Zubaida Bai – Solving a global problem with a simple solution

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zubaida baiWith a population of over a billion, life is cheap in India. Not many people care about the number of casualties during child birth due to lack of basic maternal healthcare facilities in rural areas. But people like Zubaida Bai do care and are working hard to solve this problem.

Zubaida Bai had once been been a victim of unsanitary birthing conditions and practices. She had contracted an infection that caused her to suffer for years. Fueled by a desire to help other women , Zubaida Bai founded AYZH, a for-profit social venture providing health and livelihood solutions to impoverished women worldwide.

Zubaida spent 5 months in the field investigating birthing hygiene and education and invented JANMA, a clean birth kit that provides women all the components recommended by WHO for a safe and hygienic birth, using environmentally friendly and culturally appealing materials. Her kit is produced and distributed by local women and uses attractive packaging to help women understand how and why to use it.

At $2,Janma helps hospitals and nonprofit organizations economically prevent infection at time of birth and reduce maternal and infant mortality. Operating in 5 countries, Ayzh has sold more than 20,000 kits so far. In 2011,Janma was recognized by INDEX awards as one of the 61 products globally designed to improve life.

With over 6 years of experience in the social sector specifically in innovations in health and commercialization, Zubaida Bai is widely regarded as an expert and a leader in the field of engineering design for low-cost health products customized for the developing world.

 She was selected as the TED India fellow for 2009 and the Maternal Health fellow for 2010-2011 by Ashoka, an Echoing Green fellow in 2012 and most recently as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders 2013.

She has a Master’s in Engineering (product development and design) and an MBA (social and sustainable enterprises).

Now you too can be a part of this initiative! Help AYZH reach out to more people. Refer to this fund raiser page for more details: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/small-purse-big-change

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