‘Oscars’ for health care innovation is back

Monday, June 30, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline and Save the Children are reopening their doors for innovative solutions to reduce under-5 child mortality.

The second edition of the $1 million Healthcare Innovation Award will be formally launched at the two-day Partners’ Forum on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health slated to start Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa, Devex learned. At the forum, global health professionals will take stock of the progress and identify factors contributing to success, including innovation, as well as commit to actions ensuring the health of women and children.

“They’re all coming together to look at how we can be coordinated on maternal and child health issues post-2015,” according to Dr. Allan Pamba, vice president for East Africa at GSK.

Launching the award on behalf of GSK and Save the Children, Pamba once likened it to Hollywood’s Oscars because of the recognition it could bring and the great work that is likely to ensue.

That appears to be the case for the winners: All of them are in the process of scaling up the solutions within their countries, and some are looking at replicating them in others. Moreover, ministries of health have recognized or are now partnering with the awardees to implement their innovative products or services.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)

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