December 2012 Newsletter

December 2012 Newsletter   

UCSF Safe Motherhood Program


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Dear Friends,

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I wish to extend my warmest of holiday greetings and thanks for your continuing support of the Safe Motherhood Program at UCSF. This past year was exciting as we continued ground breaking research in maternal health. Additionally, we’ve trained thousands of providers globally, educated future leaders in the U.S., and disseminated tools and information needed to save the lives of countless women in developing countries.

A few highlights from the past year include trips to work with our international partners and providers in Ukraine, Myanmar, India, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We participated in local and international scientific conferences in San Francisco, Washington DC, Italy, Canada, India and Bolivia. In October, we were especially thrilled at the positive feedback and fresh interest shown in Rome at the FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics. With our internatioanal partners we gave 11 sessions which were all well attended. We recently completed data collection for the randomized Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) trials at primary health care centers in Zambia and Zimbabwe and have begun examining their results. We look forward to seeing the outcomes and expect to share the findings as early in 2013 as possible.

It was rewarding to see that many leading global organizations published acceptance of the NASG as a low-cost life-saving device. The World Health OrganizationGlobal Library of Women’s Medicine and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) have all formally recommended use of the NASG. We look forward to carrying this momentum forward into 2013 as we continue to disseminate and reach out to our partners so that all mothers across the globe are able to experience the joys of a safe motherhood.


On behalf of the Safe Motherhood Team, I wish you a happy holiday season and a peaceful healthy 2013.



Suellen Miller and The Safe Motherhood Team  

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TEDxSF Event: 7 Billion Well

In November Suellen gave a thought-provoking talk about global maternal mortality to the sold-out TEDx crowd at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus.

Her powerful presentation inspires us to be transformation agents, involved at the community level and up in order for progress to happen in maternal health.

Key points for change include:

  • Education for girls
  • Delay of childbirth to physically appropriate age
  • Community education to recognize childbirth complications
  • Support for new technologies that are making a difference in maternal health
  • Support for organizaitons and governments that support maternal health care

Watch the video and be inspired!

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In December Suellen Miller and colleague Jerker Liljestrand gave recent webinars at the COREgroup and USAID in Washington DC on the NASG and balloon tamponades in low resrouce settings.

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In November, Suellen and Project Director Elizabeth Butrick traveled to India to give workshops at the BCGIP/COGI Congress in New Delhi. Results of a meta-analysis, as well as hands-on trainings for NASG application and removal were given in addition to a workshop on estimating blood loss.The enthusiasm and high attendance made it clear to us that many communities around the world are eager to employ the NASG to save mothers’ lives. Dr. Miller donated two NASGs to the Malhotra’s NGO in Agra for use in their ambulances.India BCGIP training 2Ms Butrick was fortunate to meet with several colleagues in Myanmar to get an understanding of potential interest in the NASG there. The talks were very encouraging and we hope more can be done in the future for potential implementation and collaboration.
Thank you for your continued support. We hope to continue this ground-breaking work, adding new countries and disseminating the results of our research and implementation work globally.