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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10 months ago​Chelsea boss Sarri: Barcelona have ended Christensen interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea boss Sarri: Barcelona have ended Christensen interestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Andreas Christensen going to Barcelona is no longer a possibility.The Catalan giants had been linked with a move for the young center back.But they have gone on to sign Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia.”I think Barcelona announced a new centre-back,” Sarri said in his press conference.”[Andreas] Christensen for sure is out of the matter at the moment. “He is an important player, he is young and will be more important in the future.” last_img

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10 months agoChelsea wonderkid Hudson-Odoi attracting major Bundesliga interest

first_imgChelsea wonderkid Hudson-Odoi attracting major Bundesliga interestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi is attracting major Bundesliga interest.The Mirror says Bayern Munich have been chasing Hudson-Odoi – and now Borussia Dortmund are in for him too.The German giants believe the 18-year-old has huge potential and are targeting him as the next English youngster to make a switch to the Bundesliga.Jadon Sancho has been a huge hit at Dortmund and Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson has been in sensational form at Hoffenheim.Bayern are aware that Hudson-Odoi has been frustrated this season at a lack of first team opportunities, having been told last summer he would get games. 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

first_imgGuardiola: Why I won’t watch Man Utd vs Liverpoolby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he won’t be watching Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool today.Having beaten Crystal Palace on Saturday, Guardiola has a free day to take in the game.But the Catalan insists he has better things to do.“I have to watch the replay of the Atalanta game,” said Guardiola.Atalanta are at City this week for the next match of the Champions League group stage. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Aung San Suu Kyi Visits Prince Charles

first_imgNobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was reunited with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Britain this week.The Burmese opposition leader made a special request to see Their Royal Highnesses on a tour which also sees her meet political leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague. The Prince and The Duchess accompanied Ms Suu Kyi into the Garden Room at their official residence in London Clarence House.The Prince settled on one sofa and The Duchess and Ms Suu Kyi sat on another as The Prince and Ms Suu Kyi began talks which were expected to last 45 minutes.Ms Suu Kyi met The Prince for the first time at the same location in June last year.This week’s meeting took place shortly before the christening of three-month-old Prince George at nearby St. James’s Palace.Ms Suu Kyi has close connections with Britain having read philosophy, politics and economics at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, between 1964 and 1967, before settling in the university city with her late husband Michael Aris, a Tibetan scholar.His Royal Highness knew Mr Aris and the year the scholar died he became Patron of the Michael Aris Memorial Trust for Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.The Prince and Ms Suu Kyi have another connection apart from his links to her late husband. Lord Mountbatten, The Prince’s great uncle, and the campaigner’s father, General Aung San, were involved in important events leading up to Burma’s independence from British rule.At last year’s meeting with The Prince, Ms Suu Kyi planted a tiny black tulip magnolia sapling in the garden. It is near a “spectrum” magnolia planted by the Dalai Lama in 2008. The Prince escorted Ms Suu Kyi into the garden to see the tree, which has made good progress since. That part of her visit had depended on the weather, but the sun was shining brightly which enabled them to brave a strong breeze to inspect the tree.The Prince told Ms Suu Kyi: “I’m so glad it’s there.” And Ms Suu Kyi replied: “It’s looking very nice.”He then accompanied her to her chauffeur-driven vehicle, with the pair shaking hands warmly before she went off to her next meeting.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

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Takata acquired by Key Safety Systems president resigns

first_imgTOKYO – Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker embroiled in a massive global recall linked to at least 22 deaths, said Thursday that its president has resigned now that its acquisition by U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety Systems has been completed.Takata’s president, Shigehisa Takada, said in a statement that as of Wednesday he was succeeded by Yoichiro Nomura, its chief financial officer.Takata went into rehabilitation proceedings last year, slammed by the massive costs and sales damage from defective Takata air bag inflators, which can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at a vehicle’s drivers and passengers.At least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries have been linked to the defect. Some 50 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled in the United States and millions more globally. But many repairs still remain undone.Takada said he was stepping down because the transfer to Key Safety Systems, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, was complete.“We again express sincere apologies to our customers, creditors, shareholders and many others for the great deal of inconvenience related to our air bags,” he said.Chinese-owned Key Safety Systems is a leading maker of seatbelts, which Takata also makes.It paid $1.6 billion (175 billion yen) in a deal under which Key gets all Takata assets aside from those making replacement air bag inflators. Takata will continue to run those operations until they close.Takada is the grandson of the company’s founder. The defect scandal set off calls for him to step down.The Takata name will disappear after the new company is rebranded as Joyson Safety Systems, according to Key Safety Systems, whose parent company is Joyson Electronics, headquartered in Ningbo in eastern China.“We are excited about the opportunities created through this combination,” Joyson Safety Systems Executive Chairman Jeff Wang said of bringing together Takata and Key Safety Systems.“And we are committed to providing safety solutions of the highest quality and reliability to drive the next generations of mobility.”The acquisition of Takata won antitrust clearance and bankruptcy court approvals in various countries, he said.The company said it plans to be a global leader in auto safety as well as other mobility systems, including steering-wheel technology, air bags and seatbelts.Various lawsuits are pending in U.S. courts against Takata, including several class action lawsuits that allege automakers knew about the dangers of the defective air bags ahead of the recalls.Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create small explosions to inflate air bags. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and airborne moisture. That causes it to explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel.Earlier this year, Takata reached a $650 million deal in the U.S. to settle consumer protection claims from 44 states and Washington, D.C.____Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyamalast_img read more

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Government of Canada Working Group on Canola to restore the market

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The Government of Canada Working Group on Canola held its first meeting on April 4.The Government says the meeting is to resolve the market access issue affecting Canada’s canola seed exports to China.According to the Chinese Government, the recent halt of imports of Canadian canola is due to pest-related issues. “It is imperative that we find a science-based solution to this issue and we look forward to getting a response from Chinese authorities regarding the proposed Canadian delegation. Resuming canola seed exports with China is the canola industry’s top priority. It is essential for our farmers and their families, and for our entire agricultural industry.”The Working Group says they will continue to meet regularly to closely monitor the situation and collaborate to resolve this issue. During the meeting, representatives discussed the importance of focusing on a science-based solution to resolve this issue.The Group also touched on future opportunities to expand into new markets for canola and reviewed support available to affected producers.The Working Group is co-chaired by the deputy minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the president of Canola Council of Canada and its membership includes the president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the president the Canadian Canola Growers Association, deputy ministers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.According to Government statistics, Canada is the number-one producer and exporter of canola in the world, accounting for approximately $11 billion of the country’s exports each year.In addition to the working group, the Canadian Government has called for in-depth technical meetings with Chinese officials, proposing to send a delegation of Canadian plant health experts to China to meet face-to-face with their counterparts, in order to identify a science-based solution to this issue as quickly as possible.Canola Council of Canada President, Jim Everson, says resuming canola seed exports with China is the canola industry’s top priority as it is essential for the entire agricultural industry.last_img read more

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Investment in equity MFs drops 35 to Rs 111 lakh crore in

first_imgNew Delhi: Investors pumped in more than Rs 1.11 lakh crore in equity-oriented mutual fund (MF) schemes in 2018-19, a decline of 35 per cent compared to Rs 1.71 lakh crore inflows in 2017-18, according to the industry data. However, this was the fifth successive year of net inflows in equity mutual funds, according to the Association of Mutual Funds in India’s (AMFI) data. In 2017-18, the markets were on a roll but in 2018-19 the markets were very volatile due to various factors, including border tensions with Pakistan, AMFI Chief Executive Officer N S Venkatesh said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThere was a steep correction in small and mid-cap stocks also. The market volatility and corrections pulled down net inflows in the equities in 2018-19, he said. “But despite that the current inflows of Rs 1.11 lakh crore is a substantial investment by the mutual fund industry into the equities segment which is more than FII investments into the country,” he added. The flows into equity funds in 2018-19 were lower than the flows in 2017-18 primarily due to the equity markets displaying a fair bit of volatility which made some investors take a break from making fresh equity investments, said Kaustubh Belapurkar, manager research, Morningstar. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to the AMFI data, net inflows into equity funds, which also include equity-linked saving schemes (ELSS), were Rs 1,11,423 crore in 2018-19 as against Rs 1,71,069 crore in the preceding fiscal. Net inflows in these funds were Rs 70,367 crore in 2016-17, Rs 74,024 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 71,029 crore in 2014-15, respectively. However, they had witnessed a net outflow of Rs 9,269 crore in 2013-14. The assets under management (AUM) of equity MFs stood at a record high of Rs 7.73 lakh crore at the end of March 2019 as against Rs 7.50 lakh crore in March 2018, an increase of 3 per cent. During 2018-19, the SIP (Systematic Investment Plans) accounts grew by 51 lakh to 2.62 crore from 2.11 crore in March 2018. Besides, SIP contribution to the industry surged to Rs 92,693 crore in 2018-19, from Rs 67,190 crore in the preceding fiscal.last_img read more

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Moderate earthquake hits China

first_imgSHANGHAI – The earthquake occurs 100 km from the Three Gorges Dam, but does not cause any damage to it.A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Enshi Miao Autonomous Prefecture of central China’s Hubei Province at 1:04 p.m. (Beijing time) on Monday.Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported that the earthquake at a depth of 5 km occurred 100 km from the Three Gorges Dam. The dam did not sustain any damage and continued to function regularly.last_img

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Why The Warriors Are So Tough To Beat

The Warriors were 17-4 during the regular season with average shooting. That equals a .810 winning percentage — tops in the the NBA — or the equivalent of a 66-16 record over an 82-game schedule.The reason for the Warriors’ strong record with average shooting is simple: They also play great defense. It gets overlooked because they play at a frenetic pace, but the Dubs held opponents to a .514 TS% during the regular season, the third-best figure in the league after Chicago and Portland.It can get even worse for opponents, and it often does: The Warriors went 46-3 with good shooting during the regular season. But “pretty good” shooting — average shooting, even — is usually plenty good enough for the Warriors. They’ll need to throw up a lot of bricks the rest of the way. Otherwise, James — as brilliant as he’s been — may become the first finals MVP in a losing cause since Jerry West in 1969. Through the first three games of the NBA Finals, the storylines were intricate and rich:Could LeBron James carry one of the worst supporting casts in recent finals history to an NBA title?Was James’s experience — and sheer force of will — trumping the Golden State Warriors’ youth?Was Steph Curry just in a shooting slump, or was he rattled by his scary injury against the Houston Rockets?Could the Cleveland Cavaliers keep playing stifling defense, or might Golden State’s smallball lineup be its ace in the hole?Were Cleveland’s poor finishes — it was outscored by a combined margin of 105-84 in the fourth quarter and overtime of the first three games1And if you include Game 4, it’s now been outscored 132-96 from the fourth quarter onward. — the sign of a spent team?Was Kevin Love’s injury (suffered in the opening round against the Boston Celtics) the ultimate example of Bill Simmons’s Ewing Theory? And maybe Kyrie Irving’s injury too?Is Matthew Dellavedova the Australian Tim Tebow?Does God hate Cleveland?But after a 103-82 Golden State win in Game 4, it all seems so simple.The Warriors are really, really good. You have a shot at beating them if their shooting goes ice-cold. Otherwise, it’s next to impossible.Let’s review the series from the standpoint of true shooting percentage (TS%), a relatively simple stat that gives appropriate credit for 3-pointers and free throws along with 2-point shooting attempts. Golden State led the NBA with a .571 TS% during the regular season, while Cleveland (.557) ranked fourth. The adjacent table lists each team’s TS% in each finals game so far, along with its percentile rank as compared to all NBA games during the 2014-15 regular season.Game 4 was the first time we’ve seen the Warriors shoot like they typically did during the regular season. Their .579 TS% was close to their regular-season average, and — since an average Golden State performance is so good — ranks in the 77th percentile as compared to all NBA games.But the Warriors’ defense has also been very good. It held Cleveland to a .409 TS% in Game 4, which ranks in just the 1st percentile. And it kept the Cavaliers to a .441 TS%, in the 6th percentile, in Game 2 on Sunday night.Wait — didn’t the Cavs win Game 2? They did (in overtime). The team with the higher TS% wins about 85 percent of the time2Based on the 2014-15 regular season. — this was one of the exceptions. Cleveland was able to take seven more field-goal attempts and 15 more free-throw attempts than the Warriors as a result of rebounding, turnovers and fouls. You can win as the slightly less efficient team when there’s a big differential in those categories.Still, Cleveland wouldn’t have won Game 2 had Golden State shot a little better. If the Warriors had hit shots at the NBA average TS% of .535 (never mind that the team’s TS% is typically way better than that), they’d have scored an additional eight points and won 101-95.And that’s the thing: The Warriors don’t have to shoot the lights out to win. If they shoot as well as the average NBA team, they’re very likely to win also.In the next chart, I’ve tracked each team’s record based on its TS% during the regular season. I divide games into three categories, which include about a third of regular-season games each:Good shooting — a TS% of .560 or higher.Poor shooting — a TS% of .510 or lower.Average shooting — anything in between. read more

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