Saving Lives at Birth Hosts 2014 DevelopmentXChange


From 30 July to 1 August, 52 finalists will compete in the final stage of the fourth global call of Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development at a DevelopmentXChange in Washington, D.C.

An estimated 2.6 million stillbirths, 2.9 million neonatal deaths and 287,000 maternal deaths occur globally each year during childbirth and the early postnatal period. We know how, where and why maternal and newborn deaths occur yet reducing these deaths remains a challenge.

The DevelopmentXChange is a key feature of the Saving Lives at Birth program and serves as the first step in building a community of innovators to tackle this challenge. On 1 August, the public is invited to explore an open marketplace showcasing the work of finalists and current grantees. A high-level forum will announce the award nominees and feature forward-looking talks from innovators and implementers to further inspire collective action.

The Saving Lives at Birth partnership, launched in 2011, includes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), and the U.K’s Department for International Development (DFID). The Grand Challenge is a global call for groundbreaking, scalable solutions to infant and maternal mortality around the time of birth. Saving Lives at Birth is currently in its fourth and final award round for the program’s original commitment.