Social innovation in sexual health: a scoping review towards ending the HIV epidemic.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

As donor financial support decreases, ending the HIV epidemic in Asia will require novel and sustainable approaches. Social innovation, a community-engaged process that links social change and health improvement, may be useful for helping to end the HIV epidemic in Asia. A scoping review to examine social innovation strategies in sexual health for the Asian region was conducted. The research identified focused on three types of social innovation: (1) microfinance; (2) social entrepreneurship; and (3) social enterprise. Microfinance provides financial opportunities (e.g. banking services, job opportunities) to spur local entrepreneurship and healthier behaviours. Social entrepreneurship uses business principles and tools (e.g. crowdsourcing, human-centred design) to improve health. Social enterprise is a business with a social mission. Further research is needed to measure the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of social innovation strategies in improving HIV services.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Srinivas, ML; Ritchwood, TD; Zhang, TP; Li, J; Tucker, JD

Published Date

  • March 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 5 - 12

PubMed ID

  • 33632381

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1449-8987

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1071/SH20030


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Australia