The Young Champions of Maternal Health were selected via an Ashoka Changemakers competition. Ashoka is teaming up with Boehringer Ingelheim for another competition that seeks innovation solutions to promote individual and community health. The deadline for submissions is next week.
The Welcome Letter explains the various types of innovations that are eligible for the $10,000 prize:
Eligible initiatives may target a wide variety of populations throughout the world and include (but are not limited to) those that:
- Increase access to quality health services and treatment: Innovations may incorporate strategies such as addressing cultural and financial barriers, lack of transportation, decentralized medical resources, and gaps in education and knowledge. Solutions may include initiatives for disease prevention and diagnosis, developing healthy lifestyles, or advocacy and awareness programs relevant to any life stage.
- Empower individuals, families, and communities to address local health issues: Innovations may engage and inform individuals, families, and communities, and allow them to directly participate in the management of their own health. These span a range of solutions from communal patient care initiatives to programs that nurture a culture of health within communities.
- Target vulnerable and underserved populations: Entries may include those that address conflict and/or post-crisis environments, poverty and development as related to health, mental health, or rural health.
The potential to accelerate progress in the field of health is enormous. Help individuals, families, and communities achieve good health by submitting or nominating a solution today.
For more information on the competition and to learn how to submit an idea, visit the Changemakers site.