|CAM Tech India Driving innovation to improve Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (RMNCH)|
As a key partner in the CAMTech-USAID partnership PHFI will serve in an advisory capacity on the (TIME) project designed to accelerate medical technology innovation in order to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) outcomes around preventable deaths in India. As part of this role PHFI will advise a) on issues of population-based healthcare (prevention and primary care), urban health and health systems in India. b) Leverage PHFI’s expertise and networks around policy, advocacy and implementation related to low-cost medical technology innovations for RMNCH in India. and c) offer mentorship through engagement of faculty on TIME activities which will include Clinical Summits, Hack-a-thons and Innovation Awards.
CAMTech India: Technologies for RMNCH is a public private partnership (PPP) designed to accelerate medical technology innovation in order to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) outcomes around preventable deaths in India (and other low- and middle income countries (LMICs). Led by the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health (MGH CGH), working with its partners in India, CAMTech India convenes diverse stakeholders across public health, engineering and business at every point along the technology development and commercialization continuum.
Recently PHFI co-organized a Clinical Summit and Hack-a-thon with CAMTech India on July 18, 2014 at Bangalore, India. The PHFI-CAMTech India Clinical Summit brought together physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, government and public health experts across India to identify pressing clinical needs and best practices in RMNCH care. This event will serve as a pivotal activity to drive affordable medical technology innovation, including a “Technology Showcase” to preview early-stage and newly-marketed technologies that have the potential to improve healthcare for women and children in India.
The Clinical Summit was followed by a hackathon called ‘Jugaad-a-thon’, a first-of-its-kind project attempting to bring clinicians, hospitals and technologists under one umbrella, aiming to provide affordable and innovative healthcare solutions by creative techno-geeks who were awarded prizes at GE’s John F. Welch Research Centre in Bengaluru. The ‘Jugaad-a-thon’ brought to the table 34 new solutions ranging from new tools for antenatal care to disruptive technologies for newborn asphyxia. These were designed and developed over two days by 250 clinicians, engineers and entrepreneurs representing the academia and industry.
PHFI, a consortium partner was represented Dr Priya Balasubramaniam, Senior Public Health Scientist- Urban Health, UHC & Health Systems. Dr Dileep Mavalankar, Director IIPHG, Dr Subhadra Menon, Director Health Communications and Dr Salunke, Advisor IIPHB.