Call for Applications: "Healthy Mothers, Strong World: The Next Generation of Ideas for Maternal Health"

September 2010 – May 2011

Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) present the first annual Young Champions of Maternal Health Program. The nine month professional development opportunity will be launched at a global Maternal Health Change Summit, to be held from August 30 – September 1, 2010 in India.

About The Young Champions Program

Strong mothers enable children, families, communities and economies to grow and thrive. Yet there are over 500,000 maternal deaths every year, and millions more suffer from preventable disabilities. The causes of these tragedies are many, but most causes are rooted in the unequal social and economic status of women.

Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force are partnering to create an innovative new program that transforms the field of maternal health globally. The Young Champions of Maternal Health Program will use the Changemakers online platform to identify 16 young leaders – called Young Champions – from around the world that will spend nine months working abroad on a maternal health project while being mentored by a seasoned Ashoka Fellow in the field of maternal health.

2010 Young Champions of Maternal Health Program Structure

Sixteen Young Champions will be chosen to spend a nine (9) months abroad working on a maternal health project, each mentored by an established Ashoka Fellow and his or her organization working in the field of maternal health. The Ashoka Fellows and their staff will design projects for the Young Champions that complement and build upon the proposed project of their application. Young Champions will assist and work under the tutelage of the Ashoka Fellow as they apply their new skills to developing their own project.

The nine month mentorship will take place in a different country from the Young Champion’s country of residence. All living accommodations, transport, visas, insurance and other incidentals will be covered by the program. A monthly stipend will also be provided in accordance to the prevailing wage rates of the country in which the Young Champion will reside.

Eligibility

Successful completion of at least a B.A. (or equivalent degree)
A track record of involvement in public health, as indicated by professional and/or academic experiences.

A clear commitment to and professional interest in the improvement of maternal health, especially in developing countries.

Demonstrated leadership qualities and potential as evidenced by community and organizational activities reflected within the application.

Preparedness and enthusiasm to participate in a nine month mentorship experience with an Ashoka Fellow who may live in a country that is of a different cultural context.

Please read through the Young Champions Guidelines and Criteria at www.changemakers.com/maternalhealth located under “Competition Information”. All young professionals are welcome to apply, whether they have an existing maternal health project or a new project proposal that is still in the idea stage.


For more information, please visit www.changemakers.com/maternalhealth. Should you have further questions, please contact us at connect@changemakers.com with “maternal health” included in your subject line.

To apply, please visit: www.changemakers.com/en-us/node/add/competition-entry/65090 - you will be prompted to register for Changemakers to obtain access to the entry form.

Application Deadline;

March 17, 2010

About Ashoka’s Changemakers

Changemakers is an initiative of Ashoka, an organization with over three decades of finding, funding, and expanding the work of social entrepreneurs across the globe. It is a global online community of action that connects people to share ideas, inspire and mentor each other, and find and support the best ideas in social innovation. The Changemakers online community builds on this history and expands the Ashoka vision by creating an “Everyone a Changemaker” world through networking, relationship-building, and the sourcing of funding opportunities.

Through its collaborative competitions and open-source process, Changemakers has created one of the world’s most robust laboratories for launching, refining, and scaling ideas for solving the world’s most pressing social problems.

About The Maternal Health Task Force

The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth brings together existing maternal health networks and engages new organizations to facilitate global coordination of maternal health programs. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Maternal Health Task Force convenes stakeholders and creates an inclusive setting to engage in dialogue, build consensus,

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