13 championship events for Gibson McCook Relays

first_imgThe prestigious and exciting Gibson McCook Relays, slated for Saturday, February 27, will see the 4×200 metres Girls’ Open and the 4×200 metres for Class One and Two boys upgraded to championship events.These events will be part of a stellar cast of 13 mouthwatering championship showpieces inside what is expected to be a jam-packed National Stadium.The three events have been added by the organisers due to their prominence at the IAAF World Relays in recent years.Local appliance and furniture retail franchise Singer expressed delight with being drawn as sponsor of the 4x100m Institution Men’s Championship race, an event that could see Racers Track Club kingpins Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and other members of their institution square off against other top-level challengers.Besides Singer, 12 other championship marquee event sponsors were named last Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, ahead of the Gibson McCook Relays’ 40th staging.Advanced Scales and Equipment snapped up the 4x100m high school boys’ Class One Championship, while the 4x100m High School Girls’ Under-19 Championship will be sponsored by Consumer Brand (Oral B).Beverage brand Lucozade will sponsor the 4x100m High School Boys Class Two Championship, while for the girls, Wisynco will sponsor the 4x100m High School Under-17.EVENT SPONSORSThe 4x400m High School Boys’ Open went to SOS Foods Limited and the girls’ equivalent went to CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, while Grace Foods will be the sponsor of the 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship.The 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship will be sponsored by Grace Foods, 4x400m High Schoolgirl’s Open by CIBC First Caribbean, and the 4x400m High School Boys’ Open sponsored by SOS Foods.Jamaica Biscuit Company and Consumer Brands (Head and Shoulders) selected the Boys and Girls’ High School 4x800m Open, respectively.There were 42 sponsored events for the Gibson McCook Relays, which is one of the most prestigious relay meets in the world.It began in 1976 in honour of Kingston College founder Bishop Percival Gibson and was later renamed after Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook.last_img read more

