Calls for Collaboration

The Pacific Health Summit encourages individuals and organizations to partner across sectors to address the world’s greatest health challenges. Launched in 2010, the Summit Secretariat assembles a collection of specific proposals for cross-sectoral partnership. These “Calls” offer specific avenues of entry into targeted fields and clear contact points for immediate action.

While Calls for Collaboration primarily focus on the specific theme of the current year’s Summit, they may certainly touch upon any aspect of global health. “Calls” seek tangible ways to engage new partners through existing infrastructure and project mechanisms in order to facilitate immediate action. Previous "Calls" have resulted in numerous tangible, actionable partnerships that have made a proven impact in improving health outcomes around the globe.


2012 Calls for Collaboration

New working group on “smart risk-taking” around innovations in maternal and child health

Call for partners to join a new working group on “smart risk-taking” around innovations in maternal and child health to accelerate the incubation, adoption, and scale-up of innovative technologies in developing countries.

FROM | Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)

CONTACTS | Samukeliso Dube, Head of Health, Africa, samu.dube@arkonline.org; Susannah Hares, Head of Innovation susannah.hares@arkonline.org

OVERVIEW | As organizations accelerate their efforts to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, MCH challenges have come to the spotlight. These challenges largely call not only for more resources, but also for innovative technologies and ways of programming, with a general recognition that the development community’s current approaches are not keeping up with the pace and the nature of global change. To be truly innovative, the sector needs to be more prepared to take risks to identify and nurture solutions that are catalytic, scalable, and sustainable. To shift the needle on MCH, more high-risk investments with the potential to deliver breakthrough solutions are essential. However, investors and program implementers alike seem to be more risk-averse than ever in the MCH arena. Collaboration is therefore essential to smartly manage high-risk, high-potential investments and thus dilute risk for potential investors and implementers.

ARK is seeking partners to be part of a working group that will conceptualize new approaches to innovation and risk-taking within MCH.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | The private sector (including the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries, commodity suppliers, and the financial services sector); bilateral investors and venture capitalists; and foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, and academic institutions

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | The proposed working group will share experiences, expertise, and smart risk-taking methods to advance and scale up innovations (technologies, business models, and processes) for MCH for use in developing countries. The working group will aim to perform the following:

  • Conceptualize, test, and disseminate new approaches to risk-taking and identifying breakthrough solutions to MCH.
  • Share expertise and encourage collaboration.
  • Encourage the development of multi-sectoral alliances to find solutions and address key bottlenecks.
  • Build an evidence base of proven innovative approaches to MCH.
  • Develop tools to encourage and enable smart risk-taking and conduct analyses of specific ventures.
  • Write papers and present best practices at various fora on MCH.1

We are also looking for evaluation data; specifically, case studies and reports on successful innovative interventions in MCH that have been implemented in developing countries.

1 Some fora that have been identified for participation include the Global Conference on Maternal and Child Health in Tanzania in 2013, the Women Deliver Conference in 2013, and the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities.

Share expertise in social business models and/or point-of-care diagnostic tests to inform the introduction of POCTs

Call for partners to share expertise and experience in social business models and/or point-of-care diagnostic tests (POCT) to inform the introduction of POCTs to pregnant women and babies in Peru

FROM | Brighter Futures Project, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru)

CONTACTS | Patricia J. Garcia, Principal Investigator for Brighter Futures Project and Dean of the School of Public Health and Administration, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, patricia.garcia@upch.pe

OVERVIEW | In 2011, the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia—with support from Grand Challenges Canada—launched the Brighter Futures Project, which focuses on maternal and child health (MCH).1 The goal of Brighter Futures is to address the unacceptably high burden of maternal and child morbidity and mortality by developing and evaluating a model to introduce point-of-care diagnostic tests (POCT) to pregnant women and children under one year of age. These POCTs must be 1) sustainable and cost-effective, and 2) effective and appropriate across the diverse geographic and socioeconomic environments of Peru—a country of coastal, jungle, and mountainous regions that is home to very-low income, low-income, and lower-middle income groups.

We have collected initial information about the need and willingness to pay for POCTs from community members, local health providers, national health experts, and entrepreneurs at the local and national levels. The collaboration we propose would explore innovative POCTs, as well as existing social business models, designed to engage and benefit local communities, which could be used to introduce POCTs for MCH in Peru’s diverse settings.2

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Experts in healthrelated social business models and in the development of POCTs; development agency representatives; government and NGO leaders; and business sector leaders, including developers of diagnostics for human health

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | We invite interested partners, including diagnostics developers who would like their products to be part of this business model, to join an international advisory team focused on the implementation of POCTs for MCH in Peru.

July 2012—September 2012
- Discussion of possible business models
- Discussion of POCT(s) to be included in model
September 2012—January 2013
- Virtual meetings for updates
- Sharing of experiences

1Every year more than half a million women die from pregnancy-related complications and 8.8 million children die before their fifth birthday, two thirds from infectious diseases. More than 90% of maternal and child illnesses and deaths occur in developing countries.
2Social business, as first defined by Nobel Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, is a non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective.

Applications for funding from Global Impact’s Accelerator Fund

Call for applications for funding from Global Impact’s Accelerator Fund

FROM | Global Impact

CONTACTS | Scott Jackson, CEO, scott.jackson@charity.org; Teresa Connor, Vice President for Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, teresa.connor@charity.org

OVERVIEW | Global Impact recently launched its Relief and Development Accelerator Fund, which encourages initiatives that address the world’s most pressing problems. The Accelerator Fund will provide funding for international programs targeted at improving the health of women and girls, food security, education, and other issue areas that represent the greatest potential to sustainably promote physical and mental wellbeing. In order to maximize results and encourage partnerships, successful applicants to the Accelerator Fund must obtain co-funding and investments in their programs from other approved sources that enable the applicant’s organization to grow exponentially.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Nonprofit organizations with international programming

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | Global Impact seeks applications that focus on the following areas:

  • Economic development; particularly programs that complement small business development
  • Education at the pre- and primary school levels with definitive goals
  • Environmental sustainability and reversal of environmental degradation
  • Food security and water purity
  • Health and nutrition geared toward eliminating non-contagious disease
  • Women and children; particularly developing women’s roles to create healthy economies

Call for applications for funding from Global Impact’s Accelerator Fund Funding will be awarded to international programs that represent the greatest potential to sustainably promote physical and mental well-being and leverage their Accelerator-awarded funds into longer-term funding initiatives.

