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January 28, 2014

Since I graduated with my Master of Public Health in 2012, I have been working at a community-based program in infectious disease epidemiology. It is not the global focused job I had originally hoped for, but I was newbie in the public health sectors (who were heavily walloped by budget cuts at the time) and was happy to get a job in public service that fell in line with my future goals. While I am still entirely content at my current position, I find myself frequently daydreaming about the day when I will return to Cambodia and continue to improve the health of those people I met during my public health field study in 2011. Needless to say, this experience transformed me into a more passionate person and is one of the fundamental reasons I find myself back at Maternova today.

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January 23, 2014

When we originally saw these lovely little pieces of inspiration, we immediately were struck by the simple design and message. When we realized we could have them in red, teal, and orange – we knew we had to be part of it!

January 10, 2014

Though we focus on maternal mortality and maternal death, in many settings, 'near misses' are equally important as both a public health concept and a human rights issue. The 'near miss' in obstetrics refers to a woman who was critically ill and would have died had it not been for care. Severe acute maternal morbidity (SAMM) in low-income countries.

Put another way, in looking at the health system, it is important to identify what factors led to death, and what factors helped narrowly avert death. In assessing the efficacy of a safe motherhood system, policymakers must look at the prevalence of near misses-- a decrease in the number of maternal deaths accompanied by an increase in severe acute maternal morbidity is of concern.

MaiMwana | maternal mortality | what works | largest reduction in maternal
December 30, 2013

Impressive. In short, that describes the results of the [MaiMwana trial in Malawi](
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3796349/) which was reported in mid-2013. When written up in the usual format for a medical journal, sometimes spectacular results don't shine. You want to take a highlighter and just write "Amazing" to get across the point. A 52-76% decrease in maternal mortality in just three years?

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December 30, 2013

As the year 2013 comes to a close it's time to make some resolutions and share some of our lessons learned as a young social enterprise.

Lesson #1: Just because you're young and feisty doesn't mean you don't have the answers

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