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Tech4MH: Making the World a Safer Place to Be a Mother

Written by: USAID’s Bureau for Global Health Can you imagine a world where all mothers give birth safely?  At the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), we are working to make that vision a reality.  We are re-imagining development by promoting innovative and catalytic ideas, technologies, and approaches to overcome long-standing and entrenched problems.... read more

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Tech4MH: Getting Mobile Technology to Work for Your Organization

In late 2011, the Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action (SNEHA), a Mumbai-based non-profit, embarked on an ambitious journey. Their goal was to reduce the incidence of malnutrition amongst 0-3 year olds across Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, by 25% as part of their Aahar project. Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation that provides capacity building... read more

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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 for over two years in Kenya. Our clinics are located in peri-urban areas where population density is high and access to safe maternity care is low. The mothers we serve live in variable income, and we believe that it’s possible... read more

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Tech4MH: Five Typical Misfits of Technology in the Developing World

Well-designed medical technology has tremendous potential to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in developing countries. However, according to an influential Duke University study, 98% of donated medical equipment breaks within five years largely because it is designed to function in developed country settings, with regular and adequate supplies of electricity and maintenance. As a result,... read more

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Tech4MH: Avoiding mHealth “Pilotitis” Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Start Small

Since 2008, Dimagi has helped organizations in 30 countries set up mobile projects with CommCare, an open source mobile platform that supports frontline workers (FLWs). CommCare is actively being used by over 130 frontline programs across numerous development sectors. One of the most compelling and common uses is to support FLWs who provide vital maternal... read more

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Tech4MH: Complementary Global Health Innovations Should Be Marketed, Sold and Shipped Together at Scale

Maternova is a social enterprise building out a fast track for commercialization of life-saving technologies for maternal, newborn and child health.  Why commercialization?  Isn’t the current trend innovation, invention and ideas?  Read on to find out why. Compared to a decade ago, or even five years ago, the global focus on maternal health is heartening, promising and long... read more

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Tech4MH: A Guest Blog Series on Technologies for Improving Maternal Health Care

 The Maternal Health Task Force is excited to announce the launch of Tech4MH, a blog series that will focus on technologies that hold promise for meeting the challenges of delivering maternal health care in low resource settings. The series will feature posts from product designers, health technology and programming experts, and donors on innovations. Posts... read more

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