The first World Health Organisation Africa Innovation Challenge has been launched. Health start-ups with the potential for having significant social impact and addressing health needs on the continent can apply.
The challenge will focus on innovative and scalable healthcare solutions, and will provide finalists with fully-sponsored trip to the Africa Health Forum in Cape Verde in March 2019.
At the conference, the start-ups will showcase their innovations and meet with government and business leaders in the healthcare industry. They will also get a chance to exhibit their solutions at the annual meeting of Ministers of Health from the WHO African Region in August 2019 in Brazzaville, Congo.
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Applications will be evaluated by independent evaluators based on the innovation’s potential impact on health in Africa as well as the possibility of being replicated or scaled-up.
“This Innovation Challenge recognises the critical need for innovations to address the continent’s challenges in healthcare,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.
“WHO champions the promotion of homegrown solutions to address health challenges in reproductive, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases and other key areas. We hope this challenge will spark the entrepreneurial spirit of innovators and lead to credible health innovations across the continent.”
Interested applicant can apply here.
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