Innovation and Impact Newsletter - December 2018

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

December 2018



Introducing “V”–An Innovative Approach to Increase PrEP Uptake and Adherence

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USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) and the Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) are excited to announce the launch of “V”, a human-centered design approach to addressing challenges in uptake and adherence for oral PrEP among adolescent girls and young women. “V” is designed to combine innovations in product packaging — such as a starter kit to spark interest in oral PrEP initiation that includes a pill case designed to look like lip gloss — with private sector advertising and marketing approaches to encourage demand and reinforce adherence. A wide range of resources are available to enable the implementation of “V” including the Launching V website, blog from USAID’s OHA, IDEO case study, CONRAD’s website, PrEPWatch’s website, and this STAT news article.


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Congratulations to our Global Health Grand Challenge innovators Kinnos and Little Sparrows Technologies for being two of nine recipients of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office "Patents for Humanity" awards. Kinnos, a Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge grantee, was recognized for its product Highlight, a colorized, powdered additive that is mixed into bleach at point-of-use to improve visualization and coverage during decontamination. Little Sparrows Technologies, a Saving Lives at Birth grantee, was recognized for its portable and battery-operable phototherapy device to treat jaundice. Read this Share America piece that features each innovation.

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USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance and Bureau for Global Health’s Center for Innovation and Impact—in partnership with the U.K. development agency DFID (Department for International Development)—released a joint request for information (RFI) for ATscale this month. ATscale | the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology is a partnership with the goal of reaching 500 million people with life-changing assistive technology, (AT) such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and glasses, by 2030. The RFI seeks to learn from successful partnership and coordinating body models so that lessons can feed into the formal development of ATscale's coordinating mechanism.

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Unlocking Private Capital for Global Health Innovation

CII co-hosted a workshop with the Byers Center for Biodesign, Center for Population Health Sciences, and Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University called Unlocking Private Capital for Global Health Innovation–Designing an Innovator and Investor Support Facility. The workshop brought together 25 influential investors and innovators to test findings from a recent needs assessment diagnosing the barriers to unlocking private capital for global health innovation. In the coming months, we will release findings from the workshop to the broader community. Stay tuned.

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USAID is undertaking a major cultural and operational transformation to expand Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Agency-wide. Through its new PSE Policy, USAID has issued an Agency-wide call to action and mandate to work hand-in-hand with the private sector to design and deliver our development and humanitarian programs in all sectors. This policy, influenced by CII’s work, signals an intentional shift towards enterprise-driven development as a more sustainable way to empower people, communities and countries on their journey to self-reliance. Learn more.

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calendar EVENTS

January 22–25, 2019
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
World Economic Forum, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

February 13, 2019
Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

April 13–14, 2019
2019 Global Health & Innovation Conference
Unite for Sight, New Haven, Connecticut


broadcast bars NEWS

Access to Medicine Foundation
Access to Medicine Index 2018
December 2018

New DHIS2 Community Health Information Systems Guidelines
November 28, 2018

Daily Pioneer
Buzz in the Sky
December 5, 2018

NPR Goats and Soda
UNAIDS Report: 9M are Likely HIV Positive and Don’t Know It
December 7, 2018



CII Open Position
Innovation Advisor


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Results for America featuring Global Health Grand Challenges
2018 Invest in What Works Index
December 3, 2018

A Makeover for Oral PrEP: Designing Real-World HIV Prevention for Women
December 11, 2018

Duke Global Health Institute
This Petite Pouch Packs a Punch: Saving Lives at Birth Innovator
December 1, 2018

Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health)
Welcoming Robert Newman, Director of AMP Health
November 1, 2018

The Coca-Cola Company highlighting Project Last Mile
“The Last Mile”
November 19, 2018

USAID and Milken Institute School of Public Health featuring Combating Zika innovators
Stronger There, Safer Here
December 3, 2018



Stanford Social Innovation Review
On-Demand Medical Drone Delivery

Asian Development Bank
Digital Health Impact Framework User Manual

African Languages are Being Left Behind When It Comes to Voice Recognition Innovation

Globalization and Health
Best Practices in Scaling Digital Health in Low- and Middle-income Countries

Digital Impact Alliance
Financing Digital Markets [PDF, 3.5MB]





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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: Dave Cooper for USAID, Philips, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine