first_imgrichard macmanus Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces September is the Month of Mobility at Read/Write Web, I’ve decided. This monthI’m going to explore the intersection between the Web and mobile devices. Principallymobile phones and PDA’s, although there’s also a trend of convergence of those twodevices into “smart phones”. And let’s not forget new ground-breaking devices such as theiPod, the Tablet, and the Sony Librie eBookreader. I’m interested in how all these mobile devices, not just intersect, butcollide with the Web. For often it’s messy, as I’ve already discovered with myexperiments with Bluetooth. It will get simpler though and the iPod is perhaps showingthe way for all mobile devices in this regard.Web MobilityWhy the sudden interest in mobility as a theme in web technology? Simple, I’ve justgot a new mobile phone to replace my old 90’s model (which last week a friend bluntlylabeled “a brick”). My new phone, a Sharp GX15, is pxt/video and bluetooth-enabled.Now the truth is, I’ve taken far too long to come around to the mobile phonerevolution. This is particularly ironic, as I used to work for Ericsson – one of the world’s biggest cellphone andmobile internet companies. I was there when WAP was in its infancy and broadband hadn’t yetarrived to properly support it. At that point in my life, I was pre-occupied with thenetwork computer version of the Web and so I was busy learning ASP and designing portals and so forth. So WAPwas a curiosity at best for me back then.Mobile Devices Market PenetrationFast-forward to 2004 and mobile phones rule the technology world. According to MyMobilemagazine, 70% of New Zealanders have a mobile phone. Not bad considering it was only 10% in 1995! ZDNetreports that Europe has “between 60 percent and 70 percent” mobile phone penetration,the US has about 50% penetration, Japan 60%, Korea 70% and Singapore 80%. China is agrowth market – currently it’s only at 20% but it’s predicted to reach nearly 25% by endof this year. Given China’s huge population, that is a significant number ofpeople! PDA penetration by comparison is low. It was around 7% in the USA at the beginning of2004, according to JupiterResearch. So you can see why PDA manufacturers like Palm want to get into the “smartphone” market – the future is mobile phones.Another one to make this point is DrunkenBlog, whosays that the iPod’s days are numbered:“An iPod Mini is going to make a much better mobile music player thanyour cell phone. But when your cell phone has 5 gigabytes of storage and bluetoothheadphones…. the writing is on the wall here.”Hype becomes RealitySo it seems all the hype I was in the middle of at Ericsson at the dawn of the 21stcentury is beginning to come to pass in 2004. Mobile phones are the centre of convergence– voice, data, Web, music, eBooks, PIMs, email, you name it. I’ll be investigating this convergence over the coming weeks and I’ll mostly focus onwhere Web mobility is at circa 2004, rather than speculate about the future. On thatnote, I’ve now subscribed to Flickr and have set up(yet another) blog – ricmac photos.This will be used as a fun space for me to upload a bunch of try-hard artsy-fartsyphotos. Warning: if you’re looking for photos with real artistic merit, you shouldn’tlook at my photoblog 🙂 Try Cristian’s instead, it is muchbetter.User UnfriendlinessIn my next post, I’ll explore some of the current technical issues surrounding Webmobility. We’re still at a stage where people have to technically configure their variousmobile devices and synch things together with a variety of “loosely-coupled”applications. So I’ll talk about this in my next post.last_img read more

Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Good news for Magnolia is Paul Lee is likely to return for the Hotshots’ next game against Rain or Shine on Saturday.“I think he’s ready for the next game,” said Victolero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Grabbing the lead thanks to its gung-ho pace, Magnolia slowed things down which contributed to its detriment in the second half, allowing San Miguel to dictate the tempo and eventually, steal the game.“We slowed our offense down, which is what San Miguel wants,” observed Victolero. “For the first three quarters, we kept on running. And then, we lost the lead in the fourth quarter when we made that adjustment. That’s clear with the players, plus we need to be disciplined towards in our executions in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDespite the tough loss, Victolero shared that the Hotshots are still upbeat going into their last three games of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round.“We’re still positive because the guys are playing well. I just told them that we need to play together, and we need to experience these kind of games, these character-testing games going into the last phase of eliminations and going to the playoffs,” he said. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Justin Timberlake salutes Prince in Super Bowl halftime dance party ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — After seeing Magnolia’s five-game winning streak snapped, coach Chito Victolero owned up to his mistakes and took responsibility for the Hotshots’ 76-77 defeat to the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.“I had shortcomings when it comes to our adjustments. It was my fault,” Victolero said as the Hotshots blew a 13-point lead in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sottolast_img read more

Ten Resources for Learning More About Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as a Driver for Women’s Health

first_imgPosted on February 19, 2014November 7, 2016By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On Thursday, Dr. Ana Langer (Maternal Health Task Force) and Dr. Jonathon Quick (Management Sciences for Health) will participate in a policy dialogue, Improving Maternal Health through Universal Health Coverage, moderated by Jacqueline Mahon (UNFPA) and organized by our colleagues at the Woodrow Wilson Center.  The dialogue, part of the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series (a partnership between UNFPA, the MHTF, and the Wilson Center), will be held in Washington DC at the Wilson Center and is open to the public.  This dialogue will also be live-streamed. You can also join the conversation on Twitter at #MHdialogue!Event details can be found here.In this post, we share ten resources for learning more about universal health coverage (UHC) as a driver for women’s health.Join Dr. Jonathon Quick and Dr. Ana Langer tomorrow (February 20th, 2014) for a policy dialogue, Improving Maternal Health through Universal Health Coverage, organized by the Wilson Center as part of the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series—a partnership between UNFPA, the MHTF, and the Wilson Center.Read Improving Women’s Health through Universal Health Coverage, a recent publication in PLOS Medicine and part of the MHTF-PLOS Collection of Maternal Health Research.Watch this video: Why universal health coverage is a women’s issue, a presentation by Dr. Jonathon Quick at the Women Deliver conference in 2013.Visit UHC Forward, an online platform that tracks progress toward UHC in countries around the world and serves as a hub for UHC knowledge exchangeCheck out the Manifesto for Maternal Health, developed and published in The Lancet following the Global Maternal Health Conference last year.Read Universal access: Making health systems work for women in BMC Public Health.Read A comprehensive approach to women’s health: Lessons from the Mexican health reform in BMC Women’s Health.Take a look at Universal health coverage: A commitment to close the gap, a publication of the Rockefeller Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF, and WHO.Take a look at How changes in coverage affect equity in maternal and child health interventions in 35 Countdown to 2015 countries: an analysis of national surveys in The Lancet.Read Gender equity and universal health coverage in India in The Lancet.Do you know of additional resources? Let us know! We would be delighted to share them. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this:last_img read more

