Zion Williamson welcomed to New Orleans by a grateful franchise

first_imgWilliamson, who was in New York a night earlier when the Pelicans made him the NBA’s top overall draft choice, smiled and looked relaxed in his blue suit and white designer sneakers. When the music was turned down and it was time for Williamson to address the gathering, he spoke with an easy manor and kept his comments short and simple. He promised maximum effort and flexibility, but stopped short of forecasting the type of greatness for himself that so many others have predicted.“I look at things from a realistic point of view,” Williamson began during his formal introduction to his first professional home on Friday evening. He called the praise being showered upon him “a bit much,” and reminded everyone that he is still a couple weeks short of his 19th birthday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I haven’t played one (NBA) game yet, so I look at it just like that,” Williamson said. “I’m just trying to contribute to the team.”The 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward will probably do a lot more than that, given the force of nature he was in his one season at Duke. He averaged 22.6 points for the Blue Devils and was voted to the ACC’s All-Defensive Team. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.12 steals and 1.8 blocked shots. San Miguel’s Chris Ross hit with another injury Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Even Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry and owner Gayle Benson struggled to contain their enthusiasm for Williamson’s arrival.“To receive the No. 1 pick in the draft is a prize any sports team would covet; this one is different,” Benson said. “We could not have asked for a better player with more potential on the court. More importantly, we could not have hoped for a better person to represent and help lead our franchise into this new chapter.”Added Gentry, “You don’t get to coach guys like this very often. When you’re lucky enough to have a generational player like that that you’re going to be able to coach, you relish just the honor of being able to coach a guy like that.”“You have to have the talent, but you have to have people that have the character that he has. It’s going to be enjoyable to see the style of basketball that we’re going to play. He more than fits into it. It’s going to be exciting to watch.”Williamson said it is easy for him to take such comments — and superstar treatment from fans — in stride.“The thing that keeps me grounded is, I just always think about the times when, like, it was just me, my stepdad and a basketball on an outdoor court,” he said.The Pelicans had the right to draft Williamson first overall after an unlikely victory in the NBA’s draft lottery last month. Before the lottery, odds were that Williamson would wind up in one of the NBA’s largest markets with the New York Knicks. Instead, he’ll be in one of the smallest. But his stepfather, Lee Anderson, said New Orleans was exactly where he was hoping his stepson would go.“I am so thankful,” Anderson said. “I thought this city would be a great place to go, and God worked it out.” View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Pelicans new executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has sought to temper expectations by asserting that Williamson is “not the savior” of the small market franchise that was won two playoff series since relocating from Charlotte in 2002. Griffin also has stated repeatedly that veteran guard Jrue Holiday is the unquestioned leader of the team — which didn’t seem to bother Williamson at all.Williamson visited New Orleans for just a day of meetings before the draft and had dinner at renowned Uptown restaurant Commanders Palace.This second trip is expected to span at least the weekend, and dinner at a downtown steak place was on tap Friday night, followed by his first community service event at a playground in eastern New Orleans on Saturday. His parents and siblings also have made the trip, and they were expected to help the Pelicans’ newest star look for a place to live.Williamson said he enjoyed the televised images of fans in New Orleans celebrating wildly in a downtown street upon his selection.“I didn’t think I deserved all that,” he said with a smile, “but it was just passion for the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN New Orleans Pelicans first-round draft pick Zion Williamson, second from right, poses with, left to right, Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin, coach Alvin Gentry, and team owner Gayle Benson, at his introductory news conference at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility in Metairie, La., Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)METAIRIE, La. — Zion Williamson and his family were met with applause and traditional New Orleans jazz as they walked into the Pelicans’ headquarters.The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to welcome the player who has infused the franchise with so much more promise than it appeared to have when six-time All-Star Anthony Davis requested a trade five months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks LATEST STORIES Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruptionlast_img read more

