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(Healthcare in Afghanistan) 'Donkey Ambulance' Rides To The Rescue Of Afghan Women In Labor
Radio Free Europe ^ | September 28, 2013 | Antoine Blua

Posted on 10/01/2013 7:32:36 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Donkey Ambulance ... Afghanistan

Afghanistan has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, and a high concentration of donkeys.

Enter the maternity saddle -- a new invention that promises to carry women in labor across Afghanistan's difficult terrain so they can get the medical care they need.

The British charity HealthProm and designer Peter Muckle developed the inflatable donkey saddle to ease the burden on women about to give birth in remote areas of Afghanistan.

The lack of suitable transport in mountainous areas leads many pregnant women to opt against heading to health centers in favor of giving birth at home, raising the risks for both mother and child should complications arise.

According to Muckle, his invention provides a lightweight and comfortable way for women in labor to get the medical attention they need.

"HealthProm found that there was no comfortable way for women to travel in order to give birth," he says. "And they also found that if they did give birth in the health centers there was much more chance of them surviving."

The final version of the "donkey ambulance" was showcased during an exhibition of low-cost, frugal medical technology in London earlier this month.

Muckle pieced the saddle together using inflatable camping cushions, the armrest from an air bed, and part of an inflatable pool lounger.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; ambulance; burqa; donkey; healthcare; islam; jackass; medicine; muslims; pregnant
Ambulance training exercise, 1923 In a few more decades, Afghanistan will be up to the same level as our 1920s era emergency medical services ...
1 posted on 10/01/2013 7:32:37 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Thought that was the headless horseman for a second. Then I saw it had a head, but just merely hidden.

2 posted on 10/01/2013 7:38:16 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: DogByte6RER

And in a couple of years, the standards our governmental health services will be down to those of Afghanistan

3 posted on 10/01/2013 7:38:41 PM PDT by stanne
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To: DogByte6RER

Ah, modern health care in Afghanistan, at least they’re making progress.

4 posted on 10/01/2013 7:42:38 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell
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To: stanne

Yup. By the time Obamacare is done with destroying what’s left of the health care system we’ll envy the folks with the donkey.

5 posted on 10/01/2013 8:14:33 PM PDT by jmacusa
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To: jmacusa

at least they’ll have choices.

BTW, anyone thinking this is not going down the road of destroying family, tradition, gender difference and forced birth control and abortion are watching too much fox news and its comfortable rendition of opposition.

Any of those pundits going soft and going short term memory on what the Conservatives are trying to do need to be taken with a grain of salt.

Euthanasia is a small part of the horrors that the philosophy of BO Care maintains.

6 posted on 10/01/2013 8:20:39 PM PDT by stanne
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To: DogByte6RER

1400 years of Islam!

7 posted on 10/02/2013 6:15:58 AM PDT by SIRTRIS
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