An interesting story on Dowser highlighted a "women and tech" topic that doesn't come up much in developed nations -- technology for midwives.
The article profiles the work of an organization called Maternova, which was founded by Meg Wirth just a few years ago to combat maternal mortality by providing much-needed obstetric tools and data. According to the WHO, 1500 women die every day from childbirth- or pregnancy- related complications.
One of the company's offerings profiled in the article is called a Power Pak. For about $20, it provides a midwife with a headlamp and a rotary charger for her mobile phone.
Wirth explains that this combination is especially important in places like refugee camps, where a midwife can be kept safer by having light and the ability to make a call.
Maternova is also inviting people to contribute data on its site to create a real-time map of global obstetric care providers and offers customized mapping services.
But the Power Pak really stands out as proof of an old adage -- sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones.
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