  • Two levels of funding requests have been made available:
    • Grants up to $35,000—applicants must demonstrate a return on investment of 5:1 or greater
    • Grants up to $50,000— applicants must demonstrate a return on investment of 7:1 or greater
  • Awarded funds may be used for dedicated program staff, direct costs, new program initiatives, co-funding requirements as established by other funders for new and current initiatives, or for increased capacity and infrastructure over time.
  • Funding must be matched in dollars by other co-funders or internal sources.
  • Projects should demonstrate potential for leveraging Accelerator-awarded funds into longer-term funding initiatives.

Review Process

Global Impact will evaluate all applications and notify applicants of their eligibility for funding by June 30, 2012. This is an inaugural Accelerator Fund round; we encourage organizations to send a letter of interest if they are not able to meet the June 30 deadline, given the timing of the Pacific Health Summit.

For a copy of the application, please email teresa.connor@charity.org.

Assess the impact, and inform the scale-up, of smartphone-based ultrasound imaging technology

Call for partners to assess the impact, and inform the scale-up, of smartphone-based ultrasound imaging technology

FROM | Mobisante Inc.

CONTACT | Sailesh Chutani, CEO, Mobisante Inc., sailesh.chutani@mobisante.com

OVERVIEW | Access to diagnostic ultrasound in most emerging markets is still limited due to the high cost, complexity, and bulk of existing devices. This has adverse consequences on maternal and fetal health, since many complications go undetected during pregnancy. In addition, there is also a missed opportunity to increase patient, family, and community engagement in maternal health by making pregnancy less “abstract” through providing images that bring the baby to life throughout the stages of pregnancy.

A smartphone-based ultrasound imaging system exists that can be carried in a pocket, work off of the electrical grid, and used by low- to mid-level health professionals to acquire and send images to remote experts for interpretation via cellular networks. The device and system model has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and tested with hundreds of patients in Sierra Leone and Nepal; it has proven effective at detecting complications and providing routine screening. Mobisante is searching for partners interested in implementing the model at scale in select regions and countries in order to establish the effectiveness of the ultrasound imaging system in reducing maternal and fetal mortality, and increasing engagement by patients and families in their healthcare. The results, if positive, could be applied globally. The goal is to study and explore the types of collaborations that could work to facilitate the integration and adoption of this technology, not to market or sell a specific device.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Local hospitals and providers, ministries of health, academic researchers, and healthcare delivery–focused NGOs from any of the following regions: Africa, Latin America, or Southeast Asia

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | Mobisante is specifically looking for:

  • Academic researchers to help fine-tune the clinical study to adapt the system to the local environments.
  • Hospitals and providers to test the screening service in their regions.
  • Ministries of health to provide local and political support.
  • NGOs to communicate with and build support within the target communities.

Mobisante will provide the equipment and the knowhow to build the systems and service at no charge for this collaboration effort. The cycle is expected to take 9–12 months.

Support from healthy priority-setting institutions for global and domestic health technology assessment (HTA) systems

Call for partners from health priority-setting institutions to support global and domestic health technology assessment (HTA) systems

FROM | The Center for Global Development (CGD) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) International on behalf of the CGD’s Working Group for Priority-Setting Institutions for Global Health1

CONTACTS | Amanda Glassman, Director of Global Health Policy & Research Fellow, CDG, aglassman@cgdev.org; Kalipso Chalkidou, Founding Director, NICE International, kalipso.chalkidou@nice.org.uk

OVERVIEW | A fundamental challenge for all health systems is to allocate finite resources across the unlimited demand for health services. This is ultimately a rationing problem because it requires active or passive choices about what services are provided to whom, at what time, and at whose expense. Gains from reallocating toward more cost-effective health interventions can be substantial, illustrating the human and financial costs associated with weak and implicit rationing institutions. Yet in most countries, the rationing compromises under the current implicit priority-setting mechanisms are rarely made explicit to policymakers or the citizens they serve. In response, CGD has formed a diverse group of 30 experts to identify practical solutions for resource allocation and priority-setting for health technologies in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Specifically, these recommendations are 1) a global HTA facility should be created to provide technical and consultative support to global funding agencies and LMIC governments, and 2) direct support should be provided to LMICs that are creating or growing their own HTA systems.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Leadership from multilateral organizations, NGOs, donors, national governments, and industry (technology developers, private payers, and product development partnerships) as well as HTA organizations and ministries of health and finance

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | We invite interested parties to share their time and expertise in global health priority-setting through a forum for partnership, starting with the establishment of an interim secretariat for taking the recommendations of the report further and for scoping out, in a consultative fashion, an options analysis for operationalizing the proposed HTA Global Facility. Additionally, we are looking for:

  • Several countries in which to pilot HTA strengthening activities.
  • Organizations that will lend their expertise and capacity for improving accreditation and resource allocation processes.
  • Technical support from organizations currently undertaking comparative effectiveness assessment and HTA work in low- and middleincome countries. This is to be done through participating in the secretariat, implementing there commendations, and volunteering human resources through a peer-to-peer mentorship model.

1For more information regarding priority-setting institutions for Global Health, visit http://www.cgdev.org/section/topics/global_health/working_groups/priority_setting_institutions.

