2017 NYC September Hardwrap

first_imgView your copy of the 2017 September Hardwrap Magazine now!The Hard Wrap Magazine is published by Touch Football Australia on a bi-annual basis and is devoted to the events and news that have been making headlines.Catch up on the latest news and information in the touch world from the past six months.  Check out our Around the Grounds segment, teams lists, Masters Trans Tasman team previews and much more!Hardwrap E-Zine versionlast_img

Get more out of your nonprofit’s Facebook page

first_imgJohn Haydon, our favorite Facebook guru, has created a useful video tutorial on how to use the new Facebook Insights reports to understand how your nonprofit’s Facebook outreach is faring. If you’re not regularly tracking your results on Facebook, you’re missing out on a real opportunity to better understand your social media audience and optimize how you interact with your supporters. Facebook Insights can tell you:Which posts have the highest levels of engagementWhen people liked — and “unliked” — your pageWhich sites refer the most traffic to your Facebook pageCheck out John’s tutorial on the new Facebook Insights reports, then let us know if you’ve seen the new Insights options and how your Facebook outreach is doing.last_img

10 ways to thank your donors

first_imgImage credit: flickr member nateOneAfter the busy nonprofit year-end giving season comes the often overlooked nonprofit thank you season. Remember to give thanks for donations early and often. Showing constant, authentic appreciation for your donors (new and old) is crucial for retaining supporters.Need to breathe some new life into your donor gratitude plan? Here are ten thank you ideas to inspire you in the new year.1. Always send a thank you (and tax deductible information) within 48 hours of receiving a donation. Many online giving tools such as DonateNow automatically generate a donor receipt, but be sure to tailor or add a thank you message to the receipt. Then, follow up with a more personalized2. Send a birthday card to donors and remind them that they are important to the work your organization accomplishes.3. Have your board members personally call donors to say thanks. I recently did this as a board member for my alma mater’s alumni association. Out of the 25 people I called, only one person had received a thank you phone call from an organization before.4. Ask those who directly benefit from donations to write a handwritten note of thanks. Animal organizations could try letting their clients express their thanks to donors with a special piece of artwork.5. Create a YouTube video to thank donors when you reach a campaign goal. A great example of this are charity: water’s 5th birthday thank you videos.6. Have some exciting news to share? Send a special announcement to donors with images and a big bold note to thank them for making the accomplishment possible.7. Invite donors to a thank you reception. You’ll not only show your appreciation, but you’ll get face time with your donors and have the opportunity to learn more about why they support your organization.8. Many organizations send thank you cards and year-end appeals during the November/December holiday season. Don’t overlook other holidays as occasions to express your love and thanks.9. Dedicate social media shout outs to thank and recognize donors.10. Send donors a top ten list of accomplishments for the year to demonstrate how donations make an impact (and then make it clear that without their support, you wouldn’t have a top ten list).Donors are your organization’s superheroes. Saying thanks and reminding them of their VIP status should be at the top of your to do list in 2014. What are your favorite ways to thank donors? Share your ideas in the comments.last_img read more

Top 6 donor communication mistakes to avoid

first_img2. The “Me Me Me”Some causes suffer from nonprofit narcissism. They mean well, but their messages are devoid of one key ingredient: the donor. People who support your work also want to feel like part of your team.How to avoid: Instead of talking only about the work you’re doing, reframe your communications to underscore how the donor is making your work possible. Use the word “you” more than “we”, and highlight the work of individual donors and volunteers to bring these stories to life. According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report, 105% of donors gained by nonprofits were offset by lapsed donors. Let that sink in for a minute: for every 100 new donors that came through the door, 105 walked out. Not exactly the growth most nonprofits are looking for.One of the best ways to improve your donor churn rate is to improve your donor communications.Here are six of the worst donor communication mistakes, and some tips for how to avoid them:1. The “One and Done”Sadly for some donors, the only “communication” they receive from the nonprofits they support is a donation receipt. Others may receive a nice thank you letter, but not much else.How to avoid: Plan a series of ongoing communications with your donors. In addition to your nonprofit newsletter, provide quarterly updates for donors on the impact of their gifts, and show what goes on behind the scenes to make it happen. Create an editorial calendar and include your donor outreach as one key component to track. 3. The “Broken Record”All too often, I see organizations sharing the same updates over and over. This is great … if you want to bore your donors. Unless you’re sharing success story after success story, your donors may wonder if you’re doing anything new or making any progress.How to avoid: This is another way an editorial calendar can help you improve your donor communications. Create a list of stories, events, announcements, and seasonal topics that are relevant to your cause—and your donors—then, plot them out on your calendar to incorporate variety in your newsletters, impact updates, and social media outreach. Stuck for ideas? Ask your donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries for their input. They have a different perspective than you and probably have some fresh suggestions. Another option: tap your board to share a short update or quote for you to use in your next message. 4. The “Word Vomit”Are you guilty of sharing too much information? When it comes to your donor outreach, is “verbose” an understatement? If your messages feel like solid walls of text, your supporters are less likely to bother reading them—and may feel like you don’t respect their time.How to avoid: In most cases, people scan more than they read. This means that short, skimmable text works best, especially online. Use a “tease and link” strategy in your emails if you have longer stories to share. To make your messages even more readable, cut any acronyms, jargon, or insider language that will leave donors scratching their heads.center_img 6. The “Show Me the Money”You know that relative who never calls—except when he needs something from you? Don’t be that guy. When donors only hear from you when you have an appeal, they may start to wonder what happened to the money they already gave you.How to avoid: Implement a “share vs. ask ratio” in your organization’s communication. Plan to send a certain number of cultivation or update messages for every time you send an appeal.(For more donor stewardship ideas, try our checklist.)‘Fess up: are you guilty of any of these mistakes? What would you add to the list? Which communication missteps bug you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 5. The “Disconnected”Do you ever feel like you’re talking, but no one seems to be listening? Most often, this is because you’re not communicating in a way that reflects what your donor wants to hear. This often happens when organizations aren’t in sync with why their donors give.How to avoid: Talk to your donors to understand why they care about your issue and what prompted them to give. Ask for feedback on your communications and let your donors have a say in how they hear from you. Try segmenting your donors by how they came to your organization, their level of giving, or by the specific programs they support. Then, communicate with them based on these parameters to make your message more relevant.last_img read more

