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The BMJ Innovations social innovations for health special supplement highlights some of the most important research work, concepts and practices in the area of social innovations in health. It also showcases the best available case examples where significant improvements in health outcomes have been made.

“The purpose of this special supplement is to spur the development and maturation of social innovation in health as an academic field and to broaden multidisciplinary collaboration to this end. Here, contributors describe and analyse the history, concepts, tensions and research evidence of community-engaged social innovations and related person-centred approaches. The overarching goal is to better understand how social innovations can be embedded in health education, training, research, policy, programmes and systems.

Ultimately, the special supplement will demonstrate how social innovation contributes toward a holistic approach to health and development.” Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD

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This special supplement is kindly supported by the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI), BMJ Innovations and other BMJ journals. It is also supported by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The call for submissions was in partnership with the Social Innovation in Health Initiative and Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health. It was co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and the World Health Organization. TDR received additional funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), to support SIHI.

Without these valuable contributions, the production of this important supplement would not have been possible. We give thanks to all those involved. 

Webinar recording

For the launch of BMJ Innovations, special supplement on social innovations for health, a webinar took place to show how social innovations can positively affect health and social outcomes, drive more resilient health systems, engage communities, and help achieve universal health.

The event was held in English with simultaneous interpretations in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

WEBINAR | BMJ series | Special supplement on social innovation in health

SEMINARIOS WEB | Series BMJ | Suplemento especial sobre innovación social en salud

BMJ Innovations features the most important research and emerging talent in digital health, medical devices and clinical practice from around the globe. The online journal encourages the adoption of innovative practices by health professionals with the latest, original research, early-stage innovation reports, and systemic and narrative reviews.


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