You can also read Purnima’s blog on The Huffington Post World. 2013 has been an exciting year for girls. The rallying cry for girls’ education,…
Maternal & Reproductive Health
In Guatemala, as in many low- and middle-income countries, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Although the disease is preventable…
As cancer rates increase around the world, so does the need for palliative care in low- and middle-income countries. The world’s poorest cancer patients tend…
Those who read our blog know that we are very focused on anemia– and for good reason (we think). Despite increasing efforts to diagnose and treat anemia worldwide, anemia affects 28% of the global population. And for the specific populations of greatest interest to the Maternova team, anemia is of tremendous relevance– affecting as much as 42% of pregnant women and 47% of preschool aged children internationally. But did you know that diagnosing anemia in pregnancy requires some additional information and different cutoff points?
In the video, the Haitian child was listless: his eyes were sunken and his shriveled body was limp. His mouth curled, turtle-like, to prepare to cry, but no tears came. A gloved hand, arm hairs poking out, reached for the skin around the child’s abdomen. The hand of the clinician pulled gathered skin to form a sinusoid mound. Then, instead of snapping into place as skin normally does, the mound slowly melted back like silly putty
This is a short story about Life for African Mothers connecting the dots– for compassionate providers and women in the lowest resource countries. When we first spoke to Angela Gorman of Life for African Mothers we were really intrigued by her model and inspired commitment to women globally. First, like Maternova, she was interested in connecting Product A to Point B. She realized that women were dying, thousands each day, for lack of a tiny pill that costs just 30 cents.That pill? misoprostol
Since I graduated with my Master of Public Health in 2012, I have been working at a community-based program in infectious disease epidemiology. It is not the global focused job I had originally hoped for, but I was newbie in the public health sectors (who were heavily walloped by budget cuts at the time) and was happy to get a job in public service that fell in line with my future goals. While I am still entirely content at my current position, I find myself frequently daydreaming about the day when I will return to Cambodia and continue to improve the health of those people I met during my public health field study in 2011. Needless to say, this experience transformed me into a more passionate person and is one of the fundamental reasons I find myself back at Maternova today. Village to village we went for three months and inspected maternal and child health clinics for adequate and accessible management, services, resources, and hygiene.
When we originally saw these lovely little pieces of inspiration, we immediately were struck by the simple design and message. When we realized we could have them in red, teal, and orange – we knew we had to be part of it! Bravelets are part of the Maternova mission now. What we’re doing takes guts, and we think it’s about time the world knows it too. Join us by purchasing a ‘Maternova Brave Moms Worldwide’ bracelet and our quest to end maternal mortality will receive $10
Impressive. In short, that describes the results of the [MaiMwana trial in Malawi] ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3796349/) which was reported in mid-2013. When written up in the usual format for a medical journal, sometimes spectacular results don’t shine. You want to take a highlighter and just write “Amazing” to get across the point. A 52-76% decrease in maternal mortality in just three years?
As the year 2013 comes to a close it’s time to make some resolutions and share some of our lessons learned as a young social enterprise. Lesson #1: Just because you’re young and feisty doesn’t mean you don’t have the answers Our hero of the year is Nada, the young girl in Yemen who fled a child marriage and then spoke fiercely in her own defense. Can you imagine the bravery and the conviction it takes to take a stand against your parents and your culture as a ten year old girl? She embodies everything we believe will shake this world up and level the playing field.
Today marked the launch of a new electronic advocacy toolkit, “Scaling Up Lifesaving Commodities for Women, Children, and Newborns.” The toolkit, developed by PATH and Global Health Visions, is a resource designed to support efforts to translate ten recommendations developed by the UN Commission on Lifesaving Commodities into the national action needed to expand access to essential commodities at scale. From PATH: This toolkit provides information about the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities (the Commission), 13 priority commodities, and examples of how its ten recommendations to improve access and availability are being applied globally and within countries. It also provides advocacy resources for utilizing the Commission platform to raise awareness and engage stakeholders in addressing commodity-related gaps in policy. In addition, MCHIP released a new infographic offering an overview of the 13 essential commodities toolkit, which includes medicines and other commodities needed across the continuum of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. It includes three medicines: oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate, for addressing postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, the two complications that account for the vast majority of maternal deaths around the world.
This Wednesday, December 18, our colleagues at IDEAS will host this month’s edition of its monthly web seminar series. This month’s seminar will focus on the issue of maternal, perinatal and child death reviews, drawing on PMNCH Knowledge Summary #27, which IDEAS developed earlier this year, and covers different types of death review processes, as well as their uses and benefits for efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health in diverse settings. The web seminar will be led by IDEAS’ Dr. Boika Rechel and use case studies in the discussion of success and challenges for implementing maternal death review processes, different perspectives on the use of death reviews, and recent developments in the area of maternal death reviews and responses. The seminar will begin at 9:30 am GMT on December 18.