Pears Program for Global Innovation
How does this organization contribute to our joint mission to accelerate the digital transformation as a means to achieve UHC in LMICs by 2030?
The Pears Program exists to catalyze new technology solutions that address international development challenges by growing Israel’s contribution to innovation in emerging markets. We believe in the transformative power of values-driven innovation to improve the lives of people all over the world. We are well-connected within the Israeli healthtech ecosystem, supporting companies/technologies in adapting to LMICs healthcare needs. We additionally run a venture builder called the Pears Challenge, in which we’ve grown startups addressing healthcare challenges in emerging markets. Our alumni have raised over US$17M, and include several healthtech startups, such as Soapy, a smart hand-hygiene station, Cassit, recyclable, reusable, and easy-to-use splints and casts, EfA, developing RevDx, an affordable handheld blood test diagnostic tool, and Kehelea, a mobile health company that aims to improve healthcare access and treatment outcomes for patients.
What does this organization bring to the DCCC network?
We are largely connected to the private sector, both within Israel and abroad. Some of our main connections abroad include India, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and more.