Partner telecommunications providers with health insurance providers in Southeast Asia and Africa

Call for telecommunications providers to partner with health insurance providers in Southeast Asia and Africa to develop new business models and payment collection solutions

FROM | PATH

CONTACTS | Kate Wilson, Senior Program Officer, kwilson@path.org; David Lubinski, Senior Adviser, dlubinski@path.org

OVERVIEW | Globally, countries are expanding health coverage to more of their citizens through the development of national health insurance schemes. While the strategies, policies, and technologies used to support these schemes are as varied as the countries implementing them, one common challenge is continuously cited—the facilitation of payments between citizens, providers, and insurance funds.

In 2011, PATH and our partners, PharmAccess Foundation and the Public Health Informatics Institute, began working on information and communication technology issues with ten countries that are members of the Joint Learning Network (JLN) for Universal Health Coverage.1 Member countries are in various stages of implementing new health insurance information systems, yet all of them are struggling with the collection of micropayments and recurring payments, particularly from citizens who may not have a home address or stable employment. Our project is working with JLN member countries now to develop functional information system requirements for various scenarios of payment collection. It seeks to bridge this work into the development of standard applications that can link insurer platforms to mobile provider solutions.

Through this collaboration, we would propose partnering with telecommunications providers to:

  • Develop a better understanding of challenges facing both parties.
  • Specify some interoperability standards that will work in multiple countries.
  • Develop business model template(s) that can be used by insurers or telecommunications partners globally. The intended result is a pilot of the model between a network operator and one or more JLN member countries.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | GSM Association mobile payments and eHealth Working Group members, JLN insurance provider representatives, International Telecommunications Union members, World Bank mobile payments, and health divisions

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | We invite interested partners to join an international team that would develop the following activities outlined below. All facets of this collaboration are being designed as a template that can be scaled up for broad-based replication in other geographies and health domain areas by organizations globally. We will provide free, open access to all materials generated by the project via the Web.

Activities

  • Convene a small team of mobile payment, ehealth, and insurance providers to develop high-priority use-case studies and the technical requirements for payments for insurance, including interoperability needs.
  • Develop and test, with network operators and insurance providers, alternative business models that are the most attractive to both parties in the JLN member countries.
  • Publish findings and models in a free, open, online repository that is accessible to all countries and operators.
  • Disseminate vital information and case studies to health policymakers and opinion leaders directly and through partners, with free, open access to all materials.

TIMELINE

July–August 2012
Host virtual meeting(s) to review initial-use cases and functional requirements developed for payment collection.
September 2012
Host two-day meeting in London to discuss and agree upon technical standards and business models.
December 2012
Pilot an example of payment collection for insurance in a JLN member country. Issue progress report and next steps.

1The Joint Learning Network (JLN) for Universal Health Coverage is a resource for countries in the process of implementing universal health coverage (UHC). Current members include Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam. For more information, see JLN’s website, www.jointlearningnetwork.org.



Download the 2012 Calls for Collaboration Document.

2011 Calls for Collaboration

Evaluate a next-generation cold chain device

Call for partners to help evaluate next-generation cold chain device for improving vaccine storage capabilities.

FROM | Global Good, a program at Intellectual Ventures

OVERVIEW | Global Good is an Intellectual Ventures effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to save lives in the developing world by inventing technology-based solutions to global health and development challenges. We are seeking partners that have the vision and capacity to contribute to the development of health technologies intended to accelerate achievement of the priorities of national health systems and the global health community.

The philanthropic Cold Chain Device project began in 2009 to support the priorities of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The passive cold chain device represents a significant advancement over active vaccine cold chains because of its limited need for constant power supply and maintenance. The current prototype stably stores vaccines for more than 90 days solely by using one set of reusable ice blocks.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | EPI representatives, in-country NGOs, international organizations, healthcare workers

NATURE OF THE COLLABORATION | Global Good is exploring collaborations specific to in-country demonstrations and initial field testing of a next-generation vaccine storage device. From a candidate pool of over ten countries, Global Good ultimately expects to choose two country partners to advance to field testing that will provide data crucial to developing the final product to be adopted by national health systems.

Our intent is to work closely with partner countries to solicit direct feedback that will inform the design of the next generation of devices. Field evaluations of our device will allow our team to engineer design improvements specific to a country or region's needs. It will help us understand how our technology can help address current issues faced in vaccine logistics and contribute to increased vaccine availability. Please note: There is no commitment for these initial locations to participate in future evaluations of the device; we merely wish to demonstrate the vaccine container and explore whether there is a mutual fit for a follow-up field test.

June 24, 2011: Tour of Intellectual Ventures Laboratory and demonstration of cold chain device

June-August 2011: Visit ten or more candidate countries to demonstrate device and evaluate sites for field tests

August-September 2011: Limited field test in four countries

Late 2012: Scaled-up field tests in two countries

CONTACTS | Keith Schorsch, Vice President, Global Good, kschorsch@intven.com
Craig Nakagawa, Director of Partner Development, Global Good, cnakagawa@intven.com
Nicole Bates, Global Good Program Manager, nbates@intven.com

Share expertise to change social norms and promote immunization access and delivery

Call for industry, NGOs, and civil society organizations to share expertise to work with governments to support strategies that change social norms and promote immunization access and delivery.

