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HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund

The HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund was created with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and is funded by USAID and DFID. It is implemented by the USAID-funded SHOPS project, and aims to uncover innovative and replicable solutions that address critical health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa.

HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund

These health priorities include high rates of maternal and child mortality, unmet need for modern family planning methods, and lack of access to HIV/AIDS testing, care, and treatment services. The fund provides grants coupled with technical assistance to health enterprises addressing these health priorities in Kenya or Ethiopia. In October 2014, grants were also provided to two new awardees in Nigeria, expanding on the Fund's existing presence in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Who is eligible?

During the periods where applications are invited, any enterprises that have developed low-cost health care delivery approaches can apply if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have a sustainable, revenue-generating business model
  • Address critical health issues in the areas of family planning, reproductive health, maternal and child health, or HIV/AIDS
  • Be based in Ethiopia, Kenya or Nigeria (or intending to expand operations to these countries)
  • Provide goods or services that result in improved health outcomes among base of the pyramid population segments

What are the selection criteria?

The selection committee identifies enterprises that have the potential to improve health outcomes through increased provision of, or access to health services. Successful applicants are those that can demonstrate the potential for sustainability, scale, and replication.

For selection criteria specific to Ethiopia, click here

How does it work?

The Health Enterprise Fund is a competitive grant process where the applicants that demonstrate the potential to create the biggest impact in the fund’s target areas will be selected to receive both a grant and technical assistance. Grants range from US $100,000 to $200,000.

For the most up to date information on the Health Enterprise Fund, visit

A video of the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund event in Nairobi, Kenya in June 2013 can also be accessed here.