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MEET THE EIGHT FINALISTS FOR FIRST-EVER $1 MILLION AWARD

Introducing the eight finalists for the first-ever $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize, the largest humanitarian prize dedicated to saving children’s lives in the world today.

The eight projects were chosen based on the Children’s Prize’s commitment to funding projects aimed at saving the greatest number of children’s lives in the most impactful, credible, and cost-effective way. A team of experts from organizations including Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Miami Department of Pediatrics helped select the eight finalists from the 565 proposals received from 70 countries around the world.

The eight finalists reflect the range of approaches needed to accelerate the reduction in child mortality rates. While the number of deaths in children under five worldwide has declined from 12.4 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012, the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals aim to reduce child mortality by two thirds from 1990-levels by 2015. The winner will be announced in December 2013. The eight finalists are:

 

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Neonatal unit expansion

by American Medical Overseas Relief

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The project would support a major expansion to the Neonatal Department at Afshar Hospital, which is one of only two of its kind in Afghanistan.
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Perinatal & primary care package

by Dr. Anita Zaidi

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A physician and professor, Dr. Anita Zaidi would provide a comprehensive package of proven interventions in maternal, newborn and child health to an impoverished fishing village in Karachi, Pakistan.
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Comprehensive pediatric care

by Doctors Without Borders

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More than 40% of children in the Sikasso region of Mali suffer from chronic malnutrition which makes them more susceptible to deadly cases of malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea.
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Rapid pediatric medicine

by Muso Ladamunen

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Recognizing that leading causes of death like malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea kill children quickly, this project focuses on early access to intervention by providing doorstep care.
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Seasonal malaria prevention

by Plan Int’l Burkina Faso

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This project would combat malaria, the leading killer of children under five in Burkina Faso.
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Water at schools

by RISE International

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With 62% of Angola’s rural population having no access to improved water sources, this project would build on the success of thirteen previously-installed wells at RISE schools.
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Affordable emergency breathing machine

by Univ. of Malawi, College of Medicine

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This project proposes to significantly expand access to an affordable, new medical technology that will help reduce deaths from severe respiratory distress.
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Traveling rural clinics

by World Medical Fund

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With the typical Malawian child living more than 30 miles from the nearest medical facility, this project would fund traveling clinics for children in 4 x 4 vehicles.