Global Health Innovation Exchange, Reciprocal Innovation2022-04-29T15:23:47-04:00

Global Health Innovation Exchange

The Indiana CTSI intuitions (Indiana University, University of Notre Dame, and Purdue University) established a new reciprocal innovation program to design, demonstrate, replicate, and rapidly disseminate health innovations developed through collaborations with our partners in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Beginning in 2016, global health pilot grants and reciprocal innovation grants are funded to support the research of Indiana CTSI investigators and their international partners.

What is reciprocal innovation?

Reciprocal innovation builds on the concept of ‘reverse innovation’, a process of bringing healthcare innovations and technologies designed and tested in under-resourced countries around the world back to developed countries such as the United States to address important health challenges. These ‘reverse innovations’ are attractive because they are often seen as more cost-effective; easier to replicate, scale, and sustain; require minimal infrastructure; and can be tailored to local needs. However, reverse innovation implies a unidirectional process that does not continue to engage global health stakeholders in refining and implementing these approaches.

Reciprocal innovation evolves the concept of reverse innovation in order to create a bi-directional and iterative exchange of a technology, methodology, or process between at least two countries, one lower- or middle-income country and one high-income country, to address a common health challenge. This bi-directional exchange allows us to address a common problem between countries by the same innovation and provide mutual benefit to both sides. Lessons learned are continually shared throughout the process to suit the needs and infrastructure of each country.

Reciprocal Innovation Grants Program

Beginning in 2016, global health pilot grants and reciprocal innovation grants are funded to support the research of Indiana CTSI investigators and their international partners. The Demonstration Grants fund up to (2) awards up to $50,000 each to support high impact solutions that provide reciprocal benefit to Indiana and our LMIC partners, while the Planning Grants fund awards up to $10,000 to support planning and training activities that will lead to applications for projects demonstrating reciprocal innovation. The repository below highlights successful examples of reciprocal innovation projects. For further details and grant summaries, simply click on the project title.

Reciprocal Innovation Shared Health Challenges Shared Health Innovations
Principal InvestigatorProject TitlePriority AreaCountry
Adrian Gardner, Indiana UniversityImproving the Delivery of Complex Care to HIV Positive Patients through Guided Practice using the HIV AMPATH Tele-ECHO PlatformInfectious DiseaseKenya
Marya Lieberman, University of Notre DamePharmaceutical Quality in MalawiAccess to healthcareMalawi
Megan McHenry, Indiana UniversityCaregiver-Focused Intervention for Neurodevelopmental Delays in Young Children in Western Kenya

Community-based Caregiver Training Intervention for Children with Autism
Infant and maternal healthKenya
Rakhi Karwa, Purdue UniversityBridging the Gap from the Hospital to the Clinic: Using Peer Navigators on the Inpatient Wards to Improve Linkage, Retention and Adherence to HIV Care in Western KenyaInfectious DiseaseKenya
Ken Cornetta, Indiana UniversityFacilitating Home Hospice Care Via Telecommunication in KenyaAccess to healthcareKenya
Mary Ott, Indiana UniversityAddressing Barriers to Adolescent PrEP in Western Kenya Using an Implementation Sciences ApproachAccess to healthcare;Prevention;Infectious DiseaseKenya
Molly Rosenberg, Indiana UniversityMicrofinance and Investments in Health in Rural KenyaPreventionKenya
Laura Ruhl, Indiana UniversityChamas for Change: Adapting a community-based peer-support and health education model for pregnant and parenting adolescents in KenyaInfant and maternal healthKenya
Sophie Lelievre, Purdue UniversityHarnessing miRNAs to Prevent Early Breast Cancer Onset in Lebanese WomenPrevention;Chronic diseaseLebanon
Esperanza Angeles Martinez-Mier, Indiana UniversityDental Caries Prevention Program Tailored to Rural Indigenous Communities in MexicoPreventionMexico
Sherri Bucher, Indiana UniversityFeasibility, Acceptability, and Usability testing in Kenya of NeoWarm: An innovative biomedical device to prevent newborn hypothermia in low-middle income country

Digital health innovation to support maternal and newborn care
Infant and maternal healthKenya
Debra Litzelman, Indiana UniversityWeCare Plus 2.0: An Innovative, Community-Based Collaboration to Decrease Infant MortalityInfant and maternal healthUS
Sonak Pastakia, Purdue UniversityEvaluation of Locally-Sourced Compression Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Venous Leg Ulcers and Management of Kaposi Sarcoma Leg Lymphedema in Western KenyaTreatmentKenya
Caitlin Bernard, Indiana UniversityCommunity-Based Provision of Urine Pregnancy Tests as Linkage to Reproductive Health ServicesInfant and maternal healthKenya
Kara Wools-Kaloustian, Indiana University; Diane JanowiczEstablishing an HIV Clinic in Austin, IndianaInfectious DiseaseUS
Suzanne Goodrich, Indiana UniversityGood Short-Term Outcomes Despite Extensive Pre-3rd Line HIV Drug Resistance in KenyaInfectious Disease;Access to healthcareKenya
Becky GenbergMicrofinance Participation is Associated with Retention in HIV Care among People Living with HIV in Western KenyaInfectious DiseaseKenya
Laura Miller-Graff, University of Notre DameAddressing the global health burden of intimate partner violence: Establishing Partnerships for the Pregnant Moms’ Empowerment Program in MexicoInfant and maternal healthMexico
Yenupini (Joyce) Adams, University of Notre DameFocused-PPC: An integrated postpartum care, education, and support model for women in GhanaInfant and maternal healthGhana
Neil F. Lobo, University of Notre DameValidation of a scalable and automated mosquito species identification systemInfectious DiseaseKenya
Vania Smith-Oka, University of Notre DameInvestigating Indications for Cesareans: Employing the Robson Classification to Address Maternal Health in Indiana and MexicoInfant and maternal healthMexico
Matthew Turissini, Indiana UniversityAssessing Implementation of Delivering Community-based, Peer-led Interventions for Mental Health Problems among Youth in EldoretAccess to healthcareKenya

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