Peace Advocate Gets UNOY West and Central African Appointment

first_imgUnited Network of Young Peace Builders, with headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, announced last week the appointment of Ms. Gwendolyn S. Myers of Liberia as Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa.Myers is Founder & Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Messengers of Peace (MOP) Liberia Inc., and was named a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. She is expected to serve alongside two other Regional Focal Point Coordinators for East and Southern Africa on a Regional Advocacy Team (RAT) to monitor advocacy activities related to the implementation of the Amman Youth Declaration as well as the work of youths in peace building in general. That includes mapping key stakeholders in the region and assisting in the coordination of advocacy activities by linking-up individuals or organizations that plan to execute similar activities, like outreach in schools, workshops, among others. The focal points will also be responsible for reporting those activities to the UNOY International Secretariat in the Netherlands, which will feed into an online strategy.Ms. Myers would advocate for regional integration as a strategic prerequisite for sustainable peace and accelerated growth and development.Gwendolyn has extensive experience in managing programs for young people through a well-established coaching and mentoring program for adolescent girls and the establishment of peace clubs in schools and poor communities in and around Monrovia. As Liberia’s Ambassador to the World Peace is Possible Foundation in the Netherlands, a 2015/2016 Center for Women Faith & Leadership Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, USA, Ms. Myers comes to the network with a wealth of knowledge and experience in peace advocacy.Ms. Myers holds a B.Sc degree in Biology & Chemistry from the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Liberia, and a Graduate Certificate in Peace Building & Leadership from the Women’s Peace Building Leadership Cohort Program at the Center for Justice and Peace Building, Eastern Mennonite University, VA, USA. Gwendolyn S. Myers has over seven years of experience working in peace and non-violence education among in and out of school youth as well using various media such as radio, print and community outreach to implement and evaluate peace programs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Castlefin come from behind to defeat Glengad in Ulster Junior Cup

first_imgCASTLEFIN Celtic sent Glengad United crashing out of the Ulster Junior Cup with a come-from-behind win at The Crua this afternoon.Glengad United 1 Castlefin Celtic 2Glengad were reeling from last weekend’s FAI Junior Cup defeat to Buncrana and they bow out of the provincial competition after losing out to the Donegal League champions in a tight contest. It was the visitors who had the opening chance of the game after Raymond Foy collected the ball in space outside the home area and unleashed a fine effort which crashed off the butt of the post.Glengad settled and took the lead when Conor Barrow ‘s cross found the unmarked John Gerard McLaughlin who controlled and drilled low to the net. The visitors were then reduced to ten men with a self imposed lack of discipline saw  Kieran Friel red carded. While Glengad dominated possession they failed to create much and were stung on the stroke of half time when Mark Owens released Foy and he advanced to slot past Seamus Doherty in the home goal.  Despite their numerical advantage the home side failed to create any chances with the game developing into a midfield battle. The home side were stunned following a corner on 72 minutes when Ian Ward’s floated delivery fund the unmarked Peter Bryson to volley home. Glengad almost forced extra time in injury time after substitute Stephen McLaughlin’s cross found Joe Doherty but his first time effort crashed off the bar.Castlefin come from behind to defeat Glengad in Ulster Junior Cup was last modified: October 27th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Worse than Moyes: The unwanted history Man United made under Mourinho

