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News Release: Canada funds maternal device for the prevention of stillbirth and low birth-weight in Ghana

January 30, 2015

Edmonton (AB, Canada) and Accra (Ghana) – Innovators at Innovative Canadians for
Change Foundation (ICChange), through their support of Global Innovations for Reproductive
Health and Life (GIRHL), have received a $100,000 grant from Grand Challenges Canada
(which is funded by the Government of Canada) for a project that aims to improve the health of
mothers and newborns.

Every year, approximately 2.6 million stillbirths (SB) occur and 20 million low birth-weight
(LBW) babies are born worldwide. The vast majority of these cases occur in low- and middleincome
countries. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of SB globally and has made the least
progress in reducing this number. Similarly, this region has some of the highest rates of LBW in
the world. Recently, several studies have identified sleeping on the back during pregnancy as a
potential risk factor for having SB or LBW baby. This is a significant correlation, since pregnant
women spend up to 25% of their sleeping time on their back.

News Release – Grand Challenges Canada – Full PDF

ICChange partnership with Global Innovations for Reproductive Health and Life (GIRHL)

October 27, 2014

The ICChange team is proud to announce a new partnership with fellow Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health Award Grantee, Global Innovations for Reproductive Health and Life (GIRHL). GIRHL has recently developed a new innovative technology geared at decreasing stillbirth and low birth weight neonates in the developing world. GIRHL will be conducting a feasibility study in Accra, Ghana over the course of the next 18 months to assess the acceptability and compliance of the technology in this setting. The innovation has the potential to impact millions worldwide by decreasing preventable antenatal mortality.

ICChange will be involved in administering the group’s GCC grant for the feasibility study and provide technical support and consultancy to help make dissemination of this technology a reality.

To learn more about GIRHL, visit their website at


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