“Immunization Innovation Lab. An Accelerator to Support Local Innovators
in East Africa, Empowering Caregivers and Communities in Public Health.” Open
IDEO. 2019. https://www.openideo.com/immunization-innovation-lab
Vaccines allow people around the world to lead full and healthy lives.
How might we empower caregivers to seek and fully utilize immunization services in their communities?
Following the Challenge, five promising innovations were invited to join the IDEO Immunization Innovation Lab. This program supported their implementation in East Africa via additional funding, mentorship coaching, and design collaboration. Founded upon the belief that people’s experiences, perceptions, and preferences are critical to bringing about the behavior change needed to bridge the immunization gap, the five-month accelerator program took a human-centered approach to shift health ecosystems in the region.
These learnings culminated in a Report that presents key challenges faced by early-stage organizations across East Africa, opportunity areas for support from stakeholders—from policymakers to the philanthropic sector—and growth outcomes from each team. From a young Maasai mother in rural Tanzania, to a clinician rebuilding healthcare systems in Somalia, the Report also highlights the human stories of brave caregivers and clinicians, and the community advocates that support them.