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Saving lives at birth

saving lives at birth

In its five rounds, Saving Lives at Birth received nearly 3000 ideas to answer the call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities.  Through a rigorous review process, the most promising innovations are selected for award.

The innovators come from a range of organizations – including non-profits, faith-based organizations, universities, and private enterprises –  and from all over the world – such as Australia, Kenya, Pakistan, Canada, Nigeria, and the United States. Many work in partnerships that bring together diverse expertise.  These partnerships foster creative and sustainable solutions that span science and technology, service delivery, and demand creation.

Each of the innovations has the potential to dramatically reduce maternal and neonatal deaths at the community level and together, as a collective whole, this community of innovators will catalyze substantial and sustainable progress to address this Grand Challenge for Development.

In its fifth round, 53 promising finalists from over 750 applications will move forward into the final stage of the 2015 Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge.  Applicants came from a wide variety of backgrounds including non-profit organizations, universities, and for-profit organizations with equally diverse innovations that cut across technology, service delivery, and demand generation.

The finalists are gathering right now (July 21-22) at the Development XChange in Washington DC to compete in the final stage of review. In addition to competing, finalists will have a chance to engage with each other, interact with potential collaborators, and meet technical advisors in a number of discussion groups and one-on-one meetings designed to facilitate further innovation and impact.

Check out the links below to see all 53 of this year’s finalists and vote for your favorite innovations. Cast your vote 5:00pm EST (July 22) to help select the People’s Choice Award winner!

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DevelopmentXChange Documentary from 2011



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