Wrapping Up the Summer

The SAFE interns and practicum students accomplished some truly incredible work this summer. They evaluated the eRanger program to help SAFE grow its impact; they conducted a feasability study for a community-requested nutrition program; they completed the last step in a year-long passion fruit farming project; they launched a completely new Photo Voice project; they conducted a 3 month evaluation of the Light the Night program; they worked with a civil society organization to launch the Safe Mama Kits business; they conducted an assessment of, and preparatory launch activities for, a maternal health savings scheme called “Save for Safe Delivery”; and they conducted general data and evaluation activities to explore new partnerships. 
And now, the summer is coming to an end. We still have one intern–Julia Chang–from Stanford, conducting a feasability assessment to explore launching a mobile-phone-based maternal health education system in partnership with a new Stanford-founded organization called “Health in Your Hands.” But after her last two weeks are up, the SAFE summer will be complete. 
18 interns (representing five schools–University of Texas, Brigham Young University, Jefferson Medical College, Columbia, and Stanford), 2 Advisory Board member visits, and 6 visitors helping with various projects = very successful summer. Thank you to all who have been involved, and to all our staff who made it possible and will continue the vital work of improving the lives of women and children throughout the year!
Interns from the University of Texas and Brigham Young University eating jackfruit earlier this summer.

Launching the Safe Mama Kit Business!

Safe Mothers, Safe Babies is working with the women from a development association to found a “mama kit” business (mama kits are also known as clean birthing kits, containing the necessary supplies required by a hospital for a clean, vaginal delivery). Last year, SAFE Intern from the University of Texas Monika Tomczuk developed the idea for a mama kit business, and this summer, new summer interns and practicum students from the University of Texas and Jefferson Medical School brought the idea to fruition! Below, the women are receiving training about how to handle health products while assembling the kits without contaminating the supplies. We are SOO excited to see this project finally getting off the ground–special thanks to our wonderful summer interns (last year’s and this year’s)!
Photo Credit: Serena Rodriguez