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Reverse innovation in global health systems: learning from low-income countries

Can "developed" countries learn from the lessons of "developing" countries? How can we move away from the fatuous ideas associated with being labelled a 'developed' or 'developing' country? These are but a few questions that Globalization and Health new thematic series, 'Reverse innovation in global health systems: learning from low-income countries' will address to enhance our understanding in this subject. The series aims to move beyond the narrow constraints of traditional thinking to promote bi-directional learning that challenges and rethinks traditional practice within global health systems. Submissions are being accepted for on-going publication.

  1. Research

    Do International Health Partnerships contribute to reverse innovation? a mixed methods study of THET-supported partnerships in the UK

    International health partnerships (IHPs) are changing, with an increased emphasis on mutual accountability and joint agenda setting for both the high- and the low- or middle-income country (LMIC) partners. The...

    Kavian Kulasabanathan, Hamdi Issa, Yasser Bhatti, Matthew Prime, Jacqueline del Castillo, Ara Darzi and Matthew Harris

    Globalization and Health 2017 13:25

    Published on: 18 April 2017

  2. Methodology

    Criteria to assess potential reverse innovations: opportunities for shared learning between high- and low-income countries

    Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are developing novel approaches to healthcare that may be relevant to high-income countries (HICs). These include products, services, organizational processes, or polic...

    Onil Bhattacharyya, Diane Wu, Kathryn Mossman, Leigh Hayden, Pavan Gill, Yu-Ling Cheng, Abdallah Daar, Dilip Soman, Christina Synowiec, Andrea Taylor, Joseph Wong, Max von Zedtwitz, Stanley Zlotkin, William Mitchell and Anita McGahan

    Globalization and Health 2017 13:4

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  3. Research

    They hear “Africa” and they think that there can’t be any good services’ – perceived context in cross-national learning: a qualitative study of the barriers to Reverse Innovation

    Country-of-origin of a product can negatively influence its rating, particularly if the product is from a low-income country. It follows that how non-traditional sources of innovation, such as low-income count...

    Matthew Harris, Emily Weisberger, Diana Silver and James Macinko

    Globalization and Health 2015 11:45

    Published on: 19 November 2015

  4. Commentary

    Cardiovascular prevention model from Kenyan slums to migrants in the Netherlands

    Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the main cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. As prevention and treatment of CVD often requires active screening and lifelong follow up it is a challenge for health sys...

    Steven van de Vijver, Samuel Oti, Eric Moll van Charante, Steven Allender, Charlie Foster, Joep Lange, Brian Oldenburg, Catherine Kyobutungi and Charles Agyemang

    Globalization and Health 2015 11:11

    Published on: 7 March 2015

  5. Debate

    Why language matters: insights and challenges in applying a social determination of health approach in a North-South collaborative research program

    Focus on “social determinants of health” provides a welcome alternative to the bio-medical illness paradigm. However, the tendency to concentrate on the influence of “risk factors” related to living and worki...

    Jerry M Spiegel, Jaime Breilh and Annalee Yassi

    Globalization and Health 2015 11:9

    Published on: 27 February 2015

  6. Research

    Reverse innovation: an opportunity for strengthening health systems

    Canada, when compared to other OECD countries, ranks poorly with respect to innovation and innovation adoption while struggling with increasing health system costs. As a result of its failure to innovate, the ...

    Anne W Snowdon, Harpreet Bassi, Andrew D Scarffe and Alexander D Smith

    Globalization and Health 2015 11:2

    Published on: 7 February 2015

  7. Research

    Learning from developing countries in strengthening health systems: an evaluation of personal and professional impact among global health volunteers at Addis Ababa University’s Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (Ethiopia)

    The positive impact of global health activities by volunteers from the United States in low-and middle-income countries has been recognized. Most existing global health partnerships evaluate what knowledge, id...

    Heidi Busse, Ephrem A Aboneh and Girma Tefera

    Globalization and Health 2014 10:64

    Published on: 5 September 2014

  8. Commentary

    Hospital accreditation: lessons from low- and middle-income countries

    The growth of accreditation programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) provides important examples of innovations in leadership, governance and mission which could be adopted in developed countries. ...

    Helen Smits, Anuwat Supachutikul and Kedar S Mate

    Globalization and Health 2014 10:65

    Published on: 4 September 2014

  9. Commentary

    Patient guardians as an instrument for person centered care

    Person-centered care involves keeping the person at the center of the care planning and decision-making process. While the theory behind person-centered care is commonly shared, its application in healthcare s...

    Lopa Basu, Ruben Frescas Jr and Humphrey Kiwelu

    Globalization and Health 2014 10:33

    Published on: 8 May 2014

  10. Debate

    Mutual learning and reverse innovation–where next?

    There is a clear and evident need for mutual learning in global health systems. It is increasingly recognized that innovation needs to be sourced globally and that we need to think in terms of co-development a...

    Nigel Crisp

    Globalization and Health 2014 10:14

    Published on: 28 March 2014

  11. Commentary

    Value innovation: an important aspect of global surgical care

    Limited resources in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) drive tremendous innovation in medicine, as well as in other fields. It is not often recognized that several important surgical tools and methods, ...

    Michael Cotton, Jaymie Ang Henry and Lauren Hasek

    Globalization and Health 2014 10:1

    Published on: 6 January 2014

  12. Debate

    A model for ‘reverse innovation’ in health care

    ‘Reverse innovation,’ a principle well established in the business world, describes the flow of ideas from emerging to more developed economies. There is strong and growing interest in applying this concept to...

    Jacqueline W DePasse and Patrick T Lee

    Globalization and Health 2013 9:40

    Published on: 30 August 2013

  13. Commentary

    Shared learning in an interconnected world: innovations to advance global health equity

    The notion of “reverse innovation”--that some insights from low-income countries might offer transferable lessons for wealthier contexts--is increasingly common in the global health and business strategy liter...

    Agnes Binagwaho, Cameron T Nutt, Vincent Mutabazi, Corine Karema, Sabin Nsanzimana, Michel Gasana, Peter C Drobac, Michael L Rich, Parfait Uwaliraye, Jean Pierre Nyemazi, Michael R Murphy, Claire M Wagner, Andrew Makaka, Hinda Ruton, Gita N Mody, Danielle R Zurovcik…

    Globalization and Health 2013 9:37

    Published on: 30 August 2013

  14. Commentary

    Learning from the Brazilian Community Health Worker Model in North Wales

    Health policymakers in many countries are looking at ways of increasing health care coverage by scaling up the deployment of community health workers. In this commentary, we describe the rationale for the UK t...

    Christopher David Johnson, Jane Noyes, Andy Haines, Kathrin Thomas, Chris Stockport, Antonio Neves Ribas and Matthew Harris

    Globalization and Health 2013 9:25

    Published on: 11 June 2013