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THE SIHI NETWORK

The Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) is a network of passionate individuals and institutions combining their skills and resources in support of key activities to promote social innovation in health. We are neither a formal partnership nor a funding body.

 

We share a common goal to advance social innovation in achieving Sustainable Development Goals and improving lives of communities in low- and middle-income countries. Our mission is to unlock the capacity residing within the actors of the health system to advance social innovation. We do this through south-south-north collaboration in three areas:

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RESEARCH
We conduct research on community-based models and develop tools / mechanisms to advance research.

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COUNTRY CAPACITY
We strengthen the capacity for social innovation and research in social innovation amongst universities and health system actors in LMICs.

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ADVOCACY
Engage with global, national and local strategic influencers to embed social innovation as an approach in the health agenda and foster a collaborative movement.

The network was launched in 2014 through joint efforts of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.

 

In 2017, the SIHI network expanded to include additional partners from low- and middle-income countries: University of Malawi College of Medicine in Malawi; Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda; University of Philippines Manila College of Medicine; Social Entrepreneur-ship to Spur Health initiative in China; and Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investi¬gaciones Medicas (CIDEIM) in Colombia in collaboration with ICESI University and the Pan American Health Organization.

 

In addition, SIHI is collaborating with several organizations such as the Fondation Mérieux, the Ahimsa Fund, the WHO Department of Service Delivery and Safety, WHO AFRO, and the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health.

SIHI MILESTONES

2014

Launch of SIHI

2015

First innovation call:
Africa, Asia & Latin America

Case study field visit:
15 countries

Convening:
Capacity strengthening for the advancement of social innovation in healthcare deliver’y, Cape Town, South Africa, 2 – 3 November 2015

World Health Organization, Call for Global Action in Social Innovation

2016

Expanding  low- and middle-income partners:
Consortium of emerging hubs established: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Malawi, University of the Philippines, Makerere University & CIDEIM

2017

Convening:
Emerging hub social innovation training workshop, 5 – 7 April 2017, London, UK

3 Country social innovation calls:
Malawi, Uganda, the Philippines

2018

Country social innovation call:
Malawi

Convening:
SIHI Emerging Hub Strategy Workshop & SIHI Network Meeting, Blantyre, Malawi

Convening:
Co-creating a Research Guidance for Social Innovation
, May 2018, Blantyre, Malawi

Release of WHO, TDR-SIHI Crowdsourcing in Health and Health Research:
A Practical Guide

New partners join SIHI:
SESH, Ahimsa Fund, Fondation Mérieux, WHO Service Delivery and Safety

WHO Calls for Global Collaboration on Social Innovation in Health

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