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child mortality | India | pneumonia | low birth weight
August 07, 2013

This blog is reposted from Global Pulse with their permission. It is part of a four part series by a doctor traveling through India to get at the heart of the cause of child mortality.

AMRITSAR, India — In the bleakest days of India's fight against child death, the country lost more than 3 million children every year. Malnutrition and stunting were rampant, with a majority of the children underweight and exposed to illnesses.

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August 05, 2013

Recently, we had the distinct displeasure of engaging in a phone conversation with a foundation here in New England. Before the call, it was exciting to think a local philanthropic foundation might not only grasped our innovative business model, but may also want to support Maternova as we scale globally. After the call, we realized the need to clarify again, that innovations will not reach end users unless they have a champion and are marketed!

It may be my enthusiasm for what we do here, but I feel the compunction to put in writing the inevitable confusion that ensued and our dismay over being told ‘no’ after only a fifteen minute conversation.

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July 29, 2013

The video of an extremely feisty and unusually articulate 11 yr old girl, Nada al-Ahdal, quickly went viral across media outlets last week. What made this video so amazing wasn’t the absolutely striking beauty of little Nada, it was her message against child marriage. Nada is mad as hell, and she poured all of her anger, and rebellion into those 180 seconds. She challenges everything from cultural traditions, to her mother’s decision, and our collective failure to act to stop it. The world should be put on notice: Nada has arrived. The crusade against child marriage has gained a very spunky spokesperson.

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July 24, 2013

If you could have one wish for global public health, what would it be? If you’re like us at Maternova, you’re just tired of waiting for help to arrive. If you are, you’ll love our new undertaking. We are frustrated daily with the bureaucracy and red tape involved in saving lives. When did forms supersede the value of a newborn life? And why are people so afraid of innovation they cling to outdated devices, practices and policies – when the answers they are seeking are right in front of them? Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten their attention yet.

Not ones to sit around waiting, we’re doing something unusual. We’re partnering with Dr. Sophie Webster, maverick Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Cessna plane pilot to shorten the time women and newborns in need.

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July 15, 2013

If you do, make sure you have your wallet handy. Recently,a horrifying article exposing one hospital’s extreme ‘fining’ of women in labor has caused quite a clenching of the collective fists for women in Zimbabwe.

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