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NOV
14

New Web Tool Mobilizes Innovations for Maternal, Neonatal Health

More than 98 percent of maternal and neonatal deaths occur in low-resource settings. Strategies to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths need to incorporate improving access to appropriate curative and preventive interventions, especially in home and community settings, where over half of the more than 60 million births per year occur.

As part of an effort to improve maternal and neonatal health care in low-resource countries, RTI International has developed a web-based tool to objectively assess the impact of new medical technologies on maternal, fetal and neonatal mortality. 

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NOV
9

Gates Foundation to fund innovative ideas in family health

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will invest US $35 million in grants to expand the pipeline of groundbreaking ideas that can help women and children live more prosperous and healthy lives. The press release is available here.


The funding, announced at the annual Grand Challenges Meeting in Delhi, India, will support two new Grand Challenges in Global Health grant programs:


Preventing Preterm Birth, managed in partnership with the Global Alliance for the Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children's, will invest US $20 million in the discovery and development of interventions to prevent preterm birth and stillbirth by limiting infection and improving nutrition. For more information, please visit  http://www.gapps.org/healthybirth


Discover New Ways to Achieve Healthy Growth will invest US $15 million in research to discover the causes of growth faltering during the first 1,000 days of life and to identify effective and affordable interventions to promote healthy growth. To learn more, please visit http://www.grandchallenges.org/GrantOpportunities/Pages/healthygrowth.aspx.

NOV
8

Quest to End Premature Births Worldwide Takes Momentous Step Forward

Thirteen million babies are born prematurely every year, but new funding announced today will allow for pioneering research into the causes of preterm births and the development of solutions so they can be prevented.
 
Today, the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children's, announced a new Grand Challenges in Global Health program that will seek to discover and develop interventions to prevent preterm birth and stillbirth by limiting infection and improving nutrition. The program, called the Preventing Preterm Birth initiative, is supported by a commitment of US$20 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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NOV
7

MANDATE participates in Saving Lives at Birth / Grand Challenges Meeting in New Delhi, India

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and The World Bank have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, to find the tools and approaches to help the mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours. Grand Challenges is currently hosting a conference in New Delhi until November 7th 2011, bringing together technical experts, public health professionals and technology developers around the world to discuss the state of maternal and child health and develop solutions to reduce the current burden of morbidity and mortality around pregnancy and birth.

Check out the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development blog to hear more about the conference.

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OCT
25

Zambia: Challenges of Maternal Health Care

Despite the numerous efforts being made by the Government and its cooperating partners, access to quality maternal and newborns health care has continued to remain a major challenge for most Sub-Sahara African countries.

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