Public health student receives $100,000 Gates Foundation grant

Margo Klar, a second-year M.P.H. student at the Yale School of Public Health, has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration grant to pursue a project designed to reduce delivery-related infections in developing countries.

Founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Grand Challenges Explorations program funds ideas that can break the mold in how persistent global health and development challenges are solved.

With the grant, Klar will introduce a clean, simple and sharp umbilical cord cutting device that is designed to reduce the incidence of infection related to poor delivery hygiene in developing countries. The device will be named the “Ceramic Umbilical Cord Finger Scissors.”

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