Innovation and Impact Newsletter - March 2019

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

March 2018




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In an environment of stagnant donor funding and increasing private sector investment in low- and middle-income countries, actors in both the public and private sectors are increasingly interested in using blended finance approaches to catalyze new funding for global health and achieve health outcomes. As USAID moves towards greater engagement with the private sector, blended finance will be an important component to help achieve development objectives. Introducing Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Blended Finance Roadmap for Global Health, a new report by USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII). This report presents a blended finance roadmap as a practical resource to help USAID, other donors, and partners identify blended finance opportunities to achieve health goals. Read more.


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Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V of Johnson & Johnson announced that it has entered into a sponsored research agreement with the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) at Monash University to advance the development of an inhaled version of oxytocin to help prevent and manage Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH). Monash University developed their inhaled oxytocin with funding from Saving Lives at Birth, and this new research agreement builds on an existing collaboration between MIPS and GSK which was established in 2014.

Johnson and Johnson and Monash University

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The Digital Health Investment Review Tool (DHIRT), developed through a close collaboration between CII and USAID’s Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition team, aims to provide high-level guidance that can be used to support strategic investments in the use of digital technologies to support public and global health. Developed by a consortium of funders and implementers led by JSI for the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), the DHIRT is based on widely-accepted best practices in global digital health such as the Principles for Digital Development and the Donor Investment Principles.

Digital Health Investment Review Tool

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Blended Finance Event Featuring CII's New Report

As part of the launch of CII’s Blended Finance Roadmap for Global Health, the Kaiser Family Foundation organized an invite-only roundtable meeting on blended finance for global health that convened key stakeholders to spark a candid discussion about the potential, practice, and risks of using blended finance in global health. Participating organizations included bilateral and multilateral donors, philanthropic foundations, development finance institutions, the private sector, and implementing partners.

Two photographs from the Blended Finance Event.

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ATscale, the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology (AT) recently launched its public strategy overview. ATscale aims to reach 500 million more people by 2030 with the life-changing assistive technology that they need through developing an enabling environment for increased access to high-quality, affordable AT products and services and identifying market shaping opportunities for priority AT products and services. Currently, eleven partners are part of ATscale: USAID, Norad, DFID, CHAI; China Disabled Persons' Federation; Global Disability Innovation Hub; Government of Kenya; International Disability Alliance; Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health; UNICEF; and WHO.

ATScale Strategy Overview

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CII's Acting Deputy Director Amy Lin was interviewed on the Wharton Business Radio Show Dollars and Change, which highlights individuals and organizations who are using business skills to change lives; the show airs every Thursday on SiriusXM 132. Among other examples, Amy described USAID's human-centered design work to develop the V brand for oral PrEP, a market shaping example to accelerate access to optimized HIV treatment, and support for a non-traditional innovator from the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge. Listen to her interview.

Wharton Business Radio and Sirius XM

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The New Yorker featured Saving Lives at Birth innovator Massachusetts General Hospital and its innovation the “Every Second Matters Uterine Balloon Tamponade” in this piece about how reverse innovation is a promising avenue for improving healthcare performance and lowering costs.

The New Yorker

calendar EVENTS

Apr 10-12, 2019
Design for Health: Nio Far Dakar
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID, Dakar, Senegal

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

May 20-28, 2019
72nd World Health Assembly
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland


broadcast bars News

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Call for Proposals: Emerging Technologies for New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
Deadline: April 10, 2019

Lake Victoria Challenge
Registration Open for LVC Flying Competition
March 1, 2019

World Health Organization
WHO Unveils Sweeping Reforms in Drive Towards “Triple Billion” Targets
March 6, 2019

Economic Times
Global Health Leaders Adopt ‘Delhi Declaration’ on Digital Health
February 27, 2019

Global Financing Facility
GFF and Partners Launch a Call for Proposals to Scale Up Innovations to Save Women and Newborns’ Lives
Deadline: April 30, 2019

Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance
INFUSE 2019 Call for Innovations
Deadline: April 10, 2019

WHO Draft Global Strategy on Digital Health Open for Comments
Deadline: April 30, 2019


We're Hiring

Senior Innovation Advisor

Design for Health Intern

Innovation and Scale-up Intern

Market Access and Scale-up Intern


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Economic Times
How Bempu’s Innovative Wristband is Saving Thousands of Babies
January 15, 2019

ATscale Hiring
Atscale Programme Officer
April 1, 2019

D-tree International
Saving Lives at Birth Grantee D-tree International and their Safer Deliveries Program
February 22, 2019

Premise Data
Premise Data + USAID: Zika Mitigation in Colombia
March 22, 2019

4thly highlighting CII
Global Innovation Trends Report 2019 [PDF, 1.2MB]
February 26, 2019

UNICEF featuring Saving Lives at Birth innovator
This ‘Bracelet’ is Saving the Lives of our Tiniest Humans
December 19, 2018

USAID Global Health Supply Chain featuring Project Last Mile
New USAID Global Health Supply Chain Website
March 6, 2019

Cosmos Magazine featuring Zika innovator
Australia to Andes: Effort to Eliminate Dengue Faces Biggest Test in Colombia
March 20, 2019

Devex featuring AMP Health
New Coalition Harnesses ‘Radical Collaboration’ for Community Health
February 18, 2019

We're exploring collaborations with Apolitical, a first-of-its-kind global learning platform for government. It connects you to the newest and best innovations, evidence-base, skills, solutions, and partners, helping you tackle challenges including global health. Learn more.


book icon What We're Reading

UK Telegraph
Pneumonia: How the World’s Biggest Killer of Children Became a Neglected Disease

Next Billion
Give Development Impact Bonds a Chance to Learn to Walk Before They Run

What a Medical School on a Rwandan Hilltop can Teach the United States

All Africa
How Community Leaders are Changing Maternal Health Outcomes in Northern Nigeria

New York Times
AI Still Needs Human Intelligence, for Now

JAMA Network
Comparative Accuracy of Diagnosis by Collective Intelligence of Multiple Physicians vs. Individual Physicians

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
The SDGs and Business Opportunities


Robert Newman

ROBERT NEWMAN, Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health)

"It is so rewarding to see not only individuals gain the skills that make them better at their jobs, but also entire teams become more effective and efficient and embrace the idea that leadership is not reserved for heads of teams and for supervisors. It is also wonderful to see people expand their vision of what is possible."

Read the full interview [PDF, 136KB].



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, Johnson & Johnson, Monash University, The New Yorker, Sirius XM, AMP Health