Making Quality Matter

2018 Quality Innovation Challenge

Quality Innovation Challenge: Making Quality Matter – Demanding it is your right!

The Quality Innovation Challenge supports visionary and youth-led innovators, providers, advocates, and researchers who are courageous in their pursuit to advance everyone’s right to quality sexual and reproductive health care.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 Quality Innovation Challenge, applications are now closed.

Finalists for the in-person Challenge were announced at the International Conference for Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda. During the in-person application period, 350 innovations were submitted to increase demand for quality reproductive and sexual health services among young and unmarried people from applicants around the world. The 12 finalists below will be invited to submit a full proposal to the Foundation for five grants of up to $100,000 each.

236 applications were received in the online challenge. Finalists will be announced in February 2019 and invited to submit a full proposals to the Foundation. Four grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.

Visit our Quality Innovation Challenge section to learn more about past projects and awardees.

The in-person 2018 Quality Innovation Challenge Finalists are:

  1. Evrard Nahimana, Partners in Health Rwanda to create a network of teen mother companions – or “accompagnateurs”—in Rwanda that provides a supportive environment and creates new champions of family planning and reproductive health.
  2. Nyasha Sithole, My Age Zimbabwe for the moonlight access project, which will identify 24-hour health facilities that provide quality sexual and reproductive health services to young people around the clock.
  3. James Ayers, Population Services International to pilot an accompaniment model that provides young women with emotional support and empathy throughout their medication abortion in Mali.
  4. Rupsa Mallik of CREA and Suchitra Dalvie from the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership to create sexual and reproductive health change agents and champions from within the community of women with disabilities throughout South Asia.
  5. Nene Fofana-Cisse, EngenderHealth to create a network of youth bloggers in Cote d’Ivoire who will use social media to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health policies, including abortion.
  6. Robert Ainslie, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs to create a model for home delivery of contraceptives that links a mobile app and motorcycle taxis in Indonesia
  7. Katie Morris and Meghan Gallagher, Save the Children to pilot a digital, interactive contraceptive decision-making tool for young people in acute emergencies in Somalia and Yemen.
  8. Claudia Akiko Bonilla, Mexico Vivo, Hablemos de Sexo y Amor to develop an online, one-stop shop for youth in Mexico to access quality information and services that recognizes sexuality as healthy, pleasurable, and free from shame.
  9. Kelsey Holt, University of California, San Francisco to build evidence on what youth in rural Mississippi need and want in terms of sexual and reproductive health information and services.
  10. Maureen Andinda, Reach A Hand Uganda to develop a youth-led social accountability system to improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health services in Uganda.
  11. Jessica Vandermark, Camber Collective to create a “demand quality!” tool to help young women in Burkina Faso obtain high quality family planning counseling and services.
  12. Tanisha Chadha, Centre for Catalyzing Change to use the Tinder online dating platform in India to increase demand for safer sex and informed decisions around contraceptive choices for all genders with a non-judgmental, friendly, fun, and pleasure-affirming tone.

The online 2018 Quality Innovation Challenge Finalists are:

  1. Sarah Baum, Ibis Reproductive Health to develop a “client bill of quality rights” to understand how expectations of care and assessment of abortion quality are associated, and to pilot an intervention to improve client’s ability to demand quality in India.
  2. Ben Bellows, Nivi Inc. to adapt medical abortion counseling guidance into digital content for pharmacists and to expand consumer-facing medical abortion conversational content to help women and girls make informed decisions about where to go and what to do when seeking a medical abortion in India.
  3. Giscard Mukucha, Debout Fille to promote increased access to sexual and reproductive health, including modern contraceptives, in the Democratic Republic of Congo through advocacy efforts, including: training a group of girl parliamentarians, motivated parents, and other allies to engage in advocacy and convening a provincial forum and workshop with stakeholders to develop a community action plan to increase uptake of modern family planning among youth.
  4. Nick Oketch, Paradigm Youth Network Organization to improve access to quality information on family planning options including contraceptives and services in Kenya through the use of LucyBot, a Facebook Messenger chatbot.
  5. Katherine Tumlinson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to develop a Youth Community Score Card that allows young and unmarried family planning clients in Kenya to document their concerns and challenges when attempting to access family planning services from public facilities in their communities; and to share these scores with community stakeholders and use them to develop appropriate interventions.
  6. Sayed Rubayet, Ipas to develop and test a sexual and reproductive health service app in collaboration with the Directorate General of Family Planning of the MOHFW in Bangladesh that will identify the closest service center providing quality menstrual regulation, post-abortion care, and contraception services and rate these facilities on quality criteria to increase accountability.