What are the odds of Fulham getting promoted this season?

first_imgIt was an unhappy season back in the Premier League for Fulham, but the chances of an immediate return to the top flight look good.Casinos often offer sports books with competitive odds for football and that’s the case at Slotsia.com, who are offering a no deposit bonus.And if you’re tempted to place a bet on who’ll win promotion from the Championship this season, the smart money could well be on Fulham, who will surely be among the division’s heavyweights.The Whites generally range from 3-1 to 6-1 to make it back to the Premier League at the first time of asking – they’re rated as one of the favourites and with good reason.Aleksandar The GreatStriker Aleksandar Mitrovic – so crucial to Fulham’s promotion the season before last – was widely tipped to leave Craven Cottage this summer following the club’s relegation back to the Championship.Several clubs were linked with the Serbian, who seemed certain to move on. His decision to commit his future to Fulham by signing a new long-term contract was a major boost for the club – and led to the odds of a promotion being shortened.Mitrovic is a proven Championship goalscorer and can surely be counted upon to get 20-plus goals during the coming season. It’s hard to see how defenders at that level will cope with him.Awesome front threeAs if Mitrovic staying wasn’t an ominous enough sign for the rest of the Championship, he has been joined by Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Anthony Knockaert, giving Fulham a front three that will definitely strike fear into defenders. Cavaleiro, signed from Wolves, was previously outstanding in the Championship, as Knockaert was for Brighton. So there’s more to Fulham’s attack than Mitrovic – much more.Parker’s the right manThe decision to show faith in Scott Parker could ultimately make all the difference. He was unable to halt the slide while in caretaker charge last season but the club rightly judged that the rot had set in long before he took over and that he ought to be trusted with the manager’s job.Parker has urged the club to make significant changes in order to win their Premier League place back and the Fulham hierarchy have listened – and massively backed him in the transfer market.His signings look shrewd and his calm sense of what needs to be done is exactly what Fulham needed after the disappointment of relegation. It won’t be easy, but the chances of them bouncing straight back to the Premier League look good. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoNutrition Expert10 Natural Ways To Get Back a Perfect Vision FastNutrition ExpertUndoAmazingWomanMagTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldAmazingWomanMagUndoTrips ShopPeople from Hong Kong cannot believe these flight pricesTrips ShopUndoEldelperiodico.com你應該停止使用橡膠木塞的5個理由Eldelperiodico.comUndoHealth & Human ResearchDon’t Ignore These 7 Subtle Signs of PrediabetesHealth & Human ResearchUndoTripsInsiderAmazingly Cheap Flights in Hong KongTripsInsiderUndolast_img read more

US to shed light on Africom

first_img21 September 2007The planned location of the new Africa Command (Africom) centre of the United States of America may become know when African envoys meet with their US counterparts in Washington DC this weekend, a senior Foreign Affairs official has told Parliament.Briefing members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on foreign affairs in Cape Town on Wednesday, the department’s acting deputy director-general, Gert Grobler, reiterated the Southern African Development Community (SADC) stance that the region did not want to host Africom.Grobler said there was no “concrete information” available on the proposed location of Africom, a US military command centre dedicated exclusively to the African continent, the creation of which was announced by US President George Bush in February.He added that South Africa was among a number of other countries invited to a meeting with US officials in Washington DC on 22 and 23 September, when the US would make more information on Africom available.Grobler told Members of Parliament that the African Union’s final position on the matter was not entirely clear, although the South African government believed that a majority of countries on the continent would adopt a position similar to that of the SADC.Speaking to the media in August this year, Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota stressed the importance of continental unity behind such a decision, adding that following a unified position on the issue was more important to South Africa’s “medium to long-term interest”.Grobler explained that South Africa was not necessarily opposed to the creation of such a command centre, but would prefer it if the US kept the centre where it is right now – in Germany.He said the SADC’s fears were that, even though Africom would not necessarily entail a large number of personal, it would be “an injection” of US military presence on the continent, creating a facility for enhanced intelligence-gathering within Africa.A major concern is that such a US presence on the continent could lead to “a further radicalisation” of anti-US views on the continent, and even make Africa a target for terrorist acts.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Federer ‘excited’ about 2010 World Cup

