Shout Out for Health – Competition Information

In collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF is pleased to announce the launch of Shout Out for Health, a small grants competition designed to generate public demand and accountability for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH).

Small grants of approximately $100,000 each will be awarded to UNICEF Country Offices planning to initiate or scale activities that encourage citizens to hold policymakers accountable for national RMNCAH priorities. The method for citizen engagement should be context-appropriate and creative, harnessing social media, conventional media, the private sector, civil society, or a combination of platforms that give RMNCAH advocates and activists an opportunity to speak out about the quality of RMNCAH care in their communities.

While creative platforms for citizen engagement are important, so too are the channels for communicating the demands of citizens to policymakers. The winning entries should therefore include a brief description of how public views on RMNCAH will be used to inform policy dialogue at the national or subnational levels.

Proposal submission

Before submitting a proposal, please carefully review the Competition Overview. To submit a proposal, please submit a proposal and budget to Guy Taylor at, using the competition proposal and budget template. Proposals must be submitted before 30 April 2016.

Proposal review

The deadline for proposal submissions is 30 April 2016. Proposals received before this date will be reviewed by a cross-sectoral committee based at HQ, with winning entries announced in June. All selected proposals will be announced on this website and colleagues who have submitted selected proposals will be contacted directly. Project funding disbursement is expected to take place in July 2016.


Implementing country offices are requested to fully document project implementation on an ongoing basis. After projects have been completed, implementing country offices will be requested to submit, within one month, a report providing details of specific activities conducted, project outputs and outcomes and lessons learned, together with details of budget expenditure.

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