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The GOOD Pioneers of Health: Africa Edition

Share your innovative health solutions

Are you pioneering an innovative health solution that could benefit people everywhere? Submit your projects tackling Maternal & Child Health; HIV/AIDs & Reproductive Health; and TB & Malaria.

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The Specifics

We’re happy to announce the five winners that will have a representative join us in Cape Town, South Africa for the GOOD Pioneers of Health Exchange:

Read more about the winners here.

Calling all creative health leaders across Africa: We are looking for health and development pioneers working on innovative projects tackling Maternal & Child Health; HIV/AIDs & Reproductive Health; and TB & Malaria. Whether you’re a designer or engineer, community health worker or passionate advocate, we want to hear about your learnings and insights. We know that often the best solutions are collaborative and have surprising origins, so share your unique perspective and together, let’s help move the world forward.

Up to five innovators will join us for the GOOD Pioneers of Health Exchange, a four day collaboratory in Cape Town, South Africa from December 10 through 13. Powered by GOOD and Name Your Hood, the Exchange will be an opportunity to share and accelerate exciting solutions in health with fellow innovators, prominent health leaders, government officials and other nonprofit organizations.

Submissions are open from September 26 to October 18 noon PDT. A panel of judges will select the top finalists that will move on to the voting round, when the GOOD community will vote for their favorite projects. After community voting has closed, a panel of judges will select the winners from among the top-voted submissions.

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Submission Tips:

  • Photos are optional, but if submitted, they should be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format, at least 570 × 345 pixels and no larger than 10MB.
  • Submissions must be in English, and applicants must speak English.
  • If you have any questions, please review these FAQs or send us an email at

Rules & Regulations


  • This Challenge is open for submissions from September 26, 2013 at noon PDT to October 18, 2013 at noon PDT.
  • Only individuals who are 18 and over are eligible to apply.
  • Contest is restricted to individuals who reside in Africa. Please see this list for eligible countries.
  • Project submissions should have already launched and be either in progress or already completed.
  • Organizations and businesses are welcome to apply, but only one representative can enter a submission per organization.
  • Read all the rules.

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Dear Emily,
It is impossible to describe the activities and successes of GIMME 5 in the short space you have allocated to applications. Gimme 5 is a complete educational module centred mainly around HIV prevention education. We get the message across in many different ways.
1. Theatre. We have puppet shows which are being put on for the HIV department of the state's basic education. We performed last Thursday at St Thomas School in Port Elizabeth and have been requested by them to stand by at short notice.
I have a 6 short story play relating to HIV involving teenagers doing oral sex , the solution being arrived at by the value-based dudes, the condom scene, drug and alcohol scene, rape scene, blood transfusion escapade, prostitute scene. The actors are also playing the board game. Those doing well (badly) in the play are also rewarded (punished) in the game.
2. Curricula. The grade R 2 term program is particularly brilliant whereby the values are introduced two by two, utilising stories, games, artwork, song and dance. Learners are taught how to find values in stories.
3. Retraining teachers in GIMME 5. This has been requested by state education.
4. Psychology. Gimme5 has been used for the successful counselling of a school bully.
5. Sport and recreation. Teaching of sportsmanship, fitness, health and teamwork.
6. The board games, both physical and digital.

IF YOU ARE A HEALTHY DUDE, A SAFE DUDE, A CARING DUDE, A LOYAL DUDE, A STRONG DUDE (both physically, mentally and emotionally) you are very unlikely to become infected with HIV.
Kindly invite the South African Minister of Planning, Trevor Emanuel, to your conference. The government department of Planning can influence any individual department, and if all government departments work together on the same theme of ethics and values holistically, we can achieve our aim of CHANGING CURRENT BEHAVIOUR PATTERNS. Government departments of HEALTH, EDUCATION, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, SPORT and RECREATION, and even CORRECTIONAL SERVICES and JUSTICE.

Dr David Kolnick. GIMME 5.

by gimme55
over 2 years ago | Reply

Just a heads up that you've got two different end dates for submissions listed above: Oct. 15 under specifics & Oct. 18 under Rules & Regulations.

by softleaf
over 2 years ago | Reply

Thank you! We've edited the typo: Submissions are open until October 18th.

by Emilyshana
over 2 years ago | Reply

4 day trip to the GOOD Pioneers of Health Exchange
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Submission Began
Thursday, September 26

Submission Ended
Friday, October 18
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Voting Began
Monday, October 21

Voting Ended
Monday, October 28
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Winner Announced
Wednesday, November 20

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