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SIHI Nigeria at Nnamdi Azikiwe University

“We search for and promote Nigerian-based social innovations in health. We aim to promote the process of developing and deploying effective community-based solutions to improve health outcomes in Nigeria”

What is Social Innovation?

Social innovation is a new lens to approach health care delivery and development. It is a creative solution to a systemic (health) challenge with the aim to reach vulnerable populations. The solution is typically effective, inclusive and affordable.

Social innovation process uses a multisectoral and multidisciplinary approach to engage communities, government’s representatives, and other actors within and outside the health system to solve a systemic (health) challenge. Thus, social innovation is a people-centred approach.

Examples of social innovation in health in Africa

Our History

SIHI initiative was established in 2014 by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.

In April 2020, WHO awarded a grant to Nnamdi Azikiwe University and School of Public Health, University of Ghana (both new generation hubs) to collaborate with Makerere University (a first-generation hub) to disseminate social innovation in health in Africa. Nnamdi Azikiwe University will crowdsource for social innovation in health in the university and across the whole country.

Our Focus

We seek to create an enabling environment for social innovation through increasing evidence and its uptake, fostering collaboration across all stakeholders and encouraging a culture of Nigerians solving their health challenges. We achieve this by partnering with the Ministry of Health along with other key health actors and innovators, non-governmental organizations, and public and private sectors in Nigeria throughout the process of identifying and promoting social innovations in health.

Innovation Identification Call

We will conduct a call for solutions, with a focus on innovations that improve quality and access to health care and contribute to health-related sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.  The first call will focus on solutions from our University and its environment. The aim is to identify across various sectors innovative ways to improve quality and access to health care in Nigeria and Anambra State in particular. All social innovations in health are important and will be considered. Ensure your social innovation in health idea is part of it.  Watch out for the upcoming innovation identification call.

Team Members

Prof Obioma Nwaorgu (Team Leader)

Prof Chinyere Stella Okunna

Prof Chinyelu Ekwunife

Dr Oge Aribodor

Dr Chinyere Onubogu

Mr Kingsley Anigbogu

Dr Obinna Ekwunife

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

(1)        Prof Obioma Nwaorgu, 08037097410,

(2)        Dr Obinna Ekwunife, 07062032501,