One of the Millennium Development Goals is to reduce the very high rate of maternal mortality and a large percentage could be prevented if women were able to get an ultrasound and diagnosis early enough to get to the hospital for delivery, says Andrew Haring, international counsel for SonoSite Inc. The company has developed a hand-held ultrasound machine used by military and development professionals.
Rahilla Zafar served as a Devex fellow in Washington, D.C., from April to July 2008 after returning from Afghanistan, where she worked for the International Organization for Migration and the NATO-led mission. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Guardian and Knowledge@Wharton. Rahilla has a bachelor's in public policy from DePaul University and a master's in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics.