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The Technical Marketplace was a rallying moment to move the global MNH community forward with optimism and collective innovative thinking by presenting new solutions to the biggest bottlenecks and barriers. The various exhibits and demonstrations were an opportunity for conference attendees to learn and be inspired, while at the same time serving as an opportunity for presenters to share, collaborate, and benefit from collective thinking.

The Technical Marketplace showcased 58 promising maternal and newborn health interventions and innovations, and focused on a variety of solutions and promising interventions such as: innovative products/tools, processes, new approaches to MNH service delivery, and/or artificial intelligence and digital interventions.

See below for a list of all innovations presented at the IMNHC 2023 Technical Marketplace. This list is organized by the innovation’s thematic focus that presenters selected for their submission.

Antenatal Care

  1. Advancing WHO Guideline Use in the Digital Age: WHO Antenatal SMART Guidelines
    Partner organizations: University of Rwanda, Population Council – Zambia, Ministries of Health of Rwanda & Zambia, WHO HQ, regional and country offices
  2. BabyChecker: Artificial Intelligence for Safer Pregnancies
    Partner organizations: Radboud University Medical Centre, Cordaid, Dutch Embassy, RVO, Lion Heart Foundation, Tonkolili District, Jericho, EngenderHealth, DKT, CUAMM, St.Luke Hospital, Ethiopia Ministry of Health, Misingi, Karatu District MOH, PSI
  3. The Butterfly Effect: Transforming Maternal and Neonatal Health through Deployment of Ultrasound
    Partner organizations: Kenya Phase Partners: Global Ultrasound Institute, Jamf, Kenyatta University, and Phillips Healthcare Services Ltd, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  4. Ready, Set, Go!: Practical Advice and Hands-on Practice to Start, Scale-up and Sustain Group ANC
    Partner organizations: Members of the Global Group Antenatal Care Collaborative

Capacity Building

  1. The Adventures of Super Divya: Supporting Nurse Educator Empathy and Facilitation Skills 
    Partner organizations: PRONTO International, University of California San Francisco, University of Utah, Government of Bihar, CARE India
  2. Digital Newborn Field Guide: A New Website for Improving Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings
    Partner organizations: Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises
  3. ENC Now! Digital Learning: Novel platform to Teach Skills for Maternal & Newborn Survival
    Partner organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics and Laerdal Global Health
  4. Managing Obstetric Emergencies:  Simulation Tools for Safe Cesarean Section & Vacuum Assisted Birth
    Partner organizations: ESOG, Jhpiego, Hydom Luthran Hospital
  5. Safer Births Bundle of Care
    Partner organizations: Haydom Lutheran Hospital (HLH), Laerdal Global Health (LGH), Tanzania Ministry of Health, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Tanzania (PO-RALG), Tanzanian Association of Midwifes (TAMA), Pediatric Association of Tanzania (PAT), University of Stavanger (UiS), Stavanger University Hospital (SUS), Stavanger Acute Medicine Foundation for Education and Research (SAFER)
  6. Team-based, Interdisciplinary Capacity Building for Cesarean Sections to Improve Maternal and Newborn Outcomes
    Partner organizations: Johnson & Johnson, Proximie, Jhpiego
  7. Transforming Maternity Care in India: Learning Management System to House & Deliver Training on RMC
    Partner organizations: Aastrika Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, MSD for Mothers
  8. Using Video Reenactment to Generate Ideas and Testing of More Respectful and Dignified Care
    Partner organizations: Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Ministry of Health-Ethiopia


  1. AAA Platform: Convergence for Community Care
    Partner organizations: Madhya Pradesh Department of Health and Family Welfare, Madhya Pradesh Department of Women and Child Development
  2. A+B+C+D=SDG3 (AI + Big Data + Community Health Workers + Digital Health = SDG3)
    Partner organizations: Mothers2Mothers, Dimagi, Praekelt, WhatsApp, Google AI, University of New South Wales, Johnson and Johnson
  3. Flourish Mom and Baby:  A Social Franchise Model to Deliver Universal Access to Antenatal and Postnatal Classes
    Partner organizations: Grow Great
  4. Lactawawitas in Peru: Promotion of Breastfeeding among Venezuelan Migrants and Host Communities
    Partner organizations: Save the Children, USAID-BHA
  5. Using OpenSRP Waja App to Strengthen Community Linkages to Improve RMNCH Outcomes in Tanzania
    Partner organizations: Jhpiego, ONA Inc., The Government of Tanzania, USAID

