The World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region has launched the WHO Africa Innovation Challenge. This Challenge is calling innovators, researchers and community-based initiatives including, youths and women that are working on novel solutions to improve health outcomes and apply new and fresh thinking to address unmet health needs for Africa.

This Challenge will prioritize 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.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • Product or Technological innovations
  • Process or service innovations
  • Social innovations
  • African-Relevant
  • Scalable
  • Applicants must be:
    1. Africa nationals residing in Africa or outside of Africa; or
    2. Foreign nationals either based in Africa or, if not based in Africa, then working with an African-based entity.

The launch of this Challenge and platform serves as a precursor to the Africa Health Forum to be held in Cape Verde from 23 to 24 March 2019. Selected finalists will be awarded a sponsored opportunity to attend the Africa Health Forum. At this event the finalists will get the opportunity to profile their solutions and gain access to political, government and business leaders in the health sector for potential market and investment opportunities. This sponsorship will cover flights, accommodation and exhibition costs of the selected finalists. 

Selected finalists will then stand a chance to exhibit their solutions at the 69th Session of the Regional Committee that will take place in August 2019, in Brazzaville. This Regional Committee is a meeting of all African Ministers of Health.

In addition to these events, this initiative will provide continued support to healthcare innovation through a digital platform. This platform will provide up-to-date, informative content and serve as a dynamic marketplace to connect diverse stakeholders such as health ministries, other government health structures, academics, innovators and public and private investors to credible health innovations across the continent. Qualifying users on the platform will be able to leverage the global network.


DEADLINE: December 10, 2018 

Apply here: WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

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