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Amplify Reproductive Health Challenge: Winners Announced!

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The Amplify team is thrilled to announce the Amplify Reproductive Health Challenge winners! After reviewing more than 260 submissions over the course of the past three months, we have selected eight winning ideas that we believe will help to create communities where every girl and woman has the right to make choices about her reproductive health.

We have been deeply inspired by all of the ideas from this Challenge focused on novel ways to improve community resiliency, reach the last mile, and ensure adolescents and the most vulnerable are able to access services. 


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Ask Without Shame + Social Innovation Academy + OPPORTUNIGEE | Uganda

Providing refugee women in Uganda access to information about sexual and reproductive health through a mobile platform.

"Through the Social Innovation Academy (SINA), Ruth Nabembezi had been able to transform her difficult past as an HIV orphan into an effective solution for providing access to sexual reproductive health in founding the social enterprise Ask Without Shame. We are excited to dive even deeper into human-centered design and enable refugee women to transform their lives as well with the support of"
Etienne Salborn, Founder of Social Innovation Academy and Co-Founder of Ask Without Shame

Group of women on street looking in to camera

Ipas + Hesperian Health Guides | Bangladesh

A comprehensive mobile resource for community health workers to provide safe menstrual regulation information for Rohingya refugee women in Bangladesh. 

“We are thrilled to have been selected for this challenge. Ipas, along with our partner, Hesperian, look forward to testing our abortion resource app. We’re certain that this kind of innovation will ultimately benefit women in Bangladesh.” Kathryn Andersen, EVP and Chief Scientific and Technical Officer, Ipas

Photo Credit: Sushavan Nandy/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Group of women in Nepal in a cricle workingMarie Stopes Nepal/Sunaulo Parivar + Viamo | Nepal

An on-demand information service to equip female community health volunteers to provide reproductive health services in Nepal, focusing on times of emergency.

"Marie Stopes Nepal + Viamo are excited to be an Amplify Top Idea and have the opportunity to design a human-centered mobile platform for female community health volunteers in Nepal focusing on their needs in times of emergency." Deepa Pradhan, Social Media Consultant, MSI Nepal

Girl sitting looking at cameraMercy Corps | Jordan

Empowering Syrian and Jordanian adolescent girls to design and share an adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health toolkit with their peers.

"We are excited to begin this human-centered design journey with IDEO. We're ready to learn and create a meaningful program that puts girls in the lead to improve their lives." Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp, Director, Mercy Corps' Regional Center for Girls

Sehat Kahani | Pakistan

A tele-health platform that connects at-home, out-of-work female doctors with underserved patients, providing access to quality health care in Pakistan.

"We want to solve a problem using a problem. Can you imagine the impact of such a solution? Join Sehat Kahani in promoting equality and the right to choose for universal health!" Dr. Sara Khurrum, CEO, Sehat Kahani

Somali Family Health Services Organization | Somalia

Activating male community health workers to promote family planning and reproductive health among men in Somali communities.

“I love the way Amplify team concentrate on the content of the idea not the title.” Saredo Hassan, Director, SFHSO
“I’m so excited to have the opportunity through Amplify to bring a truly innovative, gender transformative approach to improving family planning services in Puntland, Somalia.” Christoper Hook, Technical Advisor, SFHSO

Why Comics? | Jordan

Using comics to teach displaced adolescents in Jordan about their sexual and reproductive health rights.

"The Why Comics? team is expanding our reach beyond formal education; our aim is to work in the informal education sector to engage with displaced adolescents. We are excited to learn from IDEO and Amplify, utilising human-centred design to develop resources about health and reproductive rights." Rachel Shapcott, Communications and Research Consultant, Why Comics?

Women and Health Alliance International | Iraq

Developing a mobile phone application to connect conflict-affected women in Iraq to sexual and reproductive health services using mobile clinics.

“Working with Amplify gives us a unique opportunity to design an app that will change the way we operate in the field and ensure that more women receive the quality sexual and reproductive health care they deserve.” Ioannis Malamas, Iraq Head of Mission, WAHA International 

What's Next?

For the next 18 months, each of these eight organizations will receive seed funding from the UK Department for International Development and design support from, starting with an intensive design bootcamp. We can’t wait to see these ideas evolve – and we’ll be sure to share stories and pictures of their journey! Check out the work of past Amplify winners on’s website here.

Share Your Impact Story

With so many great ideas and connections made during this challenge, we hope this is only the beginning, not only for our Winning Ideas, but for all of the ideas. We’d love to know what you are up to and encourage you to add a story about what you’ve learned on our Impact Phase. Don’t forget to check out our list of additional resources to may be useful to grow your ideas.

We'd like to extend our gratitude to the global community for continuing to drive innovation across nations, industries and issues to collaboratively design more inclusive communities. Thank you for lending your inspiration, expertise and voices to our global collaboration!

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