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We ate, we drank, we played games, and we learned a thing or two about the impact of US leadership in global health R&D.

March 29, 2017 by Marissa Chmiola

GHTC held a Game changers in global health game night on Capitol Hill to educate Congressional staffers about the impact of US leadership in global health research and development (R&D). Our guests ate, drank, played games, and learned a thing or two about how investing in global health R&D saves lives around the world, creates US jobs and economic growth, and protects Americans from disease threats.

Here are some of our favorite photos:

Playing "ROI: Return on Innovation" claw game to see the impressive rate of return generated by US investments in global health R&D.  I wonder what return this person will get for his dollar.

Discovering that global health R&D is a smart investment. It saves lives around the world, spurs US economic growth, generates cost savings, and protects Americans from disease threats. 

Pulling a block from "Agency Jenga" to learn a fun fact about the important and unique contributions made by each US government agency involved in global health R&D.

Each US agency is vital to a strong and stable global health R&D ecosystem. If too many blocks are removed, the system could topple!

Playing "Striking out Disease" bowling to experience how changing funding levels for global health R&D impacts our ability to strike out the world's deadliest diseases. This player experienced funding cuts so was stuck bowling with a tiny tennis ball!
This player received an R&D funding increase, so she was able to bowl with the jumbo ball.
Attendees visit the "Gallery of Game Changers" booth to see, touch, and taste how American investment is generating game-changing global health technologies.

The International Partnership for Microbicides demonstrates how its dapivirine vaginal ring is inserted and can help women protect themselves against HIV and AIDS. The ring, which slowly releases the antiretroviral drug dapivirine, was shown to be effective in late stage clinical trials.

PATH shows off the Nifty Cup. This low-cost device, developed with support from USAID, helps babies born prematurely who struggle to breastfeed.

HarvestPlus shows off its naturally-bred, biofortified Vitamin-A orange corn, allowing attendees a chance to taste orange corn cookies and popcorn. This innovation is a sustainable, cost-effective way to combat malnutrition.

Jhpiego demonstrates how to put on a new Ebola personal protective suit it developed with support from USAID's Ebola Grand Challenges for Development.

This guest agrees. Investing in global health R&D should be an important priority for the US government.

Playing "Race for a Cure" to learn about the global health R&D process. It takes an average of 12-15 years to develop a vaccine. This player is racing to see if she can get her vaccine through all the stages of the product development process before the clock runs out.

Developing treatments, cures, and vaccines for the world’s most devastating diseases is not easy. Many challenges arise along the path from scientific discovery to lifesaving technology. That's just a part of the global health R&D process.

GHTC Director Jamie Bay Nishi talks about GHTC's mission and the critical role of global health R&D in addressing the world's most pressing health challenges.

Jamie Bay Nishi introduces Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), a longtime global health R&D champion and lead co-sponsor of the Global Health Innovation Act.

Congressman Albio Sires highlights how US leadership in global health R&D not only saves lives around the world, but also protects Americans from disease threats and generates US jobs and economic growth.

Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) checks out Jhpiego's Ebola personal protective suit.

Guests visit the "Does It Exist?" booth with a scenario card they received at registration to discover whether the vaccine, drug, or other health technologies needed to address the scenario exists. Despite tremendous progress in global health, we still don’t have the tools needed to diagnose, prevent, and treat many longstanding and emerging health challenges.

A guest spins the "Wheel of Progress" to receive a trivia question about a US agency involved in global health R&D.

Guests enjoy GHTC's signature color-changing cocktail "The Cure." It takes a drop of American ingenuity, a dash of investment, and a dose of partnership to discover the cure.

Attendees check out Jhpiego's Ebola personal protective suit.

Everyone agrees, game night was a hit!

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Marissa ChmiolaGHTC

Marissa manages the development and implementation of the coalition’s communications strategies and activities. She oversees GHTC’s digital presence, media outreach, events, and publications. Marissa has over a decade of experience working in communications and more about this author