Jeremy Fischer had a great piece in the Portland Press Herald about the need for a revamp of job-related education here in Maine
In Thailand, an Innovative Fight Against Cervical Cancer: Vinegar! How cool is that?! Apparently vinegar on the cervix makes precancerous cells turn white, so they can then be frozen off with a medical probe and carbon dioxide.
I remember reading about LifeStraw several years ago. Now they have a straw which can filter enough water for a person for one year.
What I Missed While Traveling
Innovations in Maternal and Infant Health Address Chronic Problems Creatively: this month, two of my friends gave birth to two lovely daughters—the first child for each mother. These two mothers and infants are on opposite sides of the world (Portland, Maine and Kabul, Afghanistan) and I though how lucky and blessed we are that both delivered their daughters safely, and that both mothers and daughters are doing well now. I also know that not all mothers and infants are as fortunate as my friends and their daughters.
I really like the ideas in this article, from piggy-backing on Coca-Cola’s supply chain to deliver aid pods, to text message reminders to HIV positive mothers to reduce mother-to-child transmission rates.
Tunisia is leading the way on women’s rights: In 1980, Tunisia was one of the first countries to sign CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) but with reservations. The Tunisian provisional government has withdrawn those reservations. FMI about CEDAW.
[Note: Sometimes the wordpress schedule post feature works, and sometimes it doesn’t. This was scheduled to be posted Friday afternoon. Whoops.]