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Organization Organization Location Project
Afya Research Africa Thika, Kenya

Interventions to improve maternal and newborn outcomes in resource limited regions such as Kenya are successful when they aim at improving knowledge on danger signs of pregnancy, advice on when to seek assistance, and increase health facility deliveries. We propose a public-private partnership program to promote quality, timely utilization, and monitoring of focused ante-natal care and skilled delivery services. This will be through a network between health facilities and solar-powered community health kiosks (M-Afya kiosks) connected through mobile phone telephony .

Improving utilization of antenatal care and access to skilled delivery services through phones and health kiosks
Aga Khan Foundation USA Washington, DC USA

Most women in rural Mali give birth at home and with limited assistance, due to unmanageable distances between communities and health facilities, unsupported community health workers and the inability of the health system to track pregnant women and respond to high risk and emergency cases. As a result, Mali has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

3M: Mobiles for Maternal health in Mali
American Academy of Pediatrics Elk Grove Village, IL USA

The American Academy of Pediatrics and Save the Children/Saving Newborn Lives, as partners in the Helping Babies Breathe® Global Development Alliance (GDA), will form a regional alliance with three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda).

Regional Scale-up of Helping Babies Breathe in sub-Saharan Africa
Associazione Italiana Solidarietà tra i Popoli (AISPO) Milan, Italy

This 24 month project integrates innovative uses of technology with women’s on-the-doorstep personalized pregnancy diagnostic services and raises awareness of the need to obtain antenatal care, particularly in remote and nomad Kuchi populations, in Herat Province, Afghanistan. The project is staffed by women doctors, midwives and community health workers (CHWs) who work together across traditional boundaries to save women’s lives in pregnancy and childbirth.

Mapping High Risk Pregnancies with Essential Diagnostic Kit in Remote and Vulnerable Populations in Afghanistan
Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University Menlo Park, CA USA

Obstetric hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality in developing countries, with over 95% of the 350,000 worldwide annual deaths occurring in Africa and Asia. Real-time monitoring of maternal blood loss is crucial in allowing for preventive interventions within a critical timeframe. Visual estimation of blood loss (EBL) by health workers is a widely adopted monitoring practice, but its accuracy is severely limited by human error and insufficient training and attention; health workers miss the onset of post-partum hemorrhage in over 80% of cases when visual estimation is used.

Low-cost Mobile Platform for Real-Time Monitoring of Blood Loss
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH USA

China is a lower-middle income country, with a population of 1.34 billion. Among this enormous population, there is dramatic disparity of maternal and neonatal health, with the rate of preterm low birth weight (PLBW) ranging from 5~6% in the developed metropolises to >20% in the poor rural areas. One possible reason for the high PLBW rate is poor maternal oral health, which adversely impacts the birth outcome.

Improving health in rural Chinese villages using antibacterial mouth rinse
Catholic Relief Services Baltimore, MD, USA

In a non-traditional partnership between non-profit and private sector, Catholic Relief Services is joining with technology innovator Dimagi and training leader Hesperian Foundation to improve maternal well-being and reduce newborn death by up to 50% in Uttar Pradesh, India. The ReMiND Project will accelerate the delivery of proven interventions within the first 48 hours of life through a novel combination of technology, training, and services for health workers and parents, including:  

The ReMiND Project - Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths
Containers 2 Clinics, Inc. (C2C) Dover, MA USA

Containers 2 Clinics (C2C), in partnership with The Synergos Institute and the Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services (NMoHSS) will pilot a regional cluster of three state-of-the-art shipping container healthcare clinics, and provide comprehensive services, including clinical, lab, pharmacy and programming for women and children. The partnership will create access to high-quality primary healthcare and provide the NMoHSS a replicable, scalable solution for building national capacity in maternal and child health.

Improved Capacity for Maternal and Child Care Delivery through Containerized Medical Clinics in Rural Namibia
D-Rev: Design for the Other Ninety Percent Palo Alto, CA USA

Approximately 12 percent of babies born in low-income countries require immediate treatment for severe jaundice. Without timely treatment, they may suffer brain damage or die. Effective treatment simply does not exist in rural clinics and a vast majority (95%) of public hospitals in low-income countries.

