2014 Challenge

Global Healthcare

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Solving Non-Communicable Disease in the Urban Slum

The 2014 Hult Prize “President’s Challenge” will be Healthcare: Non-communicable Disease in the Urban Slum, as selected by President Bill Clinton at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York. The challenge specifically asks teams to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address non-communicable disease in slums.

Official Challenge Document
Winner

NANO HEALTH

Indian School of Business

NanoHealth, proposes hiring and training community health workers, and equipping them with “Doc-in-a-Box,” a diagnostic tool the team designed that can measure basic indicators like blood sugar, blood pressure and blood lipids and create an electronic health record for the patient.

The health workers are called saathi [friend], and are hired from the community, trained and certified by the organization. They run screening camps to diagnose patients and refer them to partner healthcare organizations, and then follow up with the patients frequently to make sure they are taking their medicines or implementing lifestyle changes.

Learn more about Nano Health

Regional Finalists
Boston

SWEET BITES
University of Pennsylvania

Sweet Bites uses 100% xylitol chewing gum to fight tooth decay.

San Francisco

WI CARE
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Breaking down the barriers for global medical devices.

London

BEE HEALTHY
HEC Paris

Bee Healthy is using bees to revolutionize disease detection.

Dubai

HARAMBEE
ESADE Business School

Making basic eye-care accessible by empowering slum communities.

Shanghai

REACH
York University

Providing inexpensive diabetes management through an innovative, decentralized distribution network.

Sao Paulo

NANO HEALTH
Indian School of Business

Using innovative technology to create micro-insurance health networks for slum dwellers.

Past challenges