Technology provides vast opportunities for us to solve problems that we face in our everyday lives. Over the years, child mortality rates have increased in rural areas due to challenges like lack of accessibility to healthcare facilities and the high cost of maternal healthcare among others. If you have a technological solution to solve help curb this situation, then participate in “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development”.
Over the past seven years, “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development” has mobilized the world’s brightest thinkers to develop low-cost and scalable solutions to save the lives of pregnant women and newborns in the hardest situations to reach corners of the world.
Saving Lives at Birth is a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway (Norad), The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
Examples of innovations over the past seven years include:
- SimPrints: A low-cost portable biometric scanner that includes software to allow mobile tools to instantly link a mother to her health records anytime, anywhere.
- Uterine Tamponade Balloon: A next-generation uterine balloon tamponade system to treat postpartum haemorrhage in Kenya and Sierra Leone. To date, Massachusetts General Hospital has introduced the device in over 550 facilities across these two countries and saved more than 400 lives.
- Bempu Bracelet: A temperature-monitoring wristband enabling response to newborn hypothermia. The device has already helped an estimated 10,000 newborns and was named one of TIME’s Top 25 Inventions of 2017.
- BiliSpec: A low-cost, battery-powered reader designed by Rice University to diagnose jaundice by immediately quantifying serum bilirubin levels from a small drop of blood.
To participate in the 8th edition of the program, your solutions should be:
- Creative: Bold, “off the beaten track,” daring in premise
- Appropriate: Designed with and for end-users in the target population or context to meet their specific needs and circumstances
- Impactful: Addressone or more important adverse maternal, fetal, or neonatal health conditions
- Competitive: Clearly differentiated from and superior to standard practice, particularly on factors of cost and ease of use
- Sustainable: Demonstrate a clear path to obtain continued political and financial support for sustained implementation and/or use of the innovation. Partnerships important for scale and matched funding are critical for solutions transitioning to scale.
- Scalable: Demonstrate the potential to increase and sustain coverage and impact of the intervention both within and beyond the award period, and be implemented in contexts or settings outside of those reached during the award period.
- Measurable: Able to be monitored, measured and evaluated for impact.
Click here to APPLY. Deadline for application is February 28, 2018. All the best!
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