Study shows maternal health program in India failing to deliver

A prominent program that claims to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural India by encouraging mothers to deliver in private hospitals has been unsuccessful, despite the investment of more than $ 25 million since 2005, a new Duke University study finds. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

How a simple van in India can save a mother’s life

http://traffic.libsyn.com/globalhealth/india-van.mp3 In 2007, the government of Madhya Pradesh, with the help of UNICEF, started a free ambulance service just for pregnant women. Called Janani Express (“janani” means “mother” in Hindi), the service transports pregnant women and new mothers from their villages to health facilities and back. In 2013 alone, one million pregnant women have benefited […]

Ethical concerns with cervical cancer screening trials in India

Recently, the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics published an article by Dr. Eric Suba regarding ethical and scientific controversies about large-scale longitudinal randomized trials of various cervical cancer screening methods (Pap smears, visual inspection with acetic acid, and HPV DNA testing) in India.  Trials funded by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Gates Foundation […]