Addressing Knowledge Gaps: Plasmodium Vivax Infection in Pregnancy

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 6, 2012June 16, 2017Click 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 a blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here. A couple of months ago, I had the chance to meet again with the members of the Plasmodium Vivax Infection in Pregnancy (PregVax) Consortium in Dehli, India– a country that contributes to nearly 80% of the malaria cases in Southeast Asia. P.vivax is the most common of human malaria species and causes up to 80 million cases annually with the majority occurring in Asia and the Western Pacific, Central and South America and the Middle East.The PregVax Consortium started back in 2008 to address the knowledge gaps in P. vivax infection in pregnancy. Approximately 25 million pregnant women exposed yearly to malaria live in areas where P. vivax is endemic. While the effects of P. falciparum malaria in pregnancy have been well characterised and are responsible for considerable maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, surprisingly little is known about the impact of P. vivax infection during gestation.The PregVax project is a cohort observational study of pregnant women from five P. vivax endemic countries (Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, India and Papua New Guinea) that represent most of the world’s P. vivax infections. It aims to describe the epidemiological and clinical features of P.vivax malaria in pregnancy. Compiling this information in a methodologically standardized way is essential to describe the impact of P. vivax malaria in pregnancy. In addition, the project has been working to determine whether there are pregnancy specific P. vivax immune responses and characterize genotypically and phenotypically the parasites of the placenta. In an unprecedented effort, almost 10,000 pregnant women have been enrolled at the different project sites during their routine antenatal care visits and followed-up at the health facility until delivery or end of pregnancy.More accurate data of vivax malaria during gestation are essential to improve its clinical management and to guide control policies. Furthermore, elucidating the mechanisms involved in the pathology of P. vivax in pregnancy will help to develop specific control tools such as more effective drugs and vaccines.Although P. falciparum is the most deadly species and the subject of most malaria-related research and literature, more attention should be given to P. vivax. Furthermore, understanding the mechanism involved in P. vivax malaria may also help to elucidate important gaps in the knowledge of P. facilparum infection in pregnancy.Coordinating the PregVax project  is challenging because of the ambitious objectives and the large cohort size. In fact, this is the first study of this kind in this area. As we are reaching the final stages of the PregVax project, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the European Commission whose research program, 7th Framework Program, made Malaria in Pregnancy one of its priorities and our consortium partners together with our collaborators from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Melbourne. I left Dehli with the sense that we are making progress as we gain insight on critical aspects of this issue. Results will soon be shared with the scientific community.P. vivax was usually considered to be the benign malaria. However, its infection often leads to severe disease–and quality of life and productivity are negatively affected. Absenteeism from work and school and the anaemia that this disease leads to hampers the development of endemic areas. The economic impact of P. vivax malaria mandates that more resources be allocated specifically to research on this parasite.I think I can speak for everyone at the PregVax Consortium when I say that we look forward to assisting in any way that we can to achieve this vision.Prof. Clara Menéndez leads the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health and is the PregVax Consortium Co-ordinator.Share this:last_img read more