Brilliance and Comet: Integrated Innovation to Effectively Treat Severe Neonatal Jaundice
Eastern Congo Initiative (A Project of New Venture Fund) Washington, DC USA

This consortium will test a set of empowerment innovations for pregnant women through Safe Motherhood Solidarity Groups on Idjwi Island in Democratic Republic of Congo focusing on three strategic interventions: 1) Providing women with financial autonomy through the creation of community insurance programs that will enable access to all needed services for mothers and newborns in health centers, 2) enabling communities to actively design feasible, home-based maternal and neonatal assessment tools to monitor outcomes through the implementation of a participatory communication model, and 3) tr

Uniting local stakeholders for multi-level intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases San Francisco, CA USA

We propose developing a new, low cost instrument to rapidly and accurately diagnose and report important diseases of maternal child health (MCH) in rural locations of low and middle income countries. We will start with four important MCH diseases: anemia, HIV, syphilis and malaria.

Antenatal Disease Diagnosis and Reporting Instrument
Gobee Group, LLC Bellevue, WA USA

In this decade, reproductive health voucher programs have successfully reduced maternal and infant mortality and morbidity through the innovative financing of reproductive health services.

Mobile Lotteries for Safe Births in Bangladesh & Kenya
Hemacon GmbH Duesseldorf, Germany

The statistics are clear. Over one third of all maternal mortality in the developing world results from hemorrhage. Compounding this problem and contributing significantly to the death rate are very difficult transportation logistics from remote rural regions to key national medical centers, and endemic anemia in the female population. The availability of transfusable packs of life saving Red Blood Cells in these remote locations is nearly completely absent.

Mini-Blood Banks for Life Saving Red Blood Cells: Where Needed & When Needed
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID USA

Medical doctors and registered nurses who work with birthing mothers in rural, developing countries have had their hands tied for too long; they need better monitoring equipment and the education to use that equipment to generate data that will allow them to more effectively treat expectant mothers. The Bolivia Delivers project proposes to develop a low cost, portable maternal and fetal monitoring system that will allow rural practitioners to make decisions based on trends that occur over time in their patients’ physiological data.

Bolivia Delivers: Labor & Delivery in a Box
Innovations for Poverty Action New Haven, CT USA

Sierra Leone ranks close to last in the UN Human Developing Index, and faces exorbitant rates of maternal and child mortality. As in other least developed nations, poor service delivery including weak incentives for health workers contributes to these outcomes, through problems such as worker absenteeism and low clinic utilization rates. We seek to examine how two types of social accountability interventions can improve health service delivery and outcomes for women and children under five. Our randomized control trial implements the interventions via a cross-cutting design.

Improving Health Service Delivery Through Community Monitoring and Non-Financial Awards
Institute for Healthcare Improvement Cambridge, MA USA

A major gap exists between what is known – the evidence base for effective maternal and neonatal health (MNH) – and what is practiced, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Interventions that can effectively close this gap in these settings depend on community engagement, reliable health systems, and effective leadership. Over the past four years, the Malawian NGO, MaiKhanda, has tested ways to improve health system effectiveness for MNH.

Saving in Central Malawi through empowering communities, health workers, managers and leaders
Institute of Tropical Medicine - Antwerp Antwerp, Belgium

Optimal care during childbirth in rural areas of most low and middle income countries is hampered by 2 major problems: the limited equipment and capacity of health workers for diagnosis, and the quasi-absence of back-up from the hospital, which impacts on their motivation and competence. In order to improve the technical quality of care and the motivation of primary care maternity staff working in rural areas of low-income countries, the Ultrasound4Africa project proposes to develop a two-pronged integrated intervention:

Ultrasound4Africa
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) Dhaka, Bangladesh

Deaths from PPH, eclampsia, infection and obstructed labour are the major obstacles in achieving MDG5; and infection, birth asphyxia and low-birth weight are for MDG4 in resource poor countries in Asia and Africa. These deaths are preventable, but, treatments along with functional health system are not always available and accessible in these countries. However, low-cost evidence-based solutions implementable at community level are available to prevent mortality from these causes.