Innovative Methods of Delivering Antenatal Care: A Policy Dialogue

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 21, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Antenatal care has long been viewed as a critical component of comprehensive maternal and newborn health care, together with care at the time of delivery and during the postnatal period. Yet, in low-income countries, only 38% of pregnant women attended the recommended four or more ANC visits during 2006-2013. Since numerous life-saving interventions can be delivered in the weeks and months leading up to birth, what is holding the global maternal health community back from successfully delivering high quality ANC to all pregnant women around the world? Further, what does high quality ANC actually entail? What innovative models for delivering ANC exist, and might be scaled up to reach more women in more settings?To begin to answer these questions—and their policy implications—the MHTF recently worked together with the Wilson Center, as part of the Advancing dialogue on maternal health, series to facilitate the policy dialogue, “Delivering Quality Antenatal Care in Low Resource Settings: Examining Innovative Models and Planning For Scale up.”The panel for this policy dialogue consisted of Dr. A. Metin Gülmezolgu of the World Health Organization (WHO), Carrie Klima, PhD of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Faith Muigai of Jacaranda Health. The three experts on this panel offered insight into both gaps and solutions to the current ANC environment. Their expertise focused around three main topics: continued rigorous research, creating more effective and efficient models of care, and delivering quality care through investing in the health workforce.ResearchGlobal standards for ANC have experienced numerous iterations, and the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to examine the best schedule and content for ANC. The second iteration of WHO’s ANC model, Focused Antenatal Care (FANC), was released in 2001 and outlines key interventions to be delivered in four visits that are critically timed. But a WHO trial in Zimbabwe showed an increase in perinatal death, specifically fetal deaths, in those who had only four ANC visits.This model is currently under reevaluation by the WHO and we can look forward to new guidelines in the coming year.Dr. Gülmezolgu emphasized the continual need of rigorous research like randomized control trials (RCTs) to evaluate two questions—what should be delivered and how. This is being accomplished partially through the joint WHO and MHTF project, Adding Content to Contact, which systematically assesses the obstacles that prevent and the factors that enable the adoption and implementation of cost-effective interventions for antenatal and postnatal care along the care continuum. Research and interventions for ensuring a healthy pregnancy and delivery should occur on several levels: individual interventions, barriers and facilitators to access to and provision of care, large-scale program evaluation to address policy issues, and health systems interventions. The outcomes of these interventions and research are not only maternal, but should also be evaluated on the fetal and neonatal level and women-centered—creating a space where women can learn about pregnancy and not just preventing complications.Innovative Models of CarePublic facilities in low-income countries are often overcrowded with poor provider-to-patient ratios, straining health workers and providing a barrier to sufficient ANC. Carrie Klima offers insight to a model of care that could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health workers in low-resource settings. CenteringPregnancy is a group care model that has been implemented in the Unites States since the 1990s. In CenteringPregnancy, eight to 12 pregnant women with similar due dates receive their prenatal care, education, and support in a group setting. This model has shown an increase in weight and gestational age for mothers who deliver prematurely. But could this model, primarily used in a developed country, also work in the developing world?Recently Klima traveled to Tanzania and Malawi to conduct a feasibility and acceptability study of this model of care. The current CenteringPregnancy model of ten visits and was pared down to four to reflect the FANC guidelines for this study. What did the results show? Both health workers and expecting mothers were accepting of this model and qualitatively reported an increase in the quality of ANC. Midwives reported that they finally felt like they were able to practice their profession as they were taught to do in midwifery school. Women were also taught how to perform self-assessments and reported feeling more empowered by better understanding the metrics of their care and options for treatment.Invest in the Health WorkforceJacaranda Health in Kenya provides a novel model of care not often seen in low-resource settings—quality over quantity, a valued health workforce versus one that is overworked. This health model has six areas of focus: patient-centered design, human resources, quality improvement, technology, measuring impact, and business innovation. Faith Muigai, Director of Clinical Operations, stressed the importance of supply-side incentives for ANC as she highlighted patient-centered interventions. During their stay at the facility women receive three meals, two snacks, medications, maternity pads, and other goods that the woman or her family normally must supply. At Jacaranda facilities, patients keep coming back because the quality is much better. Jacaranda also works with women to create a savings plan for delivery fees. Since some women can’t afford these fees, Jacaranda is working with the Government of Kenya to subsidize care and lower prices.Jacaranda not only creates a quality place to receive care, but also a quality place to provide care. Jacaranda is passionate about their health workforce and has developed a career ladder for their staff to help create a sustainable health system. This allows task-shifting, which maximizes time with clients so education can be provided. Muigai concluded by emphasizing that the model of care Jacaranda implements is “a means of proving concepts that impact the delivery of cost-effective, patient-centered, quality care in low-resource settings.”Interested in learning more about what our speakers had to say? Follow the links below:New Security Beat: Antenatal Care as an Instrument of Change: Innovative Models for Low-Resource SettingsDr. A. Metin Gülmezoglu’s PresentationCarrie Klima’s PresentationFaith Muigai’s PresentationFriday Podcast With Faith MuigaiPhoto GalleryVideoInterested in learning more about the MHTF’s ongoing work relating to antenatal care? Contact Annie Kearns, project manager of Adding Content to Contact (ACC).Share this:last_img read more

