Apply Now: $5 Million in Digital Health Grants from Gates Foundation

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Countries rely on both routine health systems and campaign-based delivery to extend the reach of important health interventions such as accelerated disease control and delivery of life-saving health products and services. Many programs, including immunization, neglected tropical diseases, nutrition, malaria, and polio regularly rely on such campaigns to manage the spread of disease and achieve large scale health impact.
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However, the performance of health campaigns is variable, and campaigns often do not realize their potential impact. Campaign evaluations may also show they consistently miss a subset of populations, resulting in reduced equity and coverage of the health intervention.
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes there is opportunity to dramatically improve the way health campaigns realize impact – including achieving higher coverage of health interventions, better identifying and reaching the highest risk populations, and improving efficiency of campaign resources.
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The Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns grants seek innovative solutions that accelerate the improvement of coverage, reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of health campaigns. The Foundation will award fifty grants of $100,000 for proposals that consider the following three phases of campaign delivery:
1. Planning and microplanning
This includes the planning processes – led by governments and often supported by partners – at the national, sub-national, facility, or community levels. Overall planning supports the mobilization of information and resources needed to conduct the campaign, and microplanning specifically addresses the detailed, delivery-level planning required to reach intended populations with the health intervention.
2. Implementation / operations
Improvement in this area may encompass all aspects of campaign operations, ranging from logistics management, identification and reach of target populations, delivery of interventions, management of human resources (including payments, incentives, and training), data collection & analysis, and supervision.
3. Monitoring and evaluation
Campaigns rely on monitoring and evaluation both during and after the campaign to understand campaign performance, identify populations that require post-campaign mop-up or targeting, to inform post-campaign improvement activities and routine system strengthening and identify lessons learned.
Apply Now: Deadline is 13 November 2019
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