Winners of the 2017 Award

Four innovations to tackle under-five deaths win US$1 million Healthcare Innovation Award from GSK and Save the Children


With more than five million children dying each year before their fifth birthdays, and many more lacking access to basic healthcare, the fourth annual Healthcare Innovation Award has a special focus on innovations providing healthcare for the hardest-to-reach mothers and children.

Selected from 171 submissions from 30 countries by a judging panel comprising health experts from across the globe, the winners are:

  • Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD) in Pakistan for their inexpensive and versatile water filter unit, which won the largest share of the Award
  • Sinergias in Colombia, the Hardest-to-Reach award winner for a cross-cultural healthcare delivery model for indigenous populations in the Amazon region
  • ARMMAN in India for their free mobile voice call service providing preventative care information to mothers
  • Alma Sana in Nigeria for their simple, low-cost bracelet to stimulate parents’ uptake and demand for children’s immunisations in Nigeria. 

Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD) Pakistan - $320,000 

Awarded for a unique, simple, inexpensive, and versatile water filter unit.  Sourced and constructed locally from mud pots, the “Nadi” filter costs just US$10-15   per-unit, and once untreated water filters through, Nadi removes 98%-100% of biological contamination, providing communities access to clean and reliable drinking water.  The need in rural Pakistan is especially great, as many still drink contaminated water, with children under-five and mothers particularly vulnerable to water-related illness. Since launching in 2007, the Nadi Filter has provided clean and safe drinking water to 400,000 households.

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Association for Humanitarian Development

Sinergias, Colombia – $250,000

Awarded for their comprehensive, cross-cultural healthcare delivery model, tailored to the needs of indigenous populations in Colombia’s Amazon region.  The winning programme was originally developed for mothers and children, and then adjusted to add a neglected tropical infectious disease programme in order to accommodate local realities. With both programmes offered simultaneously to all members of the 18 local indigenous communities, an integrated care model was born that focused primarily on pregnant women and children under-five, and that worked in partnership with local health authorities and indigenous organisations.

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Sinergias Alianzas Estratégicas para la Salud y el Desarrollo Social

ARMMAN, India - $115,000

Awarded for “mMitra” a free mobile voice call service in India that provides preventative care information to reduce maternal and child mortality.  The programme targets underserved pregnant women and mothers of children under five, who live in urban slums or in rural India and do not have access to sufficient health care. mMitra calls are received by the enrolled women in their chosen local language/dialect, are specifically tailored to their child’s age, and are received weekly or bi-weekly through the mother’s pregnancy and their child’s infancy.

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Alma Sana, Nigeria - $100,000

Awarded for stimulating parents’ uptake and demand for their children’s immunisations, one of the world’s most powerful tools for reducing under-five mortality and morbidity, through the practice of the child wearing a simple, bracelet.  The bracelets empower mothers by presenting them with a constant and visual reminder of their baby’s vaccination schedules through symbols embedded in the bracelet, turning their babies’ ‘jewellery’ into a vaccine calendar and check-list. The bracelets were designed with input from mothers and nurses, are waterproof, durable, baby-safe, and intended for parents living on US$1.25 or less a day.  As the bracelet’s immunisation reminders are represented through symbols and numbers and not words, this different kind of ‘wearable technology’ is suitable for literate and non-literate parents alike.

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Alma Sana