Although healthcare innovations exist within the country, poor capacity/support systems for innovators has been one of the constraints to achieving scale. A number of innovations have not made valuable or sustainable impact in the health sector due to the lack of enabling systems or programs.
In 2015, PHN through the innovation marketplace, conducted the first ever in country Health Innovation Challenge, to identify, reward and support promising innovations addressing key challenges in the health sector –specially focusing on saving the lives of mothers and children in Nigeria.
The team identified over 300 applications in its initial assessment stage of which 42 were selected to go through a design thinking and business development boot camp to strengthen the innovators’ capabilities.
11 innovations were selected as finalists of which 5 emerged as winners receiving grants (ranging from $20,000 – $100,000). In a bid to address the present need for support systems for innovators in healthcare to operate successfully with the country’s unique sector, NHIM has designed the Health Innovation Development Accelerator Program (HiDAP).