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partogram | partograph | Congo
July 01, 2013

Technology is a wonderful thing. It aids in diagnosing all sorts of conditions, and even assists in speeding recovery. Caregivers the world over are increasingly relying on technological advances as they do their best to save lives around the world. The one universal human experience where nothing should be left to chance is childbirth. Monitoring a woman’s labor before birth is critical for ensuring a healthy delivery.

But what if your Fetal Monitor runs out of batteries? What is the next logical step to assess the proper course of labor and delivery? There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, Dr. Bernhard Roemhild has done that for you with his effective round partograph.

June 23, 2013

[We found out about this important meeting from the incredible Health Information for All (HIFA) listserv]:

Nigeria is hosting the 2nd GlobalPOWER Women Network Africa High Level Meeting (GPHLM) in Abuja, Nigeria on 27-28 June 2013. The acronym stands for Global Partnership of Women Elected and Appointed Representatives This initiative, funded by UNAIDS emerged because gender based violence and gender inequalities were increasingly recognized as underlying women's increased risk of HIV/AIDS. We particularly salute the succinct and very impressive objectives set in Zimbabwe in 2012, , calling for:

  • Zero new HIV infections
  • Zero maternal and child mortality
  • Zero tolerance to violence against women and girls
  • Zero hunger and poverty
"flight for Every mother" | Africa | MDG5 | "maternal health"
June 17, 2013

We are so excited to announce our partnership with Flight for Every Mother. Dr. Sophia Webster is a 21st century Amelia Earheart with a mission for mothers. She is a flying obstetrician/gynecologist making a 24 country flight piloting her own Cessna to deliver knowledge and supplies to obstetricians and midwives. And she leaves in August!

We love her approach because it is one part advocacy and two parts practicality. Maternova Research will be sending life-saving obstetric supplies including the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment. We’ll also be working with Dr. Webster on how best to communicate the steps involved in creating the lowest cost balloon tamponade on the planet—the condom balloon tamponade.

June 04, 2013

Every once and a while we need to get back to basics. Yes, we need to focus on the day of birth because of the high incidence of maternal and newborn mortality that occurs on this critical day.

But what insidious factors are at play and underlie problems on the day of birth? What causes that day of birth to occur TOO EARLY IN THE PREGNANCY? What if a certain sexually transmitted disease was easy to detect and easy to treat?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), each year more than 2 million pregnant women are diagnosed with active syphilis (Treponema pallidum), 65% of which result in adverse pregnancy outcomes: fetal death in early to late gestation (fetal death and stillbirth) or neonatal death soon after birth.

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