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So Aliko Dangote is giving out $100,000 to anyone who can win the #HealthInnovationChallenge | See more details here

The Health Innovation Challenge
#healthinnovationchallenge While the experience of
the average Nigerian with several sectors of the
economy has evolved through the use of
technology over the past decade, there has been
minimal impact on the health sector.

This guest
post describes an initiative that intends to change
that.

Many incubation and innovation platforms in
Nigeria target information technology for finance,
agriculture and e-commerce, but very few
platforms focusing on health
innovation/technology in healthcare delivery.

In an attempt to galvanize Nigerians into action in
this space, the Private Sector Health Alliance of
Nigeria’s Nigeria Health Innovation Marketplace is
calling on innovators, techies, academic
institutions, private sector companies, businesses,
civil society, clinicians, researchers, NGOs and
individuals to apply in the $1million Health
Innovation Challenge.

The Health Innovation Challenge (HIC), is a multi-
stage competition whose primary focus is to spur
a broader range of innovations (process,
technology, market, service delivery) to respond to
specific health sector challenges that will have
both a social impact
and/or commercial viability and scalability.

Dr. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq, the Managing Director/
Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance, says that
“the Health Innovation Challenge seeks to improve
health outcomes and mitigate health market
failures through deploying technology and process
solutions to the health. sector”.

In order to find out what problems Nigerians are
facing in the health sector, the Alliance engaged
with people in all six geopolitical zones and
developed health systems problem statements that
summarized these challenges.
Problem statements ranged from service delivery
around newborn care to the development of
forecasting models for infectious diseases. These
are some of the challenges that the HIC hopes to
confront with the solutions that will be developed.

Prizes will go towards the implementation of
innovations as grants as well as to reward
innovators for their grand efforts in cash prizes.

The award categories include several $100,000,
$50,000 and $30,000 grants.
Innovators who are shortlisted in the first stage
will go on to the next stage of the challenge, which
requires them to submit comprehensive business
plans.

The second stage will be preceded by a multi-day
boot camp where subject matter experts will
provide them with sector specific and business
support to develop their business plans.

These will
be submitted to a review panel and defended in
live presentations made to an expert panel of
judges.

Winners of the challenge will pilot or implement
their innovations for a period of 12 months.

The
awards will be disbursed based on outcomes, with
tranches of payments triggered by achievement of
certain technical and operational performance
measures.

The Alliance has put together a technical
assistance team of core health and business
subject matter experts to support the
implementation process and drive results.

Applicants can apply and respond via the official
portal for the competition at
http://nhim.phn.ng/competitions .

To showcase a promising innovation on the Health
Innovation Hub/Virtual portal, please register at
www.nhim.phn.ng/user/register .

The Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria is
Nigeria’s foremost private sector platform, which
aims at mobilizing business leaders and corporate
entities towards leveraging their collective
capabilities, expertise and resources in a bid to
accelerate improvements in health outcomes.

The founding board includes Alhaji Aliko Dangote
(Founding Patron), Mr Jim Ovia and Dr Muhammad
Ali Pate (Co-Chairs) as well as Mr Aigboje Aig-
Imoukhuede, Mrs Sola-David Borha and Dr
Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq.

For more information on the Private Sector Health
Alliance, the Nigeria Health Innovation Marketplace
and Health Innovation Challenge,
kindly visit:

Websites: www.phn.ng | Nigeria
Health Innovation Marketplace:
www.nhim.phn.ng | Health
Innovation Challenge: http://
nhim.phn.ng/competitions
(application closes Tue 31 March
2015)

Facebook: https://
www.facebook.com/pages/Private-
Sector-Health-Alliance/699885250056642

Twitter: @PHN_alliance and
@NHIMbyPHN

Youtube: Nigeria Health Innovation
Marketplace



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