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Moving the Needle on Maternal Health: A Twitter Chat

Did you join us for the Twitter chat yesterday, Wednesday, November 19th? We were honored to participate along with USAID, Merck for Mothers, and Pyxera Global to discuss how pro-bono partnerships can help “move the needle” on maternal health in developing countries. If you missed it, we’ll soon be posting a wrap-up so you can Read more »

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#EndDisrespect as a Maternal Health Innovation

The Maternal Health Task Force blog features an excellent piece today about the importance of addressing how health care providers treat women during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care visits:  Women’s health is affected by how they are treated during pregnancy, childbirth and after. South African women, for example, have described verbal abuse, including being ridiculed while pleading for Read more »

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The Birth of a New Maternity Center

On September 1, 2014 Jacaranda Health welcomed the newest addition to our family into the fold: our Kahawa West Maternity Hospital in Nairobi. We couldn’t be more excited and we hope you are too! This means we can continue to serve our mission to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women and newborns in East Read more »

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What Does it Cost to Save a Life?

Written by John Emami*, former IPIHD Fellow at Jacaranda Health This is reposted from the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery’s (IPIHD) blog. Every day 800 women die from preventable childbirth-related illnesses. Most of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa where four out of five unattended births take place. It was stats like this that got Read more »

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Sneak Peek: Jacaranda’s Newest Maternity Center

On September 1, 2014, the purple gate in front of our newest maternal health center opened wide for the women and families of Kahawa West, in Nairobi, Kenya. We will officially announce the opening of the center soon so stay tuned! But if you just can’t wait, we thought we’d offer you a “sneak peek” Read more »

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Exclusive Interview: Who Are Our MSD* Fellows?

Headlines don’t lie. This is an exclusive interview. Jill Croucher and Leigh Anne Good are employees of Merck & Co., Inc.* [known as Merck in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else]. MSD is a pharmaceutical company which develops new medical treatments including vaccines and contraceptives; and thanks to particular programs within the company, with Read more »

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Using Technology to Close Gaps in Health Provider Performance Management

By Janet Matemu, Technology Manager, and Shalmali Radha Karnad, Clinical Programs Manager This post is part of our “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health. Healthcare institutions face three common challenges in managing the flow of information using technology: Access to financial investment Ability of the system Read more »

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The Benefits and Challenges of Breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week is this week (August 1-7). It’s a time to focus the maternal and newborn health discussion on the benefits and challenges of breastfeeding. There is little question that breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life is ideal. The WHO recommends this to “achieve optimal health, development, and growth.” Jacaranda Health supports Read more »

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Fit for Purpose and Fit for Practice: Associate Clinicians Bridge the Gap

By Shanon McNab, Senior Program officer, and Helen de Pinho, Associate Director, Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program, Columbia University This post is part of our“Supporting the Human in Human Resources”blog series co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health. With the post-2015 maternal mortality goals set, and a global commitment to achieving Read more »

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Preventing Disrespect and Abuse by Investing in Health Providers

By Kathleen McDonald, Senior Program Manager, MHTF This post is part of our “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health. Many women experience disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth, emerging evidence shows. In a moment of acute vulnerability, women face undignified care at the hands of a health care provider. Read more »