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Donegal company’s anger at seven year wait on aquaculture license

first_imgDonegal salmon producer Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI), has expressed disappointment at the latest delay in reaching a decision on a finfish license application in Bantry Bay, originally submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in 2011.The application for a site at Shot Head was last approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in September 2015 but was subsequently appealed to the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board (ALAB).MHI were among the appellants since some of the conditions set-down in the licence rendered it unfit for purpose and grossly out-of-kilter with international best practice. Having indicated it would reach a decision by October 2018, ALAB has now stated that it is extending its latest deadline until June 30th, 2019.The application is the preferred single licence size for MHI’s organic operations and is smaller than its very successful and well-established operations at Clare Island off the Mayo coast.It involves an investment of €3.5 million which would initially create six full-time jobs during the farm set-up and a further two additional jobs when fully operational.The company would also commission a marine vessel with a local shipbuilder to service the Shot Head site. A spokesperson stated: “While respecting ALAB’s mandate and independence, Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) wishes to place on record its disappointment that a final decision still hasn’t been reached on an application which the company originally applied for, to the Department of Agriculture in 2011.“Seven years later, we are told that the decision won’t be taken until the middle of next year at the earliest. It sends out a very negative message to the Irish aquaculture sector and doesn’t provide any of the certainty which is necessary for those seeking to invest and create employment in the industry.“Those who end up bearing the brunt of this inaction and suffering most, are our workers who don’t have the certainty and security of regular work because we cannot grow enough fish.“The Minister for Agriculture has been asked to address the serious bottlenecks in the aquaculture licencing system in an independent report commissioned by his own Department which was published in May 2017. MHI and the IFA have asked the Minister to implement the recommendations of the report to break the never-ending cycle of unnecessary delays. As it stands, ALAB is quite obviously under-resourced.“It needs to be given adequate resources to do its job, especially with the Minister putting further work its way by making promises about clearing the backlog of licence applications and committing to the issuance of 300 shellfish licences both this year and next. “MHI has €22million earmarked for investment in Irish sites which would create 250 jobs in rural, coastal locations. Ireland’s failure to meet aquaculture targets set out in various Government strategy documents will result in lost income of €1.3billion by 2020 if no tangible, progressive action is taken by the Department,” concluded the spokesperson.With global demand for reliable sources of quality protein increasing rapidly, Marine Harvest Ireland already contributes over €21million to the domestic economy annually with some 800 Irish suppliers presently doing business with the company here.MHI is a subsidiary of the Marine Harvest ASA headquartered in Norway, it is a global-force in aquaculture with more than 13,200 employees operating across 24 countries worldwide and servicing 70 markets across the globe.The company had a turnover of almost €3.6billion in 2017 and is prepared to invest in market opportunities that offer growth potential. To that end, it has recently approved an £80 million investment in Scotland.Marine Harvest has operated successfully in Ireland for 39 years to employing approximately 300 people between its salmon farms and hatcheries in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Cork and Kerry. Donegal company’s anger at seven year wait on aquaculture license was last modified: September 7th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blogging with Jupiter Research

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web I’m excited to be involved in the Jupiter Research bloggingproject, as described by Michael Gartenberg:“It wasn’t easy but we’ve just sent the the first three bloggerstheir invites to join us. Will Wagner and Thomas Hawk will betaking a look at our stance on standalone and PC Based DVRs andRichard MacManus will be looking at our latest report on RSSReaders. We’ll be linking directly to what they write and ofcourse, engage in a few comments of our own as well.”I only found out today, so I’ll be reading the Jupiter Researchreport on RSS Readers over the next couple of days. Expect a postfrom me about it by end of this week.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

