Innovation, New Ideas Help Shape Global Health, Peter Piot Writes In Opinion Piece

Scientific American: How Human Innovation Shapes Global Health
Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and member of the judging panel for the Recognizing Excellence Around Champions of Health (REACH) Awards

“…In health, innovation is so much more than the discovery or launching of new therapies, vaccines, and/or apps. It is first and foremost about finding better ways of reaching people to improve the efficiency, quality, sustainability or affordability of health care and disease prevention. … I’m excited to see what innovative solutions this year’s [REACH] nominees have utilized to advance global health. … By delivering one device or one training session at a time, the problem [of ‘equipment graveyards’] is perpetuated. In response to this challenge, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) recently announced that it is co-leading, together with Rice University’s Rice 360° Institute for Global Health in the U.S., and the Malawi College of Medicine, as well as leading institutions across Africa, a new £50 million partnership. … By applying groundbreaking ideas and tools that create new possibilities, we can better reach and inform those in need of care. Innovation constantly challenges the status quo and so must we” (11/1).

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