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The Safe Motherhood Program is currently hiring for the Lusaka
Coordinator position. The successful candidate will be based in Lusaka, Zambia and will work on a Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial (CRCT) for the Non-pneumatic Anti Shock Garment (NASG).  Candidates can apply directly online through the UCSF Careers page. Deadline to apply is May 31st, 2011!

See below for more info on the position.

Job Title: Lusaka Coordinator

Job Code and Payroll Title:  7234 ANALYST I

Req Number: 35590BR

Position Start Date: July 15, 2011

Job Summary: The Lusaka Coordinator is responsible for data management,
reporting, site administration and project support on a Cluster
Randomized Clinical Trial (CRCT) for the Non-pneumatic Anti Shock
Garment (NASG). The study, supported by NIH/NICHD and the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation
, is to demonstrate if the NASG saves the lives
of women hemorrhaging in childbirth. The candidate will be required to
live full time in Lusaka, Zambia. Duties include providing research,
administrative and logistical support to the study. Duties would include
all forms of clinical trial coordination for this hospital and clinic
based study, including data form review for completeness and accuracy,
case tracking, logistics and supplies, training coordinators and data
collector/clinicians on clinical and study protocol adherence,
completion of protocol violation and adverse event documentation,
administrative oversight and mentoring and supervising student interns
(medical, nursing, midwifery, and public health students).

The Lusaka Study Coordinator will serve as part of the Safe Motherhood
Team of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, Department of
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF
; will serve as
the local liaison between the NASG studies in Lusaka, Zambia and the
investigators and project staff at UCSF; will serve as the
administrative and research team leader for Lusaka, collaborate with the
UCSF Copperbelt, Zambia Coordinator as a peer, and will report directly
to Elizabeth Butrick, the NASG Study Director in San Francisco. Willing
to commit for at least 6 months, with a possible extension depending on
the availability of funds.

Required Qualifications: BA/BS with a major in a related field and one
year of experience in administrative analysis or operations research; or
an equivalent combination of education and experience; at least three
months of experience in a developing country; excellent attention to
detail, good organizational skills; competent in EXCEL; proficient in
Word, Internet; problem Solving Skills.

Preferred Qualifications: MPH or master’s in related field; experience
with research; ability to train, mentor and guide others; experience
with data management systems; knowledge of maternal health issues;
experience in Africa.

Note: Fingerprinting and background check required.

Note: Position to end six months from the date of hire, with the
possibility to be extended.

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Health officials in the state of Bihar, India have decided to develop a computer software/database that will track expecting mothers, new mothers, and newborns at the village level. The goal of the project is to keep a close eye on maternal and infant mortality in each and every village in Bihar–as well as share important health information via SMS.

iGovernment

“In a bid to minimise maternal and infant mortality in the state, the Bihar government has decided to create a database of each pregnant woman and newborn babies at village level to track their health conditions and provide prenatal and postpartum care to mothers.

The data base would offer unique named-based searches on mother and children.

The data will include date of vaccination and expected date of delivery of pregnant woman. If the family of the expecting mother has any cell phone, they would be informed through SMS. In all 80,797 anganwadi sevikas across the state have been involved to make the campaign a success.

The decision to create software to track the health conditions of expecting women and infants was taken at a meeting of senior officials of the Health Department…”

Read the full story. For more on this story from FIGO, click here.

More on maternal health in Bihar:

  1. Click here to read about a recent agreement between the state government of Bihar and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in an effort to boost the public health of the state.
  2. Click here to read about PRACHAR, a Pathfinder International project that aims to disseminate family planning and reproductive health behavior change communications messages throughout 700 villages in Bihar.
  3. Click here for a recent post on conditional cash transfers to increase in-facility births in many states, including Bihar.

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In an effort to improve the reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, maternal and child nutrition and access/use of vaccines of the poorest 20% of Mesoamerica (which translates to 8 million people in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize and the southern states of Mexico), the Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute, the Spanish government and the Inter-American Development Bank have formed an innovative public-private partnership–called Salud Mesoamerica 2015.

IDB (Inter-American Development Bank)

“…Salud Mesoamérica 2015 will work in partnership with the health ministries of Mesoamerican countries and in close coordination with the Mesoamerican Public Health System. This system is part of the regional integration platform known as Proyecto Mesoamérica.

In contrast to many other international programs, countries will not compete for resources under SM2015, because amounts will be allocated per country over a five-year period based on their poverty and health inequality status. Moreover, governments themselves will determine the projects that will be financed by the Initiative within the identified areas…”

Read the full story.

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Over 3,500 maternal health providers, researchers, policymakers, and advocates from all over the world have gathered in Washington D.C. for Women Deliver 2010, a global conference focused on maternal and newborn health. Earlier today, I posted a short blog post on the MHTF Blog with highlights from day one of the conference.

The MHTF Blog

The post includes links to the announcement of the  Gates Foundation commitment to $1.5 billion in additional funding for maternal and child health (announced yesterday by Melinda Gates), a special themed issue of the Lancet dedicated to Women Deliver, the launch of the University of Oxford’s maternal health crowd-sourcing initiative, and several other announcements of major developments in the field of maternal and child health. The blog post includes several useful links for more information on each of the highlights.

Click here to read the post  on the MHTF Blog.

If you are not attending the conference but would like to participate remotely, view the live webcast here.

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The Seattle Times reports on a rise in Gates Foundation funding for programs that aim to improve maternal and newborn health–and according to Melinda Gates, investing in the health of moms and babies saves lives at a far lower cost than treating diseases later on.

The Seattle Times

“…Gates talked about teaching a method known as “Kangaroo Mother Care,” which encourages mothers to wrap and hold their babies until they can maintain their own body temperature. (In fact a study published this week found that “kangaroo mother care” cut newborn deaths by more than 50 percent and was more effective than incubators). Inexpensive drugs can also prevent mothers from hemorrhaging in childbirth.

Such a comprehensive program, together with contraception, could cut maternal deaths by 75 percent and reduce newborn deaths by 44 percent, she said…”

Read the full article, Melinda Gates: Foundation Investing More in Mothers and Newborns.

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Round 5 of the Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative is focused on New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns.

MHTF Blog

“…The goal of the initiative is to foster innovation in global health research. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports this initiative and will make initial grants of $100,000–and successful projects will have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million…

…This is the first GCE topic focused entirely on maternal and neonatal health. The goal is to solicit novel and innovative technologies to reduce maternal, fetal or neonatal mortality and morbidity…”

For more information on the Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative–including information on how to apply–read the full post on the MHTF Blog here.

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Maternal Health Task Force

The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) have announced their 2010 conference on maternal health.

The conference will be held in New Delhi, India from August 30th to September 1st.   The two organizations will bring together approximately 500 maternal health experts and members of allied fields to discuss lessons learned, neglected issues, and innovative thinking to improve global challenges in maternal health.

For details, click here.

About the MHTF
“The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth contributes to shaping collective efforts to improve maternal health worldwide. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the MHTF serves as a catalyst to address one of the most neglected areas in global health. “

About PHFI
“The Public Health Foundation of India uses a broad, integrative approach to public health. It works to build institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of public health.”

For information on additional conferences in 2010 that will focus on maternal health, click here.

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