Innovation may mean different things to different people. Needs-driven innovation for health is a complex concept that covers a wide range of cultural, scientific, medical, social and economic issues. It is primarily problem-oriented and population-oriented and looks for solutions to specifically identified health problems.

People can innovate in many ways, discover new substances or new techniques, develop innovative products, come up with new, creative, well adapted delivery strategies or new, access-enabling national policies. Innovators come up with new financing mechanisms for research and development, creative social strategies for engaging civil society in setting up priorities of research for health, and many other problem-specific ideas.

The challenge is for the various actors to better connect and devise efficient collaborations so as to contribute, within their own spectrum of activities, to building up a well-articulated puzzle, a coherent innovation system for health at national level.

HIP has developed a working definition of innovation for health from the angle of accessibility. This definition is in no way static and we are keen to enrich it thanks to the knowledge and experience of others.

What is your definition of innovation? In which way do you innovate, in which domain, thus contributing to innovation for health? What are the challenges you face?

We invite you to share your questions, your knowledge and experiences for challenging other actors of health innovation, or simply for connecting to them, to us, and improving our mutual understanding of the complex nature and environment of innovation for health.

Innovation for health is a multifaceted and constantly moving field that is shaped by progress made and lessons learned by the "doers", the front line, motivated, creative people who innovate in their daily work. We look forward to learning from you and building up together innovative communities of knowledge and practices anchored into national realities.

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