CALL FOR HEALTHCARE INNOVATIONS IN EAST AFRICA

Doctors Online Ethiopia, November 7 2021

Call for Applications

CALL FOR HEALTHCARE INNOVATIONS IN EAST AFRICA

Villgro Africa, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures (JJIV) on behalf of the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, is initiating a call for healthcare innovations/companies in East Africa that strengthen the capacity of frontline healthcare workers (FLHW) while improving access and quality of care.

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Background

 

Villgro Africa, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures (JJIV) on behalf of the
Johnson & Johnson Foundation, is initiating a call for healthcare innovations/companies in East
Africa that strengthen the capacity of frontline healthcare workers (FLHW) while improving
access and quality of care.
FLHWs are the backbone of any effective health system and are often embedded in the
community and/or come from the community they serve. They play a critical role in providing a
local context for proven health solutions and connect families and communities to the health
system. They often take on significant personal risk, demonstrate resilience and creativity, and
are rarely adequately appreciated for the work they do. FLHWs include community health
workers, midwives, pharmacists, nurses, clinical officers, and doctors who serve in community
clinics near people in need.

 

Possible themes for applicants include:

 

1. Training & Capacity Building: Human resources for health (HRH) strengthening,
continuing professional development, data driven decision support.
2. Logistics & Medical Supplies: Last-mile access to medical supplies and vaccines at the
front line at the time they need it most.
3. Telehealth/Tele-Medicine Platforms: Prongs to the community to reduce the
healthcare worker coverage gap.
4. Access to Knowledge and Information by FLHW: Electronic medical records (EMR) and
platforms that increase access to patient data and to health guidelines and protocols.
5. Maternal and Child Health: Access to antenatal care visits and early childhood
development services, especially in the face of COVID-19.
6. Others

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Companies applying should meet these criteria:

 

  • Innovative and working in East Africa
  •  Impact potential for frontline healthcare workers
  • Proven business model with revenue generation
  •  Multidisciplinary team

 

How will you benefit?

 

Funding – Awardees will receive $50,000 in SEED capital
• Technical assistance and investment readiness support
Access to networks – Partnerships within both the public and private sectors, with potential to receive follow-on funding from JJIV.

How to apply?

 

  • Applicants must first log in to their user account on VC4A to access the full application. If
    you don’t have a user account on VC4A, you will be asked to sign up and complete 3
    onboarding questions, before you can start with your application.
  • All applications have to be submitted via the online application form

For more information contact: edwin@villgroafrica.org

 

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