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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?

Nada
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

Dr. Charles Ochieng | male contraception |no scalpel vasectomy
December 09, 2013

A vasectomy is a male birth control method that works by preventing sperm from being released into the semen during ejaculation. It is done through a minor surgical procedure in which the tubes that carry sperm are cut and sealed.

While some forms of vasectomy involve making a small surgical cut in the upper part of a patient’s scrotum, he may choose to get a no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), which is performed with no surgical cut. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes and can be performed in a clinic or other outpatient settings.

Before undergoing a vasectomy, the person has to be certain to not want to father a child in the future as this procedure is considered a permanent form of male birth control.

solar-powered headlamp part of #wattsup campaign
December 06, 2013

'Watts up' out there everyone? We want to know what’s going on in your part of the world, and we want you to tell us. We’re launching a new program to bring solar powered lights to the people who need them! Right now, over 20% of the world lives without access to electricity. Can you imagine reading, cooking, caring for our families – even delivering babies – in darkness? Neither can we, and it’s a reality for over 900 million people. These solar-powered lights are being used in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, the Philippines, Haiti, Nigeria and Guatemala.

December 04, 2013

Disney movies often spring from the tragedy of a maternal death-- think Cinderella, Snow White, Bambi, the Fox & the Hound, Finding Nemo, Beauty & the Beast and on it goes. We know that not only is the premature death of any woman is a tragedy, but that obviously there are effects for at least a generation.

But Alicia Yamin and colleagues published an article this summer that looks in depth at the longer-term effects of maternal death in three regions in Tanzania (Rufiji, Kilombero, and Ulanga) where a diversity of ethnicities and religions are represented and maternal mortality is particularly high.

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