Saving Mothers Lives at the Community Level

by VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations
Sep 15, 2011

NPR covers VSI's Mozambique program

NPR interviews TBAs
NPR interviews TBAs

This summer, VSI had the opportunity to travel with National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered host Melissa Block and producer Andrea Hsu to Northern Mozambique to introduce them to VSI program beneficiaries and community-level providers working to save women's lives with misoprostol tablets.  The site visit was featured in the program’s summer series, “Beginnings,” covering experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting from around the world. 

The VSI-Mozambique team accompanied NPR to Nacala Porto in Nampula Province to meet with trusted traditional birth attendants like Mama Maria, who VSI trained on prevention of postpartum hemorrhage and equipped with life-saving misoprostol tablets for the first time. The broadcast, which features these birth attendants, raised awareness in the United States of the potential of misoprostol to be used at the community level by traditional birth attendants to protect rural mothers who otherwise have no protection from this leading cause of maternal death globally.  

When interviewed by Melissa Block, Dr. Cassimo Bique, Senior Technical Advisor for VSI-Mozambique, laid it out quite simply:

"I can say in one word, simple word, misoprostol is something — a miraculous drug."



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VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations

Location: Irvine, California - USA
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VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations
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Colleen O'Connor
Anaheim, CA United States

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