March 2012 Newsletter

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From everyone here at the Safe Motherhood Program, we wish you a happy and healthy International Women’s Day! We hope you can take time this month to honor the women and girls in your lives and all they have acheived and can achieve in the future. There are many events planned around the world in honor of International Women’s Day. Click the logo above to find or list an event in your area.
We are honored to announce the NASG has been nominated for the Women Deliver 50 as one of the most promising technology innovations to improve women’s health. With over 500 nominations submitted, 125 of the best ideas and solutions for girls and women have been selected for the final round of voting.  Please show your support by voting for the NASG on Women Deliver’s Facebook page. We are listed as #13 in the Technologies category as:University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, NASG Compression Device for PPH 

You may vote for up to 10 nominees per category, and you may vote only once. Voting will end on 6pm EST, March 2nd, and winners will be announced on March 8th, International Women’s Day.

Help us spread the word so we can get as many votes as possible. Thank you for your support!


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In other news, we continue to be busy with our ongoing trial in Zambia and Zimbabwe as promising results keep coming in.  Read on for our updates.

Updates From the Field
This month we welcome our new Copperbelt Coordinator Ashley Leech.  Ashley will be in the Copperbelt region of Zambia for the remainder of our trial. We are thrilled to have her join our team. Welcome Ashley!

Safe Motherhood Team Heads to Rome
FIGO Congress 2012, Rome

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Later this year in October, we are thrilled to be able to present at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics’ (FIGO) 20th World Congress in Rome.
With over 6,000 women in over 6 countries treated in the NASG to date, we look forward to sharing our trial progress, lessons learned and future plans together with our international partners.
NASG Project Zambian Nurse Featured in ExhibitionRhoda w patientOur very own Rhoda Amafumba is featured in the recent International Museum of Women’s installation titled “Heroes Afield” which highlights interviews with individuals working worldwide on behalf of women’s health. Rhoda discusses her success stories and experiences with the NASG. Check out the exhibition and her interview here.


The International Museum of Women (IMOW) is an innovative online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate, inspire and advance the lives of women around the world. Its new online exhibition, MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe explores the realities and ideas of a new global generation of mothers. The exhibition aims to turn inspiration into action, helping fuel a worldwide movement of advocates for mothers’ human rights and advances in maternal health.


Thank you all for your continued support as we approach the end of hopefully a very successful trial and the beginning of improved health for mothers and their families around the globe.
Safe Motherhood Program, UCSF