Why Men Matter to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health: A Global Conversation

first_imgPosted on August 15, 2014December 3, 2015Click 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)How often do we talk about men when we talk about maternal and newborn health? Not very often. But we know they play an integral role to the health of the mother, newborn, and family.Join a Google+ Hangout with Girls’ Globe, Promundo, MenCare and MenEngage this Monday, August 18th, at 9:00 AM ET / 3:00 PM CET to discuss this very topic. The maternal health community will join together with the panelists below to speak about the integral role men play as we team up to accelerate progress for maternal and newborn health as we mark 500 days remaining to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.Moderator:Julia Wiklander, Founder of Girls’ GlobePanelists:Oswaldo Montoya, MenEngage Global CoordinatorRuti Levtov, MenCare Global Co-Coordinator; Program Officer, Promundo-USShamsi Kazimbaya, National MenCare+ Project Coordinator, Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC)Siska Dewi Noya (Chika), Program Manager for Gender-Based Violence, Rutgers WPF Indonesia; MenCare+ Indonesia PartnerShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Women in Philanthropy Profile: Emily Roisman

first_imgEmily Roisman, Chief Legal Officer and Board Chair for PRoTECHOS, a Puerto Rico-based nonprofit established in 2017 after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, is dedicated to providing roof reconstruction and related vocational training to residents of underserved communities throughout Puerto Rico.Community BuildingHow did PRoTECHOS start?My husband and I came to Puerto Rico on vacation and fell in love with the island. The more time we spent here, the more we never wanted to leave, and we decided to make it our home. We found warm and welcoming people who included us in family events, essentially “adopting” us, beautiful surroundings, and perfect weather, in a location that is a part of the United States, although many people in the US do not know this. When Hurricane Maria hit, we had only been living here for a few years, but it had already become our island, and our home. This was personal.Out of frustration with the continued lack of power and the failure of the US to respond to the crisis, I wanted to help to bring solar power to the island. Through a friend, I was directed to Jonathan Marvel, an architect in Puerto Rico and Brooklyn, New York, who started Resilient Power Puerto Rico, which is installing solar panels on 100 community centers spread throughout Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities.  Jonathan told me that RPPR was finding that the damage to roofs was making it difficult to install solar panels, and he had been considering starting a separate nonprofit to build resilient roofs and teach people the skills needed to do exactly that. He already had an idea for the name—“PRoTECHOS”—but he had not set up the nonprofit corporation, nor did he have the time to do so. I offered to take the ball and run with it, and I haven’t stopped running ever since.What does PRoTECHOS do in the community?PRoTeCHOS pays for the materials needed to repair and strengthen roofs in disadvantaged communities and provides training to those in the community who would like to learn basic carpentry. I believe we may be the only nonprofit in Puerto Rico that pays trainees in a “learn and earn” program. Most people in these communities cannot afford to take time off from working to go to school—they still have to eat and feed their families. Hurricane Maria damaged more than the homes and power lines here—it damaged the psyches and self-confidence of many people who were already living on the edge. I can’t think of a better way to build a person’s self-image than giving him or her education and valuable skills so they can find employment. Teach a man to fish, as the saying goes.We decided to start with two “proof-of-concept” roofs, which were built by students from the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture under the direction of Professor Francisco Gutierrez, who is also a skilled builder with his own construction company. We paid for the materials and reimbursed Francisco’s construction company  for the hourly wages paid to the students while they learned how to build. And it worked.A local pastor helped us find the homeowners who were most in need. We wanted someone from the community assessing who needed what. He told us who was elderly, who was infirm, who had children. From an initial list of 10 roofs, we’ve completed six. In the process, one man we trained became our project manager.What do you hope to achieve with PRoTECHOS?I don’t want to just put a band-aid on something. I want it to last. I want the training portion of our program to be  turnkey,  so that training is easily replicable and trainees can easily become trainers.We’re currently looking into how PRoTECHOS might be able to assist the Puerto Rico Department of Education with a new construction vocational training program offered to seniors at several Puerto Rico high schools. The students who graduate from that program will need hands-on experience, and we could offer that experience building and reinforcing roofs in a pre-apprenticeship program. The goal would be to help them find an apprenticeship with a local construction company following the completion of our training program. Right now the demand for construction workers on the island far exceeds the supply. People here need jobs and roofs. PRoTECHOS can help to solve both of those problems by training people to build roofs—while actually re-building them.What attracts you to working in the nonprofit sector?I see a problem and I want to solve it. That’s also what I love about my job as a lawyer. The problems here in Puerto Rico will not be fixed without the help of nonprofits. I’m not going to save the world, but I want to fix the problems that I can see. One of the tenets of Judaism is “tikkun olam,” which means “repair the world.” I love that idea.I enjoy in sharing my enthusiasm with other people who understand our mission. Fundraising is proof that they get it. When you receive a donation, you know you were able to communicate the importance of your mission to someone else, who grasped it so thoroughly that it moved them to action. That’s a good feeling.Women in Philanthropy is an ongoing blog series in celebration of Women’s History Month, featuring some of the incredible women Network for Good has the pleasure to work with.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

