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This year, celebrate the gift of life by ensuring the survival of the world's most vulnerable babies by offering them essential newborn care through the Day One Project.

Save a Newborn Life

Give pediatricians in Malawi the tools they need to care for sick newborns by expanding Day One nurseries at district hospitals across the region.

Inspire Rice Students

Provide our students with an utterly life-transforming educational experience that engages their hearts and minds and prepares them for a life of impact.

“We’re calling it the Day One Project: a neonatal unit that provides excellent care to the world’s most vulnerable patients while serving as an innovation hub for affordable, high-performance technologies that can improve neonatal care in low-resource settings throughout the region.”
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D. 
Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University
2013 recipient of the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Global Innovation Award

The Day One Project:
A Technology Innovation Hub for Newborn Health in Africa

  • Rice University faculty members Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden donated their $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation to the Day One Project.

  • The Day One Project will to expand the neonatal unit at Malawi’s largest teaching hospital.  The new unit will provide excellent care for the world’s most vulnerable babies and serve as an innovation hub for highly effective, affordable technologies that improve neonatal health in low-resource settings.

  • Day One nurseries could be established at district hospitals throughout the region for approximately $5,000 each, making life-saving technologies available to more babies in need.

  • The Day One Project is turning the tide on newborn mortality in Malawi.

“As Malawi's largest teaching hospital, QECH trains the country's next generation of leaders in medicine. The Day One Nursery will serve as an example to these young clinicians of excellent care for newborns, while advancing innovative newborn health technologies for use in low-resource settings. The doctors and nurses that train with the technologies available in the Day One Nursery will be able to carry forward the experience to their jobs in hospitals throughout the region, multiplying the impact of the facility."
Dr. Neil Kennedy
Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Malawi

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