September 21, 2016
Written by Heather Ignatius, Tara Herrick
This article originally appeared on PATHblog.
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.
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.