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2017 Newton Prize winners

Read about the winners of the 2017 Newton Prize in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. To find out more about the full shortlist read the 2017 Newton Prize booklet.

 

INDIA: Creating more efficient solar energy
INDIA: Creating more efficient solar energy

There is a need for a low upfront cost, high-efficiency source of energy production to improve the quality of life in villages in India. The Newton-Bhabha APEX-II programme is a flagship project in solar energy between India and the UK, building on the achievements of an earlier programme.

INDIA: Better monitoring of maternal health saves lives
INDIA: Better monitoring of maternal health saves lives

Obstetric haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and sepsis account for more than 50% of maternal deaths worldwide. This Newton-Bhabha funded project is testing the introduction of a new vital sign device into routine maternity care at community and hospital level.

MALAYSIA: Sustainable energy from effluent waste processing
MALAYSIA: Sustainable energy from effluent waste processing

Palm oil production is a major contributor to the Malaysian economy but this industry is also a large source of highly polluting waste effluents. This Newton-Ungku Omar Fund project aimed to tackle the issue of generating electricity and biofuel from effluent waste.

THAILAND: International Network for Shrimp Health (INSH)
THAILAND: International Network for Shrimp Health (INSH)

This Newton Fund project built on a previous Researcher Links workshop to establish a UK-Thai network in shrimp health focused on knowledge exchange and capacity building, and challenging disease control in aquaculture.

THAILAND: Improving diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in children
THAILAND: Improving diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in children

Using the recognised expertise of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, this Newton Fund project supported Chulalongkorn Paediatrics to develop their own genomics platform and supporting analytics and infrastructure.

VIETNAM: Communicating in a disaster
VIETNAM: Communicating in a disaster

From 2005 to 2014, Vietnam was hit by 649 natural disasters destroying almost half a million homes and causing 10,000 casualties annually. This Newton Fund project tackled the problems of maintaining communications under hostile conditions.