We are searching for community-based solutions that are improving healthcare.
If you have developed and are implementing a healthcare solution, we want to learn from you!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in sharing your solution with the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI). Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions by innovators.


A social innovation in health is merely a solution to a problem. It is a solution that has been created to solve a healthcare delivery problem faced by low-income communities in Africa, Asia or Latin America, in a new or different way. The solution has made healthcare delivery more accessible, effective and affordable for people in the community. It also has the potential to positively affect relationships within a community and restore hope to people.

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  • If you have developed a creative solution to a healthcare delivery problem experienced in your community, then you are an innovator!
  • You could be a frontline health worker, an entrepreneur, a government official, a student or a community member.
  • You could be working in a not-for-profit organisation, a company, a public-sector institution or a university.
  • We are searching for passionate and inspirational individuals from all walks of life!

SIHI is a global network of individuals, organizations and institutions passionate about social innovation in health. The network was established in 2014 through the joint efforts of the University of Cape Town’s Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University of Oxford’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2017, the network was extended to include three new universities in the global south: The University of Malawi’s College of Medicine; Makerere University’s School of Public Health, and the University of the Philippines’ School of Medicine. SIHI is made possible through the support of Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, hosted at the World Health Organization.

SIHI partners combine their skills and resources in support of key activities to promote social innovation in health. Their united effort provides leadership to advance social innovation in health in developing countries with the aim to advance towards the Sustainable Development Goals and improve the lives of communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


We believe that across Malawi, Uganda, the Philippines and Latin America, there are innovators who have successfully solved some of healthcare’s biggest problems. We believe that by learning from innovators, like you, we can not only improve health in your country but also share the learning with other countries. We can’t only look to governments or international organisations to improve healthcare. We all have a role to play together!
SIHI is thus searching for examples of social innovations in health. In 2015, we found 150 eligible social innovations from across 48 countries. 23 of these were selected to study and learn how they work, what made them successful and what lessons can be shared with other innovators and decision-makers.

The opportunities for you:

  • Collective knowledge: By sharing your solution, you can help develop the knowledge needed to improve healthcare delivery for people in your country and beyond.
  • Recognition: Selected solutions will be recognised in national and global forums and conferences.
  • Promotion: Selected solutions will be brought to the attention of decision makers and shared with a wider audience.
  • Network: Selected solutions will be shared on the SIHI website and you will have the opportunity to engage with previously selected SIHI innovators.
  • Strategic Communications Award: one social innovation in Malawi, Uganda and the Philippines will receive an award to the value of US$ 1500 to work with an experienced social innovation communication consultant on a communication strategy to promote their innovation.

In 2017, SIHI are running four separate innovation calls. Each call is run by one of our partners and the challenge is specific to the country or region. Please note, only solutions implemented in the specific country and addressing the specific challenge identified in the nomination call will be accepted. Please visit the specific country page on this site to read more about the challenge for your country.


Your solution will be eligible if it meets the following conditions:

  • Implemented in one of the partner countries
  • Addressing the country challenge as listed in the country page.
  • Operational for more than 1 year. We are not looking for new ideas but existing solutions
  • The solution is not a purely a medical or scientific device as we don’t consider this social innovation
  • The application has been fully completed. All incomplete applications will be excluded

You can submit as many solutions as you want, as long as they are different to each other and meet the eligibility criteria. For example, if you were involved in two different, eligible solutions in Uganda, you could submit both.


We would love to hear about your solution if it is being implemented in one or more of the specified countries/regions and addresses the specified challenge (see the call for solutions country pages). If, for example, your solution is being implemented in both Malawi and Uganda, you may submit the solution for both calls. Each call is run and reviewed separately, and we would therefore welcome you to share your solution with both country teams!


Absolutely! As long as your solution meets the eligibility criteria and is implemented in one of the focus countries/regions, we would love to hear from you. You do not have to be the founder to submit, anyone from your organisation/team can submit.


To submit your solution please follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Visit our SIHI Sharing Platform at socialinnovationshare.org

STEP 2: Create a new user account using your email address and a password you select. An email will automatically get sent to you when you sign up so you can verify your account. Please click on the link in this email to activate your account. You will then be able to log in using these details.

STEP 3: Select your country or region by clicking on the “topic” button in the box with the appropriate flag (these lead you to your country’s topic homepage).

STEP 4: Read the submission tips online, and download the FAQ’s document to guide you through the process.

STEP 5: Download the SIHI Share Sample Submission Form. This will allow you to read the questions and to prepare your response ahead of time.

STEP 6: Click on the icon to go to the online submission form. This will take you to a landing page where you can continue to the submission form and share your solution, or view any previously submitted solutions (you are able to submit different solutions if you have more than one you wish to share)

STEP 7: You can save and return to your online form at any time and as often as you like before the closing date. If your internet cuts out, you will not lose your data as everything is automatically saved. However, once it is submitted, you are unable to revise it.

STEP 8: Upload any videos or images you feel capture the work you do. You are limited to 2 videos at a maximum size of 200MB each, and 15 images at a maximum size of 2MB each. This is an optional step that is available to you once you complete the nomination form and on the country topic homepage if you wish to do it at a later point.

STEP 9: The SIHI team will get in touch with you after the call closes. Your submission will be reviewed by an external expert panel. Thank you for sharing your solution!


All eligible solutions received will be submitted to an independent expert review panel. This panel will be country specific and comprised of experts in innovation, public health, social entrepreneurship and medicine. Experts may come from universities, technical agencies or the Ministry of Health. Their task will be to assess your solution according to the following criteria.




Appropriateness of the solution to the needThe approach addresses a healthcare delivery challenge that specifically deals with an infectious disease of poverty or could be applicable to this disease group.10%
Degree of innovativenessThe approach is new, different or a significant improvement within the context to which it is being applied.25%
InclusivenessThe approach has the potential to be used by a large number of people, enhancing equity and access.15%
AffordabilityThe solution is affordable by the poor who are otherwise excluded in the local context or the solution is more cost-effective than the status quo.10%
EffectivenessThe solution has a demonstrated positive outcome on the health of the local population.15%
ScalableWithin and across cultural, resource and environmental contexts, the solution can be applied to reach many more people.10%
SustainableThe financial, organizational and market aspects of the solution are sustainable.15%


Following the selection process, there may be a need for our team to conduct a telephonic interview with you. Once you have passed through the selection process successfully, a shortlist of successful applicants will be announced.


Please visit the specific “2017 Call for Solutions” country page on this site to read more about the timelines for your country.


A SIHI selection means that we believe your solution has a lot of valuable learnings to contribute to improving global health. Each of the SIHI partners running the call has a team of researchers who would come spend 3 – 4 days with you, to learn more about your work. They will produce a SIHI case which will be featured on our website – socialinnnovationinhealth.org

These cases are actively shared with decision makers in your country and at an international level.

In addition, your work will be featured in a film on social innovation in your country. These films will be screened locally and internationally to help raise awareness and promote your work.


If you have a question, not yet answered above, please feel free to contact our team. A representative from our partner countries will be happy to get in touch.
Please use the appropriate email address for your country or region: