WHO launches Africa Innovation Challenge for health startups

The World Health Organization WHO has launched a health challenge for African startups in the health sector.

The challenge is calling for health innovations with the potential for having significant social impact and addressing health needs on the continent, and will prioritize innovative and scalable healthcare solutions.

The WHO will offer the startup finalists which will be chosen a fully sponsored trip to the Africa health Forum In Cape Verde which will be in March next year where they will have the chance to expose their innovations and will have the chance to meet various top leaders, in politics, governments, and business, i the sector of health.

In August of next year, they will also have the chance to expose their innovations in the WHO African Region annual meeting of Ministers of Health from the WHO in the city of Brazzaville in Congo.

At these event, they will get the opportunity to exhibit their innovations and meet with top political, government and business leaders in the health space. They will also get a chance to exhibit their solutions at the annual meeting of Ministers of Health from the WHO African Region in August 2019 in Brazzaville, Congo.

Entries will be assessed by a panel of independent evaluators based on the innovation’s potential impact on health in Africa as well as the possibility of being replicated or scaled-up.

“This Innovation Challenge recognises the critical need for innovations to address the continent’s challenges in healthcare,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.

“WHO champions the promotion of homegrown solutions to address health challenges in reproductive, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases and other key areas. We hope this challenge will spark the entrepreneurial spirit of innovators and lead to credible health innovations across the continent.”

The deadline for submission of entries is Monday, December 10.

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