Go Youth! Global Open Call on Youth Voices
Calling on Ideas for Youth-Led Social Innovation in Health!
The purpose of this open call is to engage youth (15 to 30 years old) around the world to celebrate their social innovations in health and support them measuring success. Social innovations in health are defined as inclusive solutions to address the health care delivery gap that meet the needs of end users through a multi-stakeholder, community-engaged process.

The Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (SESH) team, as part of the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI), are interested in novel ideas by youth innovators around the world to address health issues. These include youth-led social innovations in health that target youth, or even the wider communities that youth are embedded in.

Exceptional ideas will be recognized by the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and will receive seed funding for pilot implementation at selected sites. In addition, selected finalists will receive mentorship and training from experts to enhance research strategies that will support the development of their innovations. This will include help with monitoring and evaluation, financing, and communications.

Finalists will be expected to work with SESH and the SIHI network, in collaboration with WHO/TDR, to further develop, pilot and evaluate their innovations following the results of the open call.
Building on the success of national level youth social innovation crowdsourcing calls in Malaysia and the Philippines organized in 2021, we are delighted to announce this new open call with a global focus.  Evidence from crowdsourcing open calls suggests that youth are capable of developing high-quality creative health solutions in diverse settings.

This open call will identify youth-led social innovation in health initiatives around the world. This open call has a strong focus on building capacity for research among selected finalists and winners. Therefore, submission themes or focuses may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Innovations to address specific health problems (e.g., COVID-19, chronic illnesses)
• Innovations to address impacts of epidemics/pandemics (e.g., mental health outcomes as a result of COVID-19, HIV)
• Innovations to address the increasing incidence or spread of health issues, illnesses or infectious diseases
• Innovations to engage community members (especially youth) to participate in health-enhancing activities
• Innovative campaigns or messaging (e.g., health campaigns, songs, edutainment) to enhance health-related behaviors or perceptions
• Innovative and practical interventions that aim to address a health issue

The final deadline for contributions is June 30, 2022. SESH (Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health) Global and TDR are the main organizers of the open call. Guidelines for contributions are described below.
Guideline for contributions
Eligibility: All youth 15 to 30 years old are eligible to submit to this open call. Youth below the age of 18 must also submit parental consent to participate in this open call (you will find a link to a separate parental consent form below).
Language for the entries: Submissions in all six languages of the WHO will be accepted (Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, English, Russian)
Contribution Format Options 
• All contributions should focus on social innovations in health that are led by, and/or focus on youth.
• Method 1: Online form submission
o Submission of one A4 page (prefer Times New Roman 12, single-spaced) that describes your innovation or idea. These can be submitted as a single Word or text processing file via our online submission form as an attachment
o Links to images, audio files, and video files can be embedded as hyperlinks in the text

• Method 2: Chat-based (WhatsApp or WeChat) submissions
o A submission of no more than 500 words submitted via chat
o Images, audio files or video clips accompanying your text submissions can be forwarded as well
o Submissions may be forward directly via WhatsApp to [WhatsApp number] or WeChat to [WeChat profile ID].

• For enhanced accessibility to participate in this open call, we also accept audio-only or video-only submissions that are no longer than 3 minutes in length. 
o You would be expected to describe your innovation or solution within this 3 minutes timeframe.
o You may submit this either via the online submission form or forward this through a chat-based submission platform, as described above

Judging Criteria
Submissions will be judged on a 1-10 scale according to the following five criteria:

1. Clear and concise description of your innovation or solution
2. Relevance: Does the innovation or solution tackle or address health issues or relevance to a given community?
3. Novelty: Does the innovation or solution come up with a novel approach?
4. Feasibility and Scalability: Is the innovation or solution easily piloted? Are there means to assess the effectiveness of this solution? Are there preliminary data or prototypes available?
5. Promotion of Equity and Fairness: Does it involve co-creation with youth and members of the community? Are gender and other intersection inequalities acknowledged or addressed in the approach to innovation, or as an outcome of the innovation itself?
After screening for eligibility, all the eligible entries will be assessed by independent judges. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three independent individuals and final decisions will be made by the steering committee.

Deadline: June 30, 2022 12pm GVA
Judging: July-August 2022
Finalist Notifications: August 2022
Piloting Finalists’ Projects and Research: September 2022 onwards

The open call has global prizes. Selected finalists will receive seed funding (quantum subject to the needs of each project) to pilot their innovations in their communities, as well as research mentorship to help monitor and evaluate their projects, write research manuscripts, and disseminate their findings to a wider audience. Finalists will also be given the opportunity to have their projects recognized at international conferences and ceremonies.

Steering Committee
Dr Darlan ALVARADO (Honduras)
Dr Uche Veronica AMAZIGO (Nigeria)
Mx Kalisito BIAUKULA (Fiji)
Dr Beatrice HALPAAP (Switzerland)
Dr Meredith LABARDA (Philippines)
Mr Senthilkumar MURUGESAN (India)
Mr Thu Kyaw MYAT (Singapore)
Mr Siddharth NAIR (India)
Ms Noluyolo NGOMANI (South Africa)
Mr Willice Onyango (Kenya)
Dr Robert SCHERPBIER (Switzerland)
Ms Yusha TAO (China)
Dr Rayner TAN (China/Singapore)
Dr Joseph D Tucker (United Kingdom/United States)

1. What is an Open Call?
Open calls provide a structured mechanism to solicit diverse feedback over a period of time. Open calls have been widely used by governments, private foundations, and others to spur innovation. More details about open contests for health are available here.

2. Can I apply as an individual or a group?
You can submit an idea as an individual or on behalf of a group.

3. Is there a limit to the number of contributions?
No, there is no limit. However, in the interest of fairness to all other participants only 1 of your ideas may be selected to qualify as a finalist.

4. Do I need to submit on behalf of an organization or business?
Since the open call is for early stage ideas, concepts and proposals, participants do not need to have an incorporated business or be part of an organization in order to enter the open call.

5. Does it cost to participate?
Registration for and participation in the Challenge is free, with no purchase or payment obligation.

6. What is the prize?
The open call has global prizes. Selected finalists will receive seed funding (quantum subject to the needs of each project) to pilot their innovations in their communities, as well as research mentorship to help monitor and evaluate their projects, write research manuscripts, and disseminate their findings to a wider audience. Finalists will also be given the opportunity to have their projects recognized at international conferences and ceremonies.

7. Are there any other conditions that apply for eligibility?
Submission must be the original work of the Participant. The Participant must not knowingly infringe, misappropriate, or otherwise violate any intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or any other rights of any person or entity in the performance of work.

8. Who is the Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health?
The SESH (Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health) initiative is a partnership joining individuals from the Southern Medical University Dermatology Hospital, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of North Carolina-Project China. The main goal of this project is to create more creative, equitable, and effective health services using crowdsourcing open calls and other social entrepreneurship tools. Crowdsourcing is the process of having a group solve a problem and then sharing that solution widely with the public. SESH is the Social Innovation in Health Initiative Hub for China.

9. Who is the Social Innovation in Health Initiative?
The Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) is an informal network of individuals and institutions sharing a common goal to advance social innovation in health, through research, capacity building and advocacy, to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage and meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2014, SIHI has identified and studied more than 40 community-based social innovations across 17 countries that are transforming health care delivery to improve access so no-one is left behind.

10. What is TDR?
TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is co-sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Contact our contest coordinator, Yusha Tao, at goyouth@seshglobal.org
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