Recent Grantee/Partner News
September 30, 2011
A number of recent news items about Foundation partners and grantees:
- A number of our friends were among the 19 award nominees for the Grand Challenge for Development: Saving Lives at Birth. From our network seed funding went to, Ashoka Accelerator incubatee Healthpoint Services for their work in providing low cost health information and technologies at the community and clinic level in rural India; the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) for their low-cost, bubble CPAP kit and oxygen blender; and former NCIIA grantees Infant Air from Rice University for their low-cost respiratory support technology and a team from Duke University for their anti-retroviral pouch for PMTCT during home birth.
- 2011 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability winner and Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow Elizabth Hausler was named one of three Social Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Schwab Foundation. Hausler’s non-profit, BuildChange designs earthquake-resistant housing in developing countries and trains builders, homeowner, engineers and government officials on how to build them.
- In addition to the Saving Lives at Birth funding, Ashoka Accelerator incubatee Healthpoint Services won a 2011Tech Award for their work. Also winning a Tech Award was Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow Dr. Pradip Kumar Sarmah, who is also the founder of former NCIIA E-Team Rickshaw Bank.
- Foundation grantee Design that Matters was a finalist for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards for their work in designing products that address basic needs in developing countries.