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


first_imgThe ATA recognises the important role Touch Associations play within the larger sporting community. Communication is vital at this level and is often achieved through the dedication of volunteers who have an active passion for the club or association. The ATA has identified ways to better deliver efficient services to club and association administrators in the context of the Internet. We have available proven and innovative Internet tools for an association administrator’s use in order to enhance the experience for your participants and reduce the overall workload. The following two testimonials are from the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch and Adelaide City Associations currently using the Sportzware Competition and Membership software. “Sportzware has cut the time I spend in half on building and running our competitions. In addition the ability to market and communicate to team’s players and officials via the email function is invaluable. The growth and professionalism of the City Touch Club would not be possible with out Sporting Pulse.” Gavin Macdonald Competition & Events Manager City Touch “Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association has been using Sporting Pulse for 5 seasons now and has found it a great system to use. We are the largest competition in Queensland with approximately 240 senior teams per season and about 70 junior teams. All of our draws are conducted on the system and uploaded to the website for all our members to have access. We have reduced number of calls to our office by up to 50 %, with most teams now finding times of games on the website, or using the automatic reminder system. Saving us many hours on the phone, that can be put back into administration of the sport. With the ability to keep members on the database from season to season, we now have an extensive database of members that could be used for anything from sponsorship to keeping in touch with members. We also now have many of our teams and clubs using the newsletter section of the website to inform their own team players of current news. We use the website for notification of wet weather games in conjunction with our 1300 wet weather number; this has also reduced our calls by about 50% on wet days. The ability for the system to produce all my scorecard labels saves us hours of work, and the sign on sheets for teams is also time saving. The system still has many features that I am still to utilize, such as the player tribunal section, the touch downs for each player etc. With the system continually being upgraded and sportingpluse giving excellent support, I would recommend any association to use the program.” Michelle Fletcher Administrator Brisbane City Touch The SportingPulse and the ATA package will allow your sporting organisation to: * Administer all your competitions with our state of the art Competition Management Software * Place your competitions ladders, fixtures and results on the Internet * Easily administer your organisation’s web site * Reach your members through our centralised communication platform * Take advantage of our “top tier” Internet access deals for your sporting organisation and your members * Manage your membership registration via our secure Member Database Solution * Receive training and support in competition management and web design * Generate revenue through our partnership fund-raising opportunities * The ATA exists to serve Touch participants. As players strive to reach their individual and team goals, the ATA provides Internet facilities to enhance that buzz and energy that comes from playing sport for the love of it. The ATA program has features that enhance the life of every sporting participant. From a publishing forum to report the dizzying heights and the terrible defeats of the games, to automated game reminder emails. Jon Pratt Event and IT Manager Australian Touch Associationlast_img read more

Three Holiday Fundraising Clichés to Avoid

first_imgPutting a snowman on it. (Or reindeer. Or fir trees.): Unless you are actually working to save snowmen, reindeer, fir trees — or any other emblem of the winter holidays, avoid featuring any of these as the star of your fundraising appeal. The best use of an image is showing me a real photo of the people or animals my donation will help. Bonus: Avoiding the traditional clip art will also help your appeals stand out from the crowd! At the risk of being a Scrooge myself, here are three holiday fundraising pet peeves that I hope to see less often this year: Photo Source: Big Stock Photo Making me feel guilty about my daily coffee: The classic line of forgoing a daily latte to make a donation is often used to illustrate how easy it can be to find a way to give a little and have it add up to a lot. However, the world is certainly not going to be a better place if I skip my coffee (trust me), and I want to be inspired to give, not guilted. Let me give my donation in a happy, caffeinated state and leave Starbucks (and guilt) out of it.center_img Year-end fundraising season is here and I’m seeing a steady stream of fundraising appeals arrive in the mail and in my inbox. As sure as I can count on receiving Aunt Nancy’s 3-page (front and back) annual family newsletter, there are a few themes that always seem to creep into the mix of these donation requests. Using too many shopping metaphors. Unless you can clearly tie the idea of shopping to giving the gift of charity, specific impact levels or a holiday giving catalog, as done very successfully by Heifer International or even Network for Good’s own Good Cards, consider leaving the shopping to the mall. Giving a donation is a highly personal and emotional act; don’t take me out of the moment by overusing phrases like: “buy now”, “holiday shopping” and “shopping list”.Your best bet to get me to donate to your cause in December? Tell a great story, stick to the point and clearly tell me what I can do to help. Happy fundraising!last_img read more