Scaling up an integrated intervention package
Jhpiego Corporation Baltimore, MD USA

The persistence of mortality and severe morbidity from pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E) demands a new approach. Jhpiego—in a growing collaboration with Johns Hopkins University Center for Biomedical Innovation and Design (JHU-CBID), Laerdal Global Health, and other manufacturers—is making available new technologies and offering selected interventions through a new community-centered platform to reduce PE/E, the second leading cause of maternal mortality (after hemorrhage) worldwide.

Application for Transition Grant
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine London, England

Each year in sub-Saharan Africa 880,000 babies are stillborn and 1 million die in the first week of life. Many of these deaths are due to maternal infection with HIV, syphilis or malaria, or to maternal anaemia, which cause stillbirth, preterm birth and low birth weight, increasing the risk of neonatal death. In rural Tanzania, as in many other African countries, more than 80% of pregnant women attend antenatal clinic, but few are screened and treated for these conditions – an important missed opportunity to save newborn lives.

Point of care diagnostic tools for prevention and care package to reduce infant mortality
Lucerna, Inc. New York, NY USA

Neonatal mortality in developing countries averages about 34 per 1000 live births and the most common cause of death is bacterial infection. Neonatal sepsis contribute to 34.6% of all early onset infections and causes about 1.6 millions deaths a year. Sepsis mortality is directly related to the severity of stage at which it is diagnosed. Therefore, it is widely accepted that the effective treatment of neonatal sepsis requires early detection and rapid therapeutic intervention.

Simple Diagnostic Device for Early Detection of Neonatal Sepsis
Mbarara University of Science and Technology Mbarara, Uganda

Shortage of medical resources in rural Uganda leads to inconsistencies in provision of antenatal care (ANC) interventions. Mbarara University and Ibanda district health team propose to enhance delivery and uptake of ANC interventions by harnessing the power of cell phone technology widely available in rural Uganda. We aim to increase the demand for ANC with a pictorial Antenatal Intervention Demand Card (AID-Card) that will be linked to a cell phone data capture and surveillance system. The pictorial representations in the AID-Card will be developed in consultation with the community.

Antenatal Intervention Demand Card (AID-Card) and a phone based surveillance system
Nanyang Technological University Singapore
A surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy based device for rapid and minimally invasive diagnosis of neonatal infection
New York University (NYU) New York, NY USA

The intrapartum period represents a time of high risk for women and newborns in Tanzania. Our project focuses on increasing utilization of high quality, evidence based care provided by midwives in the rural Lakes Region of Western Tanzania in alignment with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare's (MoHSW) Road Map Strategic Plan to Accelerate the Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths.

Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth in Tanzania
NOvate Medical Technologies, LLC New Orleans, LA USA

NOvate Medical Technologies, LLC (“NOvate”) is a New Orleans-based medical device development company focused on commercializing high-quality, low-cost medical products.  NOvate is committed to delivering medical solutions, novel training programs, and information technologies which address the health needs of the developing world.  NOvateâs first product offering, SafeSnip, is a patent-pending disposable and degradable plastic obstetric device that simultaneously cuts, clamps, and shields the umbilical cord from infection.

SafeSnip: cuts, clamps, and shields umbilical cords from infection
One Heart World-Wide San Francisco, CA USA

Based on ten years of operation in Tibet, One Heart Worldwide (OHW) has developed Network of Safety an effective, replicable and sustainable training and outreach model to prevent maternal and newborn death associated with pregnancy and delivery among remote rural populations. The Network of Safety is a culturally adaptable program that teaches basic life-saving skills to all the community members and health care providers surrounding a new mother and her infant. In 2008, the program reached a sustainable level and was successfully transferred to local partners.

PPH prevention program in Western Nepal
OXYVITA Inc New Windsor, NY USA

OXYVITA Inc. has developed a powder form of its transfusible hemoglobin based oxygen carrier. This product has undergone initial testing in an animal hemorrhage model with success, making the product the first powder form of a red blood cell transfusion alternative in the world. In third world settings where the greatest percentage of maternal hemorrhage death occurs, ease of administration of the product is vital. Currently, our product is designed for use in a hospital setting, however, its real benefit is that it can be used in remote locations, injected on site by a medic or midwife.

