Few days left to apply for GSK & Save the Children’s Health Innovation Award 2016

The launch of fourth annual $1 million Award rewards innovations in healthcare that have helped to reduce child deaths in developing countries

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New Delhi: GSK and Save the Children announced the launch of their fourth annual $1 million ‘Healthcare Innovation Award’ that rewards innovations in healthcare that have helped to reduce child deaths in developing countries. The award is looking for innovations focused on providing healthcare solutions to children under-five, working to reduce child mortality rates within developing countries.

Winners of this years’ award will benefit from the cash donation from a USD$1 million Award fund that has been made available by GSK; promotion through public award announcements and international media coverage and a ‘Roundtable’ event in their local community that will convene interested and relevant stakeholders from the public, private and non-profit sectors to provide a support network that can help improve and grow the innovation. The winners will also get gsk save the childrenpotential additional support may include volunteer and/or technical assistance from GSK and Save the Children staff and country offices.

In addition to recognizing innovations that are helping to save children’s lives, this year, judges are also looking for transformative initiatives that are helping to save the lives of children in the hardest to reach communities.

From July – early September 2015 (the exact date will be released soon), organisations from across developing countries can nominate examples of innovative health approaches they have implemented. These approaches must have resulted in tangible improvements to under-5 child survival rates, be sustainable and have the potential to be scaled-up and replicated.

Nominations must:

  • Be from a country classified as ‘low’, ‘lower-middle’, or ‘upper-middle’ income by the World Bank. Countries classified as ‘high income’ by the World Bank or that are in the European Union are not eligible.
  • Describe an innovative approach or process applied to under-5 child survival that can demonstrate impact within an eligible country

Further details on the judging process and criteria can be found on the application page.

Deadline: Entries close on 7th September. Winners are expected to be announced in November. Submit or review your application for the Healthcare Innovation Award.

About the Award: For the Healthcare Innovation Award’s fourth year, special attention will be given to innovations that focus on reaching the hardest to reach children. Extraordinary progress has been made in recent years to reduce the number of children dying before their fifth birthday.  Despite this progress, more than five million children still die each year before their fifth birthday, and millions of children are being left behind because of their gender, poverty, or ethnic identity; because they live in remote areas or urban slums; or because they are caught up in conflicts.  The HIA this year welcomes ideas for ways in which these children can be reached.

“Extraordinary progress has been made in recent years to reduce the number of children dying before their fifth birthday. Despite this progress, more than five million children still die each year and millions of children are being left behind because of their gender, poverty, or ethnic identity; because they live in remote areas or urban slums; or because they are caught up in conflicts. We want to seek out and recognise ways in which these children can be reached,” mentioned Ali Forder, Director of Programme Policy and Quality at Save the Children

Co-chaired by the CEOs of GSK and Save the Children, a judging panel, made up of experts from the fields of public health, science and academia, will award all or part of the funds to one or more of the best healthcare innovations.

As well as providing funding, this year’s Healthcare Innovation Award will provide a platform to review and evaluate new approaches to health system challenges, to recognise those that are having an impact, and share their learnings with the wider global health community. Apply here for the Healthcare Innovation Award