With quite a number of maternal health campaigns going round across counties today, only a few are ready to tackle it from the technological perspective. This is why the County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF), a 16 million Euro three-year grant fund by the UK is looking to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by strengthening health systems in focus counties in Kenya.
This investment will support design and delivery of innovative interventions, products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that will reduce maternal and newborn mortality. The direct beneficiaries of this fund will be women of reproductive age – particularly poor rural women and adolescent girls in county and sub-county health management teams, health facilities and community units in the selected counties.
Target counties to receive the fund will be Bungoma, Homa Bay, Garissa, Kakamega, Nairobi in Embakasi and Kamukunji areas and Turkana. This is due to the increasing demand for maternal and newborn heath services in the area.
Who is eligible to apply?
The fund will consider applications from international, national and community based non-governmental, faith based and civil society organizations/ institutions, academic and research institutions, innovation hubs and the private sector.
Across each of the six counties, the Fund will provide two types of funding opportunities; the Innovation Competition and the Scaling Competition. The competitions shall run concurrently with the first round setting off on 27 March 2015 and the second round running on 31 May 2015. A second round is planned to open on 1 June 2015 and funding applications will be due in 31 July 2015.
Innovators should demonstrate new and untried innovative local solutions in service delivery, financing, technology, processes and products that are readily available to and will impact quality of maternal and newborn health services. Scaling funding is provided for expansion of successfully tested, evidence based ideas, products, processes or improved solutions to achieve economies of scale and greater impact to qualify of maternal and newborn health services delivery in low-resource settings.
Project funding will be limited to a maximum of 250,000 Euros per innovation project and 1,000000 Euros per scaling project .Both projects will be funded for up to twenty-one months.
To register and apply for the Innovation or scaling competition go to www.mnhcicf.org