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  • Duke Global Health Innovation Center wins two new awards totaling over $13 million to enhance global effort to save lives at birth

    DURHAM, N.C. – Several Duke University organizations, led by the Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC), are partnering with  the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other global development organizations to evaluate the Saving Lives at Birth program and help organizations scale up maternal and newborn health innovations more quickly and sustainably.

    Saving Lives at Birth:  A Grand Challenge for Development seeks groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of delivery.  The effort is funded by a partnership of international development organizations including USAID, the Government of Norway (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID)and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

    The Duke Global Health Innovation Center, the Duke Global Health Institute’s Evidence Lab and the Duke Center for International Development will receive up to $2.8 million over five years to evaluate the impact of the Saving Lives at Birth program and innovations, including their health and economic impact. They will also analyze the program and its portfolio in real time over the course of the next three to five years. This program will be co-led by Krishna Udayakumar, MD, MBA, director of the GHIC, and Joy Noel Baumgartner, PhD, director of the DGHI Evidence Lab.

    “This is a great opportunity where Duke was able to bring together different capabilities in evaluation, innovation, and analysis of the economics of international development to help Saving Lives at Birth understand the program’s effectiveness and return on investment to date,” said Udayakumar.

    “We look forward to examining how Saving Lives at Birth investments have impacted innovations that seek to move the needle on reducing maternal and neonatal deaths as well as how the program has influenced the global maternal and newborn health innovation landscape more broadly,” said Baumgartner.

    The GHIC, along with non-profit global innovator and entrepreneur support organization VentureWell, will also receive up to $10.5 million from USAID over three years to accelerate the scaling and impact of dozens of innovations funded by the Saving Lives at Birth program over the past seven years. Together, they will provide tailored support and access to networks to help them bring innovations to scale.

    “We will be working to build the capacity of dozens of grantees in the Saving Lives at Birth portfolio so that they are better prepared to implement innovations at scale in a sustainable way and to provide the organization as a whole with insights to refine its own scaling strategy,” added Udayakumar, who co-leads this new program with Laura Sampath, Vice President of Programs at VentureWell.

    “Global health at Duke aims to have impact”, said Duke Global Health Institute director Chris Plowe, MD, MPH. “Working across multiple disciplines to evaluate effectiveness and strengthen capacity for Saving Lives at Birth is exactly what is needed to ensure that this critical work is successful and sustainable.”

    “Increasing the value of global health innovations is the kind of work that Duke University does well, and is a focus of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy,” said Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, director of Duke-Margolis. “We are proud to support GHIC’s work on identifying valuable innovations, and on improving global policies to scale and sustain them.”

  • Global Results from Accountable Care, Frugal Innovation have Potential for US Policy

    Health Affairs

    The November issue of the journal Health Affairs highlights three studies from Duke University and collaborators that examine implementation of accountable care worldwide, and lay out key lessons from a global analysis of accountable care reforms and frugal innovations that could improve healthcare delivery and outcomes in the United States.

    Study 1: Accountable Care Reforms Improve Women's and Children's Health in Nepal

    Study 2: Improving Care and Lowering Costs: Evidence and Lession from a Global Analysis of Accountable Care Reforms

    Study 3: Global Lessons in Frugal Innovation to Improve Health Care Delivery in the United States

  • Startups, Govt Begin Work on Affordable Cure for Poor

    The Economic Times

    HYDERABAD: For dialysis patients in rural areas, a ride to the nearest city hospital for treatment is usually a trying one. But a state in southern India is now ensuring that it is no longer part of the deal, with a little help from a startup. 

    The Andhra Pradesh government recently tied up with dialysis provider NephroPlus for setting up of dialysis centres in the state's 13 district hospitals. The partnership is a sign of how established healthcare startups in the country are forming public-private partnerships to provide affordable and quality healthcare to people living below the poverty line, and to also scale their businesses at a higher pace. 



  • Better Care At One Tenth The Cost

    Forbes

    “The problem with Obamacare is that it is focused on finding the money to pay for what good healthcare costs; instead we should be focused on lowering the cost of healthcare so that people can afford it. ”

    So says Dr. Devi Shetty, a world renowned heart surgeon who owns and manages about 32 hospitals in India. At 62 years of age, he has already performed over 20,000 surgeries. That’s about five or six times the number a typical American surgeon performs over a life time. Remarkably, he has successfully performed surgery on a fetus while it was still in the womb. He was the personal physician to Mother Teresa.

  • The Most Innovative Companies of 2016

    Fast Company

    Fast Company names Noora Health as one of the top-50 most innovative companies for 2016!

