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Innovations for maternal, newborn and child health

Innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Innovations) is a collaboration between Concern Worldwide, UNICEF and Ministries of Health. The project seeks to find and test ambitious new ideas that have the potential to overcome barriers and significantly improve access and delivery of maternal, newborn and child health services. Identified ideas were generated from communities, refined by experts and then developed through formative research to tailor the pilots to the local context.

Options provided technical support with the design and implementation of the pilots to ensure strong and rigorous evidence of their potential impact was captured. For example, Options led on the design of the MAKER project in Kenya which harnesses the creativeness of local innovators and makers to produce locally built and low cost quality medical equipment and spare parts. This project brought together innovators and engineers from the Nairobi FabLab with biomedical engineers and practitioners of the Kenyatta National Hospital to reduce Kenya’s costly and heavy reliance on international manufacturers for equipping its health facilities or refurbishing damaged equipment.

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