TN – Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality

The Nossal Institute for Global Health

The Nossal Institute for Global Health is committed to improving global health through research, education, inclusive development practice, and training of future leaders.

The Nossal Institute works in partnership with other organisations who share its vision of improving health where health is at its poorest.

Named in honour of Sir Gustav Nossal and his commitment to translating medical research into health for all, the Nossal Institute utilises the multi-disciplinary research and educational capabilities provided by the University of Melbourne and, in collaboration with strategic partners, builds and exchanges knowledge and expertise to improve health in areas where it is most needed.

The Nossal Institute is a not-for-profit organisation whose approach is based on the principles of social equity and the capacity development of local partners.

via About Us – The Nossal Institute for Global Health.

Engender Health

EngenderHealth works to improve the health and well-being of people in the poorest communities of the world. We do this by sharing our expertise in sexual and reproductive health and transforming the quality of health care. We promote gender equity, advocate for sound practices and policies, and inspire people to assert their rights to better, healthier lives. Working in partnership with local organizations, we adapt our work in response to local needs.

Engender Health has a Youtube channel – with films on Health. This is a good example of the use of media in a Maternal Health improvement program.


If you haven’t met us yet, watch this quick introduction to our work around the world.

via YouTube – engenderhealth’s Channel.

UNICEF India – Health

Purulia, West Bengal: A visit to Badakhula village in Purulia district can be an eye-opener. Badakhula has no electricity, no land or cellphones – one among the several ‘no connectivity villages’ in a country emerging as a global hub of information technology.

To get to Badakhula in Bandwan block in south-east Purulia, you have to drive through dense teak forests, down mud tracks. Most people in this impoverished pocket live off forest produce or are marginal farmers. Women in labour have to trudge a mile to get to the nearest health sub-centre. From there, they can hire a jeep to take them to the block primary health centre. Those who are not physically in a condition to walk that distance are carried in a ‘duliya’ (a string cot) by able-bodied men in the village.

But this April, there was a buzz in Badakhula with the arrival of a “van rickshaw”, a locally manufactured innovation to make it easier for expecting mothers to reach a hospital.

via UNICEF India – Health.

Project Construction

The research project has an action research focus. At this stage I have been using a presentation – that is very cryptic without me explaining the bullet points – as a way to go around talking to colleagues and others interested in the project.

The presentation is posted here: The Maternal Health Project.

Doctor at large: India Today

He is a product of India who is trying to save Bharat. That, in a gist, sums up the good doctor who, in the middle of Bodoland in Assam’s Chirang district, is bringing about a silent movement eradicating the deadly malaria, running a weavers’ network and guiding other NGOs in the region.

An MBBS from Pune and trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr Sunil Kaul realised that his true calling lay in the rural heartland where even basic healthcare was a rarity.

In 2000, he quit the army and, with his wife Jennifer Liang, founded the Action Northeast Trust (ANT) in Bongaigaon. They have a daughter whom they have named Aman Gwjwn. The last name means “peace” in Bodo.

The foundation’s most powerful impact has been in controlling malaria in Chirang. Kaul set up laboratories in remote places and trained locals in conducting blood tests and identifying the malaria parasite.

via Doctor at large: India Today – Latest Breaking News from India, World, Business, Cricket, Sports, Bollywood..

Want to help the Maternal Health Task Force become a better resource for maternal health professionals? « Maternal Mortality Daily

In November, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at EngenderHealth launched a website with the goal of increasing communication and knowledge sharing within the international maternal health community—and the larger global health community.

via Want to help the Maternal Health Task Force become a better resource for maternal health professionals? « Maternal Mortality Daily.