FROM | American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), International Pediatric Association (IPA), and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

OVERVIEW | Many partnerships are needed to tackle vaccine refusal by the public all over the world. Increasing public understanding of, and dialogue about, the benefits and risks of immunization is a critical goal for all partnerships. Communication partnerships may improve responses to anti-vaccination groups and immunization crises. Public-private partnerships are crucial to effectively addressing public distrust of vaccines bringing attention on immunization goals. Engaging clinical child health leaders and pediatric professional organizations with other influential stakeholders can open the door for stronger immunization advocacy around the long-term well-being of communities. International pediatric organizations (IPA) and national associations have the depth and reach within countries across the globe to increase awareness of and access to immunization information and positively impact decisionmaking by the public. All partners can support regional and country-specific commitments to greater advocacy, enhanced immunization delivery, coverage improvement, and decreased vaccine-related injury.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Multinational business and NGO leaders; civil society, medical, and public health membership organizations; donor organizations; and ministries of health

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | Interested partners will convene at regional or selected national IPA meetings to engage in collaborative brainstorming and planning. Meetings include, but are not limited to:

  • AAP meeting and a joint meeting of the AAP and the EAP, October 2011, Boston
  • Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics & Asia Pacific Nursing Conference, September 2012, Malaysia
  • Association of Latin American Pediatric Organizations, November 2012, Ecuador
  • Union of National African Pediatric Societies and Associations, 2012 (final date/location TBD)
  • IPA Congress, August 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Discussions at these meetings will focus on how: immunization coverage can be increased by raising access, delivery system, and financing goals to the level of a social movement; coordinated efforts can help overcome barriers to the public’s understanding of immunization; improving and extending dialogue and advocacy might help build public confidence; and civil society could create buy-in toward sustainable immunization advocacy goals. Meetings will also explore opportunities to create and adopt complementary, integrated strategies to seek ministry of health and country commitments, raise professional awareness, and promote the value of immunization goals to civil society leadership.

This project will drawn on three projects: (1) an effort by an IPA developing country immunization champion, (2) LSHTM “Project to support Public Confidence in Immunization,” and (3) an AAP scheme to engage advocates to support vaccine delivery and foreign aid for health infrastructure. Sustainability of these collaborations is important for long-term success in supporting national immunization programs.

CONTACTS | Jonathan Klein, Associate Executive Director, AAP, jklein@aap.org; William Keenan, Executive Director, IPA, keenanwj@slu.edu; Heidi Larson, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM, heidijanelarson@yahoo.com

Predict, prevent, and manage type 2 diabetes

Call for partners from all sectors to share expertise and experience in how mobile information systems can help predict, prevent, and manage type 2 diabetes in underserved communities.

FROM | Swedish Medical Center and Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute

OVERVIEW | In 2010 Swedish Medical Center, in conjunction with the Washington Global Health Alliance, Public Health - Seattle and King County, and HealthPoint, launched the “Global to Local” program, which is initially focusing on culturally diverse communities near Seattle that have a health status comparable to developing countries. The project seeks to develop new approaches to healthcare by adapting techniques and technologies created to improve health in underserved communities in the developing world. Diabetes is a major focus of Global to Local due to its rising incidence in the United States and around the globe. Smart phones and mobile devices are a central element of the strategy. The collaboration we propose explores the role for mobile technology in helping address the issues of diabetes education, management, and prevention within a holistic approach to community-based health and wellness (derived largely from global health work outside the United States).

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Experts in type 2 diabetes, including practitioners and researchers; development agency representatives; government leaders; NGOs; and the business sector, including leaders in developing information, communication, ICT, and diagnostic technologies applied to health.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | We invite interested partners to join an international team of advisors who would participate in activities outlined below. All facets of this collaboration are being designed as a template that can be scaled up for broad-based replication in other geographies and disease areas by organizations globally. We will provide free, open access to all materials generated by the project via the Web.

Activities

  • Assemble case studies on the use of IT, social media, diagnostic devices, health-based computer games, and other innovations in helping respond to the rise of non-communicable disease, especially type 2 diabetes, in developing and developed country environments.
  • Build a free, open, online repository of case studies, as well as a catalog of relevant technologies, research strategies, and research findings.
  • Help design research protocols for assessing the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of mobile health strategies that target type 2 diabetes.
  • Disseminate vital information and case studies to health policymakers and opinion leaders directly and through partners, with free, open access to all materials.

Timeline

July-August 2011 Review of materials; initial case study and protocol collection and organization. September 2011 Virtual meeting to report on initial process. December 2011 Second progress report issued, including compendium of relevant resources.

CONTACTS | Dan Dixon, Executive Vice President, Swedish Medical Center, Dan.Dixon@swedish.org; Jack Faris, CEO, Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, jfaris@pnri.org



Submit proposals to the Immunization Innovation Fund

Call for partners to help shape the future of immunization systems through the Immunization Innovation Fund.

FROM | Optimize – a PATH/WHO collaboration

OVERVIEW | With the introduction of new vaccines come new challenges for immunization delivery. Previously, maintaining high stock levels and tolerating high wastage rates was a tolerable way to overcome immunization system problems. This is no longer feasible with the introduction of new, more costly vaccines that require an expanded storage capacity and need to be delivered to new target population groups.

In 2010, 250,000 doses of pentavalent vaccine expired in one country’s central store because the system charged with delivering these vaccines was not ready. Close to US$1 million-worth of vaccines were lost. Another country was forced to delay its plans to introduce lifesaving new vaccines because, to accommodate the introduction, it first had to expand its storage at the national level by ninefold. With these challenges come opportunities to reexamine the systems trusted with delivering vaccines, and to actively seek out and develop innovative solutions.

PARTICIPANTS | Creative thinkers and problem solvers, including supply chain experts, technology wizards, scientists, consumer goods and other distributors, vaccine developers and manufacturers, immunization program managers, staff from Ministries of Health, Finance, Industry, Science, and Technology, industrial designers, and engineers.

NATURE OF THE COLLABORATION | The Gates Grand Challenges Explorations initiative is offering US$100,000 grants for unconventional ideas that address gaps in immunization supply systems in order to transform how vaccines are delivered in the world's poorest countries. Successful projects will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to $1 million.

Proposals are sought that offer innovative approaches in the critical areas defined below:

1. Vaccine products and their packaging design, with characteristics that best suit the needs and constraints of low- and middle-income countries.
2. Better streamlining and integration of immunization supply systems with other health commodity supply chains where applicable and continued adaptation to maximize efficiency, flexibility, and synergies with other public and private sector initiatives.
3. Assessment and minimization of the environmental impact of energy, materials, and processes used in immunization supply systems from the international to local levels.
4. Information systems to help staff plan and manage immunization activities and resources while ensuring that adequate quantities of vaccines are always available to meet demand.
5. Human resources policies and best practices to provide immunization supply systems with adequate numbers of competent, trained, motivated, and empowered personnel, at all levels of the health system to overcome existing and emerging immunization supply challenges.
6. Innovative approaches to increasing immunization coverage through, for example, private sector opportunities, community-built solutions, and increased acceptance of immunization by healthcare workers and parents.

