Who We Are.
Co-founders, Margaret Salmon, MD, MPH, and Christian Salmon, DSc, employ human-centered design methodology to first identify global healthcare deficits. They then mobilize a multidisciplinary team, working with local populations, to brainstorm ideas on local manufacture of prototypes to design inexpensive solutions using indigenous products. They follow up this work with observational study, validation and randomized control trials, publishing results in peer-reviewed journals.
With this approach, they have pioneered innovative products, techniques, and services to improve the local provision of healthcare to those living in great poverty and conflict. Global health entrepreneurs collaborating with communities to generate creative healthcare solutions for communities in need.
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Julia Zeuli’s career has prioritized working with marginalized communities, having led strategic planning and program development initiatives throughout Latin America and the United States.
Rene Badili Zaidi is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Management from ISC. He is currently a medical at the University of Goma.
He has worked for Heal Africa as a medical and the WASH program as a community educator to prevent endemic diseases. In 2013 he joined InnovationsCZ as the in-country Director and Research Assistant. He has played in instrumental role in the following projects: Ultrasound Regional Guided Anesthesia, Improving Lives of Women and Small Farmers, and Commercial Ultrasound Gel Alternative,
and is currently working on the upcoming Park Medic Rangers Training Program. He is also currently a board member of “ESVECO asbl’’ a local Congolese Christian Association.
He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Western New England University.
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Partnering is the essence of our work
Collaborating with local communities and local medical staff is the essence of Innovations CZ’s work. In vulnerable communities afflicted by conflict and corruption, the supply of essential medical supplies and technology is often cut off or drastically reduced. We work with communities and their dedicated health-care providers to determine their needs and develop locally produced products and technology that do not rely on a global supply chain.
Tikur Anbessa Hospital
To obtain indigenous supplies, we walk the markets, looking for resources that can be developed into products that can be developed by local communities. One example: We worked with the local community to develop the use of the cassava root as the base for an ultrasound gel, which has been validated as equal resolution to imported commercial gel. Our mixture is being used by hospitals, medical schools and Medecins Sans Frontieres in DRC, Niger, Kenya and Malawi. We are proud to partner with several hospitals in Africa and will be developing additional collaborations.