On April 8, 2015, Wharton announced Riders for Health as the winner of the fourth annual Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize, which celebrates leadership and innovation among organizations creating positive social impact. Riders for Health is an international social enterprise that enables public health care services to reach rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa in predictable, reliable, and cost-effective ways. Chosen from over 75 organizations worldwide that devote themselves to social impact and building sustainable solutions for social and economic challenges, Riders for Health will receive $125,000 and official recognition at an award ceremony to be held April 30, 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania.Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Along with Riders for Health, the other Prize finalists are: CareMessage, a social enterprise that empowers healthcare organizations with mobile technologies to improve health literacy and self-health management: and Innovation: Africa, an organization bringing Israeli innovation to African villages by engaging in top-quality, sustainable, scalable, and renewable infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa. All three finalists will benefit from synergistic opportunities with Wharton and Penn. These opportunities take the form of student projects and site visits to each of the finalists organizations (to be held at the end of May), partnerships with faculty researchers, educational offerings at Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education, and many occasions to network within the larger Penn and Wharton academic and alumni communities.
“Riders for Health is a stellar example of thoughtful and innovative leadership battling a global issue that carries enormous social impact: providing truly equitable healthcare to the world,” said Geoff Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School. “The group’s accomplishments, including providing access to regular health care for millions of people to working with ministries of health, international and African NGOs and private sector organizations to improving access to life saving health care for over 14 million people, are a testament to Riders’ organizational strength and dedication to affecting real change in attitudes and behaviors. At Wharton, we celebrate all finalists, congratulate the principals of Riders for Health, and look forward to helping them to advance their laudable missions.”
“The entire Riders team is deeply honored to receive the 2015 Lipman Family Prize,” said Andrea Coleman, co-founder and CEO of Riders for Health. “We are thrilled to receive this opportunity to create innovative new partnerships and engage with new audiences to realize our mission. Together we can work towards a world in which health care reaches everyone, everywhere.”
“Our Prize Committee was inspired and excited by the work of all of three finalists. Riders for Health has crafted an innovative solution that addresses the lack of reliable, well maintained transport common in Africa to offer essential health services,” said Umi Howard, Director of the Lipman Family Prize. “It’s a low-tech approach at its most powerful – one that can be adapted elsewhere around the globe.”