Strengthening of health systems requires ever evolving policies which translate into improved development and delivery of health services and technologies. Needs-based innovation catalyses this process.
Discovery, development and delivery of health products and services are integral components of a holistic approach to health innovation. Business innovation is also critical for finding and scaling up financially sustainable solutions.
It may involve initiatives to address market failures of various kinds and build new, synergistic partnerships employing open access policies. Our approach to health innovation is hence holistic and builds on the notion of ‘integrated innovation’, which is the “coordinated application of scientific/technological, social and business WHO promotes, values and encourages health innovation Scientific Innovation (R&D) Business Innovation Social Innovation 2 innovation to develop solutions to complex challenges.