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Balancing the See-saw of Research and Interventions

I’m working more and more with a huge variety of people to set up SNEHA’s new community resource centers (CRC’s) in 20 slum areas of Mumbai. My days are filled with research group meetings looking at data from past projects and the government, concept meetings planning what interventions we will implement through the new CRC, focus group discussions with field staff working at the present CRC’s to share their experiences, and even more meetings with my CRC teammate to synthesize all our findings into one large useable piece.

Continuing to Work from Pakistan

The 3rd month of my project has been very busy. I am near to completing the training guidelines for traditional birth attendants, health workers and health activists that my mentor, Ashoka Fellow Lucy Attah Auwalu, has encouraged me to write.

A Family Joined, with English There is Easy Communication with Community

“Nancy, can you believe it?  I can say everything I want in English. There is no need anymore to try hard finding a word to convey my intent.”

I am very happy and proud of this achievement and thankful to Joyce fertility support centre group for their effort. The ability helps me speak out more easily. Now that we are forming our working group to assess community needs related to health I can interact more efficiently.

The Center for Health Market Innovations – Using Data to Improve Health Market Performance

The Center for Health Market Innovations, an initiative coordinated by Results for Development, is, in their own words, “a global network of partners that seeks to improve the functioning of health markets in developing countries with large numbers of private health care providers.”

Balancing the Bicycle

Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle – to keep your balance you must keep moving.”

Giant Rats put Noses to Work on Africa's Land Mine Epidemic

Ashoka Fellow Bart Weetjens' organization, APOPO, trains HeroRats (giant pouched rats) to detect landmines in Africa. Bart is also employing their superb noses to detect tuberculosis. 

Meet Some Recently Elected RIF Fellows

Farouk Jiwa is establishing secure and sustainable ways to increase the income levels of rural farmers in East Africa. His organization, Honey Care Africa, is not just helping subsistence farmers supplement their income through beekeeping. Farouk has partnered with civil society organizations to provide alternative equity financing, and the result is a financially sustainable cycle of investments in community development.

The Freedom to Innovate: The Contributions of Social Entrepreneurs to the Field of Global Public Health

Ashoka Vice-President of Global Marketing Beverly Schwartz has contributed a chapter to a new book on the role of community-based organizations and non-governmental organizations in public health.

New Data Shows Progress for Maternal Health

The maternal health community has been buzzing this week about a report on maternal health released by the Lancet and featured in the New York Times. The report uses new and improved maternal health data to evidence significant declines in maternal mortality worldwide between 1980 and 2008. Why is this so exciting? One word: progress!