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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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November 15, 2011

About 1 in 4 people in Swaziland are infected with HIV, so preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) is an essential strategy in reducing the country’s burden of HIV/AIDS. To achieve this however, pediatricians working in Swaziland and other low income settings underscored the need for a simple tool to enhance the dosing accuracy of liquid antiretroviral (ARV) regimens.

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October 31, 2011

The stories of in-kind donations of high-tech equipment laying dormant in developing countries are many. The computers donated to a Haitian school that had no electricity. The computers, full of heavy metals, were buried in the yard of the school, leaching into the water supply. Incubators with directions only in French donated to a non-French speaking country: fragile equipment that requires trained technicians for constant maintenance and repairs sitting unused just months after being delivered.

"Maternal Hypothermia", "KMC", "Kangaroo mother care", "infant hypothermia" Shiv
October 26, 2011

It is widely known that hypothermia is a leading cause of morbidity among newborns and that an effective low-cost solution is maternal warming of the infant through skin to skin contact. But what role does maternal body temperature play? A 2008 study examining community management techniques for neonatal care in Shivgarh, India showed unexpectedly that a significant number of mothers also suffer from hypothermia. Using the ThermoSpot temperature indicator, researchers discovered that in almost half (42%) of the cases of newborn hypothermia, mothers were even colder than their infants!

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October 17, 2011

Imagine you are afflicted with a respiratory illness, and your doctor prescribes several medications. But you return home whose to walls are riddled with mold, inadequate funds to move and a landlord unwilling to fix this dangerous problem. What good will medicines do when the root cause of your illness is your living conditions? What if instead the physician actually wrote out a prescription and a well-trained staff member helped you get a referral to get your living conditions remedied?

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