Innovation and Impact Newsletter - November 2018

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

November 2018



American Innovation Breathes New Life into Newborns in Malawi

A health worker cares for a premature infant in a hospital. Photo credit: Dave Cooper for USAID.

Prematurity is the number one cause of child mortality in the world.  Through the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge, USAID provided funding for an innovative, low-cost continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine developed by students at Rice University to save the lives of premature babies.  The device has been scaled up in hospitals across Malawi and is now scaling up across Africa and the world. Watch this newly released video, which features the CPAP in action, its developer, and a neonatal nurse in Malawi who is a “CPAP champion” and teaches others to use the device.


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In honor of World Prematurity Day on November 17th, CII's Sofia Stafford wrote a blog for USAID Medium highlighting the ways in which innovation can help turn insurmountable development challenges into solvable problems. Disrupting the Status Quo from the Front Lines features five promising innovations, supported by the Agency and partners through Saving Lives at Birth that, are making a difference in the lives of newborns around the world.

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Pneumonia is the leading cause of death of children under 5 worldwide. In recognition of World Pneumonia Day on November 12th, USAID’s CII, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, and the Missions shared their work through partnerships such as the Every Breath Counts Coalition to help reduce childhood pneumonia in Nigeria, and the United4Oxygen Alliance to strengthen oxygen delivery in Ethiopia. Learn more about these partnerships and other efforts.

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Exploring Opportunities for Artifical Intelligence in Global Health

CII is partnering with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation to explore how to amplify and accelerate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in global health. This month we hosted a convening in Washington, DC to incorporate perspectives from public and private stakeholders in global health, venture capital, and technology. The work broadly will synthesize input from experts such as Babylon, Google, Verily, Microsoft, the World Bank, Human Dx, Wadhwani AI, Living Goods, and many more. We look forward to sharing our findings and market shaping opportunities in a public event later this winter.

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USAID recently released a request for applications for Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening and Preventative Therapy (CCS&PT) through Introducing New Technologies and Integrating with Voluntary Family Planning. This PEER sub-program, sponsored by the Agency and implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, seeks to facilitate the introduction and scale-up of innovative CCS&PT approaches in Malawi and Mozambique. Partnership proposals are due by December 11, 2018 and should be submitted through the PEER online web platform. Learn more.

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calendar EVENTS

November 28–30, 2018
Global Health Supply Chain Summit
Lusaka, Zambia

November 30, 2018
Global Health Landscape Symposium
Global Health Council, Washington DC

December 10–11, 2018
Global Digital Health Forum 2018
Global Digital Health Network, Washington DC

April 13–14, 2019
2019 Global Health & Innovation Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut


broadcast bars NEWS

Safeguarding Adolescents when Using HCD in Family Planning
November 14, 2018

Congo’s Ebola Outbreak to Last at least Six More Months: WHO
November 13, 2018

Johnson & Johnson
Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0
November 10, 2018

Asia Sentinel
New Vaginal Ring Holds Promise to Reduce HIV Risk
November 7, 2018

The Guardian
Drones to Deliver Vaccines in Vanuatu in World-first Trial
October 31, 2018



CII Open Position
Innovation Advisor


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Stanford Social Innovation Review featuring Saving Lives at Birth grantee
The Vital Role of Early-Innovation Funders
November 16, 2018

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Launching the Principles of Donor Alignment for Digital Health
October 24, 2018

USAID Medium featuring Fighting Ebola grantee
Restoring Vision for Ebola Survivors
October 26, 2018



ABC News
Doctors Use Drones to Drop Medical Supplies in Madagascar

Save the Children
Fighting for Breath: Country Briefings

International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report 2018

Globalization and Health
Best Practices in Scaling Digital Health in Low- and Middle-income Countries

The Missing Piece [PDF, 3.7MB]

International Telecommunication Union and Digital Impact Alliance
SDG Digital Investment Framework: Global Call to Action [PDF, 38MB]

Harvard Business Review
How Competition is Driving AI’s Rapid Adoption



Cara Thanassi

CARA THANASSI, Acting Division Chief of the Empowerment & Inclusion Division, USAID

"CII has been with us every step of the way. In addition to the wealth of technical expertise and experience the CII staff bring to the table, their commitment and curiosity has made them not only an invaluable partner but also a great pleasure to work with."

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: Dave Cooper for USAID, Philips, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine