Your Top-Rated Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Restaurants

first_imgShare This!I’m back with more results from our recent Disney World dining survey. Today we’re looking at your top-rated Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios restaurants. (Here are the best Magic Kingdom restaurants, and here are Epcot’s best restaurants.) Like those earlier posts, today’s analysis is based on more than 122,000 Disney World dining surveys we received in 2016.The Best Animal Kingdom RestaurantsLet’s start with the park’s quick-service restaurants. As before, restaurants in green are significantly better than average, while restaurants in red are significantly worse than average: Animal Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants Harambe Market58189.2 Royal Anandapur Tea Company11295.5 Dawa Bar19294.8 Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery20087.5 Tune In Lounge10788.8 Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks7991.1 Fairfax Fare32886.2 Anaheim Produce14891.9 Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano76987.5 Nomad Lounge10797.2% RestaurantNumber of SurveysThumbs-Up % Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes68590.9 All of the Studios’ table service restaurants are rated below the average for all Walt Disney World restaurants. I think Hollywood Brown Derby is better than average – its Pork Three Ways is fantastic. I also think the prices keep the ratings down.I’ll be headed back to the Studios over the next month, getting ready to start updating the Unofficial Guide for 2018. In the comments below, let me know what your favorite restaurant and thing to eat is in the park. I’ll give them a try and report back.Want to let us know your picks? Take our user survey where we ask about every aspect of your trip. ABC Commissary1,04776.5 Tusker House1,51692.7 RestaurantNumber of SurveysThumbs-Up % Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks24993.6 Hollywood Studios Table Service Restaurants 50’s Prime Time Cafe1,36488.4 I’m disappointed in PizzaRizzo. Disney (rightfully) closed the old Pizza Planet in the same location, ostensibly to freshen up the concept and get ready for Toy Story Land and Star Wars crowds when they start to arrive in 2018 and 2019, respectively. The decor changed, but the low-quality pizza stayed exactly the same.Remember that Disney had $2.5 billion in profits in its most recent three-month quarter. Management has the money to make better food. They choose not to.The best place to get a quick meal at the park is the Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard.Here’s the Studios’ table service restaurants: RestaurantNumber of SurveysThumbs-Up % Yak & Yeti79992.1 Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant1,25086.2 Catalina Eddie’s15784.1 If you’ve not been to Nomad Lounge, try it before the Pandora crowds arrive in May.  Every one of our reviewers (including me) thinks highly of Tiffins. The drinks are vastly different than what you see around Disney property, the small-plate appetizers are interesting, and the drink flavors and alcohol are all in balance.Tiffins’ Wagyu Strip Loin and Braised Short RibWe’ve done a number of reviews of Tiffins, the park’s newest table service restaurant, all of them positive. The food is substantially better than anything you’d find in, say, the Magic Kingdom, and as good as anything you’ll get at Epcot or the Studios.As for the rest of the Animal Kingdom’s sit-down places, almost all of them are better than average. The one exception is the Rainforest Cafe, which does much worse than average almost every year. The menu is simply too big and too diverse for the kitchen to do any of it well. Your best bet is to stick with something simple, like a hamburger, or just wait to eat until you get back to your hotel.The Best Hollywood Studios RestaurantsIf you want to know the state of food service at Hollywood Studios, consider these two things:Disney closed the two highest-rated restaurants in the park, and replaced them with nothing.The park has as many open restaurants rated “much worse than average” as above average. Hollywood Studios Quick Service Restaurants RestaurantNumber of SurveysThumbs-Up % Eight Spoon Cafe3375.8 Mean = 89.7, sdev=6.1 PizzaRizzo (new)7380.8 Flame Tree Barbecue1,42594.9 Tamu Tamu Refreshments Photo courtesy of Disney (c)Tamu Tamu Refreshments serves Dole Whip floats, which is not coincidentally the substance that scientists feed laboratory mice to test addiction. (I’m, like, 99% sure on that.) Also doing well is the Harambe Fruit Market, wedged between Kilimanjaro Safaris and some gift shops. It’s got a good selection of chilled fruits, probably very refreshing on hot days.Two of my personal favorites, Flame Tree Barbecue and Royal Anandapur Tea Company, also do well. Flame Tree’s seating has been expanded over the past year, with lovely views of either its own multi-level terraces, or the waterfront where Rivers of Light plays at night.Harambe Market comes in at about average for the park. I think the food quality here is better than the rating shows. The original ordering system, where you had to go to multiple windows to order different foods, may have been dragging down Harambe’s ratings. On my last visit, you could order most items from more windows. We’ll see if that helps.At the bottom of the Animal Kingdom’s counter-service restaurants are Pizzafari and the Eight Spoon Cafe. Pizzafari may be the worst pizza in Walt Disney World, and that’s saying something. The crust is too doughy and often feels undercooked. The culinary statement made by the sauce and toppings is that the cooks hate what their lives have become.I’m not sure why the Eight Spoon Cafe’s mac-and-cheese-based menu is rated so low.  The one time I’ve tried it, it wasn’t terrible. If you’ve sampled it, leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.Here’s the Animal Kingdom’s table service ratings chart: Writer’s Stop (closed)26995.2 Harambe Fruit Market18297.2 Starring Rolls Cafe (closed)74094.6 Pizzafari49879.7 Rosie’s All-American Cafe17882.0 Restaurantosaurus51086.9 Sweet Spells16894.0 Mean = 89.7, sdev=6.1 Tamu Tamu Refreshments25197.6 Mean = 89.7, sdev=6.1 Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream10890.7 Backlot Express97084.6 Studio Catering Co. (closed)5076.0 Zuri’s Sweet Shop12795.3 Tiffins19492.8 Hollywood Brown Derby72787.8 Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner20175.6 Rainforest Cafe55883.2 Hollywood & Vine1,24179.5 Animal Kingdom  Table Service Restaurants Mean = 89.7, sdev=6.1last_img read more

