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