first_img You would find more cheer in a graveyard than Old Trafford under Mourinho Furthermore, the gap between United and Liverpool (19 points) is the largest after 17 matches of a top-flight season, based on the number of points for a win at the time.One of the main defences Mourinho’s loyalists used was that his spell was still not as bad as that endured half a decade ago under David Moyes.The ‘Chosen One’ was sacked after 10 months in charge at Old Trafford, with United seventh in the Premier League and guaranteed to finish outside the top three for the first time since the competition was rebranded in 1992.The problems faced under Moyes resurfaced with Mourinho in charge – poor defence, boring football, players not performing to their potential – and the stats show it is actually worse now than it was back then. Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice with Sadio Mane grabbing the other in Liverpool’s 3-1 win United ended the 90/91 season in sixth, 26 points behind champions Arsenal Their woe is me manager has finally been sacked – Jose Mourinho was shown the door on Tuesday morning – and maybe there is a brighter future on the horizon.Whoever is appointed the club’s caretaker manager surely cannot make things much worse, with Mourinho guiding United to an historically dreadful start to the season.Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool keeps Manchester United sixth in the Premier League table, 11 points behind the top four and 19 points behind their vanquishers, who top the table. 5 Getty Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United would challenge for honours every season, and more often than not they would win to become the most successful football team in English top flight history.Their continued success was as predictable as could be, and the Old Trafford club are certainly predictable right now.This is a different kind of predictable, however. A dour, morose and unfriendly kind; the kind that has removed all joy from Old Trafford and turned the Theatre of Dreams into a suffocating prison of tedium, fear and oppressiveness – a place where dreams have become nightmares. 5center_img Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, made the decision to axe Mourinho this week 5 And the club let the situation get very, very bad before they bit the bullet and dismissed Mourinho.He has alienated an entire fan base, causing them to fall out of love with a club they have supported for a lifetime, and the damage he has done is sure to mean Mourinho’s managerial reign goes down as one of the most underwhelming in Premier League history. With this record highlighted, it’s important to remember just how much money has been spent by United since Moyes’ dismissal back in April 2014. The kind of money that should move the club forward, not send them even further backwards.Manchester United finally made the decision to sack Mourinho on Tuesday morning, with a club statement confirming a caretaker will be appointed until the end of the season to succeed the Portuguese. They are just one point ahead of Wolves – who playing their first top flight season since 2011/12 – and have the same goal difference as the Molineux club.United’s win rate is less than 50 per cent, and they’ve already conceded 29 league goals after 17 matches.Jose Mourinho: Manchester United sack manager after two-and-a-half years in chargeZinedine Zidane would ‘love’ Manchester United job now Jose Mourinho is sacked, talkSPORT toldJose Mourinho SACKED: The incredible price Manchester United will have to pay axed bossNot only is this more than any other team in the first 15 places in the table – Cardiff, down in 16th, have conceded 33 goals – but it is a worse goals against record than Huddersfield, who sit 19th having won just two matches all season.On further inspection, United’s defensive record looks no better.In fact, it has been over half a century – 56 years to be precise – since the club had conceded more goals at this stage of a top-flight league season, and they’ve already let in more this term than they did in the entirety of the previous campaign, when United’s defence was breached on just 28 occasions.It goes on.Almost 12 years have passed between Mourinho’s last (January 2007) and most recent (December 2018) defeats at Anfield, and United’s points tally (26) is their lowest at this stage of a season since 1990/91. 5 5last_img read more

Tears, tributes for Lucky Dube

first_img26 October 2007Thousands of South Africans crammed into Johannesburg’s Bassline Theatre on Wednesday to bid farewell to music icon Lucky Phillip Dube, who was gunned down outside his home last week.Dube was shot and killed in what appears have been a botched hijacking in Rosettenville, Johannesburg last Thursday.During the memorial service, speaker after speaker said South Africa had lost a legend who had touched the lives of many through his music.Speaking on behalf of the minister of arts and culture, Professor Keorapetse Kgosile said Dube was one of the most important reggae voices to come out of this country.“He was a global ambassador for South African musical talent and heritage, but also a world-renowned African composer, singer, band leader, cultural activist, visionary and performer,” Kgosile said.Musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse said Dube has left behind a legacy that would keep his spirit alive.Gallo Music Group CEO Ivor Haarburger said Dube’s death was senseless and a loss to millions. He described Dube as a quiet and reserved person whose performances on stage were amazing.“We had great visits to the world, he wanted to expose his music to the Americans and had performed in 81 concerts outside South Africa which were attended by thousands of people,” Haarburger said.Maskandi artist Bhekumuzi Luthuli could not hold back the tears as he broke down on stage while performing the song Usizi.“I didn’t know what to call him, either my father or brother, as I learnt a lot from him,” Luthuli said. “He was my fan and I was his.“He used to encourage me and told me which of my songs he liked and always watched me when I performed. He would later congratulate or tell me if my performance was bad.”SABC CEO Dali Mpofu said Dube was “still communicating with us, even in his death. The question is whether we are still listening to his message. I think he is asking what has gone wrong with us.”Paying tribute to their colleague, Dube’s band members sang two of his songs, while his fans did what Dube would have been expected of them if he were still alive – they jumped and danced.Band member Skipha Shabalala said the band had lost a great teacher who believed in reality, truth and respect. “We are all going to die one day, but why Lucky died in such a barbaric manner? We don’t need such people in our country.”Speaking on behalf of the Dube family, Job Dube said: “Lucky was a pillar of the family and we’ve lost, but God plans his things.”Dube was born on 3 August 1964 on a farm just outside the town Ermelo. He was the third child of Sara Dube.He was an artist that continued to break international barriers, and recently signed a deal with Warner Music International securing the European release of his latest album, Respect.Dube is survived by his mother Sara, wife Zanele and seven children, one brother and three sisters.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Acsa signs deal with Ghanaian airports company

