Day One: The story behind the project

Rice University bioengineering professors Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden are donating their prize money from the 2013 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation toward the construction of a new neonatal nursery at the African hospital that has helped implement Rice’s low-cost, student-designed health care technologies since 2007. The nursery will improve patient care at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, and support technology innovation through Rice’s Day One project, an ambitious effort to create a collection of low-cost, neonatal technologies that a district hospital serving 250,000 people can implement for about $5,000.

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