How to Master the ABCs of Fundraising

first_imgPablo Picasso famously said one must “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Mastering the fundamentals of any field provides the foundation of success and creativity. You have to know how something works in order to go further and try something new. But where to begin? How do you learn what questions to ask when you don’t know what you don’t know?Every great leader, artist, athlete, philosopher, and yes, fundraiser has struggled with that same question. As complex as the topic may be, the answer is always the same…begin at the beginning. Begin by mastering the fundamentals—the ABCs—of your chosen field.Most of us don’t remember learning to read or write. But those fundamentals have become so ingrained in us that we no longer need to think about them. They are muscle memory. Because we mastered those fundamentals, we have gone on to read great novels (and maybe even write a few stories of our own).Great fundraisers have a talent for matching an organization’s needs with a donor’s wants. They seem to offer donors the very thing they’ve been looking for all along. They are, as Picasso would say, an artist.But they don’t have any magical powers or a greater understanding of the world. They took the time to learn the rules; to learn the ABCs of fundraising. Their comfort with the fundamentals allowed them to achieve new levels of success. And you can, too.Whether you’ve been fundraising for years and are training a new staff member, or you’re just getting started with your first fundraising job, it never hurts to have a handy guide to refer to for those common (and not-so-common) fundraising terms.Do you know your ABCs?We’ll give you a preview. Here are a few of the definitions you’ll find in The ABCs of Fundraising. Which ones do you already know? Which are new to you?#GivingTuesday: A global day of giving that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and harnesses the power of social media, peer fundraising, and community. Many nonprofits launch their year-end fundraising campaigns on #GivingTuesday.Householding: A method of linking and managing the database profiles/records of multiple people in one household (or company) to track individual giving history, interests, volunteer activity, and more.Upgrade: The process of increasing a donor’s contribution level, achieved through relationship-building, cultivation, and stewardship. Can be a result of a donor making a larger one-time gift, becoming a recurring donor, or giving additional gifts throughout the year.Wealth Screening: The process of researching and analyzing an individual donor’s or prospect’s giving capacity. Factors to consider include donations to other organizations, real estate ownership, stock holdings in public companies, and business affiliations.Want more? Take a break and test your knowledge of these essential fundraising terms. Download The ABCs of Fundraising today.last_img read more

Measuring Maternal Health in a Post-MDG World

first_imgAnn Blanc and Charlotte Warren’s PresentationDr. Stephen Hodgins’ PresentationTom Pullum’s PresentationDr. Jim Ricca’s PresentationPhoto GalleryVideo ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Sources: DHS, Maternal Health Task Force, Maternal Mortality Estimation Interagency Group, Population Council, Save the Children, USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program.This post originally appeared on The New Security Beat, the blog of the Wilson Center.Photo: “Community health worker gives a vaccination in Odisha state, India” © 2011 Pippa Ranger/DFID, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Share this:center_img Posted on March 19, 2015June 12, 2017By: Linnea Bennett, Intern, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson CenterClick 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)As the international development community looks back on the Millennium Development Goals and ponders what remains to be done under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, the maternal health field has some reflecting to do, said Dr. Ana Langer, professor and director of Harvard’s Maternal Health Task Force at the Wilson Center on December 1. [Video Below]“We used to have, or still have, one goal for maternal health…and we now face some challenging global policy situations,” Langer said. “The challenges are huge, in terms of indicators, sources of info, the tools we use, the way we frame the question.”Contact or Content?Recent studies have been trying to better understand what maternal health indicators actually measure and how well, said Dr. Stephen Hodgins, a senior technical advisor with Save the Children.There is concern, for example, about how the presence of a skilled birth attendant, a common indicator of professional care, is used. Surveys typically count the presence (“contact”) of a skilled birth attendant rather than the quality of care they provide (“content”). While a skilled birth attendant is certainly preferable to an unskilled attendant, it can be unclear how helpful they actually are in preventing complications for mother and child. In one study conducted in Bangladesh, Hodgins and his team predicted a rapid increase in the presence of skilled birth attendants would result in rapid decreases in neonatal mortality rates. Instead, they found mortality rates actually decreased at a slower rate when a skilled birth attendant was present.Results like this are causing experts to re-evaluate what kind of indicators they use as they move into the next era of development goals. “The contact does matter as an important process dimension, but not as an overall measure of program performance,” Hodgins said. “So I would suggest that rather than tracking [skilled birth attendants] that we track institutional delivery rating.”Dr. Jim Ricca, a senior advisor to USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, had similar concerns about common indicators, noting that researchers often rely what’s easiest to measure. “The fact that it’s easy to measure doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to measure,” he said. The “content” of an interaction with a health system may be a better indicator than the frequency of interactions.At the same time, the best ways to measure quality can be hard to define and agree on. “People say we need to measure the quality of care, which certainly we do,” Ricca said. “But a lot of times that discussion gets bogged down into very detailed sorts of quality methodologies which probably don’t belong in a conversation of what we track on an ongoing basis.”How Accurate Is the Data?Poor data and data from varied, hard-to-compare sources can also complicate efforts to understand the maternal health environment, said Ann Blanc of the Population Council. She and colleague Charlotte Warren recently conducted a study with the support of the Maternal Health Task Force to try to understand how well certain indicators are reported.Speaking to women who delivered in facilities in Kenya and Mexico, researchers asked women in face-to-face interviews about the type of care they received prior to, during, and after birth. These answers were compared to documentation by trained third-party observers in the facilities. In comparing how women remembered things versus what the observers saw, they hoped to identify “valid indicators,” which were reported accurately and give a meaningful reflection of care.Questions involving the administration of medicine or drugs were among the most inaccurately reported and considered invalid, as most women could not identify the type of medicine that was asked about or whether or not they had received it during their time in the facility. The questions that were most accurately answered included what type of facility the mother gave birth in and whether or not the baby had skin-to-skin contact with the mother immediately after birth.The results of the study confirmed some of the most commonly used indicators, such as the presence of a skilled birth attendant, are often validly reported, but that validity can depend on the context and wording of questions asked to patients, which has important implications for measuring quality of care.Setting ExpectationsMaternal health needs to be part of the Sustainable Development Goals and these discussions around how to measure where we are and where we need to go are crucial, said Tom Pollum, director of research at the DHS Program and a member of the UN Maternal Mortality Estimation Interagency Group.Pollum and other experts have been meeting since April 2013 to craft new targets for the post-2015 agenda as well as discuss strategies to achieve those targets. Targets are important not only because they require some specificity about what to accomplish and a timeframe, but because they mobilize policymakers and donors.The most prominent indicator for measuring maternal health has been maternal mortality ratio – the number of deaths per 100,000 live births. Between 1990 and 2013, the world’s maternal mortality ratio dropped 45 percent, from 380 to 210 per 100,000 live births. By 2030, said Pollum, the new target is to bring that number down to 70. A secondary target will be to ensure countries with the highest maternal mortality ratios do not exceed 140, or twice the global level. In order to meet these goals, the global maternal mortality rate will need to be reduced at a rate of 5.5 percent a year.These are ambitious goals, Pollum said, as the countries with the highest maternal mortality rates must reduce their rates fastest but are often the most difficult places to work. In addition, all countries, regardless of development status, must actively focus on their most vulnerable subpopulations – those remaining areas where services have not reached.Maternal mortality ratio remains a central focus because it is shaped by many of the other indicators like quality of care, access to care, and the presence of skilled birth attendants, Pollum said. But the role of other indicators in the SDGs is still up for debate. Langer pointed out that traditional birth attendants are still staples in many places, especially in the poorest areas, despite the fact their presence and effect are rarely noted. She suggested this should change. “We should analyze very seriously what could be done to strengthen [traditional birth attendants’] abilities or how to make them productive members of the health system, maybe for some limited roles, but for some very important roles as well,” she said.Blanc added that there are other macro-level trends that deserve attention, such as the fact that neonatal and maternal mortality rates don’t always decline in tandem.But all the panelists agreed that quality of care deserves a bigger conversation and more study. “To our knowledge [our research is] the only validation studies of maternal health indicators that have been done,” Blanc said. “We sort of couldn’t believe that was true.”Event Resources:last_img read more

