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"Helping Babies Breathe"
June 12, 2011

During the summer after my first year of medical school, I had the opportunity to visit one of Bangladesh's most sophisticated children's hospitals. I spoke with one of the pediatricians there and asked him why the hospital did not have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). He replied, "It is too expensive to save the lives of sick newborns. Our hospital can't afford the fancy technology that you have in the US."

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June 03, 2011

Sepsis is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity, but we don't often dig much more deeply to really understand its causes and its consequences. In a layperson's terms, sepsis is essentially an infection in the bloodstream. In maternal sepsis, usually bacteria in the genital tract causes infection which can enter the bloodstream, cause high fever and eventually organ failure, shock and death.

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May 24, 2011

Maternova obstetric kits are the graduation gift for newly minted graduates trained by Midwives for Haiti. Nadene Brunk, director of Midwives for Haiti reports that the newly trained skilled birth attendants are particularly excited about the colour scale anemia detection kit--allowing them a ready way to determine that a woman is anemic. In addition, the solar powered headlamps and rotary mobile phone chargers are so appreciated by the midwives because they not only provide light and power for clinical care but because they help protect the midwives themselves. As midwives work in remote rural areas or in refugee camps, having a link to safety via mobile phone, and having a light offers physical safety.

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May 16, 2011

Modern technology to address the needs of women is being introduced in lower-income setting at a quickening pace. Our Innovation Index shows that technology can be adapted to low-resource settings to improve the quality of women’s lives. Curiously, modern technology and innovation has been slower to reach the far corners of the globe when it comes to a ubiquitous female phenomenon: menstruation.

This blog post explores the state of sanitary technology and considers whether or not modern sanitary products are appropriate in context.

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