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

NPR Reports on the Critical Role of Midwives in Conflict Zones

first_imgPosted on July 30, 2013February 16, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)NPR’s Shots recently ran a story, How midwives have become critical in war-zones, that discusses the role of midwives in conflict and post-conflict settings. According to the piece, in addition to the critical role they play in delivering babies, midwives are also key to encouraging exclusive breastfeeding, caring for newborns and promoting kangaroo care, supporting women who have been victims of sexual assault, providing access to family planning, and more.From the story:In a conflict zone, getting the basics — food, water, shelter — is a constant challenge. And it likely involves being on the move.Now imagine pregnancy. There might not be a functioning medical facility for miles. And the environment makes the woman and her baby more susceptible to complications.Aid groups are increasingly relying on conflict midwives to help women in these situations. In dangerous and unstable regions, midwives’ jobs are more than delivering babies: They often have to help women who have experienced sexual violence and have reproductive health issues.Take Emily Slocum, a midwife with Doctors Without Borders who worked with women affected by the violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some women traveled days to reach her.The Congo war lasted from 1998 to 2004, but as NPR’s John Burnett has reported, ongoing conflict continues to disrupt daily life. The country has millions of displaced people.Slocum worked at a hospital in South Kivu, where the conflict still lingers, from November 2011 to May 2012. She tells Shots that one of the challenges was keeping underweight newborns warm. Without an incubator, the best practice is to have the mother hold the baby to her skin to keep its body temperature up, she says. She had to teach nurses and mothers to do that when she arrived.“The baby was immediately sort of taken away and assessed by the nurse and sometimes not given back to the mom immediately,” she says. In Syria, an MSF midwife encountered a similar problem, and to improvise, she heated IV fluid bags in the microwave to make small hot water bottles to warm the newborns.Breastfeeding is also critical in situations where potable water and food access is limited and general hygiene is poor, the Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health says.Read the full story on NPR’s Shots.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Exciting Opportunities to Work in Maternal Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 3, 2014October 14, 2014Click 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)At the Maternal Health Task Force, we believe mothers and newborns will achieve the care they need as long as talented and enthusiastic people continue to work and advocate for improved outcomes. As such, we’d like to share opportunities available throughout the maternal health community.mothers2mothers: mHealth Project Manager in Cape TownUN WOMEN: Program Specialist (Consultant), Support the Reduction of Newborn & Maternal Mortality, EthiopiaUCSF Bixby Center: Research Analyst, Project CoordinatorJhpiego: Program Officer, DC; Senior M&E Advisor, Namibia; Project Director, Namibia; Senior Program Manager, Haiti; Malaria in Pregnancy Specialist, UgandaJacaranda Health: Knowledge/Special Projects ManagerShare this:last_img read more

Technology and Monthly Giving: An Interview with Erica Waasdorp

first_imgIn the final installment of our monthly giving series, Erica is talking technology. She’s answering questions about:What goes on behind the scenes.What tools are needed.How can a small nonprofit afford them.Our biggest challenge is setting up an online system that works. We do not want to take credit card numbers and use them every month. Can you recommend a system for us to use?Erica Waasdorp (EW): There are so many great affordable systems now. Check your donor database system and see if they can meet your preferences. Network for Good is a great option. There are other options as well that I see used quite often and easily.Editor’s note: Network for Good makes it easy to set automatic monthly giving, and the donor management system includes built-in recurring donor email templates so you can easily stay in touch.Should you set an “end date” on a donor’s monthly gift (e.g. 12 months), or should keep going until the donor wants to cancel it?EW: Do NOT set an end date, ever! The donor does not know what you’d want them to put there. If the donor specifically says that they only wish to do it for a certain period (like 12 months), you can put in an end date the system for them. This is rare, though.What’s the advantage of automatic credit card payments?EW: If your organization offers a so-called “check-reminder program” (where you send a monthly envelope to get the monthly donation), you can expect the drop off rate to be high, on average 25%.On the other hand, if monthly donors are paying by credit card, the drop off rate on average is 13% after one year. That statistic says it all! Not to mention saving time and money from not sending as much mail to get a gift the donor committed to.We have a problem. When someone’s credit card cancels or expires, they drop off automatically. We have to reset it up. Is that our software?EW: I’m not sure which system you use, but it sounds like that it’s the software. I recommend that you identify the people who drop off. Do you get some type of alert?Sometimes, donors don’t realize they dropped off.  A short email can encourage them to share the new information. If your system requires donors to update the information themselves, I recommend sending them an email with the link to go there.  Make it easy for them to update their information.Do you have a sample of a “your card has expired email or letter” you can share?EW: Here’s a sample message you can use to develop your own message:Email to Donor Whose Payment Did Not Come In Dear [name], Thank you so much for your continued support as a [name of program] with your monthly gift of [$xxx] to [name of organization]. You truly make a difference to [focus of your programs]!Unfortunately, it appears that your last payment did not go through for some reason. Maybe you changed your credit or debit card? Or your card expired? Please call me at [phone number xxxxxx] at your earliest convenience so that we can update your records. Or, send me an email at [email address] and let me know a convenient time to call you.Thank you again for your support. I look forward to hearing from you soon.Sincerely,[Signature][Name]Manager[name of Program]XxxxxWe’d like to thank Erica for sharing her insights and expertise with us. While her questions covered various topics, her answers can be boiled down into one important finding: Setting up and running a successful monthly giving program takes the right technology at the right time. Ready to take the leap? Talk to us. Network for Good’s donor management system combines built-in email marketing with a personal fundraising coach to help you achieve your fundraising goals. You can develop targeted lists of monthly donors, draft your email or use one of our pre-built templates, and track the responses (opens, clicks, etc.) right in your donor management system. And you can automatically track acknowledgments. Click here to schedule a personal demo.center_img [With your logo/look, ideally sent by the person who is going to answer the call]last_img read more

