Calling for Innovative Health Programs

A Celebration of Kenyan Healthcare Innovations: Highlighting, Celebrating and Connecting for Improved Health Outcomes

The Centre for Health Markets Innovations (CHMI) promotes programs, policies and practices that make quality health care delivered by private organizations affordable and accessible to the world’s poor. Managed by Results for Development, CHMI works through a network of Regional Partners around the world, including Africa Capacity Alliance (ACA) (formerly the Regional AIDS Training Network) in East Africa.  CHMI is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and UKaid.

Through its global work, CHMI has identified over 150 healthcare innovations in Kenya. Kenya is second only to India in the number of innovations per country that CHMI profiles, with more innovations being added all the time. Please visit to see profiles of Kenyan healthcare innovations.

ACA is soliciting applications from health market innovators for the purpose of identifying promising private-sector healthcare models, providing an avenue for innovators to showcase their models, and triggering discussions about how to support growth of health care innovations in East Africa. Ultimately, this call aims to facilitate the scale up of health market innovations across Kenya and the region.

Successful applicants will be supported to attend the 3rd East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF) Conference to be held 2nd-4th March, 2014. During the conference, successful applicants will have an opportunity to showcase their innovations, participate in relevant forums, attend capacity building sessions, and interact with funders, policy makers and other health innovators.

In addition, three innovations will be recognized during the conference gala dinner on March 3rd as demonstrating the highest potential to scale and have a meaningful impact on healthcare outcomes for the poor. In April of 2014, successful applicants will be supported to attend a one-day innovators workshop in tandem with healthcare policy makers.  The focus of the workshop will be to collaborate on ways to foster innovation and strengthen health systems and services in Kenya and the region.

To learn more about the call for programs or to apply, please visit

Highlights 2013

chmi highlights 2013Center for Health Market Innovations is pleased to bring you the third annual edition of CHMI Highlights.

CHMI Highlights identifies emerging healthcare practices, analyzes the effectiveness of these practices, and spotlights programs improving their ability to serve poor communities. The report features more than 80 programs working to make quality healthcare delivered by private organizations affordable and accessible to the world’s poor.

Key features of Highlights: 2013 include:

A Global Health Markets in 2013 info-graphic describing new developments in health markets from the past year, including Indian regions that are home to the most innovative health programs.

Insight into how innovators are expanding access to priority health services such as malaria, TB, and maternal and child health. CHMI reviewed dozens of practices deployed by innovators around the world as well as the evidence behind them (see page 20).
Analysis of advances in supply chains helping to ensure the most remote communities get access to quality medications to combat major health threats (see page 25).
Details on CHMI’s impact in the past year, including how connections to mentors, funders, and technical experts have enabled the creation of new partnerships worth millions of dollars and have helped organizations expand their services to an additional 1.6 million people (see page 36).
More updates from CHMI: Explore the new website.
CHMI has a new digital platform. Discover more than 1,200 programs through interactive maps and graphs. Plus, web portals now present snapshots of our findings on nine key themes such as maternal health and franchising. Explore CHMI Topics here.

We welcome your feedback on Highlights: 2013, or other aspects of CHMI’s work.

CHMI’s Highlights: 2013 report features programs working to make quality healthcare delivered by private organizations affordable and accessible to the world’s poor.

More than 80 of the most innovative health programs globally are featured! Check out a visualization depicting key facts from our analysis of the 1,200 programs in CHMI’s data set.

Click here to access the full report:

Microinsurance, supply chain innovations, and scaling up in Africa

How microinsurance addresses financial barriers for those in need of health care

Each year, over 150 million people suffer financial catastrophe and another 100 million people are pushed into poverty as a result of health related expenses. Though governments are now making major strides towards universal health coverage through approaches such as health insurance, there is a long history of private sector involvement in addressing financial barriers for individuals through microinsurance.

CHMI, in partnership with the MicroInsurance Network, has identified 146 different microinsurance programs that offer standalone microinsurance products, or integrate services to a package of health delivery services.

Here are some great examples of global microinsurance programs within ESA region,  in the CHMI’s database:

  • Changamka Microhealth Limited, Kenya - Changamka MicroHealth is an integrated health financing company that utilizes an electronic platform, accessible by mobile phones, to facilitate the financing of healthcare services for the working poor in Kenya. This includes a health savings account, e-vouchers, and microinsurance scheme.
  • Healthy Baby/Healthy Life Vouchers, Uganda - The “HealthyLife” branded voucher pilot program subsidized client demand for treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through a network of health care providers in four districts around Mbarara in western Uganda.
  • MEDA’s LLIN voucher program, Tanzania - Known locally as Hati Punguzo, mothers and caregivers of infants are issued a voucher during their child’s immunization visit to a local health clinic. These vouchers can be presented at any one of over 5,500 participating retailers and provides a meaningful discount towards the purchase of a LLIN. Vulnerable children, especially those under 5, will have access to an affordable bed-net, subsidized by support from, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Yarona Care Pay-As-You-Go Healthcare, South Africa - With this product, patients are able to purchase vouchers, load them onto their cell phones and then use them to pay healthcare providers for health care and dental services.
  • Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) Microinsurance - developed a microinsurance scheme for its members using women as an entry point to provide inpatient coverage for the entire family.

To learn more:

  • Read a summary of microinsurance programs in low- and middle-income countries by visiting this link - Database-at-a-Glance: All about Microinsurance
  • Read the briefing note or full report on Leveraging Health Microinsurance to Promote Universal Health Coverage from Results for Development and the ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility.
  • Explore programs, blogs, and resources at CHMI’s new Topic page on microinsurance.


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UHC Forward: Call for papers for international conference

UHC Forward: Call for papers for international conference

Oxfam and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are inviting proposals for conference papers on the role of the for-profit private sector in delivering Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in low and middle income countries. Papers can have a country or regional focus and should pay particular attention to how for-profit providers expand access to quality and effective services for under-served populations as well as the challenges they face in doing so. We invite papers that demonstrate that for-profit providers can improve the equity, coverage, quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of health care services. Papers will also be considered that explore the specific role of for-profit providers within country wide successful advances towards UHC.

Abstracts should be submitted to in English by 13 December 2013. All conference proceedings will be conducted in English due to resource constraints. You can also download the pdf version of this call hereFor more information, visit the UHC Forward Website

Sankalp Awards for Africa 2014 is now OPEN!

Sankalp Awards has announced the Sankalp Award for Africa 2014. The award will bring forth emerging high-impact SMEs to a global platform.

Established in 2009 in India, it is considered one of the most reputed recognition platforms for sustainable and scalable social enterprises.

Applications to Sankalp Awards for Africa are now OPEN for emerging SMEs that can demonstrate the business and social value they are creating with a focus on one of the 6 high impact sectors:

  • Agriculture, Food & Livelihoods
  • Clean Energy /Technology
  • Education and Vocational Training
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health, Water & Sanitation
  • Technology for Development (including ICT)

Shortlisted enterprises in the awards programs will receive one-on-one mentoring, pitch to leading investors, and gain media recognition.

Click here to watch Sankalp Awards 2013 finalists pitch to a 1000+ global audience at the Sankalp Unconvention Summit in India.


  • India: Applications for Sankalp Awards 2014 close on November 20, 2013 and can be found here.
  • Africa: Application for Sankalp Awards for Africa close November 20, 2013 and can be found here.

For more information, visit Sankalp Forum Africa