Call for proposals: Grand Challenges Africa: Catalyzing Equitable Artificial Intelligence (AI) Use to Improve Global Health

12 October, 2023

Below is a new call for proposals from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The deadline is 7 November.

Full text:

'Artificial Intelligence (AI) has significant potential to transform healthcare around the world. But as AI technology continues to advance, there is an urgent need to position low- and middle-income countries[i] (LMICs) to lead on the design and co-creation of AI-enabled technologies – thereby helping to improve the health and well-being of their women, children, and vulnerable communities. Through this call for proposal, we are emphasizing AI solutions that are locally driven and owned hence more relevant to address the needs of people they intend to serve and more likely to be accepted and used by local communities...'

COMMENT (NPW): Artificial intelligence has the potential to accelerate progress towards universal access to reliable healthcare information, but there are many caveats. HIFA is uniquely placed to support multistakeholder discussion and debate around the role of artificial intelligence in health care. If your organisation is planning to submit a proposal where such a consultation would be helpful, please consider the possibility of HIFA being a supporting partner.

Note that there are similar calls for proposals in several individual countries: Brazil, Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa, India...

With thanks,


HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: