I am 27, and I Am a Maternal Health Advocate

first_imgPosted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Janna Oberdorf, Communications Manager, Women DeliverClick 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)These are two things I’m very proud of. I’m proud to be young (or at least young-ish) and passionate about women and mothers. I’m proud that when I see images of women giving birth in low-quality health facilities, I want to yell at the world. I’m proud that the first time I learned what fistula is, I wanted to smash my computer screen and say, “Why didn’t I even know about this before?” This is a fight that I’m ready and willing to take – the fight for mothers around the world.But why are there so few young people involved in maternal health, at the research level, at the advocacy level, and at the policy level?Today, at the Global Maternal Health Conference I got to watch five Young Champions of Maternal Health speak with the same passion that I feel.I watched:·      Hellen Kotlolo talk about her project to send SMS text messages to pregnant women and new mothers that give them both health advice, but also loving, empowering messages that increase their self-esteem;·      Zubaida Bai talk (via a video recording) about her project to distribute clean birth kits to communities;·      Egwaoje Ifeyinwa Madu talk about using SisterFriends, a trusted network of women in communities, to share information on maternal health and act as a safe and compassionate resource;·      Carolina Araujo Damasio Santos talk about her project The Art of Being Born which uses music, poetry, and other art forms to humanize the process of pregnancy and birth in Brazil;·      and Seth Cochran talk about Operation OF, a project to reintegrate fistula survivors into communities who have shunned them for their injuries.I couldn’t have been more inspired. But I had to ask the question: How do we get more young people on board? It seems that when it comes to maternal health, it’s hard to reach young people in a way that make them understand this is an issue that affects them. Many young people care about sexual and reproductive health – they want safe sex, contraception, safe abortions. But when you mention maternal health, they think about their mothers.Sitting in front of five Young Champions who certainly inspired this conference of almost 700 people, I hope that one day maternal health will resonate with young people on a bigger, broader level. I hope that one day when we mention maternal health, young people will think of themselves and not just their mothers. And I hope that organizations like the Maternal Health Task Force, Ashoka, and more continue to respect young people’s opinions and innovative ideas, and properly support them with information, guidance, mentoring and funding.Learn more about the Young Champions of Maternal Health program, a partnership between the Maternal Health Task Force and Ashoka.Janna Oberdorf is the Communications Manager at Women Deliver.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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9 months agoReal Madrid plan offers for Hazard AND Eriksen

first_imgReal Madrid plan offers for Hazard AND Eriksenby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid plan to raid the Premier League to find a new attacking midfielder.The Sun says they will bid for Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen this summer.The pair are Real’s top targets and having one season left on their deals will lead to approaches at the end of the season.Offers for each player will start at £50million, with the European champions expecting initial bids to be rebuffed.But Chelsea and Spurs risk losing their star men for FREE the following summer and will have to consider offers.Real Madrid travel to Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday with the 13-time European champions ten points behind leaders Barcelona. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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5 days agoGuardiola: Why I won’t watch Man Utd vs Liverpool

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Courtois explains the pressure at Madrid

first_imgThe Belgian goalkeeper knows that defending the goal of Real Madrid is the most difficult job in the football world.A goalkeeper’s job is very difficult. Not only you are the last line of defense against the rivals, but you are also in constant pressure.This is why Thibaut Courtois feels there’s a lot of pressure when playing for Real Madrid.“Whenever a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it almost always ends up in a goal, so there is always pressure,” he told UEFA.“There’s pressure here at Madrid, but I don’t think that changes whichever club you’re playing for,” he added.“You have to focus at all times.”“When we’re attacking, it is very important to be alert, to play behind the defensive line; if it’s a high defensive line then you need to get further upfield,” he continued.“You need to play in the space and stop those balls getting through; for example against Roma [in the group stage], I had to come out of the area two or three times to stop the counter. That’s when you need to be alert and that’s why you always need to be concentrating.”“Over the last ten years, a lot more has been asked of goalkeepers – to be good with your feet, play in the space – when maybe it was not like this 20 years ago,” he continued.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Even so, when I played at Genk as a child, they asked you to play with your feet from a very young age.”“It also depends on the team you play for, whether they’re only looking to play long balls or to play out from the back,” he explained.“Being a goalkeeper nowadays is much more than making saves on the line – it’s also about playing into space, playing with your feet, and reducing the distance between yourself and the defense. It’s a little of everything.”“It’s the same for every match: I watch videos of the team’s attacking routines, I watch the penalties, I look at the mistakes, I see how the strikers finish,” he said when preparing for matches.“That doesn’t change, whether it’s the Champions League, the Liga, or a cup tie.”“They have a good team with a mix of experience and young talent and I think they play good football. They will come and play open. They won’t defend; that’s their style, they play football,” the goalkeeper concluded talking about Ajax.Great teamwork pays off. Proud of our team for jumping to second place. A big thanks to all our fans in the world for cheering us on #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/cqTRiS1GC4— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) February 10, 2019last_img read more

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