Innovation and Impact Newsletter - May 2019

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

May 2019




CII 2019 Impact Brief
[PDF, 12.6MB]

USAID’s Bureau for Global Health’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) introduces our 2019 Impact Brief [PDF, 12.4MB], which features an overview of our work and progress this past year. At CII, we take 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. We blend public health expertise with experience in med-tech and pharmaceutical strategy, finance, business management, and management consulting to work hand-in-hand with our technical colleagues across the Bureau for Global Health. To learn more about CII, please visit or follow @CIIimpact.


Innovation Icon Innovative Financing

We need significantly more innovation – and funding to support that innovation – if we are to successfully achieve our global health aspirations. CII released a new report Unleashing Private Capital for Global Health Innovation, which aims to understand both innovator challenges in successfully attracting private capital to scale their solutions, and investor challenges to deploying more private capital in the global health sector. Read the report.

Unleashing Private Capital

Joined Hands Icon Design

Last month, alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we co-hosted the 2019 DesignforHealth convening Nio Far Dakar in Dakar, Senegal at the Le Musée des Civilisations Noires (Museum of Black Civilisations). The DesignforHealth partnership seeks to advance the more intentional and appropriate use of design in global health, while democratizing design so that it is more accessible to global health practitioners at large. At this convening, nearly 100 attendees made up of designers, implementing partners, and funders tackled the question: as global health evolves over the next 25 years, how can design be best positioned to be integrated within the field while accelerating human-centered innovation to improve the health of populations? Learn more and watch this video for highlights of the event. As the Senegalese say, Nio Far! We are on, we are together!

Nio Far Dakar

Innovation Icon Innovation

Saving Lives at Birth Xcelerator Workshop

The 2019 Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) Xcelerator Workshop, led by the Accelerating SL@B program consortium of partners, was held in Durham, NC May 13-17th. The Xcelerator is an interactive 4.5-day workshop that is designed to amplify the impact of the SL@B grant program by providing targeted, tailored assistance to its innovations to reach scale and sustainability with evidence of impact. In attendance were over 40 innovators representing 12 countries. Each day focused on one of four key domain challenges critical to growth, adoption, and sustainable scale of an innovation: team, market, business model, and product/service/approach.

Saving Lives at Birth at Duke with VentureWell

Innovation Icon Innovation

Global Health Grand Challenge Innovators in the News

Last month, the World Bank announced the first place winner of the ‘Mission Billion Challenge’: Simprints, a Saving Lives at Birth innovator. Simprints won for its open source toolkit that uses audio messages during registration to help people provide meaningful informed consent and to understand how their data is going to be used. Over 170 solutions were submitted from 54 countries from academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, and technologists. Simprints was featured in an NPR Planet Money podcast for their recent win.

In addition, Global Health Grand Challenge innovators University of Melbourne, supported by Saving Lives at Birth, and Monash University, supported by the Combating Zika Grand Challenge, are two of the twelve finalists out of a pool of nearly 1K applications for the Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award. This award will select 5 of the 12 finalists to receive $10M in funding to deliver projects that seek to initiate or build on a bold idea that addresses an area of social need.

Mission Billion & Macquarie

calendar EVENTS

June 18-20, 2019
Global Health Security 2019
ICMS, Sydney, Australia

June 17, 2019
Unlocking Private Capital to Achieve Impact in Global Health
USAID and UBS, New York City, New York

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

July 10-11, 2019
Health & Humanitarian Logistics Conference
Georgia Tech, Kigali, Rwanda

broadcast bars News

Call for Applications: Inclusive Health Access Prize
Due: June 28, 2019

Google has Opened its First Africa Artificial Intelligence Lab in Ghana
April 16, 2019

Arizona Researchers Create Self-sufficient Movable Health Care Clinic
May 6, 2019

European Commission
Call for applicants: EIC Horizon Prize for Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid
Due: January 15, 2020

Zayed Sustainability Prize
Call for Submissions
Due: May 30, 2019

Fast Company
These 20 Social Enterprises and Nonprofits just Won Google’s AI Impact Challenge
May 7, 2019

Vaccination Lags Behind in Middle-income Countries
May 14, 2019

Call for Proposals: Humanitarian Grand Challenge
Due: July 16, 2019

Humanitarian Innovation Fund Now Open
Due: June 23, 2019


broadcast bars CII NEWS

D-Rev featuring some CII tools
Introducing Medical Devices into New Markets
May 1, 2019

How AI has Impacted Global Healthcare
April 16, 2019

National Inventors Hall of Fame
Saving Lives at Birth innovator Rebecca Richards-Kortum Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame
May 2, 2019

PRWeb featuring Saving Lives at Birth and Fighting Ebola Innovator
Shift Labs Announces Expansion of Patent Portfolio Covering Data Capture for a Next-Gen Infusion Product
May 8, 2019

Global Health Technologies Coalition
Gamifying Global Health Innovation
May 7, 2019

YourStory highlighting DesignforHealth
What it Takes to Become a ‘Social Designer’
May 6, 2019

Last Mile Health
Community Health Academy Course highlighting AMP Health
May 9, 2019

Devex highlighting CII UAV report and coordination
What Role Should Donors Play in Helping Drones for Delivery Take Flight?
May 20, 2019

Devex highlighting CII’s Blended Finance Roadmap
A Fresh Take on Global Health Financing Gap
May 22, 2019

book icon What We're Reading

Digital Health Index
State of Digital Health 2019

The Lancet
Past, Present, and Future of Global Health Financing

Access to Medicine Foundation
New Study from the Foundation Analyzes 10 Years of Data on Pharma Companies and Access to Medicine



David Milestone

A note from CII's outgoing Acting Director, David Milestone.

"It's been a priviledge to help grow, and then lead, CII."

Read the full note [PDF, 92KB].

A thank you to Dave...

The CII team thanks Dave!

Read the letter [PDF, 228KB].



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.

Learn more