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SIHI Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted at the CIDEIM

We catalyze the integration of experience, resources and knowledge to build inter-sectorial capacity and evidence for social innovation in health.

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OUR FOCUS

SIHI LAC was launched in May 2017 as a collaboration between Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas (CIDEIM), Universidad Icesi and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO). Based in Cali, Colombia, our SIHI serves the Latin American and Caribbean Region (LAC).

 

Our focus areas are:

IDENTIFY & INVESTIGATE

 

Regional social innovation initiatives: develop tools and/or mechanisms to strengthen community-based research

CONVENE & GUIDE

 

Research institutions in low-and middle income countries in the region in order to strengthen capacity to innovate socially in health and promote stakeholder articulation.

PROMOTE APPROPRIATION

 

Of best practices for innovation, involving public and private institutions and scalability of social innovation for health.

OUR ACTIVITIES

Please select an activity to learn more about what we are doing.

Innovation identification call

In 2017, we hosted the first open call for social innovations in healthcare delivery in Central America & the Caribbean. Following an assessment process by an independent expert panel, 3 social innovations were selected for case study research in 2018. In 2019 a call for solutions will be implemented in 5 countries of the Andean Region (Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia) and 3 innovations will be selected.

Case study research

In 2018, our team of researchers visited each of the selected social innovations in Guatemala and Honduras to learn more about their work. Three full length case studies have been produced as well as short films on each.

 

Learn more about the case studies below.

Community of stakeholders

By the end of 2018 the community had a total of 40 members from 15 institutions from Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras. The LAC Hub hosted four webinars ‘virtual coffee’ sessions about relevant topics in social innovation were discussed during the webinars and funding opportunities were shared with the members of the community.

 

If you would like to become part of our online community, contact us.

Training in Community Based Participatory Research

In September 2018, we hosted our first course on “Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)” facilitated by Dr Nina Wallerstein at CIDEIM, in Cali, Colombia. The purpose of the course was to conduct and promote research and capacities in the field of social innovation in health in Colombia. The course was attended by 16 people from representing different sectors, national and international institutions as well as different disciplines.  In 2019, we will continue to share the CBPR and other community-based research methodologies.

INTERNSHIPS

The internship program in research in social innovation was launched with two interns: Luisa Fernanda Duque, a political scientist and student of the master’s program in Social Innovation from Universidad Icesi and Adrian Fernandez, biologist, dentist and student of the Masters in Epidemiology program at Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia).

 

If you are interested in conducting an internship with us, contact us.

FINDINGS BRIEF

The Hub developed this document to communicate targets areas of SIHI and the LAC Hub, as well as other results and achievements done by the Hub between 2017-2018. Learnings from the selected case studies and preliminary results of the documentary research are included in this document.

DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH

The LAC Hub started the line in documentary research with the purpose of defining a theoretical baseline for the concept of SI in Health, due to the lack of conceptual background around this concept. Results of the progress of this research have been presented virtually (webinar/virtual coffee) to the Community of Stakeholders and at international events in social innovation.

ABOUT US

Our team is comprised of members from three collaborating organisations

NANCY GORE SARAVIA
Director

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Dr. Nancy Saravia, is the leader of the LAC Hub and the Director of the Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia.

 

The promotion and development of research capacity has been a core focus of her career. This has involved international partnerships to build local and regional research and training capacities through interdisciplinary investigation on tropical infectious diseases. Dr. Saravia is a biologist who holds a Doctorate degree in Microbiology from Vanderbilt University.

LUIS ENRIQUE VACAFLOR
Project Manager

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Mr. Luis Enrique Vacaflor is the project manager of the Hub, supporting in the planning, execution and follow up of the activities to accomplish the mission, vision and the strategic objectives of the Hub.

 

He also helped in the dissemination of the 2017 SIHI CAC call through the implementation of the communication strategy and the follow up of the selection process and of the realization of case studies and videos of the selected innovations. Luis is a chemist from Universidad Icesi and since 2015 has been a project manager in CIDEIM, first coordinating the training program “Linking the Power of Omics Technologies to Translational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases” and now the SIHI LAC Hub. He is also a trainer in the Effective Project Planning and Evaluation (EPPE) course.

DIANA MARIA CASTRO
Postdoctoral Researcher

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Dr. Nancy Saravia, is the leader of the LAC Hub and the Director of the Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia.

