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The Lancet and the Imperial College of London recently introduced the Commission on Technologies for Global Health. As part of the press release, [Sam Hughes of the Lancet interviewed Peter Howitt](http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/technologies-for-global-health), head of The Lancet Commission on Technologies for Global Health. Peter explained how "technologies for health" is a broader concept than "health technologies", and stressed that "The key is to for health advocates to think broadly so we're not just focusing on the purely health issues, but looking at the bigger picture, the wider determinants of health."
In honor of world breastfeeding week, we invited a commentary from a unique source--Professor Michael Paradiso of Brown University, a renowned neuroscientist who has developed an interest in the role that breastfeeding plays releasing hormones--and how those hormones affect a woman's brain. We note that there are many circumstances in which breastfeeding is simply impossible due to maternal health issues, physiological issues and in the transmission of HIV. In fact, there is even a phenomenon of [child to breastfeeding woman transmission](http://aidsperspective.net/blog/?p=868)(CTBT) in which seronegative babies end up infecting their mothers with HIV (infants are contaminated by medical technologies or blood in substandard facilities).
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South Sudan. North Sudan? What about the women? As the world's newest nation, and one of the more dangerous places on earth to give birth, we have a keen interest in South Sudan. We have been discussing the plan for North Sudan's mothers with Dr. Elhassan Elhassan, an obstetrician from the University of Gezira. His perspective is very interesting because at the University they have put in place Safe Motherhood initiatives entirely conceived of and executed by the University without outside consultancies, donors or aid.
We worked with the firm [Undefined Creative](http://www.undefinedcreative.com/), a New York based studio, to develop our first [motion graphics video](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbzJVCqH78s&feature=g-all-u). How did we do it? Well, the secret sauce was @catchafire. This startup partners professionals with social enterprises--and Maternova was one of the founding members of the Boston 'edition' of [Catchafire](http://www.catchafire.org/). This enables professionals in specific categories (editors, financial forescasting motion graphics, SEO, etc.) to partner in what they do best with social enterprises needing a specific time-limited projects.
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Today marked a historic day for women and for the globe as the UK Family Planning Summit wrapped up on London gathering more than $4.3B in pledged funding for family planning. As the twitter streams and #FPchat and #FPSummit can attest, the Summit drew widespread involvement-- and a lot of enthusiasm. A number of key reports were generated taking stock of the family planning landscape in the weeks preceding this Summit. Save the Children produced a report entitled [Every Woman's Right](http://www.savethechildren.org/atf/cf/%7B9def2ebe-10ae-432c-9bd0-df91d2eba74a%7D/EVERY_WOMANS_RIGHT_REPORT_JUNE_2012.PDF). They begin with the following statistics: -220 million women have an unmet need for family planning
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