Building Awareness of the Link Between Fistula and Gender-Based Violence

first_imgThis post originally appeared on the DHS Program blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 24, 2016September 27, 2016By: Lindsay Mallick, Data Analyst, The DHS ProgramClick 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)© Fistula Care Plus Project at EngenderHealthGenital fistula, an abnormal hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that causes urinary or fecal incontinence, is a devastating, preventable condition that no woman should have to endure. It usually results from inadequately managed, prolonged or obstructed labor, surgical error, or trauma [1, 2].  Although rare, it can be completely debilitating—physically, socially, and economically—particularly to women who live in remote areas without access to treatment; women with fistula are often shunned from the household or society, which can cause immense suffering  [3].While sexual violence can cause traumatic fistula, the vulnerable state of women with fistula gives reason to suspect that the risk of violence could also increase after the onset of fistula [4, 5, 6], though no studies have attempted to evaluate this to date.  Moreover, because it is so rare, it is difficult to capture statistically significant associations with the condition.The DHS Program provides an opportunity to study such rare events because of the inclusion of standardized questions in numerous, nationally-representative surveys with large sample sizes. In a study conducted to further examine the relationship between fistula and violence, data were pooled from 12 DHS surveys, 11 conducted in Sub-Saharan African countries and one in Haiti, where standardized modules (sets of questions) on the two topics were included.In total, 90,276 women were included in the analysis.  Among these women, the prevalence of self-reported symptoms of fistula ranged from 0.4% to 2.0%.  Regression analyses confirmed an association with sexual violence: women who have experienced sexual violence, both ever as well as within the 12 months preceding the survey, have almost twice the odds of reporting symptoms of fistula. Although there are no questions posed on timing of onset of symptoms of fistula in the DHS, the association with lifetime as well as recent experience of sexual violence suggests that violence could occur both before as well as after fistula’s onset.One other finding of interest was that women whose first experience of sexual violence was committed by a non-partner had over four times the odds of reporting symptoms of fistula than women who did not report sexual violence.  Although inferences from these findings can only be made with caution, the temporality relationship between fistula and sexual violence deserves further investigation.© Fistula Care Plus Project at EngenderHealthIn light of International Day to End Fistula on May 23, it is imperative to continue to work towards minimizing occurrence of fistula by building awareness around conditions that contribute to and result from this morbidity. This study shows yet another disheartening correlation between gender-based violence and poor health outcomes for women. It provides even more impetus for training and sensitivity for women’s health care providers in this area.A poster presentation of the study was exhibited at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA) in Washington DC. More information can be found in this poster.— [1] Longombe AO, Claude KM, Ruminjo J. Fistula and traumatic genital injury from sexual violence in a conflict setting in Eastern Congo: case studies. Reprod Health Matters. 2008 May;16(31):132-41[2] Raassen TJ, Ngongo CJ, Mahendeka MM. Iatrogenic genitourinary fistula: an 18-year retrospective review of 805 injuries. Int Urogynecol J. 2014 Dec;25(12):1699-706.[3] Baloch, B.A., A. Salam, D. ZaibUnnisa, and H. Nawaz. 2014. Vesico-Vaginal Fistulae. The Professional Medical Journal, 21(5), 851-855.[4] ACQUIRE. 2006. Traumatic gynecologic fistula: A Consequence of Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings. A report of a meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 6-8, 2005. New York, The ACQUIRE Project/EngenderHealth.[5] Peterman A, Johnson K. Incontinence and trauma: sexual violence, female genital cutting and proxy measures of gynecological fistula. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Mar;68(5):971-9.[6] Naved RT, Blum LS, Chowdhury S, Khan R, Bilkis S, Koblinsky M. Violence against women with chronic maternal disabilities in rural Bangladesh. J Health Popul Nutr. 2012 Jun;30(2):181-92.last_img read more