Q&A Interview With Influential Jamaican Midwife Victoria Melhado

first_imgPosted on August 11, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Jamaican Midwife Victoria MelhadoThis post is part of our “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health.Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization that brings together diverse voices and interests to share solutions and drive progress in maternal and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Women Deliver builds capacity and forges partnerships – together creating networks, messages and action that spark political commitment and investment in the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women.Victoria Melhado is a Jamaican advocate, midwife, and one of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders. Victoria is an active member of several committees, including the Nurses Association of Jamaica, and is the youngest winner of the prestigious National Nurse of the Year award. Ms. Melhado is also a member of the National Youth Month Planning Committee and is the author of ‘Be Inspired!’, a book of inspirational poems.Katja: We know that there is a global shortage of health workers. The WHO estimates that by 2035, the world will be short 12.9 million health workers. What made you first become interested in being a midwife? Victoria: The thought of being able to facilitate another human being coming into the world has always been fascinating.  I am by nature a very caring individual, so nursing was a natural career choice, although journalism and law were my first interests. I believe I was intrigued by crying babies and screaming women, from an early age. I enjoyed hearing stories of the village midwife, planting the baby’s ‘navel string’ (umbilical cord) at the root of a tree that would grow as the child grew, and helping people in need of help.Right after completing nursing school, I was given the opportunity to choose between working at Kingston’s largest general or maternity hospital. I quickly seized the opportunity to work at the maternity hospital because I was born there and I thought it was a welcomed coincidence to be able to give service to the institution that had facilitated my existence. Secondly, it was mandatory to pursue midwifery training at this hospital given its specialty and this was not an opportunity at many other institutions.Katja: Is there anything in your career development training that you would change to make it easier for midwives, nurses, and other health workers to join the workforce?Victoria: Yes! I would definitely change the cost or affordability of health care related courses because so many individuals genuinely want to pursue a career in nursing and midwifery, but are unable to do so due to insufficient funding. I would also re-implement the system where individuals are granted scholarships to pursue training and are then committed to the workforce for a couple years after.Katja: What can policy makers do to help facilitate a career path for midwives and other health workers?Victoria: Well, I certainly believe that midwifery is a basic lifesaving skill and just like learning first aid; it should be mandated that every health care worker pursue midwifery training. Individuals could also be targeted at the high school or secondary level to consider becoming a midwife post-graduation.Katja: We know that health workers provide a variety of lifesaving services and information – from vaccines to information about contraception. We also know that health workers and midwifes can have the greatest impact when they can treat patients before and after pregnancy – not just during childbirth. For example, although postpartum family planning is a key lifesaving intervention, women who have just given birth are among those with the greatest unmet need for family planning. What do you think explains this gap? Victoria: Working in the largest maternity/obstetric health care institution gives me first-hand experience with several of these women, many of whom are teenagers. I believe one of the greatest contributing factors to the unmet need for family planning is the lack of choices and diversity of family planning methods. For example, most women are offered hormonal methods (pills or injectables), but some have undesirable side effects, such as ‘break-through’ bleeding. Only a few females, based on select criteria, can access implants, due to an island-wide shortage of the method. It is also an extremely costly method to access privately. Some females resist an intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUCD) because it can predispose them to frequent and severe pelvic infections and barrier methods, such as condoms or diaphragms, are rather expensive.Teenagers still experience stigma at some institutions when they try to access family planning; therefore, the attitude of the health care provider may be a deterrent to those seeking contraception.Katja: But we can overcome these gaps if we work together. What are you doing in your home country of Jamaica to make sure that girls and women have access to the information and services they need throughout the course of their life?Victoria: Increasing access is an individual as well as collective health team and institution-based effort. On a personal level, I provide and advocate for more diverse family planning methods to be provided. I also offer family planning services in a respectful, non-judgmental, and non-discriminatory manner to the women and teenagers I encounter and I advocate for all health care providers to do the same.I am also always trying to spearhead or be a part of national advocacy campaigns that empower females and challenge our government to respect and protect women’s reproductive rights. Some issues are ‘rocky’ territory, or rather controversial, so progress has to be pursued progressively, instead of trying to change people’s perceptions, cultural and religious beliefs, and the health care system overnight. Change and advocacy has to be done in a prudent and culturally sensitive way to maintain individual equilibrium and prevent system anarchy.Learn more about Women Deliver’s investment in midwifery, including our 2010 Midwifery Symposium, which convened over 200 midwives and others with midwifery skills, leading UN agencies, civil society, policymakers, and donors. The symposium focused on strengthening midwifery education and quality of midwifery services globally, while building a consensus to make a fundamental push for investments in midwifery services, as a way to reach MDGs 4, 5, and 6. Relevant Links:The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: A Universal Pathway – A Woman’s Right to Health, published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) together with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners.The Lancet series on Midwifery; the most critical, wide-reaching examination of midwifery ever conducted.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: Peter Hart