  • Want to Succeed in Health Care? Find the Right Price, Place and Partners

    NextBillion

    The right answers to a lot of the most vexing problems in health care delivery are already out there. The trick is to find those solutions in action and amplify them.

     

  • Innovations in Healthcare's 2016 Cohort: The Right Price, Place & Partners (Cross-Posted)

    CHMI Blog

    At Innovations in Healthcare, we believe that the right answers to a lot of the most vexing problems in healthcare delivery are already out there. Our job is to identify and amplify healthcare innovation around the world.

     

  • Technology opens the doors of Africa's health sector

    BBC

    "I had just attended too many funerals, people dying from completely preventable causes and treatable diseases.

    "Standing at the sides of the graves and holding the babies of parents who had died from basic infections that are treatable in other parts of the world."

    Stephanie Koczela is one of the founders of Penda Health, and she's explaining what motivated her and her colleagues to open their first clinic in the town of Kitengela.

  • Progress on Adapting the BasicNeeds Model for Mental Health and Development in the United States

    Press Release

    The BasicNeeds Model has the potential to enhance community collaborations and empower those affected by mental illness in fragmented, resource-poor systems of care in the U.S.

    BasicNeeds is excited to share recent progress on our planning to adapt and implement the BasicNeeds Model for Mental Health and Development to address mental health and community development needs in the United States. In partnership with Innovations in Healthcare at Duke University, BasicNeeds is nine months into a detailed exploration of replicating the model in the U.S. At this important juncture, the joint team has thoroughly examined the feasibility of applying the BasicNeeds Model to the U.S. context, and is beginning to envision and plan for implementation.

  • Eye-care provider aims to eliminate needless blindness in Mexico

    The Guardian

    A provider of low-cost, high-quality ophthalmic care to Mexico’s mid- and low-income populations, salauno, has joined the Business Call to Action with a plan to increase the number of patients it treats each year and expand its reach in Latin America by 2020. BCtA is a global initiative that encourages companies to fight poverty through inclusive business models. It is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international organisations.

     

  • Turning Loved Ones Into Caregivers

    The Wall Street Journal

    Edith Elliott co-founded a nonprofit called Noora Health to help parents, spouses and others lighten the burdens in Indian hospitals.

     

     

  • Technology Alone Is Not The Answer In Healthcare

    Forbes

    “A technology only solution isn’t going to get us anywhere,” says Shelly Saxena.

    He’s referring to the growing number of social enterprises and development initiatives that use mobile phones and telemedicine to deliver healthcare in India. 

    “Whether you’re poor, middle class, or wealthy, you want to see a doctor, and you would prefer to see that doctor in person,” he says.

    That’s why Saxena developed Sevamob, a hybrid solution to solve India’s healthcare woes– a mobile clinic that arrives on wheels, stays camped out for the duration of the checkups, provides the patient with test results and even basic treatments, and then leaves.

  • How Social Entrepreneurs Make Change Happen

    Harvard Business Review

    For the Colemans and Riders for Health, winning means nothing less than a new health-care delivery equilibrium on a continent that desperately needs one. Today, on virtually every relevant health indicator, Africa lags. Life expectancy is 10 years shorter than the rest of the world. Child mortality is double the global average. Whereas the United States has 2.4 doctors for every thousand citizens, sub-Saharan Africa has just 0.2. Across the region, some thirty thousand children under the age of five die every day from diseases that are easily treated or prevented with available vaccines and medicines, including diarrhea, measles, and malaria. Immunization programs, even with the massive scale-up in supply made possible by the multilateral Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (“Global Fund”) and a host of NGOs, still fail to reach an estimated 22 million children. Progress remains difficult, despite stated commitments to millennium development goals, decades of foreign aid, and billions of dollars in philanthropy.

  • In West Africa, a Mission to Save Minds

    The New York Times

    BasicNeeds Ghana, a mental health care program based in Tamale and similar to Mr. Akandem’s, spends about $8 per client per month on average, according to Peter Yaro, its executive director. In the United States, it costs $200 to $700 for a single appointment with a psychiatrist.

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided $280,000 through the Charities Aid Foundation of America for a trial of BasicNeeds’s model in underserved areas of the United States. “It’s part of a growing recognition that programs that are really effective in low-income countries, we can learn from them,” said Deborah Bae, a senior program officer at the foundation.

  • Sproxil and mHealth Company Partner to Empower Consumers in Saudi Arabia

    Press Release

     Sproxil®, a leading global provider of innovative brand protection and loyalty solutions, and Mobile Health Management Company (mHealth Company), a pioneer within the mobile healthcare space in Saudi Arabia, have established a partnership to bring Sproxil’s award-winning Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™) technology to the Saudi Arabian market. mHealth Company will offer MPA alongside its suite of mHealth services, including the YourHealth® tool, which allows users to subscribe to receive interactive content on healthy living in multiple languages.

