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Learn [1] Innovation comes from constaint...

Learn [1]]Innovation (often) comes from constraint (If you’ve got very few resources, you’re forced to be very creative in using and reusing them.) from ethan on Design in Africa blog.

Writing a doc**ent in application for the position of Sr. Health Advisor to Nigeria my research brought to my attention resources that can be used in an new, innovative way to reduce the Under 5 Mortality Rate (U5MM) and the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), both of which have been some of the highest in the world. It is my strong belief that empowerment through nutrition will be an essential component in reducing these numbers.

Using the model of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it was my goal to empower the members of the communities in which I was to serve through education, inspiration, and empowerment. It has been my experience clinically and personally, that each of us plays a role in our own health and wellbeing. It is not something that can be taken from another, but more it is acquired through use, testing and proof.

This is why the nutritional education protocol that I generated as a Master Thesis, Food Physics & Body Dynamics (tm), is so important in providing food and nutrition services to developing countries. Famine is a part of this matter, thus I have included links to sites that I used in researching the conditions that may prevail, during the times of change. http://www.fews.net/ This is a use of a resource that already exists to produce and encourage change in nutritional consumption, as well as food production.

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Comment by Laura Dawson on March 9, 2010 at 3:50pm
I have taken the step to express this blog post on my Facebook pages, in hopes that the influence of education on nutrition and health will reflect in an improvement of these intangible but essential aspect of the Human Condition. Be In Good Health.
Comment by Jenn on March 11, 2010 at 5:43pm
Hi Laura! I really enjoyed your post. Relating nutrition and maternal and child health is really insightful! And it makes me wonder how these program modalities can be more structurally combined. You've definitely given me something to think about, thanks!

Since it sounds like you're interested in women's health, I wondered if you might want to join a group of us. We want to find a way to use Evoke to make a tangible change (take on a project, support new ideas, etc) for reproductive or maternal health. We're just getting started and would love it if you wanted to share your ideas and insights as well! http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/womens-health-forum-affinity :)
Comment by Laura Dawson on March 12, 2010 at 7:42pm
Jenn, I have been watching the videos that you shared with me, then posted on my Facebook pages. I would be delighted to collaborate in any way that I can help. My specialties are nutritional education and Traditional Chinese Medicine practice using acupuncture and herbal prescriptions. Let me know when you would like me to provide you with more information. Please visit my simple website, http://www.thespiritoffood.com where I have simplified matters to get down to basics. Keep me in the loop, please and of course...Be In Good Health.
Comment by Laura Dawson on March 12, 2010 at 7:45pm
It seems a million years ago that these issues faced women in America. We have come a long way since then, with more to go to keep those hard-fought rights alive. In the mean time, there are many women in developing countries that are just beginning to voice their rights. Let us support their efforts with public notice. Be In Good Health.
Comment by Jenn on March 13, 2010 at 8:09am
Hi Laura, your website is really great, I love the colors and the simple, easy to use design and information! I will let you know when we have an actual project, but also feel free to visit the above link to check the progress and join in the planning stages. (Right now one woman in South Africa is conducting research into obstetric hemorrhaging in Cape Town, and another is organizing an event for LifeWrap in Virginia!) We're also hoping to reach out to a maternal health group in Kenya! So glad you want to take part!

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