Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan
Prevention & Vaccination (Health)
In the world of vaccine delivery, actors are often split into supply (how vaccines reach the people to whom they will be administered) and demand (products, services, and experiences focused on caregivers and communities receiving vaccines).
We define demand as “the actions of individuals and communities to seek, support and/or advocate for vaccines and vaccination services.”
For this reason, this Challenge is specifically focused oncaregivers as a window into immunization.We define a caregiver as the primary adult responsible for caring for a child on a day-to-day basis (and therefore the person who would most likely accompany / bring that child to an immunization session).
Submissions are welcome from registered nonprofit, civil society, community-based, and for-profit organizations working anywhere in the world. Individuals or teams without affiliation with a registered organization are welcome to submit, in partnership with a more formal entity.
All winners must intend to translate or scale their innovation for impact, especially with consideration for current or eventual implementation within the East African context.
Potential for Scale
Please ensure idea:
Is relevant in multiple developing country settings.
Constitutes transformative rather than incremental improvements, and is deliverable and scalable in low-income countries.
All submitted concepts should be:
Clearly articulating an answer to the Challenge question.
Addressing a problem that is pressing and real by articulating the gap this idea is filling.
New or in early stages of development, but related to the core competencies of your organization or group.
Submitted by organizations or groups that have worked in their sector for at least one year.
Implemented in low resource settings. While the Gates Foundation and Challenge team are interested in innovations implementing in (or translatable to) the East African region, we are considering applicants from all geographical regions.
If implementing in a low-income setting, please ensure the idea:
Does not increase burden upon frontline health workers.
Minimizes perverse incentives (including incentives for falsification).
We will not consider funding for:
Approaches not directly relevant to low-income settings.
Approaches reliant upon financial incentives.
Solutions focused on SMS reminders.
Approaches that rely on traditional information, education, communication approaches.
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Past Funded Innovations Of Empowering Caregivers in Immunization Innovation Challenge