About the organization
Positive Action Community Challenges (PA Community Challenges or PACC) are an initiative of ViiV healthcare, aiming to bring innovative thinking and problem solving to specific hard to tackle challenges in international development. Whether you are a development expert with a deep understanding of pressing healthcare issues or an innovator from another field seeking to apply your methodologies, skills and experience towards new ends, the PA Community Challenge is your opportunity to be a ‘solver’ and develop and propose solutions to address some of the enduring bottlenecks that inhibit communities in their goal to end HIV.
PA Community Challenges target specific but common challenges that limit health, opportunity, rights and/or aspiration. By connecting experts in the HIV and international development communities with problem solvers and innovators from other fields of technology, academia, business and beyond, the PACC aims to identify replicable and scalable solutions that can overcome the challenges communities and health systems face in tackling HIV.
Empowering Girls in Emergency Settings
Spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, the UN, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents. The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which presents a roadmap on ending all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation.
In partnership with Every Woman, Every Child, Positive Action for Woman and Girls is pleased to announce the launch of an Empowering Girls In Emergency Settings (EmGEmS) Prize to address the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of adolescents girls in emergency settings. We recognise that in emergency settings girls are particularly vulnerable to violence, rape, lack of privacy and often forego education as well as access to health services. The Empowering Girls In Emergency Settings (EmGEmS) Prize is seeking innovations (either conceptual or proven) that help girls meet their sexual and reproductive rights and health while leveraging their own agency and enabling them to gain confidence, learn and be empowered. This could entail technological, service or activity-based innovations.
Application Criteria for Decisions
Each Community Challenge will lay out specific criteria for a Prize to be awarded. All prizes must be people centred, replicable, scaleable, low cost to implement, and able to achieve a substantive change.
- People Centred recognises the human dignity and rights of the individual and community. Must ensure privacy, demonstrate an ability to not perpetuate stigma associated with HIV and enhance active community participation in solution development
- Replicable broadly replicable within same, similar and/or across diverse settings
- Scalable demonstrate ability to be widely implemented, including minimised barriers to access, adoption and maintenance
- Low-cost intervention must demonstrate value and affordability within international development project budgets and donor funding requirements.
- Substantive change meet the thresholds set by the specific prize and be widely acknowledged as achieving uncommon and outstanding success
Empowering Girls In Emergency Settings will be judged by a Community Challenge Judges Panel.
Launch: 22 June 2016
Close: 11:59pm EST on 1st August 2016
Winners announcement: the 71st Session UN General Assembly Week, 13-26 September 2016.
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