Treatment of Maternal Hemorrhage using OxyVita
Poverty Action Lab Chennai, India

Women’s health in India is neglected because the public health system is not functioning properly. A recent study found that nearly 40 percent of health staff in India are absent from work on a typical day; and it gets worse in rural areas. This problem negatively affects both the way women use health facilities and their health outcomes: Only 18 percent of births take place in a public facility, and the neonatal mortality rate in India is almost 40 percent.

Improving Governance and Health Outcomes for the Poor Through Innovative Technology
President & Fellows of Harvard College Boston, MA USA

We propose to develop a low-cost scalable mechanism for south-south collaboration among developing country frontline providers, using social networking technology to significantly expand the use of evidence-based practices known to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths. This project capitalizes on the success of the Global Voices for Maternal Health Project that has created, in eight months, a unique network of 2,500 engaged nurses, midwives and doctors working in 900 health facilities located in 99 developing countries, who provide care to over 3,000,000 births a year (see map).

Online matching to propagate innovations in maternal and newborn care: Better. Together.
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) Seattle, WA USA

Does hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers address the well-documented need for clean birth practices? Clean birth practices, including hand hygiene of birth attendants and use of clean or disinfected instruments to cut and tie an umbilical cord, are of critical importance. Evidence suggests that hand hygiene practices among birth attendants and disinfection of birthing equipment and surfaces are not always optimal. Often water and soap or alcohol-based hand rubs are not available.

Improved hygiene at birth with Byotrol, an innovative sanitizer and disinfectant
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) Seattle, WA USA

Each day, 3,100 newborns die worldwide within 24 hours of birth. Ninety percent of these babies could be saved if breastfeeding and warmth are provided immediately. Very small babies (newborns weighing less than 1,800 grams) often are also very sick and should be cared for with a thermoregulation device initially, and managed with skin-to-skin care once they become stable. If such babies are not treated, they can suffer complications of hypothermia, including respiratory distress, acidosis, hypoglycemia, and even death.

Extremely affordable solar-powered infant warmer to complement skin-to-skin care
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) Seattle, WA USA

Anemia is a silent killer that continues to be a major risk factor for millions of pregnant women and their newborns. Anemia places women at risk for poor pregnancy outcomes including increased risk of mortality and morbidity, preterm births, and low birth weight babies. The majority of these women live in rural areas with little access to proper care. Early detection, monitoring, and treatment of anemia in women during pregnancy, at labor, and in the first 48 hours after delivery could lead to life-saving interventions and significant cost savings to health systems.

A unique, portable, noninvasive maternal anemia screening technology
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) Seattle, WA USA

Well-funded, effective vaccine initiatives have developed important technologies that can positively impact other health care sectors. The challenge is to clearly identify and proactively exploit the most promising "spin-off" opportunities early on. By redirecting recent innovations in vaccine cold chain toward safe blood storage, we anticipate an immediate, life-saving impact for women experiencing obstetric emergencies. They might otherwise die from lack of available blood or from bacterial and viral infections resulting from improper storage conditions or infected donor blood.

Vaccines to Blood: Adapting Innovative Cold Chain Technologies for Storage of Safe Blood
Project Concern International (dba PCI) San Diego, CA USA

PCI and ZMQ have designed an m-health application that has the potential to substantially and sustainably reduce stillborn, maternal and/or newborn deaths not only in Moradabad, UP, but throughout India and beyond. The Universal Patient Management and Analysis System (UPMAS) is designed to overcome the weaknesses of similar approaches to date by boldly overcoming the intransient barriers to access and delivery of quality maternal, child and neonatal health (MCNH) services for true behavior change and significant long term impact.

Project BRITE: Better Results through Integrated Technology and Empowerment
Save the Children Federation, Inc Westport, CT USA

This integrated innovation engages elected rural ward councilors in rural Zambia to remove local barriers to use of key antenatal, intra-partum, and postnatal care services and practices in a poor, under-served constituency. Locally-elected representatives, though rarely convoked to improve maternal-newborn care (MNC) directly, constitute a promising, but untested, entry point to save lives by strengthening leadership skills and democratic processes.

