Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Social Innovation in Health Initiative
23 healthcare delivery innovations selected for research and international recognition
Social innovations across Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America were selected in the spring of 2015 for further research, exposure and support, as part of a new initiative to explore different ways to address infectious diseases of poverty.
The initiative is a collaboration between the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) at the World Health Organization, the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.
The Social Innovation in Health Initiative invited individuals and organisations in the global south who have implemented solutions to improve the lives of those affected by tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases to submit their innovation. The call drew 179 submissions originating from 48 different countries.
'We were pleased with the number of submissions we received, operating in so many diverse countries. It is evidence of the amount of innovation taking place to address some of the most pressing challenges in infectious diseases of poverty,' said Dr Beatrice Halpaap, Portfolio and Programme Manager at TDR.
'We truly believe that healthcare delivery systems in the global south can be transformed through the inclusive participation of different actors. Everyone has a role to play, whether a healthcare worker, entrepreneur, policy-maker or engaged citizen,' explains Dr Lindi van Niekerk, Health Innovation Lead at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship based at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.
An independent panel of experts in global health, infectious diseases of poverty and social innovation reviewed all shortlisted nominations.
Representatives from the Bertha Centre and Skoll Centre will visit the innovation teams during the period of June - September 2015.
'We want to learn from and engage with these innovators, connect them to local and international policy-makers and support them to scale their work across contexts and regions,' said Dr Pamela Hartigan, Former Director of the Skoll Centre.
Selected innovators will be asked to share their solutions at a TDR forum at the World Health Organization, their work will be included in a publication, and they will be considered for a 1-year modular Global Health Innovators Fellowship hosted at the University of Cape Town and Oxford University.
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