Albert Pujols hits 600th career homer; 9th to join club

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I don’t play here for numbers,” Pujols said this week after hitting No. 599. “My goal since Day One when I got to the big leagues was to help the organization that I wear the uniform of. At the end of my career, numbers are numbers. I think I’m going to have plenty of time, but my main goal is to try to win a championship here.“I’m aware of the history, don’t get me wrong. I respect it, but I think that’s kind of a distraction that I don’t want to bring into the game for me.”Pujols hit his 599th homer on Tuesday and then went through three straight homerless games. The slugger rarely acknowledges the importance of individual accomplishments, but his fellow Angels thought he clearly wanted to reach the milestone at home before they hit the road Monday.The Angels were excited, too: Mike Trout went to the ballpark right after having thumb surgery Wednesday because he wanted to see Pujols make history — and Trout has returned every night since.“It’s pretty incredible,” Trout said. “Each night he gets a hit or gets an RBI, he’s passing somebody. (On Thursday) he passed Babe Ruth in hits. I think that’s pretty special. It’s remarkable, his career so far. He’s got a lot of baseball left, but I think the biggest thing is 600. That’s special.”ADVERTISEMENT Pujols is in his sixth year with the Angels after beginning his career with 11 spectacular years in St. Louis. He became the youngest player to hit 250 homers and the first to hit 400 homers in his first 10 big-league seasons while with the Cardinals, and he is the only player ever to hit at least 30 homers in his first 12 big-league seasons.The three-time NL MVP has slowed in numerous ways since joining the Angels, who haven’t won a playoff game since giving him a $240 million free-agent contract in December 2011. Pujols doesn’t round the bases or play the field with his youthful vigor, but he still delivers solid pop at the plate as one of the majors’ top RBI producers.Pujols has homered in 37 different ballparks and against all 30 big-league teams, including the Cardinals. Santana is one of 386 pitchers to yield a homer to Pujols.Pujols is the majors’ active leader in homers by a long shot, and the 600-homer club might not get its next member for several years. Detroit’s 34-year-old Miguel Cabrera has 451 career homers, and the next-closest player under 34 years old is Milwaukee’s 33-year-old Ryan Braun with 292.“What Albert is about to do, it’s legendary,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Friday’s game. “To be able to witness it is something special. You look around baseball, and the guys that have reached that plateau are few and far between, to say the least. It’s such a special journey. It doesn’t happen very often.”Pujols has hit 155 homers in nearly 5 1/2 seasons with the Angels, dropping well off the incredible pace established when he hit 445 homers in his 11 seasons with St. Louis. He hit at least 40 homers in six seasons with the Cardinals, but has done it only once for Los Angeles.Although he has made just one All-Star team with the Angels, Pujols has been a consistent offensive threat in Orange County when healthy, racking up 119 RBIs last season and ranking third in the AL with 38 RBIs entering Friday’s games. Injuries and age have forced the Angels to use the formerly above-average fielder largely as a designated hitter: He played only 28 games at first base last season and just four this year.“This guy is probably the toughest ballplayer I’ve ever seen,” Scioscia said. “To be able to go out there at maybe 50 percent and still be productive, what he means to the team in the dugout, in the clubhouse, you can see why he’s been a winner his whole career.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Graham Rahal wins 1st of 2 Detroit Grand Prix IndyCar races Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds The milestone homer is the latest superlative in the 17-year career of Pujols, a 13th-round draft pick who became one of the greatest hitters of his generation.The 37-year-old Dominican slugger is the fourth-youngest player to hit 600 homers behind Alex Rodriguez, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Pujols joins home run kings Barry Bonds and Aaron as the only players to hit 600 homers and 600 doubles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPujols is the first player to hit his 600th homer since Jim Thome joined the club in August 2011. With his ninth homer this season, Pujols has joined the club with Bonds (762), Aaron (755), Ruth (714), Rodriguez (696), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Thome (612) and Sammy Sosa (609).He also became the first to hit a grand slam for No. 600. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols points after a balk by Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, California. APANAHEIM, California — Albert Pujols hit his 600th career homer on Saturday (Sunday Manila time), delivering a grand slam to become the ninth player in major league history to reach the mark.The Los Angeles Angels slugger connected in the fourth inning against Minnesota’s Ervin Santana, driving a high fly into the short left-field porch at Angel Stadium.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ablaza carries Batangas to solo second place

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Quarters: 19-27, 42-52, 81-67, 124-84.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cedrick Ablaza. PBA IMAGESCedrick Ablaza woke Batangas up from its first half slumber as it squashed Zark’s Burgers, 124-84, Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 26-year-old big man towed the Batangueños in the game-tilting 39-point third quarter eruption as he fired 14 of his 16 points in the frame, while also hauling down seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Teng leads Flying V despite playing with flu LATEST STORIEScenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Zark’s Burgers could not sustain its first half assault as it dropped to a 1-5 record.Robby Celiz topped the Jawbreakers with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists, while RR de Leon had 14 markers and six boards in the loss.The scores:BATANGAS 124 – Ablaza 16, Mendoza 16, Sedurifa 16, Anderson 14, De Joya 13, Mangabang 13, Laude 8, Ragasa 8, Bautista 7, Saitanan 5, Dela Pena 4, Mag-isa 2, Napoles 2.ZARK’S BURGERS 84 – Celiz 21, De Leon 14, Mangahas 12, Bautista 8, Ferrer 8, Sheriff 6, Cayabyab 4, Nalos 4, Argamino 3, Cariaga 3, Cudal 1, Juruena 0.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Dominating in the paint, Ablaza carried the load as Batangas fought back from what was once a 15-point deficit, 41-26, and take the commanding 81-67 advantage after the third canto.Joseph Sedurifa also added 16 markers, 15 boards, and seven assists to provide stability for the Batangueños, as the rest of the squad picked up the slack late.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEarvin Mendoza chipped in 16 points and four rebounds, Wilmar Anderson got 14 markers and eight boards, Cedric de Joya scattered 13 points, seven assists, and six rebounds, and Lucky Mangabang got 13 in the victory, which put Batangas at solo second place with its 4-1 card.“I challenged them and told them that we have to play the right way. It’s not right that we give up 52 in the first half, so we really challenged them to do the right plays,” said coach Eric Gonzales. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View commentslast_img read more

