Archive for March 2017

Meet Augustine Kakuko

Meet our fabulous local medical fellow in West Pokot, Kenya! Q: What is your name? A: Augustine Kakuko (Loriya) Q: What is your position at Saving Mothers? A: Position : Project / Programme Coordinator SAVING MOTHERS PROGRAMME Kapenguria, Kenya. Q: Why did you join Saving Mothers? A: I joined saving mothers because: a) Wanted employment…

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Family Planning Program in Kenya: IUD 101

In West Pokot, Kenya, we are implementing a family planning program out of Kapenguria District Hospital, as only 23% of women use any form of contraception; A very low number due to lack of access, funding, and misconceptions about contraceptives. We train local healthcare providers and patients on the importance of contraception, and provide hormonal and…

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Woman of the Week: Kakenya Ntaiya

Incredible woman of the week: Kakenya Ntaiya Kakenya Ntaiya (born 1978) is a Kenyan educator, feminist, and social activist. She is the founder and president of the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a primary boarding school for girls in the Maasai village of Enoosaen. The first class of 32 students began in 2009. The center requires…

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Invest in Maternal Health

An article describing the implications of investing in maternal health and of providing basic reproductive care to women in need. Nigeria constitutes 2 percent of the global population but contributes 12 percent of the maternal burden. As the article discuses, the death of a woman as a result of childbirth leaves the whole family vulnerable,…

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Woman of the Week: Selma Dritz

This week’s woman of the week is Selma Kaderman Dritz. She was a Epidemiologist which is a public health professional who investigates patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. Dritz was born in Chicago in 1917 and studied medicine at the University of Illinois and then went on to obtain a master’s degree in public health at UC Berkley in…

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School of Powher Update

These ladies are graduates from our first class in 2014 and are now equipped to teach our newest students how to provide basic prenatal care, refer appropriately, and have a safer and cleaner labor. We are so excited to be starting our school today! We have six new students; Candelaria, Josefa, Juana, Lola, Maritizia, Rosario.

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Kenya Medical Strike is Over!

We are relieved to see that the 100 day medical strike over increased wages and better working conditions in Kenya has finally ended! The “Return to Work” deal showed that doctors will now earn between 56,000 and 70,000 shillings more per month ($540-680 more). In Kenya, many emergency rooms in public hospitals across the country…

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Woman of the Week: Jane Hodgson

This weeks woman is Jane Hodgson. The only doctor ever convicted for performing an abortion, Dr. Jane Hodgson agreed to perform the procedure in order to challenge the law in her home state of Minnesota. In 1970, Hodgson performed an abortion on a 23-year-old married mother of three children who had contracted a condition called rubella,…

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Kind Bar Grant Round Two

https://www.kindsnacks.com/foundation/causes/cause/saving-mothers-school-of-powher-2/ Please take the time to vote a second time for our School of Powher for us to win $10,000. Guatemala has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Latin America, mainly affecting indigenous Mayan women. In an effort to save their lives we have created the School of POWHER (Providing Outreach in Women’s Health &…

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Alice Paul: Feminist, Suffragist, and Political Strategist

Happy Sunday! We are still inspired by the March 6th event on the politics of global women’s health at NYU. Something that really stood out to us was Congresswoman Maloney’s talk on the equal rights amendment. The equal rights amendment would give equal rights to both women and men. The equal rights amendment, however, has NEVER…

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