From the start of the R&D stage to when the health technology reaches affected communities and individuals, the entire value chain acts as a complex adaptive system that requires cohesive contributions from multiple entities and disciplines. There are limited opportunities for funders, innovators, policy-makers and access and delivery stakeholders to discuss common challenges and needs, and to identify solutions.

Visit Uniting Efforts website

To bridge this gap, ADP, in close partnership with the Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund and the Government of Japan, launched the Uniting Efforts for Innovation, Access and Delivery (Uniting Efforts) initiative. It convenes key global and national stakeholders to drive a common approach among networks of product development partnerships and delivery-focused organizations towards greater strategic collaboration, aligned action and country preparedness across the innovation, access and delivery continuum.

Uniting Efforts has published and disseminated knowledge products and convened high-level consultations, including two global dialogues, on a range of issues, including:

Uniting Efforts has also recently initiated a collaboration with the WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) to develop common guidance and tools for national investment cases to improve financing and funding for access and delivery of health technologies for neglected diseases. This is expected to be an important contribution towards the country-led implementation of the new WHO roadmap on NTDs, Ending the Neglect to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals: A Road Map for Neglected Tropical Diseases 2021–2030.

Uniting Efforts has transformed the way health technologies for neglected diseases are financed, discovered, developed and delivered. By bringing together a broad range of stakeholders involved in health technology R&D funding, innovation and access, this unique platform has deepened the synergies and cooperation between these entities, and fostered a common approach to maximizing the opportunities for innovation, access and delivery of health technologies.