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Impact of Health Campaigns Challenge (closed)

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
This challenge has closed.
Tags: Health Campaigns, Health Systems, Promotion, Campaign Delivery, Operations, Model Delivery, Campaign Managment
Audience: Students, Researchers, Start-Ups, Businesses, Subject Matter Experts, Other
Anticipated Funding: Up to USD $100,000
Applications close: November 13, 2019
Last Updated: November 13, 2019 9:36 PM
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The Challenge

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.

Campaign-based delivery of health interventions is typically time-limited, targeted, and implemented at-scale. All countries utilize health campaigns in some capacity – such as outbreak response – and campaigns have shown to be an effective way of driving health impact. For example, Vitamin A supplementation is estimated to reduce risk of all-cause child mortality by 12%. Measles campaigns are estimated to reach 66% of "zero-dose" children who are not otherwise immunized by routine health systems.

Still, the performance of campaigns is variable, and campaigns often do not realize their potential impact. For example, only 44% of the measles campaigns and 31% of mass drug administration for NTDs conducted in 2017 reached their intended coverage targets. Campaign evaluations may also show they consistently miss a subset of populations, resulting in reduced equity and coverage of the health intervention.

Although many campaigns experiment with or implement innovations to increase effectiveness, these innovations are rarely systematically evaluated, iterated upon, and disseminated.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation believe 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns Challenge is  open to  both  foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions.

Upon registration, applicants must provide information about the tax status of their organization as different terms and conditions may apply. You should confirm your organization’s tax status with the appropriate person or group within your organization such as your grants or contracts department, finance, or office of sponsored research. Please select the tax status that most closely reflects your current organization’s status. The foundation may request additional organizational information. For information about tax statuses, you may check with your own advisors and refer to information provided on the Internal Revenue Service web site at: www.irs.gov.

Applicants planning to conduct project activities in India may be required to register with the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 2010 (FCRA). As part of the foundation’s diligence we may ask for a copy of your organization’s registration under the FCRA or a written certification that FCRA registration is not required. Failure to comply with the requirements of the FCRA may subject your organization to financial and/or criminal penalties. You should consult with your own advisors to determine whether the FCRA applies to your organization. 

For complete details on the eligibility criteria that govern the Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns Challenge please refer to the website.

Terms and Conditions

For complete details on the terms and conditions that govern the Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns Challenge please refer to the website.

How to Apply

To submit an application to Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns Challenge please refer to the website.

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