The European Commission, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MSD for Mothers today launched the Birth Day Challenge, with the aim of identifying and bringing to market innovative solutions preventing death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
Up to three cash prizes will be awarded to the innovator(s) with the most effective solutions, to assist in the realisation of their idea or development. Proposed solutions could be of a clinical, technological or managerial nature, and should take full account of relevant social factors.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Mortality rates during childbirth remain alarmingly high in many parts of the world. With about 99% of maternal deaths occurring in developing countries, we must find innovative ways to support the modernisation of healthcare systems, to prevent the unnecessary deaths of mothers and their infants".