Springbok Sevens lose star forward to injury

first_img11 April 2014With only two tournaments, in Glasgow and London, left on the HSBC World Series schedule, the Springbok Sevens team is in the running to lift the overall title. However, they are going to have to do it without star forward Chris Dry, who has been ruled out of the two events with a back injury.Dry injured his back in the Hong Kong Sevens, his 35th World Series tournament, at the end of March, and on Wednesday the South African Rugby Union confirmed that he would miss the forthcoming events.The Springbok Sevens’ medical team said Dry will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks. Depending on how his injury responds to treatment, he could possibly recover in time to be considered for the Commonwealth Games in July.Second in the standingsThe Blitzbokke head into the next round of the World Series in Glasgow in second place in the standings, with 129 points, just seven behind leaders, New Zealand.They have appeared in five finals this season already, with those appearances being consecutively, winning in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas and finishing runner-ups in Dubai, Wellington and Tokyo.Influential playmaker Cecil Afrika is also a doubtful starter for the final two tournaments after he suffered a groin strain in Hong Kong.He is currently busy with a rehabilitation programme at the team’s base in Stellenbosch, where the medical team is monitoring his recovery efforts closely.Positive newsThe two setbacks aside, there was also a good measure of positive news regarding the injury status of four other squad members.Regular captain Kyle Brown is on course to recover fully from the blow to the head and concussion he suffered against France in the opening match in Hong Kong, while Branco du Preez, Seabelo Senatla and Phillip Snyman, who also picked up injuries, should all be fit and available for selection for the important trip to the United Kingdom.Squad announcementSpringbok Sevens’ coach Neil Powell will announce his 12-man squad on Wednesday, 23 April, two days before they fly out to Glasgow.The full training squad resumes its preparations in Stellenbosch on 14 April following a short break.South Africa finished second in the HSBC Sevens World Series in the 2012/13 season, 39 points behind New Zealand. This season, the battle for first place is set to go down to the wire.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Brightkite for Blackberry Released Open Source

