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January 21, 2013 marks the celebration of Martin Luther King Day in the United States. A visionary whose time was cut short by the madness he was working to eliminate. Dr. King was more than an evangelist for our time. He saw equality, opportunity, and peace as our most basic set of human rights. On April 4, 1968 the man died, but his words and hopes have continued to inspire global citizens determined to realize his dream nearly four decades later.
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In recent weeks, the news feeds have been flooded with reports of especially heinous crimes against women. Groups mobilizing globally, and in some cases unusually [(http://imgur.com/cEAux bravo gentlemen!)](http://imgur.com/cEAux ) in an effort to demand action are lifting their voices in pursuit of a common goal; an end to the violence.
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We pause at the start of 2013 to reiterate what drives us in what we do. As you may well know, Maternova is building an online marketplace for technologies and protocols that save the lives of mothers and newborns. We want to remove epic layers of red tape to make it easy for clinicians and researchers to access life-saving technologies. We'd like to make it as easy as click and ship.
As we herald in 2013 we pause for a moment to celebrate some of the big accomplishments for women in 2012. We are particularly interested in large national initiatives occurring AT SCALE rather than small pilot projects. * Eight countries are on track to meet MDG4 and MDG5 by 2015 and these countries are: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal and Vietnam. * According to the Countdown to 2015 report, Equatorial Guinea, Nepal, and Vietnam have each cut maternal deaths by 75 percent showing the massive declines are possible.
By: Lizi Jones Forget thrift stores and etsy--Bangladeshi women have come up with a novel way of repurposing old clothing, with life-saving consequences. Using old saris folded several times to filter water, women in areas without access to safe drinking water have cut rates of cholera by drastic amounts. Cholera results from infection by a waterborne bacteria that breeds in unsanitary surface water. Clean water is scarce In impoverished areas like Bangladesh, as fuel to boil away contaminants is expensive and hard to find, and frequent floods further inundate the land and dirty what little clean water exists. Cholera runs rampant in these waters, fetching a mortality rate as high as 50 percent in poor countries without adequate medical resources.
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