The Health Enterprise Fund is launching a funding challenge to uncover innovative and replicable solutions that address critical health priorities in east Africa. The Fund, implemented by the USAID-sponsored Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project, provides grants coupled with technical assistance to for-profit health enterprises that operate in Kenya or Ethiopia. Eligible companies must address the core SHOPS focus areas of maternal and child health, family planning, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS issues in Kenya or Ethiopia.
Winners will receive grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 along with technical assistance. Applications are due March 8, 2013.
The Health Enterprise Fund’s competitive grant process awards companies that demonstrate a contribution to improved health outcomes for one or more of the following: high rates of maternal and child mortality; the unmet need for modern family planning methods; and lack of access to HIV/AIDS testing, care, and treatment services.
Of particular interest will be innovations in broad technical areas such as health systems strengthening, information and communication technology, human resources, supply chain management, and health financing.
Examples of suitable applications include:
• Micro health insurance providers that want to launch new products targeting low-income customers
• Private organizations that want to provide emergency transportation services connecting rural communities with public health facilities
• Multinational organizations that want to begin pilot projects that leverage their supply chains to improve distribution of thermostable vaccines
• Providers of laboratory supplies and equipment that wish to test effectiveness of lowcost rapid diagnostic tests for a variety of diseases