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    Putting it into Practice: Building Local Capacity to Improve Maternal Health

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    It has been a month since I arrived in Argentina. I am based in Pilar, a town at the northern border of the municipal boundaries of Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires and the Province of Buenos Aires.

    Eating the Elephant

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    “Do you know how to eat an elephant?” My father loves to ask me this question when he sees that I am totally overwhelmed. During my first month immersed in the engineering genius of EHAS (pronounced Aay-Ahs), I have had to keep reminding myself that the best way to get through something formidable, like eating an elephant, is one bite at time.  

    Internationally Acclaimed Hungarian Independent Midwife and Ashoka Fellow Dr. Agnes Gereb Imprisoned, Pending Trial

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    The story of Ashoka Fellow Agnes Gereb is the story of homebirthing in modern Hungary.  A story that shows how Hungary, since its return to full independence in 1990, continues to restrict free choice of its citizens in the hugely important area of childbirth. 

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

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    “Nancy, can you believe it?  I can say everything I want in English.

    Fostering New Emergency Care Capacity in Mexico

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    It’s been a month since I get to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. San Miguel de Allende is a very beautiful colonial town surrounded by mountains and where the arid weather turns the landscape into a painting.

    No Santa in India

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    All around the globe, the Christmas trees, lights and decorations are going up as December hits.

    Bringing Medicine to the Masses of Africa (when they are swimming in it?)

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    In many parts of the developed world, the practice of medicine by relying on such tools as herbs, meditation, trance, acupuncture, ionised water et

    Catalyzing Change in the Slums of Bombay

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    I can finally confirm that the Ad-line is true—India is incredible, and Mumbai, fondly called Bombay by its inhabitants, is incredibly intense. A vibrant city with incredibly long rush hours, its streets are filled with a never ending stream of people of every kind—so many I wonder how it can fit them all.

    The Network Effect

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    How the success of Ashoka Fellow Howard Weinstein exemplifies the power of partnerships.

    The Night Clinic

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    At 4pm, the market building begins to close. By 5, all the stalls have cleared out and the shops windows are shut, and so is the clinic. At the same time, new stalls are beginning to take over the open spaces outside the building, encroaching on anywhere that can take a stall, the street, the parking lots, and the bridges over the river, making the area a market running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.