Innovation and Impact Newsletter - December 2021

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

December 2021



First supplement on human-centered design in global health launched

Cover of Design for Health: Human-Centered Design Looks to the Future | Photo courtesy of GHSP

This month, Design for Health launched a first-of-its kind supplement in Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP). The supplement seeks to further define how to increase understanding about how appropriate use of co-creative, iterative, user-centered approaches can help achieve our global health goals. The supplement includes lessons learned from how human-centered design (HCD) helped create the V brand and approach for oral PrEP, reimagined data collection for outbreak management systems in Nigeria, and more.

Design for Health is a group of funders, implementers, and designers committed to increasing the understanding, appropriate use, and value of design as a complementary methodology to help achieve our global health goals. Launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and CII in 2017, Design for Health's vision is to accelerate innovation while maintaining a focus on the needs of the people interacting with the global health programs.


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USAID continues work to provide access to medical oxygen

Earlier this month, USAID convened a strategic coordination meeting to align forward-looking oxygen investments with partners. In preparation for the meeting, eight organizations provided information on 225 oxygen activities to use as a basis for discussion and alignment. CII’s Market Access Lead, Nikki Tyler, also presented on oxygen to the Africa Donor Collective, along with panelists on vaccines and diagnostics. CII helped coordinate the development and implementation of a strategy that guides USAID investment into medical oxygen.

Liquid oxygen systems arriving in Nepal | Photo courtesy of USAID

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Global Digital Health Forum highlights USAID Digital Health Vision

The Global Digital Health Network (GDHN) virtually convened the Global Digital Health Forum (GDHF), bringing over 2,300 participants from more than 100 countries around the world. This year, Acting Assistant Administrator Jennifer Adams showcased how USAID is acting on the Digital Health Vision in a keynote speech. CII’s Digital Health team led and participated in a variety of events, including a presentation from Adele Waugaman on the need to assess digital systems through tools such as the Navigator for Digital Health Capability Models and a discussion with Merrick Schaefer on the ways in which games like Architects of Digital Health can teach us about how to plan for vaccine rollouts.

Acting Assistant Administrator Jennifer Adams, who delivered a keynote on the Digital Health Vision | Photo courtesy of USAID

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NEST360, a Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge winner, receives GHTC Innovating for Impact Award

On December 8, Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360), a Saving Lives at Birth winner, received the Innovating for Impact Partnership Award from the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC). NEST360 is an international alliance working to reduce neonatal mortality by providing services that enable local governments, health care workers, and biomedical engineers to save newborn lives. They deliver eight life-saving devices (such as radiant warmers, oxygen concentrators, and suction machines) along with an implementation toolkit to support their integration and rollout. Previously recognized by the MacArthur Foundation as a finalist in its 100& Change competition, NEST360 has helped deliver over 2,000 newborn technologies in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and Tanzania, and trained over 10,000 doctors, nurses, medical faculty, and biomedical engineers.

Newborn in hospital utilizing NEST360 devices and services | Photo Courtesy of NEST360


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
COVID-19, Women and Health: Global Impacts
December 16, 2021

Public Invention
RespiraCon II: Concept to Impact
January 29 - 30, 2022


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Launch of a new hub for African health startups
December 13, 2021

U.S. announces $400M for global COVID vaccine distribution
December 6, 2021

WHO member states will work on a global agreement to deal with future pandemics
December 1, 2021

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The Digital Health Centre of Excellence (DICE) website goes live

CII's Adele Waugaman an expert reviewer for newly released FT and Lancet Governing Health Futures 2030 report

CII partner Leapfrog to Value (L2V) formalizes partnership with the International Consortium for Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM)


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

Accelerating Progress Toward the 95-95-95 Goals Through the Use of People-Centered Metrics and Value-Based Care

Living Labs: Accelerate the pace of your health innovation

The Atlantic
Hopeful Images from 2021


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Africa CDC
Kofi Annan Fellowship in Public Health Leadership

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH technology accelerator challenge for maternal health



Fouad Abu-Hijleh, Graduate Digital Health Intern

Fouad Abu-Hijleh, Graduate Digital Health Intern

Fouad Abu-Hijleh is a Graduate Digital Health Intern at the Center for Innovation and Impact (CII). His work focuses on helping to coordinate the work streams attributable to the Digital Health Vision. Prior to joining CII, he was a research assistant at the Carolina Population Center working to create the Digital Health Maturity Model Navigator. He was drawn to CII after interacting with our team in a digital health working group and learning more about the coordination the team was doing across stakeholder groups. When not working, he is completing his Masters in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Read Fouad’s full interview here [PDF, 139K]


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: January 03, 2022

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