Driven by the focus on innovations across the healthcare ecosystem, The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Niti Ayog and USAID have entered into collaboration. The partnership has been announced under the Sustainable Access to Markets and Resources for Innovative Delivery of Healthcare (SAMRIDH) initiative that aims to improve access to affordable and quality healthcare for vulnerable populations in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, and rural and tribal regions.
According to a note issued by the NITI Aayog, it was stated that in 2020, USAID, IPE Global, and stakeholders from the Indian government, academia, and the private sector developed the innovative SAMRIDH blended finance facility to combine public and philanthropic funds with commercial capital to create and rapidly scale market-based health solutions.
“This new partnership announced today will enhance SAMRIDH’s efforts to reach vulnerable populations, leveraging AIM’s expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship,” the release stated.
The collaboration would focus on innovations across the healthcare landscape with the common goal to mount an effective response to the ongoing third wave of COVID-19 and build health system preparedness for future infectious disease outbreaks and health emergencies, it added.