le 23/11/2021


Global Grand Challenges – Digital Health Services for Pregnant Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

This call for proposals aims to support digital health services to support Antenatal Risk Stratification (ARS) for pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

ARS is a portfolio of devices and data that predicts a pregnant woman’s risk of experiencing adverse birth outcomes in early pregnancy.

Global Grand Challenges seeks patient-facing digital health services for pregnant women that have been developed and are actively being provided in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). They will consider proposals for services that can support or contribute to their  ARS vision via digital applications.

Types of services include:

  • Engagement: Services that increase the participation of pregnant women in digital healthcare. (E.g., a platform to provide group antenatal care or a telemedicine platform that allows pregnant women to send medical questions to doctors by text)
  • Adoption of existing platforms: Services that leverage existing digital systems/platforms to support pregnant women (e.g., contacting patients about care or scheduling using an existing messaging app like WhatsApp)
  • Data collection: Services that collect data from pregnant women that could support clinical care. (E.g., a mobile app that allows pregnant women to track their pregnancy through metrics such as weight and fetal movement)
  • Algorithm development: Services that use data from pregnant women to assess or make predictions about their health (e.g., a web-based tool where pregnant women can input information to receive an automatic assessment on whether or not they should see a doctor)

They seek projects that will help them develop and deliver an ARS solution in sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals should endeavor to build upon existing solutions to help support ARS.

Potential options include (but are not limited to) :

  • Researching implementation methods for a solution (e.g., conducting market research for an existing app that supports one or more of the objectives outlined above)
  • Expanding the scope of a solution (e.g., translating a web-based app to mobile platforms to increase engagement)
  • Adding features/functionality to a solution (e.g., adding cloud-based data collection to a mobile app)
  • Improving the delivery of a solution (e.g., integrating a mobile app into an existing clinical health system)

Global Grand Challenges will consider solutions that are:

  • Developed and/or actively supported in sub-Saharan Africa (note: development/active support does not include cases when groups outside of SSA are testing their solutions on users in SSA)
  • Delivered in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Providing pregnancy-related services
  • Offered directly to pregnant women (i.e., patient-facing)
  • Currently available for use and interested in expansion
  • Serving a substantial and active user base in sub-Saharan Africa (e.g., more than ~100 users)
  • Digitally integrated (i.e., have a strong, technical component)
  • Clearly linked to the development and implementation of ARS
  • Preference for solutions that reach women in both rural and urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa


Closing date : Jan 13, 2022, 11:30 am PST

Funding : up to USD $500,000

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