MIT Solve Maternal & NewBorn Health Challenge

MIT Solve Maternal & NewBorn Health Challenge

How can every pregnant woman, new mother, and newborn access the care they need to survive and thrive?

Every 11 seconds, a newborn or mother dies of conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable or treatable causes. While the majority of these deaths occur in low-income countries, marginalized communities everywhere are disproportionately affected: in the United States, for example, a black woman is 3.3 times more likely to die from a complication in childbirth than a white woman. 

Even after pregnancy and childbirth, obstacles to physical and mental well-being abound, from premature birth complications to postpartum depression. Notably, the first month of a child’s life, the newborn period, is the most critical for survival and brain development.

The MIT Solve community is looking for technology-based solutions that promote the health and well-being of pregnant women, new mothers, and newborns everywhere. To that end, Solve seeks solutions that:

  • Expand access to high-quality, affordable care for newborns, pregnant women, and new mothers by expanding the health workforce, improving service delivery and diagnostics, and lowering barriers to seeking care, including stigma;
  • Decrease the risk of disease among mothers and newborns, including by increasing vaccination rates and reducing infectious disease transmission from mother to baby;
  • Improve gynecological health for all women to reduce biological vulnerabilities among newborns; and
  • Support the mental and emotional health of mothers throughout pregnancy and after childbirth, through medical as well as community support.

Solver Funding, Prize, and Partnership Eligibility for the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge

Solver Funding

All solutions selected for Solve’s four current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Solver teams will be selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly week in New York City on September 20, 2020.

In addition to Solve funding, the following prizes are available to Solver teams selected for the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge. To be considered for a prize, complete the prize-specific question within the application. You do not need to meet these requirements to apply to the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge:

The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion

The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion is open to solutions that advance the economic, financial, and political inclusion of refugees. The prize is funded by Andan Foundation, a Swiss non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting solutions that promote refugee resilience, self-reliance and integration. Up to $100,000 will be granted to up to four eligible Solver teams from across any of Solve’s four current Global Challenges.

Innovation for Women Prize

Solutions that use innovative technology to improve quality of life for women and girls are eligible for the Innovation for Women Prize. This prize is funded by the Vodafone Americas Foundation, which supports technology-focused projects that advance the needs of women and girls, and that promote a world where women’s voices can be celebrated. Up to $75,000 will be granted across up to three Solver teams from any of Solve’s four current Global Challenges.

Health Workforce Innovation Prize

The Health Workforce Innovation Prize is open to solutions that expand and support the health workforce for newborns, pregnant women, and new mothers in low-income countries, where newborn mortality rates are 10 times those in higher income countries. Solutions that expand access to training for health workers, improve workers’ assessment and referral capabilities, and/or introduce new tools or methods for treatment are preferred. This prize is made possible by the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court’s global health initiative, which is committed to providing treatment and preventative care in communities that lack access to quality health services. One prize recipient will be granted $50,000 after being selected as a Solver for the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge.

Awards:-

Solver Funding

All solutions selected for Solve’s four current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Solver teams will be selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly week in New York City on September 20, 2020.

In addition to Solve funding, the following prizes are available to Solver teams selected for the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge. To be considered for a prize, complete the prize-specific question within the application. You do not need to meet these requirements to apply to the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge:

The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion

The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion is open to solutions that advance the economic, financial, and political inclusion of refugees. The prize is funded by Andan Foundation, a Swiss non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting solutions that promote refugee resilience, self-reliance and integration. Up to $100,000 will be granted to up to four eligible Solver teams from across any of Solve’s four current Global Challenges.

Innovation for Women Prize

Solutions that use innovative technology to improve quality of life for women and girls are eligible for the Innovation for Women Prize. This prize is funded by the Vodafone Americas Foundation, which supports technology-focused projects that advance the needs of women and girls, and that promote a world where women’s voices can be celebrated. Up to $75,000 will be granted across up to three Solver teams from any of Solve’s four current Global Challenges.

Health Workforce Innovation Prize

The Health Workforce Innovation Prize is open to solutions that expand and support the health workforce for newborns, pregnant women, and new mothers in low-income countries, where newborn mortality rates are 10 times those in higher income countries. Solutions that expand access to training for health workers, improve workers’ assessment and referral capabilities, and/or introduce new tools or methods for treatment are preferred. This prize is made possible by the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court’s global health initiative, which is committed to providing treatment and preventative care in communities that lack access to quality health services. One prize recipient will be granted $50,000 after being selected as a Solver for the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge.

Deadline:- 18-06-2020

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