How to figure out what you want to do: the jealousy test

first_imgIt’s the time of year when a lot of us (including me) take stock. Why are we here? What should we be doing in 2013?A few years back, I was lamenting to my wise cousin Elisabeth that I wasn’t sure where I should focus my work. What was the best job for me? What was I meant to be doing with my life?She told me her method for figuring that out. She pays attention to when she feels jealous. If she hears about a job someone’s taken or a project someone has started and feels envious, that’s a clear sign it’s what she most wants to do. We’re not talking about the nasty kind of envy – as in the deadly sin where you feel diminished by others’ success and want to derail someone else’s good fortune. And I don’t mean longing for the fame and money that can be a side benefit of professional success. I simply mean the telltale twinge you feel when you hear about someone’s endeavor and wish you could do that, too. Stop and wonder: What about that activity creates a craving in you? Was it something you’ve always longed to try? Something you’ve been afraid to try? Maybe you can and should attempt that very thing.It’s a clarifying feeling. Jealous? Maybe you should be chasing that dream yourself.last_img read more

Must see: Fabulous guide to visual storytelling

first_imgResource Media has a fantastic and free guide to visual storytelling. It’s a MUST read (see) for your cause.The guide has great tips like:1. Always test visuals2. Pair visuals with words to increase retention of your message3. Shun bad stock photosThere are great examples, checklists and templates. Get the guide here.(Thanks to Mark Rovner (read his blog) for tipping me off to the guide. I feel the way he does – I wish I’d written it myself!)last_img

Trouble connecting? Plug into identity.

first_imgIn just 68 words, Seth Godin recently summed up a fundamental truth of human behavior that all nonprofit fundraisers should take to heart. (Read it here: “People like us do stuff like this.”) Rather than focusing on need or showing a donor what their gift can accomplish, those looking to move proverbial mountains should spend more time understanding and appealing to shared identity. When individuals perceive themselves as part of a community (or “tribe”, as Seth would say), they’re more likely to act in a way that supports conformity and loyalty to this group. If you can show or suggest that a group would act in a certain way as part of their shared identity, the individuals who identify with this group are much more likely to act in the same way. This means that if you’re a graduate of Virginia Tech, you’re more likely to give to a cause if other Hokies are also supporting the cause. If you’re a Mets fan, you’ll sign up for the blood drive in Queens — because that’s what Mets fans do. If you live in the Lone Star State, you won’t mess with Texas.There are many types of shared identity, such as those created through:Location — a neighborhood, a nationalityCommon experiences — graduating classes, survivorsShared passions — birdwatchers, mountain bikersBy plugging into these social norms of community pride and self-identity, fundraisers and changemakers can inspire people to change behaviors, take action, and give.How are you appealing to your audience’s identity and sense of community to rally support for your cause?last_img read more

New Study: Are You Leaving Money in the Middle?

