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Women's Health Forum / Affinity Group

After watching evidence videos (like LifeWrap video and Reproductive Rights in the Philippines among others) and reading posts (like Yumna's on Dr. Suellen Miller), a group of us decided to join together to take action.

This space will serve as a place for those of us interested in women's health: reproductive health, maternal health, and human rights.

We want to make a difference in the lives of women around the world. Feel free to join us as we brainstorm, organize our ideas, and mobilize to create change.

Women around the world face obstacles and challenges to live healthy lives:

"While women and men share many similar health challenges, the differences are such that the health of women deserves particular attention. Women generally live longer than men because of both biological and behavioural advantages. But in some settings, notably in parts of Asia, these advantages are overridden by gender-based discrimination so that female life expectancy at birth is lower than or equal to that of males.

Moreover, women’s longer lives are not necessarily healthy lives. There are conditions that only women experience and whose potentially negative impact only they suffer. Some of these – such as pregnancy and childbirth – are not diseases, but biological and social processes that carry health risks and require health care. Some health challenges affect both women and men,but have a greater or different impact on women and so require responses that are tailored specifically to women’s needs. Other conditions affect women and men more or less equally, but women face greater difficulties in getting the health care they need. Furthermore, genderbased inequalities – for example in education, income and employment – limit the ability of girls and women to protect their health."

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Comment by Yumna Moosa on March 11, 2010 at 8:48am
Thank you, Jenn!

Let's get to work...

Haemorrhage is my particular area of interest at the moment. And the LifeWrap as a cheap, easy way to manage it. I'm still in the process of exploring the issue.

I'm so excited at the prospect of these Evoke conversations leading to something real. At very least, I'll have an opportunity in 7 weeks time to present to my fellow medical students about an innovative way to save women's lives in low-resource settings. At best, it can grow into a project that transforms practice and actually saves these lives.
Comment by Jenn on March 11, 2010 at 5:00pm
Sounds great, Yumna! When I was reading their website I was really surprised that the LifeWrap technology evolved from a military device!

As a first step for our work here, I'm going to reach out to other folks who have posted about women's health. :)
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 11, 2010 at 7:41pm
Great info. Maternal health has been termed "the fogotten MDG" in Kenya.
Comment by Jenn on March 11, 2010 at 11:15pm
Michelle, It might be because it hasn't really been used too much in the US? It looks like it was used in healthy postpartum women to see how vital signs would be effected, but my guess is that an IRB approved that w/o FDA approval...

Also, from this (http://www.sapienspublishing.com/pph_pdf/PPH-Chap-14.pdf) research paper: "it has the potential to make a great contribution to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity from obstetric hemorrhage and hypovolemic shock if it proves efficacious in clinical trials or by strong evidence from multiple quasi-experimental trials"

Basically, it's possible the info you're looking for might not be available because it's still in the pilot stage? That being said it's made from material similar to wetsuits so it's entirely possible one of those manufacturers make them. Do you know any other info Yumna?
Comment by Jenn on March 11, 2010 at 11:41pm
Okay, I've reached out to a couple more folks who popped up when I searched the evidence for words relating to women's health.

I'm really excited to get to work, and I think we have a lot of options to move forward. My thought is that it would be useful to reach out to some grassroots organizations and ask them if they'd be interested in support from a group of social innovators on a particular issue they're facing. (My thought is that if we have a specific issue to focus on, we may be more useful. Innovation comes out of constraint, right?) I'm good at internet research and hopefully we can find someone who's game. I will be very clear about what we can offer, and not make any grand promises.

If anyone has a different idea for moving forward, please let me know. I'm open to different paths!

Also, if anyone has any connections/ideas of organizations to reach out to, please feel free to share. I will wait until tomorrow to move forward so that those who want to add have time. :)
Comment by Jenn on March 11, 2010 at 11:44pm
Please do, Michelle! I'm super excited to hear your ideas. (Also, maybe it's the PASG that's widely used?)
Comment by Yumna Moosa on March 12, 2010 at 7:43pm
My response ended up being pretty long, so I blogged it...


In summary - have asked the LifeWrap people about where to get it and am awaiting a response, have done the prelim research for my school project and can try translate it from Medicalese if anyone's interested, and am in the process of consulting the people working in primary level maternal care to establish whether they think that postpartum haemorrhage is a problem in their context and then take it from there.
Comment by Jenn on March 13, 2010 at 6:16am
Thanks for sending the link! I really can't wait to hear what the LifeWrap folks say. Please let us know! :)
Comment by uzoma judith katchy on March 13, 2010 at 8:42am
i think we should also expand our activities to reach out to the young girls. ISSUES like unwanted pregnancies, rejection and inequality are some ideas to explore. I believe strongly in empowerment because it helps young girls/women make better and informed decisions. No matter what you know, if you don't have the means.......Building skills, capacity and advocacy will greatly help the women folk.
In Nigeria,women are strong and willing to explore these opportunities as it relates to them, unfortunately non availability of certain infrastructure is a limitation.
Maternal & infant death are issues that should not even exist if we and people in leadership positions will take responsibility. think about the situation where a pregnant woman 'cannot & should not' decide where to have her baby. Reason being that she is economically incapacitated. just think about it. Eventually, she ends up having a home-birth with inexperienced personnel - (women that are willing to help). The result most times lead to the death of both mother and child.
These experiences are unique to us and we must do something about it. It all starts with WOMEN EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT. This will greatly help women in taking wise and informed decisions.
There is so much to be done.
Comment by Suellen Miller on March 15, 2010 at 6:42pm
Hi Moosa and all, I did receive an email from Yumna but I didn't quite understand what "e-stalking" meant! Anyway, I am available to answer questions about LifeWraps, please try our website first www.lifewraps.org, and then we can discuss issues. It is pretty amazing and we are saving the lives of many mothers in low resource settings.!


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