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

August 2022



CommCare innovation featured in Tech Change video series discussing global goods

CommCare and Dimagi logos | Photo courtesy of TechChange

CommCare, a mobile data-collection and decision support platform, has been featured in Tech Change’s video series highlighting key global goods. The video describes how the application builds community health information systems for health workers at the community, district and national levels.

CommCare was created by Dimagi, a Combating Zika Grand Challenge, Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge, and Development Innovation Ventures winner. Since receiving their USAID grants, Dimagi has supported hundreds of governments and organizations in rapidly deploying critical digital solutions for various COVID-19 response areas, reaching more than 40,000 frontline workers in 40 countries. Their tools have been selected as the official COVID-19 response platform for several governments, including Ethiopia, Guatemala, Madagascar, Togo, Jamaica, Somalia, Belize, and several others. Dimagi has also partnered with two other leading global goods providers, Medic Mobile and Ona, to align solutions for equitable COVID-19 vaccine delivery.


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USAID’s Oxygen Ecosystem program showcased in recent blog

USAID/Kenya’s work to train health workers about appropriate oxygen use is highlighted in a recent USAID blog. After learning of the gaps in awareness regarding diagnosis and administration of oxygen therapy, USAID/Kenya responded by training 538 health workers across 48 health facilities across Kenya. The Oxygen Ecosystem program in Kenya has already decreased the number of patients referred to specialty hospitals for oxygen therapy by one-third. CII is supporting the development of USAID’s strategy for increasing access to oxygen for COVID-19, and recognizes that trainings like these on oxygen use will continue to benefit patients and the health system even beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nurse Sandra and oxygen cylinder | Photo courtesy of USAID

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Global Digital Health Network issues call for abstracts

The Global Digital Health Network (GDHN), a USAID and CII co-sponsored event, has released a call for abstracts ahead of the 2022 Global Digital Health Forum (GDHF). GDHF is the leading global industry networking and relationship-building opportunity for donors, researchers, government representatives, technology vendors, and implementing organizations working in low- and middle-income countries to advance public health outcomes to come together and share best practices, discuss emerging innovations, and more. Ahead of this year’s conference, we’re also revisiting our 2021 GDHF keynote, delivered by former Acting Administrator for Global Health, Jennifer Adams.

GDHF logo | Photo courtesy of GDHN

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SAMRIDH selected as finalist for PPP Award

Congrats to USAID/India, a close CII partner, who helped stand up the blended finance fund Sustainable Access to Markets and Resources for Innovative Delivery of Healthcare (SAMRIDH). SAMRIDH was recently recognized as a finalist for the public-private partnerships (P3) Award, which is jointly led by the State Department, University of Virginia, and Concordia. SAMRIDH uses blended financing solutions to support high impact and commercially sustainable enterprises improving healthcare services for vulnerable communities, such as by bolstering emergency health services and accelerating India’s response to COVID-19. Since its creation, SAMRIDH has mobilized 250+ million USD, leveraged more than 10 times the value of grant funding, and scaled more than 29 novel innovations – including for health infrastructure, oxygen supply, and training – which have benefited over 20 million people.

SAMRIDH | Photo courtesy of SAMRIDH


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broadcast bars News

New US monkeypox vaccine strategy could be huge boost for supply, but much is unknown
August 10, 2022

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
New agreement secures historic US$1 price for HIV self-test
July 27, 2022

Population Council
Population Council acquires the monthly dapivirine ring and other women- centered HIV prevention technologies
July 21, 2022

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Senior Digital Health Advisor Merrick Schaefer finished delivering the Digital Health: Planning National Systems course to 8 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region

Presidential Management Fellow Elise Garton presented initial findings from a review of USAID’s COVID-19 investments in digital health and data, measuring successes against the goals of the Digital Health Vision

CII celebrates International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) after an impressive 20 years. Honored to have worked together on the DPV Ring Design Guide


book icon What We're Reading (And Listening To)

PEPFAR's John Nkengasong on the need to 'reimagine' global health

How we talk about monkeypox matters. Experts offer ways to reduce sigma

Harvard Business Review
Manage your energy, not your time

Hana Lee
Project Between


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Advocacy Director
Community Health Impact Coalition

Executive Branch AI Lab
Wilson Center



Dipa Sharif, Senior Innovative Finance and Market Access Advisor

Dipa Sharif, Senior Innovative Finance and Market Access Advisor

Dipa is a Senior Innovative Finance and Market Access Advisor in the Center for Innovation and Impact (CII). Her work focuses on broadly supporting CII’s innovative financing work, including our contribution to health funds, coordination with Missions, and more. Prior to joining CII, Dipa worked at ACDI/VOCA’s impact investing arm, where she focused on providing revenue-based loans to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Central Asia, Ghana, and Kenya.

Outside of work, Dipa loves to spend time with her family, travel, and generally find ways to discover new places, cultures, and foods.

Read Dipa’s full interview here [PDF, 288K]


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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