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Dr. Charles Ochieng | male contraception |no scalpel vasectomy
December 09, 2013

A vasectomy is a male birth control method that works by preventing sperm from being released into the semen during ejaculation. It is done through a minor surgical procedure in which the tubes that carry sperm are cut and sealed.

While some forms of vasectomy involve making a small surgical cut in the upper part of a patient’s scrotum, he may choose to get a no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), which is performed with no surgical cut. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes and can be performed in a clinic or other outpatient settings.

Before undergoing a vasectomy, the person has to be certain to not want to father a child in the future as this procedure is considered a permanent form of male birth control.

solar-powered headlamp part of #wattsup campaign
December 06, 2013

'Watts up' out there everyone? We want to know what’s going on in your part of the world, and we want you to tell us. We’re launching a new program to bring solar powered lights to the people who need them! Right now, over 20% of the world lives without access to electricity. Can you imagine reading, cooking, caring for our families – even delivering babies – in darkness? Neither can we, and it’s a reality for over 900 million people. These solar-powered lights are being used in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, the Philippines, Haiti, Nigeria and Guatemala.

December 04, 2013

Disney movies often spring from the tragedy of a maternal death-- think Cinderella, Snow White, Bambi, the Fox & the Hound, Finding Nemo, Beauty & the Beast and on it goes. We know that not only is the premature death of any woman is a tragedy, but that obviously there are effects for at least a generation.

But Alicia Yamin and colleagues published an article this summer that looks in depth at the longer-term effects of maternal death in three regions in Tanzania (Rufiji, Kilombero, and Ulanga) where a diversity of ethnicities and religions are represented and maternal mortality is particularly high.

RubyCup | menstural cup | menstrual management| menstrual aid
November 19, 2013

Just when you thought there could be no more revered – or feared – days of observance, along comes ‘World Toilet Day’ again to remind us how far we have NOT come. Our hopes were so high that the Gates Foundation would solve this dire dilemma, only to come up short like the last square on the roll. $40 million dollars in funding simply flushed with no viable solution. The basic facts remain unchanged that one in three women and girls lack even basic sanitation services. Over 2.5 billion people do not have access to a toilet.

What happens when sanitation isn’t available?

November 12, 2013

There is so much momentum on maternal and newborn health commodities. Today we pause to take a look at some of the most important work initiated by the United Nations initiative, Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC). Three important drugs make all the difference in the management of the major killers of women in childbirth. Quality oxytocin and misoprostol address postpartum hemorrhage, while magnesium sulfate addresses eclampsia. All jargon aside, EWEC technical teams are working to simplify the formulations, identify quality manufacturers and improve access to these three essential drugs.

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