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 And why are people so afraid of innovation they cling to outdated devices, practices and policies – when the answers they are seeking are right in front of them?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.
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](http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/07/11/a-hospital-in-zimbabwe-charged-women-5-for-each-scream-during-childbirth/) has caused quite a clenching of the collective fists for women in Zimbabwe.
July 01, 2013
Technology is a wonderful thing. It aids in diagnosing all sorts of conditions, and even assists in speeding recovery. Caregivers the world over are increasingly relying on technological advances as they do their best to save lives around the world. The one universal human experience where nothing should be left to chance is childbirth. Monitoring a woman’s labor before birth is critical for ensuring a healthy delivery. But what if your Fetal Monitor runs out of batteries? What is the next logical step to assess the proper course of labor and delivery? There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, Dr. Bernhard Roemhild has done that for you with his effective round partograph.
2nd GlobalPOWER Women Network Africa High Level Meeting (GPHLM) in Abuja, Nigeria on 27-28 June 2013.
June 23, 2013
[We found out about this important meeting from the incredible Health Information for All (HIFA) listserv]: Nigeria is hosting the 2nd GlobalPOWER Women Network Africa High Level Meeting (GPHLM) in Abuja, Nigeria on 27-28 June 2013. The acronym stands for Global Partnership of Women Elected and Appointed Representatives This initiative, funded by UNAIDS emerged because gender based violence and gender inequalities were increasingly recognized as underlying women's increased risk of HIV/AIDS. We particularly salute the succinct and very impressive objectives set in Zimbabwe in 2012, , calling for: - Zero new HIV infections - Zero maternal and child mortality - Zero tolerance to violence against women and girls - Zero hunger and poverty
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