article.

Aspen Institute

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Geekwire: featuring Saving Lives at Birth grantee
Virtual Reality is Helping Babies Breathe Thanks to a Project from Seattle Children’s and Oxford
April 8, 2019

Coca-Cola featuring Project Last Mile
Health Ministries Leverage Coca-Cola’s Distribution and Marketing Expertise
April 12, 2019

USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program
Request for Information: Supplier Capacity to Supply V for PrEP Kits
April 18, 2019

WHO Releases First Guideline on Digital Health Interventions
April 17, 2019

Technology Salon
Evaluation Criteria for Using Artificial Intelligence in development Programs
April 18, 2019

4 Artificial Intelligence Use Cases for Global Health
April 27, 2019

The World’s Largest Drone Delivery Network is Launching in Ghana
April 24, 2019


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World’s First Malaria Vaccine Launches in Sub-Saharan Africa
April 23, 2019

An Open Call for Health Care Innovators
April 9, 2019


Ann Marie Brouillette


"I am passionate about finding better ways to measure, and therefore manage, progress towards goals and about supporting the best ideas in global health to come to scale."

Read the full interview [PDF, 152KB].



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 credits: USAID, Medium, World Mosqutio Program, BBC, The Guardain, Aspen Institute