Innovation and Impact Newsletter - October 2018

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

October 2018



The Principles of Donor Alignment for Digital Health

Collage of Logos from the Principles of Donor Alignment

A new call to action for donors investing in digital technologies to support country health systems launched last month at the World Health Summit in Berlin. USAID, a co-drafter of the Principles of Donor Alignment for Digital Health, joined U.S. government counterparts and other bilateral, multilateral and private donors in calling for changes such as better alignment of investments to country-led national digital health strategies. To learn more, visit or read this piece on ICTworks.

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Grand Challenges Annual Meeting Highlights

This month was the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in Berlin, which included speakers such as Bill Gates, Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Angela Merkel. CII co-hosted the opening innovation track session called “Moving from Lab to Market: You’ve got your idea or your prototype but not sure about what comes next?”. Several of USAID's global health grand challenge partners were featured throughout the event for their work to develop, test and scale up innovations, including Kinnos’ colorized powdered additive for improved decontamination, Shift Labs' battery powered infusion monitor DripAssist, and the NEST360 package of life-saving newborn technologies developed by Rice University.

Photograph of Bill Gates, Angela Merkel, Dr. Ghebreyesus, and more at the Grand Challenges Meeting.

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CII is happy to announce a new human-centered design partnership with Lunar, Veryday, Matchboxology, PATH and McKinsey Digital Labs. These partners bring impressive expertise across the intersection of design and global health. Lunar, McKinsey Digital Labs, and Veryday are design studios within McKinsey&Company, and together constitute one of the largest design firms globally. Matchboxology is Africa's first design firm and has more than a decade of public health and development experience. Human-centered design is a methodology that places people and other critical stakeholders at the center of the design and implementation process. It can increase impact and complement existing programs and partners through accelerating human-centered innovation. To learn more about the value of design in global health, visit the Design for Health website at

Design for Health logo.


Last week was the annual SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) conference, which convenes over 3,000 impact investors, entrepreneurs and innovative cross-sector practitioners dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. CII hosted a workshop called “The Path to Scaling: Watch your Step,” that discussed the nuanced needs, challenges, gaps and successes for supporting early-to-mid-stage innovators and entrepreneurs.

SOCAP 2018 Meeting - group photo.

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CII Acting Director David Milestone spoke at “Design with the 90%,” an event organized by the Cooper Hewitt Museum at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Discovery Center. The event focused on the role of human-centered design and how to advance its appropriate and effective use to improve global health. David was joined by Tracy Johnson, Senior Program Officer from the Gates Foundation, to discuss the recently launched Design for Health resource and community of practice.

Sign reading: Design with the 90%

calendar EVENTS

November 12, 2018
World Pneumonia Day
Various events and locations

November 12–15, 2018
International Conference on Family Planning
Rwanda Ministry of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Kigali, Rwanda

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



Harvard Business Review
How to Hand Off an Innovation Project from One Team to Another

The New York Times
Giving Malaria a Deadline

The Ultimate Physician’s Assistant

Global Health: Science and Practice
Establishing Standards to Evaluate the Impact of Integrating Digital Health into Health Systems

Brookings Institute
We Need Breakthrough Technologies to Reach the Sustainable Development Goal Targets for Health

Médecins Sans Frontières
Walking Tour of MSF’s Mangina Ebola Treatment Center with Dr. Theo

Enabling People, Transforming Lives with Assistive Products



CII Open Position
Innovation Advisor


broadcast bars CII NEWS

PR Newswire featuring SL@B grantee
Philips and Global Healthcare Leaders Develop Innovative Resuscitation Device to Help Reduce Neonatal Mortality
September 26, 2018

Quartz Africa featuring Combating Zika grantee
30 Africa Innovators Changing the Continent’s Present and Future
September 20, 2018

New Project Last Mile Webpage
October 22, 2018

Philips featuring SL@B grantee
Philips and Global Healthcare Leaders Develop Innovative Resuscitation Device to Help Reduce Neonatal Mortality
September 26, 2018

Fighting Ebola Innovation Rated Higher than Standard Ebola Virus Personal Protective Equipment
October 6, 2018

Medical Device Network featuring SL@B grantee
Philips Develops New Resuscitation Device for Infants
September 28, 2018


broadcast bars NEWS

WHO and PATH Partner to Globalize Digital Health
September 27, 2018

Face2Face Africa
A Third African Country Has Launched a Drone to Distribute Medical Supplies to Remote Areas
September 28, 2018

The Reporter Ethiopia
Optimism Amid Challenges for IT Innovators in Ethiopia
September 29, 2018

Impact Alpha
Expanded US Development-Finance Institution Will Make Equity Investments Too
October 3, 2018

A New US Development Finance Agency Takes Flight
October 4, 2018


Adam Lewis

FREDROS OKUMU, Director of Science, Ifakara Health Institute

"We have a wonderful partnership with USAID, through the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge. Our work focuses on developing highly scalable and low-cost mosquito-repellent sandals that provide round-the-clock protection against mosquito-borne diseases."

Read the full interview [PDF, 191KB].



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: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Summit