‘Saving Lives at Birth’ Challenge Shortlists 77 Ideas

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

A global initiative soliciting innovative solutions to save the lives of mothers and newborns at the time of birth has unveiled a short list of 77 entries that could win seed and scaling-up funding.

The finalists for the “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development” came from more than 600 submissions by nonprofits, universities and university affiliates, and for-profit organizations in the United States, Canada and low- and middle-income countries. They include mobile vouchers to improve maternal health in Cambodia, a simple diagnostic device for early detection of neonatal sepsis, and an affordable solar-powered infant warmer to complement skin-to-skin care.

The finalists will be showcased and compete during a final review process July 26-28 in Washington, D.C. The winners will be announced at the end of the three-day event.

“Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development” is a $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.

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