August 27, 2012
By A.E.Cote : Last week Maternova asked our readers to tell us the people In their lives that inspire them. This was a loosely worded question on purpose, to allow for the most creative of answers! Could it have been an instructor who inspired you to change majors in college? Perhaps it was your favorite author? Sometimes it’s a colleague and mentor who galvanized your passion for saving lives. This is the case with Maternova’s first honoree in the Women Who Inspire Us series. Her name is Celeste Mergens and this remarkable woman is the Founder and Director of [Days for Girls](http://www.daysforgirls.org/), headquartered in Washington State. Celeste was submitted by two colleagues, Deb Lund and Kayte Reagan.
August 23, 2012
Maternova is pleased to share the first of a 3 part blog series created by Medic Mobile. The Maternova Haemoglobin Colour Scale is one of the core supplies the team used recently in Bangladesh, as they focus on antenatal care and improving patient outcomes. By Nadim Mahmud and Priyanka Pathak of [Medic Mobile] (www.medicmobile.org). Nadim is the organization’s Co-founder and Chief Research Officer. Priyanka is the Regional Director of South Asia.
August 21, 2012
Maternova is excited to follow the work of the [UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children](http://www.everywomaneverychild.org/resources/un-commission-on-life-saving-commodities/about), which is chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway. "The Commission will advocate at the highest levels to build consensus around priority actions for increasing availability, affordability, accessibility and rational use of essential commodities for women’s and children’s health."
August 21, 2012
Maternova often tracks innovative products that have come from university design or engineering classes. These incredible products benefit from the natural incubation that a vibrant learning community provides. Unfortunately, sometimes with the close of the academic year, these companies struggle to maintain momentum. Maternova asked Warmilu LLC, which grew out of the University of Michigan, to talk about how they navigated the post-academia environment, and how other start ups can thrive after class is over. Warmilu LLC's Shwetha Maddur writes....
August 20, 2012
Eye-catching striped bednets to fight against malaria? Yes, striped Netprotect® LLIN bed nets are the innovation of Soft Power Health in Uganda. We learned of these on the fascinating blog, [BestNet](http://bestnet-blog.com). Jesse Stone has been [featured on CNN](http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/07/world/africa/kayaking-doctor/index.html) and in this amazing photo series called ['Uganda's Kayaking Doctor.'](http://trevorclarkphoto.com/portfolio/essays/uganda-kayaking-doctor). When she came upon this area of Uganda she found that most families were losing a child due to malaria and that no one had access to insecticide treated nets.