BOLDly Redefining High Quality Care During Labor and Delivery

first_imgPosted on January 2, 2018January 2, 2018By: 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)The International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics recently published a special supplement highlighting findings and lessons learned from implementing the World Health Organization’s Better Outcome in Labor Difficulty (BOLD) project in Nigeria and Uganda. In an effort to reduce stillbirths and perinatal deaths by improving quality care during labor and delivery, the BOLD project team developed two innovations:Simplified, Effective, Labor Monitoring-to-Action (SELMA): An evidence-based, user-friendly tool to help providers make decisions about labor management.Passport to Safer Birth: A model of care co-designed with women, health care providers and communities to promote respectful maternity care.Each of the open access papers focuses on a specific aspect of the project’s implementation and discoveries.EditorialTurning local knowledge and experience into innovative tools for quality care during labor and childbirth: The BOLD project experienceQualitative studiesDefining quality of care during childbirth from the perspectives of Nigerian and Ugandan women: A qualitative studyHealthcare providers’ perspectives on labor monitoring in Nigeria and Uganda: A qualitative study on challenges and opportunitiesThe communication and emotional support needs to improve women’s experience of childbirth care in health facilities in Southwest Nigeria: A qualitative studyExpectations and needs of Ugandan women for improved quality of childbirth care in health facilities: A qualitative studyClinical articlesNegotiating quality standards for effective delivery of labor and childbirth care in Nigeria and UgandaUsing a service design model to develop the “Passport to Safer Birth” in Nigeria and UgandaA service concept and tools to improve maternal and newborn health in Nigeria and UgandaAre you working on an innovation to improve the quality of maternity care in low-resource settings? We want to hear from you!—Explore resources related to the quality of maternal health care.Learn more about how the BOLD project was formed.Subscribe to receive new posts from the Maternal Health Task Force blog in your inbox.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Identifying and Treating Gestational Diabetes Among Women Living with HIV in Ethiopia

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 27, 2018February 27, 2018By: Mebrahtu Abraha Gebremikael, Elke Konings and Christie Roberts, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Gestational diabetes may be a neglected contributor to the continuing high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Without proper care, gestational diabetes—high blood sugar that is detected during pregnancy (and can include previously undetected pre-pregnancy diabetes)—increases the risk of eclampsia, miscarriage, obstructed labor, hemorrhage and fetal death, yet pregnant women in developing countries are rarely screened for the condition. Gestational diabetes is also a leading risk factor for preterm birth and stillbirth and can lead to other newborn health complications, such as abnormal birth weight, congenital malformation, respiratory distress syndrome and hypoglycemia.A recent study conducted in Ethiopia by Management Sciences for Health at one rural and two urban health centers in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia aimed to understand the prevalence of gestational diabetes in Ethiopia and its risk factors and assess the feasibility of integrating low-cost services for gestational diabetes into antenatal care. The study found that relatively simple and low-cost interventions could help manage gestational diabetes for many women—but there were different outcomes among women living with HIV and those without the condition.According to the study, more than 11% of the 1,242 pregnant women tested positive for gestational diabetes—higher than expected, since previous prevalence estimates of gestational diabetes in Ethiopia were between 4% and 9%. Nearly a quarter of the women living with HIV were diagnosed with gestational diabetes, compared with 11% of HIV-negative women.HIV treatment and gestational diabetesAmong the HIV-positive pregnant women, 29% of those who were on antiretroviral treatment (ART) tested positive for gestational diabetes. By comparison, 15% of HIV-positive pregnant women who had not started ART prior to their pregnancies were diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This finding is especially important since Ethiopia has adopted the Option B+ treatment, which places all HIV-positive pregnant women on lifelong treatment.The study also revealed challenges and discrepancies related to treatment for gestational diabetes. Whereas 79% of pregnant women with gestational diabetes brought their blood glucose levels to normal through low-cost behavioral interventions—including dietary changes and increased physical activity—after two weeks, less than half of the women living with HIV did so. Half of the pregnant women on ART responded positively to behavioral changes, compared to about a third of HIV-positive women not yet on ART.Future directionsThe study results are eye-opening and warrant more attention. First, the prevalence of gestational diabetes among HIV-positive women and the treatment results should be assessed on a larger scale, including the influence of ART. The high prevalence of gestational diabetes among HIV-positive pregnant women highlights the importance of screening all HIV-positive pregnant women for gestational diabetes, especially in light of expanding ART coverage and Ethiopia’s adoption of Option B+ treatment. Furthermore, HIV-positive pregnant women with gestational diabetes may need specialized treatment services. Additional research should develop and test effective new treatment models, especially in low-resource and rural settings, where women frequently have trouble accessing regular care.Since gestational diabetes is on the rise globally, understanding its prevalence and treatment options among all women—including those living with HIV—is fundamental to ending preventable maternal mortality.—Learn more about targeting gestational diabetes during antenatal care>>Access key resources related to gestational diabetes>>Browse published posts in the MHTF’s “Noncommunicable Diseases and Maternal Health” blog series.Photo Credit: Warren ZelmanShare this:last_img read more

