2017 CALL FOR SOLUTIONS

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CALLING FOR SOLUTIONS THAT ARE IMPROVING HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN MALAWI

Health Solutions for Malawi, from the People, Healthier Lives

CONTINENT
Africa

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Country
Malawi

The University of Malawi College of Medicine Social Innovation in Health Initiative and Ministry of Health of Malawi in partnership with the World Health Organization – Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO-TDR), wants to LEARN from, RECOGNISE and PROMOTE your solution in order to make the lives of all Malawians better.

THE CALL

Malawi has made significant health gains over the past 10 years improving the health of its people. Still, challenges to access and delivery of quality health services to all Malawians exist.  A proportion of the population is still underserved, 24% do not live within 5 kms of a health facility and over 50% of leading causes of death are preventable.

 

We believe that Malawians have been solving health care challenges through innovative and creative solutions that can be scaled up to make the lives of Malawians better

 

Have you, or do you know of a person, an organization or a community that has developed an innovative, creative solution that is making healthcare more inclusive, accessible, affordable in Malawi? Has this solution been implemented for more than 1 year?

THE BENEFIT

Tell us about your solution by 16 April 2018 and stand a chance to benefit:

Be officially recognized by the University of Malawi and the Ministry of Health

Have researchers study your solution and document it

Have your solution shared in Malawi and also internationally through our global network, including the World Health Organization

Have an opportunity to get help on how you could be researching, learning and knowing whether your solution is making an impact

Stand a chance to have a professional video made of your solution

Become part of our community of like-minded innovators

SUBMIT YOUR SOLUTION
BY 16 APRIL 2018

Request a submission form through our Facebook page or via email (malawi@socialinnovationinhealth.org) and we will email it to you.

 

You can also download the submission form and email it to us on malawi@socialinnovationinhealth.org

 

Complete the submission form online: www.socialinnovationshare.org

 

Get a form from one of the following places: College of Medicine  Research  Support  Centre, Malaria Alert Centre inside Queens Hospital premises in Blantyre, Mhub in Lilongwe, YONECO Zomba offices or Lilongwe offices

 

Tell us about anyone we should contact:
Email: malawi@socialinnovationinhealth.org
WhatsApp/Call: 0882804735

 

Do you have questions or need assistance completing your form? Contact us:
Email: malawi@socialinnovationinhealth.org
WhatsApp/Call: 0882804735

SELECTION PROCESS

All submitted solutions will first be shortlisted for eligibility: 1) Has the solution been operating for more than a year? 2) Does it focus on improving health care for Malawians? 3) Does it operate in Malawi?

All shortlisted solutions will then be reviewed by an independent panel of experts based on how innovative, inclusive, effective, affordable, need focused, sustainable and user friendly they are.

The final selection of solutions will be contacted for further information if necessary, before the announcement is made publicly.

Timeline:

  • 7 March 2018 – Solution Sharing Opens
  • 16 April 2018 – Solution Sharing Closes
  • 17 April to 13 May – Expert panel review process
  • 15 May – Top solutions announced

SELECTION PANEL MEMBERS

RACHEL SIBANDE

Panel Member: Expert in e-health and mobile technology
Organisation: Mhub Malawi

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Rachel Sibande is the founder of Malawi’s first technology hub. Mhub is an incubator for technology innovators and emerging entrepreneurs through training, skills development and mentorship. Rachel is an alumnus of former US President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. She is also a recipient of the Anita Borg Scholarship, now known as the TechWomen Scholarship Programme from Google. She became Malawi’s ambassador for the Next Einstein Forum Initiative which promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics in 2016. Rachel is the first local licensee for TEDx Lilongwe, three years after delivering her first technology for agricultural development. Forbes Magazine named Rachel as one of Africa’s 30 most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in 2016.

MISAEL BULIANI

Panel Member: Social Innovator
Organisation: Polytechnic Innovation Hub

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Misael Buliani is a member of the UNICEF Innovation Hub, also known as the Innovation Hub Malawi, based at the Polytechnic College. Within the Innovation Hub, Misael Buliani is the Innovation and Intellectual Property specialist. He is involved in various organizations such as: The Young African Leaders Initiative, Better Me Better Africa, The Mentorship and Philanthropic Center, and Entrepreneurs In Action Malawi. In addition, he runs a community based organization that aims to empower rural communities through trainings in IT solutions. He has coordinated a project entitled ‘Emergency Delivery Solutions towards Maternal Deaths and Infant Mortality’ and the development of a number of health innovation mobile applications. By the UK’s ‘Business Amplified’, Misael Buliani was awarded the ‘Young Innovative Entrepreneur’ award. Misael Buliani also acts as a mentor to uprising innovators in technology.

Here are two examples of solutions selected during our previous open calls:

LEARNER TREATMENT KIT PROJECT, Zomba
Instead of walking far to reach a health centre, kids are treated for malaria at schools. Teachers are trained to identify kids who are ill, perform malaria tests and treat them at school. This innovation helps children not to miss school and get treatment when they most need it.

CHIPATALA CHA PA FONI
Instead of having to walk far to health centres and wait a long time, Malawians can get health information and advice from qualified nurse from calling a free hotline. They also can have health messages sent to their phone. This innovation is helps Malawians be healthy.

TO LEARN MORE AND SEE OTHER EXAMPLES OF SOCIAL INNOVATION IN HEALTH VISIT one of the case studies below.