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MicroGO bags the Grand Challenges Explorations Grant Award to develop an all-in-one solution to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in India

2020-08-06 12:18:50 News & Society


July 8th 2020: MicroGO, an R&D-driven manufacturing company that is building a pipeline of products focused on sustainability and hygiene, has received the Grand Challenges Explorations grant- India (GCE-India) to develop an all-in-one solution “Safe Delivery, Healthy Child (SAVED)”. The firm will use its patented platform TubeletTM with an intention to reduce Maternity Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality rate (IMR) in the country.

Grand Challenges Explorations - India (GCE-India) Round V, is a PMU-BIRAC initiative in partnership with the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IKP Knowledge Park. It identifies, funds and nurture revolutionary ideas that address global health challenges. The India-only chapter of the larger Grand Challenges Explorations is managed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. MicroGO’s Safe Delivery-Healthy child or SAVED will be an integrated solution for providing safe delivery and safe water, and ensuring sanitation for the new born babies during their formative years, upto 6 months.

Commenting on receiving the grant, Dr. Rachna Dave, Founder of MicoGO said, “India’s infant mortality rate (IMR) fell to 33 per 1,000 live births in 2017 from 34 the year before, and is inching closer towards the Sustainable Development Goal of bringing it down to 25 or less by 2030. Meanwhile, the maternal mortality rate (MMR) has fallen 20 points over the past decade, from 53 per 1,000 births in 2007 to 33 in 2017, according to the Sample Registration System. But even though the death rates are coming down, many infants are still dying of unavoidable causes like hygiene issues. MicroGO’s “Safe Delivery, Healthy Child (SAVED)” will be created using our TubeletTM Platform technology that is designed to deliver pure form of disinfecting agents without contaminating the exterior with any by-products.” It is an integrated solution that will not only provide hygienic environment during birth but also a carry along kit provided to the mothers that maintains hygienic conditions for the infant and the new mother for next 6 months.

Based on its TubeletTM technology, MicroGO has also developed GOpureTM- water disinfection solution which disinfects water without producing any disinfection byproducts like Trihalomethanes that are Class II carcinogens or without releasing any hazardous chemical waste. GOsteriTM is yet another product by MicroGO that uses the technology for portable sterilisation and on-the-go. It requires no power, no water to sterilise the surgical instruments.

About MicroGO

MicroGO is a Chennai based R&D based manufacturing company founded in 2016 that focuses on Hygiene and Sustainability. With the right mix of material science, engineering, chemistry, microbiology, and biotechnology skills, the team at MicroGO is building products which are envisaged to “Safe & Save” approach defined by “Keeping lives SAFE and SAVE valuable resources".

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