  • Emerging from the Darkness: Changing the Mental Health Paradigm (Full Session)

    The Aspen Institute

    Sometimes the mind seems to have been left behind. Despite tremendous progress in other branches of medicine, mental health services fail millions who need them, the pharmaceutical armamentarium is inadequate, stigma remains a tremendous impediment to care, and the power of early intervention has not been adequately harnessed. Although researchers and practitioners recognize the influence of social context on mental health, it is too often ignored, especially in resource-poor settings. Teen suicide, depression, including slow-to-be recognized post-partum depression, and age-related dementia are all reminders of unmet needs. How do we get people to view mental health as a basic human right? How do we reduce treatment disparities, develop effective new drugs, and strengthen community health services? Do we need radically new approaches?

    Speakers: 
    Pamela Collins
    Chris Underhill
    Seema Yasmin, Moderator

  • ‘A curse from God’ — The stigma of mental illness in Pakistan

    PBS News Hour

    BasicNeeds's work in Pakistan is featured in this segment from PBS News Hour.  "Although up to 40 percent of the population could have mental health issues, getting help isn’t easy in Pakistan. The stigma against mental illness is prevalent, and even for those who do want to get help, psychiatrists are in short supply. As part of our “Agents For Change” series, Fred de Sam Lazaro looks at the efforts being made to change this situation."

  • This Solar-Powered Kit Could Save Hundreds Of Thousands Of Mothers' And Newborns' Lives

    Huffington Post

    When Dr. Laura Stachel stepped into a maternal health clinic in Nigeria for the first time in 2008, she was “stunned and appalled,” the obstetrician-gynecologist told KQED. The off-grid facility was so strapped for resources that, at night, the midwives delivered babies just by light of candles or kerosene lamps. Those conditions would prove precarious for any birth, but were particularly hazardous when a woman experienced such complications as seizures related to preeclampsia.

     

  • Hyderabad doctors treat girl from Lahore for eye cancer

    Gulf News India

    Baby Fatima, a three-year-old from Lahore, will be able to enjoy full and healthy eye sight thanks to the efforts of a team of doctors at the Hyderabad based LV Prasad Eye Institute.

     

  • The Future of Healthcare? Lessons Learned from Innovative Approaches

    Health Systems Hub

    Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, MD, MBA, is head of global innovation for Duke Medicine. Through Duke Medicine Global, he works closely with leaders across the medical center to expand Duke's international activities and develop global partnerships across translational and clinical research, global health, education and training, health care delivery, health care management, and related areas. Udayakumar also serves as Executive Director of the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, a non-profit organization affiliated with Duke Medicine that seeks to support innovators to scale and replicate successful health care delivery solutions globally.

     

  • ‘There is a Democratization of Health Care Going on Around the World’: IPIHD annual forum yields lessons on empowerment, tools and location

    NextBillion

    The global health innovation space can be crowded and confusing. Everyone is looking for ways to expand access to quality, affordable care, but one-size-fits-all solutions are nearly impossible to find. An innovation that works well in Africa is not always going to be successful in Mexico or Vietnam or India. The recent International Partnership of Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD) Annual Forum held in Washington, D.C., explored the topic of health innovation replication across populations and from our vantage point (the author is IPIHD’s project manager), there are some guideposts that can help innovators, funders and policymakers get a better handle on how to work effectively in the health innovation space. 


  • Impact Investing in Global Health: Let’s Get Flexible

    Stanford Social Innovation Review

    For the past few decades, global health has been the poster child for development aid. Images abound of young African children receiving a vaccine droplet from a Western doctor, aid workers distributing malaria nets in remote villages, and—most recently and poignantly—medical workers covered head to toe in yellow protective suits treating Ebola patients. These images, and the aid they represent, are not inaccurate—donors spent $31.3 billion on global health in 2013, five times the amount spent in 1990—but they are incomplete.

     

  • Innovative programs offer new perspectives on the road to the Last Mile - Reflections from IPIHD Members Forum 2015

    CHMI

    On March 23-24, the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD) held its 4th Annual Forum in Washington, D.C. The forum, which brought together a diverse group of LMIC healthcare innovators (part of the IPIHD innovator network), impact investors, foundation and government donors, and NGOs, explored challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities for achieving quality, access and affordability of healthcare delivery through innovation. Select highlights from the event were captured by the Hub team.

