September 21, 2016

Innovations to end preventable deaths of mothers and children

Written by Heather Ignatius, Tara Herrick

This article originally appeared on PATHblog.

Modeling analysis reveals 11 emerging tools and approaches that could save more than 6 million lives by 2030.

A goal once thought impossible, bringing an end to preventable deaths of mothers and children, is now a target that many experts agree is achievable. In fact, it is enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals, which 193 nations signed on to last year.

However, we know that the current rate of change—although improving—is not yet fast enough to realize the global vision. Innovative tools and approaches are critical to step up progress over the next 15 years.

Quantifying innovation’s potential

To understand and quantify the power of innovation, PATH explored how 11 emerging innovations could dramatically accelerate progress in maternal and child survival. We worked with the Johns Hopkins University and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring together data, impact modeling expertise, and product development experience in an effort to shed light on an under-examined but critical piece of the solution for ending needless deaths.

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