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The 2018 YSEALI Civic Engagement Fellows Program

Children’s Prize

Child mortality is a core indicator for child health and well-being. Child survival remains an urgent concern. It is unacceptable that about 16,000 children still die every single day – equivalent to 11 deaths occurring every minute. The majority of these deaths can be attributed to treatable causes.

Infectious diseases (such as pneumonia and diarrhoea) and neonatal complications are responsible for the vast majority of under-five deaths globally. According to the latest estimates by WHO and the Maternal and Child Epidemiology Estimation Group, of the 5.9 million deaths in children under five that occurred in 2015, about half were caused by infectious diseases and conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, meningitis, tetanus, HIV and measles.

The main killers of children under age five in 2015 included preterm birth complications (18%), pneumonia (16%), intrapartum-related complications (12%), diarrhoea (9%) and sepsis/ meningitis (9%). Importantly, almost half of all under-five deaths are attributable to undernutrition, while more than 80 percent of neonatal deaths occur among newborn infants of low birth weight in the highest burden settings.

The Challenge
Propose a ready-to-execute project plan that is focused on saving children’s lives under-five. Projects are evaluated on their:
  • ability to impact rates within a child mortality indicator (U5MR, IMR, NMR, etc.),
  • effectiveness, innovation and scalability of the intervention approach within global health,
  • feasibility of the proposed lives-saved estimate,
  • probability of success,
  • ease of verification, and
  • inclusion of a process impact assessment.

To ensure that more children under the age of five survive and thrive, we must harness knowledge from around the world and across a broad range of disciplines to find the most effective solutions. Project proposals submitted may include, but are not limited to, intervention solutions in healthcare services, technology, education, infrastructure and agriculture.

The Prize & Process
The winner will receive $250,000 in funding to execute their proposed project plan. The contest process includes three major rounds and two review periods.

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