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Innovations save lives of mothers and children
Date:9/25/2013

Ten health care innovations, if brought to scale immediately in low-resource countries, could have the potential to save the lives of some 1.2 million mothers and children in 2015.

Right now the annual global death toll of mothers and children under 5 is 6.9 million.

Between 2016-2020, these innovations have the potential to save the lives of nearly 7.5 million women and children.

The ten, identified by international experts from hundreds of candidates, are ready to be deployed where they are needed most by the end of 2015, according to a new publication, Breakthrough innovations that can save women and children now, released this week by PATH, an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who wrote the introductory message to the PATH report, says "the need for innovation has never been more paramount" and considers it an integral part of his Every Woman Every Child movement and its effort to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015.

The report was presented at a high level UN panel at the United Nations General Assembly this week. The panel included Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway Bill Gates, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook; Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation. These innovations are proven and inexpensive. When available, they will save the lives of the poorest women and children in some of the poorest countries of the world. It is these areas that account for more than 95 percent of the global toll of maternal, newborn and young child deaths.

"Simple and effective health interventions exist to prevent millions of needless deaths of women and children in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia," says Chris Elias, M.D., president of the Global Development Program at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "But to address this, it's critical that we scale up the d
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