Quest 2020: A Quest for disruptive innovations on TB and other respiratory infections in India
Can your innovation help fast-track TB and other respiratory infections elimination efforts in India?
With collective efforts underway worldwide to mitigate the current COVID-19 global health crisis, there is a need to explore innovative ways to fight airborne and respiratory infections.
India Health Fund (IHF) is an organization seeded by Tata Trusts to identify and support breakthrough innovations to accelerate the eradication of infectious diseases in India. IHF has strategic support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and has so far focused on supporting innovations that leverage technology, artificial intelligence, molecular diagnostics and product design to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis and malaria. IHF aims to support and catalyze innovative technologies or approaches by fast-tracking its journey from lab to last mile.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious airborne disease and a serious public health challenge worldwide. Despite being preventable and curable, TB claims 1200 lives in India every day. The country also bears the highest drug-resistant TB burden in the world. The ensuing loss of productivity due to TB has an enormous overall economic impact and costs the country US$ 32 billion every year. At present, respiratory infection such as COVID-19 is also having a serious impact across India which could potentially magnify without innovative interventions.
IHF is launching a nationwide search for innovations with the primary aim of supporting the government’s ambitious aim to eliminate TB in India by 2025 and joining the fight against the deadly new coronavirus. The quest for disruptive innovations on TB and other respiratory infections in India is an opportunity for innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs from across sectors to share novel prototypes that could be game changers in our efforts to eliminate these diseases. The quest aims to find new ways of looking at age-old and new challenges which is key to bringing disruptive change to help eradicate these diseases.
India Health Fund is seeking transformative and innovative ideas to support the design and development of products that are effective in responding to the following criteria: