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Innovation Challenges.

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Calling all change makers, innovators, creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, problem solvers. We need you!

Every year we put out challenges for you to solve real-life problems children are facing between the ages of 0 to 6, living in poverty. The successful idea or proven concept will receive up to R1 million in funding, join the Innovation Edge portfolio of investments and get connected to an international community of change makers and investors.

We accept submissions from individuals, nonprofit and for profit organisations.Calling all change makers, innovators, creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, problem solvers. We need you!View past challenges below and explore our latest challenge 0 to 3 before xxx.

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Problem Brief and Challenge .

When it comes to stunting, there is a lack of good and sufficiently detailed data being gathered by health workers on the ‘nutritional status’ of children, particularly stunting between the ages of birth and 2 years. We are simply not identifying children at risk early enough to act on it. This makes it difficult to target interventions and focus programmes and resources on at-risk communities.

In order to determine if a child is at risk of stunting, a health worker has to calculate a child’s age, measure their length using a standard operating procedure, correctly plot the length on a standardised growth chart and lastly interpret the growth curve. The reliance on an individual’s ability to correctly perform all of the above margin for human error. Many children at risk are therefore not identified. The measurement of length is critical as stunting can only be diagnosed by comparing a child’s length to standardised growth charts.

Because of the challenges of accurate measurement, the linear growth of children between the ages of birth and 2 is not being captured as frequently as it could be.

The challenge brief:

Grow Great is a multi-funder initiated campaign that aims to galvanise South Africa towards a national commitment to achieving zero stunting in our country by 2030.

Struggling with a problem facing children aged 0 to 6?
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Past Challenges.

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Made to Measure

How can community health workers
(CHWs) accurately measure, record
and monitor the length of children
(aged birth to 2)

Grow Great

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