Introduction

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Many of the solutions we need to tackle the world’s greatest health challenges are poised for impact. Will we grasp the opportunity to reimagine global health?

We stand on the cusp of an unprecedented opportunity—the chance to transform health through the power of innovation, ensuring a brighter future for people in every corner of the globe.

Advances in science, technology, and health care delivery are already opening the doors of possibility in ways that were previously unimaginable. The United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals catalyzed a new global focus on ending preventable maternal and child deaths, goals that have driven unparalleled progress since 2000.

The Innovation Countdown 2030 initiative’s inaugural report, Reimagining Global Health (2.7 MB PDF), highlights 30 lifesaving innovations with great promise to accelerate that progress over the next 15 years to reach the proposed health targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The report also features commentaries by leading health, business, and technology experts on the essential role of innovation in driving health impact.

The report is the result of a yearlong effort to identify, evaluate, and showcase game-changing health technologies and ideas. We sought innovations from across sectors, disciplines, and borders, crowdsourcing hundreds of ideas from developers, entrepreneurs, and experts. Dozens of independent health experts then evaluated and ranked them, selecting the 30 innovations featured here.

On the eve of launching the SDGs, the global community now knows what we can accomplish by coming together around a common set of goals and throwing our collective weight behind health solutions with the most potential for impact.

As world leaders consider how to finance and scale up those solutions, we know that coordinated investment and financing will be essential in our efforts to reach the 2030 health targets—and to ensure we can financially sustain those gains into the future.

We can accelerate our progress by prioritizing promising new vaccines, diagnostics, and other innovations and by expanding access to existing interventions and tools that have already proven themselves effective and affordable.

Many of the solutions we need to tackle the world’s greatest health challenges are poised for impact. Will we grasp the opportunity to reimagine global health?

Steve Davis
President and CEO
PATH

Tore Godal
Special Advisor on Global Health
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Christopher Elias
President, Global Development Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ariel Pablos-Méndez
Assistant Administrator for Global Health
US Agency for International Development

Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.