 

The promotion and development of research capacity has been a core focus of her career. This has involved international partnerships to build local and regional research and training capacities through interdisciplinary investigation on tropical infectious diseases. Dr. Saravia is a biologist who holds a Doctorate degree in Microbiology from Vanderbilt University.

MILENA BAUTISTA
Postdoctoral Researcher

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Dra.Bautista as postdoctoral researcher in the LAC-Hub is in charge of developing research in social innovation in health. She is a sociologist and Doctor in Social Sciences from the University of Granada, with experience in social science research and work with vulnerable rural communities.

 

She leads the call for the identification of case studies of social innovation in health, will support research training activities, and will develop her postdoctoral research in social innovation in heath in relation of diseases associated with poverty

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ
Assistant of Research

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Mr. Adrian Fernandez Osorio is a master candidate in Epidemiology at the Universidad del Valle with base professions in basic sciences and health sciences (Bs. Sc, OD). His experience has been framed in public health projects and applied epidemiology, led by academia at the local, regional and national levels.

 

He joined the LAC Hub as an intern at the end of 2018 and currently works as a research assistant supporting all operational and research activities carried out by the LAC Hub. Within his research focus, he has proposed to visualize the contribution of epidemiology to social innovation in health in Latin America.

LUISA FERNANDA DUQUE PAZ
Intern

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Luisa is a political scientist with an emphasis in International Relations and a master’s candidate in Management for Social Innovation at the Universidad Icesi in Colombia. She has experience in the field of knowledge management, organizational learning, and management of social entities.

 

She is currently working on her thesis titled “Documentary Research on Social Innovation in Health in Latin America from 2013-2018” to contribute to SIHI´s documentary research line.

MARIA ISABEL IRURITA
Co-Director

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Ms. Maria Irurita is a social enterprise and social innovation advisor, trainer, and developer with experience of working and researching underserved communities.

 

She led the case study production of the 2017 SIHI CAC call. Trained as an economist and anthropologist, with a postgraduate degree in Anthropology of Development, Maria worked in London for ten years advising women-led, user-led, Black Minority Ethnic Refugee-led and young people’s groups. She also directed a Corporate Social Responsibility programme and created a capacity building support scheme for social enterprises. In 2011 Ms. Irurita joined the academia as Director of the MA in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2014 she set up the Master Degree in Management for Social Innovation at Universidad Icesi.

LUIS GABRIEL CUERVO
Senior Advisor

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Dr. Luis Gabriel Cuervo is a senior advisor to the LAC Hub. Having been an advisor to the Global SIHI initiative since its launch, he is passionate about using knowledge for health, and is a champion to promoting social innovation in health.

 

As PAHO’s Senior Advisor for Research Promotion and Development, he coordinated the development of the Policy on Research for Health (2009) and now supports its implementation and monitoring. He also coordinated the Americas regional contributions to WHO’s Strategy on Research for Health (World Health Assembly, 2010). Luis Gabriel was a pioneer with the Cochrane Collaboration in Colombia, consulted WHO in the evidence-informed harmonization of the interagency lists for reproductive health, supported the internationalization and growth of BMJ’s Clinical Evidence as a Senior Clinical Editor, and developed a partnership between Clinical Evidence and Cochrane.

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OUR LATEST NEWS

 

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CONTACT US

 

If you are interested to become part of SIHI LAC or join our activities, please contact:

 

Luis Enrique Vacaflor, – SIHI LAC Project Manager

Diana Maria Castro, – Leader of Researcher

SIHI LAC IN THE NEWS

The SIHI LAC social innovation, MosquitiaMed was featured on Radio France International. Read the article here.
http://es.rfi.fr/salud/20181122-mosquitiamed-acercar-la-salud-en-la-mosquitia-hondurena-telemedicina-honduras

 

 

The SIHI LAC social innovations in Guatemala, Eco-health approacheMosquitiaMed was featured on Radio France International. Read the article here.
http://es.rfi.fr/salud/20181011-mal-de-chagas-una-estrategia-global-para-combatirlo-chinches-guatemala

 

 

The SIHI LAC social innovations in Guatemala were recognized by the Pan American Health Organization.
https://www.paho.org/gut/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1151:reconocen-a-nivel-internacional-dos-iniciativas-guatemaltecas-para-combatir-el-chagas&Itemid=441

 

 

The SIHI LAC social innovations in Guatemala were recognized by the Pan American Health Organization.
https://www.paho.org/hon/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1601:mosquitiamed-proyecto-innovador-de-medicos-hondurenos-recibe-reconocimiento-de-la-ops&Itemid=226

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