first_imgAs part of its ongoing focus and expansion into emerging markets, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) signed an agreement with its Ghanaian counterpart on Tuesday to provide advisory and technical consultancy services on all airport-related matters in Ghana.In a statement, Acsa said the partnership with the Ghana Airports Company would see the two working together “more closely in technical, operational, commercial and strategic business development aspects of the aviation industry”.Ghana was experiencing “phenomenal” growth in air traffic, with domestic traffic growing by more than 30% a year, while international traffic was growing by 10% a year, Acsa said.‘Catalytic partnership’The memorandum of understanding provided “a positive example of a catalytic partnership between two diverse nations to provide the required infrastructure to boost the continent’s growth”, the statement said.The Ghanian airports company is responsible for planning, developing, managing and maintaining Ghana’s airports, including Kotoka International Airport in Accra, three regional airports, as well as other airfields.Dzifa Aku Attivor, Ghana’s Minister of Transport, said Ghana’s burgeoning economy had put enormous pressure on the country’s airports, especially that of Kotoka in Accra. The upgrade of facilities was essential and this would include the building of a new terminal, she said.“We did not have to look far for a highly recommended partner to provide us with advisory services,” she said, citing Acsa’s success in showcasing Africa’s abilities through its successful airports expansion and management programme for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Expansion programmeThe partnership form part of South Africa’s strategy to drive business co-operation across the African continent, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said.“It is pleasing that Ghana has acknowledged South Africa’s eminence in the development and management of world-class airports by entering into an agreement for us to provide multidimensional assistance for their aggressive airport expansion programme,” she said.Acsa already has in place existing partnerships with GVK for the management of Mumbai International Airport in India, and with Invepar at Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Bongani Maseko, the chief executive of Acsa, said the memorandum would be a catalyst for infrastructural development that would boost the continent’s growth.“The focus on Africa remains critical to our business in order that the continent earns its deserved place as a meaningful contender in the global economy,” he said. Acsa is responsible for South Africa’s nine major airports.Source: Airports Company South Africalast_img read more

Fire Damages Gamma-Ray Observatory

first_imgNearly one-third of a brand-new gamma-ray observatory in the Canary Islands was destroyed by a fire on 16 October. Because of the damage, the sensitivity will be cut in half for at least the next several months.The German-Spanish-Armenian HEGRA (High-Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy) facility, constructed over the last 8 years at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory on La Palma, consists of 239 sheds housing particle detectors and six special-purpose telescopes. Some 70 sheds were destroyed and one telescope severely damaged by the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation. “It took the fire brigade many hours to extinguish the flames with helicopters,” says Dutch engineer and eyewitness Rob Hammerschlag.The detector complex became fully operational only last summer. Its main task is to study gamma-rays (high-energy electromagnetic radiation) and cosmic rays (fast-moving electrically charged particles) from space. When both types of rays collide with Earth’s atmosphere, they create showers of secondary particles that are caught by the detectors.HEGRA astronomers are resigned to a period of impaired vision. “Our [detection] sensitivity will be reduced for some time by a factor of 2,” says Eckart Lorenz of the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, Germany, part of the HEGRA collaboration. Nonetheless, he’s optimistic that the observatory’s detection capabilities can soon be brought back to almost full strength. “We estimate that we will be able to repair the telescope and 25 of the most important detector stations … in about 3 months,” he says.last_img read more