3 Quick Steps for #GivingTuesday Procrastinators

first_imgEditor’s note: I always find that it’s easier to get through something a big as #GivingTuesday when you have a post-event reward to look forward to. Give yourself a little motivation boost and sign up for this post-#GivingTuesday webinar: The Procrastinator’s Guide to End-of-Year Fundraising with Pursuant’s Rachel Muir.Year-End CountdownWhether you’ve been planning for months, or you’ve waited until the last minute, #GivingTuesday is a huge opportunity for your nonprofit to build  awareness for your mission, expand your reach through new donors, and raise money for your cause.Haven’t started yet?  You can still make the most of this day to boost funds for your nonprofit. Here are three things you can do to get ready for the big day:1.Write your appeal and make sure the message is consistent across all channels.Decide on your campaign’s focus and then use your theme and strongest stories to write a standout appeal. Use the appeal as a reference for updating the rest of your communications, social media profiles, and online assets, like your website and donation page.Feature your #GivingTuesday campaign and its main focus on your nonprofit’s home page, “Why Give” page, and donation page. All of your channels should reinforce your core message and also include your campaign branding (such as any special logos or taglines) and story. It helps to pre-write follow-up emails, posts, and tweets to make it easier on the actual day itself.Need help writing your fundraising appeal? We have a step-by-step guide just for you.2. Get your donation page ready and be your donor if you haven’t yet.On #Givingtuesday, you’re going to be sending a lot of people to your donation page. You want to make sure it’s clear, consistent with your campaign, and user friendly. Visit your nonprofit’s website to see how easy (or difficult) it is to make a donation. See if there’s any part of the process that may be confusing or difficult for your donors.Next, have a colleague or a friend visit the page. A second set of eyes is vital, as sometimes we get used to seeing things on our own website and don’t realize how a visitor may experience them. With all of the people you’re hoping to drive to your donation page, it’s important to make sure there’s a seamless donation experience in place.3. Plan your social media blitz.Yes, you should definitely send email appeals to your donors on #GivingTuesday—but don’t stop there. On a day like #GivingTuesday, your social media channels are vital. Facebook and other channels you’re already using will help you communicate updates quickly, create a sense of urgency, and spread your campaign beyond your traditional network.Take some points from your appeal and plan to post then throughout the day, along with fundraising goal updates and stories from the community you’ve served. Ask your most loyal social media fans to help spread the message and share your campaign. If you can, send them pre-made tweets and Facebook posts so they can simply copy, paste, and post.Finally, don’t forget about graphics. Free tools like Canva or PicMonkey are great for creating your own images. Just be sure to use consistent branding throughout your images so it’s obvious that these visuals are supporting the same #GivingTuesday campaign.last_img read more