This embryo-inspired bandage is 17 times stickier than a Band-Aid

first_imgA new Jell-O–like bandage heals wounds quickly when placed on skin. This embryo-inspired bandage is 17 times stickier than a Band-Aid By Eva FrederickJul. 24, 2019 , 2:15 PM Xin You, Jianyu Li Inspired by the superfast wound closing process in human embryos, a new, Jell-O–like wound dressing can contract in response to the skin’s heat, drawing the edges of wounds together for quicker, safer healing. So far, researchers have tested the material only in mice. If the new bandage works as well in people, it could offer new treatment options for everything from minor wounds to chronic injuries.“I think this is a breakthrough in general, in wound management,” says Mohsen Akbari, a bioengineer at the University of Victoria in Canada who was not involved with the study.Traditional wound dressings like gauze and cloth bandages heal passively by keeping skin moist and holding any medicines close to the injury. The new bandage instead uses temperature-sensitive materials to draw together wounded tissue and silver nanoparticles to kill harmful microbes. “This is more of an active healing,” says Serena Blacklow, a bioengineer in medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and one of the paper’s co–first authors.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The project began as Blacklow’s undergraduate thesis project at Harvard University. She and David Mooney, a bioengineer there, wanted to create a tough, adhesive wound dressing that could facilitate fast, safe healing for wounds large and small. They were inspired by the seamless and scar-free healing process scientists have observed in animal embryos.In adult wounds, skin cells called keratinocytes slowly crawl across the injury to cover the wounded area. But when an embryo is wounded in the lab, it heals quickly and efficiently as thin filaments of a protein called actin quickly draw the edges of the wound together like a purse string.With this in mind, Blacklow and her colleagues began with a gellike substance from seaweed called alginate. To make it contract in response to heat, they mixed in a widely used temperature-sensitive polymer that shrinks at about 32°C. (Human skin typically has a temperature of 37°C.) The shrinking action pulls together the skin beneath, drawing in the edges of the wound.Once they had this temperature-responsive gel, the researchers needed to make sure it would stick to both healthy and wounded skin. They solved this problem using another material from the ocean: chitosan, a long, linear sugar molecule from the hard outer skeleton of shellfish. Chitosan penetrates both the skin and the hydrogel, linking them, whereas other bonding agents fuse them together with even more sticking power. Thanks to these ingredients, the gel is more than 17 times as sticky as a Band-Aid, ensuring it does not peel away from the wounded area.To give the bandage antimicrobial properties, the researchers added silver nanoparticles. The particles stay in the gel while releasing a steady stream of silver ions, which are deadly to most infection-causing bacteria. The team then tested the bandage on wounded mice, which healed far more quickly with the bandage than without: Wounds closed halfway in less than 5 days versus a week or more for untreated wounds, the team reports today in Science Advances.The gels are also relatively cheap compared with many alternatives. The raw materials to create the gel cost about $0.14 per bandage. To make a similar-size piece of Apligraf, a commercially available wound healing treatment made of living cells, the materials cost about $154.Akbari is interested in seeing the effects of this bandage on diabetic wounds, which heal differently from normal wounds. In diabetes, cell growth slows and blood flow to extremities is reduced. The bandage has a long way to go before it could hit the market. The researchers plan to test the technology on other animals before they seek Food and Drug Administration approval.last_img read more

Holder Petra Kvitova knocked out of Wimbledon

first_imgA woman who once fumed she “needed a helicopter” to go on a Wimbledon court she called a “parking lot” could not have been happier with her surroundings on Saturday as Jelena Jankovic sent holder Petra Kvitova spinning out.A tournament still reeling from the second-round exit of Rafa Nadal 48 hours earlier, and the near-exit of Serena Williams 24 hours ago, suffered its biggest shock of this year’s championships as Jankovic emerged from the tennis wilderness to deliver the most unexpected of knockout punches.The Serbian, who had fallen in the opening round at three of the four previous grand slams, announced her return to the big stage with a heart-stopping 3-6 7-5 6-4 third-round victory over the second-seeded Czech that left Centre Court buzzing.”Oh my God! I am overwhelmed and so excited. My heart is still pumping,” said the 28th seed whose reign as world number one in 2008 feels like a lifetime ago.”I have played so poorly the last couple of years and playing on Centre Court against the defending champion was unbelievable. The crowd was really great.”Playing on grass is so difficult for me, it does not come naturally. I’m glad I was able to win against a two-time Wimbledon champion. It was amazing.”While Jankovic was rolling on to her back in delight, and showed her appreciation to the crowd by shaping a heart with her fingers, the men’s favourites made serene progress.HAIR-RAISING MOMENTA 147 mph howitzer that whistled past Roger Federer’s ears provided one of the few hair-raising moments in the men’s draw when grand slam champions old and new safely planted themselves into the second week of the championships.advertisementSam Groth bombarded Federer’s half of the court with 21 aces, and one missile clocked a fraction short of Taylor Dent’s 2010 Wimbledon record of 148 mph, but it takes more than a “freaky serve” to flatten a seven-times Wimbledon champion.In fact the Australian did not even come close to earning a break point as Federer eased into week two for the 12th time in 13 years with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 third-round victory.”I’ve played three matches now, no breaks faced, it’s great,” summed up the 17-times grand slam champion.Andy Murray also dropped his first set at this year’s event and needed on-court treatment for a sore shoulder before advancing to a fourth round showdown with big-serving Ivo Karlovic with a 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win.Joining them in the fourth round was the newest member of the grand slam club, US Open champion Marin Cilic. But, unlike Federer, the Croatian ninth seed had to face loads of breaks as he survived his second successive five-set thriller at Wimbledon.A match between two missile-serving giants had the potential to go on and on, but luckily for Cilic he only needed 15 minutes and two games on Saturday to complete a 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-7(4), 12-10 win over John Isner that was suspended at 10-10 on Friday.A contest that had featured 437 points, 159 winners and 72 aces, ended tamely with an Isner double fault after four hours 31 minutes.”It sucks,” summed up the American loser.DANCING DREADLOCKSDustin Brown and his waist-length dancing dreadlocks also took their final bow at Wimbledon as Nadal’s conqueror was beaten 6-4, 7-6(3), 4-6,6-3 by Serbia’s Viktor Troicki.Karlovic hurled down 41 aces in a 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(9) win over French 13th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.However, it was Kvitova’s sensational demise that appeared to flummox everyone, including the 2014 champion.”I’m not really sure what happened out there,” said the left-hander.No one saw the defeat coming after Kvitova had whipped her first two opponents for the loss of just three games in total.But Jankovic produced the kind of shots not seen from her racket since she ruled tennis all those years ago and stormed back from a set and 4-2 down to pull off the most improbable of victories when Kvitova whacked a backhand into the net.It was little wonder that a woman who was left angry seven years ago when as the second seed she was forced to play on Court 18 could not stop grinning on Saturday.”I cannot stop smiling. It’s a really big win for me, especially playing on Centre Court,” she said.”I just beat a defending champion. It’s unbelievable.”last_img read more

