Laerdal Global Health at the United Nations
New York, September 23
A report on innovations for global health was launched during the UN General Assembly in New York today. The report highlights ten innovations selected by an international expert group from hundreds of candidates. Selection criteria included innovations described as “game-changing,” with the potential for “immediate impact on the leading killers of women and children” and the ability to be scaled up with significant impact for the millennium development goals by the end of 2015. Ranging from new vaccines to products such as an anti-shock garment to slow excessive bleeding after birth, the innovations were presented as proven and inexpensive.
The ten innovations were identified as having the potential to save millions of lives by addressing the greatest health threats to women and children in developing countries. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated, “The need for innovations has never been more paramount.”
Helping Babies Breathe was named as 1 of 10 transformative innovations in global health.
In the summary report, Breakthrough Innovations That Can Save Women and Children Now, the Helping Babies Breathe program is presented as follows:
The report was launched in a special panel on innovations for global health. Among the panelists were Bill Gates, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, President Enrique Nieto of Mexico, and Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. Following the panel discussion, four of the innovations were presented, including Helping Babies Breathe.
From left Tore Laerdal, Steve Davis, president of PATH, Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway,
Sarah Zeid, Princess of Jordan, and Goodwill Ambassador for the White Ribbon Alliance for Maternal Health
On September 24th, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will be presenting the Innovation Report as a featured speaker at a reception for the Every Woman Every Child Alliance. Helping Babies Breathe will be showcased at this event, which is expected to have significant attendance from the media.