Recent publication on social innovation in health: BMJ Innovations special supplement

20 June, 2022

Dear HIFA Forum colleagues,

The journal BMJ Innovations recently published a special supplement devoted to social innovation in health. Social innovations in health are inclusive solutions that meet the needs of end-users through community-engaged, person-centred processes.

The Supplement was prepared with the purpose to identify important work studying social innovations in health and highlight case examples that have made a significant impact on health outcomes. The studies included were carried out across the globe in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, using different designs such as systematic review, intervention studies and observational studies. They included a variety of topics such as community engagement, universal health coverage, crowdsourcing and recognition of innovations and innovators, institutionalization and education, social innovation for health ecosystem, Zika, leishmaniasis, HIV, and oral rehydration salts, among others.

The Supplement was prepared with the support of the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI), BMJ Innovations and other BMJ journals, TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. It was Co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and the World Health Organization. It was also supported by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Of particular interest to highlight in this message are the papers that include research carried out in Latin America:

1. The social appropriation of knowledge and its contributions to the prevention of cutaneous leishmaniasis in rural contexts

2. Social Innovation in Health: research, public policy and agency capacity in the Colombian Zika Kids programme

3. Identification of social innovation in health criteria in Latin America

4. Description of global innovative methods in developing the WHO Community Engagement Package

5. Building the social innovation for health ecosystem in Latin America: experiences and learning from SIHI-LAC

I am a co-author for #4 and #5 and I will share relevant information about them in other messages, with a view to discuss some aspects and its implications.

The Supplement is available at the following link:


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