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Spotlight: Don't Miss the 2018 DevelopmentXChange July 26!   

The 2018 DevelopmentXChange event is almost 
here! In our last newsletter, we discussed the important role the DevXChange has played and cont inues to p lay in the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge. Over the last seven years, we have sourced and supported 115 distinct innovations and have watched many of our recipients receive global recognition for their achieved impact.
This year's event brings together current innovators and alumni, as well as promising ca ndidates for the Round 8 awards---    chosen from an impressive set of nearly 500 applications. Be sure to cast a vote for your favorite finalist in the People's Choice Award by July 25th at 5:00 pm ET. Learn more about our Round 8 finalists and register for the event.
Photo: USAID

Here are a few key updates about next week's event on Thursday, July 26th in Wa shington, DC:
Panel: The Intersection of Art, Science & Partnerships to Reach the SDGs    
We invite you to attend a performance of BUMP, a mainstage production inspired by the SL@B-supported
Odón Device™ and its creator, Jorge Odón. Following the performance, stay around for a panel entitled The Intersection of Art, Science and Partnerships to Reach the SDGs with special guests, including:
  • Courtney Chang, Business Designer, IDEO.org
  • Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President of Global Health at Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) and President of the BD Foundation
  • Linsay Firman, Director of Play Development and Associate Director of EST/SLOAN Project
  • David Milestone, Acting Director of USAID's Center for Innovation and Impact (CII)
  • Jorge Odón, Creator of the Odón Device™ 
Closed Innovator Sessions on July 25th  
Innovators only will attend three sessions on July 25th (The Innovation Ecosystem, The Financing Ecosystem and The Data Ecosystem), featuring a range of speakers, including social imp act investors, data scientists, digital health experts, and representatives from med/biotech and manufacturing/distribution, as well as foundations. Spotlight talks will be given by Ashwin Naik of We Scale Impact, Christina Tamer of VentureWell, and Adele Waugaman of USAID.   
Opening Plenary (Thursday, July 26th): Voices from t he Frontlines of Care: Scaling Up Innovation across African Markets
  Monica Oguttu
Queen Dube
Join us for a dynamic discussion on transforming  innovative solutions to tackle maternal and newborn mortality into sustainable life-saving interventions through scaling in Malawi, Kenya and beyond. Panelists will share the successes, challenges and lessons learned of validating innovations, driving demand, engaging stakeholders and leveraging partnerships to achieve impact. Moderated by Koki Agarwal, Director, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), panelists include:
  • Monica Oguttu, Executive Director, Kisumu Medical and Education Trust
  • Queen Dube, Pediatrician, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital
Recap: #DevX2018 Twitter Chat

On July 18th, Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge for Development, along with The Maternal and Child Survival Program and other  partners and innovators participated in an eye-opening discussion on how to improve the lives of mothers and newborn. We learned about the important work our partners are doing to scale up innovations to improve the lives of moms and babies. Thank you to MCSP for hosting!    
#DevX2018 Twitter Chat reflected the energy and anticipation surrounding the upcoming Development XChange event. Our community of innovators, partners and global health organizations, came together for an hour to "voice" their enthusiasm for helping to develop sustainable and meaningful advances in health care systems ---    perhaps best summed up in the following:
"I think that the forum gives us an opportunity to see how to implement, too often we tend to think of the science and tech, or other innovations, but less about implementing it. Those barriers are discussed and addressed in the meeting --   and that is very valuable. #DevX2018"
Opening Session/Plenary
Voices from the Frontlines: Scaling Innovation across African Markets 
9:00 AM
Pitch Competition
10:45 AM   ---   3:00 PM
BUMP Performance & Panel
4:00 PM  ---    5:00 PM 
Innovation Marketplace & Reception
5:00 PM ---    7:00 PM
There's still time to register! 
SL@B Grantee Reflects on First Mile Innovation
Challenge Award at Nairobi Xcelerator Event   

Illustration: CAMTech
Katie Kirsch
At the recent Xcelerator event in Nairobi, Kenya, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of SL@B grantee Sisu Global Health, Katie Kirsch participated in an episode of the CAMTech Chats podcast. Throughout the Chat, Kirsch discussed what it was like to win CAMTech's First Mile Innovation Challenge Award, as well as the challenges faced and successes achieved by women in the startup landscape.

Sisu Global Health, along with the Mbarara University of Science and Technology have received support from Saving Lives at Birth for the Hemafuse and Augmented Infant Resuscitator (AIR) respectively.

Click here to listen to the podcast and hear advice to current and future innovators from Kirsch herself.   
SL@B Innovator Awarded
$6 Million Grant for Community Health System Roll-out 
D-tree International community health worker. Photo: Barr Foundation
Saving Lives at Birth grantee D-tree International has been granted over $6 million to work with Zanzibar Ministry of Health and its partners on the rollout of a digital community health system. Funded by Fondation Botnar and the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) and building upon D-tree's Safer Deliveries program, the project aims to improve quality of and access to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services in Zanzibar by empowering community health workers to use digital technologies for managing the care of families, children and pregnant women.    

"Since 2011, we have demonstrated that empowering community health workers with digital tools in Zanzibar improves the quality of service delivery, connects health workers to the broader health system, and strengthens decision-making processes to optimize resources and improve planning," says D-tree International CEO Erica Layer. "We are now thrilled to work closely with the Ministry of Health and partners to scale up this system nationwide." The Safer Deliveries program is currently funded with support from the Saving Lives at Birth partners.
Two Female Entrepreneurs Tackle Maternal Mortality in Nigeria  
Adepeju Jaiyeoba, a lawyer by training, created a simple, low-cost Mother's Delivery Kit targeted to low-income, rural communities who may not be able to afford institutional care or do not have access to any. Photo: Brown Button Foundation / Devex
Temie Giwa-Tubosun
Devex has profiled two female entrepreneurs ---  Adepeju Jaiyeoba and Temie Giwa-Tubosun ---  who are leveraging technology as a means to address gaps in skills and resources that lead to maternal mortality across the West African country of Nigeria. A lawyer by training, Jaiyeoba has created a simple, low-cost Mother's Delivery Kit ( click here to watch a video about the device) targeted to low-income and rural communities where access to or affordability of institutional care may not be available. In 2016, Giwa-Tubosun founded LifeBank, a resource used by hospitals and health centers to find exact blood types required for procedures from nearby blood banks-referred to by the media as " Uber for blood."

Adepeju Jaiyeoba
Nigeria continues to experience some of Africa's most serious MNCH challenges. According to a 2015 estimate from the World Health Organization, 814 women die for every 100,000 live births in Nigeria due to inadequate health facilities and a lack of skilled personnel. Many women across Nigeria choose to give birth in their homes without the presence of a traditional birth attendant. Less than 20% of health facilities offer emergency obstetric care, with just 35% of deliveries currently assisted by skilled birth attendants in the country.  
New Design for Health Resources and Website Now Accessible
The use of design in global health can lead to improvements in current practices and foster the development of innovative solutions. To accelerate the use of design in addressing global health challenges,  the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID's Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) have partnered to develop resources  to support the understanding, appropriate use, and effectiveness of design in global health. 
These public goods ---  co-created with a diverse set of stakeholders across the public and private sectors and developed with the support of Dalberg Design and Sonder Design Collective ---  provide guidance around when, why, and how design can be used in global health, as well as a strategic roadmap outlining priority activities that can advance the appropriate application of design in global health.  
Click here to download a PDF resource explaining the process of design and how it links to global health.  
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