Grant Award: Rita Wilson Seed Grant

🎉 Exciting News 🎉

We’re thrilled to announce that MakeDeathsCount has been chosen for the prestigious Rita Wilson Seed Grant by the Yale School of Public Health! This incredible opportunity comes thanks to InnovateHealth Yale, which administers the fund, made possible by a generous donation back in 2019.

Our mission to make a difference in global mortality surveillance through social innovation has just received a significant boost. The Rita Wilson Seed Grant recognizes and supports student-led initiatives, providing financial backing to bring groundbreaking solutions to life. These solutions are dedicated to addressing the pressing health and education challenges faced by low-income communities in the U.S. and under-resourced countries globally.

MDC stands out for our pioneering work in developing a first-of-its-kind mobile application set to revolutionize the way vital information is collected in resource-limited areas, especially those hit by humanitarian crises. Leveraging the World Health Organization Verbal Autopsy Instrument, our app enables MDC-trained staff to gather essential data about the deceased from their families. This approach promises to streamline the collection of mortality and vital statistics in places where most deaths occur outside the healthcare system, ensuring accurate reporting and insights.

Stay tuned as we embark on this journey to make every death count, powered by the support from the Rita Wilson Seed Grant and the Yale School of Public Health. Together, we’re stepping closer to a world where every individual’s health matters, no matter where.

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