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September 20, 2012

Recently having spent time in Soroti, Uganda, where we’ve installed our first infant warmers in the country at the Teso Safe Motherhood Project (TSMP), I witnessed first-hand the challenges surrounding the management of hypothermia, an extremely misunderstood illness. Hypothermia is defined as having a body temperature of less than 36.5 degrees Celsius; being in a room-temperature climate to a hypothermic infant feels similar to an adult being in freezing-cold water. Only after speaking with the staff at TSMP, a clinic that provides health care to the most vulnerable populations in the region, did the challenges specific to this setting become apparent.

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September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012.
by A.E.Cote

Paolo Patruno is a gifted photographer. He has spent years raising awareness for maternal health, by taking some amazing photographs. Maternova recently had the rare opportunity to ask Paolo some questions about his important work. It is certainly worth taking the time to read.

M: Paolo, were you always a gifted photographer? Is it what you had planned for a career?

LivePlan Boost Competition Winner, PaloAlto Software
September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012, Maternova received some very exciting news! A call went out for a highly regarded business plan challenge from LivePlan by PaloAlto Software. The Oregon based industry leader challenged start-up companies nationwide to submit their vision using a highly intuitive new software LivePlan. With over two-hundred qualified entries, this was competition at a fever pitch.

The judges of the competition would inspire awe in any entrepreneur: Guy Kawasaki, Diane Fraiman, Tim Berry, Kristen Koh Goldstein, and John Jantsch are some of the most esteemed minds in the business world. We cannot thank them enough for their vote, and their confidence in our mission.

September 05, 2012

This post addresses three reasons why investing in global health technology startup companies is a good idea. It is not meant to denigrate non-profits and universities, for there are non-profits, large and small, that do phenomenal work across the globe. In fact their stellar programs, policies, research and pilots are the evidence base around which much of the swirl of innovation in this area circles. But having collectively spent a great deal of time in the worlds of academia and non-profits, there are some advantages to startup companies that are well worth highlighting. There are at least three good reasons why startups are a good idea for sparking and commercializing global health technologies:

Maternova Team
September 04, 2012

Maternova: Using Technology & Innovation to End Maternal Death
by Beth Pitts, Editor, August 31, 2012

A terrible fact: in the 21st century developing world, pregnancy remains a leading cause of death amongst women of childbearing age. One woman dies every 90 seconds in the context of trying to give life. In a country like Niger, this means 1 in 7 women will die 'a maternal death.'

Mission-driven for-profit Maternova, the first global portal for innovation in global maternal and neonatal health, is looking to change shocking statistics such as these. With a focus on tools and protocols, Maternova makes it easy for doctors, nurses and midwives to track innovation and to buy technologies and kits to use overseas.

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