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Mothers of Invention

There are hundreds of life saving innovations that have the potential to help women and children in developing countries. Maternova is getting them to the front lines using a new online platform.

 

For expectant mothers and newborns in the developing world, the difference between life and death can hinge on the simplest things: battery-powered light for the village midwife, screening for anemia, or a reliable map and transportation to the nearest clinic.

There’s no shortage of breakthrough ideas—from low-tech baby warmers to bicycle ambulances—for improving the health of newborns and mothers in under-resourced areas. The challenge is getting good tools and information to the...


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