The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced its third cohort of Quality Innovation Challenge awardees.
The foundation launched the third Quality Innovation Challenge at the International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda, in 2018 and received more than five hundred submissions focused on innovations in sexual and reproductive health care. The nine organizations selected from that applicant pool will receive grants of up to $100,000 each.
The awardees include the Paradigm Youth Network Organization in Kenya, in support of its WeAskLucyBot, an AI-powered bot that provides young people with evidence-based sexual and reproductive health information; the Centre for Catalyzing Change in India, in support of its Safe Love dating app collaboration; and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for the development of a Youth Community Score Card that enables unmarried women and girls to document the challenges they experience when seeking family planning services at public facilities and share these scores with community stakeholders to inform interventions that will improve public health care in Kenya.
Previously, the foundation supported Quality Innovation Challenges at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2013 and in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, in 2016. To date, the foundation has made twenty-seven grants totaling nearly $1.9 million in support of Quality Innovation Challenge projects.
For a complete list of the 2018 Quality Innovation Challenge award winners, see the Packard Foundation website.
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