PGTI event to be held in Sri Lanka

first_imgAfter conducting successful events in Bangladesh and Nepal over the years, the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) has found another international venue as Sri Lanka, where a Rs 27 lakh tournament will be played at the Royal Colombo Golf Club from August 20-26.On Tuesday, PGTI announced its calendar for the second half of the year and introduced two new events. Other than the Colombo tournament, the PGTI will also hold the highest prize money (Rs 1.25 crore) tournament in its history – the McLeod Russel. It will be the year-end event and will be held at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club between November19-25.So far, the Crompton Greaves Open, BILT Open and DLF Masters are the other big-ticket events on the tour as each of them offer Rs 1 crore as prize money. While a Rs 1.25 crore Louis Philippe Cup is a higher prize money event, it doesn’t count in the PGTI Order of Merit.In the second half of the season, a total of 15 tournaments will be played with a total prize purse of Rs 7 crore, and a couple of new venues have been added. Other than Colombo, the Prestige Golfshire Club in Bangalore will be the latest venue where the PGTI Players Championship is scheduled to be held from August 7-10.The second half will also witness six qualifiers and the national final of the Volvo World Golf Challenge, one of the world’s premier corporate golf tournaments.At the halfway stage of the tour, Anirban Lahiri leads the Order of Merit with the earnings of Rs 13.65 lakh.advertisementlast_img read more

AITA confirms it will seek neutral venue for Davis Cup tie against Pakistan on Monday

first_imgThe Indian tennis federation on Saturday confirmed that it will approach world governing body ITF, seeking a neutral venue for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan, saying it’s not an “unreasonable request” considering the escalating tension between the two nations.After the Indian government scrapped the special status accorded to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the developments have kept the AITA officials and players worried.”We have assessed the situation and feel that the atmosphere is not conducive to play in Pakistan. We have decided to write to the ITF on Monday to provide a neutral venue for the tie,” AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI.”It’s now up to the ITF. They will put it before the Davis Cup committee but it’s likely that they will accept our request. We are not making an unreasonable request. It’s a genuine request. In current circumstances, it is not conducive to play there,” he added.In retaliation to Indian government’s decision to revoke Article 370 and 35A on Wednesday, Pakistan had downgraded diplomatic ties with India.Pakistan then on Thursday stopped the Samjhauta Express at the Wagah border citing security concerns, following which an Indian crew escorted the train to Attari on the Indian side.The tie, for which AITA named a full-strength team, is scheduled to be held in Islamabad on September 14-15.No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964 and bilateral cricket ties between the two countries have been dormant since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.advertisementSince 2017, Pakistan have played four of the five home ties in Islamabad, hosting Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Iran. Hong Kong had refused to travel to Pakistan in April, 2017, giving them a walkover.The last time Pakistan played on neutral venue was when it hosted China in Colombo, Sri Lanka in March 2016.In 2015, Pakistan played both their home ties on neutral venue. They played Chinese Taipei in Turkey while they hosted Kuwait in Colombo.Pakistan Tennis Federation President Salim Saifullah Khan had said that they will honour the decision of the ITF in case AITA seeks neutral venue.Also Read | Andy Murray to make singles return in CincinnatiAlso See:last_img read more

