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Women in Global Health | Start-up Digital Innovation & AI #BuildBackBetter Challenge

| Sectors: Digital Health, Women, COVID-19
| Granting entity: Women in Global Health
| Deadline: 23 October
| Type of support: Prize
| Funding/benefits: 10,000 USD
| Applicants: Women-led start-ups based in low or middle income countries
| Locations: Low or middle income countries

Synopsis: Gender inequities in global health security are undermining the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the achievement of health for all. Strong health systems that can withstand the next global health crisis must be built on equality, and gender equality is fundamental. Strong health systems harness the best possible talent, expertise and diverse perspectives in decision making. Currently, women are the vast majority of health and social care workers but largely excluded from decision making, to the detriment of everybody’s health.

To ensure that health systems are better prepared for the next crisis, WGH, supported by the Novartis Foundation, is hosting a digital innovation challenge to advance gender equity through digital and AI solutions for global health security and health systems.

The #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge will offer a platform for women-led start-ups to advance both gender equity in health security and systems, with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, the #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge will identify innovative digital and AI solutions addressing health security during COVID-19 and future health emergencies with the potential to: 

(a) increase the number of women as creators of digital health and AI solutions
(b) increase the number of women as leaders of digital health and AI companies and initiatives
(c) ensure that that digital health solutions enable health systems to meet the health needs of all genders

Link to application: https://www.womeningh.org/buildbackbetter-challenge

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