first_imgTags:#start#startups According to the Brightkite blog, yesterday evening 3rd party developer Chris Hallgrenopened the source code for his Brightkite BlackBerry application (Brightberry). Denver-based Brightkite is best known as the mobile social application that integrates with Facebook and Twitter to let users check in, find friends and discover the history of the places they frequent. After launching their iPhone application in October 2008, we named it the Most Promising Company of 2008. And while it’s no small feat to impress the ReadWriteWeb team, the service’s growth potential appears endless with one in three smartphone owners already using location-based services. It’s not surprising that Blackberry users have eagerly anticipated Brightberry since App World first launched. Chris Hallgren’s first efforts at Brightberry allowed users to share locations and place marks, monitor friends, send messages and post comments. However, the app still lacked the capabilities and sex appeal of its iPhone predecessor. Following the Linus’ Law tenet, “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow”, Hallgren hopes that by making his app open source, he’ll gain a better user interface, improved load times, photo uploading, friend requests, place mark creation and place streams. Other location-based Blackberry apps with similar functionality include Loopt and Buzzd.Brightberry is available in its current iteration at bbhn.mobi or if you’re a developer and you’d like to help Hallgren do some of the heavy lifting, check out the GitHub project profile. dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

3 Growing Expectations for the Future of Tech, According to Kids [Infographic]

first_imgkim gaskins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#E-Learning#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img The research consultancy Latitude recently completed a multi-phase innovation study, Children’s Future Requests for Computers and the Internet, which was published in collaboration with ReadWriteWeb. The study asked more than 200 kid-innovators across the world, ages 12 and under, to draw the answer to this question: “What would you like your computer or the Internet to do that it can’t do right now?”You can explore the full findings here: Part 1: Kids are the Road to Tech InnovationPart 2: From the Mouths of Babes: The Future of Tech is Robots and Real World IntegrationDownload the study summary (PDF) here.By and large, kids indicated that they’d like future technology to fulfill three primary functions:1. Serve as an extension of themselves, with more fluid and intelligent modes of interaction“Help Computer: it knows what you are thinking and does it for you – both touch and voice controlled.” – Male, 8, Brisbane, Australia2. Seamlessly integrate digital objects, places and experiences with the real, physical world“I’d like it if my computer could convert images or food and make them real.” – Female, 10, Pakenham, Australia3. Empower users by conferring new knowledge or abilities and unlocking new experiences“I want to video kids on the other side of the world using a different kind of language.” – Female, 7, Warwick, RI, United States“These three expectations are especially powerful when viewed together as part of a larger framework, because they speak to the way that kids are perceiving themselves in relation to the world – and what’s possible in it. Essentially: if devices are an extension of one’s self, and these devices are increasingly integrated with the physical world, it follows that technology is a gateway to expanding our own experiences with and confidence in the world at large,” says Neela Sakaria, Senior Vice President at Latitude. “Technology is no longer an end in itself – instead, it becomes a path to more meaningful experiences with our surroundings. Kids are naturally intuiting this, and we as adults are following closely behind,” she adds. To illustrate the study’s high-level findings and how they interrelate, Latitude created this infographic:View larger size here.Infographic created by Latitude in collaboration with FFunction, (cc) some rights reserved.Latitude is proud to have partnered with ReadWriteWeb on phase 1 of “Children’s Future Requests for Computers and the Internet.” Latitude is an international research consultancy helping clients create engaging content, software and technology that harness the possibilities of the Web. To learn more about working with Latitude, fill out this form or contact Ian Schulte ([email protected]).Image credit: Marcus Kwan Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Setting Up Online Donations for Nonprofits