Sumit Deb assumes charge as NMDC Director Personnel

first_imgNew Delhi: Sumit Deb has assumed charge as Director (Personnel) of NMDC Limited on September 1, 2019. Prior to this, he was Executive Director (Personnel & Administration) at NMDC and was heading functions of Personnel, Human Resource Development, Rajbhasha, Administration etc. He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneshwar.last_img

Distillery has new bourbon flavoured by beaver secretion

first_imgTAMWORTH, N.H. – Beaver-flavoured whiskey, anyone?A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavoured partly by the secretion from a beaver’s castor sacs.Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavouring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called “generally recognized as safe.”The distillery says on its website castoreum “exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma,” common among barrel-aged spirits.Other ingredients are raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark (tar oil and regular oil) and maple syrup.last_img

Liberals look to infrastructure bank to finance rural remote broadband internet

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal infrastructure minister says he is looking to connect private backers with some of the country’s rural and northern communities to pay for badly needed broadband internet connections.Provincial governments have leaned heavily on the Liberals to use whatever influence they have with the Canada Infrastructure Bank to get it to fund broadband internet projects, particularly in rural and remote locations.The Liberals created the bank late last year to take $35 billion in federal financing, and use it to leverage three-to-four times that from the private sector to help pay for major highways, bridges, and water and electrical systems to ease the financial burden on public coffers.Provinces argue broadband yields a long-term revenue stream that would be enticing to any private investor willing to pay the connection costs.Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says a single broadband line into one rural community is unlikely to grab the attention of large institutional investors, such as pension funds.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Champagne says he is looking at how different revenue models could entice private backers or bundle several smaller projects into one large proposal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BJP mum allies declare party candidate in Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: Despite the BJP remaining silent on their candidate for the Darjeeling constituency, both the allies — Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal faction) and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) — have announced the name of Raju Bista as the BJP candidate for the Darjeeling constituency.Incidentally, the BJP had fielded heavyweight candidates from the Darjeeling constituency in 2009 and 2014. Backed by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) both Jaswant Singh and SS Ahluwalia emerged victorious in 2009 and 2014, respectively. The BJP had managed to get a political toehold in Bengal through the Darjeeling constituency. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHowever, this time political equations have changed drastically. The GJM, the power centre of the Hills, has undergone a vertical split with the larger faction led by Binay Tamang and the other by Bimal Gurung. Gurung and his close confidants are however underground, implicated in multiple cases. The GJM (Binay faction) has forged an alliance with the TMC while the GNLF and the GJM (Bimal) have rallied with the BJP. The Hills will go to polls on April 18 and March 26 is the last date of filing nomination, still the BJP delayed the announcement of candidate for the Darjeeling constituency. The GNLF top brass have been camping in Delhi along with the GJM (Bimal) to come up with the name of candidate for Darjeeling. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe name of the candidate did not feature in the official list of the BJP but the GNLF and GJM (Bimal) declared Bista’s name on their social network sites as the official BJP candidate and put his photographs. The GNLF site invited supporters to accord a warm welcome to Bista who is scheduled to arrive at the Bagdogra Airport along with Mann Ghising, President, GNLF. However, there is silence in the BJP camp. When asked regarding the candidature of Bista, Avijit Roy Chowdhury, district president, BJP stated: “We have not got any official communication regarding this.” Thirty-nine-year-old Bista is a resident of Kangpok district of Manipur. He is the managing director of Surya Roshni Ltd. The decision to field Raju Bista from Darjeeling has ruffled feathers in the rank and file of different political outfits. Swaraj Thapa, a close confidant of Bimal Gurung, tendered his resignation from the GJM (Bimal) party. In a letter, Thapa has written: “I am tendering my resignation from all posts as well as the primary membership of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. I am doing so in strong protest against the idea of foisting a candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat who is a rank outsider, has little political background and absolutely no knowledge or interest about the issues regarding Darjeeling, including its core issue of Gorkhaland. It is unfortunate that we have not been able to find an able candidate for Darjeeling who can take up issues on behalf of the people of Darjeeling.” He further said that it was very unfortunate that the Hill leadership have become mere puppets in the hands of Delhi and Kolkata. “The BJP has taken advantage of the personal compulsion of our leadership,” Thapa said. Thapa, who was a journalist based in Delhi, hails from Darjeeling. He had joined the GJM under Gurung and worked in various capacities including advisor.last_img read more