Making Connections: Ensuring Access to Reproductive and Maternal Health Supplies

first_imgPosted on March 24, 2015October 27, 2016By: Shafia Rashid, Senior Program Officer, Global Advocacy, Family Care InternationalClick 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)This post is part of the blog series “Increasing access to maternal and reproductive health supplies: Leveraging lessons learned in preventing maternal mortality,” hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Family Care International and the USAID-Accelovate program at Jhpiego which discusses the importance and methods of reaching women with lifesaving reproductive and maternal health supplies in the context of the proposed new global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar.The past ten years have witnessed impressive gains in the availability and use of reproductive health supplies like condoms and oral contraceptives that allow men and women to safely and effectively prevent or space pregnancies. As a result of concerted efforts by many partners, contraceptive prevalence rates have risen over 60% in countries around the world.These dramatic successes in improving access to reproductive health supplies can shed important lessons and guidance for those working to ensure that life-saving maternal health medicines — including, oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate — are available to all women, when they need them and wherever they give birth. These medicines — which can save lives by preventing or treating the leading causes of maternal death — remain out of reach for many women, particularly for poor, rural, indigenous and other vulnerable women. Many countries lack clear, supportive policies and adequate budgets to make essential maternal health medicines widely available, or have weak supply chains and logistical systems. Inadequate regulatory capacity, poor quality of medicines and lack of information and guidance on correct use are other barriers to access.In order to summarize lessons learned and provide concrete tools to improve access to maternal health supplies, the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition tasked Family Care International to create seven policy briefs that show policy makers and program managers real-world examples of successful interventions. Importantly, there is a brief dedicated to each of the three most critical maternal health supplies: oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate. Other briefs cover the cross-cutting issues of policy and financing, supply and demand generation.Lessons learned from successful efforts to improve access to family planning commodities can help to effectively address the challenges related to maternal health medicines. Family planning advocates have, for example, tracked government expenditures on reproductive health supplies: in Indonesia, budget analysis and concerted advocacy led the mayors of five districts to increase their family planning budgets by as much as 80%. Similarly, many countries — including Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay — have established contraceptive security committees that bring together multiple supply chain stakeholders to support coordination, address long-term product availability issues and reduce duplication and inefficiencies. These committees have advocated for increased financial support for contraceptives, improved inventory management, developed standard operating procedures, published reports and provided technical assistance. These efforts to increase budgets and ensure commodity security for contraceptives can be effectively adapted and expanded to improve financing and security for maternal health supplies as well.A wide range of tools and resources can support countries in strengthening their forecasting, procurement and other supply chain functions. Tools originally developed with a sole focus on reproductive health supplies now include or can be adapted to apply to maternal health supplies as well and can be used by country managers working to improve the supply of maternal health medicines.Finally, many countries are moving toward integrating their supply chains to include family planning commodities and other essential medicines, including medicines for maternal health. In Ethiopia, for instance, the government (with the support of in-country partners) integrated their supply chain to include all health commodities and to connect all levels of the supply chain with accurate and timely data for decision-making. In Nicaragua, where the supply chain was separated vertically by health issue and type of commodity until 2005, the health ministry has integrated the essential medicines system with the contraceptives’ supply chain and has now fully automated the system and expanded it to include all essential medicines.There are many parallels and potential synergies between reproductive and maternal health supply chains and processes. The reproductive and maternal health communities must take the following actions to address the interrelated barriers that prevent access to and use of life-saving commodities:Advocate for development and implementation of supportive policies at the national and sub-national levels,Advocate for dedicated budget lines to enable monitoring and evaluation of policy implementationImprove government systems and procedures for procuring high-quality medicines and maintaining their quality throughout the supply chainInvest in a streamlined, coordinated supply chain across sectors and levels, reducing inefficiency and duplicative effortsStrengthen the knowledge and skills of health providers so that they are aware of evidence-based policies and guidelines and can effectively administer these essential medicinesMore information can be found in Essential Medicines for Maternal Health: Ensuring Equitable Access for All, a set of briefs that highlight challenges and strategies for increasing the availability of these maternal health medicines and identify linkages with reproductive health supplies. You can download the Essential Medicines for Maternal Health policy briefs in English, French and Spanish.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more