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5 maternal health innovations that could save lives

from PBS NewsHour

Every two minutes, somewhere around the world a woman dies in childbirth. Often, a lack of access to care, technology or medications causes these fatal complications. In an effort to reduce deaths of both mothers and infants at birth, teams from across the globe are competing in an innovation challenge held by the U.S. State Department and funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The field was narrowed from 77 finalists to 19 award nominees at the recent Saving Lives at Birth conference. The remaining nominees will learn if they receive a cut of the $14 million research pot up for grabs by the end of 2011. One of the five nominated innovations: Preventing low birth weight with chewing gum, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. more

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