The 3 Things Your Donor Thank You Must Do

first_imgEditor’s note: This article was adapted from the webinar presentation “Why They Leave and How to Get Them Back” with Kivi Leroux Miller and Katya Andresen. It was originally published on December 27, 2012 and has been updated. Want to start the off on the right foot with your donors?  Take the time to show your gratitude and to differentiate yourself in a way that advances your mission and deepens your relationships with donors. Remember: having a memorable thank you is the first step in retaining more donors.Photo Source: Big Stock PhotoTry these three ways to wow your donors with your next thank you letter.Show the impact.Don’t lead with, “Thank you for your gift of $25 on December 5.”  Lead with something that captures the true story of the impact. Lead with the success they are helping to achieve. That’s what the donor wants. They don’t want to know that you deposited $25 in your bank account on December 5. They want to know you are spending that $25 to make a difference in the world.Open the door.Share with your donors the other ways they can be involved with your cause. Invite them to an open house or participate in other programs. Educate them on what they can do in their own life to help your cause and if you have volunteer opportunities, let them know how to join in. Think of the different ways people can learn more about your organization and get even more involved in making a difference.Set expectations.Let donors know when they will hear from you again. If you add them to your mailing list, make sure you have an interesting and inspiring newsletter. Don’t just start slamming people with a bunch of boring information and ask them for money all the time. Create a newsletter that that continues to engage people’s spirit and report back on the results they helped make possible. Plan ongoing updates that will let donors know about all the great stuff that they’re making possible.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

10 ways to thank your donors

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

3 Metrics Your Nonprofit Should Measure Using Google Analytics

first_imgAccessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, your nonprofit website is a valuable tool for interacting with your target audience and allowing visitors to learn about your nonprofit. Having the insights to efficiently manage your website are important to optimize the experience for your supporters and ensure the success of your nonprofit. Fortunately, Google Analytics provides organizations with a cost effective way to monitor the metrics that matter and help your team make informed decisions.Here are three metrics that your nonprofit should be measuring: This organization located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is generating a significant amount of its traffic from outside its city limits. Based on this insight, the organization could consider expanding their target audience into new geographic territories or hosting a fundraising event in a new location. Mobile Traffic Behavior As the number of mobile site searches increases, optimizing your nonprofit mobile site for smartphone and tablet users is becoming even more critical to interacting and engaging with your supporters. Mobile traffic behavior metrics let you monitor your site’s mobile traffic growth over time. When analyzing this metric, it’s important to remember that an increase in mobile traffic growth alone doesn’t indicate that your site is mobile friendly. As mobile visitors typically spend less time on a site that isn’t adequately optimized for their devices, time on site, and average visit duration metrics should also be evaluated. Page Bounce RatesA “bounce” occurs when a visitor navigates to a page and then immediately leaves. Depending on the intent of any given webpage, a high bounce rate could indicate a low level of audience interaction and engagement. For example, if your volunteer application page has a high bounce rate, then you need to reevaluate the page’s content as visitors are not spending enough time on the page to fill out any information.Although these three metrics only begin to cover the extent of the metrics offered by Google Analytics, they provide a foundation from which you can start to measure the performance of your  nonprofit website and your reputation. Knowing how to use the information displayed by these metrics will undoubtedly aid your nonprofit staff in optimizing your organization’s website content and improving overall audience engagement. For more information about the metrics that your organization should be utilizing download the free e-book, Top 10 Things Your Association Should Measure in Google Analytics.DJ Muller is president and founder of WebLink International, the creators of WebLink Connect™ the innovative, insightful and intuitive association management software with superior customer support. WebLink empowers hundreds of trade and professional associations and more than 500,000 small and medium businesses to help them acquire and retain more customers.center_img Audience LocationThe audience location metrics enable you to specifically determine the geographic areas that your site content is reaching. By monitoring this metric, your nonprofit will have the tools it needs to determine if it’s effectively reaching its intended target audience. Additionally, this metric can be used as a means to reveal emerging or previously unidentified audiences as well as the effectiveness of your promotional efforts.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

