The non-profit is named a 2021-2022 Audacious Project and 2022 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Innovation
SAN FRANCISCO, April 11, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Noora Health, a non-profit dedicated to improving health outcomes and strengthening health systems by equipping family caregivers with the skills they need to care for their loved ones, was announced as a TED 2022 Audacious Project Grantee and recipient of the 2022 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Innovation. Together the two will catalyze $52M in funding to further the non-profit’s vision of a world where patients and their caregivers are a core component of healthcare delivery and family-member training is a standard of care. The funding through Audacious includes the largest single gift in Noora Health’s history, $20M from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by The Audacious Project and the Skoll Foundation. Since founding Noora Health in 2014, our goal has been to expand healthcare to acknowledge and value those closest to the patient, their loved ones — and the recognition and grants through both organizations tremendously accelerates our ability to do just that,” said Dr. Shahed Alam, Co-CEO of Noora Health. “We firmly believe that no one should suffer because of a preventable medical condition, and this funding will play a critical role as we continue to work alongside our public health partners and communities.”
Both awards reinforce Noora Health’s position as a catalyst for change and its commitment to transforming health systems. The funding through the two opportunities will help Noora Health accomplish its goal of expanding to over 70 million caregivers and patients across four countries over the next six years. It will also enhance their tech-enabled products to improve access and reach, while continuing to grow their team globally.
“We believe that putting power into the patient and family’s hands is a fundamental right. Our work is grounded in listening through vulnerable times and we have seen the impact firsthand. We are thrilled to be recognized by both The Audacious Project and the Skoll Foundation for our commitment here,” said Edith Elliott, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Noora Health. “As we continue to grow both in scale and as a team, we are incredibly grateful to our partners and supporters who have been with us through this journey.”
Noora Health and its local partners work with six state governments in India, the Government of Bangladesh, and large private hospital systems. The organization has trained nearly 2 million patients and family members across more than 300 hospitals and clinics and is aiming to train 70 million patients and caregivers, increasing its reach to 10 states in India and expanding to two new countries. As a result, the program has reduced post-surgical cardiac complications by 71%, newborn readmissions by 56%, and there was a 78% increase in skin-to-skin care among new parents.
For additional information about Noora Health, please visit https://www.noorahealth.org/.
ABOUT NOORA HEALTH
Noora Health’s mission is to improve health outcomes and save lives by empowering family caregivers with the skills they need to care for their loved ones, making them an integral part of healthcare delivery. Noora Health transforms health systems by turning hospital hallways and waiting rooms into classrooms, tapping into the most compassionate resources available for the patient’s care — the patient’s own family. By turning these worried family members into skilled caregivers, they make family members an important pathway to healthcare delivery and reduce preventable patient complications. With the support of six state governments in India, the Government of Bangladesh, and large private hospital systems, they have trained nearly 2 million patients and family members across over 300 hospitals and clinics. The program reduces post-surgical cardiac complications by 71% and newborn readmissions by 56%.
ABOUT THE AUDACIOUS PROJECT
Launched in April 2018, The Audacious Project is a collaborative funding initiative that’s catalyzing social impact on a grand scale. Housed at TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and with support from leading social impact advisor The Bridgespan Group, The Audacious Project convenes funders and social entrepreneurs with the goal of supporting bold solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges. The funding collective is made up of respected organizations and individuals in philanthropy, including the Skoll Foundation, Virgin Unite, The Valhalla Charitable Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies and more. The Audacious Project works with the Science Philanthropy Alliance to identify and vet high-quality basic science projects. Each year The Audacious Project supports a new cohort. The 2021-2022 recipients are The Center for Tech and Civic Life, ClimateWorks: Drive Electric, Code for America, Glasswing International, The International Refugee Assistance Project, myAgro, Noora Health, The Tenure Facility, and Woodwell Climate Research Center.
About the Skoll Foundation
The Skoll Foundation seeks to catalyze transformational social change by investing in, connecting, and championing social entrepreneurs and other social innovators who together advance bold and equitable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Learn more at skoll.org.
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