Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in the sustainable development era: a conceptual framework for integrated innovation
integrated innovation, RMNCH
Despite the fact that major developments have been made in the area of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) at global level; new global health goals and targets have to be achieved by 2030. In this context, however, the complexity and ever evolving risk factors, determinants, policies and challenges demand the need for new, innovative, transformative, and sustainable solutions. The purpose of this capstone is to propose a conceptual framework for integrated innovation (scientific/technological, social and business), focusing on creating a context for systemic and sustainable change. A qualitative, general inductive approach was adopted. Data was originated from credible resources including publications from global health organizations, peer-reviewed articles, reports, and theories. Themes generated from the analysis were: 1) Enabling and predisposing factors; 2) Guiding principles and means of implementation; 3) Outcomes; and 4) Impacts. These themes were tied into phases that operate in a dynamic system that promotes interaction among all phases, and are embedded within a larger ecosystem: ecological and social determinants of health. To ensure quality improvement and enhance performance, phases are guided by ongoing evaluation. The link between future investment in integrated innovations and achieving targets related to RMNCH in the sustainable development era is important. Findings from this capstone could be used to help innovators of and investors in RMNCH innovations to adopt a systematic approach to guide their future work; aiming to accelerate the scalability and diffusion of the innovations and enabling them to reach the most in dire needs markets and populations. [A capstone submitted to the College of Graduate & Professional Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Public Health, University of New England].
Haimour, M. (2016). Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in the sustainable development era: a conceptual framework for integrated innovation. College of Graduate and Professional Studies, University of New England.
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