As UN General Assembly Reviews MDGs, How Can the Next Global Development Framework Accelerate Progress on Maternal Health?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 23, 2013February 2, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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)When the United Nations General Assembly meets this week, world leaders will review progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and debate the next global development agenda. There is little question that the next framework will have a critical bearing on whether, and by how much, maternal mortality will be reduced in the coming years. The priority that maternal health and related issues, such as HIV and AIDS and family planning, receive in the global framework will influence health policy and programming around the world.As a group of maternal health experts representing WHO and USAID pointed out in a commentary published in August in The Lancet Global Health: “Between 1990 and 2010, maternal mortality decreased globally by nearly 50%, from 543 000 maternal deaths per year to 287 000, with the greatest reductions in  the second half of this period. A major catalyst for this progress was the target set by Millennium Development Goal 5: reduction of the maternal mortality ratio by 75% between 1990 and 2015. Later, a second target on reproductive health was added, which has undoubtedly contributed to accelerated progress.”Going in to the debate, there is good reason to believe that maternal health will remain on the agenda. In May, the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP), commissioned by UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon recommended that the UN adopt a set of 12 interrelated goals, each supported by a set of ambitious targets for achieving a vision of sustainable development, that ensures that  the world of 2030 is “more equal, more prosperous, more peaceful, and more just.” Among the goals and targets, the HLP recommended that maternal mortality ratio be reduced to “no more than X deaths per 100,000 births” by 2030 as part of goal 4, which seeks to “Ensure Healthy Lives.” Unlike the MDG target, which proposed a 75 percent reduction in the maternal mortality ratio for all countries, regardless of what their MMR was at the baseline, this proposed measure would define progress against an absolute figure. Depending on how “X” is defined, then, many countries would start off having “achieved” the target, while others might be challenged to reduce their MMR by an even greater degree than the 75 percent set by the MDGs.In the months since the HLP offered its recommendations, policy makers, researchers and others have begun to consider  the proposed goal, as well as the implications that the shift from a relative to an absolute measure would have for priorities in global and national efforts to improve maternal health.  For instance, the recent Lancet commentary proposed one response, suggesting that the UN adopt the overall target for countries to achieve an MMR of no more than 50 deaths/100,000 births by 2035, along with more specific targets and national strategies for countries that currently have maternal mortality ratios of over 400 deaths/100,000 births, as well as for addressing inequities within countries where overall maternal mortality is relatively close to the target (under 100/100,000) by focusing on improving maternal health among subpopulations with higher than average maternal mortality rates. At the same time, the authors called for new strategies and approaches to measure and reduce maternal mortality.The General Assembly debate provides an important opportunity to reflect on the progress, challenges and lessons learned under the MDGs, and to consider the best ways of  accelerating global and national progress toward reducing maternal mortality after 2015.We want to hear from you. What role do you think MDG5 has played in accelerating progress toward reducing maternal mortality? Has the time come to shift to an absolute target, or is a relative measure more useful? What challenges and opportunities do you see in the proposed overall framework which groups maternal health with other health issues? Is reducing the maternal mortality ratio the best way to measure progress toward ending preventable maternal deaths, or would a different measure be more useful?Share this:last_img read more

Birth Defect Prevention: A Case for Integrating Maternal and Newborn Care

first_imgPosted on July 14, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, 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)This month the WHO came out with “Birth defects surveillance: Atlas of selected congenital anomalies.” This guide, with illustrations and photographs of common birth defects, is a supplement to the WHO publication, “Birth defects surveillance: A manual for programme managers,” released earlier this year. These manuals are useful as they emphasize the importance of maternal and newborn health integration.Birth defects account for 3% of global child deaths and 7.3% of neonatal deaths. In the Americas, congenital birth defects make up 10% of child deaths and 20.8% of neonatal deaths. But are congenital defects preventable? Sometimes they are. With key interventions integrated into maternal health and antenatal care, both mom and baby may experience improved health outcomes.Environmental and maternal causes account for 4-10% of all birth defects. With antenatal care that focuses on (1) mother’s nutritional status, (2) preventing maternal exposure to chemicals and illicit drugs, (3) preventing maternal infections like rubella, (4) managing chronic maternal diseases like diabetes, (5) and preventing exposure to known teratogens, both maternal and neonatal health can see improvements. One notable public health success in this realm is the 25-50% reduction in neural tube defects (or spina bifida) experienced in countries after folic acid fortification was implemented in cereal and grain products.If you’re interested in improving surveillance, legislation, and prevention of birth defects in your country, reference the two WHO manuals below:–          Birth defects surveillance: A manual for programme managers–          Birth defects surveillance: Atlas of selected congenital anomaliesShare 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