first_img11 September 2009The world’s number one tennis player, Roger Federer, says he is excited about the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The Swiss ace, whose mother is South African, holds a South African passport.Federer, who has won more Grand Slam singles titles than anyone in history, is hoping Switzerland make it to the finals in South Africa.“I think it’s wonderful that South Africa got the World Cup, first of all,” he said this week. “I remember seeing them win the World Cup for rugby [in 1995]. It was a great thing for the nation, as well.“Of course, I hope that Switzerland is going to be there too, so I can support Switzerland and South Africa, too.”Switzerland, currently 15th in Fifa’s world rankings, are in a strong position to qualify for the World Cup finals. They’re top of European qualifying Group Two, with two matches still to go.They’re on 17 points, three points clear of Greece and Latvia, and with a better goal difference than those two teams.The Swiss complete their World Cup qualifying campaign with a visit to lowly Luxembourg, which has only five points from eight matches, on 10 October, followed by a tough contest against Israel on 14 October. That match takes place on home soil in Basel.Federer takes an active interest in happenings in South Africa, and the Roger Federer Foundation operates in the country with IMBEWU, a non-profit NGO which initiates and co-ordinates sustainable participative projects in the Eastern Cape province.IMBEWU is composed of two independent but complementary organizations: IMBEWU South Africa, based in New Brighton Township in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), plans and implements programmes at a field level.IMBEWU-Suisse, based in Neuchatel, Switzerland, supports its South African sister organisation financially and encourages global exchanges.Federer says the foundation is close to his heart, and he wishes he had more time to be involved with it. But, he says, when his playing career is over, there will be plenty of time to be more hands-on.Federer is currently in action at the US Open in New York, where he has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for a record 22nd time in succession. He is aiming to win his third Grand Slam title of the year, after victories at the French Open and Wimbledon.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Expose Yourself on Launchly’s Site Review Service

first_imgMcManus was thrilled with his feedback but unfortunately his post was shortly buried below a slew of other posts. He could resubmit for further discussion, but he’d lose the thread of suggestions he’d already received. In order to track his site changes and show the evolution of his own work, he created Launchly. McManus is currently charging $40 for the standard launch package and he plans to roll out two additional tiers to incorporate the added features of polls, custom sub-domains and usability testing. A few companies are already appealing to the Launchly community for feedback, including TwitterMass, Tweet Promote and Iconfinder.The truly interesting part about this service is that it allows reviewers to see sites evolve as per their suggestions. In essence, Launchly creates a sense of ownership and site-loyalty for those who’ve contributed feedback. While it’s too soon to say if the site will take off, it’s a great way for developers to gain new insight into the projects they’re often too close to. It’s also a non-violent and civil way to settle team disputes and make a case for changes to stubborn executives. Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts dana oshiro You know that scene in Alice in Wonderland where Alice is tumbling down the rabbit hole past all those miscellaneous chairs and birds? That same feeling of confused dread is often how users feel when they’re attempting to navigate a site that has never been tested. We know that developers pour their souls into their projects. But that’s also why it’s sometimes difficult (and even personal) to point out the flaws. A developer has to ask, “Do I want it built my way without compromise or do I want users?” If you want to run a business, rather than spending months speculating on what you think users might want, it’s sometimes best to simply ask them. Launchly is a web application review site where developers can upload screen shots and links and ask for user advice and feedback. Released this past week, Launchly appears to be a beefier version of Feedback Army with the additional abilities to track changes and request multiple rounds of recommendations. The site allows developers to submit and resubmit their projects in iterations. Each iteration must be at least a week from the last one and new iterations are bumped to the top of the “New Launches” section. This placement in the “New Launches” section prompts user responses via Twitter and RSS. From here, developers gain a new round of suggestions, traffic data and social buzz aggregation. Older iterations are then stored in the “Iteration Archives” for review. Says Minnesota-based Launchly founder Brian McManus, “When my own launch day came, I did the typical submissions and SEO stuff but still found myself wondering what people thought of the idea and site in general. I turned to HackerNews and requested feedback there.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

