Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development is a collaboration between Grand Challenges Canada, USAID, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation and the Norwegian Government. The purpose of the challenge is to encourage advances in technology to promote maternal and child health:
We are accustomed to advances in computers and cell phones that leapfrog existing solutions. The Saving Lives at Birth Challenge is about nurturing that same energy and innovation to the challenge of protecting mothers and newborns in the poorest places on earth during their most vulnerable hours. Throughout history, some of the greatest advances in development came from extending the reach of science and technology to those who didn’t have it. Time and again, specific scientific, technological and operational breakthroughs have transformed insurmountable development challenges into solvable problems. To accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level, we need to harness the collective imagination and ingenuity of experts across a broad range of disciplines and expertise.
Hundreds of applications were submitted and 77 finalists have been selected. You have until July 27th to vote for what you think is the best solution to improve maternal and child health.