Removing Barriers for Sustained Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality in Rural Zambia
Save the Children Federation, Inc. Westport, CT USA

Equity is key to reducing maternal and child mortality in Mozambique. The country still presents significant gaps between the richest and the poorest quintile for key MNCHN interventions: Skilled birth attendance is estimated at 55.3%, but only at 36.1% in the poorest quintile of the population (MICS 2008).

Assessing the Effectiveness of Cash Transfers on Increasing Use of Maternal and Newborn Services in Mozambique
Sri Narayani Hospital and Research Centre Vellore, India

We aim to develop and field test (limited) a rapid diagnostic test using a nanodevice for detecting bacterial sepsis in neonates and young children. This test will identify inflammatory and bacterial surface markers of bacterial sepsis in the blood. The goal is its use in the field by community health workers (CHWs) to assist in the safe management of neonatal sepsis. It is cheap (<$1 per test), rapid (<30 minutes), and since the readout is visual, its use will not require specialized training.

Development of nanodevice for the detection of pro-inflammatory markers for the diagnosis of sepsis
The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD, USA

Reducing late fetal (1.2 million), maternal (150,000), and early neonatal (1.4 million) deaths remains the most critical global health challenge. Additionally 1.4 million women suffer severe acute morbidities (“near miss”).  Development and scaling of innovative approaches to provision of simple cost-effective interventions to improve intrapartum outcomes is needed.

An integrated community-to-facility approach to saving lives at birth in rural Nepal
The Regents of the University of California Davis, CA USA

Blood transfusions in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia are critically important. The low standard of living and malnutrition in these countries leads to high frequency of anemia, particularly in children and women. According to World Health Organization (WHO) 30 to 40% of women in sub-Saharan Africa have anemia and about 25% of postpartum deaths in women are related to obstetrical hemorrhages. While blood transfusions are essential, blood safety remains a major problem in the developing world.

Blood Safety Microchip
The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY USA

No single intervention can effectively address the maternal and neonatal health crisis in Lesotho, given the complexity of structural barriers to care; the low demand for services for maternal and neonatal health (MNH) and their low quality; and the unrelenting HIV epidemic. Thus, we propose an innovative combination approach that bundles evidence-based MNH and HIV interventions with incentives for participating individuals and health facilities based on all-or-none accomplishment.

Integrating Innovations Towards Improved Maternal and Newborn Health in Rural Lesotho
The University of Chicago Chicago, IL USA

We propose a simple, flexible multimedia intervention delivered via social networks to empower a rural Nigerian community to learn about and gain access to an inexpensive lifesaving intervention for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage: misoprostol. We will create a “simple illustrated video”, an illustrated story with narrative and music, to be delivered and shared by mobile phone or via a laminated "flipbook" based on the documentary The Edge of Joy which tells the story of postpartum hemorrhage from the perspective of Nigerian women, men and healthcare providers.

Preventing Hemorrhage Saving Lives: Tapping the Power of Narrative
UCSF/Bixby Center/Safe Motherhood Program with ARMMAN San Francisco, CA USA

mMitra is a free mobile voice messaging and animated film service in rural India that will provide culturally appropriate comprehensive information on preventive care and simple interventions during the perinatal period. The voice messages will be in the local dialect and specific to the woman's gestational age or the age of the newborn and will be sent weekly free of cost directly to pregnant women and mothers with newborns.

Project mMitra: Voice messaging and animation service to improve MCH information access in rural India
University of Florida Gainesville, FL USA
Novel Therapeutics for Preeclampsia in the Developing World
University of Maryland Baltimore County Baltimore, MD, USA

Low-resource environments present many challenges for maternal and neonatal healthcare delivery. Among these, is a lack of basic equipment to preserve and protect newborns, particularly at-risk neonates. For example, a simple incubator/warmer is lacking in most primary health care facilities. Devices to provide respiratory support are also lacking. Furthermore, available solutions pioneered by developed countries do not fare well in a resource limited area- for example, reliable electricity supply is not readily available.

Low-cost Incubator and Ventilator for Saving Lives at Birth
University of Nairobi Nairobi, Kenya

In rural Kenyan communities, freelance birth attendants are often called upon to attend to a "home delivery."  Basic issues like a general lack of sterility and hygiene instruments (clean water and a disinfected environment) greatly compromise infection control in such settings making home deliveries truly high-risk processes. Indeed, there have been increasing reports of poor handling of umbilical cord and subsequent infant infections due to use of poorly chosen instruments during delivery.

