Advancing youth-led innovations to reinforce global public health






The AB Global Health Initiative’s Global Health Innovation Hub is a community that brings together innovators, critical thinkers, students, researchers, young professionals, and creators to foster ideas towards the strengthening of local health systems. It is aimed to be a center of global public health innovation that inspires collaboration and serve as a catalyst for new ideas and help innovators develop low-cost, high-impact, sustainable and scalable global health solutions.

Innovation’ denotes new, better, more effective ways of solving problems. The term has been used to describe policies, systems, technologies, ideas, services, and products that provide solutions to existing healthcare problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that ‘health innovation’ improves the efficiency, effectiveness, quality, sustainability, safety, and/or affordability of healthcare. This definition includes ‘new or improved’ health policies, practices, systems, products and technologies, services, and delivery methods that result in improved healthcare.

Today, millions of people around the world live in areas experiencing untold healthcare challenges. Majority of these people are unreachable by quality life-saving and essential health services delivery due to fragile health systems. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable communities focusing on innovations necessary to reach them.

The ABGHI Global Health Innovation Challenge

The AB Global Health Initiative (ABGHI) is a Non-Profit Organization committed to improving global health through community programs, educative courses, and innovative solutions to strengthen community health system capacities. Through this Challenge, we will identify and support novel solutions that draw from the experiences of affected communities to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people.

Every year, following an open call for submissions, participants are invited to present their innovations to a panel of judges composed of experts in global health, international development, health systems strengthening and innovation. These participants compete for grants and 2 projects are selected yearly to receive as much as 1,000,000 Naira in funding solely towards implementation, unique mentorship, and exposure opportunities. These projects, solutions and ideas are expected to be low-cost, high-impact, sustainable and scalable. All applicants will become a part of the innovation Hub and will benefit from the mentorship and networking opportunities with peers.

Participants will be students of any health-related and multi-disciplinary background in any higher institution in Nigeria. Early career young professionals are encouraged to apply. The participants should be between the ages of 18 – 30 years. We highly encourage female applicants and persons living with disability to apply. The competition will be restricted to Health themes directly related to community development.

The Application Process

  • 1 January 2023: Application opens
  • 15 March 2023: Application closes
  • April 2023: 

    • Round 1 review
    • Round 2 Finalists selected and contacted

  • May 2023: Finalist projects selected
  • May-June 2023: Virtual Workshops and Mentoring for finalist teams
  • July 2023: Selected Projects and Ideas begin implementation

The Application Process

Submissions for the Challenge is now open. Interested applicants are invited to submit concept notes containing basic information of their projects or innovations. The proposals for the projects which will be implemented over an initial period of 1 year can be submitted individually or as a team (maximum of 4). We ask that you also submit resumes. Please describe in your concept notes how sustainable and scalable this project will be after implementation.

Submit applications by sending CVs and Proposals to innovate@abghi.org

For more info contact info@abghi.org



Proposals/concept notes should contain the following;

  1. Summary of the action

Please provide the following information:

1.1         Brief description of the proposed idea/innovation.


  1. Relevance:

Please describe the following:

2.1         How relevant is your proposal to the needs and constraints of the target community?

2.2         What are the problems to be resolved and the needs to be met?

2.3         Who are the actors involved (final beneficiaries, target groups)?

2.4         What are the objectives and expected results?

2.5         What is the added value of the action


  1. Methodology and Sustainability:

Please describe the following:

3.1         What are the main project activities?

3.2         How will the project achieve sustainability?


  1. Budget/Funding:

Please describe the following:

4.1         How much is needed to fund this low-cost innovative idea?

4.2.        How is this idea expected to be scalable?