first_imgMind the gap.That’s the advice in a new report on mid-level donor programs. The folks at Sea Change Strategies caution that nonprofits are missing out on a ton of money simply because they’re overlooking a committed and productive audience: middle donors —the donors who give more than low-dollar direct marketing donations, but less than major gift targets. THE MISSING MIDDLE: Neglecting Middle Donors Is Costing You Millions, by Sea Change Strategies’ Alia McKee and Mark Rovner, does double duty as a wake-up call and roadmap for creating effective mid-level donor programs. The study is based on interviews and data from 27 organizations and experts, including heavy hitters like Roger Craver and nonprofits such as The Nature Conservancy and the Human Rights Campaign. The free whitepaper includes:8 habits of highly-effective mid-level donor programsA sample framework for a 30-day action planIn-depth profiles of two highly effective mid-level programsFresh from the AFP conference in San Antonio, Alia McKee shares some more insight about The Missing Middle:How do you distinguish mid-level giving from a major donor program? Is it simply the dollar amount or are there other things going on here?Alia: It’s really about the dollar amount. Of course the definition of middle donor varies from organization to organization, but it tends to hover anywhere between $250-$9,000 cumulative in a year.In the report, you touch on possible challenges on getting executive buy-in. Can you give us some ideas on how to make the case for investing in a mid-level donor program?Alia:1. Among the groups participating in the Wired Wealthy Study, donors at the $1,000 to $10,000 levels (annual giving via all channels) represented roughly one percent of the donor population, but were giving more than a third of the dollars. That’s a HUGE amount of revenue.2. Middle donors are actually an organization’s most committed donors. They will be retained and upgraded far more than smaller donors and far more than major donors. They represent a very significant block of money, commitment and loyalty.3. A functional and philosophical gap exists between direct marketing programs and major gifts programs. Hence, middle donors often receive lackluster treatment that is driven by attribution wars and resentment across the organizational divide. But their capacity to give is huge—so minor tweaks to their treatment can yield big results in revenue. What was the biggest surprise for you in this research?Alia: Despite the fact that every fundraiser and expert we talked to universally agreed that mid-level donors are exceptionally valuable, they also agreed that most organizations haven’t made the kinds of investments necessary to make the most of this immense opportunity.Can small shops pursue a mid-level donor program?Alia: Absolutely. Small changes in stewardship of middle donors can yield results regardless of an organization’s size. Of course, capacity is an issue. But many nonprofits we spoke to approached this creatively including:Staff pizza parties to stuff personalized mailers to middle donorsVolunteer phone calls to middle donors thanking them for their supportMore substantive content to middle donors culled from other organizational communicationsCan your online efforts help your mid-level strategy?Alia: Digital outreach is not the silver bullet when it comes to middle donors. You must communicate with those donors across channels (e.g. be channel agnostic) and give them substantive communications in person, via phone, by notecard or by email. Ideally, you’d reach them through their self-selected preferred channels. Just for fun: Monie in the Middle or Malcolm in the Middle?Alia: Malcolm in the Middle, but only because of Bryan Cranston!Get in touch with your Missing Middle. Join our free webinar with Sea Change Strategies’ Alia McKee and Mark Rovner on Tuesday, May 6 at 1pm EDT. Register now for your chance to hear from these two fundraising gurus and get your mid-level donor questions answered. (Can’t attend the live session? Register anyway to get a copy of the recording sent directly to you via email.)last_img read more

Where to Find NFG at The Nonprofit Technology Conference

first_imgWe can’t wait to get #15NTC started—and I hope to see you there! New product testing: We’re looking for nonprofit staff to give us some feedback on a new online fundraising platform we’re working on. If you’re interested in talking to our tech team, please email Derek.Sanborn@networkforgood.com to find out more. To show our appreciation for lending us 60 minutes of your time, we’ll make a donation to your organization! Friday, March 6th at 1:30pm CST: In this session Matthew Mielcarek of Charity Dynamics will join Caryn for a presentation all about online fundraising and digital tools: Your Guide to 2015 Digital Opportunity and Finding Tools to Get You There – #15NTCdigtools (this session will be available to view on demand when the conference is over} Social: Follow us on Twitter @Network4Good and on Instagram@networkforgood to see where we are and what we’re up to at #15NTC. Breakout sessions: Caryn Stein, VP of Communications and Content, will be presenting two breakout sessions this week: Thursday, March 5th at 10:30am CST: Caryn will join Jamie McDonald, founder of Generosity Inc, to give you inside info on how to launch a successful giving day: The Secret Formula to Successful Giving Days. #15NTCGivingdayscenter_img This morning five of my colleagues and I are flying to Austin, Texas for the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC)! We’re looking forward to learning, networking, and enjoying all that Austin has to offer. If you will be in Austin, or if you’re attending NTC virtually, we’d love to meet you! Here are some ways to get in touch with the Network for Good team at NTC: If you’re not registered for NTC, you can come to the Science Fair on Wednesday March 4th from 1:30-3:30pm CST at the Austin Convention Center. NTC Science Fair: Come say hi to us at booth 813! Pick up some swag, spin our prize wheel, and learn how Network for Good can help you raise more money online with our software and coaching!last_img read more