Details and application information are online at: http://tinyurl.com/optimizesupplychains

The deadline for submissions is November 17, 2011.

CONTACT | Simona Zipursky, Policy and Advocacy Officer, PATH, szipursky@path.org



Download the 2011 Calls for Collaboration Document.

2010 Calls for Collaboration

Bridge gaps between the private sector and civil society

Call for businesses to provide expertise and bridge gaps between the private sector and civil society through the strategic placement of staff members for six-month “expert internships” in World Vision country offices in the developing world.

FROM | World Vision International

OVERVIEW | We are seeking interested business sector partners to collaborate in strategic areas on our Child Health Now campaign and child health-focused program implementation. The goals of integrating staff from the business sector into our teams include:

  • We will undoubtedly benefit enormously from the fresh perspective and strategic expertise of industry representatives “on loan.”
  • We will develop a new appreciation for participating companies’ core competencies.
  • Our multinational organization and its partners, as well as staff seconded from companies, will all have unique opportunities to build new relationships with civil society and help bridge sector gaps in innovative ways.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Companies with expertise in market research, ICT, mHealth, and supply chain management, who would be willing to lend one to three staff members to World Vision for six-month projects.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | As part of corporate staff capacity-building, linked with corporate social responsibility, we seek to collaborate with business partners in the strategic deployment of partnering company staff members for six months into World Vision teams working in the areas outlined below. World Vision would cover office and travel costs during these secondments, but we hope that business partners would cover salaries.

  • Market Research and Evaluation Expertise for Global Campaign. We seek two to three staff members with Market Research & Evaluation expertise, who would work with local campaign staff to co-develop an assessment framework for efforts in six selected countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Armenia, Indonesia, India, and Kenya). The end product would be the development of metrics for measuring successes and continued challenges.
  • ICT and Mobile Health. We seek staff to help us adapt online learning for training and capacity-building using Web platforms that target community health workers, in collaboration with WHO. Specifically, we are collaborating with NetHope1 and mHealth Alliance to bring to scale a mobile health platform to support community health workers. We seek one staff member with extensive experience in the evaluation of mobile health ICT systems solutions for deployment in challenging operational contexts. This individual would spend six months on a World Vision team helping to develop internal evaluations and expertise.
  • Lifesaving Supply Chains. We seek to partner with businesses with logistics and supply chain expertise in resource-constrained settings to apply this expertise to help strengthen district health systems in collaboration with World Vision and local ministries of health.


1NetHope is a collaboration of 30 of the world's leading international humanitarian organizations working together to solve common problems in the developing world through corporate technology partnerships.

Design, deploy, and test mobile information systems

Call for partners from all sectors to share their expertise with the Maternal and Newborn mHealth Initiative to help design, deploy, and test mobile information systems in support of MNH.

FROM | mHealth Alliance, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, PATH, White Ribbon Alliance, BRAC, GSM Association, The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Family Care International

OVERVIEW | Modern information and communications technologies (ICT), especially wireless, can help transform health outcomes. A continuum of maternal and newborn care enabled by mobile ICT is critical to our achievement of MDGs 4 & 5 and will be an excellent model for health systems strengthening for all diseases. The partners listed above have formed a new effort, the Maternal and Newborn mHealth Initiative, which features a multi-pronged, global campaign of intensive consultations, solution development, and testing, among other goals, to use ICT to:

  • Ensure that the known and agreed high-priority MNH interventions are in fact carried out.
  • Link providers with each other and to the data they need at each step in the care continuum.
  • Provide health system administrators with accurate census and other data as well as management tools, and thus accountability.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | MNH practitioners and academics, government leaders, NGOs, and the business sector.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | The Initiative has five mutually supporting components, each with a global working group with which interested organizations can engage:

  • Applying ICT to Priority Needs. In physical and virtual meetings over the next six months, this group will answer the question: How can ICT, especially mobile, help meet the existing requirements of the MNH community?
  • Design and Build System Strengthening Solutions. This group will design the Initiative’s first reference models of ICT and the content and policies to go with them.1 These will be integrated, end-to-end systems along the continuum of care, designed to scale.
  • Measurement and Evaluation. This group will design and seek consensus on the new M&E approaches that will be needed and possible.
  • Trial Deployments of System Strengthening Solutions. Partners will survey current MNH ICT-supported projects, and then contribute technology, content, and/or time and expertise to undertake trial deployments of the new solutions and test them.
  • Communications. This group will build and manage the MNH Forum in the HUB—HealthUnBound virtual community—in part to create global exposure and interactivity of the above four activities.

Drawing on the successful experience of other global health initiatives, the leadership of the Initiative will also develop principles and guidelines for public-private partnerships in this field.

1Participants can contribute in one or more of four areas: information-sharing technology, content, diagnostic devices, and capacity-building.

Expand the introduction of fortified rice

Call for support to expand the introduction of fortified rice through the integration of Ultra Rice in food distribution and feeding programs and by conducting market research and field trials to address existing knowledge gaps in rice fortification.

