Innovation and Impact Newsletter - June 2019

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

June 2019




Innovation Realized

Introducing USAID CII's Innovation Realized: Expanding the Path to Health Impact. This guide builds on successes and lays out practical ways that USAID staff can identify opportunities to apply innovation to solve real problems in the context of how we work, as well as to further innovation across the Agency. Though this guide is primarily intended for USAID staff, it can serve as an adaptable resource for other organizations. Innovation Realized: 1) defines innovation and dispels common myths; 2) presents a case for innovation in global health at USAID; 3) provides common innovation opportunities; and 4) shares examples and resources to start the innovation process. This resource has been co-developed with input from colleagues in the field and across health offices, capturing best practices and examples of innovation in global health.  Read the guide.


Innovation Icon Innovative Financing

CII helped convene a $50 million partnership between Merck for Mothers, OPIC, Credit Suisse and USAID called the Financing for MOMs (Maternal Outcomes Matters) Alliance, which was announced at the Women Deliver conference on Tuesday, June 4th. The Alliance aims to mobilize private capital to improve maternal and child health by strengthening and expanding infrastructure, services, and access to care in Sub-Saharan Africa. USAID will be providing technical assistance as its contribution. The collaboration will help more women receive high quality care to ensure a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery, and lay the foundation for lifelong good health. Read the press release.

Merck for Mothers, OPIC, Credit Suisse and USAID logos.

Events icon. Events

USAID CII and the UBS Optimus Foundation co-hosted an event at UBS Offices in New York City for a conversation with key stakeholders on best practices in innovative financing for global health and development. The panel of experts discussed the role of private capital and impact investing in development, provided examples of how these approaches are being applied currently, and looked to the future to see what new innovative financing approaches are being considered to achieve development goals. Amy Lin and Omer Imtiazuddin from CII highlighted USAID's Private Sector Engagement Strategy as well as the recently launched CII report: Unleashing Private Capital for Global Health Innovation: Innovator and Investor Support Opportunities.

Photo from the Unlocking Private Capital event.

Globe Icon Partnerships

Project Last Mile (PLM) just released their 2019 impact report. PLM is a pioneering cross-sector partnership between the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundation that is improving the availability of life-saving medicines and the uptake of health services in Africa by sharing the expertise of the Coca-Cola system. For example, PLM has optimized delivery routes for over 3,500 health facilities in Tanzania and Mozambique, and developed proactive maintenance and repair systems for over 392 refrigeration units in Lagos, Nigeria. Read the report [PDF, 3.7MB].

Project Last Mile 2019 Impact Report

Events icon. Events

GES Panel: Efforts to Create Innovation-focused Health Economies

This month Amy Lin moderated a panel at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in the Hague that featured HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, Royal Philips CEO Frans van Houten and the Netherlands Minister of Health Erik Gerritsen. The discussion focused on enabling factors and the role of government and the private sector in building innovation-focused health economies.

Photo of the GES Panel with Amy Lin moderating.

calendar EVENTS

June 20-29, 2019
Aspen Ideas Festival
Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colorado

July 21-24, 2019
10th IAS Conference on HIV Science
International AIDS Society, Mexico City, Mexico

July 10-11, 2019
Health & Humanitarian Logistics Conference
University of Rwanda Regional Centre of Excellence, Kigali, Rwanda


broadcast bars News

Million Lives Club
Launch of the Million Lives Club
June 5, 2019

R2HC Annual Funding Call
Due: July 16, 2019

WHO Weighs Declaring Global Health Emergency as Ebola Spreads in Africa
June 13, 2019

The Ebola Fund
June 12, 2019

The New York Times
Depo-Provera, an Injectable Contraceptive, does not Raise HIV Risk
June 13, 2019

Integrated Health Program will Help Save Lives of Vulnerable Nigerians
June 20, 2019






Read the full interview [PDF, 231KB].



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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