first_imgSetting up online donations for your nonprofit organization not only makes your job easier, but it also increases charitable donations by making it easier for donors to give. Consider the typical process of a traditional donation when someone was inspired by an ad or speech:Wait until they get back homeRemember that they wanted to make a donationFind a checkbookFind an envelopeFind your address & write it outFind a stampMail out the donationContrast that with the simplicity of online donations:Pull out a smartphoneEnter your organization’s name in a search engineFind the donation pageClick the donation buttonThat’s the difference between a minute versus what often took days, to a week, to complete. The immediate ability to click a “donate now” button allows donors to complete their transaction and eliminates the likelihood of them forgetting somewhere along the way. How may donations have been lost due to a willing donor not having a checkbook handy or not having a stamp? Probably many.For a very small organization, it may be enough to set up a PayPal payment page, but for an organization of any size, particularly one with ongoing or repeated nonprofit fundraising, it is very important to have a customizable donation website. A donation website should also be “responsive,” meaning it is designed to provide optimal viewing on various-sized screens, from phones to desktops.As in the example above, many people use their smartphones for Internet access. They need to be able to navigate through your page in a sensible way and don’t want to be scrolling around a large page trying to find where to click.Another reason to have a customizable site is that you can include your branding, which speaks powerfully to your committed donors. They need to feel that they are participating in your cause, not just dropping money.DonateNow is fundraising software that we use for donation websites. There is more information plus quite a few screen captures on our website, which give you a better idea of how a good online fundraising website should look. Whether you choose to use this software or not, browse through our pages that show how the program works and what it looks like to get a good idea of what to look for and what you can expect from fundraising software.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more

How Did You Handle…? 2 MORE Examples of Change Ups for 2014 Year-End Campaigns

first_imgRead Part One This post continues our new How Did You Handle…? series—specific how-tos based on your experiences. There’s still time to make productive changes to your year-end appeal! Here are more year-end campaign change-ups, attempted for the first time this year by some of your fundraiser peers (with early results where available).1. Change-Up: Launching matching gifts for first-time donors (including those coming in on #GivingTuesday).We secured two donors—one who is an absolutely new donor—to offer a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $1,000) for all first-time donors. We are also offering a separate $500 match to new online donors on #GivingTuesday.As director of development, I pushed the match approach and found supportive donors. I was thrilled when our executive director jumped on board and found a matching donor for #GivingTuesday.But that’s not all. Our executive director pledged a $500 gift if all staff members contribute to the campaign. Great news: Our board is already at 100%!Goal: I had used the matching challenge in other types of campaigns and found it highly successful in increasing the number of new donors and total gifts. We’re hoping to achieve the same value this year. We’ll keep you posted! Results to Date: Just starting our year-end campaign (our executive director hand-signs all appeal letters and adds personal notes to many of them).Source: Alan Gibby, director of development, Shelter Care Ministries2. Change-Up: Revising our channel and format mix for year-end appeals to include direct mail for prospects who don’t read our emails.After digging into our email database statistics, we noticed that many of our donors don’t check their emails. Direct mail is our best hope for engaging these folks; this way we know they’ll receive an appeal. We’re sending them our first-ever direct mail appeal.Goals: We hope to strongly encourage our consistent donors to increase their gifts and reactivate our lapsed donors.Source: Kiki Fornito, development associate, Build ChangeNote from Nancy: Other fundraisers reported very different changes in their year-end channel and format mix:· “We are moving to an 80-20 split between email and direct mail outreach to members in our fundraising campaigns; the goal is to convert members to donors. Early results are positive,” reports Laural Bowman, political affairs manager with the Ohio State Medical Association.· “We are reaching out via phone to donors as a supplement to our direct mail year-end campaign. Of course, we’re tracking what impact these calls, which are low cost but labor intensive, have on results, and we’ll use that data to fine-tune next year’s year-end approach,” says Jayme Hayes, president of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore.Whatever your organization’s mix, the crucial takeaways are to always look hard at response patterns to year-end and other fundraising campaigns and to do more of what’s working and less of what isn’t.If one of these approaches makes sense for your organization—based on data and anecdotes, not just gut instinct—see if there’s at least some small way you can incorporate it into remaining elements of your year-end campaign. It just might make a difference!With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.last_img read more

