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We know it's tough to keep track of all the different maternal and children's health foundations, coalitions, and initiatives, with tons out there and more cropping up every day. Each large scale partnership or initiative fills a niche, seeking to reduce maternal mortality through slightly different means. Maternova has put together a cheat-sheet on these newer campaigns and initiatives.
Today there will be roughly 200,000 babies born into the world. To put that into perspective, that’s just shy of the entire population of Richmond, Virginia which boasts 205,000 or so residents. Progress towards meeting UN Millennium goals 4 & 5 are gaining more and more momentum, largely due in part towards the push to increase the presence of Front Line Health Workers in the most under-served countries.
In times of crisis, and times of exodus, it is the sides of the roads that reveal the true costs of refugee flight. The margins along the routes that lead from conflict to safety bear witness to the harrowing passage of fleeing masses, and the physical traces of those who could not complete the journey. They harbor ditches and last-ditch efforts, littered with abandoned articles, hope--and in the worst cases--even family members.
The term ‘Laj’ is used by Nepalese women when they speak about their expected attitude and actions surrounding pregnancy. To demonstrate how deeply felt this principle is, Nepalese women will often leave the home and deliver their baby with no outside assistance. Amazingly enough, women are also taught to suppress their cries of labor pains, and stifle screams that normally would accompany any contractions under typical circumstance. The women can be so intent on preserving their honor that they fail to seek help until complications – often life threatening for mom and baby – have arisen.
The sharps disposal device invented by Han Pham is not only a great device, it has a powerful story behind it. We've been waiting to tell the story for a while! The Yellowone cap was one of the first ten devices featured on the Maternova Innovation Index and as part of that early set it was inspiring to us. At the time we discovered the device it was stuck at a stage that hinders so many entrepreneurial designers-- Han Pham had won a design challenge but could not find a manufacturer who would make fewer than 10,000 at a time. Her design was even [featured in a 2005 MOMA exhibit](
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