19 Nominees Enter into Final Negotiations in ‘Saving Lives at Birth’ Challenge

A mother holds her sleeping baby in Goma. Photo by: Julien Harneis / CC BY-SA

Community workers in Kenya are one step nearer to quickly reaching mothers in distress through an innovative project that will build an information-sharing system for maternal and newborn health utilizing mobile phone technology and village social networks.

The project proposed by Nairobi’s Zoe Alexander Ltd. is among 19 nominees for seed grants selected by the ”Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development“ initiative for having the most promising solutions to address maternal and newborn deaths in rural areas of developing countries. Specifically, the global initiative solicited projects that utilize new technologies, new service delivery models and new ways to stimulate demand for health care services at the time of birth.

The 19 nominees were chosen from among 77 finalists out of 600 applicants to the $50 million, five-year partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, Norway, and Grand Challenges Canada.

The nominees will be entering final negotiations before being issued an award. Another set of nominees for transition grants will be announced on a later date.

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