Countdown to 2015: New Report Documents Progress Towards MDG4 & 5 in 75 Countries

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 13, 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)Guest post contributed by our colleagues at the Countdown to 2015 initiativeSince 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined from 12 million to 7.6 million in 2010.Some of the world’s poorest countries have achieved spectacular progress in reducing child deaths. Rates of child mortality in many African countries have been dropping twice as fast in recent years as during the 1990s. In Botswana, Egypt, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania, the rate of decline was on average 5 percent or more a year between 2000 and 2010.Similar progress has been seen in reducing maternal deaths, although in fewer developing countries: Equatorial Guinea, Nepal, and Vietnam have each cut maternal deaths by 75 percent.But all the news is not good. Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from complications of pregnancy and her newborn baby’s chances of survival are very poor. For every woman who dies, an additional 20-30 suffer significant and sometimes lifelong problems, as a result of their pregnancy.In these same two minutes nearly 30 young children die of disease and illness that could have been prevented or effectively treated.Many countries, especially in Africa and South Asia, are not making progress. Of the 75 countries with the highest burden of maternal and child mortality, 25 have made insufficient or no progress in reducing maternal deaths and 13 show no progress in reducing the number of young children who die.Progress on maternal, newborn and child health, in the 75 highest-burden countries, most in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where more than 95 percent of all maternal and child deaths occur, has been laid out in a new 220-page report, Building a Future for Women and Children, which is published by the Countdown to 2015 initiative.The report is authored by a global collaboration of academics and professionals from Johns Hopkins University, the Aga Khan University, the University of Pelotas in Brazil, Harvard University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, UNFPA, Family Care International, and Save the Children. The secretariat of the Countdown to 2015 initiative is based at The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.“The Countdown report shows the who, what, where — and most importantly the why — of maternal, newborn, and child survival,” says Zulfiqar Bhutta, M.D., PhD, of Aga Khan University, Pakistan, who is the co-chair of Countdown and an author of the report. “It offers a clear, consistent report card that countries, advocates, and donors can use to hold each other — and themselves — accountable for real, measurable progress.”The report assesses the progress that the 75 highest-burden countries are making towards achieving UN Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5 (MDGs). These MDGs call for reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters and the deaths of children under 5 by two-thirds, both by 2015 compared to 1990 levels.Countdown to 2015 reports were first published in 2005 to track the progress in the highest-burden countries, to identify knowledge gaps, and to promote accountability at global and national levels for improving maternal and child survival.Since then, massive global attention and resources have been focused on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.In 2010, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched a Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, an effort that has generated $40 billion in commitments to meet key goals supporting women’s and children’s health. These goals include more trained midwives, greater access to contraceptives and skilled delivery care, better nutrition, prevention of infectious diseases and stronger community education.Notably, 44 of the world’s poorest countries — among them Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Burundi, and Nepal — have now joined the Every Woman, Every Child effort, which takes forward the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. This brings the total number of partners in this joint effort to 220, with low-income countries committing nearly $11 billion of their own limited resources.The Countdown reports help to hold governments and donors accountable for fulfilling their commitments to the Global Strategy, and it will be a key input to the first report to the Secretary General in September 2012 from the independent Expert Review Group, set up following the launch of the report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, ‘Keeping Promises, Measuring Results’.The release of the Countdown 2012 Report coincides with a two-day forum to chart a course toward the end of preventable child deaths, taking place June 14-15 in Washington, DC. The governments of the United States, India, and Ethiopia, in collaboration with UNICEF, will convene this Child Survival Call to Action. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend.Following in July, the UK government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will hold a summit to emphasize the need for greater attention to family planning.In September, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will issue an update on the impact of his Every Woman Every Child effort.Key findings of the new reportOn reducing maternal deaths: Annual maternal deaths are down by 47 percent over the past two decades. Nine Countdown countries are on track to meet their 2015 MDG 5 goal by reducing the maternal mortality rate by 75 percent. But more than a third of the 75 Countdown countries have made little, if any progress.On reducing deaths of children under age 5: Twenty-three Countdown countries are expected to achieve MDG 4. But 13 countries have made no progress in reducing child deaths.Forty percent of child deaths occur during the first month of life and most of these deaths are preventable through better nutrition and access to health services before, during and immediately after childbirth.Complications due to preterm birth are the leading cause of newborn deaths and the second leading cause of death in children under 5.More than 10 percent of all babies are born too soon. Preterm births are rising, instead of declining.Inadequate nutrition is a crisis in most Countdown countries, contributing to more than one-third of child deaths under 5 and one-fifth of maternal deaths.In most of these countries, more than one-third of the children are stunted, a condition especially common among the poorest populations where children are small because of a lack of good nutrition.Short maternal stature, often a result of stunting in childhood, and micronutrient deficiencies place pregnant women at greater risk for complications and low birth weight babies.Forty Countdown countries allocate less than 10 percent of total government spending to health.Fifty-three of the 75 Countdown countries face a severe shortage of health workers. Countries including Ghana, Malawi, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Tanzania have implemented innovative policies to hire, retain and motivate skilled health workers.Learn more about the new report here.Share this:last_img read more

