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EWEC/IWG announces grants

The Innovation Working Group (IWG) of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child global strategy and mHealth Alliance announced the eight 2012 winners of catalytic grants today.

25 SEPTEMBER 2012 | NEW YORK - This initiative, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and implemented in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), provides grants, networking, and capacity building support for innovative uses of mobile technology to advance maternal and child health, with a focus on expanding programs to wide-scale implementation.

The power of innovation in mobile technology can only be fully utilized if success factors are identified and evidence is widely shared and utilized, said Helga Fogstad, Head of Global Health in Norad.

The catalytic funding mechanism is exactly intended to do that. Taking to scale these innovations will improve either provision, access, quality or use of highly needed maternal and child health services, which will help to reach MDGs 4 and 5.

Two-year grant period

The competitive grants provide targeted technical assistance for critical, yet challenging, areas in the scale-up process, including objectives related to generating evidence appropriate for a variety of stakeholders, building partnerships, and developing sustainable business models.

Throughout each two-year grant period, the mHealth Alliance and the WHO provide opportunities for collaborative learning among the grantees in their pursuit of health impact, financial sustainability, and scale.

These catalytic grants have already advanced the progress of last year’s winners, said Patricia Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance.

There are many innovative ideas in the mHealth field, but rarely are the implementers able to scale up these solutions to have an impact. These grants will not only allow the grantees to scale up, but they will also provide others in the mHealth space the opportunity to learn from grantees experience and findings, adding to broader efforts to strategically mainstream mobile technologies to improve the lives of women and children, Mechael continued.

The eight 2012 grant winners include:

  • Changamka
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
  • International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)
  • Malaria No More
  • Praekelt Foundation
  • Medic Mobile
  • Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty
  • VillageReac