Harnessing the Power of Innovation to Save Mothers and Children

Cover of the Harnessing Innovation report.

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Building on the 30 high-impact innovations identified in the Reimagining Global Health report, a new report, Harnessing the Power of Innovation to Save Mothers and Children, estimates the remarkable impact just 11 of those innovations could make toward global targets to end preventable deaths of mothers and children. More than six million lives could be saved by 2030 if 11 emerging innovations for women, newborns, and children are advanced and scaled up in 24 countries.

PATH conducted the analysis in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and with permission from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Specifically, the report examines the contribution innovation can make to achieving coverage-level targets set by USAID’s Acting on the Call report, as part of its effort to scale up lifesaving interventions for women, newborns, and children in its 24 priority countries.

Key to achieving the results will be making sure innovations are advanced and reach the women and children who need them. The report highlights the most impactful innovations and offers recommendations for decision-makers at the country-level and within USAID to elevate innovation.

Reimagining Global Health: 30 High-Impact Innovations to Save Lives

The Reimagining Global Health report is the result of a yearlong effort led by PATH to identify, evaluate, and showcase game-changing health technologies and innovations with great promise to save lives.

PATH sought ideas from experts, innovators, and developers worldwide, crowdsourcing health solutions that can accelerate the world’s progress toward the proposed 2030 health targets in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

People in nearly 50 countries nominated more than 500 innovations for consideration. Dozens of independent health experts then assessed them, selecting the 30 innovations featured in the report.

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

A key feature of the report is our health impact modeling data, estimating the lives saved and cost of select maternal, newborn, and child health innovations.

Visualizing health innovation

Our global effort to crowdsource innovative health technologies and approaches yielded hundreds of promising ideas—many more than we could feature in the Reimagining Global Health report.

We worked with Tableau Software to create a data visualization tool showcasing more than 170 innovations submitted for consideration by our expert panels. Use the tool to create custom views of innovations for specific diseases, populations, platforms, and stages of development.

Innovation Matters: Pioneering Innovation Today for Health Impact Tomorrow

This publication features articles from global leaders in innovation that explore the critical role innovation can play in accelerating solutions to the world’s most urgent health challenges. Authors include Seth Berkeley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development; and Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health of Rwanda.

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Photo: PATH/Patrick McKern.