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Child mortality is a core indicator for child health and well-being, in which child survival remains an urgent concern. It is unacceptable that about 15,000 children die every day- equivalent to about 10 deaths occurring every minute.
Majority of these deaths can be attributed to treatable causes, infectious diseases and neonatal complications being responsible for the vast majority of under-five deaths globally. According to the latest estimates by WHO and the Maternal and Child Epidemiology Estimation Group, of the 5.3 million deaths in children under five that occurred in 2018, about half were caused by infectious diseases and conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, and birth defects.
The main killers of children under age five in 2018 included preterm birth complications (35%), intrapartum-related complications (24%), sepsis (15%), congenital abnormalities (11%), pneumonia/diarrhoea/tetanus (7%). Almost half of all under-five deaths are attributable to nutrition related factors, while more than 80 percent of neonatal deaths occur among newborn infants of low birth weights in the highest burden settings.
Propose a ready-to-execute project plan that is focused on saving children’s lives under-five.
Projects are evaluated on their:
- ability to impact rates within a child mortality indicator (U5MR, IMR, NMR, etc.),
- effectiveness, innovation and scalability of the intervention approach within global health,
- feasibility of the proposed lives-saved estimate,
- probability of success,
- ease of verification, and
- inclusion of a process impact assessment.
To ensure that more children under the age of five survive and thrive, we must harness knowledge from around the world and across a broad range of disciplines to find the most effective solutions. Project proposals submitted may include, but are not limited to, intervention solutions in healthcare services, technology, education, infrastructure and agriculture.
Round 1: Contest participation kicks off with submission of the brief entry form. After all Round 1 submissions have been reviewed, applicants will be notified of their eligibility to continue.
Round 2: Invitation only. Those applicants selected from Round 1 will be asked to provide a more detailed application and required supporting material. Once the second round closes, there will be an additional review period to select finalists and applicants will be notified of the decision.
Round 3: Q&A and judging. Finalists will undergo a Q&A by the prize administrators and judges, and a thorough review of all materials submitted by the expert panel. Once this final review is complete, the judges then vote and the Prize winner announcement is made.
Project proposals are accepted and encouraged from applicants worldwide. The contest is open to any individual, organization, or team meeting the criteria.