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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.

Maternova | UNGA | maternal health | #globalhealth
September 26, 2012

By: A.E.Cote

“Women are the next emerging market” Hon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance stated during the The Role of Private Providers in Expanding Access to Affordable, Quality Maternal Healthcare panel discussion. She went on to share her own story of childbirth in England, counting herself among the lucky ones compared to what she has witnessed in her country of Nigeria. Her personal motivation for committing so fully to meeting the goal, serves as both inspiration and advice that women are a “force to reckon with”.

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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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