Press Release: 19 Innovations To Save Moms and Babies

Press contacts:USAID: Ryan Cherlin: rcherlin@usaid.govGovernment of Norway: Lars Grønseth: lagr@norad.noBill & Melinda Gates Foundation: media@gatesfoundation.orgGrand Challenges Canada: Lyn Whitham: lyn.whitham@grandchallenges.caThe World Bank: Phil Hay:  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 19 nominees for award with the most promising solutions that
address the causes of maternal and newborn deaths in rural areas of the developing world,
were announced at the Saving Lives at Birth Development Exchange. The nominees will now
enter into final negotiations before awards can be issued.

In March, the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partnership submitted
a call to the global community for new technologies, new service delivery models and new ways
to stimulate demand for healthcare services at the time of birth. The call elicited more than 600
submissions from around the world.

From July 26-28, the 77 finalists travelled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the final stage
of this competition, display their ideas to the public in an open market place and establish
connections with a community of innovators dedicated to a single cause: ensuring every mother
delivers safely and every newborn has a healthy start to life.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined the Saving Lives at Birth partners—USAID, the
Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and
The World Bank—to congratulate the nominees for award.

To learn more about the Saving Lives at Birth program and the 19 innovators, visit

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