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Talking innovations and impact: Reflections from 2017 Gavi INFUSE workshop

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August 24, 2017

Posted by: Alix Emden

Post authored by Mercy Simiyu, Medic's Partnership and Communications Manager for the Africa region, and Alix Emden, Global Administrative Associate. Above, Mercy Simiyu and Marc Abbyad represent Medic Mobile the Gavi INFUSE workshop in Barcelona.

Last month, we were pleased to attend the second annual Gavi INFUSE workshop in Barcelona, having attended the initial workshop last year. INFUSE is Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s Innovation accelerator which identifies solutions with the potential to have the greatest impact in the modernization of global health systems. The workshop is generously supported by “la Caixa” Foundation. Over 60 innovators, leaders, and investors convened for intense two day collaboration sessions, focused on scaling up innovative solutions to expand vaccination accessibility and reach. Medic Mobile was one of the fifteen applicants invited to showcase our innovation for pacesetter consideration.

A key takeaway from the workshop was that we are all truly health workers. All the innovators, expert reviewers, and the GAVI family have their eyes squarely set on resolving some of the biggest challenges impacting vaccine coverage rates across the globe. Whether it is the Medic Mobile Standard package that helps smaller clinics use our toolkit to send reminders to community health workers so they can ensure mothers remember to bring their babies for specific vaccinations, or Parsyl’s tiny chip that allows one to track the shipping of vaccines to ensure maintenance of the cold chain and avoiding logistical roadblocks, we are all contributing to improve community health. The previous year’s pacesetters such as our partner, Nexleaf, were present at the workshop to provide updates on their work, and ensure that this year’s cohort of innovators understood that this is a growing community with the potential to have the biggest impact in a health sector area that would so benefit from leveraging technology.


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By partnering with Mckinsey Consulting, the GAVI team also worked to ensure that innovators received excellent personalized coaching on pitching, describing the innovation’s business model, the value proposition and being able to do it all within 60 to 90 seconds. A key takeaway from the workshop has easily been the recognition that these lessons will stay with us, long after the workshop wrapped up, and are very applicable even in the ‘normal’ business world and public health arena. The level of support provided to us from the GAVI INFUSE team throughout the entire process has allowed us to clearly articulate the value of this package that we have developed. At the end of the conference, we were honored to be selected as one of the seven Gavi INFUSE Pacesetters - the most promising solutions to help shape the future of immunization delivery and innovation.

Other organizations honored include Parsyl, GiftedMom, mPedigree, Zenysis, Logistimo, and flowminder.org. We look forward to joining this community and for the opportunity to continue to learn and grow alongside these industry leaders!

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