FROM | PATH

OVERVIEW | An estimated 2 billion people around the world suffer from iron deficiency, arguably the most easily preventable global nutrition problem of our time. To address iron and other micronutrient deficiencies, PATH developed Ultra Rice®1 —a cost-effective, customizable micronutrient delivery system that packs vitamins and minerals into rice grains made from rice flour with pasta-making extrusion equipment. PATH transfers the Ultra Rice technology free of charge to manufacturers in developing countries, and these local producers manufacture the Ultra Rice grains. Due to the heterogeneity of both rice markets and introduction pathways for fortified rice around the world, diverse partnerships are required to make a tangible impact and scale up fortification.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | NGOs, governments, market research firms, universities, and research groups. Food distributors, manufactures, and retailers in developing countries.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | PATH invites implementation partners to join in the effort to commercialize and introduce fortified rice worldwide. We are looking for partners that can engage in the activities outlined below at their own cost, with PATH providing technical assistance, linkages to other key partners, and in-kind support.

  • Conduct Market Research to better understand rice supply chains and develop production and marketing strategies for fortified rice. PATH has conducted research in limited markets, but is looking for additional research partners for other major rice consuming regions (primarily Southeast Asia, West Africa, and Central and South America). Results from this data would be made widely available to stakeholders in the field and disseminated through the Rice Fortification Resource Group.2
  • Conduct Field Trials to further the evidence base by demonstrating the operational feasibility and biological impact of rice fortification through various distribution channels and programmatic settings. Groups with funding to do this research (large-scale effectiveness studies or efficacy studies in understudied demographic groups) would provide key contributions to the evidence base for fortified rice.
  • Integrate Fortified Rice into feeding programs or poverty-focused distribution channels. Potential platforms for introduction include food aid distribution programs, NGO or government feeding programs, or commercial channels that reach the poor. Programs that are looking to increase the nutritional quality of their meals could procure Ultra Rice from PATH’s manufacturing partners and add it their rice-based meals.


1Ultra Rice resembles milled rice in size, shape, and color and is blended into traditional rice, typically at a 1:100 ratio. Ultra Rice has been proven efficacious, shelf-stable, and acceptable to consumers in a wide range of geographies and demographic groups.

2"The Rice Fortification Research Group, a network of public and private entities, was recently established to advance the rice fortification field by sharing knowledge and best practices with country implementers worldwide.

Leverage core competencies for MNH awareness and advocacy campaigns

Call for business partners to leverage their core competencies in support of MNH awareness and advocacy campaigns.

FROM | White Ribbon Alliance and Maternal Mortality Campaign

OVERVIEW | The White Ribbon Alliance and Maternal Mortality Campaign promote access to quality health care for women worldwide, working with organizations and individuals from a variety of sectors to use our collective voices and influence to stop women and girls from dying needlessly in pregnancy and childbirth. Our supporters span the globe, linking all levels of society with one guiding principle: play your part.

We ask businesses to join us by using your expertise, resources, and skills locally, nationally, and globally to help us take a message of safe motherhood and child survival to those with the power to save lives.

We are proud of the many business partnerships that have already amplified campaigning awareness-raising and advocacy efforts. Examples of past successful collaborations include:

  • Elle magazine launched a photo shoot with Naomi Campbell to highlight International Women’s Day.
  • Guardian Media Group and Vodafone both hosted dinners with influential women to bring attention to maternal health.
  • May 1, 2010 marked the start of The Huffington Post’s “Countdown to Mother's Day,” featuring op-eds by maternal health champions.
  • Myspace promoted the White Ribbon Alliance’s Million Mums campaign on Mother’s Day in 2008, with a sign-up facility, logo, and link on their “Causes” page. This significantly increased campaign sign-ups.
  • The Times provided space for a one-page advertisement designed by MC Saatchi and promoted by Freud Communications and Zenith Optimedia for the G8 in 2009.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Media sector and private companies

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | We ask businesses to look at the two ways they can make a real difference for maternal, newborn, and child health and could work with us in partnership:

  • Awareness-Raising. Engage in joint activities with the White Ribbon Alliance, for example, by supporting the launch of our Birth Atlas Project1, which maps the state of maternal health across the world.
  • Advocacy Support. Provide advertising space in the form of print, television, and online media for key events, including the UN MDG Review Summit in September 2010.

1The Birth Atlas Project was created with support from Immpact, University of Southampton, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, and the Norwegian Government.

Share data on successful, cost-effective MNCH interventions

Call for data on successful, cost-effective MNCH interventions delivered by frontline community health workers (case studies, project reports, and outcomes data) to be made available through a free, open website.

FROM | RESULTS International

OVERVIEW | RESULTS International, an international advocacy organization, is seeking partners to work with us to identify the best examples of successful, cost-effective MNCH interventions delivered by frontline community health workers, in rural or urban slum settings, to address the leading causes of illness and disease among the bottom quintile in developing countries. Every bit of evidence counts.

The goal is to map initiatives with a demonstrated impact in improving the health of women and children in low-income settings, including research projects and pilot studies that are underway. The collated information will be brought together on an open and freely-accessible website, enabling policymakers and potential funders to identify the most successful and high-impact interventions that can be replicated or brought to scale to accelerate progress on maternal, newborn, and child survival. Information can also be used by advocacy groups to understand and leverage greater investment in proven interventions.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Research institutions, NGOs, UN agencies, donor agencies, governmental health agencies from countries with the highest maternal, newborn, and child mortality rates, consultancy firms, and any private sector organizations (for example, pharmaceutical companies) that have data demonstrating the success or challenges of community health interventions relating to maternal, newborn, and child survival.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | In all examples, we are interested in quantitative data related to impact and costs:

  • Case Studies and Project Reports on the deployment of trained, equipped, frontline community health workers. For example, in Ethiopia trained frontline health workers are crucial in bringing care out of the clinic and into rural villages and to fight against acute respiratory infections, malaria, and diarrhea, which are the leading causes of child death. We are seeking similar small- or large-scale examples.
  • Mechanisms for Real-Time Monitoring of Coverage and Impact of Interventions. For instance, the Catalytic Initiative includes data reporting so that cost-effectiveness can be measured and mid-course corrections applied. Are there other examples?
  • Data on Poverty-Targeted Interventions: Are there examples of programming that identify the very poor and tailor frontline worker-focused interventions to reach these populations?

