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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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November 19, 2013

Just when you thought there could be no more revered – or feared – days of observance, along comes ‘World Toilet Day’ again to remind us how far we have NOT come. Our hopes were so high that the Gates Foundation would solve this dire dilemma, only to come up short like the last square on the roll. $40 million dollars in funding simply flushed with no viable solution. The basic facts remain unchanged that one in three women and girls lack even basic sanitation services. Over 2.5 billion people do not have access to a toilet.

What happens when sanitation isn’t available?

November 12, 2013

There is so much momentum on maternal and newborn health commodities. Today we pause to take a look at some of the most important work initiated by the United Nations initiative, Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC). Three important drugs make all the difference in the management of the major killers of women in childbirth. Quality oxytocin and misoprostol address postpartum hemorrhage, while magnesium sulfate addresses eclampsia. All jargon aside, EWEC technical teams are working to simplify the formulations, identify quality manufacturers and improve access to these three essential drugs.

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November 04, 2013

The new product ‘The Guardian CBT’ kit, contains an innovative assemblage of everyday items that when used together can arrest postpartum hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal death worldwide. The life-saving solution is simple yet effective: A condom is attached to one end of a sterile IV tube, at the other end an IV bag filled with sterile water. When inserted into the uterus and filled, the device acts as a balloon stopping the life threatening blood loss.

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October 21, 2013

by Rachel Zaslow, Mother Health International (2nd in a two part blog)

I believe that when we remove midwifery from community, we risk losing midwifery altogether.

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