BlackBerry 6 Preview Features Social Feeds and New Browser

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Here’s some of what’s new in BlackBerry 6:A social network aggregator that’s shown to work with Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger. It’s unclear if it will support other services. Integrating services such as Yammer and StatusNet would be useful for the enterprise. This is probably based on Viigo, which RIM acquired in March. Viigo, a real-time information aggregator, added support for Facebook last year.An RSS reader, probably also based on Viigo.A new home screen design, and what appears to be a native “Today” theme.The much anticipated new WebKit-based browser, which will add, among other things, tabbed browsing. We looked at what may be in store for the browser here/Universal search.Context-sensitive pop-up menus.RIM released a previous video of the new OS in April.RIM has long dominated the enterprise smart phone market, but the iPhone and Android are challenging RIM’s position. Software such as Sybase‘s Afaria help bring other platforms up to BlackBerry’s level enterprise readyness, so it’s exciting to see that RIM isn’t resting on its laurels anymore. However, this round of improvements only helps bring RIM in line with other smart phones for web and social media experience – it doesn’t look like it’s going to break any new ground. And it does nothing to improve the condition of the rather spare BlackBerry app store.RIM also announced today that it’s making its enterprise-level BlackBerry security features available to consumers and small business users. Tags:#enterprise#mobile#news#Products IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley RIM has released a video preview of the company’s forth coming BlackBerry 6 OS. The preview showcases a touch based interface, new social features likely powered by technology RIM acquired from Viigo and, of course, a new WebKit based browser. The video, and more information, is after the jump. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts last_img read more

Man United sink LA Galaxy 7-0 in Louis van Gaal’s debut

first_imgDanny Welbeck celebrates after scoring his goal for Manchester UnitedManchester United made an impressive debut under coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 friendly victory over the LA Galaxy.Ashley Young and defender Reece James scored two second-half goals each as United opened its summer tour with a surprisingly polished win.Van Gaal doesn’t subscribe to the notion that such a friendly is meaningless, not when United have so much work to do this summer.”I think always the results do matter,” Van Gaal said. “With such a result, you get confidence, and also confidence in a new system. The boys are willing to pick up all the info. We have given a lot of info, but it’s fantastic how they performed today.”Van Gaal’s revealed a system similar to the attack of his Dutch World Cup team. The tactics might be unfamiliar to United fans, but they worked splendidly in a stunning start.”When you see us train, you can expect something, but not 7-0,” Van Gaal said. “That for me was a surprise, and there were some beautiful goals. They scored out of some good attacks.”Danny Welbeck scored the first goal for Van Gaal, who has had limited work with his new club after leading the Netherlands to a third-place finish in Brazil earlier this month. United still outclassed the Galaxy in the friendly between two of David Beckham’s former clubs.Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera also made their debuts while United won by a familiar American football score at the Rose Bowl, the venerable college football stadium.advertisementVan Gaal was hired to repair the 20-time English champions after David Moyes’ poor tenure. United finished seventh in Moyes’ only season as Alex Ferguson’s replacement after 26 years, failing even to qualify for the Europa League.Rooney wasn’t United’s captain, ceding the job to Darren Fletcher, but the England star easily handled his scoring chances. James wasn’t even listed on United’s 25-man squad, but the 20-year-old defender provided two outstanding finishes against the Galaxy’s ragged defense.”I have nothing but respect for the show that Man United put on,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “Getting punished for mistakes and really getting a lesson on the speed of play, we can actually use it as a positive for them.”Herrera, the Spanish midfielder acquired from Athletic Bilbao last month, looked sharp throughout the night. United scored its first goal under Van Gaal when Juan Mata set up Welbeck in the 13th minute for a low 25-yard shot off Jaime Penedo’s post.After AJ De La Garza was penalized for a handball in the 42nd minute, Rooney easily buried the kick even though Penedo guessed correctly. Four minutes later, Welbeck’s centering pass went through the legs of Galaxy defender Tommy Meyer, who crumpled to the ground as Rooney walked the ball into Penedo’s net.James put a sharp side-footed finish on a pass from Young for United’s fourth goal in the 62nd minute. He then scored from distance on a deflection in the 82nd minute before Young capitalized on defensive blunders for two late goals.United’s tour continues Saturday in Denver against Roma, followed by matches with Inter Milan in Washington on Tuesday and Real Madrid in Michigan on August 2.last_img read more