     

  • The International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Calls for Corporate Investment and Expertise

    The New Global Citizen: A Chronicle of Leadership

    When one thinks of comic book superheroes, colorful characters saving the world in spandex and capes often come to mind. But one afternoon in Washington, D.C., I came across an entirely different kind of comic book superhero: Nia. Nia, whose name means “purpose” in Kiswahili, is a friendly, motivated, adventurous student and the dynamic superhero created by ZanaAfrica, a social enterprise-hybrid-organization that provides affordable sanitary pads and relevant health information to women and girls in East Africa. On the pink and purple pages of the comic book, Nia and her friends explain, in a fun and interactive way, what happens to a girl’s body during menstruation, providing advice, encouragement, and loads of information.

     

  • Alumni Spotlight: Sylvia Sable Helps Health Care Innovators Succeed in East Africa

    DGHI Newsletter

    Sylvia Sable, MSc-GH ’13, began her global health journey as an undergraduate at Cornell University, where she majored in “biology and society”—a combination of hard science and humanities courses—and minored in global health and nutrition. After completing fieldwork in Tanzania, she knew she wanted to pursue a global health career.

    She was attracted to Duke’s global health master’s degree program because of its strong emphasis on research, a skill she knew would be important to her success in the field of global health. But the most formative experience of the program for Sable was the opportunity not only to learn rigorous research methods, but to simultaneously apply what she was learning to a broader health system context through an intensive internship.

     

  • Testing the feasibility of replicating the BasicNeeds Model for Mental Health and Development in the United States

    Press Release

    Leamington Spa, UK – BasicNeeds is delighted to have been awarded $280,000 by Charities Aid Foundation of America from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Donor-Advised Fund to assess the feasibility of implementing its Model for Mental Health and Development in the United States. The 15- month project begins this month in collaboration with BasicNeeds UK, BasicNeeds US, and the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD) which is hosted by Duke University.

     

  • DGHI’s Evidence Lab to Develop Evaluation Tools for Global Health Innovators

    DGHI Blog

    Funded by USAID, the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) aims to engage faculty and students to increase the impact of health entrepreneurs and the broader development community. With a network of healthcare innovators in East Africa and India, SEAD is well-positioned to collaboratively develop and test “innovator-friendly” evaluation methods geared toward providing credible evidence for future business engagement and financing. To this end, SEAD recently signed an agreement with the Duke Global Health Institute’s Evidence Lab to create, pilot and finalize an evaluation toolkit for health entrepreneurs.

  • How One Man Brought Health Care to India's Poorest Populations

    Entrepreneur

    Shelley Saxena, a mobile technology entrepreneur in Atlanta, had a head start when he launched Sevamob, a distribution system for low-cost preventive health services across India. But that didn’t save him from having to make a few strategic pivots as his new business grew.

     

  • Efficiency Is Noble: Study tour, forum focus on promising innovations in health care

    NextBillion

    Whether delivering babies at one-sixth the cost of comparable providers in the United States, creating a “one-stop-shop” for diabetes care, performing heart surgery for $2,000 (compared to $20,000 to $100,000 in the U.S.) or building mobile platforms to help diagnose patients remotely, solutions to some of our most pressing health problems are already at hand – just not yet in the U.S.

     

  • Five Ways to Delivery High Quality Care at Low Cost

    The Health Foundation

    Imagine you are responsible for healthcare in a country where 30 million people are in poverty because of healthcare costs, where you are contending with communicable diseases eradicated in many parts of the world as well as the rising prevalence on non-communicable disease, where the number of hospital beds and doctors per head of population is half the international average and the numbers of nurses and midwives a third. What would you do to deliver the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost? 

  • Improving Equity in Healthcare Through Innovation

    The Health Foundation

    Visiting The LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in Hyderabad as part of the IPIHD study tour, I was expecting to see something along the lines of Aravind's high volume, high quality and low cost cataract care. I expected to be impressed but I was less sure whether there would be lessons for the NHS with its responsibility for comprehensive coverage. I couldn't have been more wrong. 

  • Quality, affordability and scale in healthcare: learning from Narayana

    The Health Foundation

    Much has been said and written over the past few years about the work of Dr Devi Shetty and the Narayana Health system. With 17 hospitals covering a full range of specialities and employing 1300 doctors, it’s one of India's largest – and the world's most economical – healthcare providers with a reputation for its ability to reconcile quality, affordability and scale. 

  • Process, Not Product: How lessons from India can transform health care across borders

    NextBillion

    Have you ever had a meeting that ended with one of the participants rushing off to perform open-heart surgery? Me neither.

    So I was surprised to learn that my boss Richard Bartlett, associate director of the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD), rushed out of his meeting at Narayana Health, quickly changed from business tie and cufflinks to blue scrubs, and sprinted to the operating room to observe his first open-heart surgery – performed by the senior surgeon he had just been meeting with moments earlier.