Purpose: To demonstrate how social innovations can impact health and social outcomes, drive more resilient health systems, engage communities, and help achieve universal health coverage.
Background: Social innovations in health are inclusive solutions that meet the needs of end users through community-engaged, person-centered processes. We want to identify the most important work studying these innovations and highlight case examples that have made a significant impact on health outcomes. Kindly supported by the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI), BMJ Innovations and our partner BMJ journals are launching a special supplement focused on social innovation for health. SIHI is a passionate network of groups focused on using social innovation enhance health. Examples of social innovations include community empowerment programs to decrease Chagas risk in Guatemala, rapid malaria screening at drug shops in Uganda,4 and crowdsourcing open calls to spur innovation and engagement.