Making More Health

Partnership objective

Promote healthy individuals, families and communities by identifying and supporting the most promising solutions to challenge health problems.

"Making More Health" focuses on the next generation of change-makers. "Making More Health" focuses on the next generation of change-makers. Copyright Ashoka/ Changemakers

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

“Making more health” is a global initiative to improve health in communities around the world, by identifying and supporting the most promising solutions to challenge health problems.

The partnership includes support for a series of programs aimed at identifying innovative health solutions:

1. Social Entrepreneurs Program  – this selects leading social entrepreneurs (elected as "Ashoka Fellows") whose ideas are driving cutting-edge systemic solutions in the field of health (more in specific, long-term care, medicine, mental health, nutrition, to acute care and sanitation) Fellows mostly work in low and middle income countries such as India, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil and Columbia, where different health challenges provide, at the same time, opportunities to find common solutions through collaborative efforts. In addition, two web-based changemakers competitions invite the general public to submit ideas on how to improve health in underserved communities. Within the various ideas, Making More Health’s Open Innovation Funnel aims to identify those that could potentially introduce efficient, low-cost solutions, facilitating the access to and increasing the standard of healthcare worldwide.

2. Youth Venture Program - this engages the next generation of changemakers - young people between the age of 12 to 24 - in designing and implementing healthcare solutions for their communities. So far, these projects have given young people the opportunity to develop critical skills such as team building, leadership, problem-solving. Eight of Boehringer Ingelheim’s country offices have hosted Youth Venture workshops and teams, while employees have actively supported the program by serving as mentors and coaches..

3. Executive in Residence (EiR) Program – this program gives Boehringer Ingelheim’s employees the opportunity to work directly with social entrepreneurs onsite. This allows an exchange of business and leadership skills, as well as a transfer of knowledge and know-how to social entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, it helps spreading an understanding and appreciation of social entrepreneurship and health innovation within employees and their own communities.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

So far, the program has:

  • elected 72 Social Entrepreneurs (MMH Fellows);
  • launched more than 300 Youth Venture Teams;
  • involved 32 countries;
  • started 15 Executive in Residence 6-month placements with Ashoka Fellows.

A number of fellows, are specifically working on mental healthcare. For more information on their projects, visit the MMH fellows mental health focus page.

In September 2014, a pilot project has been launched in the region of Coimbatore, in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu, in partnership with the Karl Küber Foundation. Read about this partnership here.

Based on its success, Making More Health will go on to support new additional fellowships, innovation and social entrepreneurs business innovation and exchanges, also through its employees’ engagement. 

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Partnership information

Company(ies) Boehringer Ingelheim

Partner(s) Ashoka, Karl K├╝bel Foundation

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) General Health

Program Type(s) Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach, Research & Development - Innovative Funding Mechanisms

Targeted Population(s) General population

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, North America, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 29

Country(ies) Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela

Start Date 2010

More information Making More Health

Completed date 2014

« Making More Health brings together two organizations committed to finding innovative people and ideas to help shape the future of the health sector. »

Professor Dr Andreas Barner, chairman of the board of managing directors at Boehringer Ingelheim