12 New Jobs in Maternal Health

first_imgTechnical advisors and specialists:Technical Advisor for Community Linkages for MNH, SRH & FP: JHPIEGO (Uganda)Senior Technical Advisor for Malaria in pregnancy: JHPIEGO (Uganda)National Maternal Newborn Child Health and Family Planning Specialist: Path (Bunia, Congo)Provincial Maternal Newborn Child Health and Family Planning Specialist: Path ( Bunia, Congo)mHealth Technical Advisor I: Pathfinder International (Watertown, MA,USA)Global Technical Lead, Universal Health Coverage: Population Services International (Arlington, VA, USA)Senior Technical Advisor: Population Services international (Harare, Zimbabwe)Programs and Projects:Program Assistant, Maternal Health Initiative: Wilson Center (Washington, DC, USA)Sr. Program Officer: JHPIEGO (Baltimore, MD,USA)Program Management Officer: JHPIEGO (Tanzania)Analyst:mHealth Analyst: Pathfinder International (Watertown, MA,USA)Share this: Posted on March 6, 2015August 10, 2016Click 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)Featured career opportunity:Photo: Jacaranda HealthChief Operating Officer: Jacaranda Health is expanding, and we are in search of an extraordinary person – a COO to be based in Kenya and help lead our team as we expand nationally. Already, we have launched our second private maternity hospital and are partnering with the Kenyan government to bring our model of quality maternity care to public hospitals.If you want to make a big impact in maternal health by putting your business experience to work. A successful COO could come from any number of backgrounds. Interested individuals should submit a CV and cover letter to coo@jacarandahealth.org. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Women in Philanthropy Profile: Emily Roisman

