UNICEF report features Rice’s ‘Nursery of the Future’
Rice University’s ambitious “Nursery of the Future” project is getting a global boost from UNICEF’s influential annual report, The State of the World’s Children 2015.
The new report highlights innovative technologies that are improving children’s lives. It includes a chapter dedicated to the Nursery of the Future, a multi-institutional initiative by Rice, the University of Malawi College of Medicine and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, to create affordable technologies that can save the lives of millions of newborn babies each year.
“Deaths in the first month of life still comprise more than 40 percent of all deaths for children under the age of 5,” said Rice’s Rebecca Richards-Kortum, an award-winning innovator and bioengineer who also directs Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies. “The technology exists to save many of these babies, but it must be reimagined, redesigned and packaged for use in low-resource hospitals.”
UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children, each year examines a key issue that affects children. The 2015 report focuses on the power of innovation to improve children’s lives.
Rice 360° brings together an international group of faculty, students, clinicians, and private and public sector partners to design innovative health technologies for poor settings, to develop and implement entrepreneurial approaches that increase access to these technologies around the world, and to prepare students to lead tomorrow’s global health technology workforce.