Saving Lives at Birth Nominees

The Sisu Global Health team at the Saving Lives at Birth Development XChange. In the foreground, the Hemafuse is pictured next to another autotransfusion tool in Sub-Saharan Africa: the stainless steel soup ladle. 

The Sisu Global Health team at the Saving Lives at Birth Development XChange. In the foreground, the Hemafuse is pictured next to another autotransfusion tool in Sub-Saharan Africa: the stainless steel soup ladle. 

With excitement and great appreciation to all our supporters, Sisu Global Health is proud to announce that it has been nominated for the Saving Lives at Birth: Grand Challenges for Development grant. Sisu Global Health was among the top 3% of applications from around the world; a prestigious group that included large companies such as Becton Dickinson; universities such as John Hopkins and the University of Cambridge; and large NGO's such as PATH. 

The award was announced after a three-day long event called the DevXChange which featured breakout sessions and focus groups from some of the most brilliant marketers, doctors and facilitators in the public health field. Additionally, Carolyn Yarina (Sisu's CEO) underwent the final interview for the $250,000 award by Dr. Sylvia DeGananes, a Ghanaian OBGYN from Tema General Hospital. Companies and participants came from all over the world. The entire event was made possible by USAID, the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UKAID.

The final day included a Marketplace event where the public could tour exhibits of nearly 100 finalists and previous award winners. During this event, we had the privilege to meet the head Administrator of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah, a fellow University of Michigan graduate (Go Blue!). The final day ended in a forum featuring Dr. Rajiv Shah; Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health; and Paul Polak, author and entrepreneur.

For more information on the Development XChange event, check out this press release

Gillian Henker (Sisu's CTO) with Dr. Sylvia DeGananes of Tema General Hospital. We met Dr. DeGananes on previous trips to Ghana and were happily surprised to meet her again in Washington D.C.

Gillian Henker (Sisu's CTO) with Dr. Sylvia DeGananes of Tema General Hospital. We met Dr. DeGananes on previous trips to Ghana and were happily surprised to meet her again in Washington D.C.