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October 23, 2012

Last month Maternova profiled the work of Days For Girls Founder Celeste Mergen. In this month’s blog showcasing a woman making a difference, I am personally nominating Dominique Vidale-Plaza. What makes her a woman who inspires us? Keep reading to find out.

October 21, 2012

By: Lizi Jones

Nigeria is stricken with the highest maternal death rate in Africa, and the second highest in the world. While the nation contains approximately two percent of the world’s population, it accounts for a staggering 14 percent of maternal deaths around the globe. Nigeria and its mothers are in need of drastic changes in the health care system.

Photo used with permission by United Nations Media
October 11, 2012

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child

Today we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. Launched by the United Nations, October 11th has been designated as a day to recognize the strides being made on behalf of girls everywhere. This day isn’t strictly about Maternal Health, quite to the contrary. Day of the Girl Child rolls together important issues such as: illiteracy, child marriage, school dropout, gender based violence, and more. The team at Maternova loudly applauds those working to make our girls safer and smarter. Thank you for all you do everyday for women!

low birth weight | LBW | infant scale | infant weighing methods |
October 10, 2012

By: Lizi Jones

It's usually sometime in elementary school when students first learn about standard international units and the historical origin of the foot-measure. As the story goes, landowners and laborers alike required a standard measure, and King Henry III's foot seemed a plausible enough option. This solution arose from centuries of use of a convenient, body-based metric readily available in the field.

TeachAIDS | HIV | stigma | taboo | public health
October 03, 2012

By: Lizi Jones

Stanford University has gained repute in the last few years for its widely-respected online teaching platform, where it offers undergraduate-level courses on anything from cryptography to solar cells to formal logic. Now researchers and educators have added the fight against AIDS to the growing list of Stanford-based education tools offered for free, online, to the farthest reaches of the world, in the form of TeachAIDS. We have had the opportunity to see Piya Sorcar present the work of TeachAIDS twice in the last three months and are struck by how quickly their work has scaled.

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