EC launches Birth Day Challenge to combat death at childbirth
€ 1 million of funding is provided by the EC from Horizon 2020, another € 1 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a further €500,000 by the MSD for Mothers programme of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation.
According to UNICEF, 5.9 million children per year die before their 5th birthday, of which 2.65 million are newborn babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that 300,000 women died in 2015 from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and in addition, for every woman dying of pregnancy-related complications every year, between 20 and 30 others experience permanent side-effects that undermine their ability to function normally. When launching the Challenge, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, stressed the importance of finding "innovative ways to support the modernisation of healthcare systems, to prevent the unnecessary deaths of mothers and their infants".
Applications can be submitted until 6 September 2017.
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