Twelve hurt as German train crashes into lorry

first_imgBerlin: A passenger train slammed into a lorry that became stranded on a rail line in northern Germany on Wednesday, injuring twelve people, two of them seriously, police said. The crash at around 4:30am (0230 GMT) at a level crossing in Alt Duvenstedt, near Flensburg, derailed the regional train, which was carrying 22 passengers. “All of those injured were taken to hospital,” a police spokesman told AFP, adding one victim of the crash was flown by helicopter to hospital in the port city of Kiel. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe accident happened when the cab of the articulated lorry, towing 70 tonnes of heavy equipment, became stranded at the level crossing. The driver jumped clear before the crash, police told news agency DPA. Police said it was unclear why the truck became stuck at the crossing. The impact badly damaged the front of the train, which was lifted off the tracks. Rail travel between Flensburg and Hamburg is expected to be severely disrupted for most of Wednesday, police said, because of damage to overhead lines and the tracks. “A special train from (national rail operator) Deutsche Bahn is coming to get the train that crashed back on the rails,” a police spokesman told daily Bild.last_img read more

Strike grips ignored southern Tunisia region

first_imgTOZEUR – Tunisia’s southern Tozeur region ground to a halt on Wednesday, as the latest in a growing number of strikes around the country was called to protest a lack of development.“This movement is taking place because the authorities have ignored our demands,” the UGTT trade union confederation’s regional chief, Haroun Bouagga, told AFP.“If the authorities do not reply to us or begin a dialogue, we will adopt more intense forms of protest,” he warned. The strike organisers, who include the Utica bosses’ organisation as well as the UGTT, estimated that 98 percent of public offices, shops and businesses observed the strike in Tozeur, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) southwest of Tunis.Several thousand people protested in the town, shouting slogans against the Islamist Ennahda party and the coalition government it leads.The UGTT and Utica are demanding state aid to develop the tourism and agriculture sectors, the two main employers in the oasis town, which lies on the edge of the desert, not far from the Algerian border.Tunisia’s tourism industry has taken a battering since the overthrow of veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali nearly three years ago, as the transition has run into trouble and jihadist-related violence has surged.Poverty and the underdevelopment were driving forces behind the protests that toppled Ben Ali and inspired similar uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.Last week, strikes were observed in three other regions of Tunisia that complain of neglect by the central government, sparking bloody clashes with police in two of them.last_img read more

Sophomore defensive back Najee Murray suspended from Ohio State football team

Sophomore defensive back Najee Murray has been suspended from the team, according to coach Urban Meyer.Meyer said Sunday the reason for Murray’s suspension is “a training camp issue.”Initial reports were that Murray had been dismissed from the team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig said Wednesday that there have been no updates on his status since Meyer said he was suspended at OSU Media Day.Murray played in six games in 2012, mostly on special teams, before he tore his ACL while in practice. He recorded three solo tackles before the injury.Murray did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.

Digicel done with 8 million network customers get free upgrades and services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 jul 2015 – Digicel is done, complete with its network rebuild and this week the company celebrated with a press conference to announce the re-launch. It is an $8 million dollar investment by the telecoms giant which explained that the project involved the installation of over 30km of fibre optic cable, 11km of coaxial cable and the doubling of its international bandwidth capacity – all of which, Digicel promises, will deliver an unbeatable, superfast broadband experience to homes and businesses across TCI, even during peak times. Digicel is no longer just a mobile service player in the market and shared that on the TV side, users will see that the upgrade equates to sharper, more consistent, reliable picture quality. Add to this, during that press conference held Wednesday at the Blue Haven Resort, TV users will have an easy to use electronic TV guide and a host of leading new channels. Digicel Play CEO, Erik Staaf said, “Today, we are confident that the customer experience on our newly rebuilt network is the best and most reliable in the TCI – making Digicel the home of the fastest internet and best TV service. I want to say a massive thank you to our loyal customers for their patience during this process – we hope they’ll agree it’s been worth the wait.” And Digicel is serious about that thank you with three months of free premium movies to TV subscribers and a free upgrade to its broadband customers. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Related Items:digicel, erik staaf, network update Thousands without power in TCIlast_img read more