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CAPP, NASG, pressure device, tire device
April 11, 2013

We've been following the MOM-CAPP device with great interest. Since we are already fans of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, how could we not be intrigued by a potentially faster/better version, a pneumatic anti-shock device, that could be locally made?

So let's first cover the definitions-- pneumatic means that the clinician pumps up the device (in this case with a bike pump) while non-pneumatic means.. no pumping involved.. just pressure from the tightness of the velcro and the ball built into the NASG which presses against the abdomen.

It occurs to me here that if our ancestors had come up with a simple pressure device to stop postpartum hemorrhage around the time they came up with the wheel we would be in a lot better shape today as a society. In any case...

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April 11, 2013

Last night while I was dutifully scouring the web in search of the latest news relevant to our mission here at Maternova, I was taken aback by an article describing the recent suicide of a 17 year old girl in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rehtaeh Parsons was only 15 when she was gang raped by four boys at a friend’s home. After the attack the boys thought it would be fun to send photos of the rape across the social media landscape. A full two years later, after being relentlessly harassed and bullied, she hung herself in her family home. The boys have yet to be brought to justice due to ‘insufficient evidence’. Are photos not recognized as evidence in any court?

April 05, 2013

The Do it Yourself (DIY) movement can sometimes, just sometimes, seem like it exists for the sake of itself. You know, just to prove you can do-it-yourself (build a radio, build a canoe, make an electrical circuit). But Advance Aid defies that stereotype. And we think it is a fantastic solution.

“DIY” is music to crafters’ and global health workers’ ears alike. Here, a handful of clever innovators have developed a series of simple tools designed to improve humanitarian conditions around the globe, with minimal training and expense.

These clever devices created in the field, for the field, improve access to clean water, diagnostic technology, renewable energy, communications, and of course, health care. Among them is a DIY AID-supply project designed to make Africa self-sufficient in generating and distributing its own emergency relief supplies.

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April 01, 2013

Many of us here in America might read articles or blogs online discussing the horrific state of maternal health and antenatal care globally. Perhaps we do this because we believe that our advanced medical infrastructure and sophisticated networks of highly skilled experts are the result of our highly evolved healthcare system. If you say the level and quality of care is clearly superior, you would be 100% correct. If you then say that we get what we pay for, then you’d be 100% wrong. In the USA right now, 40% of births are funded by Medicaid. This isn’t your private insurance obtained through employment.

neonatal resuscitation, bag and mask newborn aspyhixia
March 18, 2013

Nearly one quarter of newborn deaths result from babies failing to draw their first breath after birth. Yet, researchers estimate that newborn resuscitation could save 30 percent of the 814,000 babies lost to this condition each year. The process requires equipment and training that many low-resource birthing settings lack, however, greatly limiting the number of babies around the world with access to this life-saving--or life-giving--practice.

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