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 »


Supporting Maternal Health Staff, Creating Maternal Health Leaders

By Faith Muigai, Director of Clinical Operations, and Shalmali Radha Karnad, Clinical Programs Manager, Jacaranda Health This post is part of the “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series co-hosted by theMaternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health. The Lancet’s series Midwifery has raised significant discussion among the global maternal health network on the role and importance of health workers—specifically midwives—in Read more »

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Supporting the Human in Human Resources: Reimagining the Dialogue on Human Resources for Maternal and Newborn Health

By Kate Mitchell, Katie Millar, Shalmali Radha Karnad, Amie Newman, and Rachel Hassinger This post is the first in a new blog series convened by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health focused on recognizing and supporting the ‘human’ in human resources for maternal and newborn health: Who are the humans that make up the global Read more »

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5 Uses for a (Redesigned) Medical Record

At first thought, medical records may not seem like the most exciting topic. But, wait. There is more to medical records than you may think. In fact, as we wrote a few months ago in our first post on why and how Jacaranda Health is redesigning our medical records, “medical records are getting a lot Read more »


5 Reasons Why (and How) Midwives Can Help Save and Improve Lives

There is no question we’re big proponents of midwifery at Jacaranda Health. Our model of care relies upon strong human resources. We are deeply invested in enhancing our nurses’ skills and performance as well as setting a new standard for nursing care in Kenya, which involves midwifery training. This is why we wanted to pull from Read more »

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From Hospital to Home: How a Checklist Can Help Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns

This post originally appeared on the blog of Grand Challenges Canada by Nick Pearson and Allison Ettenger   “Since you came home from Jacaranda Maternity, have you had fever or chills?” asks Sharon, a Jacaranda Community Health Worker (CHW). Ruth (*) came to Jacaranda Health three days ago to deliver her healthy baby girl. When it Read more »

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Jacaranda’s “5 Lessons” Featured on Impatient Optimists Blog

Jacaranda’s “5 Lessons on Integrating Family Planning and Maternal Health” was featured on the Gates Foundation Impatient Optimists blog! Check it out and see the content below: 5 Lessons on Integrating Family Planning and Maternal Health Jacaranda Health is working to change the way that maternity care is provided in Africa. We are developing a Read more »

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Introducing the Jacaranda Team: Meet Kathy

Meet another member of the Jacaranda team, and one of our first employees: KATHY. THE COMMUNITY INNOVATOR. With her kind demeanor and proactive intuition, Kathy was born to be a nurse. Kathy is committed to reaching those who need care the most. “I am at Jacaranda because I want to make a difference, for this Read more »


Jacaranda’s Tech4MH Blog: Human-Powered Technology Innovations

Jacaranda’s Grace Lesser and Allison Ettenger recently submitted a guest blog with our insights about mobile health technology to the Maternal Health Task Force “Tech4MH” series. Check it out here and below. Tech4MH: Supporting postpartum family planning with human-powered SMS innovation Jacaranda Health, a social enterprise, has been providing affordable, high-quality maternal and newborn health care Read more »


Task-Shifting: A Powerful Tool to Integrate Family Planning

Gone are the days when patients waited for hours to see the sole doctor at the medical clinic. Today, task-shifting has shown incredible promise as a strategy to strengthen human resources for health. In light of the global health worker shortage –  which is particularly acute in resource-constrained settings – task shifting can be a Read more »