Health Education or Advocacy

  1. Amplifying Mothers’ Voices: How Client-side Data Can Increase Accountability Towards Quality Care
    Partner organizations: Jacaranda Health
  2. Digital Dashboard for Optimising Geo-accessibility to Emergency Obstetric Care in Urban Africa
    Partner organizations: The OnTIME Consortium, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, University of Greenwich, Institute of Tropical Medicine, College of Medicine University of Lagos, Lagos, Midlands State University, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care
  3. MHealth for Postpartum Women in India
    Partner organizations: UCSF, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India IIIT
  4. MomConnect Africa: Replicating the success of South Africa’s National Department MNCH program
    Partner organizations: NDOH, IDInsight, Jembi, HISP, Johnson & Johnson, Elma Philanthropies
  5. WWW Chatbot: Your Digital Companion for Collecting Demands at Scale and Accelerating Advocacy
    Partner organizations: Centre for Health Development and Research, White Ribbon Alliance, MSD for Mothers, Praekelt

Intrapartum/Postpartum Care

  1. Inhaled Oxytocin: Bringing High Quality Oxytocin to All Mothers
    Partner organizations: Monash University
  2. Maternal Health Innovations:  Evidence-based, Life-saving Clincal Devices for Postpartum Hemorrhage 
    Partner organizations: Microlife, Medtrade, Utah Medical, Maternova
  3. MaternaWell Tray: Reusable Blood Loss Monitoring Device to Detect Postpartum Hemorrhage 
    Partner organizations: Umoya
  4. Obstetric Triage Implementation Package (OTIP): Reduce Delay and Risk for Obstetric Patients
    Partner organizations: Kybele, Ghana Health Service, Grand Challenges Canada
  5. Suction and Sponge Tools for Postpartum Hemorrhage 
    Partner organizations: Medtrade, CeloxPPH®; Organon, Jada System®; RevMedx, XSTAT®, University of Botswana, Oregon Health Sciences University, University of California San Francisco

Maternal Mental Health

  1. Development of a Tool to Screen Antenatal and Postnatal Women for Mental Health Issues 
    Partner organizations: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, Sri Lanka Family Health Bureau
  2. Integration of Mental Health Services into Maternal Health Programming using the CETA
    Partner organizations: Johns Hopkins University, Pact Myanmar
  3. Perinatal Mental Health Project: Demonstration and Resources
    Partner organizations: Western Cape Department of Health; Hanover Park Midwife Obstetric Unit; Department of Social Development


  1. An Electronic Medical Record Engineered to Impact Care Quality
    Partner organizations: Walking Doctors
  2. Every Newborn Measurement Improvement for Newborn & Stillbirth Indicators (EN-MINI) Tools for RHIS 
    Partner organizations: Ifakara Health Institute (IHI)/Tanzania, International centre for diarrheal disease research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM, Data for Impact (D4I) Project, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USAID
  3. Improving MNCH Outcomes through Digitally-enabled, Coordinated Care in Low Resource Settings
    Partner organizations: Vital Pakistan Trust, Aga Khan University, Venture Dive
  4. Interactive Data Portal for Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Cause of Death Estimation
    Partner organizations: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; UNICEF; World Health Organization; Johns Hopkins University; United Nations Inter-agency Group for Mortality Estimation
  5. Tablet-based Electronic Community Health Information System (eCHIS):  Digitally Enabled Frontline Healthworkers for Improved Maternal and Child Health Outcomes
    Partner organizations: CIFF, Data use Partnership ( JSI-DUP), Digital Health Activity (JSI-DHA), Dimagi, Various MOH
  6. Using Maternal Perinatal Death Notification (MPDN) Platform for Real-time Death Reporting  
    Partner organizations: Indonesia Ministry of Health, WHO, POGI, IDAI
  7. WHO Tools to Strengthen Maternal and Newborn Measurement 
    Partner organizations: WHO

