Satellite Session | HALF DAY Workshop

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

  • Registration is free but required.
  • Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.

  • USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program

The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will host this satellite session to set the backdrop for achieving the global health agenda and realizing universal health coverage, through innovative design and implementation. Join MCSP and other key implementing partners as they guide participants through an introduction to innovation for global development. 

DESCRIPTION: This session will provide 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 will characterize the nature of innovations for improving health equity in low- and middle-income countries and provide examples of how innovations are leading the charge towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The innovations highlighted will span the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health spectrum, from among those supported by USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program and other USAID partners. Illustratively, these innovations may include product innovations like bubble CPAP for premature newborns and Uterine Balloon Tamponade as well as process innovations like Integrated Services for Young and Frist Time Parents.

After discussing results in key countries with these innovations, participants will engage in a hands-on roundtable breakout session where partner NGOs will demonstrate their work in innovation for development.

By the end of the session participants will understand and be able to discuss how:
  • 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.
OUTCOME: This session will enable participants to explore and introduce innovation design and implementation principles into their future work, with a focus on mitigating health disparity and foster a greater conversation about the role of innovation in achieving sustainable, population-level impact.