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Date:9/25/2013

al agencies, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and health care workers, who are coming together to avert the deaths of children and women. The ongoing efforts involve both making better use of commodities, equipment and health workers already in place and finding ways to adapt these innovations where most needed. Here are the ten innovations:

"If we can get these low-cost innovations to people who need them the most, we have the potential to save millions of lives," says Kathy Calvin, President & CEO at the United Nations Foundation.

  1. Kit Yamoyo is a kit that packages anti-diarrheal treatments with zinc and oral rehydration solution (ORS), along with soap, in a container that doubles as a measuring and mixing cup. The kit is designed to fit over Coca Cola bottles in delivery cartons. Colalife, the nonprofit designer of the kit, chose Coca Cola as a vehicle for distribution because it reaches remote areas, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia where most of the world's 600,000 diarrhea deaths occur each year. A pilot program in Zambia underscored the great promise for co-packaged ORS and zinc to significantly curb deadly diarrhea in low-resource settings.

  2. Anti-Shock Garment. This non-pneumatic anti-shock garment wraps around the lower part of the body to stop excessive bleeding after childbirth and keeps blood in vital organs until the mother can receive treatment at an emergency care facility. Post-delivery hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality, killing an estimated 72,000 women each year.

    Researchers from the University of California San Francisco are carrying forward PATH's work with manufacturers to lower the price, increase production and expand access to the garment in low-resource settings.

  3. Low-Cost Antiseptic. Chlorhexidine is a low-cost antiseptic that prevents infections that can enter an infant's body through newly cut umbilical cords. These inf
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