#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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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 »


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 »


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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Jacaranda’s First Birthday

  You may have wondered what all the commotion was in the neighborhoods of Thika, Githurai, Ruiru and Kahawa West a couple weekends ago – it was Jacaranda! We celebrated our one-year anniversary by rocking the streets of Nairobi with music, dancing, giveaways, and health talks. Mobilizers, clinic staff, nurses, and even our Business Operations Director were out in purple Read more »