Israel Innovation Authority participated in the 2019 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting co-hosted by the African Union, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health, Grand Challenges Canada / Grands Défis Canada, USAid and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Israel Innovation Authority participated in the 2019 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting co-hosted by the African Union, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health,
The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting is a convening of over 1,000 key leaders from across the global community to share best practices, encourage collaboration and seek solutions for common challenges. It aims to build momentum for global health and development innovation and foster scientific collaboration among international groups and researchers.
Since 2014, Israel Innovation Authority runs a local Grand Challenges program in cooperation with MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International
The aim of the incentive program is to encourage R&D of innovative technological solutions to societal challenges in global health, water and food security in low income countries. The program, initially founded with the mentorship of Grand Challenges Canada, has been active since 2014 and has supported 27 technological projects to date, many of which have delivered significant impact.
At the meeting in Addis Ababa, Innovation authority presented a poster featuring the winners of the latest call for projects in health (Senecio, #Zzapp, Wheelchairs of Hope), water (Soapy, #Alumor Tipa) and food security (#OKO, Hargol FoodTech, Amaizz, Farmster).You can’t manage what you can’t measure, and it is impossible to enforce compliance without managing it!
According to CDC, Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAI) are among the most common medical events causing death, especially among children. Proper hand hygiene can prevent up to 1 million deaths annually and reduce HAI by up to 40%.
WHO states that hand hygiene is a critical and cost-saving intervention in the prevention of infection and the spread of disease. But, only 50% of all medical care workers wash or sanitize their hands correctly.
With Soapy technology, you can now have an overview of staff compliance with hand hygiene protocols — increasing patient safety and care quality.
We passionately believe that good hand hygiene quality is the key to a disease-free life in a world replete with harmful microbes. Soapy brings hand hygiene out of the restroom and takes it into the future!