Positive Action Challenges: Combating Stigma & Discrimination In Healthcare Settings

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Positive Action Challenges and the International AIDS Society are inviting concept note for its challenge that seeks to combat stigma and discrimination faced by key populations in healthcare settings by scaling up and fostering best practices by which every person will be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their profession, behaviour, gender or sexual identity.

This challenge is seeking to tackle stigma and discrimination faced by key populations in healthcare settings regardless of profession, gender or sexual identity. Solutions may be proven interventions or proof of concept innovations in need of piloting and scale-up.


This challenge aims to

  • scale up proven action that is replicable and sustainable
  • encourage new ‘proof of concept’ innovations that will lead to impactful change.

Funding Information: The Prize amount is Up to £100,000

Judging Criteria

  • People Centred: Entries may focus on a process, technology or other method but the ultimate benefit must be measurable in terms of impact on people’s lives. Must ensure privacy, demonstrate an ability to not perpetuate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and enhance active community participation in solution development.
  • Replicable: Entries can be replicated and adapted by others at low cost to ensure broader implementation and uptake as quickly as possible in similar settings.
  • Scalable: Entries must demonstrate how they can be scaled beyond pilot programmes to large scale responses that can be implemented at greater/national scale.
  • Affordable: Entries must demonstrate affordability (low-cost or no-cost to the end users) within resource limited settings or other similar settings as detailed in the individual challenges.
  • Sustainable: Entries must demonstrate how they are implementable in the longer term (beyond the lifecycle of prize funding) using the resources that already exist or which can be incremental to existing service delivery.
  • Achieving substantive change: Successful entries are expected to change the thoughts, processes and other barriers that prevent people living in resource limited settings from receiving the best care possible within the resources (financial and other) available, demonstrating a clear benefit to the people and systems targeted.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Positive Action Challenges are open to any applicant (“Applicant”) who is
    • an individual, age 18 years or older; or
    • a group of individuals in which at least one individual is 18 years or older (individuals under 18 are eligiable to participate in any Challenge unless prohibited by applicable law); or
    • one or more public or private entities, including, without limitation, universities, academic institutions, not-for-profit entities and private sector organisations.
  • Unless otherwise restricted by the Challenge, the Applicant may be from any geographic area.
  • In the event the Applicant is a governmental entity or a governmental employee, ViiV Healthcare reserves the right to conduct an evaluation to ensure Applicant’s eligibility with these Challenge Rules and any applicable Challenge criteria.
  • In addition, ViiV Healthcare reserves the right to evaluate the eligibility of any government official or the eligibility of Applicants that reside in a jurisdiction that restricts or prohibits contests.
  • The Applicant, including each individual member of an Applicant group, may not be an employee of ViiV Healthcare or any of its affiliates, a judge of the Challenge in question, or any other party involved with the design, production, execution or distribution of the Challenge or a member of the household of such an individual.
  • The Applicant must not be or have a member who is currently on the Excluded Parties List maintained by the United States government.
  • There is no maximum team size. Each Applicant must assign at least one named team leader. If Applicant teams include members under 18 years of age, those members are required to submit a Parent Consent Form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Positive Action Challenges.

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