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Global Health Reciprocal Innovation

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The Global Health Reciprocal Innovation project, coordinated by Fogarty's Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS), seeks to highlight how health innovations that have been researched, developed and implemented in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) can be adapted and adopted to address similar challenges in U.S. settings utilizing scientific methods such as implementation science. This area of research is sometimes referred to as “knowledge exchange," “reverse innovation" or “global-to-local." 

2020 Webinar

The Global Health Reciprocal Innovation project began in 2019 with a Request for Information from the scientific community. In October 2020, harnessing data collected from the RFI, CGHS partnered with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) to host a webinar on Transferring HIV and Stigma Reduction Interventions from LMICs to the U.S. Experts shared case examples of HIV interventions that are in various phases of being transferred from LMICs to the U.S., with a focus on lessons from the transfer of stigma reduction interventions. Presenters described lessons learned from abroad, frameworks for intervention transfers, and key barriers and facilitators to this type of research and implementation.

The webinar recording can be accessed here: [we are making the webinar recording 508 compliant so we can post it here.]

2021-2022 Collection of Publications

In a journal supplement, useful to researchers and funders alike, we seek to highlight the research methods and mutual learning that are part of global health reciprocal innovation. In this type of exchange, knowledge is shared bidirectionally and iteratively between, for example, two countries, one LMIC and one HIC, and can serve to improve health in both.

We will focus on the scientific methods used in global health reciprocal innovation, as well as the lessons learned and knowledge exchanged. The supplement will provide resources and tools for researchers to follow, and provide research funders examples that illustrate how supporting global health reciprocal innovation can amplify their investment.  

As the COVID 19 pandemic has shown, encouraging cross-national partnerships to address global health challenges enhances and accelerates our ability to respond to current common global health issues, and better prepares us to face future global health challenges.   

NIH Partners

The following NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices are partnering with Fogarty on the Global Health Reciprocal Innovation project: