QuickStart’s key insights and recommendations to better respond to future global emergencies

QuickStart’s key insights and recommendations to better respond to future global emergencies

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Market access to COVID-19 oral therapeutics in low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries was delayed. It took nearly fifteen months from the US FDA emergency use listing for nirmatrelvir/ritonavir to be delivered to the first LMIC countries by global buyers, long after the major COVID-19 waves had passed. Vaccines played a major role in managing the pandemic; next time the first line of defense may be therapeutics, reinforcing the need to identify key insights and develop recommendations that will hasten the process in future global emergencies.  The QuickStart Consortium undertook a rapid policy analysis to understand global and national level factors that delayed market access to oral antivirals. The analysis established that significant but solvable challenges slowed down the time taken to get the oral antivirals to people when they needed…
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Implementing AMR Surveillance Sustainably in Africa: Insights and Lessons from Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda

Implementing AMR Surveillance Sustainably in Africa: Insights and Lessons from Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant global public health menace. When antimicrobials are ineffective against previously treatable infections, it undermines the ability of health systems around the world to treat even minor infections, resulting in more expensive treatments, and excess mortality and morbidity when infections become untreatable. A recent study on the burden of AMR estimates nearly 5 million deaths associated with bacterial AMR in 2019, with 1.3 million deaths attributable to bacterial AMR 1, suggesting that AMR is at least as large as HIV and malaria. Of all the regions, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest mortality rate from bacterial AMR at 27.3 deaths per 100,000.1 This high burden is exacerbated by a shortage of trained professionals and limited microbiology laboratory capabilities. In fact, only 1.3% of the 50,000 medical laboratories in…
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Duke Course Empowers Budding Leaders to Solve Global Health Problems

Duke Course Empowers Budding Leaders to Solve Global Health Problems

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The Duke Global Health Innovation Center (Duke GHIC) and Innovations in Healthcare (IiH) adhere to core values, including education and capacity building, which improve access to quality, affordable healthcare worldwide. Supporting this core value, we partner with the Duke Global Health Institute’s (DGHI) global health capstone course. This course embodies the intersection of education, innovation, and collaboration in addressing global health challenges. Through experiential learning and mentorship, it empowers students to become catalysts for positive change, preparing the next generation of global health leaders. DGHI’s Class of 2024 undergraduate global health majors Photo by: Chris Hildreth/Rooster Media Productions Bridging Theory and PracticeAt the start of this semester-long partnership, students break into small teams based on their health interests. Then, they are matched with a selected Innovations in Healthcare network innovator to design a practical solution to the innovators’…
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Allow us to re-introduce ourselves

Allow us to re-introduce ourselves

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Allow us to re-introduce ourselves Unveiling the new and improved Duke Global Health Innovation Center website We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new and improved website. After months of planning, design, and development, we are excited to finally unveil an innovative digital experience that reflects our commitment to addressing critical health challenges worldwide. So, what can you expect from the revamped Duke Global Health Innovation Center website? Let’s explore a few of the updates: Streamlined Navigation: Whether you're exploring our initiatives, browsing our research, or looking for ways to stay connected, our intuitive navigation menu makes it easier for you to find the information you need. Comprehensive Resources: From research reports and case studies to toolkits and blogs, you have access to health innovation, policy, financing, and…
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Transforming Healthcare: Unleashing the Power of AI for Frontline Workers

Transforming Healthcare: Unleashing the Power of AI for Frontline Workers

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The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, and the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into clinical and operational workflows has the potential to bring significant improvements in care delivery, especially for frontline health workers such as community health workers (CHWs). Innovations in Healthcare recently conducted a study that focused on how three organizations - Audere, Simprints, and ThinkMD - are using AI to support CHWs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The study findings were recently shared in a webinar hosted by Innovations in Healthcare. During the webinar, leaders from these social enterprises and their implementing partners, delved into this growing field, unraveling insightful perspectives and illuminating the potential of AI in revolutionizing healthcare accessibility and equity. The panelists shared the insights below as part of their work leveraging AI for frontline health workers: Unlocking AI's Potential: Revolutionizing…
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Education Beyond Academic Boundaries

