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Reflecting Back on a Grand Decade of Innovation

Nearly fifteen years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges—a landmark initiative to fund promising early-stage scientific innovations that could prevent, treat and cure diseases in the developing world.

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Reflecting Back on a Grand Decade of Innovation

Nearly fifteen years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges—a landmark initiative to fund promising early-stage scientific innovations that could prevent, treat and cure diseases in the developing world.

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Saving Lives with Data

Thea Norman, co-lead of the Gates Foundation’s Ki initiative, describes the data challenge the foundation is launching with India’s Biotechnology Council (BIRAC) as part of the Grand Challenges India program.

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Health spends can’t be left to chance

Everybody faces the possibility of incurring medical expenses at short notice. You are better off if you regularly put a fixed sum of money into a pool and relied on this to pay for unpredictable expenses (Shutterstock)

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India can reduce maternal deaths

n many parts of the world, including in India, profuse and uncontrolled bleeding after birth accounts for more than half of all maternal deaths. Massaging the womb, and timely, i.e., within 60 seconds of birth, administration of easily available low-cost drugs such as oxytocin can have a dramatic impact on this bleeding.

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New scientific discoveries can save the lives of preterm babies

The birth of preterm babies is a global challenge. These exciting new discoveries offer great promise and could help both advanced as well as developing countries such as India, which, because of its sheer size, has the largest number of preterm births of any country, develop a serious response to this issue.

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