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Six months after receiving a share of the 2013 Healthcare Innovation Award, five organisations based in developing countries are helping shape national health agendas and influencing approaches to healthcare for children and newborns.
One of the winners,
Muso, a community-led organisation in
Previous innovations recognised by the Healthcare Innovation Award are also being implemented across borders through collaboration, ensuring that ideas that may help save children's lives are being shared. The top-prize winner from 2013 was a low cost Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) kit, developed by
Organisations from across the developing world can now apply for this year's Healthcare Innovation Award. Applications must be for innovative healthcare approaches that have resulted in tangible improvements to under-5 child survival rates, which are sustainable and have the potential to be scaled-up and replicated. This year, special interest and attention will be given to work that aims to increase the quality of, or access to, healthcare for newborns.
More information on the award and application criteria can be found at http://myg.sk/HealthcareInnovationAward. Entries close on 25th August at
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2013 Healthcare Award Innovation Winners – 6 month update
- Their ‘bubble' Continuous Positive Airway Pressure ‘bCPAP' device is a low-cost device that helps newborn babies in respiratory distress to keep their lungs inflated so they can breathe more easily
- This low-cost adaptation of traditional CPAP devices can be produced for around
- Respiratory distress claims the lives of about 1 million African babies each year. It is estimated that this technology could save the lives of 178,000 African children if implemented across the continent
- The Award is helping FOSC to share their bCPAP technology and provide training in teaching hospital neonatal units across
- To date, FOSC have partnered with the additional three countries, outside of
- Community healthcare worker training will take place in the Autumn of 2014 in select district and central hospitals and a training website has been launched to support clinical partners with accurate technical and practical applications of the technology following in-person training
- By the end of 2014, all countries in the expansion plan will have undergone training and 10 sites will have 4 bCPAP machines plus associated equipment
- Chokonojesta is just one of the baby boys to have benefited from bCPAP. He was born prematurely at 7 months, weighing just over 2lbs. Although he was able to breathe on his own, his lungs were so immature it took nearly all his energy to do so. With the support of bCPAP, Chokonjesta was able to grow and gain weight and after two weeks he graduated to Kangaroo Mother Care, where skin-to-skin contact with his mother provided warmth and helped him to regulate his own heart beat and breathing. Now 6 months old, he is thriving at home with his family.
- BRAC's ‘Manoshi' is an urban maternal, neonatal and child health programme that that equips healthcare workers with mobile phone-based data collection software, allowing them to more efficiently record and report vital patient information in a simple and standardised format. It offers a comprehensive package of health services to mothers, babies and children to meet their health needs and challenges in three key ways:
? Simple, clean delivery rooms for new mothers with a trained birth attendant
? Quick access to emergency health services for those who cannot afford it
? Patient digital data collection for more efficient health service delivery
- The Award money enabled BRAC to bring the Manoshi programme to the Portee slum of
- Mobile phones will be used to notify staff about pregnancies, births and for sharing information efficiently about complicated deliveries and emergency referrals
- As part of the programme, 15 community healthcare workers have been selected from the community to implement the programme
- MUSO is a community-led organization in
- Their Award money is being used to deliver healthcare to 77,000 people across the region. The programme supports the early identification of women and children in need of healthcare, before their symptoms escalate to a more serious condition.
- The increased attention and resources made possible through the award will enable MUSO to expand their reach, both in the urban areas, where they currently operate, and into rural areas.
- MUSO will replicate their rapid health system in 157 new communities, reaching a population of 120,000. This expansion will triple the number of people currently served by MUSO and help save millions of lives.
- The momentum generated by the Award has led to increased attention and action at a decision making level.
- MUSO's leadership has also been invited to present its model and research to those working to accelerate global child survival efforts at the
- MUSO have begun laying the groundwork to expand its CHW service delivery package beyond the traditional focus on malaria and diarrheal diseases to other challenges, such as pneumonia, maternal and neonatal health, and malnutrition, that impact child and maternal survival
- A MUSO-Medic mobile partnership will be launched to test and deploy a cutting-edge performance dashboard to enable CHWs to directly record and transmit data from home visits on their mobile phones
- A comprehensive site selection process will be undertaken to identify eight health centres that will participate in a rural replication next year.
- ‘ZiDi™' is a mobile health management system designed to improve the quality of maternal and child care by providing access to real-time data optimized for health planning decisions.
- With their Award money,
- Since winning the Award, ZiDi™ Pro has now been deployed in larger health facilities, including the
- Implementation of ZiDi™ at national scale should achieve the target of automating over 5,000 health facilities within the next three to five years.
- Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is a simple technique which promotes early skin-to-skin contact between mothers and their premature and newborn babies. Mothers act as human incubators, keeping their babies warm, regulating their heartbeats and bond with them.
- This practice has a dramatic impact on reducing morbidity and mortality rates for premature and low birth weight babies.
- By winning this award and along with the support of the
- Along with their efforts on the ground, the
Criteria for entry - nominations must:
1) Be from a country classified as ‘low', ‘lower-middle', or ‘upper-middle' income by the
2) Come from an organisation based in an eligible country, with an innovation used for the benefit of the people in an eligible country
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