Fostering innovation sustainability

In the Sustainable Development Goals era there is considerable interest in promoting the long-term sustainability of health programmes introduced by donors in order to achieve universal health coverage. Effective interventions commonly end when donor funding ends or only fragile, short term funding can be secured to sustain them at scale. This lack of sustainability undermines the value of externally-funded health programmes.

IDEAS believes it is important to develop a better understanding of the conditions and approaches that enable the sustainable scale-up of maternal and newborn health innovations.

In Nigeria, India and Ethiopia we have followed over 57 innovations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and are studying those taken to scale to assess their sustainability. This includes a Village Health Worker scheme and an Emergency Transport Scheme in Nigeria, a smart phone app for community health workers in India and an innovation to enable community health workers to administer antibiotics to sick newborns in Ethiopia. We are exploring the transition from donor-funded innovations to government or community led health programmes.

 

Published content

News
How Aid Effectiveness can catalyse the Scale-up of Health Innovations

With shrinking aid budgets around the world, oftentimes pilot interventions are funded for relatively short periods of time and need to prove...

Blog Post
Overcoming adversities: The sustainability of the Village Health Worker scheme in Gombe State

The VHW scheme has been running since November 2016, under the leadership of the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), with...

Research brief
A qualitative study of the scalability and sustainability of the Village Health Worker scheme in Gombe State, Nigeria

This exploratory study seeks to understand the factors that will contribute to the sustainability of the Village Health Workers Scheme as...

News
Reaching women and babies at their time of greatest risk

Birth being the time of greatest risk for the newborn and their mother with minutes deciding over life, death and health, this moment is also one...

Journal article
‘The stars seem aligned’

A qualitative study of context on scale-up of maternal and newborn health innovations in #Ethiopia #India & #Nigeria https://t.co/OEy3JIZYXL —...