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Financing Healthcare Initiatives with Microcredit – The Integrated Services Approach of Pro Mujer

| April 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
Financing Healthcare Initiatives with Microcredit – The Integrated Services Approach of Pro Mujer

In Mexico, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina the goals of health improvement and economic development have come together into an integrative approach developed in the 1990’s by Pro Mujer, a non-governmental organization that provides an integrated package of financial services, business and empowerment training, and primary healthcare services.

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This Begins at Home: The Impact of American Political Discourse on Global Gender Equality

| February 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
This Begins at Home: The Impact of American Political Discourse on Global Gender Equality

The topic of gender and global health is in vogue. For an American, it is exciting to work abroad, exhilarating to work for change where there exists low hanging fruit (advocating for women to have the right to divorce, own land, drive, obtain an education). It is easy for a Westerner to condemn laws or practices that affect women living in different lands, subjected to extremes that patently subordinate them (stoning women for perceived adultery, condoning rape that occurs within a relationship, banishing women that suffer fistulas during childbirth)…

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Medicines360 and the Rise of Non-Profit Pharmaceuticals

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Medicines360 and the Rise of Non-Profit Pharmaceuticals

Reproductive health is becoming an increasingly important concern in developing countries, where it represents the confluence of three essential issues: women’s rights, health, and economics. Increasing the availability of contraceptives can address all three of these issues, yet pharmaceutical companies are often reluctant to pursue these projects because the available profit margin is small. But effective solutions to this and other global health problems need not be reliant on large pharmaceutical companies.

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Health Consequences for Mothers and Children: The Feminzation of Migration in West Africa

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
Health Consequences for Mothers and Children: The Feminzation of Migration in West Africa

In the summer of 2010, while interning at a migration health policy organization in Dakar, Senegal, I was speaking with my manager about the benefits and challenges of living in Senegal versus the United States. An educated and well-traveled Senegalese woman expressed that it was much easier to live in Africa than in the United States because domestic help was readily available and inexpensive. In addition to the comforts of familiarity in her home country, the availability of cheap domestic help was a main reason that she and her family planned to remain in Dakar…

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Mulala Clinic: A Study in Providing Maternal Healthcare

| November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Mulala Clinic: A Study in Providing Maternal Healthcare

The drive to Sanari Village in the Limpopo Province of South Africa was jarring and just a little messy. I had traveled to South Africa to research the health seeking behaviors of women during pregnancy in rural areas; the dichotomy of Western and allopathic medicine in rural South Africa has presented numerous challenges for pregnant women. In order to improve maternal health in these villages, reproductive health education should be implemented and accessibility to clinics and medicine must increase.

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Explaining the Health Effects of Women’s Schooling in the Developing World

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
Explaining the Health Effects of Women’s Schooling in the Developing World

Global health research has long faced a paradox: That the school attainment of mothers is associated – strongly, independently and in most less-developed countries – with reduced child mortality and other beneficial health outcomes, but no consensus has emerged about why or how this happens. A new book from our Project on Maternal Schooling at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Literacy and Mothering, tackles this problem directly, not only with a detailed theoretical explanation but also with evidence from literacy assessments of mothers in four countries: Mexico, Nepal, Venezuela and Zambia.

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Fertility and Fatality: Breaking the Link

| April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Fertility and Fatality: Breaking the Link

A Chadian proverb states, “A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave.” Sadly, this harrowing statement is not far from the truth.  By day’s end, more than 1,000 women will have died from a pregnancy or childbirth related complication. In the developing world, where 99% of maternal deaths occur, fertility and fatality are intimately acquainted. For an Asian or African woman, giving life is the most deadly act she can perform. More disturbing still is that these deaths are nearly always preventable. Bleeding, bacterial infections, obstructed labor and unsafe abortions are the major killers of poor women.

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The Silent Killer: The Effort Toward Global Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Silent Killer: The Effort Toward Global Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

By Frederic Hua Clostridium tetani, the bacterium responsible for tetanus, is ubiquitous, yet its effects are found to be most devastating in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated in 2008 that 59,000 newborns die from tetanus every year. Termed “maternal and neonatal tetanus” (MNT), the condition is generally caused by lack of proper […]

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Notes from the Field: A Summer in Salone

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Notes from the Field: A Summer in Salone

By Nigel Deen In April 2010, the government of Sierra Leone declared that all healthcare services for pregnant and lactating women, and young children be free of charge, in response to the high maternal and infant mortality rate. The government of Sierra Leone launched the Health Sector Strategic Plan 2010-2015 to ensure successful implementation of […]

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Secondary Education for Females: A Primary Way to Prevent Overpopulation

| November 17, 2011 | 1 Comment
Secondary Education for Females: A Primary Way to Prevent Overpopulation

By Beth Kinsella Maternal & Child Health Columnist The recent occasion of 7 Billion Day on October 31st, 2011, marks both an accomplishment and challenge for humanity, requiring the global community to “unite, seven billion strong, in the name of the global common good,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated. “Global problems demand global solutions,” […]

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