News: Want to learn more about Alma Sana's journey? On November 17 our founder, Lauren Braun, gave a TED talk at TEDxCornellU, part of the Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute hosted by Cornell University and the Center for Transformative Action! Her talk will be posted here soon.
We're proud to announce that our founder, Lauren Braun, was also recently nominated for Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs" list 2014! The winners will be announced at the end of December.
We are excited to announce that Alma Sana is currently a 2014 nominee for the 5th annual CLASSY Awards, the largest social impact award ceremony in the United States.
Study Update: Our Cusco, Peru pilot study ended on November 30. Now that we've finished seeing moms in the clinics, we're visiting moms at their houses to ask them questions about our vaccine bracelet. We're also GPS'ing where moms houses are located to look for any trends in moms' bracelet use or clinic attendance. To thank the Ministry of Health nurses for their incredible support of our project these past 7 months, we surprised them with personalized presents and a goodbye party. We will miss working with these beautiful, passionate women each day!
Our Tena, Ecuador pilot study ends at the end of January. Moms are contiuning to return to the Ministry of Public Health clinics for their 4 and 6-month vaccines.
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Founded in 2012, Alma Sana Inc. is a social enterprise aimed at reducing health inequalities among populations by increasing immunization coverage in resource-poor areas worldwide. Alma Sana believes in achieving this goal through involvement, education, and empowerment of local populations and through partnership with multisectoral healthcare professionals and advocates in developing and developed countries. Alma Sana also strives to establish equitable relationships with the countries’ local charities, government entities, and healthcare systems in an effort to collectively improve the well-being and lives of the people it serves. Our name, "Alma Sana", meaning healthy soul in Spanish, alludes to our belief that when the mind and body are healthy, so is the soul. We believe that every child deserves the right to live a healthy childhood, forming the foundation for a healthy adulthood.