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January 17, 2012

Fetal heart rate is an important indicator of fetal health. For this reason, significant resources have been employed adapting ultrasound machines for use in low-resource settings. However, for over a century doctors and midwives have successfully monitored fetal heart rate using a more basic method—a type of stethoscope known as the pinard horn.

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January 11, 2012

Let’s sum it up simply—to save mothers we need to manage postpartum hemorrhage, eclampsia and sepsis. To save newborns it’s: breastfeeding, antenatal care and close management of hypothermia and pneumonia. During October’s MH Buzz Meeting, Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta of Pakistan’s Aga Khan University drove home the value of simple, evidence-based interventions for maternal and newborn health and the work out of Aga Khan.

December 18, 2011

Misoprostol is part of the WHO’s List of Essential Medicines for the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage (PPH). In addition, multiple studies have proven that misoprostol is a safe, effective alternative for oxytocin. But to date, very few countries have established nationwide misoprostol programs.

November 29, 2011

The critical first step in accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART) is knowledge of one’s HIV status. Although voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) has been scaled up significantly in recent years, population surveys conducted in 2007-2009 by the WHO indicate that on average, less than 40% of individuals living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are aware of their status.

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November 17, 2011

Maternova often highlights innovations in technology and health care protocols—but saving mothers’ lives requires an even broader set of tools. In recent years, human rights law has emerged as a critical tool for protecting women while giving life.

Organizations such as the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights) (IIMMHR) promote a human rights approach to maternal health, because it allows advocates to demand government accountability and action. More simply, a human rights framework makes plain that maternal death and injury violate the basic rights of women and girls—the rights to life and to the highest attainable standard of health.

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