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.
Dec 14, 2011

Remembering those we have reached

As the year comes to a close, Team VSI is busy wrapping up the year-end activities and reflecting on the progress and impact of our work in 2011.

Our work in Kenya has been highlighted with stories of women and providers who have made a difference to our work.  They are the example of how simple and innovative medical solutions can make an everlasting impact on families and entire communities.  This year we met two mothers, Jacinta and Irene, who are such examples.  Each mother has her own story of childbirth; each had to overcome her own obstacle.  Irene delivered twins by herself, on the floor of her home. Jacinta, while walking to nearest facility miles away, delivered her baby boy on the side of the road.  But luckily, both women had hope for a safer childbirth. As part of VSI’s program in Kenya, three misoprostol tablets were given to Irene and Jacinta during a prenatal counseling visit.  This meant that both mothers were protected against deadly hemorrhaging that kills an estimated 2,500 mothers each year.   

As we look ahead to 2012 we promise to stay focused on reaching women where they are.  With your support, we will continue to bring health solutions like misoprostol tablets to more hard-to-reach communities to make pregnancy and childbirth safer.  Your partnership in our efforts to improve the lives of women in places where the need is greatest means a lot to us.  We hope you will consider renewing your valued contribution. Together we are stronger and can achieve more.

For more information on VSI, read our recently published Biennial Report, covering programmatic activity and achievements during 2009-2010.  The Report encapsulates the mission-driven work of our organization to improve women’s health by increasing access – access to health technologies and essential care.

Dec 14, 2011

Remembering those we have reached

As the year comes to a close, Team VSI is busy wrapping up the year-end activities and reflecting on the progress and impact of our work in 2011. 

Our work in Mozambique has been highlighted with stories of women and providers who have made a difference to our work. They are the example of how simple and innovative medical solutions can make an everlasting impact on families and entire communities.  Mama Maria is such an example.  As both a mother living in rural Mozambique and a traditional birth attendant (TBA) she is the embodiment of our work to save lives and improve women’s health.  Her informal training in childbirth, passed from generation to generation, is a vital component of our program to equip TBAs, like Maria, with life-saving misoprostol.  Since the start of our program in Mozambique, VSI has educated a total of 2,675 providers on the provision of misoprostol for management of excessive bleeding after childbirth and emergency postabortion care. This means more women and mothers will have the support and protection that they deserve. On a recent trip to Mozambique Mama Maria explained the value of such a simple tool, “We are so thankful.  Before we had the tablets, our mothers would die.  Now, we can stop the bleeding before it is too late".

As we look ahead to 2012 we promise to stay focused on reaching women where they are. With your support, we will continue to bring health solutions like misoprostol tablets to more hard-to-reach communities to make pregnancy and childbirth safer. We are actively working with the government on plans to scale-up our program to reach more mothers in need. Your partnership in our efforts to improve the lives of women in places where the need is greatest means a lot to us. We hope you will consider renewing your valued contribution. Together we are stronger and can achieve more.

For more information on VSI, read our recently published Biennial Report, covering programmatic activity and achievements during 2009-2010. The Report encapsulates the mission-driven work of our organization to improve women’s health by increasing access – access to health technologies and essential care.

Dec 14, 2011

Remembering those we have reached

As the year comes to a close, Team VSI is busy wrapping up the year-end activities and reflecting on the progress and impact of our work in 2011. 

Our work in Ethiopia has been highlighted with stories of women and providers who have made a difference to our work. They are the example of how simple and innovative medical solutions can make an everlasting impact on families and entire communities. This year we met two health extension workers (HEWs), Robey and Aynalem, who are such examples. HEWs are one of the country’s greatest resources for essential medical care. Each HEW is assigned to a rural health post where she educates women about misoprostol and other important health practices. They often link with traditional midwives and travel from house to house providing miso tablets to women and delivering mothers. In 2011, VSI educated 435 HEWs on misoprostol, allowing more women to receive care wherever they are, and wherever they may deliver.

As we look ahead to 2012 we promise to stay focused on reaching women where they are. With your support, we will continue to bring health solutions like misoprostol tablets to more hard-to-reach communities to make pregnancy and childbirth safer. In 2012 we are also expanding our program to include counseling on postpartum family planning and life-saving postabortion care services. Your partnership in our efforts to improve the lives of women in places where the need is greatest means a lot to us. We hope you will consider renewing your valued contribution. Together we are stronger and can achieve more. 

For more information on VSI, read our recently published Biennial Report, covering programmatic activity and achievements during 2009-2010. The Report encapsulates the mission-driven work of our organization to improve women’s health by increasing access – access to health technologies and essential care.