Anthony Davis remains in trade limbo; Harrison Barnes to Sacramento

first_imgHarris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott went to the 76ers, while Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and Landry Shamet went to the Clippers. Philadelphia — with an eye on moving way up from the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference — also gave up a protected 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-rounder that was once owned by Miami, and second-rounders in 2021 and 2023 through Detroit.“We are in the unique position to contend now and we think this trade positions us well for the postseason,” 76ers general manager Elton Brand said.Porter will be headed to Chicago, with the Wizards taking back Parker and Portis. Parker has been bracing for a trade, and moving Porter is a financial win if nothing else for Washington. So is the move that sends Morris to the Pelicans, one that should get the Wizards out of having to pay anything in luxury tax this season.Another deal with tax ramifications was worked out between Miami and Phoenix. The Heat sent Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to the Suns for Ryan Anderson, helping alleviate the logjam of guards that Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has been dealing with all season — plus considerably lowering the Heat’s expected luxury tax bill. It’s likely that Ellington will be a buyout candidate, and therefore would be able to pick his own spot to finish the season.“This business is tough but this kid is tougher,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade wrote on Twitter, talking about Johnson. And later, he told Ellington he has “a brother for life.”Meanwhile, Davis remained in place and out of uniform.The Pelicans haven’t played him since he and agent Rich Paul went public last week with their trade request, and decided not to play the six-time All-Star in Chicago on Wednesday either. The reasons for that were obvious; in case a deal can be made, it’s not worth it for the Pelicans to risk an injury.“It’s going to eventually get resolved,” Gentry said.There will be resolution — maybe just partial resolution, but resolution nonetheless — when the deadline arrives Thursday afternoon. Davis is still under contract for next season, so the Pelicans are in a slippery spot where they don’t need to deal their best player now for fear of losing him in July for nothing but also know that he doesn’t want to remain in New Orleans.If the Pelicans don’t trade Davis by Thursday, they’ll almost certainly be back in the depths of trade talks in June and July — draft time and free agency. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “I mean, obviously, it’s on everyone’s mind,” Gentry said. “But we just try to put it on the back burner and focus on the task at hand and that’s playing the Chicago Bulls. Not anything we can do about it. … I think everything kind of clears up after (Thursday), at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess normal, or whatever our new normal is going to be.”In other trades Wednesday:— A person familiar with the terms said NBA-leading Milwaukee was sending center Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons for forward Stanley Johnson. Both were lottery picks, Johnson in 2015 and Maker a year later. That trade was also pending the NBA reviewing the financial terms and approving, which is required for any deal to become final.— The Los Angeles Lakers — one of the teams known to want Davis — made another deal, getting Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons for rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk. Bullock is a shooter, and Lakers star LeBron James loves surrounding himself with those. Bullock is making nearly 39 percent of his 3-point tries this season. Mykhailiuk has averaged 3.3 points in 39 appearances.— Philadelphia swung a deal with Toronto, getting Malachi Richardson and some draft considerations for cash. Richardson appeared in 23 games during two seasons with the Raptors.— Two people with knowledge of the deal say Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland are finishing a trade that will most notably send Iman Shumpert from the Kings to the Rockets. Houston is sending Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Cavaliers. Alec Burks — now traded for the second time this season, after starting the year in Utah — will go from the Cavaliers to the Kings, when the league signs off on the necessary matters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ FIFA president Gianni Infantino is only candidate for election PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES “Part of the business,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.And business, on Wednesday, was busy — as expected.The Dallas-Sacramento deal will be significant for both sides.The Kings are trying to get into the Western Conference playoffs, and now can add Barnes to their promising young core. Barnes has a $25.1 million player option for next season. Meanwhile, Dallas — which got Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. from New York last week in a massive deal — will have tons of salary-cap space to spend in the coming months as it looks to add more pieces around Luka Doncic.“Things are going to look different on the court,” said Carlisle, who wished Barnes well and told him after Dallas’ game that he believes the Sacramento deal is a good situation for him.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis laughs as he walks on the court before an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)MIAMI— Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA’s annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where the Mavericks took Harrison Barnes out of their win over Charlotte in the third quarter because he’s about to get moved to Sacramento, according to two people familiar with the negotiations there.“I got word of it during the game,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTobias Harris going to Philadelphia from the Los Angeles Clippers as the centerpiece of a six-person, four-draft-pick swap was the first notable deal of Trade Deadline Eve. Later, Chicago agreed to acquire Otto Porter Jr. from Washington for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. The Mavs and Kings agreed to swap Barnes for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson, and as the day was winding down the Wizards struck again — this time sending Markieff Morris to New Orleans for Wesley Johnson.The Mavs-Kings and Wizards-Pelicans deals were confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity by people directly involved in the negotiations, all speaking on condition of anonymity pending the mandatory NBA trade calls to make the deals official. View commentslast_img read more

