The U.S. Agency for International Development will invest $30 million inÂ a competition forÂ innovators worldwide to helpÂ createÂ approaches and technologies toÂ stop the spread ofÂ the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
USAID Administrator Gayle SmithÂ said Wednesday the agency will seek ideas on how healthcare organizations can stem the Zika outbreak and better prepare forÂ public health threatsÂ throughÂ Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development.
The challenge aims to encourage innovators to identify vector control, diagnostics, surveillance community engagement and personal and household protection strategies.
Interested parties can submit their Zika mitigation ideas to USAID from April 29 through May 20 and proposals forÂ the management of future infectious disease crises through June 17.
USAID will facilitate the contest to supportÂ President Barack Obama’s Global Health Security Agenda and to complement the agency’sÂ mosquito control, preventive educationÂ and maternal and child healthÂ programs.