The AB Global Health Initiative’s Global Health Innovation Hub is a community that brings together innovators, critical thinkers, students, researchers, young professionals, and creators to foster ideas towards the strengthening of local health systems. It is aimed to be a center of global public health innovation that inspires collaboration and serve as a catalyst for new ideas and help innovators develop low-cost, high-impact, sustainable and scalable global health solutions.
‘Innovation’ denotes new, better, more effective ways of solving problems. The term has been used to describe policies, systems, technologies, ideas, services, and products that provide solutions to existing healthcare problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that ‘health innovation’ improves the efficiency, effectiveness, quality, sustainability, safety, and/or affordability of healthcare. This definition includes ‘new or improved’ health policies, practices, systems, products and technologies, services, and delivery methods that result in improved healthcare.
Today, millions of people around the world live in areas experiencing untold healthcare challenges. Majority of these people are unreachable by quality life-saving and essential health services delivery due to fragile health systems. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable communities focusing on innovations necessary to reach them.