Get More From Mobile Giving with Donor Management

first_imgKnowledge is power. For nonprofits, harnessing that power comes in the form of a donor management system, or DMS. Using a DMS allows you to effectively gather and analyze information that would be very time consuming or impossible to access without one. A DMS allows you to see what parts of your organization’s mobile fundraising campaigns are effective and where you’re falling short. This information helps you make better-informed decisions on where to dedicate your limited resources for maximum effect. A DMS will also help you improve the elements of your campaign, making them more effective. The right DMS makes tasks simpler, freeing you up to spend your time on other things.In order to get the most from your mobile giving campaigns, you’ll need a DMS that provides the right tools. Here’s what you should look for:Mobile-Friendly Templates for Donation PagesMobile device use is rising quickly. A recent Pew Research study found that 77% of Americans own a smartphone. People are increasingly using their devices for everything from entertainment to social media to making mobile donations. Choose a DMS that allows you to easily create fully mobile-responsive donation pages that automatically resize text and images properly for mobile screens.Makes Text-to-Give SimpleText-to-give is a popular form of mobile giving that nonprofits can use in a variety of creative ways. You’ll want to be able to set up text-to-give campaigns quickly, including creating your text-to-give numbers and trigger words.Robust Tracking ToolsThe ability to track and manage your active giving campaigns in an easy-to-understand interface is one of the most important features any DMS should have. This is where you’ll see, at a glance, which campaigns (and which tactics you used within each campaign) performed well, and which ones generated less interest than you expected. Connecting with what matters to your donors is vital to ensuring the survival of your mission. The data you gather here can be used to spur discussions inside the organization on what direction future efforts should take.Pledge ManagementMany nonprofits lean on pledges for support. Any DMS you consider should contain a pledge management system, too, and allow your mobile giving campaign to accept pledges. Pairing pledged contributions to actual donations helps you manage your plans for future growth. Knowing who has pledged but fallen behind on fulfilling that pledge tells you who needs to be reminded of their commitment via an email or postcard. It also makes thanking those who have followed through easier.Flexibility For Multi-Channel CommunicationsOne size never fits all when it comes to fundraising. Often you’ll be integrating mobile giving into multi-channel campaigns. A good DMS allows the user to take advantage of a range of ways to communicate with potential donors. Features like bulk text messaging, the ability to create and track email campaigns, and mail merging and direct mail integration are all essential for effectively communicating with supporters in their preferred method.If you’re shopping for a DMS, be sure to evaluate how it will help you streamline your mobile fundraising activities and how robust the tracking is. A well-deployed DMS provides you the tools you need for smart decision-making as an organization. By bringing many of the pieces that previously existed separately into one platform, you’ll conserve your finite resources and be better positioned to grow your organization and better fulfill your mission and the community you serve.Download “The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Giving” to learn more about how mobile giving can boost your fundraising campaigns.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

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week: The Role of Breastfeeding in Achieving the SDGs

first_imgPosted on August 2, 2016August 2, 2017By: 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)During this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, we reflect on the crucial role of breastfeeding in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for at least the first six months and continue breastfeeding for two years. WHO aims to increase global exclusive breastfeeding rates to at least 50% by the year 2025.Currently, only 38% of infants around the world are breastfed exclusively, and suboptimal breastfeeding contributes to approximately 800,000 infant deaths annually. Breastfed infants are at least six times more likely to survive in the first few months of life compared to non-breastfed infants. Breast milk helps prevent respiratory infections, diarrhoeal disease, urinary tract infections, obesity, asthma, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions in children. Furthermore, research suggests that breastfeeding protects mothers against breast and ovarian cancer, reduced bone density and possibly postpartum hemorrhage. Promoting exclusive breastfeeding is particularly important in low-resource settings where maternal and infant mortality and morbidity rates are high.The connection between breastfeeding and SDG 3 (ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) is obvious; but breastfeeding can also help us achieve the other SDGs. For example, breast milk is not only the best source of nutrition for infants—it is also available globally regardless of socioeconomic status. Therefore, encouraging and supporting women in low-resource settings to breastfeed can play a vital role in achieving SDG 1 (end poverty in all of its forms everywhere), SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 10 (reduce inequality within and among countries).Since breastfeeding is associated with positive health outcomes for mothers and babies throughout the life course, its benefits continue to affect women as they age and children as they grow into adults. Healthy children and adults are better students, better workers and more productive members of their communities, which has implications for SDG 4 (ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), SDG 8 (promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all) and SDG 9 (build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation).Breastfeeding can also be considered a part of the sexual and reproductive health rights agenda, which is a crucial component of SDG 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). Lastly, since breast milk is a natural, renewable food source that does not require packaging or distribution, breastfeeding is beneficial for the environment, which is the general focus of SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. Though each SDG has its own objective, the SDG agenda emphasizes the importance of considering how these goals are interconnected and thinking holistically about global development.Although the benefits of breastfeeding are well documented, breastfeeding rates remain low in many settings, and large disparities persist both within and among countries. As we approach the one-year anniversary of adopting the SDGs, prioritizing interventions to encourage breastfeeding around the world is more important than ever.—Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WBW2016Learn more about breastfeeding on the MHTF website.Visit the World Breastfeeding Week website.Watch this two-minute video to learn more about the SDGs.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Best Available Tools to Measure Women’s Childbirth Experiences

