WHY SOCIAL INNOVATION IN HEALTH
For the purposes of this Initiative, we define social innovation as: A solution (process, product, practice, market mechanism) implemented through diverse organisational models. The solution has been developed by a range of actors in response to a systemic health challenge within a geographic context. It profoundly challenges the current system status quo and has enabled healthcare to be more inclusive, effective and affordable.
Social innovation uses a people-centred perspective. It is based on valuing communities and individuals living across the global south to be competent interpreters of their lives and essential contributors in solving the challenges to access quality health services.
The social innovation approach extends beyond silos, sectors and disciplines to inclusively integrate all actors around the needs of communities.
Social innovation results in the implementation of new solutions that enable greater equity, affordability and sustainability of health care services for all.