Innovation and Impact Newsletter - September 2018

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Utkrisht Impact Bond Featured in New Report and in Forbes Magazine

A mother holds her child, while the caption reads: Investing in maternal and child health: Development Impact Bonds.

This month, the Utkrisht Impact Bond was featured in several publications. Save the Children released a report at the United Nations General Assembly, highlighting USAID’s first health development impact bond. The report makes four recommendations around leveraging innovative financing for global health. In addition, Forbes India and Medium featured the Utkrisht Impact Bond, its innovative approach, and progress to date.

The Utkrisht Development Impact Bond is one of the first impact bond aiming to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, and was developed by partners including USAID, Merck for Mothers, the UBS Optimus Foundation, PSI, Palladium and HLFPPT.

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Check out the 2018 Impact Brief of the Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health). AMP Health works with ministries of health to scale community health and immunization programs by providing leadership and management training, mentoring and coaching, a network of like-minded partners and placement of experienced private-sector professionals. CII co-founded AMP Health, and the partnership has grown to include the Aspen Institute, Gavi, Merck for Mothers, GSK, Pfizer and the UN Special Envoy for Health.

Launch of the AMP Health Impact Brief

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Panel at UNGA: Leveraging Private Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals: Haiti on the Front Lines


At the United Nations General Assembly on September 27th, USAID’s Chief of Staff Bill Steiger spoke alongside the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, and UN Special Envoy for Haiti, Ambassador Josette Sheeran. The group discussed new work exploring innovative financing mechanisms to reduce the transmission of cholera in Haiti based on a feasibility study led by USAID CII, USAID/Haiti and USAID’s Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean on the most appropriate mechanism to address this challenge.

Photo of the UNGA Panel discussion.


Welcoming USAID Administrator Mark Green

The CII team was happy to welcome USAID Administrator Mark Green to our offices in Crystal City. Among other things, we discussed the essential role of innovation in meeting the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, our expanding work in innovative financing, unmanned aerial vehicles, artificial intelligence, and the Green Bay Packers.

Mark Green meeting with CII.

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Last week, the Aspen Management Partnership for Health hosted an event at the Aspen Institute on the power of public-private partnerships in strengthening health systems. This event featured Peggy Clark, Vice President of Policy Programs at the Aspen Institute; Shira Kilcoyne, Director of Government Affairs, Emerging Markets, and Asia-Pacific at GSK; David Milestone, Acting Director of USAID’s CII; Uzoamaka Osikhena, Regional Head of AMP Health; and Adrien de Chaisemartin, Director of Strategy, Funding and Performance at Gavi.

Photo from the Aspen Institute event.

calendar EVENTS

September 18–October 5, 2018
73rd Session United Nations General Assembly
United Nations, New York, New York

October 8–12, 2018
Health Systems Research Symposium
Health Systems Global, Liverpool, UK

October 8–9, 2018
Africa Health Business Symposium III
Africa Health Business, Johannesburg, South Africa

October 10, 2018
Accelerating Innovation – Focusing on People
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington



The Arduous Path to Make mHealth Work At Last

United Nations Development Programme
Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

Harvard Business Review
Why Design Thinking Works

Gavi 2017 Annual Progress Report

New York Times
Vaccines Against HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis Unlikely, Study Says

The Lancet
Pneumonia: A Global Cause without Champions

Opinion: We Won’t Beat Malaria Unless We Rethink our Financing Mechanisms

The Economist
How a Shampoo Bottle is Saving Young Lives

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
2018 Goalkeepers Report

Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: UN IGME 2018 Report



CII Open Position
Innovation Advisor


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7 Transformative Digital Health Trends in International Development
September 19, 2018
The Shoulders We Stand On
September 7, 2018

Duke Global Health Innovation Center
Partnering to Scale Impact
August 29, 2018

Grand Challenges Canada
Grand Challenges Canada Announces New Co-CEOs to Lead Organization Forward
September 19, 2018

International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM)
IPM 2017 Annual Report [PDF, 3.1MB]
September 7, 2018

PR Newswire
Fighting Ebola Innovator Jason Kang Named Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow
September 12, 2018

The Hill
There’s a Burden on Donors to Avoid ‘Useless’ Humanitarian Aid
August 25, 2018

Saving Lives at Birth
Saving Lives at Birth Round 8 Finalists
September 5, 2018

Catholic Health Association of the United States
Paper Calls Out Ways to Ensure Medical Device Donations Benefit Rather than Harm
August 15, 2018

Partnership for Quality Medical Donations
Access to Medical Devices in Low-income Countries
July 25, 2018


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UC Davis
Ebola Species Found in Bats Ahead of any Potential Outbreak
August 27, 2018

Global Health R&D Analysis Reveals Major Gaps in Critical Tools and Funding
September 3, 2018

IEEE Spectrum
New Electronic Drone Has Groundbreaking Flight Time
September 10, 2018



Kristina Celentano

KRISTINA CELENTANO, Senior Health Information Systems Advisor, Bureau for Global Health

"I am really energized by the opportunity for digital health to improve health outcomes in the countries where we work."

Read the full interview [PDF, 160KB].



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: GlaxoSmithKline,Northwestern University, Gradian Health Systems