Jhpiego has awarded three grants to spur staff-developed innovations that have the potential to transform health care delivery for women and families in the developing world.
The New Frontiers Award program is an initiative to promote creativity among Jhpiego's global staff of more than 2,000 and encourage innovations in clinical services and programs in the more than 50 countries where Jhpiego works. The winning proposals, chosen from 11 applications from eight field offices, aim to:
- Promote respectful maternity care in Kenya
- Advance scale-up of early infant male circumcision in Tanzania
- Increase the use of contraceptives by adolescents in Kenya
Jhpiego, an international health non-profit and affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, established the New Frontiers Award to "cultivate and advance innovative thinking in resolving intractable problems in global health," says Dr. Harshad Sanghvi, Jhpiego's vice president innovations and medical director. "Jhpiego was founded on innovation in reproductive health, and we have been innovating to save lives for 40 years. We want to support our young entrepreneurs and innovators in a substantive way."
Each winner will receive $25,000 to accomplish the work and will be sharing progress and results with the rest of the organization throughout the project period, which ends June 30, 2015.