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Center for Innovation in Global Health

The Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) works with government, civil society and other experts to develop innovative solutions to global health’s toughest challenges. We believe in ground-up public health innovation that starts with inclusive problem-solving that elevates local voices and expertise, moves beyond surface solutions to address structural inequities, and rigorously tests innovative solutions to ensure sustainable impact at scale.

Featured Projects

Improving Public Health Decision Making

Public health decision-making often takes place with imperfect information due to gaps in information systems, data sources, and evidence-based indicators. We are committed to improving information for health decision making in order to support countries in making more efficient resource allocation decisions and drive programs toward greater impact.

Exploring the ethics of Big Data for public health

The use of novel data sets for public health has given rise to the need to develop ethical guardrails and frameworks to maximize the use of this data for global good, while preventing its misuse. The Center for Innovation in Global Health Policy and Law  is partnering with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cooper/Smith, and Georgetown’s Ethics Lab to develop an approach for addressing the ethical concerns that arise as more data becomes available and accessible to the health sector. 

Innovation in HIV Prevention

In May 2020, the Center for Innovation in Global Health received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to partner with the Government of Malawi and develop an innovative health systems approach to HIV prevention in the southern district of Blantyre that could be scaled nationally and regionally. The strategy aims to develop a replicable model for effective HIV prevention focused on defining, optimizing and embedding core systems capabilities needed to successfully end the epidemic and strengthen health security. 

Integrating Global Health Programs

HIV and Universal Health Coverage

The Center for Innovation in Global Health is on the forefront of research and practice relating to the strategic integration of large, single-disease responses such as HIV with broader health systems approaches, including health security and universal health coverage. We are innovating and testing strategies that seek to identify and strengthen common elements of the health system needed to successfully combat HIV infection, support health security preparedness and response and contribute to universal health coverage (UHC).

Improving the Quality of HIV Services

With 5 million lives lost annually to poor quality care in low and middle income countries, governments and global partners such as WHO have prioritized improvement. We help lead this work. 

U.S. Policymaker Engagement

Dr. Holmes and colleagues have collaborated with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC on three recent reports and launch events:

Report: U.S. leadership in the COVID-19 pandemic response: global health is U.S. health

Event at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, featured CIGH’s Dr. Holmes, BPC’s Dr. Anand Parekh, Naomi Seiler (George Washington University), along with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and local U.S. communities.