Deadline: 4 June, 2018

Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation addressed the National Economic Council on Thursday, March 22 2018, at the Old Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja where he made the following observation: “If you invest in their health, education, and opportunities—the “human capital” we are talking about today—then they will lay the foundation for sustained prosperity. If you don’t, however, then it is very important to recognize that there will be a sharp limit on how much the country can grow”.

Lend your voice to the debate by contributing an essay or blog to discuss and share your views on the topic: HOW SHOULD ADVOCATES COMMUNICATE, EFFECTIVELY, TO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AT NATIONAL AND/OR STATE LEVELS TO INFORM THEM OF THE ADVANTAGES OF INVESTING IN HEALTH TO ADVANCE NIGERIA’S HUMAN CAPITAL AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Guidelines: All essays must be between 2,500 to 4,500 words in length not including bibliography/references, 14 font size in Times New Roman script.

Blogs, must be between 600 to 800 words in length, 14 font size in Times New Roman script. Evidence-based contributions are encouraged.

Two author submissions are acceptable and women are especially encouraged to apply. The title and word amount and author/s must be typed at the top of each essay or blog.

Submission: All essays and blogs must be submitted on or before 4th June 2018 to: Health4development@gmail.com as an attachment. A CV must also be submitted as an attachment. The Subject of the email must state the name of the contributor and category – essay or blog. The body of the email should introduce the author/s in 5 lines maximum. All submissions will be acknowledged. Winners will be announced on 4th August 2018.

Prize

* Cash prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, prizes for the essay competition.

* Cash prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, prizes for the blog competition.

* Winning essays and blogs will be published by the Leiden University College, The Hague, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

* First and second prize winners will also be supported to make an in-person presentation at the Leiden University College, The Netherlands in September 2018.

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