first_imgPosted on December 21, 2017January 2, 2018By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick 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)2017 was an exciting year for the global maternal health community. In reflecting back on this past year, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) compiled a list of 10 important milestones and developments in the global maternal health field.#10: Continued focus on ‘too little, too late and too much, too soon’The concept of “too little, too late and too much, too soon”—highlighted in The Lancet 2016 Maternal Health Series—continued to resonate in 2017. In May, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula garnered a conversation on social media, and the MHTF published a mini-series exploring the challenges, experiences and innovations related to obstetric fistula, a condition caused by inadequate care during obstructed or prolonged labor.Read [Part 1] Obstetric Fistula: A Global Maternal Health Challenge>>Read [Part 2] Obstetric Fistula: Women’s Voices>> Read [Part 3] Obstetric Fistula: Innovative Interventions and the Way Forward>>In contrast, several events addressed over-medicalization in maternity care, such as “Too Much Too Soon: Addressing Over-Intervention in Maternity Care,” part of the Advancing Dialogue in Maternal Health Series hosted by the Wilson Center, UNFPA and MHTF in April.Watch the webcast and download the presentation slides>>Read event highlights>>In July, a technical meeting co-convened by the Fistula Care Plus Project and the Maternal Health Task Force delved specifically into cesarean section safety and quality in low-resource settings.Download the meeting report and presentations>> Learn more about the global epidemic of cesarean sections>>#9: Increased attention to maternal health in humanitarian settingsHumanitarian crises present unique challenges to maternal and newborn health including inadequate access to sexual, reproductive and maternal health services, trauma, malnutrition, disease and gender-based violence.In May, the MHTF co-hosted a panel discussion as part of the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series to draw attention to maternal health in urban humanitarian settings around the world.Humanitarian Response in Urban Settings: Meeting the Maternal and Newborn Health Needs of Displaced Persons>>The MHTF also published a mini-series titled, “Profiles of Maternal and Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings” highlighting what we can learn from several recent events.[Part 1] Ebola Virus Outbreak>>[Part 2] 2015 Nepal Earthquake>>[Part 3] Conflict in Syria>>#8: Measuring and advancing respectful maternity careIn July, the MHTF and Ariadne Labs co-hosted a special webinar, “Integrating Respectful Maternity Care Into Quality Improvement Initiatives,” featuring Rima Jolivet, Rose Molina, David Sando, Katherine Semrau and Saraswathi Vedam.Watch the video>>Download the presentation slides>>In October, Rima Jolivet, David Sando and several colleagues published a paper, “Methods used in prevalence studies of disrespect and abuse during facility based childbirth: Lessons learned,” offering several recommendations for future research on this topic.Read a summary of the paper on the MHTF blog>>Finally, the December 2017 issue of the MHTF Quarterly featured a short history of the respectful maternity care movement and key resources to learn more.Read the MHTF Quarterly>>#7: Supporting the global maternal health workforceAn effective maternal health workforce requires not only a sufficient number of health workers but also equitable geographic distribution, diversity in skill, adequate education and training and strong, supportive health systems. All of these components are critical to ensuring that health workers can provide high quality maternal health care.Access key resources related to the global maternal health workforce>> Read perspectives on this topic in the MHTF’s blog series>>In March, the MHTF attended the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. More than 375 people representing over 45 countries gathered to strategize on ways to advance sustainable development through community health and primary health care. Learn more on the MHTF blog:5 key takeaways from ICHC>>Community-Based Maternal Health Care: Meeting Women Where They Are>>The Legacy of the Alma-Ata Declaration: Integrating Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services Into Primary Care>>#6: Converging action towards ending preventable maternal mortalityFollowing the 2015 publication of “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM),” a direction-setting report outlining targets and strategies for reducing global maternal deaths under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there have been many efforts to clarify the global and national maternal mortality targets and to ensure that countries have the tools they need to track progress towards EPMM.Learn more about maternal mortality under the SDGs>>Read about the MHTF’s role in EPMM>>In April, the MHTF’s Maternal Health Technical Director Rima Jolivet and colleagues spoke at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference in Washington, D.C. about measuring progress towards EPMM. In July, Doris Chou of the World Health Organization and Rachel Snow of UNFPA continued the conversation on global maternal health measurement during a dialogue at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.This year, Every Woman Every Child released its first progress report on achieving the goals set out by the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), which included a focus on EPMM and improving maternal health equity.