Innovation and Impact Newsletter - April 2021

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

April 2021



CII Presents at the Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange Conference

Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange Conference

At the Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange conference, CII members presented some of our innovation and innovative finance work. Senior Market Access Advisor Monisha Ashok moderated a panel on the Utkrisht Development Impact Bond (DIB). Panelists included representatives from the DIB partners: USAID India Mission, UBS Optimus Foundation, Merck For Mothers, Palladium, PSI, Mathematica, and Catalyst. The panelists provided an overview of the DIB’s financing and partnership structure and its impact on improving the quality of maternal and newborn health in Rajasthan, India. Innovation Advisor Ankunda Kariisa presented a session on scaling innovations for impact with a Zika Grand Challenge innovator, Premise. The presentation highlighted the evaluation criteria in the Global Health Innovation Index, which offers a strategic approach to help identify promising, ready-to-launch innovations. Premise, an innovator highlighted in the Index, discussed their unique approach to scaling.


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Shift Labs presents on results of Safe Access to Maternal Medications (SAMM) study

Shift Labs presented the results of their Safe Access to Maternal Medications (SAMM) study, which ran from 2018-2020 at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and was funded by USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge. This study measured how a novel IV infusion monitoring device, the DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor, would impact medication administration and the incidence of side effects and complications in the KNH labor ward. Preliminary data analysis for magnesium sulphate showed that DripAsist both improved infusion accuracy and led to a statistically significant reduction in frequency of side effects-- notably, stomach pain, headaches, flushing, and nausea. The virtual seminar hit capacity with over 1,000 attendees.

DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor

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CII’s Merrick Schaefer receives NextGen Public Service Innovator of the Year award

CII’s Senior Digital Health Advisor Merrick Schaefer was recently awarded one of two 2021 Innovator of the Year awards as part of the 2021 NextGen Public Service Awards, which recognizes superior public service and achievement. The awards are given to deserving individuals selected from the public service community across the federal, state and local government for their intelligence, exuberance and dedication to improving and invigorating government. Each award winner will also be recognized during the upcoming NextGen Government Training Virtual Summit on Aug. 4-5, 2021.

2021 NextGen Public Service Awards, announcement

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Innovations in Healthcare Partnership 10th Anniversary Annual Forum

Ten years ago, the Innovations in Healthcare Partnership was launched at the World Economic Forum and is now hosted at Duke University’s Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC). GHIC, in collaboration with CII, organized a joint session titled Sourcing Promising Innovations as part of the 10th Anniversary Annual Forum Series with ~150 attendees. CII’s Acting Director Amy Lin moderated the panel, with Sunil Wadwhani of the WISH Foundation, Orin Levine of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Estherlyn Peters of Last Mile Health as discussants who emphasized listening to end-user communities, targeting root cause issues, and engaging governments. In addition, CII’s Innovation Advisor Ankunda Kariisa gave a lightning talk on CII’s Global Health Innovation Index [PDF, 4.5MB].

Innovations in Healthcare Partnership

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E-learning course on Market Shaping and Introduction Planning for Global Health

To promote understanding of innovative, business-minded approaches for global health, CII has developed publicly available e-learning courses. Learners engage with CII team member avatars, embedded videos, interactive case studies, animations, and downloadable resources. This month we are featuring our Market Shaping and Introduction Planning for Global Health Training. This one-hour e-learning course reviews a market shaping pathway to guide decision-making and examines strategic planning stages for introduction and scale up of global health products. At the end of this course, learners will understand how to apply market shaping and scale for impact concepts in their own contexts and where to access additional resources. We hope you enjoy this this interactive, informative, and (we think) fun training module!

Market Shaping and Introduction Planning for Global Health Training.


April 28, 2021
Innovations in Healthcare Annual Forum Series
Duke Innovations in Healthcare

May 4-6, 2021
IHI Africa Forum 2021
Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Africa

May 5, 2021
Global Digital Development Forum


broadcast bars News

US to deploy 'strike team' to aid in India's COVID-19 response
April 26, 2021

Endpoints News
As fears mount over J&J and AstraZeneca, Novavax enters a shaky spotlight
April 21, 2021

How Do We Stop The Next Pandemic? Here's A New Strategy
April 20, 2021

COVID Action
Vaccine Data Co-Lab Launch!
April 16, 2021


broadcast bars CII NEWS

The Atlantic
Closing the Health Equity Gap
April 2021

AMP Health
2021 AMP Health Report [PDF, 10.5MB]
April 2021

Health innovators seek more support as maternal, newborn deaths rise
April 7, 2021


book icon What We're Reading

Every Woman Every Child
Innovator Support For Scaling: Capital Mobilization And Hands-On Relationships

Global Fund
The Impact of COVID-19 on HIV, TB, and Malaria Services and Systems for Health: A Snapshot from 502 Health Facilities Across Africa and Asia [PDF, 1MB]

The Lancet
WHO SMART guidelines: optimising country-level use of guideline recommendations in the digital age

Fast Company
Meet HARPA, the bold way Biden can jump-start health innovation


book icon We're Hiring

Program Assistant

Market Access Advisor

Digital Health Advisor

Graduate Digital Health Intern

Graduate Innovation and Scale-Up Intern



Photo of Mohit Pramanik, Management Partner at AMP Health

Mohit Pramanik, Management Partner at AMP Health

Mohit is a Management Partner at the Aspen Management Partners for Health (AMP Health), a public-private partnership that strengthens leadership and management capabilities that CII supports as a founding Partnership Board Member. He is embedded in the Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate of the Ghana Health Service. Mohit has over 8 years of experience in scaling social impact in partnership with public, private, and civil society sector stakeholders. Most recently, he worked as a Research and Investment Fellow at the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace where he strategically sourced, critically evaluated, and catalyzed investments in promising technologies, services, and business models with the potential for widespread health impact. He is an avid traveler, intrepid foodie, and aspirant marathon runner.

Read Mohit's full interview here [PDF, 324K]


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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Last updated: May 04, 2021

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