Rooted in science.
Inspired by humanity.
The Humanity 2.0 Lab is a response to the global maternal health crisis. Based in Rome, this historic project will lead a new movement to support mothers during pregnancy and help build healthier humans.
In collaboration with the Holy See (Vatican) and world-class scientists, medical experts, policy makers and humanitarians, the Humanity 2.0 Lab represents a focused and coordinated human project to build an enduring institution that supports mothers globally.
An innovation lab focused on designing science-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies.
Building Healthier Humans - The most important time for human development.
Purpose of the Lab
The Humanity 2.0 Lab will serve a series of important functions:
Headquarters. The Lab in Rome will be the global headquarters for maternal health. This headquarters will: survey and consolidate key research & solutions; gather data for analysis; work with commercial entities to develop toolkits; identify distribution models/opportunities; and provide thought leadership. The Lab’s roadmap includes product development and certification standards.
Ecosystem. The Lab will be a nexus for partners and industry to work collaboratively with Lab staff. This ecosystem space within the Lab will facilitate: product and toolkit co-creation with industry; academic and research partner spaces; distribution partners and field reporting spaces; visiting specialists’ work stations.
Training & Education. The Lab will have a dedicated training space where field workers can be educated on toolkit deployment and data reporting. This space will also facilitate: general maternal health education; focus groups; field breakthrough presentation/events; seminars and industry presentations.
Showcase. This section of the Lab will be a global showcase of the technologies and products that help ensure an optimal maternal environment. Direct training on the technologies and products will take place in this space as well as industry, NGO, and government walkthroughs.
What is a Healthy Maternal Environment?
A healthy environment can account for 70% of our health and well being, more than our genes, behavior or medical doctors combined.
The four key environmental determinants of a healthy pregnancy are:
At this time, there is no single global standard or protocol that details how to optimize one’s environment to ensure the healthiest pregnancy possible.
An Historic Partnership with the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church manages approximately 26% of health care facilities globally (5,000 clinics, 8,000 hospitals, and 3,000 orphanages). To date, efforts to bring best practices for maternal health to many of the leading healthcare facilities has been frustrated by commercial incentives that prioritize expediency over and above patient care. In order to bring about meaningful system change for our mothers and babies it became clear that an unconventional approach would be needed. The religious sisters who administer many of the health care facilities managed by the Church became fast allies in this effort to keep maternal health human-centered.
It is for this reason Humanity 2.0 decided to headquarter its Lab in Rome and to host a Forum at Vatican City on April 19, 2018 to convene heads-of-state, scientific and medical innovators and impact minded investors to commit to building a global headquarters for maternal health that could lead needed system change.
Based on this historic commitment, the Humanity 2.0 Lab will focus initially on developing initiatives with the Holy See’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (IHD) and the International Union of the Superiors General (UISG), which represents 700,000 sisters and nuns in the field globally.
Lasting Impact of the Lab
The Lab’s aim is positive intergenerational impact and lasting change:
Reach a critical scale of at least 300m healthier lives within 10 years across 50 countries.
Ensure that quality maternal healthcare and access to reliable information becomes a basic human right.
Redefine maternal health as a human health issue and advocate that it never again be overlooked, underfunded, and devolve into an epidemic.
Establishing of a maternal health global checklist and certification standard that becomes adopted by leading healthcare providers and industries.
Humanity 2.0 Lab presented at the Vatican
Stakeholders meeting in NYC to discuss Lab plans and functions.
Ribbon Cutting on Lab’s site in Rome [construction begins]
First pilot programs unveiled.
Humanity 2.0 Lab officially opens [construction completed].