The Ifakara Health Institute and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Youth Advisory Council is calling for entries for the Malaria Innovation Essay Competition 2023. This is an incredible show of resolve against one of Africa’s most threatening public health concerns, malaria, This competition provides a platform for young Africans passionate about eradicating malaria to showcase their innovative ideas.
According to the World Health Organization, malaria claimed the lives of over 600,000 people globally in 2021, making the quest for a solution crucial. To catalyze the development of practical and effective solutions, the competition encourages young minds to think creatively and present novel approaches to combat this disease.
Malaria Innovation Essay Competition Format
The competition will unfold in two stages:
Stage 1: Call for Essays
Participants are encouraged to submit an essay not exceeding 2,000 words on any of the following 5 tracks: New Technologies and Approaches, Community-Based Solutions, Social Innovation, Cross-Disciplinary Solutions, and Youth-led Solutions. These themes cover a broad spectrum of areas, from technology-based interventions to community-led initiatives and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Stage 2: Presentation of Essays from the top 5 Champion Groups
The top five participants will be invited to present their essays in a virtual pitch format, discussing their essay’s potential impact, relevance to malaria innovations, and how young champions can promote innovations in combating malaria.
Prizes and Recognition
The competition provides cash prizes of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 for the top three winners, respectively. Furthermore, all finalists will receive certificates of participation and have their essays published, marking their contributions to the fight against malaria.
Eligibility and Participation
The competition is open to African residents aged 18-35 who are passionate about malaria control and elimination. The submissions are acceptable in English, French, or Portuguese languages. Furthermore, while a background in a health-related profession or membership in a national malaria youth army is beneficial, it’s not a requirement to participate.
Entries will be judged on the quality and originality of the essay, its relevance to the competition theme, the potential impact of the proposed solution, its feasibility in a real-world setting, and diversity of perspectives.
Are you ready to make your mark in the fight against malaria? Apply today for the Malaria Innovation Essay Competition. Visit the competition page to apply in French or English
For more information, visit Malaria Innovation Essay Competition. The deadline for the submission of entries is 25th May 2023.