Innovation and Impact Newsletter - February 2019

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

February 2018




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The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Global Health Coordinating Body, which sits under the Interagency Supply Chain Group, just launched its website. This coordinating body supports  country governments, donors, technology and implementing partners to make more informed decisions about integrating UAS in supply chain systems to improve global health outcomes.  The coordinating body is composed of seven major donor and international organization members, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK development agency DFID, Gavi, the German development agency GIZ, the Global Fund, UNICEF, and USAID. To learn more, visit the Interagency Supply Chain Group website, or read this Devex article featuring the coordinating body.


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The New York Times highlighted two Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge innovators, Monash University's World Mosquito Program and Michigan State University, for their work with mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia, a naturally-occurring bacteria that blocks or greatly reduces the transmission of diseases such as Zika and Dengue when introduced into Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Through their work with USAID, the World Mosquito Program is releasing Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes for population replacement in Colombia, and Michigan State is piloting the release of Wolbachia-infected male mosquitoes to suppress the wild mosquito population in Mexico. Read more.

New York Times story on fighting mosquitoes.

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Last month, the Global Health Innovation Act was signed into law. This bipartisan bill aims to support USAID’s efforts to develop innovations that are affordable and appropriate for the most vulnerable populations in global health. Specifically, the bill directs USAID to report to Congress annually on the development and use of global health innovations in USAID programs, projects, and activities, including how USAID is leveraging US investments to achieve great health innovation and how innovation advances USAID’s commitments to reach global health goals. logo and two collage photos of health innovations.

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In January, NORAD became a member of ATscale, a global partnership for assistive technology (AT). ATscale aims to reach 500 million more people by 2030 with the life-changing assistive technology that they need through harnessing service delivery and market shaping approaches, creating partnerships with the private sector to build and serve markets, and encouraging an enabling environment and building political will. NORAD is the most recent partner to join ATscale, alongside USAID, DFID, CHAI, China Disabled Persons' Federation, International Disability Alliance, Global Disability Innovation Hub, Government of Kenya, Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health, UNICEF, and the WHO.

ATScale Global Partnership for Assistive Technology

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Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health Leads National Meeting on Childhood Pneumonia

As a member of the Every Breath Counts (EBC) Coalition, USAID is supporting the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to develop an integrated pneumonia control strategy and implementation plan for reducing the high burden of preventable mortality from pneumonia. This effort is in line with the FMoH's broader approach towards reducing newborn and child mortality. To kick-start the development of this implementation plan, the FMoH convened a national stakeholder meeting with 75 attendees, including representatives from the FMoH, various state ministries of health, professional/regulatory bodies, and EBCC partners on January 30th in Abuja. The outputs of the meeting will feed into the drafting of the strategy and implementation plan as part of next steps.

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USAID, in partnership with the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), will dedicate $12 million to support the expansion of integrated programs to prevent cervical cancer and improve women's health in Malawi and Mozambique. Cervical Cancer has become one of the largest killers of women in the developing world, and Malawi and Mozambique have some of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world. This is the first time USAID has funded programs to prevent cervical cancer in the context of broader women's health. Learn more about the winners at the NASEM website. CII is excited to support this effort, including market shaping for new cervical cancer prevention, diagnostic, and treatment technologies.

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calendar EVENTS

March 8–10, 2019
10th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference
CUGH, Chicago, Illinois

March 18—19, 2019
Innovations in Healthcare Annual Forum
Duke Health, Washington, DC

March 27—28, 2019
Health Datapalooza
AcademyHealth, Washington, DC

March 27—28, 2019
IFC Global Private Health Conference
International Finance Corporation, Miami, Florida

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


book icon What We're Reading

Machine Learning can Fix How We Manage Health on a Global Scale

World Economic Forum
Value in Healthcare [PDF, 9.3MB]

International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health
Lessons from Zika Policies to Improve Gender Equity

International Development Research Center
Digital Economies at Global Margins

Policy Cures Research
G-FINDER 2018 Report

International Journal of Health Policy and Management
What Health System Challenges Should Responsible Innovation in Health Address? [PDF, 1.4MB]


broadcast bars CII NEWS

The University of Melbourne featuring Saving Lives at Birth innovator
Saving Lives when the Power Goes Out
February 2019

The Aspen Institute featuring Combating Zika innovator
2019 New Voices Fellows
January 30, 2019

STAT News featuring Project Last Mile
To Improve Global Health, the Private Sector Must Be on Board
January 25, 2019

Project Last Mile
New PLM website
December 2018


broadcast bars News

ABC News
Doctors Use Drones to Drop Medical Supplies in Madagascar

Fierce Biotech
FDA Creating Innovation Office to Speed Drug Development
Jan 8, 2019

BBC News
Global Health Research Money Reaches ‘Record High’
January 23, 2019

National Institutes of Health
AI Approach Outperformed Human Experts in Identifying Cervical Precancer
January 10, 2019

Financial Times and International Finance Corporation
FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards: Innovating for Disability
February 2019

Call for Papers: New Ethical Challenges of Digital Technologies, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence in Public Health [PDF, 576KB]
January 2, 2019

The African Academy of Sciences
Supporting Plan S, a Model Making Research Accessible and Advancing Science Globally
January 11, 2019

The Lancet
A New Voice for Promoting Digital Technologies in Health Practice Worldwide
February 2019

USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability
Seeking Expressions of Interest for WASH Behavior Change Innovations [PDF, 668KB]
February 5, 2019



Monisha Ashok

MONISHA ASHOK, Market Access Advisor

"I am interested in adopting innovative business models to improve access to global health products and services, applying human-centered design to better serve the end-user, and modernizing our approach using better data and technologies."

Read the full interview [PDF, 226KB].



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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