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Weekend Reading

This week on the MHTF blog Mobiles to promote exclusive breastfeeding Lessons learned form the MoTeCH project in Ghana The launch of the Policy Dialogue Report from the Wilson Center Documentary film explores PMTCT in Zambia Some reading for the weekend: What are the costs of induced abortion in Uganda? Forbes interviews UNFPA chief Babatunde … Continue reading “Weekend Reading”

mHealth Summit: More Lessons Learned from the Mobilizing Technology for Community Health (MoTeCH) Project

In addition to seeing cool gadgets and new uses for technology, one of the most interesting parts of the mHealth Summit has been hearing people’s lessons learned. Allison Stone, MoTeCH project manager, and Maggie Schmitt, project officer, sat down with me to share their experiences working on MoTeCH, a mobile phone-based electronic medical record system … Continue reading “mHealth Summit: More Lessons Learned from the Mobilizing Technology for Community Health (MoTeCH) Project”

mHealth Summit: Can Mobile Phone Counseling Increase EBF?

The World Health Organizations recommends that mothers perform exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) for the first six months of their child’s life. However, although we are learning more about the benefits of EBF, it is on the decline in many countries for a variety of reasons. In India, what was once a deep-rooted cultural practice is now … Continue reading “mHealth Summit: Can Mobile Phone Counseling Increase EBF?”

WASH For Mothers: Importance of Clean Water and Sanitation During Pregnancy

The following post is part of a series of posts exploring water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and maternal health. It is written by Grace Kodindo, an obstetrician-gynecologist from Chad, currently serving as RAISE Medical and Advocacy Advisor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. To read other posts in the series, click here. Worldwide, … Continue reading “WASH For Mothers: Importance of Clean Water and Sanitation During Pregnancy”

Can Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Be Eliminated?

The prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) is a major health challenge and one that is addressed by an MHTF-supported project at mothers2 mothers. According to AVERT, “Without treatment, around 15-30 percent of babies born to HIV-infected women will become infected with HIV during pregnancy and delivery. A further 5-20 percent will become infected … Continue reading “Can Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Be Eliminated?”

TBA or not TBA?, cont’d

Last week, we posted about a discussion at the British Medical Journal on traditional birth attendants and their role in promoting maternal health. Our poll results suggest that our readers think that TBAs do have a role to play in promoting maternal health, as do the responses from the Twitterverse. Abubakar D. Said responded: Nowadays … Continue reading “TBA or not TBA?, cont’d”

Between Us (Women)

The following is part of a series of project updates from Future Generations. MHTF is supporting their project, Using Pregnancy Histories to Help Mothers, based in Peru. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here. Written by: Future Generations As the first project year reaches completion, the “Between Us (Women)” Project has trained … Continue reading “Between Us (Women)”