Acting Deputy Director Nikki Tyler speaks at Gasworld medical gasses event
This month, CII’s Acting Deputy Director Nikki Tyler spoke at “A World Beyond Covid: Next Level Healthcare,” a Gasworld virtual event. Gasworld, the focal point for global industrial gas news, views and intelligence, brought together industry and public health leaders under the same digital roof to take the lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and apply them moving forward to build healthcare systems where access to medical oxygen is the standard everywhere. Many of the discussions focused on ways in which Ministries of Health, donors, and other stakeholders can better partner with the private sector to increase access to medical oxygen. Nikki spoke to the evolution of USAID’s oxygen strategy over the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting bulk liquid oxygen as an oxygen modality that needs to be explored even more to ensure access.
Financing Alliance for Health named 2022 Skoll Foundation Awardee
This month, the Financing Alliance for Health was named a 2022 Skoll Foundation Awardee. The Financing Alliance partners with governments on all steps of financing to strengthen and sustain community health systems; leveraging primary health care to attain universal health coverage. CII developed in partnership with the Financing Alliance the report Strengthening Primary Health Care through Community Health Workers: Closing the $2 Billion Gap, which was designed to help governments, donors, and other partners in global health develop and strengthen country-level financing pathways for community health.
CII selected to serve as VinFuture Prize nominator
CII is honored to serve as a nominator for the VinFuture Prize, which focuses on catalyzing meaningful change in people’s everyday lives through tangible and highly scalable improvements. The VinFuture Prize pledges US$4.5 million annually to reward breakthrough scientific research and technological innovations, including special VinFuture Prizes that will highlight achievements by “outstanding female researchers or innovators” and “exceptional researchers or innovators working in an institute located in a developing country”. Past awardees include Professors Quarraisha and Salim Abdool Karim for their work leading a landmark clinical trial in South Africa that provided the initial evidence that antiretrovirals (ARVs) prevented sexual transmission of HIV, thereby laying the foundation for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention approach.
OECD Secretary-General launches report on digital transformation - with inputs from CII’s Adele Waugaman - at high-level panel
Last week, the OECD Secretary General convened a high-level panel including ministers from a diverse range of government ministries to formally launch the 2021 OECD Development Cooperation report entitled ‘A Just Digital Transformation’, which advocates for the voices of low- and middle-income countries to join the global digital policy debate. A section on development cooperation strategies and financing approaches includes a case study contributed by CII’s Adele Waugaman relaying the priorities of the USAID Digital Health Vision and how they are being applied through the global COVID-19 response, and shares new evidence, analysis, and ideas for tackling the digital divide.
Foreign Policy & Microsoft
Mobilizing finance for inclusive development
April 19, 2022
Breaking the cycle of poverty through innovative finance
April 26, 2022
Realizing the potential of development impact bonds: is the verdict still out?
May 12, 2022
HHS announces funding to strengthen maternal and child health
April 14, 2022
India, US to facilitate joint research, information sharing to address global health challenges
April 12, 2022
Africa faces rising climate-linked health emergencies
April 6, 2022
NIH technology accelerator challenge for maternal health
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Adele Waugaman joins Consortium of Universities of Global Health (CUGH) panel session on technology and global health
Health Data Governance Principles launch, becoming first set of principles to guide the use of data in health systems
CII participats in White House OSTP and HRSA co-hosted virtual roundtable to launch the “Community Connected Health Initiative”
What We're Reading (And Listening To)
The Washington Post
Failing to fund the U.S. covid response bodes trouble for the entire world
World Economic Forum
How innovative financing will help prepare for future pandemics
Harvard T.H. Chan
Amarynth Sichel, Digital Health Advisor
Amarynth is a Digital Health Advisor in the Center for Innovation and Impact (CII). Her work focuses on driving USAID’s implementation of the Vision for Action in Digital Health, also known as the DH Vision. Prior to joining CII, Amarynth served as the Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) at Simprints, a nonprofit biometrics company. Before her tenure at Simprints, she spent time at the University of Cambridge and in the Seoul Metropolitan Government in South Korea, studying and working on digitization in urban planning and policy contexts.
When not working, Amarynth is a serial hobbyist: she enjoys rock climbing, running, practicing her Korean language skills, and recently starting knitting and re-learning the violin!
Read Amarynth’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.