College of Medicine (CoM) Malaria Alert Centre says it is satisfied with the response received from solutions submitted by interested persons in their social innovation in health initiative.
The social innovation in health initiative is a collaborative project with the World Health Organisation (WHO) aimed at highlighting and advancing people-centred solutions in maternal and child health care in the country.
In response to a questionnaire, one of the coordinators of the initiative Wala Kamchedzera, said the major significance of the initiative is to encourage innovative thinking among the citizenry hence they hope that it will help mobilise the citizens and organisations to take ownership of their health by engaging and implementing more social innovations.
“Although maternal and child health have improved over the last 10 years, roughly seven in 10 women still report problems in accessing healthcare, and an estimated one in eight children die from preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
“We, therefore, realise that there are barriers and gaps in the system that need to be dealt with and we believe such hindrances call for innovation in health,” she said.
Kamchedzera further said there is high probability that the innovations will lead to an improvement in the country’s health situation.
Addressing journalists at the launch of the initiative, CoM Malaria Alert Centre deputy director Dr. Atupele Kapito said the initiative proves to be the best way to go in improving the quality of healthcare in communities even with limited resources available. n