first_imgPatient Perception ScoreUnited Kingdom3Measures patients’ perceptions following operative delivery While there are several tools available for measuring women’s childbirth experiences, the majority of them require further investigation. It is also important to note that almost all of the tools included in this review were designed and tested in high-income countries. Additional work is needed to adapt these tools for use in diverse settings across the globe to ensure that the constructs being measured are locally relevant. Having accurate, useful tools to measure women’s childbirth experiences is essential for efforts to improve the provision of respectful, high quality maternal health care for every woman.—Read the full open access paper, “Measuring women’s childbirth experiences: A systematic review for identification and analysis of validated instruments.”Learn about recently developed tools designed to measure the quality of women’s interactions with maternity care providers and their role in decision-making during childbirth.Are you a researcher who is using or designing an instrument to measure women’s experiences with maternal health care? Tell us about your work!Share this: The Childbirth Perception ScaleThe Netherlands12Includes postpartum assessment ToolCountryItemsNotes Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience QuestionnaireSweden29Measures fear of childbirth Pregnancy and Maternity Care Patients Experiences QuestionnaireNorway145Meant for use in health systems that are similar to Norway’s Posted on August 25, 2017August 25, 2017By: 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)Understanding women’s experiences during childbirth is an important component of addressing issues related to the quality of maternal health care. However, measuring the quality of maternal health care, and specifically women’s experiences, is notoriously difficult. Researchers, clinicians and patients disagree about what factors are important to capture, and those factors are often context-specific. Numerous tools have been developed in different parts of the world to measure various aspects of women’s experiences with maternal health care. Some have been tested more extensively than others, and many are designed with a specific sub-population in mind.A paper that was recently published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth reviewed existing measurement tools that aim to capture women’s childbirth experiences. The authors assessed 36 diverse instruments and scored each one based on a set of properties focused on validity and reliability. Overall quality scores were calculated based on accuracy, usefulness and relevance.Based on their analysis, the authors recommended 7 tools with the highest overall quality scores: The Childbirth Experience QuestionnaireSweden22For first-time mothers The Responsiveness in Perinatal and Obstetric Health Care QuestionnaireThe Netherlands40Based on the World Health Organization’s Responsiveness Model The Maternal Satisfaction Scale for Caesarean SectionCanada22Measures patients’ perceptions following cesarean section ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

ITS A TIE CONGRATULATIONS TO MAARIKA PINKNEY AND KELSEY FLOWER

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the July 9th Toronto Monologue Slam are Maarika Pinkney and Kelsey Flower – yes – it’s a tie! Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement ABOUT THE TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM:  Each and every month, the cities hottest up and coming actors deliver intimate and electrifying performances as they battle for the title of Monologue Slam Champion! Judged by an expert panel of the industry’s top agents, teachers, directors, casting directors, producers and actors. The winner receives $100 cash, prizes and the honor of defending their title at the next slam.  For additional information – CLICK HERE Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img

