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Deadline: April 10, 2019

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges – Increasing Demand for Vaccination Services (Round 23)

The Increasing Demand for Vaccination Services Challenge will support:

1. Novel approaches for providing practical knowledge about vaccines and vaccination services to caregivers, which may include:

  • Familiarizing caregivers with information on where and when routine and/or campaign services are provided.
  • Educating caregivers about how many times a child should be vaccinated and the importance of timely vaccination. Explain how a proposed intervention would very tactically increase the knowledge of when a child needs to be brought in for his or her first, subsequent, or campaign-related vaccination.
  • Addressing common concerns (multiple injections, post-vaccination discomfort) that may result in missed opportunities for vaccination.
  • Empowering caregivers to ask for full vaccination services.

2. Novel ideas for improving the convenience and/or caregiver seeking of vaccination services; these may focus on:

  • Approaches that use human-centered design to improve the convenience of accessing services from a caregiver perspective
  • Approaches that minimize wait time for caregivers, such as scheduling appointments, providing information as to wait times, and/or providing information regarding stock availability (may be linked to electronic registries)
  • Approaches that reduce the “cost” of seeking services (i.e., time, lost wages, transport cost, discordance with social norms, etc.) while increasing the “benefit” (appreciation of vaccines, integrated services)
  • Approaches that provide an innovative “nudge” for seeking vaccination services and translating intention into action

Amount: Awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000.

Eligibility: Foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions.

Link: https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/increasing-demand-vaccination-services-round-23

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