Designing for Better Health

Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Changemakers

Date of Project: 2009

Field of Work: Using an open source online competition to identify innovative ideas for tackling complex health and health care problems around the world

Problem Synopsis: The United States and many other countries face entrenched social and health problems. At the same time, local innovators often operate in isolation, with few resources and little access to insights from their colleagues around the world.

Synopsis of the Work: Ashoka sponsored Designing for Better Health to solicit, highlight and reward programs that found creative ways to help people make better decisions about their own health and the health of others. The competition was managed by Ashoka's Changemakers initiative.

Key Results

  • The Designing for Better Health competition drew 280 entries from 29 countries and stimulated more than 330 discussions by the online community. Three winning entrants received $5,000 each:

    • Child Promoters on Oral Health. An alternative to achieve wellbeing, Venezuela
    • Just a cloth piece?, India, about menstruation
    • Healthy Amazon, Peru, about a low-cost waste management program