Innovation and Impact Newsletter - February 2018

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

February 2018



New Partnership Led by Duke University and VentureWell

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Accelerating SL@B is the next iteration of Saving Lives at Birth's Xcelerator. The program provides tailored support to accelerate the most promising Saving Lives at Birth innovations toward equitable, sustainable impact. Led by Duke University and VentureWell, the program leverages Duke's long-term engagement and support model, VentureWell's intensive, high-touch Xcelerator workshops and follow on support, and a network of specialized innovator support organizations, including We Scale Impact, Open Capital Advisors, Villgro Kenya, Villgro India, and VIA Global Health, to maximize results, foster sustainability, and build strong relationships that result in effective capacity development and impact. Read the press release and this Devex article to learn more.

Saving Lives at Birth is a highly leveraged partnership of USAID, the Government of Norway (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, UK’s Department of International Development, and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

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USAID’s office of Population and Reproductive Health, along with CII, is seeking innovative solutions to provide health information and support for healthy behaviors in a way that is accessible to adolescents. We are particularly interested in solutions that directly reach adolescents in multiple country settings and/or adolescents’ support networks (such as families and communities) in partnership with the private sector. Apply!

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globe icon  PARTNERSHIP

On February 8, 2018, the UBS Optimus Foundation and CII co-hosted an event on innovative financing in global health in the UBS Offices in New York, featuring expert panelists from JustActions, the Financing Alliance for Health, PSI, the Rockefeller Foundation and Instiglio. The event highlighted our recently launched Utkrisht Impact Bond. To learn more about the event, read this LinkedIn piece Private Wealth for Public Purpose and this PLOS piece Global Health Finance: Adapting to a New Reality.

UBS/USAID/CII financing event

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VentureWell’s Innovator Insights Series shares valuable findings and best practices drawn from USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge Xcelerator program. The series explores how early stage science and technology innovators can be adequately prepared and supported throughout their adventure. The fourth installment of the series on the importance of understanding in-country context was just released.

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On February 13, 2018, CII hosted a workshop on how donors can better coordinate investments in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in global health. This is the first step of the investment roadmap laid out in CII’s report UAVs in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward. This donor session included attendees from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF, the U.K. Department for International Development and the World Bank.

Uavs in global health workshop


Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) partners recently published an article [PDF, 2.4MB] in Globalization and Health discussing the partnership's theory of change and impact framework with prioritized metrics to map SL@B’s contribution toward overall goals and to measure progress toward improved outcomes around the time of birth.

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calendar EVENTS

March 4 – 7, 2018
Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
International Antiviral Society, Boston, Massachusetts

March 8 – 9, 2018
HAAS Healthcare Conference
HAAS Healthcare Association, San Francisco, California

March 14, 2018
Global Health Technologies Coalition Member Summit
PATH, Washington, D.C.

March 18 – 20, 2018
Save the Children Advocacy Summit
Save the Children, Washington, D.C.

March 22 – 23, 2018
DHIS 2 Symposium
BAO Systems & University of Oslo, Washington, D.C.


John Snow, Inc.
What Should You Deliver by Unmanned Aerial Systems?

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
For the World’s Poorest, Vaccines Prevent both Deaths and Medical Impoverishment

Fever Diagnostic Technology Landscape
[PDF, 2.7MB]

Asian Development Bank
Transforming Health Systems through Good Digital Health Governance

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The Financial Times
Why Some Killer Diseases Are Overlooked
February 1, 2018

USAID, DFID, Grand Challenges Canada
Launch of Humanitarian Grand Challenge
February 19, 2018

Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunization (INFUSE) Call for Innovation
February 8, 2018


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The Global Virome Project
February 23, 2018

How Global Development Issues Fared in Davos
January 29, 2018

From Davos: Is Paying for Results with Blended Finance Ready to Take Off?
February 1, 2018

McCann featuring CII’s work
McCann Global Health Reel 2018
December 12, 2018

Mathematica Policy Research
World’s First Health Development Impact Bond Strives to Improve Maternal Health in India
January 16, 2018

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health
Columbia: ICAP Reports New OPTIMIZE Website Helps Countries Adopt Safe, Simple, Affordable HIV Treatment
February 15, 2018

Saving Lives at Birth
Recap of SL@B Twitter Chat
February 13, 2018

The World Bank featuring Every Breath Counts Coalition
Fighting for Breath: A Call to Action on Childhood Pneumonia
February 8, 2018

Saving Lives at Birth
Innovator Spotlights: Simprints and Bempu
[PDF, 155KB]
February 9, 2018

Scientists Launch an Ambitious Effort to Find Viruses Lurking in the Wild that could Cause Pandemics
February 26, 2018

Webinar Series: Support to Global Health Research and Development [PDF, 317KB]
February 27, 2018



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"I love the intersection of business, technology, and public health – providing healthcare to those hardest to reach in a sustainable and innovative way was not just personally rewarding but also intellectually challenging."

Read the full interview [PDF, 203KB].



USAID's Center for Accelerating 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: Anik Rahman, Courtesy of Photoshare; Prasanta Biswas/Photoshare