[Ip-health] The Innovation Working Group (IWG) on mother and child health

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Wed Jan 19 03:19:14 PST 2011

I just ran across this Innovation Working Group (IWG), that is
co-chaired by Norway and Johnson & Johnson, and refers to UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.   Do others know much about it?  Jamie


Innovation Working Group (IWG)

Co-Chairs:  Tore Godal, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of
Norway on Global
Health, and Scott Ratzan, Vice President, Global Health, Government Affairs &
Policy, Johnson & Johnson

Coordinator: Geir Sølve Sande Lie, Consultant, Norwegian Agency for Development
Cooperation (NORAD)

Abigail Moreland and Benesty Johanna, Boston Consulting Group
Paul Samson and Benjamen Yung, Canadian International Development Agency
Ben Schwartz and Jodi M. Keyserling, CARE USA
Denis Gillhoy, DHI UN
Kesetebirhan Admasu, Ethiopia
Margaret Cornelius, Andrew Serazin and Domin Chan, Gates Foundation
David Boyd and Janeen Uzzell, General Electric
Barry R. Bloom, Harvard
Dr. T. Sundararaman, India
Mel Remington, Intel Corporation
Felicity Daly, International Partnerships for Microbicides
Rohit Ramchandani, Johns Hopkins & Antara Global Health Advisors
Scott Radzan (co-chair), Johnson& Johnson
Mark Feinberg, Merck Vaccines
Babatunde Osotimehin, Nigeria
Tore Godal, Paul Fife, Geir Sølve Sande Lie, Norway
Rachel Wilson, PATH
Flavia BustrEo, Shyama Kuruvilla, Andres de Francisco and Barbara Bulc,
Ariel Pablos, Stefan Nachuk and Lily Dorment, Rockefeller Foundation
Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda
Jo Nicholls, Sarah Beeching, and Saul Walker, UK
Bill Martin and Lyndon Haviland, UN Foundation
Dana DeRuiter, Amie Batson, Wendy Taylor, USAID
Mikkel Vestergaard, Vestergaard-Frandsen
Wim Van Lerberghe and Sowmya Kadandale, WHO
Irina Nikolic and Sadia Chowdhury, World Bank
Norway and Johnson & Johnson lead the Innovation Working Group (IWG)
that is exploring innovations towards improving mother and child health.

Tapping the potential of innovation

We know that progress is possible. Some of the poorest countries are now
making significant reductions in maternal and neonatal mortality.
Country-led innovations can achieve further reductions, enabling health
services to produce better outcomes at the same cost. These range from
financial incentives to promote performance and results, to innovative
use of mobile phones and other communication tools. Mobile phones are an
example of how innovation creates unprecedented potential for scale-up.
There are more than 4.5 billion mobile phones in the world. Two out of
three mobile users live in the developing world. The UN estimates that
half of all residents in remote areas of the world will have mobile
phones by 2012. More than 100 countries are now exploring the use of
mobile phones for health purposes, such as referring people to their
nearest health-care facility, and advancing health literacy by educating
families and service providers.

Public-private partnerships tap the enormous potential of the private
sector to increase innovation, risk-taking, improve the quality of
services, and to accelerate access to advanced technologies. Innovation
also applies to leadership. In several places, dynamic national
leadership at the cabinet level, exercised through parliament, is
holding local governments accountable for providing reliable information
and improving the performance of local health systems. This bold
leadership has resulted in rapid development of health systems, often
through innovative programs to train and retain new health workers.

Because of the vast array of innovations being explored, there is an
urgent need to evaluate different models so that we can learn what works
and has most potential for being integrated into the health system. To
encourage the scale-up of the best models for the Joint Action Plan to
have an impact, all partners must be involved: governments,
policy-makers, civil society, community organizations, global and
regional institutions, donors, UN agencies, the private sector and
research institutions.

James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International
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