In Service to Women’s Health: Opportunities to Advance Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this: Posted on March 8, 2013March 21, 2017By: Lisa Schechtman, Head of Policy and Advocacy for WaterAid in AmericaClick 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)Water is a women’s issue.It’s an important adage, one that highlights how we expect governments to prioritize investments in safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), and water resource management.There is a great deal of evidence behind it, too. Every year, 40 billion working hours are lost to water collection worldwide, mostly by women and girls. This violates their rights to employment and education by taking up time and energy; and their rights to safety and dignity by exposing them to injury, animal attack, and physical and sexual violence. Since the water they collect is usually unsafe, it violates their right to health, exposing them to a variety of diseases, diarrhea, and it can even contribute to uterine prolapse from carrying heavy loads.Sanitation is a women’s issue, too. Lack of sanitation, combined with poor hygiene, allows for the ingestion of fecal matter, creates breeding grounds for vectors of diseases like trachoma, and contaminates water sources. Emerging research emphasizes that lack of WASH impacts maternal health.  In fact, one estimate is that 4% of all maternal deaths can be linked to poor WASH.Any effort to improve women’s health and rights must address WASH. Yet, WASH suffers from the same siloed approach as many other health, development and human rights issues. Policies abound, from a new USAID water strategy expected soon, to the agency’s lauded Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy. It remains to be seen whether USAID will show leadership by requiring that the one be in service to the other. Or, if there will be accountability for using WASH to make the most of the US President’s Global Health and Feed the Future Initiatives, both of which recognize the role of WASH to their success while doing little to support or promote it.Recently, I analyzed the US Department of State’s annual report on compliance with the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005, which mandated USAID and State prioritize WASH and water investments for the world’s poorest, and those who would benefit most from receiving access, including women and girls. There are many ways that this requirement might be met, including by providing private, secure latrines and menstrual hygiene management supplies at school, since many girls drop out once they reach adolescence. However, in spite of the fact that WASH access could address a major, direct barrier to girls’ secondary education, only 7.5% of U.S. government investments in WASH are spent in the 10 countries where women and girls have the lowest rates of secondary education completion. To me, this is a real missed opportunity—and an example of poor targeting of WASH funds for integrated approaches and cross-cutting benefits to women and girls.This and other problems like it are why the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act has had such strong, bipartisan support in both the US House and Senate in recent years. While it didn’t become law last year, we remain in need of the bill’s efforts to require improved attention to the needs of women and girls and the many positive ripple effects of providing WASH to the world’s poorest people. We stand ready to support our Congressional champions in getting the bill to the President’s desk this year. We hope you will join us.For more on the WASH and Women’s Health blog series coordinated by WASH advocates, click here, or visit WASH Advocates.last_img read more