#5: High quality maternal health care for allIn 2017, there was increased emphasis on ensuring that women worldwide have equitable access to high quality maternal health care. On the global level, the Countdown to 2030 Equity Technical Working Group published equity profiles illustrating coverage levels of effective interventions across the continuum of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition disaggregated by subnational region, wealth quintiles and urban/rural areas of residence from 81 countries.Download the country equity profiles>>In the United States, the media highlighted racial inequities in maternal health. Black women are still roughly three times more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes compared to white women in the United States, which is one of the drivers of its relatively high maternal mortality ratio.Learn about the Black Mamas Matter Alliance>>#4: New clinical guidelines and resourcesSeveral new guidelines were released in 2017 that aimed to improve maternal health outcomes and quality of care.Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors>>Implementing Malaria in Pregnancy Programs in the Context of World Health Organization Recommendations on Antenatal Care for a Positive Pregnancy Experience>>Recommendations for Misoprostol Use From the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)>>To increase access to critical maternal health research, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine​​​​​​​ and other contributors released a new free online course exploring key insights from The Lancet 2016 Maternal Health Series.The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research and Evidence#3: Marking the 30th anniversary of the Safe Motherhood InitiativeIn December, experts in reproductive and maternal health gathered at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for two panel discussions celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative and reflecting on progress and future directions in the field. Panelists included Barbara Kwast, Ann Starrs, Betsy McCallon, Address Malata, Dorothy Lazaro, Mary-Ann Etiebet and Mary Ellen Stanton. Petra ten Hoope-Bender and Rima Jolivet moderated the dialogue and raised important questions.Watch the webcast and download the presentations>>Read event highlights>>#2: Greater focus on noncommunicable diseasesAs the world continues to undergo the “obstetric transition” from mostly direct causes of maternal mortality to more indirect causes, addressing the effects of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) on maternal health is becoming increasingly urgent.On 2 November, the MHTF hosted a panel discussion at the Harvard T.H. Chan Leadership Studio to launch the fifth MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Noncommunicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.”Read a summary>>Watch the video>>Browse papers from the MHTF-PLOS Collection>>Additionally, the September issue of the MHTF Quarterly newsletter highlighted resources related to NCDs and maternal health, and MHTF Director Ana Langer took part in Women Deliver’s three-part webinar series about diabetes in pregnancy. Watch the videos from this series:[Part 1] Examining the Evidence>>[Part 2] Strategies in Practice>>[Part 3] Fueling Action: Policy and Advocacy to Address the Rising Toll of Diabetes in Pregnancy>>#1: New drug for preventing postpartum hemorrhageIn May, The Lancet published groundbreaking findings from the WOMAN trial on the effectiveness of tranexamic acid in preventing postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), one of the leading causes of global maternal deaths. Six months later, the World Health Organization updated its guidelines to include the use of tranexamic acid for prevention of PPH. Learn more from the WOMAN trial’s project director on the MHTF blog:Collaboration and Creative Communication: How the WOMAN Trial Findings Translated Into Maternal Health Policy Change>>The MHTF is looking forward to seeing more scientific breakthroughs and innovations from the global maternal health community in 2018 as we work together to end preventable maternal deaths and advance maternal health worldwide.—What were your 2017 highlights from the global maternal health community? What do you hope to see in 2018? Tell us what you think!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img

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first_img TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE PAMPLONA, Spain: SportsMax’s La Liga Experience winner, Calvin Palache, and his partner have already started receiving the VIP treatment with surprises, fine dining, interviews and photo shoots. But that was just the beginning for the couple, as they will have two of the best seats inside the El Sadar Stadium to witness Palache’s favourite team Real Madrid take on Osasuna today. Prior to the game, the couple will get a tour of Pamplona and the stadium and also be granted locker room and tunnel access. “I am looking forward to being pitch side and getting to go into the tunnel and the locker room to get a chance to interact with the superstars such as CR7 (Ronaldo), Sergio Ramos and Marcelo,” Palache, who once played for Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League club Humble Lion, said. “I want to see Cristiano Ronaldo up close, take a picture and Facebook it immediately. I am going to take a lot of pictures, and don’t be surprised when I shout ‘King Ronaldo! King Ronaldo!'” When first informed by SportsMax that he was the winner of the competition, Palache thought it too good to be true and enquired if it was a scam. But after travelling out of Jamaica for the first time and touching down in Spain, he has finally come to terms with the fact that this is really happening. “This is just a dream come true, because this is my first time travelling and I actually ended up taking three planes and got to experience so much,” the 28-year-old said. The competition, which is into its second year, has seen SportsMax team up with the world’s most star-studded football league, La Liga, to offer football fans across the Caribbean the chance to win a trip for two to see the likes of four-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo and Real Madrid. Palache’s partner of four years, Tishana Sharpe, is just happy that he has been given this chance and is thrilled she is able to experience it with him. “I am super excited and I am happy for him,” Sharpe said. “He lives for football and went crazy when he found out he won, so I just hope he gets to meet all his favourite players.” ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal (L) embraces Austria’s Dominic Thiem after victory at the end of their men’s singles final match on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERGBeaten French Open finalist Dominic Thiem hailed Rafael Nadal’s “exceptional” 11th Roland Garros triumph on Sunday, joking that it was easier to watch the great Spaniard on TV as a child.The 24-year-old Austrian was playing in his first Grand Slam final, and although he pushed Nadal at times, he fell to an ultimately one-sided 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Rafael Nadal, master of the impossible MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the last two years after wins in Madrid this year and Rome in 2017.The world number eight is also one of just three men to have defeated the 17-time Grand Slam champion three times on his favoured surface in total, but he had no answer to the 32-year-old’s relentless pressure on Sunday.“He was playing very well, I think, and there is a reason why he won 11 times here,” Thiem added.“It’s definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport. For sure, me, I’m confident that this was not my last Grand Slam final, and that’s my biggest goal, to get into the next one and then to do it better than today.“But if you win a Grand Slam tournament 11 times, one single one, then this is just very exceptional and amazing.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “You need to have, I think, many extraordinary skills and talents and work ethic to achieve that.”After winning just one point in the first two games, Thiem dragged himself back into the contest, only to throw away the opening set with an erratic 10th game as he was broken to love.Nadal has never lost a best-of-five-set match on clay when he has won the first set, and every time Thiem has faced the world number one the winner of the first set has gone on to take the match.But the seventh seed insisted that his hopes weren’t automatically ended before set two.“It was a bad game, but I did the right plays always, and I just missed some close balls.“And in general… game-wise it was a good game. It was just terrible misses. And it was, for sure, not the turning point.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Physically I enjoyed more watching him on the couch,” smiled Thiem, who was 11 years old when Nadal won his first French Open in 2005.“When he won here the first four or five times, I was always watching it. Of course it’s really a great thing that I made my way and that I was competing in a final against him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s a really great thing, honestly, but still I’m disappointed, of course. It was a final. I really wanted to win.“I gave everything I had, and I’m the loser of today. So at the end, it’s not the best day.” View commentslast_img

first_imgGIVEN the way Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti has made himself a shill for an LAX-area hotel workers’ union – even to the point of driving business way from the city – we can only assume he’s angling for some prestigious job in Big Labor. And that’s just as well, because Garcetti has damaged his ability to serve as council president beyond repair. It’s unconscionable to think that Los Angeles’ second-most powerful leader would actively try to steer business away from the city. But that’s exactly what Garcetti has done. At the request of UNITE Here, the union that’s trying to organize workers at various hotels around Los Angeles International Airport, Garcetti wrote a letter last week to groups looking to come to L.A. for conventions. In the letter, he urged potential customers to boycott the LAX Hilton in particular and cast doubt on LAX-area hotels in general, citing potential labor unrest, including protests that could shut down nearby streets. These are all taxpaying companies that hire a lot of people and provide valuable services. But singling out Hilton – one of a major companies that still maintains global headquarters in this anti-business city – is beyond belief. Hilton owns 10 hotels here. The LAX Hilton alone pays $5.6 million a year in taxes. Compare that to the massive tax giveaway that Garcetti and his colleagues engineered for a new luxury hotel near the convention center – itself the worst white elephant in city history, gobbling up tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to cover its losses. For an elected official to deliberately try to harm an employer and taxpayer is outrageous, especially when city leaders regularly complain that they lack the funds to pave roads or adequately staff the police department. Worse yet, though, is the ripple effect of Garcetti’s letter. With his note, Garcetti has sent out word that Los Angeles officially sides with labor disruption and opposes the interests of those who provide jobs and invest in the community. He might just as well have told convention planners to take their business to Anaheim or Las Vegas, which is probably what they’ll do. What makes Garcetti’s conduct especially galling is that he was instrumental in agreeing to give $300 million in public subsidies for to the luxury hotel near the Convention Center. Why should taxpayers subsidize the convention business when the City Council president undermines it? Tourism is vital to the Southland economy, bringing in $13 billion a year. It is our golden goose, yet Garcetti is trying to kill it. This is unacceptable from an elected leader who should be working to strengthen our economy, not undermine it. It’s more than just an error in judgment. It’s a reflection of backward priorities. Garcetti should resign as president of the council, and if he doesn’t, the council should remove him. But don’t count it. This is a council that has not shown any more concern for the people of Los Angeles and the well-being of the community than has the man it elected as its leader. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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