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Date:9/25/2013

ections cause some 12 percent newborn deaths each year. The Chlorhexidine Working Group, an international consortium led by PATH, is taking steps to improve access by improving supply lines for this medicine, which has the proven potential to save hundreds of thousands of newborn lives.

  • Rotovac is a new vaccine to prevent rotavirus related diarrhea, which is common in developing countries. The vaccine, delivered with ORS and zinc, could virtually eliminate diarrhea deaths. Bharat Biotech and the India Department of Biotechnology are still testing the vaccine. Once licensed in India, it can be produced at less than $1 a dose and made available by the end of 2015.

  • The Backpack-PLUS delivers essential commodities that community health workers need to do their jobs at the "last mile" of delivery. The toolkit includes medicines such as zinc, ORS, antibiotics and anti-malarial drugs. Moreover, it can be instrumental in a country's planning, training and extension of its supply chain. It was developed in a partnership between UNICEF, Save the Children, the MDG Health Alliance, frog design and others.

  • Helping Babies Breathe, an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics and others, is working to train one million birth attendants to ensure every baby's first breath, no matter where they are born. The program, which reduced early newborn mortality by as much as 47 percent in Tanzania, uses innovative teaching toolsincluding NeoNatalie, a newborn simulator, created by Laerdal, a Norwegian foundation. This device teaches health workers to safely deliver babies in any setting with simple supplies.

  • Bubble CPAP, a bubble continuous positive airway device, saves lives of babies with severe respiratory illness, including pneumonia, by forcing oxygen into babies' lungs. An undergraduate student at Rice University developed a $400 version of the bubble CPAP, using an aquarium pump and a water bottle. This can be used in plac
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