first_imgPeter Hart started a company called Evrconnect in 2014 with the goal to provide small and medium-size nonprofits with powerful technology that was affordable and easy to use; including online fundraising pages, websites, donor management, and communication tools. Within a few years, Evrconnect and Network for Good teamed up to create our current integrated donor management system.“There’s no group of people who are more mission and purpose minded than nonprofits. I’m drawn to them because of their passion. Feeling like you’re a small part of what they’re doing is rewarding.”Q&A with Peter Hart, Product ManagerWhat do you do as product manager?I make sure that our products provide meaningful value to our customers. We talk with our customers, get consistent feedback, and turn that feedback into a prioritized list of opportunities where we can add value to the donor management system and help small nonprofits fundraise easier.What’s your experience with nonprofits?My family owned and operated a golf course in Indiana, so I grew up helping all kinds of nonprofits in the community with their golf fundraisers. Seeing how hard the nonprofits worked to raise money for their cause gave me a unique perspective and appreciation. It also gave me my initial purpose of wanting to help nonprofits fundraise. I decided early in my career that I wanted to combine my passion for creating innovative software with my strong desire to help make fundraising easier for nonprofits.What do you enjoy most about your work?Getting to work with so many nonprofits and be part of what they’re doing is inspiring and motivating. Our nonprofit customers are passionate about their cause and the needs of their community. Our goal is to help them fulfill those needs. I like figuring out the challenge of how we can make fundraising easier for them and how we can create opportunities to help nonprofits.What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?I love to spend time with my wife, Bethany, and four awesome kids, Hunter, Ben, Hallee, and Sadie, which keeps me plenty busy. I still love to play golf when time allows and spend time on the golf course I grew up on, which my parents still run.Lightning RoundDream vacation? I’ll take a week in Disney with my family followed by a week in Hawaii with just my wife Most recent book read? The Little Ladybug My 1-year-old can’t get enough of this one…Last movie seen in movie theater? Oh boy…well, the last movie I remember seeing in the theater was Mission: Impossible — FalloutYour theme song? “I Hold On” by Dierks BentleyFavorite color? GreenRead more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Dr. Emmanuel Ugwa (Nigeria)

