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Tech startup Simprints wins $2M innovation prize to prevent maternal and child deaths

last modified Mar 29, 2018 03:22 PM

Tech startup Simprints has won a $2M innovation prize to prevent maternal and child deaths in the hardest-to-reach regions of the world. The award comes from Saving Lives at Birth, a 'Grand Challenge for Development' funded by the Gates Foundation, USAID, UKaid, and the Canadian, Korean, and Norwegian governments.

Simprints was co-founded by Gates Cambridge Scholars Daniel Storisteanu, Toby Norman and Alexandra Grigore with Tristram Norman. Alexandra Grigore co-founded the company while studying for her PhD with us. After taking a one year break to set up the company, she is now wrapping up her PhD and going back into the company in a couple of months.

The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum of four check-ups before birth, however only 39% of all mothers are receiving these visits due to challenges in identification and accountability. The Simprints system provides a powerful tool to identify patients in developing countries, instantly finding the right record with the tap of a finger.

It works by these simple steps:

  • A frontline worker places a beneficiary's finger on a rugged mobile fingerprint scanner
  • The system runs a matching algorithm
  • A unique ID links to records which tell the health worker whether the mother has had all the necessary checkups or not and so determines the next steps in care

Simprints is a nonprofit tech company, it builds open source software and biometric hardware to empower mobile tools used by researchers, NGOs, and governments fighting poverty around the world.

Simprints team
The Simprints team

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