The Grand Challenge was created in partnership with USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, KOICA, DFID, Grand Challenges Canada, and the government of Norway to find innovative solutions to help pregnant women and newborns in underserved and resource-poor communities worldwide.
Childbirth can be a very dangerous experience for women and newborns, and without access to medical technology and healthcare, there may be a high risk of death for both mother and child. For women in sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the risk of death in childbirth is 136 times higher than for women in developed countries.
Challenge winners will be recognized for thinking outside the box of standard methods of care, and must work sustainably and affordably so that they can make a long-term impact. Winners of the challenge will receive investment funds to develop, validate, or test the ideas put forward.