first_imgPosted on July 20, 2016October 7, 2016By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In July 2016, 35 global leaders in maternal newborn health gathered for the second annual Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop (SMNLW) hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and The Aga Kahn University, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The participants represented 26 countries from five continents.SMNLW participant Dr. Emmanuel Ugwa is from Nigeria where he has served as a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist at several hospitals. He is a principal investigator on USAID and Gates-funded research projects in Nigeria. Additionally, Dr. Ugwa sits on review committees and editorial boards for multiple scientific journals and has published numerous research articles himself.S: Tell me about yourself and the work that you do.E: I am an OB/GYN clinical specialist from Nigeria. I currently work with Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, where we’re implementing The Maternal and Child Survival Program in Nigeria. The program’s aim is to use high impact, low-cost interventions to end preventable causes of maternal and newborn deaths. As an operations research adviser, I work with the rest of the team to test new innovations to end maternal and newborn death in Nigeria’s multicultural context.S: What is the biggest challenge in maternal and newborn health in your country? E: There are a lot of challenges. I think the first is getting the right figures about how many women and newborns are dying, especially in the rural areas where there is no well-organized system for documentation and reporting. Whatever figures we have are assumed to be a national average. Sometimes we have to do something extra to disaggregate this to reflect the various regions – whether rural, peri-urban, or urban. There should be equity in data collection and reporting. We need to get the figures right: how many women are dying and what are they dying from? And we also need to identify appropriate interventions that are culturally acceptable and feasible to address maternal and newborn deaths.S: What is being done to address that challenge?E: Part of the work that we do at Jhpiego is to strengthen the health information system. We organize trainings on record keeping and accurate data collection involving the officers at various health facility levels. We hope this will build their capacity for capturing and recording the right data correctly. We also build their capacity on how to use that data for decision-making.S: What kind of leader do you aspire to be? E: Partnerships are key to achieving health objectives. If you know other people working in the area where you work, you share experiences and lessons learned – and also health metrics. People tell me, “our maternal mortality is as low as 70 per 100,000 live births”, and I think back home ours is as high as 576 per 100,000 live births. So I want to know where they started from and what they did to bring these figures down. How did they engage their government and what advocacy strategies did they use? What stakeholders did they get involved? I think learning from these kind of experiences would really help me as a leader to see how I can apply them in my context.S: What would you like MHTF readers to know?E: A lot is going on in Nigeria in maternal, newborn and child health. We are testing new approaches to training and capacity building. In the past we’ve been taking health workers out of their facilities, bringing them to another location, training them, and sending them back to their facilities. That seems to not have worked, so we are testing other methods at Jhpiego. We’re taking the trainings to the facilities. We’re training as many people as possible without taking them out of the workplace, and we’re getting them to practice competencies using anatomical models. We give them mentorship to see if this capacity building approach will translate into better performance – whether they’ll be able to handle obstetric emergencies, and in the long run, whether we will see better outcomes such as reduction in maternal and newborn mortality.I also think people need to know that leadership capacity in maternal and newborn health has to be built and developed because that’s the key! We need leaders who will become champions who will train, motivate and mentor others at the government, policy and program implementation levels – also at the local levels. We need leaders in these areas, not just in Nigeria but in all of sub-Saharan Africa, who will work together to improve health outcomes.—Read this blog post in Spanish on the ISGlobal website.As Emmanuel said, having accurate data is necessary for improving maternal and newborn health outcomes. Click here for reliable data resources.Are you an aspiring leader in the global maternal health field? Please contact us – we would love to hear from you!Receive the newest interviews in this series delivered to your inbox by subscribing to the MH Blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

$586.4 Million Allocated for Rehabilitation of Roads in St. Mary and St. Ann

first_imgThe Government has allocated another $586.4 million to continue work on 44 kilometres of roads in St. Mary and St. Ann under the Road Rehabilitation Project II.The project, which was initiated in April 2017, entails repairing the 13.6-kilometre roadway from Toms River to Broadgate, and 14.8 kilometres between Broadgate and Agualta Vale in St. Mary, and the 15-kilometre Alexandria to Brown’s Town road in St. Ann.About 38 per cent of the work between Broadgate and Agualta Vale, comprising the project’s initial package, was completed up to the end of December 2018.Work on this segment is programmed for completion this year.Another $367.6 million is earmarked in 2020/21 for activities in the other segments.The project is being financed by the Government of Jamaica.last_img read more

