These proposed 12 categories are a basic attempt to organize innovations and ideas that might be relevant to COVID-19 response.

Innovations can fit more than one category and will be tagged to all applicable categories. Additionally, innovations can also be self-tagged by innovators with GIE’s Focus Areas.  Most innovations on the site have the potential for impact in low- and- middle-income countries, with special consideration for those with last-mile reach. 

Innovations by the 12 COVID-19 Categories
Descriptions for GIE's COVID-19 Categories

Innovations that help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including healthcare worker protection equipment (PPE), healthcare worker training, sterilization, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) innovations. Examples include self-sanitizing PPE or new applications for fast, robust, inexpensive sterilization for reuse.

Innovations that can help treat COVID-19 and related complications, including medical equipment (such as the design or retrofitting of ventilators to enable new units at scale quickly) and emergency treatment units. It also includes healthcare practitioner training and technology assistance to enable maximum use of existing and new systems and approaches (such as virtual reality capabilities for rapid immersion, tele-supervised training or novel approaches to practitioner force multiplication). 
Focused efforts for rapid testing and detection with reduced health workforce needs, for both molecular and immunological tests. 

Emergency Communications
Supporting one-way (e.g. public health officials to individuals) and two-way (e.g. between health workers) or collaborative/public communication (e.g. public web portal with COVID-19 services and supplies) of emergency information between health workers, public health officials, and individuals.
Humanitarian Assistance
Innovations that support critical delivery of water, food, health, hygiene, and other supplies as well as financial support (i.e. relief funds) during and after a COVID-19 outbreak.
Transportation for COVID-19 impacted supply chains or individuals such as safe transport of specimens and medical equipment or mobility-friendly triaging or treatment units, particularly for rural areas.
Rapid aggregation, visualization, and dissemination of data about treatments, diagnostics, and up-to-date confirmed cases to inform the public and critical decision-makers.
Uninterrupted access to education to those impacted by COVID-19 including distance learning, self-learning without parental or guardian support, and others.
Enabling Community and Connection
Support during and after the crisis for communities and healthcare workers such as from isolation for trauma and depression. Peer-to-peer support, information and other social platforms that allow people to stay engaged and connected with their communities while social distancing.
Economic and Workforce Support
New and continuing job training, innovative financial support methods, employment enabling technologies.
Vulnerable Groups
Protection of individuals or marginalized/vulnerable groups at greater risk due to COVID-19 or other factors (e.g. youth, women, refugees, migrants, elderly, etc.).
Policies or guidelines to contribute to public well-being and ensure rapid, equitable, inclusive and human-centered responses.

* While we welcome innovations at every stage including research, we acknowledge other resources that are aggregating relevant clinical research especially for prevention, treatment, and testing solutions. We will link to them from the Resources page.

These categories may evolve in response to the evolving pandemic and based on feedback from the development community. Please share your thoughts and feedback with the GIE team:

There is a growing collection of innovations for
consideration across these categories.

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