CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Digital Health Information Solutions for Young People (International AIDS Conference)

What is it?

Leveraging digital technologies to reach young people with information and services on HIV and sexual and reproductive health. Innovations and technology are a critical enabler to reach those who are left behind and provide the required speed, scale and cost to achieve significant impact on health. The broader AIDS response has not been as fast in adopting technologies such as social media and digital tools on a scale that is sufficient to reach young people for whom digital platforms are the main source of information and services.

To help address the need for more comprehensive digital strategies for engagement of young people, UNAIDS Health Innovation Exchange, in collaboration with UNICEF, opens a call for proposals to identify innovative digital platforms for young people that provide safe space for interaction with peers and experts on HIV and sexual and reproductive health (e.g. HIV prevention, HIV and AIDS treatment and care, HIV-related stigma and discrimination, sexual and reproductive health).

In this context, innovations mean new or improved interactive digital solutions that create better health outcomes, improved awareness of HIV prevention, HIV and AIDS treatment and care, increased protection of sexual and reproductive health.

Solutions can be:

  • mobile applications,

  • social media platforms,

  • community engagement chat rooms, or

  • any other interactive products or services delivered by digital means and targeting young people.

Solutions that take specific consideration to engage young women and girls are encouraged to apply. Solutions can also be based on currently existing social media platforms/digital tools but should provide an innovative way of use.

Assessment Criteria

  1. Innovation: The solution must clearly be an innovation, i.e. an invention or a clearly improved product/service;
  2. Values: The solution promotes the realization of the right to health, freedom from stigma and discrimination gender equality and other human rights norms and principles in its design and intended impact;
  3. Potential for impact: The solution should have the potential to deliver positive health and rights outcomes;
  4. Feasibility: The solution should have clear potential for successful implementation in a sustainable manner;
  5. Usability: The solution should demonstrate evidence of ease of use, replicability and durability.

What's in it for me?

The selection of innovations will be made based on a review by a group of experts against the criteria above. Shortlisted innovations will be showcased at the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Conference (IAC), with possible participation in pitch sessions and panel discussions. Innovators will be introduced to selected tech leaders to explore opportunities for mentorship, investments and collaboration for further development and scale-up of their proposed solutions.

Participation in the event and/or inclusion on the Health Innovation Exchange does not equal endorsement of the innovation by the Health Innovation Exchange or UNAIDS.

How do I apply?

Please fill in this form or send us a 1-minute video explaining the innovation. The video can be shot with any mobile phone or camera device and can simply be a short pitch of the idea, or a short promotional video providing answers to the following:

  •  What problem does the innovation solve? 

  • What is the innovation and how does it work?

  • What are you looking for to take your innovation forward?

Please send a link to your video to

For any questions, please email: To find out more about the Health Innovation Exchange, go to


Extended deadline for application submissions: 30/04/2020.