Congratulations to the Winners of Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders!
Apr 16, 2012, 4:40 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team
Today at the World Health Care Congress, RWJF Assistant Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Brian Quinn announced the winners of the Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders competition, supported by Pioneer and Ashoka Changemakers. Innovations for Health looked to the international health community for forward-facing, transformative ideas with the potential to change health and medicine here in the United States.
We wanted to find cutting-edge solutions from anywhere in the world that have the potential to be applied in other countries to improve health and health care. While the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is devoted to improving the health and health care of Americans, this competition arises from what we call our “Flat World” work. That is the name we’ve given to our efforts that look around the world for innovations that could be used to solve the health and health care challenges we’re facing here in the United States.
In March, our expert panel of judges narrowed down the competition from more than 370 entries from 73 countries to 15 finalists who best met the competition criteria of innovation, social impact, and sustainability. Today, we’re proud to announce the three winners who represent some of the best ideas for bridging gaps in health models around the world.
The winning solutions are:
- E-HealthPoint: Transforming Rural Healthcare, India
- VaxTrac: Improving Immunization in Developing Countries, Benin
- Saúde Criança: Holistic Health Solutions for Low-Income Families, Brazil
This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.