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14 Feb 2018

Horizon 2020 Birth Day Prize awarded

On 13 February 2018 the Commission awarded a €1 million Horizon 2020 prize to a solution that saves lives of mothers and their newborn. A research team from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in France, led by Prof Alexandre Dumont, won the first €1 million Horizon Birth Day Prize for their work that has cut the number of deaths of new mothers in hospitals in Mali and Senegal by as much as a third.

The second place award (€1 million) went to Dr Owens Wiwa and his team at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) for the application CHAI MNH Nigeria, and the third (€500,000) to Prof Haleema Shakur-Still of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and her team for the WOMAN Trial.

The Horizon Birth Day Prize is an initiative of the European Commission which has committed €1 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged another €1 million and the MSD for Mothers donated a further €500,000.

The Prizes were awarded by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Mark Suzman, Chief Strategy Officer and President, Global Policy & Advocacy, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Clarisse Lhoste, Managing Director, MSD Belgium and Luxembourg, and MSD for Mothers’ senior executive Ambassador.

EC Press Release

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