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first_imgShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David [email protected] [email protected] report features Rice’s ‘Nursery of the Future’Initiative to save premature newborns gets boost at UN children’s eventHOUSTON — (Nov. 20, 2014) — Rice University’s ambitious “Nursery of the Future” project is getting a global boost from UNICEF’s influential annual report, The State of the World’s Children 2015, which will be unveiled today at the United Nations.The new report highlights innovative technologies that are improving children’s lives. It includes a chapter dedicated to the Nursery of the Future, a multi-institutional initiative by Rice, the University of Malawi College of Medicine and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, to create affordable technologies that can save the lives of millions of newborn babies each year.Maria Oden (left) and Rebecca Richards-Kortum at Rice University’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen in Houston. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University“Deaths in the first month of life still comprise more than 40 percent of all deaths for children under the age of 5,” said Rice’s Rebecca Richards-Kortum, an award-winning innovator and bioengineer who also directs Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies. “The technology exists to save many of these babies, but it must be reimagined, redesigned and packaged for use in low-resource hospitals.”UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children, each year examines a key issue that affects children. The 2015 report focuses on the power of innovation to improve children’s lives.A chapter of the report written by Richards-Kortum and co-authors Maria Oden and Dr. Elizabeth Molyneux explains that the majority of neonatal illnesses in low-resource settings could be addressed with a suite of technologies that provide:adequate hydration and nutrition.prevention and treatment of infections.temperature stability.breathing support.jaundice treatment.The authors go on to list 18 low-cost technologies for essential newborn care — collectively dubbed the Nursery of the Future — that hospitals need most to address the five treatment areas.Several of the technologies, including two award-winning respiratory support systems, have already been invented by teams of Rice University students mentored by Richards-Kortum and Oden, the founders of Rice’s award-winning, hands-on engineering design and education program Beyond Traditional Borders. BTB sends several Rice students to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital each summer to test their designs under the supervision of Molyneux and other pediatric specialists.Rice University is partnering with the University of Malawi College of Medicine and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, on the design and clinical testing of a suite of newborn health care technologies for the Nursery of the Future. Ultimately, the partners hope to deliver a suite of neonatal technologies that a regional hospital could implement for less than $10,000.A 2014 clinical study conducted at the hospital found that a $400 student-designed breathing system called Pumani — a redesigned version of the $6,000 continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems used in most developed-world neonatal units — increased the survival rate of newborns with severe respiratory illness from 44 percent to 71 percent. Pumani is now in use at all government hospitals in Malawi, and GlaxoSmithKline and London-based Save the Children committed $400,000 in 2013 to expand its use to Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.Also in 2013, Richards-Kortum, Oden and Molyneux founded the Day One Project to build an innovation facility at the hospital where other technologies for the Nursery of the Future could undergo clinical study.Among the next projects slated for clinical study are Autosyp, a user-friendly device that simplifies the delivery of intravenous medication and requires no electricity, and BreathAlert, an apnea monitor for premature babies. The second device, which was invented by Rice students in 2012, won a Grand Challenges grant in August from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.“Based on technologies that are available or under development, we estimate that a complete Nursery of the Future for a district hospital serving … 300,000 people could be installed for $5,000 to $10,000, much less than the cost of one western-style ventilator,” Richards-Kortum, Oden and Molyneux wrote in The State of the World’s Children 2015.Richards-Kortum is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering at Rice. Oden is professor in the practice of engineering education at Rice and director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. Molyneux is honorary professor of pediatrics at the University of Malawi College of Medicine and chief of pediatrics at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, which admits approximately 25,000 children per year.-30-VIDEO is available at:Day One: The team behind the projectHigh-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/04/0501-LEMELSON-two-lg.jpgCAPTION: Maria Oden (left) and Rebecca Richards-Kortum at Rice University’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen in Houston.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2013/08/0826_DAYONE-collage-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University is partnering with the University of Malawi College of Medicine and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, on the design and clinical testing of a suite of newborn health care technologies for the Nursery of the Future. Ultimately, the partners hope to deliver a suite of neonatal technologies that a regional hospital could implement for less than $10,000.CREDIT: Rice UniversityTo learn more about Rice 360°’s Day One Project, visit:http://www.rice360.rice.edu/dayoneprojectLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. 