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

What Can Maternal Health Learn From the Aviation Industry?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 26, 2016September 26, 2016By: Katherine Semrau, Director of the BetterBirth Program at Ariadne Labs, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health EquityClick 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)Birth attendants and a BetterBirth coach use the Safe Childbirth Checklist, hanging on the wall, at a facility in Uttar Pradesh to ensure quality care for the new mother and baby.Growing up in West Tennessee, I have fond memories of going to see my grandparents with my family. Mind you, this trip was not on a short car trip, bus or train ride. It was an eight-hour flight in a small Cessna with me, my sister, my mom and my father—who happens to be a part-time pilot. When we were young, my sister and I used to get so excited to fly. We would press our noses up against the window shortly after take off and watch the world fade beneath us. But as I got older, I became more curious about how my father flew the plane.I remember a green notebook that sat on his lap while he flew. He would refer to it often throughout the flight… looking at the words in the notebook and checking the instrument panel in the plane and going back to the notebook. He did this several times during the flight– at important moments — like just before taking off, once we reached cruising altitude, and just before landing. At the time I did not know, but this was the manual of aviation checklists and it is used by pilots around the world. Neither did I know what a checklist was, nor know how important checklists would be in my professional life.I am an epidemiologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital; assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the BetterBirth Program at Ariadne Labs. At Ariadne Labs, we focus on simple tools to solve complex problems at critical moments in people’s lives. My program, BetterBirth, focuses on the critical moment of childbirth and we are working on testing and spreading an implementation program for the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Childbirth Checklist.Now, let’s consider modern checklists. Not the grocery store list or the honey-do lists, although those may be important. I’m talking about checklists that really matter and impact people’s lives.In the 1930s, military airplanes were being designed to go farther, faster and carry heavier loads. One of these planes was called the “flying fortress,” the most complex plane designed to date. To test this machine, a highly trained and experienced pilot took off in the plane and crashed to the ground. Upon review, no mechanical errors or engineering failures were found, rather it was human error/pilot error that caused the crash. The pilot had forgotten the simple task of unlocking the rudder and elevator controls on the plane; something all pilot should remember to do. The aviation industry realized that when flying these complex machines, it is easy to forget the most simple of tasks, and thus the manual of aviation checklists was born.Now, the industry has had more than 60 years of successful development and implementation of checklists. With more than 3.2 billion airline passengers a year, and accident rate of three accidents per 1,000,000 departures, that would equate to a maternal mortality rate of 25 deaths/100,000 births—down from the current global average of 216 deaths/100,000.I would argue that the global maternal and newborn health community has four lessons we can learn from aviation.StandardizationThe aviation industry was on a quest to standardize operational procedures which are essential for safety in all planes. The aviation checklist is beautiful in its simplicity and thoroughness. Individual items on the aviation checklists are essential; nothing is extraneous, and all items ensure that pilots are reminded of all the necessary tasks. Checklists are designed for critical moments in flying, including before takeoff and before landing.Similarly, the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist addresses four critical moments during childbirth: at admission, just before pushing, within one hour of delivery and at facility discharge. The behaviors on the WHO checklist address the biggest causes of mortality in women and newborns and are thus essential practices arising from evidence-based WHO guidelines. Thus, the first lesson we can take from the aviation industry is that the checklists are standardized and universal.AdaptationThe second lesson we can learn about checklists from aviation is that checklists should be adapted. Aviation checklists are modified for the specific airlines culture and environment. The checklist used on a Delta airlines flight may look slightly different than the checklist used on SAS airlines. Language may be different or ordering of items may change, but the essential items are present.We know in public health that one-size-fits-all programs rarely work. In the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist, the standard essential practices are there, but the Checklist should be adapted for the local context. For example, in the work we are implementing in India with Population Services International, the checklist was adapted to include BCG tuberculosis vaccination for the newborn to align with Government of India guidelines. In settings of high HIV prevalence, the Checklist needs to be adapted to include HIV testing and treatment guidelines. Context matters; Checklists must be adapted to be functional.The Safe Childbirth Checklist translated into Hindi for use in India.No Task Too SmallThe third lesson we can learn from aviation is that no procedure or task is too small to include on the checklist. In 2006, a plane was taking off in the early morning darkness. There was construction at the airport, a short-staffed air traffic control tower, and a pilot who ended up on the wrong runway and crashed. Checking the runway is a simple task, so simple, it was never included on the before-takeoff checklists.  After that, the aviation checklist was updated to include a reminder to check the runway.In childbirth, some of the simplest tasks are the one most often not performed. Handwashing is one of these simple, yet often elusive behaviors. In our experience in India, less than 10 percent of birth attendants washed their hands prior to conducting a vaginal exam. It is the most basic of hygiene behaviors, but undone, the consequences may be severe for infection and sepsis. Even this simple task is included on the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist.Implementation MattersThe fourth lesson to be learned from aviation is that how the checklist is introduced and implemented matters. The aviation checklists are part of all pilot’s training now and continued monitoring and support for use of checklist is standard.  Today, any pilot will tell you that checklists are an essential part of aviation culture.Checklists are implemented with consistency through training and coaching. Checklists are embedded in the rigorous simulator training pilots undergo to get their license. It is not just that the checklist is available, but that the checklist should be used for every flight, by every pilot, no exceptions. Further, Check Airmen, senior pilots with years of experience, fly along with pilots–junior and senior alike–and observe pilot behaviors. They provide feedback to the pilot about how they flew.In the world of childbirth, the WHO Checklist can and should be included as part of training for nurses, midwives, ob/gyns and birth attendants. Our experience in India has taught us that peer coaching is a critical component of success. BetterBirth coaches, like the Check Airmen, observe and provide feedback to the birth attendant and help problem solve the deficiencies and celebrate the successes. Like Check Airmen, the coaching is never penalty based, rather it is through support and practice that implementation of the WHO Checklist has been adopted. With this adoption, we are seeing dramatic improvements in the basic quality of care provided to women and children in India.Today, around the world, 800 women will die during childbirth. If an airplane crashed and killed 800 people, we would see this story on every newspaper and television screen. Every year, 300,000 women die in childbirth, 2.6 million stillbirths, and nearly 3 million newborns died in the first month of life. And the bigger tragedy in all those numbers is that the large majority of those deaths are preventable.We know what causes maternal and newborn mortality. We know what to do to prevent these deaths. Use of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist will improve the quality of care and improve the practices of birth attendants around the world to ensure high quality and safe delivery. We cannot take an entire generation for this idea of Checklists to spread to childbirth. These essential birth practices should be given to every woman and every newborn no matter where they are in the world.—Learn more about the launch of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist and lessons learned from implementation. This essay was first delivered at Women Deliver 2016 in a live Speaker’s Corner talk.This post originally appeared on the Ariadne Labs blog.Share this:last_img read more

Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Dr. Joannie Bewa (Benin)

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 3, 2016October 7, 2016By: 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)In July 2016, global leaders gathered for the second annual Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) in partnership with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and The Aga Kahn University and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The participants represented 26 countries from five continents.SMNLW participant Dr. Joannie Bewa is a medical doctor from Benin and Founder of the Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA). She is also a fellow of the US Government International Visitor Leadership Program and Secretary Clinton’s Women in Public Service Project as well as a semi-finalist of the “UN Special Envoy Youth of Courage Award.” Dr. Bewa was recognized as a champion for advancing sexual and reproductive health by Women Deliver in 2015 and is a member of the “Adolescent and Youth Constituency” of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). She played a pivotal role advocating for the health-related SDGs with the UNFPA Youth Panel in Benin and was featured on Melinda Gates’ list of six influential women on the topic of global access to contraception.S: Tell me about yourself and the work that you do.J: My name is Joannie Bewa and I’m from Benin in West Africa. I’m a medical doctor by training practicing in a hospital in Benin, and I’m also the Founder of the Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA). I founded YBLA in 2010 as a youth organization advocating for sexual and reproductive health. YBLA also provides capacity building programs on youth leadership and empowerment. One of our big projects is the “Red Ribbon Campaign” where we have 10,000 young people using strategies such as soccer, art, literature and social media to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. We also joined a national campaign advocating for free family planning methods for adolescents and youth in Benin. We have implemented a national campaign on girls’ empowerment and women’s entrepreneurship with the support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Young African Women Leaders Grant program.S: What is the biggest challenge in maternal and newborn health in your country?J: While the maternal mortality ratio in Benin decreased from 576 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 335 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2013, progress still needs to be made. The modern contraceptive prevalence rate is around 8% and the unmet need for family planning is 33%. We need increased attention to adolescent health—especially early pregnancies—from all stakeholders. A quarter of maternal deaths occur among adolescent populations, so we’re asking ourselves, “What did we miss in our planning?” Adolescent health has to become more than just a song to sing, but really reflected in our interventions. Now is the time to talk more about meaningful adolescent participation.S: What kind of leader do you aspire to be?J: Good leaders are team players. They have a clear vision of where they are, where they want to go and how they’re going to get there. They are also inclusive—when we talk about the SDGs versus the MDGs, we realize that inclusion was lacking in the past and a lot of inequities have increased in developed and developing countries. I would like to be a leader in public health and public service who is able to find concrete solutions to solve health and development issues in Benin, in Africa and around the world. I would like to improve billions of lives through innovative research and effective policies and interventions. I will continue learning, gaining experiences and dreaming big.S: What would you like MHTF readers to know?J: My take-home message from this workshop is that adolescent health and stillbirth need to be prioritized. Costing studies are really important, and documenting effective interventions for equitable, quality care matters. Meaningful adolescent and youth engagement in the planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and accountability processes is key. I also think we need meaningful private sector engagement in every area of development. We have seen many successful private sector alliances in public health. The private sector is making money, and when they understand the urgency of acting, you can have them on board. We need everyone. We cannot continue to work in silos if we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.—Read the PMNCH Knowledge Summary about adolescent health for which Dr. Bewa served as a member of the “Adolescent and Youth Constituency”.Read the first interview in the Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health series with Dr. Emmanuel Ugwa from Nigeria.Check out Dr. Bewa’s summary of the Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop on the PMNCH website.Receive the newest interviews in this series delivered to your inbox by subscribing to the MH Blog.Share this:last_img read more

