Immunization of infants is an issue that needs more attention. Worried by the fact that infant fortality, polio and other infant preventable dieseases are still prevelent signifies failure in our health systems.
We need to put in more efforts in fighting this scourge.
I wish to congratulate the efforts of Bill and Mellinda Gates and we wish to express our partnership in working to save life. Consequently we will be sending our proposal shortly to the benefit of mankind.
Lizzy Igbine (mrs)
Link leads to: http://www.grandchallenges.org/
Summary: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative is offering US$100,000 grants to pursue unconventional ideas that could transform immunization supply systems in the world's poorest countries.
The availability of new vaccines and the funding to rapidly introduce them into developing country immunization programs offers a great opportunity to save millions of lives. However, with these opportunities, come challenges. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations aims to ensure that systems entrusted with delivering these vaccines are up to the task.
Grant priority areas
The Grand Challenges Explorations Round 8 covers several topics including innovations that “Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems.” Scientists, inventors, non-governmental organizations, ministries of health, and entrepreneurs from around the world are invited to apply. Grants of US$100,000 will be awarded to promising two-page proposals that address one or more of the following priority areas:
1. Vaccine characteristic prioritization.
2. Immunization supply system design.
3. Environmental impact.
4. Information systems.
5. Human resources.
6. Vaccination acceptance.
Projects demonstrating success will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to US$1 million.
Proposals are being accepted online and the closing date for submission is November 17, 2011.
Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Keywords: environmental impact, Human Resources, immunization supply systems, information systems, vaccination acceptance, Vaccine characteristics