RECORDS FOR LIFE: Submission Date extended to November 15

Do you remember us asking you to apply to ‘RECORDS for LIFE’.  Now you have more time!

The date for the contest has been extended till the 15th November 2013. Here’s a chance to think a little out-of-the box, send in your entries for this contest and help protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.


A major improvement to a seemingly mundane component of child health could dramatically improve information systems, and better empower health workers and families to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Gates Foundation is now seeking creative individuals or teams; visual/information/experience/graphic designers, artists, health experts, students, professionals to re-examine the current child health record and design a new, effective one and make a difference.

Can we design a card that is easy to read and fill intuitively comprehensible by non-literate beneficiaries, provides useful information on due-dates and the benefits of RI? Can we make it robust and capable of surviving wear and tear, natural calamities? Can we make it adaptable to multiple and future recording formats and technologies? Can we create it such that it aligns with local cultural values of protection and thereby serves as a mnemonic reminder of the immunization service? Can our card design go a step further and motivate beneficiaries to avail of the complete cycle of immunization services? Through this card can we help non-literate beneficiaries also interpret the child’s immunization history, general health status, accurately track future due-doses such that they feel empowered and informed of their child’s health status?

The Records for Life contest will run through October 31, 2013 for hard copy submissions and electronic proposals can now be submitted through November 15th at 10:00AM PT. Winners will be announced in early 2014.

To participate, please visit our website and submit your ideas and prototypes of the health card that you think can be the new innovative way to track the health record of every child.

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