We are also looking for partners with technical website expertise to help build and organize the data into an open, free website.

Address distribution and innovation needs for MNH devices

Call for partners to help prioritize and address distribution and innovation needs for pharmaceutical formulations and devices in order to reduce newborn deaths from infections.

FROM | Saving Newborn Lives Program, Save the Children

OVERVIEW | Timely treatment with antibiotics would save the majority of newborn deaths due to serious infections (sepsis, meningitis, and pneumonia). Currently, in the 68 highest burden countries fewer than one in four babies with serious infections are estimated to receive treatment. Successful treatment requires the right antibiotics at the right time and place, the right dosage, and in some cases, the right device. Ongoing programs exist within large potential markets (e.g., Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia).

The WHO’s Essential Medicines for Children initiative is making progress in building private-public partnerships to advance solutions, but the priority areas are not comprehensive, and the tracer medicines miss essential neonatal drugs. Further innovation is required to overcome specific constraints for treating newborns, specifically gaps in devices, drug formulation, and availability. Gentamicin, the most commonly used antibiotic for treating neonatal sepsis, is often available only in adult dose vials, increasing the risk of overdosing newborns, associated with kidney and hearing damage. Injections to small babies require specific devices, such as 1 ml syringes and small bore needles, which are often unavailable. Studies of the use of needle-free technology (Uniject®) and other innovations show potential to reach more babies at this critical time.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Private sector pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, and distributors or organizations with capacity in supply chain management.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | WHO and the Saving Newborn Lives Program at Save the Children are undertaking trials of simplified antibiotic regimes to evaluate treatment by community and other frontline workers in several countries. We are looking for partners to work with us in the following ways:

  • Pharmaceutical Companies and Distributors to work with Save the Children and national partners over the next three years to conduct assessments and prioritize and address gaps for specific formulations, forecasting, distribution, and reach for relevant antibiotics necessary for treating neonatal infections in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Pakistan, India, and Indonesia (or subset of these).
  • Medical Device Companies to partner with us, bringing R&D expertise to advance and evaluate innovations of diagnostics, drugs, and devices to treat newborn infections in less developed countries.

Contribute to, shape, and mentor innovative technologies

Call for industry partners to contribute to, shape, and mentor innovative technologies to improve maternal and infant health through the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative.

FROM | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

OVERVIEW | In addition to the wide range of solutions that already exist to address MNH, new tools and technologies for early identification and prevention of dangerous conditions, plus strategies to more rapidly diagnose and treat mothers and babies, are needed to achieve maximum health impact. New solutions are especially needed at the periphery of the health system—in homes, communities, and primary clinics—where more than half the world’s births occur.

With this focus on the design, testing, manufacture, and launch of new technologies for “the frontline” we seek collaborations with private sector partners through our Grand Challenges Explorations initiative.

Over the past three years, the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations has engaged thousands of scientists and engineers in over 130 countries on a wide variety of topics, including vaccines, medical devices, contraceptive technologies, and diagnostics. To date, over 250 innovative ideas have been supported by seed-stage grants of $100,000—with many awards going to both small and large companies. These initial projects are eligible to compete for a second phase of funding of up to $1 million within the program.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | We are seeking:

  • Companies with experience in managing and harnessing R&D innovation.
  • Companies with expertise in product lifecycle management and launch in new markets and consumer segments.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | There are many ways for interested companies to collaborate:

  • Join the Partnership Working Group or Grand Challenges Expert Review Committee for New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns.
  • Apply for Seed-Stage Funding for Your Own Idea through the Grand Challenges Explorations.


Develop mechanisms for registration and delivery of malaria treatment for pregnant women

Call for researchers, regulators, and policymakers to help develop mechanisms for registration and delivery of a novel, intermittent, preventive treatment for malaria in pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa efficiently and affordably.

FROM | Pfizer Emerging Markets Business Unit

OVERVIEW | Pfizer is working with Medicines for Malaria Venture and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to develop a novel, intermittent, preventive treatment for pregnant women (IPTp) to improve pregnancy outcomes for women in sub-Saharan Africa. Our focus is on malaria, which is a common cause of preventable maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality.1 The treatment features a fixed-dose combination of azithromycin and chloroquine (AZCQ) for IPTp.2 While IPTp has been adopted by 33 sub-Saharan countries, its acceptance remains quite limited and it is an unprecedented regulatory indication.

Pfizer seeks to collaborate with additional partners to ensure that in two-years’ time, when Phase III clinical trials are completed, the mechanisms for efficient regulatory review are in place and that the treatment is available and accessible to those who need it most.3

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Researchers and policymakers in the fields of malaria and reproductive health, as well as regulatory agencies from sub-Saharan Africa, global health funding agencies (including H8 organizations), and civil society.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | We invite interested partners to share their time and expertise to help develop proposals for mechanisms for:

  • Expedited, thorough, and simultaneous review and approval of a regulatory dossier for a product that is developed exclusively for countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Ensuring uninterrupted product distribution to antenatal clinics in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Ensuring access of IPTp treatments (like AZCQ) to women at affordable prices, through mechanisms somewhat similar to the AMFm (Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria) mechanism for ACT antimalarials.
  • Improving acceptability of IPTp regimen by healthcare professionals and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa.

1According to WHO, approximately 120 million pregnancies are at risk of malaria each year, and about 36 million of them are in sub-Saharan Africa.
2While WHO recommends sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) for IPTp, emergence of resistance has become a cause of concern. Finding alternatives to SP is an urgent priority and there are few drugs in the pipeline.
3An independent data-monitoring committee of malaria experts is overseeing the trials.

Highlight the business sector's work in MNH in two online communities

Call for business partners engaged in MNH to highlight their work and organizations in two online communities to grow networks, avoid duplication, and link efforts.

