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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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OCT
24

To Improve 7 billion Lives, One Hand Washes the Other

As we prepare for the world population to reach 7 billion at the end of this month, smart development programs understand the importance of leveraging interactions with hard-to-reach people to solve more than one problem at a time. Hand washing is one of those opportunities.

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OCT
18

Study Finds Clues to Sneak Protein Linked to Pre-Eclampsia

Dr. Harvey Kliman, a reproductive sciences researcher at Yale School of Medicine has found a potential link between Placental Protein 13 (PP13) and pre-eclampsia. Based on placental specimens from normal pregnancies that were terminated before the fourteenth week of gestation, researchers tested the specimens and found large concentrations of protein PP13. While this does not necessarily translate into a treatment for pre-eclampsia, a new diagnostic test could be developed based on PP13 levels to identify women at risk for pre-eclampsia early in gestation.

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