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Last night Maternova hosted the RI premiere of the documentary [‘Girl Rising’](, a film created by 10 x 10 as a call to action and social impact statement. [The Cable Car Cinema in Providence]( was gracious enough to host the screening for us. All 100 seats were sold prior to the showing. We were excited and ready to see the film which has sprung into the top 10 on the New York Times list
We thought we'd share with you, dear readers, why we are bullish on our for profit social enterprise marketplace approach to global health technologies. 1) Suppliers and manufacturers: suppliers and manufacturers are accustomed to dealing with other businesses. We find that being a business and operating with business principles is optimal when negotiating contracts with suppliers and manufacturers. 2) Like products should be marketed together: the status quo is that there are now literally hundreds of global health entrepreneurs all going after many of the same markets. Each time, the entrpreneur has to learn the ropes from scratch, often spending years in the process. We think it is a no brainer for like products to be marketed together in one online marketplace
Our last blog covered Ethiopia's health extension workers-- a massive scale-up on non-clinicians who have helped the child mortality rate to plummet over the last decade. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, the former Minister of Health, stated in an address at Georgetown University, "Our community-based Health Extension Program actually exceeded its target by training and deploying over 38, 000 health extension workers countrywide." How exactly did they do it in just three years?
The team here at Maternova never shies away from tackling the controversial and heavy handed news. We devote a good part of each day scouring the web and talking to caregivers – in order to get the skinny on what’s really going on in the world. Sometimes we’re met with unexpected joy, but more often it’s a mix of horror and shock.
In Ethiopia’s battle on maternal and newborn health, women increasingly comprise the front lines, the infantry, and the battlefield itself. Over the past decade, an all-female “army” of Health Extension Workers has been deployed, in pairs and by the thousands, deep into the rural villages of Africa’s second most populous nation.
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