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WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

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WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

Problem

The World Health Organisation has witnessed the impact of leveraging technologies and other innovative solutions to address global health and also envisages a surge for the demand for effective and efficient health services and interventions as a result of emerging socio-economic dynamics, including burgeoning youth population, rural-urban migration leading to unplanned settlements; epidemiological changes including non-communicable diseases; and even climate change. There is also increasing pressure on universal access to quality healthcare and the need to lower its cost for the world’s most marginalized citizens and communities. The African continent is no exception in this regard and this calls for stepping up the pace of progress so as to meet the expected health outcomes.

Requirements and Constraints

Broad Innovation Categories for Consideration

  • Product or Technological innovations: Activities that contribute to the research, development and design of new products or to improving existing products, and that generate new technological knowledge for adoption by the marketplace e.g. medicines, products, supplies, infrastructure, mHealth, etc.products, and that generate new technological knowledge for adoption by the marketplace e.g. medicines, products, supplies, infrastructure, mHealth, etc.

  • Process or service innovations: Refer to the implementation of a new or significantly improved production or delivery method e.g. innovative financing mechanism etc.Refer to the implementation of a new or significantly improved production or delivery method e.g. innovative financing mechanism etc.

  • Social innovations: Are new strategies and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds, from working conditions and education to community development and health, that extend and strengthen civil society e.g. community health initiatives, health workforce etcAre new strategies and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds, from working conditions and education to community development and health, that extend and strengthen civil society e.g. community health initiatives, health workforce etc

Expected Deliverables

This Challenge will prioritise innovative and scalable healthcare solutions for selection in the categories of Product Innovation, Service Innovation and Social Innovation and will also provide continued support to healthcare innovators through a digital platform in the longer term.

Reward

The launch of this Challenge and platform serves as a precursor to the Africa Health Forum in Cape Verde in March 2019; the premier gathering of political and business leaders in the region devoted to health. Finalists will be awarded a sponsored opportunity for their innovations to be showcased at the Africa Health Forum where they will get the opportunity to profile their solutions and meet with top political, government and business leaders in the health space.

Target Business Relationship

Technical cooperation

Deadline

Monday 10 Dec 2018

Owner

World Health Organization

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