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To help achieve the vision of stronger PHC systems around the world, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is issuing a request for information (RFI) to identify innovators who have the ability to combine several critical accelerators to dramatically scale up comprehensive PHC access in LMICs, as they seek to forge new partnerships toward UHC.
The Sustainable Development Goals call for universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, which requires strengthening primary care as a priority. Stronger primary health care (PHC) has the potential to be a cost-effective, practical, and sustainable means to help people rise out of poverty. However, there is no one-dimensional approach or “magic bullet” to scaling up and sustaining improvements in PHC over time. Rather, there is optimism in today’s landscape that some technology-driven solutions may be ready to drastically lower the costs of PHC, improve quality, and therefore enable greater equity in global health access and outcomes.
In an effort to reshape PHC systems beyond traditional notions of primary care – which can involve facility-based, reactive, and vertical approaches to care – pioneer PHC delivery innovators in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are experimenting with disruptive, technology-enabled models of primary care service delivery.
Several of these solutions are doing so by increasing the productivity (quality and quantity) of health workers’ time through improved diagnosis and triage or through virtual services. Some are allowing individuals to assess whether they do indeed need to seek care, often saving their precious travel time and money. And some of these tech-enabled PHC solutions are increasing access for difficult-to-reach populations that are often “hidden” from and underserved by health systems. There is also an important quality angle, as some digital tools are backstopping health workers’ decision-making to improve adherence to standards, boost quality, and enable greater agency for individuals to better take care of their own health.
If you are an innovator: BMGF welcomes your response to this RFI. Please see detailed instructions in the RFI document below on what information we seek and how to reply.
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Please note that submissions should be sent as soon as possible, but no later than Oct. 1, 2018, to PHCinnovations@gatesfoundation.org.