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Education Beyond Academic Boundaries

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The status quo is not good enough to solve global health challenges. The world needs collaborative and innovative solutions. One powerful solution is the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Practicum. This unique alliance links students in the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) Education Program with Innovations in Healthcare (IiH) network innovators to address critical health, social, and environmental problems around the world.  This collaborative effort fosters a diverse range of perspectives while harnessing the passion and skills of the next generation of healthcare leaders.  About the course Launched in 2019, the I&E Practicum enables a collaboration between global health students and innovators extending beyond academic boundaries. This approach enhances the students’ educational experience while making a tangible contribution to the development of innovative, sustainable solutions.  Working in multidisciplinary teams, students work with carefully selected innovators…
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Innovations in Healthcare becomes founding partner of G7 initiative for impact investing in health

Innovations in Healthcare becomes founding partner of G7 initiative for impact investing in health

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Innovations in Healthcare is proud to be a founding partner of the Impact Investing Initiative for Global Health (Triple I for Global Health). About Triple I for Global Health In recent years, the financial burden on the global health sector has increased, particularly in low- and middle–income countries. To meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, both public and private funds must be mobilized. In response, the Triple I for Global Health initiative was developed. World leaders at the Hiroshima G7 Summit endorsed this initiative, emphasizing the important role of the private sector towards enabling sustainable financing in global health, including through impact investments. [caption id="attachment_4962" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Pictured (left to right) at the UNGA78 event “Toward more Resilient, Equitable and Sustainable Universal Health Coverage by 2030": Bill Gates Co-chair of…
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The lasting impact of 2023 Team Week

The lasting impact of 2023 Team Week

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Reflections following the Duke Global Health Innovation Center + Innovations in Healthcare Team Week Last week, team members from across the globe convened in Durham, North Carolina, for our annual Duke Global Health Innovation Center + Innovations in Healthcare Team Week.  Our highly anticipated Team Week fosters camaraderie, communication, and collaboration through engaging activities, both in and outside of the office; a welcome reprieve from the oft fast-paced environment where one could easily become consumed by their deadlines, emails, and the like.  Day 1: Setting the stage Team Week started with a simple request: “Share a picture that shows something you are proud of from the past year.”   This simple question garnered an array of inspirational stories, laughter, tears, and genuine joy for one another’s personal achievements. Each photo enabled us…
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A Glimpse into the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

A Glimpse into the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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Reflections following the United Nations General Assembly. Health is an investment, not an expense. The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) focused on "Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all." UNGA78 brought world leaders to New York City, USA in September 2023 to discuss pressing global health challenges. The event featured three high-level meetings on health, addressing: Pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response; Tuberculosis; and, Universal health coverage (UHC). Members of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center (Duke GHIC) and Innovations in Healthcare (IiH) were honored to attend and participate in several side events. This blog explores highlights from the various sessions our team participated in. Leading with Purpose…
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Zambia’s COVID-19 Case Manager Leads Country’s Successful Test-and-Treat Roll Out

Zambia’s COVID-19 Case Manager Leads Country’s Successful Test-and-Treat Roll Out

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October 11, 2023 By Nellie Bristol Zambia was facing a 5th COVID-19 wave in December 2022, when it gained a new tool to fight the disease: its first ever shipments of oral antivirals. Infectious disease physician Nyuma Mbewe, fresh from completing her medical residency and elevated to National COVID-19 Case Management Specialist within the Zambia Ministry of Health, was charged with ensuring the life-saving drugs reached those in need. With the help of colleagues, including critical support from Zambia’s Director of Infectious Diseases Lloyd Mulenga, she and her team quickly created the distribution and tracking systems, training materials, and public communications required. Aided by Mbewe’s leadership, Zambia made nirmatrelvir/ritonavir available within days of its arrival and administered more than 400 courses over a two-month period. The quick action provided protection…
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