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first_imgMiguel Strobel (MBA 2017)Chris Mathew (MBA 2017)Claire Keene (MSc 2017) Last Updated May 3, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail On Monday, May 1, the finale of The Global Challenge was held at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Six finalist teams from around the globe competed to take home a prize of £3,000 cash as well as tickets to the Skoll World Forum 2018 and Emerge 2017, with a travel allowance included.About The Global ChallengeThe Global Challenge is a competition that offers students and recent graduates a chance to learn more about the global issues that interest them and to present those findings to a global audience. Participants are asked to develop a business plan or to present an idea for a quick fix, while also demonstrating a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change.The Challenge was founded in 2016 by the Saïd Business School Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, a social impact center with the mission to accelerate the impact of entrepreneurial activity to transform unjust or unsatisfactory systems and practices. This year, the challenge expanded to include participants from over 20 universities across five continents, making it a truly global competition. The Global Challenge DetailsThe Global Challenge took place over a series of event presentations, including a semi-final held on March 27th. It was at this semi-final that the Saïd Business School “Saving Mothers” team as selected to represent Oxford at the finale. The winning team’s submission focused on maternal health challenges in a rural district of KwaZulu, South Africa. The team included two MBA students and a Master’s in Sociology student: Saïd Business School: The Global Challenge RelatedOxford’s Skoll Scholars Collaborate to Create Social ChangeThroughout the world, social entrepreneurs are creating innovative and disruptive solutions to tackle urgent global challenges. One of the most effective ways to achieve an impact is through connecting and partnering with other complimentary ventures, says Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School.…April 15, 2015In “Featured Home”Best Business Schools for Social Impact, Part IIThis article was originally published in its entirety on clearadmit.com On Friday, we began our coverage of the rise of social impact among MBA students and programs with a look at efforts underway at the Yale School of Management and NYU Stern School of Business. Today, we continue our focus,…March 24, 2016In “Featured Home”Social Impact MBAs: Programs That Help Students Make a Difference in the WorldFor years, social impact has been a growing area of emphasis at business schools. Increasingly, MBA students are stating that a well-paying career isn’t enough: They also want to make a difference. As Sherryl Kuhlman, the managing director of the Social Impact Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, told U.S.…October 11, 2017In “Featured Home” SFU Beedie School of Business: MediMorphMelbourne University: Umps HealthSaïd Business School: Saving MothersUniversity of San Diego: Simple Seat, Better LivesUniversity of Cape Town: AllsafeMount Royal University: Braden Etzerza “‘Saving Mothers’ was our attempt at understanding the complex ecosystem surrounding mothers in South Africa,” explained Dr. Mathew. “The legacy of Apartheid and an under-resourced healthcare system meant that mothers in rural, impoverished communities of South Africa often suffer from poor maternal health. Our research shines a light on this issue through desktop analysis and numerous interviews with various stakeholders, ranging from NGOs to patients themselves.”The project was a perfect fit for the team.“Two of us are doctors who have worked in South Africa and even in rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal—so we naturally assumed we had a pretty solid grasp on the problem,” said Mathew in a recent news release. “Only once we started the competition and began researching the problem did we realize how many assumptions we had incorrectly made—nearly all of them! We discovered perspectives on our South African mothers that hadn’t even remotely occurred to us, let alone [been] expected. This has been an incredibly enlightening experience for all three of us, and we are absolutely thrilled to be representing the University of Oxford in the global final!”But making it to the final didn’t mean the team’s work was done. According to Andrea Warriner, the deputy director of the Skoll Center, the team could expect fierce competition during the final.“We were excited about the range of challenges Oxford participants selected for their submissions, and the deep learning that teams experienced,” said Warriner. “We know that the finalists from all over the world who will travel to Oxford to compete in the global final will also have powerful entries—our winning Oxford team should expect tough competition!”May 1 FinalAs predicted, the final brought stiff competition. Six teams from universities around the world met up on May 1 inside the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theater at the Saïd Business School to present their research and findings to a panel of six judges. The schools represented and their proposals were:center_img Cheryl Dahle: an entrepreneur and journalist who works at the intersection of business and social change.Claudia Kelly Li: a Global Ashoka Fellow with nearly a decade of experience in cross-cultural communications and environmental campaigning.Henry Majed: a Partnerships Director at 2degrees, the leading collaboration platform for sustainable business.Avani Patel: the Local Portfolio Director of the Peery Foundation, which is focused on closing the opportunity gap for youth in East Palo Alto.Baljeet Sandhu: the founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU), a national legal and policy hub.Darian Stibbe: a professional who consults to companies, the UN, NGOs, and governments to foster cross-sector partnership to support social innovation and sustainable development. About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo regions: London In the end, the MediMorph team from SFU Beedie took first place, followed by Simple Seat, Better Lives from the University of San Diego in second place, and Umps Health from Melbourne University in third.For Dr. Mathew, even though the “Saving Mothers” team didn’t take home any of the top prizes, the entire experience was worthwhile.“The Global Challenge has been the highlight of my year thus far,” he told us. “It was an unexpected blessing and one which was not even directly related to the MBA. I would even be tempted to say that I’ve learnt more through the Challenge than I’ve learnt through all my lectures combined! Following a conversation with one of the judges, we’re actually considering starting a venture based on the principles we learned.” The final was judged by:last_img read more

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