ReachHealth Innovation, Learning, and Action Network

Convening the local innovation ecosystem for solutions to family planning and teen pregnancy challenges

ReachHealth Innovation Challenge awards three winning teams

ReachHealth Innovation Challenge 2020

Pitch your ideas

Showcase your innovations

Win grants for your solutions

Develop and your innovations

The ReachHealth Innovation Challenge is a two-day virtual weekend hackathon, which took place on November 21-22, 2020. It aimed to find solutions that address unmet needs in family planning and teenage pregnancy.

The participating teams ideated and created prototypes to improve family planning and teenage pregnancy outcomes, met mentors who can provide real-time guidance on how to further refine their ideas and solutions, and pitched to win.

Beginning January 2021, the champion team will receive an award subsidy of PHP 1.5 million and two runners-up teams will receive PHP 750,000 each. The winners will also receive three months of incubation support from Villgro to help develop and scale the innovations and connect with partners who can lend further support.


We are looking for

Individuals 18 years old and above


Teams of 4 to 7 individuals


Organisations and individuals


Drivers of change


Design Challenges

Teams will ideate and create solutions for the following challenges centered on family planning and teen pregnancy in the Philippines:

Challenge 1

How might we engage mothers in immediate postpartum family planning?

Challenge 2

How might we ensure that contraceptives are accessible through effective supply chains?

Challenge 3

How might we improve and maximize new service delivery points for family planning goods and services in the Philippines?

    What is ReachHealth?

    The Family Planning / Maternal & Neonatal Health Innovations and Capacity Building Platform (ReachHealth) will help Philippine communities reduce unmet needs for family planning and decrease teen pregnancy. The USAID-funded project is led by RTI International and is supported by the Duke University Global Health Innovation Center and Villgro Philippines.

    ReachHealth Innovation, Learning, and Action Network

    The ReachHealth Innovation, Learning, and Action Network (RILAN) is an initiative by ReachHealth – The Family Planning / Maternal & Neonatal Health Innovations and Capacity Building Platform. This network will help Philippine communities reduce unmet needs for family planning services and decrease teen pregnancy.

    RILAN was established with the sole intention of disrupting the cycle of teen pregnancy and poverty through innovation in family planning. It aims to:

    • Inspire, curate, nurture, and accelerate the sustainable scale-up of innovations that seek to reduce the unmet need for family planning and decrease teenage pregnancy rates.
    • Create an organized learning, networking, implementation support, and partnership development platform for a large and diverse community of stakeholders

    Our Objectives

    Underscoring the importance of long term sustainability and the need to build upon the emerging local innovation ecosystem in the Philippines, RTI International and the Duke University Global Health Innovation Center partnered with Villgro Philippines to help build and grow the ReachHealth Innovation Learning and Action Network (RILAN) with the following objectives in mind:

    • To foster both early- and late-stage innovative solutions to reduce the unmet need for family planning and teenage pregnancy in the Philippines
    • To bring together key stakeholders in the family planning value chain and discuss pertinent issues that can be addressed through cross-sector collaboration
    • To provide promising innovators with financial and nonfinancial resources to build and scale their family planning innovations
    • To share learning and expertise by collating and synthesizing information and ideas related to the development, content, evaluation and scale up of innovations related to family planning
    • To develop strategic partnerships to leverage further support for innovators and advance the long-term goals of the ReachHealth project at large

      Virtual Roundtable Discussions

      A series of closed-door stakeholder roundtable discussions have been held to bring together key stakeholders of the ReachHealth Innovation Learning and Action Network (RILAN). These roundtables aim to understand gaps and challenges in the innovation ecosystem in the Philippines, examine models and best practices from other regions, and bring forth cross-sectoral solutions that can be adopted in the local context. Participants of the roundtable discussion have been key stakeholders in the Philippines and from a global network of professionals working in the field in other countries. These gatherings have served as an opportunity to identify and garner support from market players who are essential to the success of innovations in the market.


      Gaps and Challenges in the Maternal Health Innovation Ecosystem in the Philippines

      August 14, 2020

      Read about it here 


      Barriers to Scaling Innovations in Family Planning and Reproductive Health in the Philippines

      August 26, 2020

      Read about it here



      Private Sector-Led Solutions in Family Planning and Reproductive Health in the Philippines

      September 9, 2020

      Read about it here


      About us


      USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance

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      ABOUT RTI International

      RTI International is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide

      To learn more, visit


      The Global Health Innovation Center is a center within Duke University, linking global health, health policy, and health innovation efforts across Duke

      To learn more, visit


      Villgro Philippines is an early-stage impact enterprise incubator that mentors, funds, and nurtures entrepreneurs who are building innovative market-based solutions that can transform the lives of the poor.  Our incubation and acceleration model is designed to provide highly customized early-stage support that is anchored in access to risk capital, high quality mentoring, investment readiness and access to talent, networks and markets.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      I have an idea but no team members. Can I still join?

      Yes! We can help you find team members interested in the same design challenge with complementary skillsets to yours to create a team.

      I have an existing idea/product/company. Can I still join the challenge?

      Yes! If you have an existing idea/product/company, you may still join the innovation challenge, provided you will adopt your existing idea/product/company to one of the design challenges and participate through the exercises in the program.

      If a team that does not belong to an existing company or organization wins, do they decide whether to register one or work with a company to develop the final product?

      The award subsidy for winners will be disbursed to individuals and not organizations. Teams can decide whether they would like to organize themselves and register a company or work with an existing one to develop the final product. The grant funding provided to winners will be tied to milestones to track effective use for the development, refinement and deployment of the product.

      Who owns the intellectual property from the hackathon?

      The teams behind the solution will have sole ownership of their intellectual property.

      Is the hackathon open only to Filipino nationals?

      Ultimately, products and/or services developed must have the Philippines in mind. Those outside of the Philippines are free to join, provided at least 2 team members are Philippine citizens and based in the Philippines.

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