How The Warriors Should Adjust Their Offense Without Steph Curry

Curry’s impact on the DubsEffective field goal percentage of Warriors with at least 30 shots taken in each scenario below, 2017-18 The Warriors are hurting. The latest bad news came over the weekend, when the team learned that superstar Stephen Curry, who was just returning from a six-game absence because of a tweaked right ankle, sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain to his left knee. He joins three other hurt Golden State stars who are currently riding the bench: Kevin Durant has a rib fracture, Klay Thompson has a fractured right thumb and Draymond Green has a pelvic contusion.Coach Steve Kerr has already ruled out the idea of Curry returning for the first round of the postseason. But these other guys will be back. So, how will the Warriors’ offense function without Curry when the postseason starts up? And how should it?To some, these questions might seem pointless, considering that Durant, a fellow superstar, is also on the roster. After all, the possibility of a Curry injury was among the best arguments for signing Durant: Even if Curry goes down, there’d be two other stars (Durant and four-time All-Star Thompson) to count on.1This doesn’t even include Green, the reigning defensive player of the year, who logged a dominant 32-point, 15-rebound, 9-assist outing during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But any changes to a powerhouse lineup like the Warriors’ has some impact: Defenses now will have more resources to clamp down on Durant. The challenge then for Golden State is to navigate the increased attention on Durant while not making any wholesale changes to the offensive plan with only nine games left in the regular season. After all, the Warriors want Curry to hit the ground running when he returns, using the same pass-happy system that was in place when he left.There are a handful of things we can likely expect once the other banged-up Warriors rejoin the lineup as expected. The most important: It’s a safe bet that most of the key role players will shoot at least slightly worse without Curry in the picture — a majority of them have performed worse on offense in times when Curry’s been out and Durant’s been playing (compared with their performance when sharing the court with both Curry and Durant). PlayerWith Curry, w/o DurantWith Curry and DurantWith Durant, w/o Curry Effective field goal percentage is a measure of shooting efficiency that accounts for 3-pointers being worth 50 percent more than 2-pointers.Sources: Second Spectrum, NBA Advanced Stats Effective FG% JaVale McGee64.570.472.7 Draymond Green48.755.550.5 Zaza Pachulia44.763.358.3 Klay Thompson63.067.549.0 Stephen Curry62.261.7— Kevin Durant—63.055.5 Andre Iguodala61.344.539.2 Nick Young51.674.048.6 Durant’s offensive performance has also suffered when Curry isn’t playing. Despite being a top-three player in the world, Durant occasionally finds easy looks as a result of the fear that defenses have of Curry getting open along the arc. One indication of the boost Durant gets: Green has completed 16 alley-oops to him over the past two seasons — many of which were sprung while Curry was distracting defenses with fake backscreens. But those were all with Curry on the floor. Without Curry, Green hasn’t found Durant for a single lob during that time period, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/draykd.mp400:0000:0002:02Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Durant is still a dynamite scorer without Curry, though — as evidenced by his 45 points per 100 possessions (on 48 percent shooting and 42 percent from 3-point range) in the four games he played mostly without Curry recently. But the downside without Curry is that the free-flowing offense grows more stagnant as Durant isolates more to find his shots. The Warriors go from having 106.0 possessions per 48 minutes when Curry orchestrates the offense to 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes when Durant is on the floor without Curry. And the total number of isolations per 100 plays increases 43 percent, from 10.1 to 14.4, when Durant spearheads the attack without Curry, according to Second Spectrum. The high-octane club goes from scoring almost 122 points per 100 possessions with Curry and Durant to 108 when Durant plays without Curry.A few caveats: Those pace and offensive efficiency numbers, while down considerably, would still rank among the highest in the league. If anything, this merely speaks to how otherworldly the Warriors are at full strength, or at least when Curry is running their offense. Without Curry playing, they would still be favored against just about any team out West, perhaps except for Houston.The Warriors know that, too, and based on their recent history with knee sprains, it seems a foregone conclusion that they’ll take things slowly with Curry’s rehabilitation. Curry of course missed two weeks of the postseason in 2016 after suffering a less severe Grade 1 MCL sprain. He had a 40-point game in his return against Portland but then struggled in the finals (he later suggested that he wasn’t anywhere near 100 percent that postseason after the injury). The team took a different approach with Durant last season — and saw different results. He returned from a nearly six-week absence and Grade 2 MCL sprain to outplay LeBron James and earn the finals MVP.While Durant and the rest of the Warriors await Curry’s return, there are several tactics they could take to both take advantage of the line-ups they will have on the floor and to make sure that Curry can re-enter the offense seamlessly. For one, Golden State would be smart to push the tempo and to screen more on the ball using either Green or Andre Iguodala to set picks for Durant. (The Warriors set about 10 fewer on-ball screens per 100 possessions when Durant is running the offense without Curry.) Both Green and Iguodala are playmakers and are more likely to keep the ball moving than Durant. He’s a good passer but calls his own number for 1-on-1 scenarios far more often than most players do.This is why running more simple screen-and-roll sets could help Durant: Such plays give him a clearer opening for an occasional jumper when he wants one. But they also allow him to share the ball with confidence that he can get it back in perhaps his most lethal position: off the catch, where he shoots a far-higher percentage than when he dribbles several times before launching an attempt.It’s worth noting that the Warriors have generated more points per play out of Durant pick-and-rolls with Green setting the screen this season (1.18) than they have with Curry pick-and-rolls in which Green is the screen-setter (1.08), according to Second Spectrum.2Among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls — meaning that the player associated with the play either shot the ball, was fouled, turned it over or passed to a shooter within one dribble of receiving the ball.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/p.mp400:0000:0001:48Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For context, the Durant and Green combo ranks second in efficiency among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls, trailing only the unstoppable duo of Curry and Durant.So, no — there’s obviously no true way to replace everything Curry brings on offense. But playing a style that isn’t far removed from what he’s used to could help keep the team in rhythm for when he returns.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more