Low-cost baby incubator improves outcomes

Every year, 20 million babies are born prematurely, and each hour 450 die from mostly avoidable causes. Most pre-term babies are born with low-birth weights that are unsuited to regulating body temperature and thus their ability to survive depends on medical intervention. India has the highest infant mortality rate for pre-term babies in the world. Many births occur at home, or in rural health centers that don’t have facilities to care for premature infants. Even state-run hospitals might not be able to afford the life-saving equipment, which can cost up to $20,000.

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Guyana Help the Kids – Part III of our Grand Challenges Canada series

Innovate Development is pleased to present a weekly series featuring projects funded and supported by Grand Challenges Canada. This is the third in a four-part series in which we cover topics surrounding mothers and children in the Global South. For more information about Grand Challenges Canada, please see the bottom of this post or go to their website, www.grandchallenges.ca.   …

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US Grad Students Develop Cheap Incubation Alternative

Embrace, an NGO formed through a challenge presented to a group of graduate students at Stanford University, has developed a novel incubation device that retails for less than 1% of the cost of a traditional incubator and it is being incorporated into public health care in hospitals and clinics across the Global South. According to the WHO, 450 babies die …

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The Phone Oximeter: An innovation for maternal health in design and process

    One of the most pressing needs that many communities in the developing world have is maternal care. If children born in these communities face challenges while still in the womb, their capacities to go forth and be a force for change is made all the more difficult. Adding to that, expectant mothers should be worrying about making things …

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