Innovative approaches by partners in global health have achieved tremendous progress against AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria since 2000.
- The number of children dying of malaria has been reduced by half, accelerated by innovations such as insecticide-treated bednets and logistical advances that delivered more than half a billion nets.
- Innovation that reduced the price of antiretroviral drugs from US$10,000 to
- $125 a year has contributed to saving the lives of millions of people.
- An innovative tool called GeneXpert dramatically improved TB diagnosis.
Local governments and community organizations have pioneered creative solutions to effectively deliver technological advances. The partnership model itself is a great innovation, by aligning governments, civil society, the private sector, and people affected by the diseases in common cause.
As many aspects of global health transform from emergency response to sustainable solutions, innovation will save even more lives. To end HIV, TB, and malaria as epidemics, we have to accelerate progress, and that requires finding, using, and catalyzing innovative approaches. Technical and programmatic innovation will play a role, and so will innovations in business models.
The Global Fund partnership has created an innovation hub that is advancing work in procurement and supply chain management, financial and risk management, and program quality. We’re already seeing gains.
Pooling the procurement of medicines and health products has saved nearly $500 million in a two-year period. New approaches to accounting training and services are improving financial management. Creating an e-marketplace, where medicines and health products are bought and sold on an online platform, will accelerate delivery of high-quality goods at reasonable prices.
As the global health landscape changes, we must adapt with sustainable solutions and new partnerships.
Photo: PATH/Will Boase.