FROM | Maternal Health Task Force and Save the Children

OVERVIEW | Thanks to the efforts of numerous individuals and organizations, MNH has risen to the top of the global health agenda in 2010. Now more than ever, it is critical for organizations to link efforts and capacity so that the MNH community can see who is doing what, where, and how we can help one another. Two online communities and information sources exist to do just this, and in 2010 the communities seek to incorporate the work and perspective of the business sector.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Businesses working to improve MNH through the production of goods and services, research, knowledge-sharing mechanisms, or training.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | Below please find numerous opportunities to link to different groups and highlight your organization. None of these opportunities carries any fee or cost. The goal is simply to welcome new partners to these ongoing dialogues that are accelerating progress in MNH.

  • Connect with Colleagues and Highlight Your Organization’s Work through Healthy Newborn Network (HNN), a global online community of newborn health researchers, policymakers, program managers, practitioners, advocates, or company representatives—whose work benefits newborn health. The network provides an entry point for those who wish to interact with professionals around the world to comment on and rate resources available. Additionally, it allows organizations to create their own Partner Page to highlight their own programs and resources in newborn health.
  • Link to Some 40 Organizations Working in Maternal Health through the Maternal Health Taskforce (MHTF) Partner Channel and Map:
    • Create an organization page on the MHTF’s Partner Channel, which highlights the important work that leading organizations are doing in maternal health and is a forum for institutional knowledge-sharing across sectors.
    • Map your maternal health project or organization on the MHTF map to make your organization and its work highly visible to a wide network of partners.

Manufacture and distribute two appropriate, durable medical devices

Call for partners to collaborate with an existing NGO-commercial company partnership to manufacture and distribute two appropriate, durable medical devices that directly impact MNH in low-resource settings.

FROM | Powerfree Education and Technology (PET) and Freeplay Energy1

OVERVIEW | Most hospitals, especially in developing countries, have a “graveyard” of medical technology not used because it is too complex, or not working because of lack of maintenance or replacement parts. To save lives and be effective, technology must be targeted at the right health challenges, affordable, available where the needs are greatest, and fit for purpose. Over the last five years, two appropriate technology medical devices have been developed, each with a menu of power options:

  • Doppler Fetal Heart Rate Monitors help identify babies in distress, addressing a need for reducing intrapartum stillbirths and neonatal deaths from labor complications. The device won the INDEX global design award in 20092, and while manufacturing has commenced, distribution requires wider partnerships, especially to reach low- and middle-income countries.
  • Pulse Oximeters (SPO2) identify low oxygen levels in the blood and have become standard care for preterm/ill newborns, children with pneumonia, women having a C-section, or anyone administered an anaesthetic. Without this technology, sick babies who need oxygen may not be identified, or babies may be given too much oxygen, which can cause permanent damage. WHO has identified an immediate need for approximately 100,000 SPO2 monitors;3 the monitors could be manufactured at about 75 percent lower cost with further development of the electronics.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Partners with expertise in distribution and R&D for medical devices in low-income settings, including medical equipment manufacturers, distributors, and humanitarian/ philanthropic foundations.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | With the goal of developing, manufacturing, and distributing fit-for-purpose and essential life-saving medical technologies to impact maternal, newborn, and child survival in high-burden countries, we seek new collaborators to join our partnership and work with us on:

  • Refinement of the current versions of the fetal heart rate monitor and pulse oximeter devices to be suitable for manufacture in large quantities and at lower cost.
  • Distribution to ensure these new devices reach the settings where they are needed most at affordable cost.
  • Linked Distribution of Distance Learning Materials to improve quality of care when using the devices.


1PET, a non‐profit, is based in South Africa. Freeplay Energy is a commercial company.
2One of the key innovations noted by the INDEX prize was the variety of power options available: wind-up, foot pump, and solar panel, or by AC mains electricity if possible. This is especially crucial in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, given unreliable electrical power, dust, humidity, and other challenges.
3This need was identified through WHO‘s “Safe Surgery Saves Lives” initiative.

Share expertise on implementing innovations at scale

Call for industry partners to share their expertise on implementing innovations at scale, in collaboration with the Implementation Support Network, which supports the effective scale-up and delivery of maternal and newborn interventions and builds capacity of local practitioners in the field.

FROM | Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

OVERVIEW | The global health community has identified and reached consensus on the most effective interventions to significantly decrease maternal and newborn deaths, and these interventions are generally well-reflected in national policies. However, the translation of national strategies into sustainable actions at regional and district levels remains inadequate. AMDD is working with UNICEF and UNFPA to develop an Implementation Support Network (ISN) that will partner with and support ministries of health to implement maternal and newborn health (MNH) interventions at scale. One goal of this ISN is to develop an implementation resource toolkit for select countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The toolkit would support, for example, capacity-building of local practitioners and institutions within the ISN and include an approach to implementation that is flexible and adaptable for a variety of settings.

The engagement of the business sector would help the ISN and the Ministries of Health it supports to move innovation more quickly and efficiently across systems. We are asking companies to help us develop practical, on-the-ground delivery approaches to implementation of MNH interventions.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS | Companies and organizations with expertise in rolling out services and products in resource-constrained settings and complex situations, with particular experience in developing new mechanisms for the implementation of products and services.

NATURE OF COLLABORATION | We invite interested partners to share their time and expertise on change-management practices, new product and services rollout processes, and related staff development, through three to five consultations over six months to help the ISN provide creative solutions to ministries of health. In particular, we seek partners to work with us to:

  • Identify Necessary Steps for Ministries of Health in selected countries to move to national scale on delivery of core maternal health interventions (steps that address transport and human resource constraints, for example).
  • Develop In-Country and Intervention-Specific Tools for strengthening the core competencies related to basic management practices that are necessary to execute the above steps.
  • Identify and Prioritize New Approaches to the Use of Technology to support implementation for the above steps.
  • Recommend Strategies to Facilitate Collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst practitioners at the district level to accelerate successful implementation practices.

The end product of this collaboration will be an implementation toolkit that is flexible and adaptable for a variety of settings.





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