April 27th, 2016
*This post originally appeared on intrahealth.org.
IntraHealth International is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) dedicated to improving health care in developing countries through strengthening health workers and the systems that support them. IntraHealth primarily addresses health workforce and systems strengthening; family planning and reproductive health; HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; maternal, newborn, and child health; and malaria. IntraHealth hosts an annual conference, SwitchPoint, which focuses on great ideas, tools, and people making a real difference in the world in areas such as humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology.
On my way home from SwitchPoint 2016, I reflected on intentional serendipity—an overarching theme that emerged from an event where hundreds of passionate humanitarians came to connect. This idea has bubbled up over the past few years in TED Talks and scholarly journals, and intentional serendipity took center stage at IntraHealth International’s 5th annual SwitchPoint.
On my way to the conference on Wednesday, I was preparing for my role as co-facilitator of the Innovators Forum, a pre-conference event where all of the speakers gathered to get to know each other and to prepare for the rich experience to come on Thursday and Friday.