CHMI expands its global network to identify and scale up cutting-edge health solutions

We are excited to announce the Center for Health Market Innovation’s expanded network of regional partners. These organizations are working to catalyze scale-up, replication, and improvement of innovative healthcare delivery programs in their regions.

CHMI will be working with organizations in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Kenya, and other countries in East and Southern Africa to identify promising programs and connect innovators to funders, policymakers, or others who can help them scale up, replicate, or improve on their organization. Our expanded network includes:

Activities will vary, as partners will tailor them to suit the priorities of their countries and region. Some will convene healthcare leaders running high-potential business models, like primary care chains or telemedicine franchises, while others will facilitate communication between private healthcare leaders and policymakers to initiate better cooperation between the public and private sectors. Still others will build relationships between nonprofits and donors so healthcare organizations can grow and scale up their activities.

These partners are also striving to help promising healthcare models leap across borders. They are keen to broker partnerships between healthcare managers in one country and policymakers or other partners in another country to adapt a solution from one setting to another.

What do we mean by a “health market innovation”?

What is truly innovative in healthcare today? I’ll let my colleague from the Philippines field this one!

When recently asked what he meant by “innovation,” Oscar Picazo, an economist with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in Manila said,

“We’re working with programs that are path-breaking—when you read about them, they grab you by the collar.”

Two examples PIDS has identified are the fast-growing Generics Pharmacy franchise network and the new but promising Mother Bles Birthing Clinics, a partnership between private midwives and governments aimed at improving maternal health in remote areas.

Over the past three years, PIDS has convened healthcare innovators, academics, researchers, and policymakers to discuss and debate emerging innovations and determine how they can be incorporated into broader healthcare strategies.

Across the network, CHMI’s regional partners will be helping policymakers better harness private providers to achieve national health priorities. ACCESS Health International, a longtime CHMI partner, will focus on facilitating public-private partnerships in several Indian states.

“Health is becoming a political issue in India,” said Prabal Singh, ACCESS’s Director of Research. “Indian states want to replicate models they’re hearing about,” he said, “because people are demanding better access to healthcare.”

Offering a pipeline of promising solutions for global partners

These organizations—which with other local CHMI partners, cover more than 20 countries—will also identify innovative nonprofits, social enterprises, public-private partnerships, and policies affecting the private sector. This information will expand the data on CHMI’s digital platform, recentlyrecognized in the Stanford Social Innovation Review as the “best single aggregate [data] source” on private sector healthcare programs.

In addition to our regional partners, CHMI also uses global partnerships to connect programs profiled on this platform to opportunities. For innovative programs keeping their profiles up-to-date and reporting results, CHMI provides increased visibility in competitions, on fundraising platforms, and through mentorship networks run by collaborators such as the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery (IPIHD), and Global Giving.

Healthier communities where the private sector predominates

These partnerships—between donors and nonprofits, social enterprises and impact investors, private companies and governments—will improve support the scale up and improvement of CHMI profiled programs.

Because the health system in many low- and middle-income countries is dominated by private providers, often unorganized and delivering a wide variety of services with little government oversight, the impact of partnerships formed through CHMI will be that people in these countries will have better access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Stayed tuned for more exciting news from CHMI including the launch of our new digital platform—coming soon!

Connect with CHMI’s regional partners and healthcare leaders on CHMI's LinkedIn Group.