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Continuing with our Malnutrition Eradication Program series and fundraiser another great blog from from Jaimie Shaff in the field in India…
by Jaimie Shaff
Every morning, when I wake up to the honking horns, howling dogs, and bustles of morning life I wonder how the day is going to be. As I lay out my yoga mat and dedicate my practice to what will be, I try to take a deep breath for all that I can not anticipate. See, life in the field is a constant state of uncertainty, a question of what will happen next, and a sequence of highs and lows, equilibrium a state I no longer know.
But it all somehow balances out.
The Real Medicine India Class of 2011
Announcing the 26 members of the Real Medicine India Class of 2011! Yesterday all 25 members of the RMF India team who applied were accepted into the year-long Child Health and Nutrition Course at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). The course officially starts on January 1st, with final exams in December of 2011.
This course is mostly a correspondence course, with classroom sessions and presentations quarterly at the IGNOU campus in Jhabua. The course focuses on the basics of early childhood development and includes both technical and practical sessions on health and nutrition. It’s a course geared towards individuals working in the government and NGO sectors and has been well recommended by alumni and faculty.
Human death comes in many forms, but perhaps none more devastating and unfair than death in birth. Especially when the death could have been prevented.
According to Professor Lynn Freedman, from Columbia University’s School of Public Health, in developing countries there are five basic complications that cause the vast majority of maternal deaths: uncontrolled bleeding, infection, the consequences of unsafe abortions, prolonged and obstructed labor, and hypertensive diseases of pregnancy.
“The vast majority of deaths in high-mortality countries [are] from a handful of very clear direct causes,” she says concluding that since the causes and cures are so well understood, it is possible to eliminate almost all of them by simply providing the proper resources