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“Even on a mountain, there is still a road.” Pashto proverb Why are women just over the border of a small 60 foot river, in Tajikistan, about fifty times less likely to die in childbirth as compared to women in Afghanistan?
Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral Melvin Kranzberg, The Six Laws of Technology In Austin, Texas today law student Cody Wilson is printing guns. Well, technically, he prints parts of guns. And these are not just any guns; Cody Wilson prints semiautomatic weapons. In seven hours, Mr. Wilson’s Defense Distributed Company prints a key component of firearms (the AR-15 lower receivers), the exact component that (not coincidentally) happens to be tracked by the U.S. government.
Meet Aisha Khadar, Executive Director of Khadarlis Global and nurse by trade. Khadarlis Global works to provide healthcare and sustainable development in Sierra Leone, a country that is known globally as stricken by war and poverty. But Aisha represents a different face of Sierra Leone—a member of the diaspora connected to an ancestral village and with the well-being of her compatriots at the heart of everything she does We at Maternova were blown away by Aisha’s passion and drive when we met with her last week. Having immigrated to the United States, Aisha returned to Sierra Leone after the civil war and used a Médecins Sans Frontières building in Jimmi (Bo district) to enhance a clinic. The clinic is an example of how a health system is built, or rebuilt from scratch.
A few weeks ago we said that the State of the World's Mothers was in our view the most important global report around. Well, we didn't lie, but a tie for 'most important' would have to include the State of the World' Midwives. This report was launched for the first time in 2011, and this second edition, the 2014 report, saw considerable publicity associated with the Triennial International Conference of Midwives in Prague. Since 2011, the report does take note of tangible positive changes that have occurred, including the following: -33 of the 73 countries (45%) report vigorous attempts to improve workforce retention in remote areas; -20 countries (28%) have started to increase recruitment and deployment of midwives;
**Reprinted with permission from our friends at the Wellbeing Foundation Africa. In a unique effort to educate and empower health workers in Kwara State, Nigeria, and in furtherance of its long-standing commitment to the improvement of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) indices in Africa, the Wellbeing Foundation partnered with the Flight for Every Mother (FEM) project to facilitate an on-site medical training program aimed at aiding African countries such as Nigeria to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 before 2015.
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