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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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This blog post, Refresh Everything–Even Healthcare, posted on The Buzz Bin, aims to answer the question, “While crowdsourcing makes a lot of sense for consumer initiatives, does it make sense for healthcare, an industry often overwrought by rules and regulations?” The author, Jenn Riggle, says that it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish and also who you’re talking to. Take a look at her post to learn about a number of crowdsourcing projects related to healthcare—including Global Voices for Maternal Health.

The Buzz Bin

“…Harvard has developed a crowdsourcing project whose goal is to help cure Type I diabetes. Funded by the National Institute of Health, the study is awarding prizes ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to people who contribute the best answers. This project joins sites like PatientsLikeMe and CureTogether that use crowdsourcing to help drive medical innovations…

…Kevin Walsh’s blog in Communique’ looked at how crowdsourcing is impacting healthcare. In addition to online communities, he also references great tools like Flutrackr or Google’s FluTrends that use crowdsourced data to track flu outbreaks and estimate flu trends.

Next week, the University of Oxford will launch Global Voices for Maternal Health, a crowdsourcing project that will include an online survey (in 9 languages) of 10,000 caregivers in developing countries to learn about the problems they face in delivering maternal healthcare, as well as a discussion forum to explore how they can overcome these barriers…”

Read the full post, Refresh Everything—Even Healthcare.

Click here for a May 21st post about Global Voices for Maternal Health.

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The Maternal Health Task Force currently has three interactive (and fast growing!) maternal health maps; maternal health knowledge hubs, MPH programs that offer a concentration/focus on maternal health, and maternal health organizations. As part of my role at the MHTF, I am working to spread the word about these maps and further populate them so that they can serve as useful resources for maternal health professionals and students around the world. See below for a recent blog post on the MHTF Blog with info on how to put your organization or school of public health or medicine on the maps!

The MHTF Blog

“Using geographic maps provides a global view of where maternal health activity is occurring and helps the community to understand where gaps exist. So far, we have three interactive maps on our site containing information that we hope will be useful in your work or studies; maternal health knowledge hubsMPH programs that offer a concentration/focus on maternal health, and maternal health organizations.

At the upcoming Women Deliver conference in Washington D.C. (June 7-9), we will be engaging conference participants in our mapping activities and encouraging them to put their organization or school on the map! If you are attending Women Deliver, please visit our table in the Registration Hall to map your organization or school and to see a demo of how our mapping system works.

Putting your organization on our maternal health map will help to build a growing interconnected community of maternal health organizations. It will link the important work of your organization or school with the work of maternal health organizations and schools around the globe.

If you are not attending Women Deliver, you can still get mapped! Click here to download the mapping form. Fill it out and return it to Kate Mitchell at kmitchell@engenderhealth.org.”

Also, be sure to check out Maternova’s maternal health mapping activities! Maternova is working to map clinics and hospitals with maternal health services around the globe.

Maternova

“We aim to host a global map of maternal health clinics using crowdsourcing to create an unprecedented resource and exchange mechanism for millions of frontline professionals.”

Click here to visit the Maternova maternal health map–and learn more about the initiative.

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