We would like to announce that the Healthcare Innovation Award submissions for 2016 are now open.

Please submit your applications by 11:59pm 7th September 2016 in order to be considered for the award. 


Innovation in child survival and well-being can (and must) take many shapes and forms. The scope of this Award is therefore purposefully broad, and seeks ideas—big or small—that are developed, discovered, invented and/or implemented in developing countries.

Examples include—but are not limited to—the following: an innovative idea, care approach, tool, technique, process or delivery mechanism that focuses on any aspect of child-health and health system strengthening, including science, health systems, nutrition, research, education or partnerships. Furthermore, to ensure that no effective innovation is missed, this Award will also consider innovations in new business models or operational research with plausible pathways to future innovation. Innovations will be considered for an Award if they are “new” ideas, or if they represent an adaptation of an existing idea for a new context or environment. 

For the Healthcare Innovation Awards fourth year, special attention will be given to innovations that focus on reaching the hardest to reach children. Extraordinary progress has been made in recent years to reduce the number of children dying before their fifth birthday.  Despite this progress, more than five million children still die each year before their fifth birthday, and millions of children are being left behind because of their gender, poverty, or ethnic identity; because they live in remote areas or urban slums; or because they are caught up in conflicts.   The HIA this year welcomes ideas for ways in which these children can be reached.

In summary, the Award’s basic criteria remain the same as the inaugural Award (see “Eligibility Criteria” below for details) and any innovation in under-five child’s health will be accepted. But this year we will look to award one ‘special category’ Award for an innovation that focuses on the hardest to reach.