Innovation and Impact Newsletter - May 2018

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

June 2018




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The use of design in global health can lead to improvements in current practices and foster the development of innovative solutions. To accelerate the use of design in addressing global health challenges, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) have partnered to develop resources  to support the understanding, appropriate use and effectiveness of design in global.

These public goods—co-created with a diverse set of stakeholders across the public and private sectors and developed with the support of Dalberg Design and Sonder Design Collective—provide guidance around when, why, and how design can be used in global health, as well as a strategic roadmap outlining priority activities that can advance the appropriate application of design in global health.

Learn more from these resources:

Hands shaking icon. EVENTS

We are excited to announce that this year's DevelopmentXChange will feature a performance of scenes from BUMP, this year’s mainstage production of the EST/Sloan Project, inspired by Jorge Odón, the Argentinian car mechanic and innovator behind the SL@B-supported Odon Device. Join us for a panel of special guests following the production who will discuss the inspiration behind the play, the role of innovation at the intersection of art and science, and the importance of partnerships to make it all happen. "If you are pregnant, if you have been pregnant, if you have resulted from a pregnancy, you will probably find it very funny." – The New York Times

Collage of photos from the SL@B BUMP performance.

Innovation Icon  INNOVATION

USAID’s Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge identified innovations for improving Ebola response efforts, including redesigning personal protective equipment (PPE) for improved healthcare worker comfort and safety. As a result, this work inspired the development of Preferred Product Characteristics (PPCs) for PPE for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers in Tropical Climates, which aim to provide guidance for industry, health workers, engineers, innovators, medical, and scientific researchers to create a better PPE system that will increase the comfort and safety of healthcare workers responding to Ebola or other viral hemorrhagic fevers in tropical climates.

USAID facilitated the development of a Technical Advisory Committee with members from WHO, UNICEF, MSF, USAID, CDC, healthcare workers, and academic and governmental organizations, which convened to update WHO guidance for PPE procurement and use for viral hemorrhagic fevers and to identify specific characteristics that would make PPE more comfortable and safe for use in tropical climates.

Two health workers in safety suits. Photo credit: WHO.

Hands icon EVENT

CII Sessions at Aspen Ideas Festival:Design Thinking and Innovative Financing


At Spotlight Health, the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival, CII and partners spoke on two panels discussing nontraditional approaches to global health in order to reach our Sustainable Development Goals. One session, Design Thinking: A New Strategy for Shaping Global Health shared the  value of design as a  novel approach that promotes human-centered, financially viable solutions that address long-languishing problems. The second session, On the Frontier of Global Health Financing, shared opportunities in innovative financing to attract new pools of funding in global health while generating rewards for achieving positive health outcomes.

CII panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Innovation icon Digital Health

WHO Digital Health Resolution with USAID Support

USAID, working with other U.S. government representatives, contributed to the WHO digital health resolution which was approved at the World Health Assembly in May this year. The digital health resolution describes the importance of nationally-supported digital health strategies, country ownership, supporting and investing in an enabling environment (e.g., policy, standards, interoperability, privacy and security, etc.) and more. To learn more about digital health, and USAID’s role, please visit USAID’s digital health webpage.

WHO Digital Health - a woman uses her app to do medical research.

Book icon. Publications

There’s a critical need to cultivate innovators and entrepreneurs that are well-equipped to solve global health challenges and create lasting impact. The VentureWell report, Innovator Insights: Illuminating the Path for Tomorrow’s Innovators, highlights valuable findings and best practices around embarking on a journey in global health innovation and entrepreneurship. This report was made possible by USAID/CII, The Lemelson Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Download the report.

Innovator Insights logo.

calendar EVENTS

July 18-19, 2018
Health & Humanitarian Logistics Conference
Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech, Dubai, UAE

July 21, 2018
Insight to Impact: Driving Demand Creation for HIV Prevention
OPTIONS Consortium, Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 23-27, 2018
International AIDS Conference
International AIDS Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 26, 2018
Saving Lives at Birth DevelopmentXChange
USAID, Washington, D.C.


The Atlantic
Why Egypt Is at the Forefront of Hepatitis C Treatment

G7 2018
The Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact

The Economics of Vaccines

The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Artificial intelligence as a Force for Good


CII is Hiring!

CII Open Position
Market Access Advisor

broadcast bars CII NEWS

Georgia Tech featuring Grand Challenge grantees
Temperature Controlled Transport of Vaccines by Drone in Developing Countries
May 28, 2018

New York Times featuring SL@B grantee
Review: In Centuries-Spanning ‘Bump’, It’s Always Labor Day
May 17, 2018

Wilson Center
Successful Country-led Scale-up of RMNCAH Interventions
May 16, 2018

Medium featuring CII’s work with USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS
15 Years of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
May 25, 2018

CAMTech Chats featuring SL@B grantee
In Nairobi, Sisu Global Health Reflects on First Mile Innovation Challenge Award
June 6, 2018

USAID Global Health Broad Agency Announcement for Research and Development
June 19, 2018

UAVs in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward
June 13, 2018

Advancing Partners featuring Ebola grantee
Cataract Surgeries for Ebola Survivors in Liberia
January 27, 2018

broadcast bars NEWS

MIT News
Justin Trudeau: Embrace the Rapid Pace of Change
May 18, 2018

Over $650K in Prize Funding Available for the New Global Challenges
May 16, 2018

The Washington Post
US Pledges $8M for Ebola Outbreak in Congo
May 22, 2018

USAID Open Position for Senior Private Sector Advisor
May 15, 2018

CHAI and MedAccess Seek Proposals to Support Development of a Robust Market Shaping Deal Pipeline
June 11, 2018



Emily McKelvey

Emily McKelvey


CII 2018

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Nithya Rajendran

Nithya Rajendran

Nikita Srinivasan

Nikita Srinivasan



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 credit: Gates Foundation, World Health Organization