This archive file was compiled from audio and video documentation of a gathering of medical professionals, inventors & entrepreneurs, held at Singularity University in California, February 2013. The selected material gives a portrait of a time in which the field of health found itself at a crossroads between the mature medical institutions which had slowly evolved over hundreds of years, and a need to develop and integrate new, more flexible and scalable forms of care.
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MaiMwana Project is a collaboration between the Malawi Ministry of Health and UCL Centre for International Health and Development. The project seeks to improve mother and child health and reduce mortality in Malawi by implementing low cost and sustainable community-based interventions and evaluating the impact of these on morbidity, mortality and behaviour change. m+e= explores the monitoring and evaluation system implemented by MaiMwana Project through the perspectives of its staff to shed light on its scope, rigour and the context in which it is operating. The film was funded by the UCL Institute for Global Health.
Umodzi (Together) explores the power of community mobilisation through women’s groups to improve mother and child health and reduce mortality in Mchinji District, rural Malawi. Women, chiefs and health workers discuss the transformations in their communities brought about by community members collaborating in over 250 women's groups established by MaiMwana Project. Women describe how collective action has helped to improve health and reduce mortality among mothers and children directly by preventing illness and changing behaviour and indirectly by empowering community members to take control of health issues that affect the health of these groups. MaiMwana Project is a collaboration between the Malawi Ministry of Health and the UCL Institute for Global Health and was established in Malawi in 2003. The film was funded by UCL Futures.
Presented by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
An excerpt from the conference:
A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science:
Building Consensus on Knowledge Gaps to Stimulate High Impact Research
Held at the New York Academy of Sciences, December 17th and 18th, 2012