Tore Godal, M.D., Ph.D., special advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway and a leader behind the push for innovation puts it another way. "If we are going to make further progress on reducing death and illness of poor women, their newborns and children, we will need to ensure access to these innovations in hard to reach pockets of very poor, marginalized populations."
These ten innovations address the leading causes of maternal and child deaths. Almost 50 percent of maternal deaths are attributed to two conditions: postpartum hemorrhage, characterized by severe bleeding after childbirth, and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, which is detected during pregnancy through elevated blood pressure and can lead to deadly seizures and organ failure. Inadequate spacing of a woman's pregnancies is another contributing factor to maternal deaths globally. Among children under 5, pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria are among the leading causes of deathand 44 percent of child deaths occur among newborns who succumb to premature birth-related complications, neonatal infection, and respiratory disorders such as pneumonia.
This call for focus on innovation is led by PATH, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government of Norway, the United States Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, UNICEF, Grand Challenges Canada and the United Nations Foundation.
"Innovation is at the heart of global health progress," says Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH. "But even the most effective tool that's developed cannot save lives unless it is available at the right time and in the right place. Now is a critical time for the global community to band together to deliver and implement today's most promising innovations to increase global health equity."
Supporting the drive for innovation are governments, multination
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