MNH Cross-Thematic Care

  1. Advanced Wearable Sensors for Maternal and Neonatal Monitoring
    Partner organizations: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children Foundation, and Dräger
  2. Bringing Immediate Kangaroo Mother Care (iKMC) to Life for Healthcare Professionals
    Partner organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), World Health Organization (WHO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  3. Integrated Human Milk Banking: Ensuring Exclusive Human Milk Diets for Small and Sick Newborns
    Partner organizations: KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, South Africa; Human Milk Banking Association of South Africa; DaNang Hospital for Women and Children, Vietnam; Alive & Thrive; Government of India; Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, India; Kenya Ministry of Health; Nairobi County; Pumwani Maternity Hospital; Africa Population Health and Research Center; Human Milk Banking Association of North America; European Milk Banking Association
  4. Non-Invasive Hemoglobin Monitor: Perception and Acceptability among Health Workers in Tanzania
    Partner organizations: World Vision Canada, World Vision Tanzania, MoH Tanzania, Masimo
  5. The RELI Delivery System: A Hybrid Pneumatic Electric Syringe Infusion Pump
    Partner organizations: University of Washington, Pygmy Survival Alliance
  6. Utilizing Human Centered Design to Develop a Newborn Nutrition Digital Adaptation Kit
    Partner organizations: Pumwani Maternity Hospital, IntelliSOFT, Nairobi County Metropolitan Services, Kenya Ministry of Health
  7. We Care Solar Suitcase: Clean Energy for Safe Childbirth
    Partner organizations: CARE (Sierra Leone), CUAMM (Uganda, Sierra Leone), IRC (Sierra Leone), IntraHealth International (Uganda), GOAL (Sierra Leone), Health Child Uganda, PWRDF (Mozambique), Save the Children, UN Women (Liberia), Ministries of Health (Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Liberia,Uganda, Nigeria)

Newborn Care

  1. Augmented Infant Resuscitator
    Partner organizations: Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mass General Hospital, EB Innovations, KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Alupe University, Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenges for Development Partners, USAID Momentum, Jhpiego
  2. Breathing for Babies: Delivery of Safe, Blended Oxygen without electricity using CPAP
    Partner organizations: Vayu Global Health Foundation, Revital Healthcare (EPZ) Ltd, UNICEF, Unitaid, Save the Children, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, FIGO and Ministries of Health across Africa
  3. Continuous electronic monitoring of hypothermia in newborns as an intervention allowing quality holistic care for the mother-newborn couple (Benin)
    Partner organizations: BEMPU Health, UNICEF
  4. Delivering High Quality Small and Sick Newborn Care using Technologies for Low Resource Settings
    Partner organizations: Hatch Technologies
  5. Digital Weighing Machine to Increase Accuracy of Birthweight Measurement 
    Partner organizations: Jhpiego, India government and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
  6. The DREAM Warmer: An Electricity-free Infant Warming Device
    Partner organizations: Boston Childrens Hospital, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Partners In Health (Inshuti Mi Buzima), Rwandan Ministry of Health
  7. Low Cost, Non-electric bubble CPAP/Oxygen Blenders Device for Newborn Respiratory Distress
    Partner organizations: PATH, Adara Development, University of Washington, Kiwoko Hospital
  8. Neonatal Health Innovations:  Evidence-based, Life-saving Clinical Devices
    Partner organizations: Maternova
  9. NeuroMotion Smartphone App for Early Detection of Infants at High Risk of Cerebral Palsy
    Partner organizations: Uppsala University, Linköping University, Golden Community, Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital
  10. The NeoLENS Virtual Experience: An Immersive Virtual Reality Experience into Care for the Small and Sick Newborn
    Partner organizations: PATH, Mass Design; Mangochi District Hospital in Malawi
  11. Not All Pulse Oximeters are Created Equal: Introducing Masimo Rad-G
    Partner organizations: Masimo, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  12. Small and Sick Newborn Care: An Innovative Health Systems Approach to Implementation 
    Partner organizations: Born Too Soon, African Neonatal Association, Chiesi Foundation, UNICEF, NEST360

Quality of Care

  1. Assessing Facility-level Context for the Scale of High-Impact MNH Interventions
    Partner organizations: Lifebox’s Clean Cut Program (Ethiopia and Rwanda); MOMENTUM Country & Global Leadership Indonesia; Sree Renga Hospital, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu (India)
  2. The One Stop-Shop for WHO Quality Tools for Maternal and Newborn Health 
    Partner organizations: WHO

AlignMNH is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development.


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