Andrea Vasilescu

Making a Fresh Start for Two sisters

Andrea Vasilescu 23/05/2015

May 23, 2015 - International Day to End Obstetric Fistula We often talk about high maternal mortality rates when we advocate for better maternal care in Africa, but for every woman who dies in pregnancy or childbirth, there are twenty to thirty more who suffer debilitating complications like obstetric...

Robert Kelty

Conception is at Home but Delivery is at the Hospital -- Changing Behaviors in Southern Kenya

Robert Kelty 14/04/2015

Originally published on The Huffington Post on April 14, 2015. Elizabeth Ndunge Mphale, 55-yr-old Kenyan midwife, has delivered more than 1,000 babies in her 33-year career. Every two hours a woman in Kenya dies during pregnancy or childbirth. That means 6,000 to 8,000 women die each year during childbirth,...

Marisa Marquez

Mambo Marisa: Embracing Tanzania Part 5

Marisa Marquez 11/03/2015

The final day of our journey in Tanzania and the most anticipated. When we arrived only five days earlier, we were told that some scheduling changes needed to be made for security purposes, mainly for this day. This is our introduction to the Tatulu tribe. I wake up and...

Marisa Marquez

Mambo Marisa: Embracing Tanzania Part 4

Marisa Marquez 10/03/2015

Launch day! We are in central Meatu, or at least that is what I'm calling it. Regions here are large and it’s difficult to tell where an area begins or ends. We have to drive an hour and a half to meet the District Commissioner who we missed yesterday....

Marisa Marquez

Mambo Marisa: Embracing Tanzania Part 3

Marisa Marquez 02/03/2015

Arrival in Meatu I believe there's an Elton John song that starts with "It's 3am in the morning..." I think he was singing about a late night but for the 14 of us, it is one very early morning. We are off to the Meatu region of Northern Tanzania...

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