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Date:9/25/2013

e of the $6,000 CPAP that is far too expensive for low-income regions. The low-cost version was tested in Malawi, where it dramatically improved newborn survival.

  • Phone Oximeter, a low-cost, mobile phone-based monitoring device that measures blood oxygen levels can help front-line health workers diagnose and manage pre-eclampsia and pneumonia. The University of British Columbia and LionsGate Technologies developed the potentially lifesaving device.

  • Sayana Press is an inexpensive contraceptive packaged in a prefilled, single dose injection system called Uniject. The device can be used by less skilled health workers after minimal training and is effective for three months. This easily used contraceptive gives women more choice and enables healthier spacing between children. If a woman gets pregnant too soon after delivery, it puts the pregnancy and ultimately both the newborn and the mother at risk.

  • Magnesium sulfate is the most effective treatment to stop severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia pregnancy-related conditions that are the second-leading cause of maternal death. The current World Health Organization (WHO) treatment regimen is extremely complex, making it difficult for health care providers in low-resource settings to provide the medicine correctly. Jhpiego, PATH, Merck for Mothers and others working in collaboration with WHO are developing a simplified dosing regimen that is easier to learn and use in any setting.

    Estimated cost: $1 billion

    Innovation supporters estimate that $1 billion will be needed to implement these and other innovations.

    The money is available through the more than $45 billion in financial commitments to support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for reducing childhood deaths by two-thirds (MDG 4) and maternal deaths by three quarters (MDG 5) by 2015.

    Innovation starts with the end user and requires sustained support

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