Making People-Centered Health Services a Reality in Zambia

first_imgPosted on January 3, 2017January 6, 2017By: Paula Quigley, Partner and Technical Lead for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), Health Partners InternationalClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The challengeWith the new era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the accompanying Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), there is an increasing emphasis on health systems that are patient-centered, holistic and integrated rather than vertically-driven and aim to reduce inequity by serving the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach populations—all very laudable objectives indeed; but do health systems have the capacity to deliver results? Although there have been many efforts to improve capacity related to the key building blocks of health systems, such as sufficiently qualified staff and managers, functional equipment, reliable medicines and supplies and adequate data collection, there has often been insufficient attention to building appropriate capacity within the health system to achieve a better balance between supply and demand for essential health services.Like many countries, Zambia struggled for years to improve skilled birth attendance (SBA) with repeated Demographic & Health Surveys (DHS) showing little change between 1992 and 2007, and rates oscillating between 51% and 43%. The DHS 2013-2014 finally demonstrated an increase up to an average of 64%, but a wide urban-rural disparity persisted: 89% of deliveries in urban areas involved a SBA compared to 52% in rural areas. Recently, however, some rural districts have performed much better, achieving an average of 78% SBA. Below is an example of how Zambia has moved to make people-centered health services a reality by using maternal health as an entry point for creating a more responsive health system.The Zambian responseThe Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia (MAMaZ) project, implemented from 2010-2013 and funded by UK Aid through the Department for International Development, was an integrated program working with Zambia’s Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health. MAMaZ strengthened and broadened the focus of the national Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG) initiative, a community health volunteer program and a key part of the government’s safe motherhood policy response. The program focused on building up sustainable resources to increase communities’ capacity to respond to essential maternal health needs.A follow-up program, MORE MAMaZ, funded by Comic Relief under the Maanda Initiative and built on the successes of MAMaZ, was implemented from 2014-2016 in new sites. The program included a stronger focus on institutionalizing the approach within the District Health Management Teams, helping them to strengthen the links between health facilities and their surrounding communities through the SMAG volunteers, and addressing issues around respectful care in health facilities. The programs reached people farther away from health centers by supporting the formation of SMAGs, providing bicycle ambulances and encouraging women to use Mothers’ Shelters at Rural Health Centers.Specific strategies to develop stronger people-centered health services included:A community empowerment approach, led by trained SMAG volunteers and tailored to a low literacy context, which fostered local leadership and aimed at reaching entire families and all parts of the community, including the vulnerable and excluded;Embedding of program officers responsible for demand-side interventions in the district health management teams with regular opportunities for learning and institutionalizationInsights and recommendationsMAMaZ and MORE MAMaZ achieved substantial improvements in key maternal health indicators including SBA, antenatal care attendance and modern contraceptive use. The programs also demonstrated achievements in terms of women’s and girls’ empowerment: According to endline surveys, women who participated in the programs felt better able to make health decisions and more confident about having a safe pregnancy. Applying key lessons learned from implementing MAMaZ and MORE MAMaZ will strengthen current efforts to scale-up SMAGs at a national level in Zambia.“Whole community” approaches, rather than interventions that target individuals or individual households, are needed to change social norms in favor of women’s and girls’ health. The many SMAG volunteers trained in the intervention sites were able to trigger a whole community response by ensuring the involvement of men, women, youth and community leaders, and in particular, reaching those most in need. Improving health workers’ communication skills and their understanding of and capacity to address social exclusion was noted as an important achievement in a review of the training. This input complemented the interventions to increase demand in communities for appropriate health services and is likely to have contributed to the increased use of maternal and newborn health services.—Access resources from MAMaZ and MORE MAMaZ.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Ground to be Broken for $1.75 Billion Hotel in Kingston