A Sanitary Kit for Traditional Midwives
University of Oxford, Nuffield Dept of Clinical Medicine Oxford, England

Neonatal sepsis is the single greatest cause of preventable death in children living in tropical countries. Most deaths occur in or near home. Prompt parenteral administration of effective antibiotics is life saving, but seldom possible in the rural tropics. We propose to develop a rectal formulation of a third generation cephalosporin antibiotic for reducing mortality through early community-based management of neonatal sepsis.

Development of a rectal antibiotic formulation for the community-based management of neonatal sepsis
University Research Co., LLC Bethesda, MD USA

URC and major providers of mobile phone services (TIGO, AIRTEL and VODACOM) will initiate a program whereby community volunteers will be provided with mobile phones and monthly credit of 20,000-TSH (15 USD) to enable subsidized text messages to Health facilities for anticipated difficult deliveries. All pregnant women at the time of their booking will be invited to be members of appropriate peer microfinance group by facility staff. HIV positive pregnant women will be linked to PLHIV groups for peer support during pregnancy.

Access Project: Community Use of Mobile Phones and Peer Microfinance Groups
Univicity, L3C Yorba Linda, CA USA

While over 80% of Haitian adults have access to mobile phones, less than 20% of Haitian woman have access to health care. Our goal is to substantially increase health care access by creating a maternal healthcare network. The DigiHealth network combines a support/call center, healthcare software and mobile computing with the brand, scale, and infrastructure of Digicel, Haiti’s largest mobile carrier.

DigiHealth - Haiti Maternal Health Network
Venture Strategies for Health and Development Berkeley, CA USA

Mobile maternal health voucher programs have the potential to transform a novel incentive scheme into a cost effective and efficient way to spark an increase in the utilization of health services and to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality. Health voucher programs enable women to purchase vouchers for maternal health services at a fraction of the cost and redeem them at quality-accredited facilities, public or private. This innovative strategy has been being successfully piloted in several low-income countries.

Making Incentives Work: Using Mobile Vouchers to Improve Maternal Health in Cambodia
Whalen Biomedical Inc. Lexington, MA USA

A recent UNICEF report states:  Pneumonia kills more children than any other disease  more then AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Our focus is on the introduction of new technology that will make available proven and newly emerging treatments for a variety of respiratory disorders affecting infants in low resource settings.

A compact, low cost system for nitric oxide inhalation therapy
World Health Organization PSP/CPO Geneva, Switzerland

 Almost two-thirds of neonatal deaths, and a high proportion of maternal deaths, occur within the first 7 days after delivery. It is often assumed that patients can recognize severe complications, when to seek care, and feel empowered to do so. Very often; however, this is not the case. During this high-risk period immediately after birth, mothers are often at home with no monitoring from skilled providers. Mothers can be unsure of whether certain symptoms are normal and, more importantly, often are not empowered to seek care even when experiencing a severe complication.

The WHO Mother Baby mCheck Tool project in India
World University Service of Canada Ottawa, Canada

Maternal and newborn death and sever illness is tragically high in Uganda and Tanzania. There are many reasons for this. Less than 50% of all births are attended by skilled health professionals. Malaria in expectant mothers is a very common yet preventable cause of anemia and death for newborns and mothers. Failure to access the right care at the right time means that minor obstetric complications threaten the health and survival of mother and child. Governments are beginning to rise to these challenges by creating enabling policies and programs.

Empowering Women Through Radio: A Demand Driven Communication Strategy in Tanzania and Uganda
Z-Medica Corporation Wallingford, CT USA

In developing countries Post Partum Hemorrhage (PPH) is the single most common cause of maternal morbidity and mortality and accounts for approximately 25 percent of maternal deaths globally. We propose to use an existing technology called QuikClot as a safe, effective, simple to use and low cost form of treatment for PPH. QuikClot is a hemostatic gauze containing kaolin, an inert mineral that promotes blood clotting; currently QuikClot is the main hemostatic device used by all branches of the US Military to control bleeding following war injuries.

Intrauterine application of a kaolin-based hemostatic agent for PPH