How to Turn Donors into Fundraisers

first_imgWant to add new donors and more donations to your fundraising results this year?One of the best ways to expand your reach and attract new supporters is by tapping into the networks of your existing supporters with a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Here’s why: people are more likely to give when asked by a friend or family member, and thanks to the multiplier effect, these supporter-fundraisers will increase their lifetime value to your organization by giving and bringing new donations to your cause.So, how do you do it? How do you inspire donors to create personalized fundraising campaigns and raise money on your behalf? Here are 11 tips for turning donors into fundraisers.Make it easy.First and foremost, you must make setting up a peer fundraising page and asking friends to donate dead simple to do. The same rules apply for getting donors to give as they do for getting supporters to ask their networks to give to your cause. The easier it is to do, the more likely they will be to do it. Focus on removing any roadblocks for your supporters-turned-fundraisers.Offer portable outreach. Arm your supporters with pre-written emails and social media posts. Provide grab-and-go templates so your advocates can focus on reaching out to their friends.Be clear. Make sure you are clear on what you’re asking your supporters to do when you recruit them to be fundraisers. Make your instructions short and simple. If there are too many steps or complex requests, they’ll get confused and give up. Simplify their part of the process as much as possible, and if you can do some of the steps for them, even better.Be realistic. You want your goals to be exciting and motivating, but requests don’t feel do-able will just turn potential fundraisers off. Make your ask feel possible so your supporters can see they can succeed and make an impact for your work. If possible, share other fundraisers’ good results to illustrate that a successful campaign is achievable.Have the right tools. Having the right software in place makes these types of social fundraising campaigns a lot easier for you, and your fundraisers. Focus on tools that empower supporters, offer built-in sharing options, and make your fundraisers look good. Schedule a personalized tour of Network for Good’s peer-to-peer fundraising software and learn how you can easily create campaigns that will extend your reach and attract new donors.Make it relevant.Giving back is often very personal, for both donors and fundraisers alike. Reinforce this important tie to your work by making the idea of fundraising for your organization tailored to your supporters.Think about their connection with your cause. Some donors have an affinity for certain projects or programs, or they have a story that shares a unique perspective. When asking supporters to join as fundraisers, make sure you connect these preferences to the campaign you’d like them to help spread. If a donor has always supported your senior meal delivery program, tap them to start a fundraiser to help fund a new van to distribute even more meals.Personalize your request. Use the details you have in your donor database to personalize your invitation to participate. Yes, start with getting their name correct on the emails, but also include relevant details about their history with your organization and how this makes them the perfect fit for your fundraising team. A request that seems generic or worse, disconnected, won’t inspire donors to get involved.Make it about the impact.Everyone wants to know they’re making a difference, and your fundraisers are no exception. Get your advocates on board by illustrating the impact that their efforts will have.Show the big picture. Give prospective fundraisers a clear view of how their efforts will add to your bigger goal. What is the vision that your campaign will make a reality? Paint a picture of how your supporter-fundraisers will make a difference and include this in your recruitment communications.But also get specific. Now that you’ve set the vision, break down what each campaign, donor, and donation can do. This will help fundraisers and donors alike understand how they can achieve the goals you’ve set, one step at a time. Will $20 help feed a family for a day? Does a $2,000 fundraiser goal equal a new refrigerator for your food pantry? Let supporters know exactly how their gifts will be used so they can visualize their specific impact.Make it fun.Social fundraising campaigns can create a deeper connection with your supporters … and they’re fun! Don’t forget to use this fact when you recruit and motivate fundraisers for your projects.Leave room for personalization and creativity. Give your fundraisers ownership over their campaigns and allow them to customize their communications and fundraising pages with their photos, stories, and video. Not only does this make their efforts feel more personal, these individual touches will make donors more likely to give as it evokes their recognition and relationship with the fundraiser.Offer motivation. Keep your supporters going with updates on how the campaign is going and how their contributions are adding up. Check in with encouraging words and tips for making their outreach more effective. Don’t forget: a little competition among your fundraisers is healthy and can drive extra participation. Consider offering an incentive for the best campaigns or when fundraisers meet certain milestones.Create goals and deadlines. While you want your goals to be realistic (see above), you do want to set some targets and track milestones to help motivate your fundraisers and drive a sense of urgency. This helps your supporters stay engaged and can spur them on to encourage more donations.Network for Good’s peer fundraising software will help you do all of these things and more. You can create beautiful campaigns that inspire donors to fundraise on your behalf and motivate their networks to give to your organization.last_img read more

