'Saving Lives at Birth' Partnership Showcases Innovative Solutions to Infant, Mother Mortality in Developing World

Finalists in SL@B Grand Challenge for Development descend on DevelopmentXChange event in D.C.

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
USAID Press Office

Washington, D.C. – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) will host a DevelopmentXChange event for “Saving Lives at Birth”: A Grand Challenge for Development July 31.

Saving Lives at Birth taps the global science, tech and health communities for the best new solutions to today’s development challenges. It is part of the partners’ overall effort to bring new thinking to today’s global development challenges, including bringing an end to preventable child and maternal deaths in our lifetime.  

The challenge recently put out a call for submissions in three different categories: service delivery, demand creation, and science- and tech-based innovations designed to save maternal and newborn lives in the hardest-to-reach parts of the world. Of the more than 400 submissions received, 53 finalists will set up individual booths at the DevelopmentXChange to share and demonstrate their ideas and inventions.  At the end of the event, a handful will be selected as Saving Lives at Birth award nominees for funding.

WHO: USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid, New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Saving Lives at Birth Finalists
WHAT: ‘Saving Lives at Birth’ partnership showcases innovative solutions to infant, mother mortality in developing world
WHEN: Wednesday, July 31, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Meet the Innovators: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Atrium Ballroom
Speakers: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Atrium Hall
Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Press interested in attending, please contact the press office at usaidpressofficers@usaid.gov or 202-712-4320.

Last updated: September 15, 2017

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