first_img Ground will be broken later this week The Prime Minister also announced other large scale investment projects Work is progressing on strengthening links between hotel construction and local manufacturers Story Highlights Ground will be broken for the construction of a new $1.75 billion Courtyard Marriott Hotel in New Kingston later this week.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, announced that the groundbreaking will take place on Thursday July 25, as she addressed the closing Gala Banquet and Presentation Ceremony of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations’ (NAJASO) 36th Annual Convention, at the Secrets Wild Orchid Hotel in Montego Bay, on July 20.She also informed of other large scale investment projects, which she says shows positive signs of growing investor confidence in the country’s economy, such as the Riu Palace Hotel in Montego Bay which is currently under construction at a cost of over $3 billion; and a major commercial development project for downtown Kingston that is “on the horizon”.At the same time, the Prime Minister noted that work is progressing on strengthening the linkages between hotel construction and local manufacturers, as well as with local farmers in respect of food supplies for the hotels.She added that while the private sector was proceeding with commercial investments, the government, through its agencies, was moving ahead with housing solutions for middle income and public sector workers, as well as for those contributors at the lower rung of the income ladder.She pointed out that these activities are important in moving the country towards goals of economic growth and national development.“I have likened our current Economic Reform Programme to working out our business plan. I speak of creating a profitable enterprise for all our citizens. I always speak of the importance of ‘balancing the books while balancing people’s lives.’  This requires, among other things, placing emphasis on poverty alleviation and eventual poverty eradication,” the Prime Minister said.She emphasized that poverty reduction and eventual elimination had to be a central plank of the country’s policy if it wanted to achieve growth and development.“I believe in the Jamaican people.  I know we are a tough and tenacious people. …There is much we can accomplish if we apply our collective energy; our best ideas; our creativity as well as our capacity for hard work to driving the development agenda,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.last_img read more

New tax incentives for investment could increase Canadas emissions

first_imgOTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says big greenhouse-gas emitters can take advantage of new tax incentives for manufacturers even as the government acknowledges that the resulting investment could increase emissions.Morneau’s fall fiscal update will allow manufacturing and processing companies, including heavy emitters like oil producers and refiners, to write off the full cost of buying new equipment and machinery as soon as they put the purchases into use.The change is intended to encourage capital investment in manufacturing and processing sectors that are exposed to international competition — including oil producers and refineries, and big chemical companies.However, on the very last page of the fall fiscal update the government admits that these investments could result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create more air, water and soil pollution.The government is hopeful that extending the same tax incentives to clean energy equipment purchases will reduce emissions enough to offset any increases to emissions from other companies, but it admits right now it can’t say if that will happen.Canada’s international climate change commitments already require a reduction in existing emissions by nearly 200 million tonnes a year, which is the equivalent to taking 44 million cars off the road by 2030.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Aya Ram Gaya Ram culture gains pace in Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar: With a few weeks left for Lok Sabha and assembly polls and major parties busy in finalising candidates, ‘Aya Ram Gaya Ram’ culture seems to be gaining momentum in Odisha. Many leaders, including sitting MPs and MLAs, are now changing party loyalty fearing denial of tickets or defeat in the upcoming polls. Those who had soured their relations with the state leadership are also crossing over from one party to another. BJDs sitting MP from Nabarangpur Balabhadra Majhi left the ruling party alleging “neglect” and joined the BJP within 36 hours of resigning from the BJD. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedBalabhdra quit the BJD in the backdrop of speculation about the party fielding Odishas SC & ST Development Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi as its candidate from Nabarangpur Lok Sabha seat. Two ex-BJD leaders – former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda and former minister Damodar Rout – have also joined the BJP, vowing to oust Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Panda had resigned from the ruling BJD while Rout was expelled from the ruling party long ago. They were inducted into the BJP ahead of the elections. “I have severed 45 years of relationship with the Janata Parivar as I was expelled from the BJD for no reason. I feel the BJP has the determination to dislodge 19-year-old Naveen Patnaik government,” Rout said. Salipur MLA of Congress Prakash Behera resigned on Saturday alleging “negligence by the state party leadership”. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThough Beheras name was cleared by the Pradesh Election Committee for becoming a candidate in 2019 polls, he quit the party ahead of elections. Behera joined the BJP in Delhi on Sunday. Three other sitting Congress MLAs have also quit the grand old party in the run up to elections in Odisha. They are Nabakishore Das (Jharsuguda), Jogesh Singh (Sundergarh) and Krushna Chandra Sagaria (Koraput). Das and Singh joined the BJD, while Sagaria went to the Bahujan Samaj Party. BJD MLA from Nilagiri in Balasore district Sukant Kumar Nayak also left the party alleging neglect. Sources close to him said he may join the saffron party. Nayaks resignation came after the BJD inducted Nilagiris BJP leader Sushma Biswal into the party fold.last_img read more