The Children’s Prize Innovation Competition Looks Back at Previous Year

Bring down the child mortality rate

Children are the leaders of the future, and making sure they can survive long enough to make it to adulthood is a responsibility we must take on. Everyday children don’t make it to the age of 5 for purposes that are preventable. On average, 16,000 children die a day! This shouldn’t be happening which is the exact reason that the Children’s Prize Foundation has created an innovation competition – to find ways ensuring more children will live so that the child mortality rate is greatly reduced.

Can you believe that the amount of children dying each day is equal to 11 deaths every minute? It’s an awful thought to have, but it’s happening. With this information we should be doing everything we can to stop such a horrific epidemic from occurring – especially when many of those deaths occur from treatable situations.

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Preventing deaths at birth

The winner of this challenge will be awarded $250,000 to fund their proposed project. The deserving winner from the 2015 Children’s Prize was Carrie Jo Cain, the program manager for World Hope International. She won for her brilliant program, Saving Lives at Birth in Sierra Leone with Newborn Resuscitation Training. Because 27 percent of deaths in Sierra Leone, West Africa, occur within the first month of birth, Cain’s project aims to prevent this from happening. One major way the project works is by teaching birth attendants how to do a newborn resuscitation. If the child doesn’t begin breathing on their own in the first minute, the birth attendants must immediately put a special kind of mask on them. With these new abilities, there will be more babies surviving childbirth everyday.

You could make a difference

Skild is so honored to be powering this challenge and to be given the opportunity to help be a part of the cause. You too can be a part of innovation competitions – just check out Skild’s website for new contests that we manage and find one you may be interested in. Who knows, you could be the reason that children live past the age of five.