The Next Big Thing in Fundraising: Emoji Appeals

first_imgWe all know that mobile technology is changing the way we communicate, work, and give. It was only a matter of time before the popularity of emojis, those cute little icons you see in text messages and social media updates, made their way onto the fundraising scene. Now, entire appeals are being written just with emojis! Talk about the art of brevity! Check them out:This dog rescue gets right to the point. These dogs need your love, a good home, and your donation to support their care. Bonus points for the sense of urgency:Want to give back to your local education group? There’s an emoji appeal for that, too! I love how this organization outlines the option to give via mobile.Helping to support meal delivery to seniors in the neighborhood has never been easier! This appeal knocks it out of the park by clearly outlining who will benefit and exactly how a donor’s gift will be used:Pandas need your help now! This emoji appeal illustrates that short and sweet can work when it comes to inspiring donors to give.Want to reach those Millennial Alumni to help support your scholarship fund? Emojis to the rescue once again! I love that this appeal offers donors options for completing their donation.Here’s an example of a gala invitation. Who could resist attending a night out, complete with top hat, all to benefit a good cause?Of course, today is April 1, which means I’m just teasing about emoji appeals! Some things are no joke, though, like:Having a donor management system that allows you to effectively communicate with your donors through email.Making sure your appeals are rooted in a compelling story that elicits emotion from the donor.Paying attention to the power of mobile to encourage anytime, anywhere giving.Thanks for sharing a laugh with us today! We’ll be back with regularly-scheduled programming next week. In the meantime, share your favorite April Fool’s joke with us on Twitter.last_img read more

Maternal Health in the Mobile Age

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 8, 2012Click 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)Earlier this week, the Huffington Post shared a story on their Global Motherhood Blog, Maternal Health in the Mobile Age, that tells the story of one community health worker, Pushpa, in rural India who was recently introduced to a new mobile-based platform that aims to help her meet the maternal health needs of the growing population she works with.From the story:She then travels for close to two hours, often walking about five kilometers by foot in the hot tropical sun, to pass this information down to a health facility. Over the years, as the number of families in Pushpa’s village increased, she had to walk longer distances, and check on more mothers. Now, Pushpa agrees that her job has become more challenging and that she sometimes forgets. She knows she needs another way to keep track of the numbers, and to make sure that she can still look after every mother. With the help of the Maternal Health Reporter, a mobile-based platform developed by Global Health Bridge, Pushpa is able make this hope a reality.Read the full story here.Learn more about Global Health Bridge–and their work to improve maternal health in Jamkhed, India.Share this:last_img read more

Call for Papers: Maternal Health is Women’s Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 29, 2012March 31, 2017By: Jocalyn Clark, Senior Magazine Editor, PLOS MedicineClick 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)We are delighted to announce the theme for year 2 of our Maternal Health Collection, a partnership between PLOS and the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of Public Health.We invite papers (both research and commentary) on the theme of “maternal health is women’s health,” which recognizes the vital importance to the MNCH agenda of the health of women over the whole of their lives:While pregnancy is limited to women of reproductive age, maternal health is influenced by the health of women and girls before pregnancy, and it also influences women’s health broadly during and after the reproductive years. Inability to access quality health care and family planning resources, low educational attainment, low socioeconomic status, restrictive gender roles, poor nutrition, and a host of other social and biological factors combine to put girls and women at risk for not being able to attain and sustain the health status they deserve throughout their lives.Papers submitted by 1 April 2013 stand the best chance of being included in this Collection. Our call for papers is broad, but specific priorities for this year’s Collection are:Maternal health as part of sexual and reproductive health issues (e.g., family planning, gender-based violence, STIs)Maternal health and non-communicable diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, mental health)Maternal health and communicable diseases (e.g., malaria, HIV/AIDS)Implications of child and adolescent health for maternal healthConsequences of poor maternal health in later stages of women’s lives (e.g., prolapse and other chronic morbidities)More information can be found in our editorial and at the Maternal Health Collection page.Stay tuned for exciting news about the official Launch of our Year 1 Collection on “quality of maternal health care.”Share this:last_img read more