65 Finalists Advance in Saving Lives at Birth Challenge

The second Saving Lives at Birth Challenge has elicited more than 500 submissions from almost 60 countries on innovative solutions to save the lives of mothers and newborns around the time of birth. On June 14, Challenge partners, which include US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), announced that 65 finalists will move on to the next and final stage of the competition at the DevelopmentXChange, on July 12-14, 2012.

The innovators’ solutions respond to the needs of many sectors, including science and technology, service delivery, and demand creation, addressing the critical barriers to life-saving interventions faced by women and babies in developing countries. Nearly half of the innovators are from outside of the United States, and 25 percent are from low- and middle-income countries.

At the end of the DevelopmentXChange event, award nominees will be announced at a high-level forum. The winner of an honorary People’s Choice Award will also be announced, based on public voting through the Saving Lives at Birth website.

The DevelopmentXChange, which takes place in Seattle, Washington, offers an opportunity for innovators to display their ideas among other development experts, innovators, and potential funders. Finalists will be participating in discussions about the needs and realities of women and children in low-resource settings, and be involved in workshops about business planning, market research, measurement, monitoring, and evaluation.

The first call for innovative ideas took place last year, and concluded with 24 promisiing solutions being awarded.

To learn more about previous finalists, current selections, and to vote for the People’s Choice Award, check the Saving Lives at Birth website.

Entry Comments

  1. Every minute of every day, woman & newborn baby dies needlessly from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. Some experienced medical professionals and eminent social workers were united and formed Family Health Development Organization (FHDO) in 2001. FHDO has been working in the field of reproductive health of pregnant mothers & their newborn baby health care in Bangladesh. In the halls of power, FHDO fights for save women’s lives, reducing mother, newborn, and child mortality. FHDO works with local communities to raise awareness, create innovative solutions, and implement effective programs. FHDO dedicated to maternal health, founded out of a determination to remedy this neglect. FHDO has been working ever since — collaboratively, innovatively, and effectively — to make pregnancy and childbirth safer in Bangladesh. Maternal, newborn & child mortality are among the most common problems worldwide. In rich countries these mortality do not exist anymore. In poor countries, instead, often there is a lack of competences and resources to maternal, newborn & child health cure, which in fact frequently adequately treated.

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