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USAID Global Health Innovation Index

Oct 9, 2020

The USAID Center for Innovation and Impact’s Global Health Innovation Index has featured the Gradian UAM and Gradian Health Systems as one of nine products and partners that are demonstrating CII’s four-pronged framework for identifying “promising, ready-to-launch innovations.”

The framework—which is based on the center’s examination of more than 150 innovations funded by USAID—focuses on four criteria to assess whether an innovation is promising, including health impact, demand and sustainability, organizational and/or partner capacity, and progress to scale.

According to the Index, the UAM demonstrates “proven positive evidence” in all framework categories, except organizational and/or partner capacity, where the early evidence exhibited is strong.



Read an excerpt from the report:

“Gradian has not only innovated in its product development; it has also developed an end-to-end approach to training and maintenance and a unique business model. When a machine is installed, users receive comprehensive, simulation-based training. Gradian’s products are covered through a service and parts warranty, which is carried out through partnerships with distributors based in each of their markets. The company’s hybrid business model allows it to earn revenue from selling its products while also accepting grants. Revenue from product sales covers the cost of the machine, a 3-year service and maintenance warranty, and initial user training. Grant funding supports comprehensive simulation-based training for procured products, new product development, and operations.

In Zambia, with support from Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B), Gradian was able to scale the UAM to 32 facilities and enhance their training package for both biomedical technicians and anesthesiologists. SL@B also supported Gradian to engage physicians from Sierra Leone, Zambia and Tanzania to design, formalize and accredit a new, simulation-based UAM training curriculum. The curriculum incorporates key anesthesia and critical care concepts, coaching on core techniques and an intensive set of real-world simulation scenarios.”