Empowering Local Innovators to Solve Today’s Global Health Challenges

Nov 27, 2017 11:15 AM ET

$3 birthing kit created by an entrepreneur in India. A mHealth tool that enables health workers to accurately and rapidly diagnose common illnesses in rural Liberia. A chain of primary health clinics in rural Kenya that employ a community-ownership model.

These are just a few of the unique healthcare approaches being supported by the Pfizer Foundation through its Global Health Innovation Grants (GHIG) program. Started in 2016, the GHIG program provides grant funding and technical support to health-focused entrepreneurs and social enterprises in Africa, Latin America and Asia. These individuals are thinking big by starting small, implementing local innovation to tackle some of today’s most complex healthcare challenges.

Given the breadth of the GHIG program during its first year, we’re proud to now share the quantifiable impact these entrepreneurs have had in local communities through a white paper released by GHIG partner, Innovations in Healthcare. Highlights include:

  • Served nearly 141,000 new patients
  • Trained 600 new healthcare workers to provide evidence-based care
  • Established 70 new points-of-care, reaching 175+ primarily rural communities
  • Provided 12,000 participants with patient screenings at 700+ community-based events
  • Utilized 400 devices – including mobile phones, tablets and portable diagnostic and monitoring devices – to screen patients, collect data and conduct point-of-care diagnostics and remote consultations

Read the full Innovations in Healthcare white paper here, and visit www.Pfizer.com/IndividualVoices to learn more about Pfizer’s global health programs.

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