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***3D printing of prosthetics: a social enterprise in Vietnam** Persons with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, representing 15% of the global population. 80% of this population live in developing countries. We report on a creative approach to the new 3D printing craze-- and its application in personalized prosthetics in Vietnam.
Nobody needs convincing of the huge impact of HIV in our world today. While the prevalence of HIV differs vastly by region of the world, it still touches nearly every corner of the earth and has caused devastation throughout the span of its pandemic. There are an estimated 35 million people living with HIV today, and while the number of mortalities per year has fallen in recent years, it remains above one million. While these numbers are difficult to see, they are unlikely a surprise to most. The HIV pandemic is one of the most researched, targeted, and widely discussed. Much less discussed is the interaction HIV can have with other infectious diseases, and how coinfection can amplify the effects of disease.
Zika, a disease caused by Zika virus, can be spread from mother to child, through sexual contact, mosquito bites and blood transfusion. While most symptoms of Zika are mild, Zika infections in pregnant woman has been linked to microcephaly and other birth abnormalities. Zika has now been declared as a public health emergency of international concern. As a complement to the news and near panic around the illness we are featuring five unheard voices on Zika: **Unheard voice 1: How politics in Brazil makes this worse**
On International Women's Day, we are excited to announce Maternova’s newest addition to our groundbreaking obstetric and neonatal health products: CRADLE Vital Signs Alert by Microlife. The Vital Signs Alert is the first device specifically designed to measure heart rate and blood pressure specifically designed for pregnant women. There have been extensive trials and field testing that have proven both the effectiveness of the VSA, and the ease of use in low-resource settings. It has also been approved by the World Health Organization and was recognized as one of thirty high impact innovations in global health by a PATH-led award. Needless to say, we are thrilled to be the distributor of Vital Signs Alert and begin spreading this high-impact innovation.
The Pratt Pouch is at an exciting point right now, on the verge of being introduced or expanded in a number of countries including Ecuador, Uganda, and Nigeria as the most prevalent contenders. With all the progress being made, we wanted to gather information of how the pouch is paired with the recommended ARV regimens, so we did some research on what drugs are recommended for babies born to HIV-positive mothers. Not only was this information usually buried in pages and pages of files, but it also varied widely across different sources.
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