Breakthrough innovations that can save women and children now


The odds of survival for women and children in many developing countries are better than ever. Targeted global efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 have driven steep declines in maternal and child mortality, allowing more parents to celebrate their children’s birthdays each year. Achieving those goals is within our reach—but getting there by 2015 means stepping up our efforts to tackle the top killers of women and children worldwide.

Here, we highlight ten breakthrough health innovations, from products to systems approaches, ready to be used in developing countries to help reach the MDGs. If a majority of these low-cost innovations are immediately brought to scale in low-resource countries, they could save 1.2 million mothers and children by the end of 2015. Paired with existing tools and others still in development, these tools have the potential to save millions more by addressing the greatest health threats to women and children in developing countries. But this potential cannot be realized without the global health community banding together to provide access.

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