Innovation and Impact Newsletter - January 2021

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

January 2021



LifeBank Founder Temie Giwa-Tubosun Wins 2020 Global Citizen Prize

Global Citizen Prize

LifeBank Founder Temie Giwa-Tubosun has been awarded the 2020 Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader, and was presented the award by singer activist John Legend. LifeBank delivers blood and other medical supplies to hospital patients for safer deliveries and pivoted to deliver oxygen and other critical COVID-19 supplies. LifeBank has created life-saving impact in Nigeria and has recently expanded to Kenya. LifeBank is the first investee of Financing for MOMs, a partnership with the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Merck for Mothers, and Credit Suisse as well as USAID. LifeBank was also featured in The New Yorker for the "Blood Rider" documentary on one of their motorcycle drivers.


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Zika GCD innovator raises $85 million in Series E financing

Premise Data, a Zika Grand Challenge innovator, announced that they have raised $85 million in Series E financing to expand their platform capabilities and global network. Premise owns a broad cyber-physical market intelligence platform, making it possible to gather and analyze real-time data from a global network. Through the Zika Grand Challenge, Premise launched pilot programs where communities helped collect mosquito monitoring information in areas with high Zika prevalence. During COVID-19, Premise played a critical role supporting a variety of public and private organizations and has collected over 150M data points related to the pandemic.

Premise Data

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Cll's Market Shaping Training now online

CII is excited to share our first interactive, e-learning courses on content areas relevant to our work. Cll's Market Shaping and Introduction Planning E-Learning Course is the first in this series. This one-hour course will prepare learners to utilize market shaping and strategic planning to improve access to global health products. From this course, learners will understand how to apply the Market Shaping Primer framework to facilitate more efficient markets for health impact; and the Ready, Set Launch tools for country-specific scale-up of global health products, starting from country prioritization to an operational launch plan.

Overview of Market Shaping
Market Shaping Pathway

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Nature's 10 list features CII innovators

Nature's 10 list explores key developments in science and some of the people who played important parts in these milestones. The 2020 list featured Adi Utarini, a public health researcher from Indonesia, who in collaboration with Zika Grand Challenge winner World Mosquito Program (WMP), led a research program to help eliminate dengue fever in parts of a large Indonesian city. Utarini and her colleagues conducted a randomized control trial using Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes- modified to stop them from transmitting the virus, and managed to cut cases of dengue fever by 77%. Epidemiologists hailed the result as staggering - and a long-sought win against a virus that has plagued many countries, especially lower-income nations in Asia, Africa and South America.

Nature's 10 List


February 1, 2021
A Catalyst for Humanity': A Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson
The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

February 2, 2021
The Power of CDFls for Inclusive Economic Recovery
The Clinton Health Access Initiative

February 4, 2021
Expanding Digital Health innovation in Emerging Markets

February 5, 2021
What Will It Take to Achieve Universal Health?
Center for Global Development

February 11, 2021
Applications of Finance in Global Health


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Humanitarian Grand Challenge
Innovations to transform humanitarian aid in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic [PDF, 225K]
January 13, 2021

Unitaid looks to invest in better tools to prevent and treat postpartum haemorrhage
January 27, 2021

GSK, PATH, and Bharat Biotech sign product transfer agreement to help ensure long-term supply of RTS,S/AS0lE malaria vaccine
January 27, 2021

New alliance aims to draw unheard voices into ethical Al conversation
January 29, 2021


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1PM Welcomes WHO's Recommendation for Dapivirine Vaginal Ring
January 27, 2021

USAID Vision for Systems-Level Action in Digital Health Solutions
January 20, 2021

Q&A: The role of transparency in preventing maternal and child deaths
January 18, 2021

Managing Machine Learning Projects in International Development: A Practical Guide
January 12, 2021


book icon What We're Reading

2020 Impact Brief [PDF, 6MB]

The Economic Case for Global Vaccinations: An Epidemiological Model with International Production Networks

The story of mRNA: How a once-dismissed idea became a leading technology in the Covid vaccine race

World Economic Forum
COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs

Blue Print for Global health Resilience [PDF, 3MB]

Seizing Opportunity: A Practitioner's Guide to Supporting Market Systems Change toward Inclusion and Equity



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Will Durbin, Senior Innovation Advisor

Will Durbin is the Lead Innovation Advisor at CII. This is his first stint in the US Government. Previously, Will got the political bug and worked on a number of campaigns right after college. He then worked at an air pollution consulting firm and at two small NGOs before living for a time in Guatemala and Nicaragua. After graduate school, he worked at the World Bank, moved to California to help a friend with a startup, and helped launch a blood donation tool at Facebook. He holds a BA in Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale and a Master's in Public Affairs with a concentration in health policy from Princeton. He enjoys nature, hiking, and music.

Read Will's full interview here [PDF, 667K]


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: February 02, 2021

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