VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations

Venture Strategies Innovations (VSI) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving women's health in developing countries by creating access to effective and affordable technologies on a large scale.

On the edge of town

On the edge of town
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Just born!

Just born!
This young woman was the first mother in our study in Tanzania whose post-partum hemorrhage was stopped by the misoprostol administered by a TBA. (view small | med | large | orig)

Her daughter now gone

Her daughter now gone
This is the sad lady in our quote, Margaum, who lost her own daughter to post-partum hemorrhage four years ago. She was one of the participating TBAs in our highly successful clinical demonstration study in Tanzania. (view small | med | large | orig)

Training time

Training time
In this picture the TBAs are going through parts of the training for using misoprostol to stop post-partum hemorrhage after home births. (view small | med | large | orig)

The kanga

The kanga
The kanga is a rectangular garment of uniform dimensions but the colors are varied and always bright. They are purchased in pairs and worn as garments, head coverings, and baby carriers and used also for many other purposes. There is even a little paperback African book called “100 Ways to Use a Kanga”! For our study the TBAs and our technical advice team from Berkeley invented a systematic way to use these to estimate blood loss to know when hemorrhage was occurring. (view small | med | large | orig)