Mobilizing Innovation to Eliminate Global Health Disparities


Thursday March 15, 2018
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Room: Murray Hill West
New York Hilton Hotel - Midtown
New York, NY

• USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program

USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program invites you to a CUGH satellite session that will set the backdrop for achieving the global health agenda and advancing universal access to healthcare through an innovations lens, focusing on mitigating systemic barriers to quality care experienced by vulnerable and underserved populations. Speakers from MCSP and other key implementing partners will guide participants through an introduction to innovation for global development by characterizing the nature of innovations for improving health equity in low- and middle-income countries. Speakers will highlight innovations that span the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health spectrum and provide examples of how innovations are leading the charge towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

• Moderators: Theresa Castillo, Health Right International; Joanna Pozen, NYU's College of Global Public Health
• Keynote Address: Marissa Leffler, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID
• Shannon Egan, USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program
• Michelle Weinberger, Avenir Health
• Lynn Freedman, Columbia University

Following this discussion, participants will engage in a hands-on roundtable breakout session where partner NGOs will demonstrate their work in innovation for development.

Innovation is essential to reducing health disparities and increasing the coverage, equity, and quality of healthcare solutions.

Innovation for global development fosters inclusive, sustainable change by convening global and local stakeholders to adapt – or incrementally innovate – existing interventions, tools, and technologies to better respond to local conditions, opportunities, and barriers. Innovation for global development underscores the improvement of known solutions.

Innovation for development must be inclusive. Human-centered design is essential to ensuring consumer-driven iteration, the core tenet of lean innovation.

Innovation in international development facilitates or builds on the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between low- and middle-income countries.

Novel technologies are a key but singular component of the larger innovation ecosystem, which comprises service delivery approaches, operational processes, policy breakthroughs, and business models.