Clinical Innovations

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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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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 »

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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 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 »

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You Spin Me Right Round, Like a (Medical) Record, Baby…

Medical records get a lot of buzz these days. In the past several years the United States Department of Health and Human Services has heavily incentivized private providers to convert paper medical records to electronic systems. Providers in the developing world are tempted with promises of record-keeping magic bullets in the form of handheld tablets, Read more »

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Equipped with a Checklist: Bringing Postnatal Care to the Community

Joyce*, a healthy mother, glows as she admires her new baby. Her husband  collects her belongings as she prepares to leave Jacaranda Maternity, and she hugs the community health worker who provided her discharge education: “See you in a few days,” she says. Most health care providers in Kenya – or across the developing world Read more »

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Jacaranda Receives Health Enterprise Fund Grant

We are honored to have been selected as a recipient of the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund grant. The Health Enterprise Fund, implemented by the USAID-funded SHOPS project, identifies innovative and replicable private sector solutions that increase the provision and utilization of quality health care services in sub-Saharan Africa. As we expand our operations in the coming Read more »

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Where Respectful Maternity Care Begins

As featured on Maternal Health Task Force blog on April 8, 2013. At Jacaranda Health, we are working to build a model of maternity care that is more respectful and mother-centered. In a health system where respect is not the norm, its contribution to quality of care cannot be understated. Respectful care for us has two Read more »

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Jacaranda Health and partner Population Council featured on BBC

We were excited to see Jacaranda’s maternity in Ruiru on the BBC. In a story entitled “Can a phone replace the doctor in Kenya?”, BBC Click featured Baby Monitor, a project run by Population Council and carried out in partnership with Jacaranda’s nurses and maternity. Baby Monitor is a mHealth innovation seeking to connect pregnant women Read more »

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Jacaranda receives Health Market Innovations Award in Kampala

Last week, Jacaranda Health won an important recognition in the first East African Health Market Innovations Awards. Jacaranda was identified among several hundred programs as the Most Promising Health Market Innovation in the category of “Organizing Delivery”, which recognizes “programs that reduce fragmentation and informality of health care delivery”. The awards event was funded by Read more »