Get more out of your nonprofit’s Facebook page

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

Addressing HIV-Related Stigma is an Essential Part of Respectful Maternity Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 27, 2013November 27, 2017By: Janet M. Turan, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, Maternal and Child Health Concentration, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at BirminghamClick 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)Pregnant women living with HIV often experience stigma and discrimination in intimate relationships, families, communities, and health facilities. In a recent review of the literature from low-resource settings, our team found that HIV-related stigma and discrimination are significant contributors to the low uptake and utilization of PMTCT and maternal HIV treatment services in a multitude of settings. This evidence has led our team to advocate for the integration of stigma-reduction programming into maternal, neonatal, and child health services globally. Meanwhile, the maternal health community has developed the Respectful Maternity Care Charter in an effort to tackle disrespect and abuse of women seeking and receiving maternity care.  This Charter includes the rights of all childbearing women to information, informed consent, choice, confidentiality, privacy, and freedom from discrimination. Women may be denied these rights because they are poor, because they belong to marginalized racial or ethnic groups, or because they are young or unmarried. These rights are also often denied to pregnant women living with HIV or those at high risk of HIV.   It is time for the HIV and maternal health communities to work together to ensure that these rights are upheld for all childbearing women, with a focus on the special vulnerability of women living with HIV.Respectful Maternity Care interventions can include or adapt evidence-based stigma reduction tools and measures developed in the HIV field. HIV-related stigma reduction interventions that aim to improve outcomes for childbearing women and their families should take into account the wider context of maternity care, and address other types of non HIV-related disrespect and abuse experienced by women in seeking and receiving maternity care.  A pilot project in Kenya suggests that introducing services for prevention of violence against women within antenatal care services (including stigma-reduction training for health workers) will have benefits for all pregnant women and can be especially important in settings where women may fear or experience partner or family violence related to HIV testing or HIV-positive status disclosure.  I recently attended the Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS meeting coordinated by the MHTF, USAID, and CDC and held in Boston, June 10-12, 2013. Meeting participants from the HIV and maternal health communities from around the globe agreed that working together to ensure respectful maternity care—including care free from stigma and discrimination for any reason—should be an important joint goal for both the HIV prevention and maternal health communities.  This post is part of a blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. To view the entire series, click here.Visit the MHTF topic pages on Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS and Respectful Maternity Care for more on both of these topics.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