Ottawa police charge transit driver with 38 offences in deadly bus crash

first_imgOttawa police are charging the driver of a city bus with more than three dozen offences after a deadly crash in January that killed three people and injured 23 others.Aissatou Diallo was initially arrested and questioned after the incident at a transit station in the city’s west end, but released without charges.Police say the 42-year-old turned herself in this morning and now faces three counts of dangerous driving causing death, and 35 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.She is being released on a promise to appear at a court date scheduled for mid-September.The double-decker bus, on an express route from downtown to the west-end suburb of Kanata, slammed into the roof of a shelter, cutting through the right side of its upper deck and crushing a number of seats.Bruce Thomlinson, Judy Booth and Anja Van Beek, all civil servants working for the federal government, died in the crash that happened during a frigid Friday rush hour in the national capital.Police initially ruled out impaired driving as a cause of the January crash, but said at the time that they were looking at everything else, including weather and road conditions.The double-decker transit bus was travelling to Kanata’s suburban Bridlewood neighbourhood from downtown Ottawa when it hopped a curb and struck the Westboro transit shelter at about 3:50 p.m., just as rush hour began. It plowed along a station platform and into the overhanging roof of the transit shelter.Two people were thrown from the bus, and many of the injured survivors sustained injuries to their lower limbs and required amputations.The municipality has also faced multimillion-dollar lawsuits as a result.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Russell Simmons And Rosario Dawson To Judge Hip Hop And Spoken Word

first_imgYouth Speaks has announced a new youth hip hop and spoken word contest and radio special called “Raise Up.”This nationwide contest is designed to use the power of spoken word and hip hop, as well as the reach of public media to foster a discussion among a diverse group of young people about their education and future aspirations. The contest will run from April 7 through June 30, 2014. The winners – chosen by a panel of judges, including Def Jam Co-Founder Russell Simmons and actress and activist Rosario Dawson, will perform at The Kennedy Center. The Raise Up project is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media effort to help communities address the high school dropout crisis supported by Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s (CPB).“Public media is the voice of the community, bringing in diverse perspectives and addressing critical issues through reporting and storytelling, resources for the classroom, and as a local destination for community forums and dialogue,” said Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, CPB. “The contributions of our youth are essential to the enduring prosperity of our nation. Every child wants to succeed and every child has talent to contribute. Public media will not only capture their stories but help them to participate in a bright future for themselves and our country.”“We want to hear from young people around the U.S. about the challenges they go through both individually and systemically, and we want to celebrate the successes of young people who have navigated the system and made it to graduation,” said Youth Speaks Founder and Executive Director James Kass. “Our goal is to encourage young people to raise their hands, raise their voices, raise up as an individual, raise up their schools, and ultimately use the power of their voice to help raise the rate of graduation.”Project partners include Def Jam Records Co-Founder Russell Simmons, the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), Urban Word NYC, Young Chicago Authors, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Other key advisors on the project include Chair of the Emerson Education Fund at the Emerson Collective in Palo Alto, CA, Russlynn Ali, and Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (ISEEED) and an associate professor at San Francisco State University). Additional partners will be announced.Participation is limited to individuals ages 15 – 22. Submissions will be accepted from April 1 through June 30, 2014. All submissions will be posted on the “Raise Up” website,, and voted on in a three-tier judging process: the general public, a diverse group of panelists selected by Youth Speaks, and finally an esteemed panel of celebrities and youth leaders, including Russell Simmons and Rosario Dawson. Five winners will be selected. Each winner will receive $5,000 educational scholarships from the project partners and will travel to Washington, D.C. to perform at the Kennedy Center in the fall. Youth Speaks will work with the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) to produce a corresponding two-part series that will be distributed to public radio stations nationwide.Youth Speaks will also work with public media stations in every community across the country and the organization’s extensive Brave New Voices youth network to promote the project to potential contestants. “We want to have as many young people as possible be part of the national discussion about the high school dropout crisis,” said Kass. “We believe their voices have the power to change the conversation.”For more information, please visit: read more