Celebrating the International Day of the Midwife

first_imgPosted on May 6, 2013March 8, 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)The International Day of the Midwife was marked yesterday, May 5. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) hosted the Virtual Day of the Midwife, a 24-hour series of presentations to mark the date. Midwives, advocates, researchers and others spoke on topics related to midwifery practice and policy around the world and recordings of their presentations are now posted online.However, the May 5 events were only the beginning. The celebration will continue for a few more days as organizations around the world make space for considering the vital ways that midwives contribute to the health and well-being of mothers and children everywhere. On Tuesday, May 7, at 2:00pm (EDT), Jhpiego and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition are hosting a “virtual conference” Twitter chat under the hashtag #IDMchat.In addition, the White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania has produced a video, “What I Want is Simple,” in which midwives from around Tanzania speak about their working conditions, tying their needs as workers to the challenges of securing respectful maternity care for all women. The video, along with an accompanying blog post are available on Impatient Optimists, the blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is currently hosting a series of guest posts by Frontline Health Workers Coalition, with new posts published every Thursday.For more, read the joint statement from the directors of UNFPA and the ICM on International Day of the Midwife, visit the ICM’s mini-blog series highlighting midwives’ roles in providing family planning services, or visit UNFPA’s slideshow and feature stories on the vital role in promoting maternal and newborn health.  And, check out the #MidwivesMatter Twitter relay or the ICM’s International Day of the Midwife resources.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Why Are Women Dying When They Reach the Hospital on Time?

first_imgPosted on July 10, 2013March 6, 2017By: Dr. Alice Self, Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich; Hannah Knight, Research Fellow, Health Informatics, Office for Research and Clinical Audit, Lindsay Stewart R&D Centre, Royal College of Obstetricians and GynaecologistsClick 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)It can be hard to imagine the challenges some women and their families face whilst trying to access timely and effective maternity care:“By the time they struggled to get her an admission card, by the time she was admitted, by the time her file was made up, by the time the midwife was called, by the time the midwife finished eating, by the time the midwife came, by the time the husband went and bought some gloves, by the time the midwife examined the woman, by the time the doctor could be found, by the time the husband went out to buy drugs, IV set, drip and bottle of ether, by the time the haematologist was called, by the time the haematologist came and took blood from the poor tired husband, by the time the day and night nurses changed duty, by the time the day and night doctors changed duty, by the time the t’s had been properly crossed and all the i’s dotted and the husband signed the consent form, the woman died.”Extract from a letter by F Tahzib, University of Sokoto, Nigeria (1989), cited in Thaddeus & Maine (1994)Although it was written almost 30 years ago, this powerful excerpt serves to illustrate some of the numerous and persistent barriers that still prevent many women from receiving effective and timely care, even once they reach a health facility.A group of researchers from the University of Oxford decided to examine the literature on this topic in order to better understand these facility-level (otherwise known as Phase III) delays.  Previous studies had tended to focus on the challenges women face in reaching a hospital on time, rather than what happened once they arrived.PLOS has now published this systematic review in its MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collection. The review identifies 32 different barriers that can prevent women from receiving timely and appropriate obstetric care once they arrive at a medical facility, and classifies these into 6 categories: human resources; drugs and equipment; facility infrastructure; policy and guidelines; patient-related and referral-related.The most commonly cited barriers in the literature were:inadequate training/skills mixdrug procurement/logistics problemsstaff shortageslack of equipmentlow staff motivationTwo important conclusions emerge from this work and are worth highlighting:Although patient-side delays in the decision to seek care and in reaching a medical facility are responsible for a great number of maternal deaths, focusing only on these delays can mask the fact that many health facilities in the developing world are still chronically under-resourced and unable to cope effectively with serious obstetric complications. Providers and policy-makers must work together to address supply-side barriers alongside demand-side factors if further reductions in maternal mortality are to be achieved.Simple, replicable tools to assess facility-level barriers are badly needed to assist health managers in identifying facilities that deliver sub-optimal care, and in both making and monitoring the required improvements. No generally accepted methodology exists and this makes comparisons between countries very difficult. The authors call for the introduction of benchmark indicators that assess the content and quality of maternal care, rather than the rates of skilled attendance at birth alone.Read the systematic review. Take a look at the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collection.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

PMNCH Partners’ Forum Taking Place Today and Tomorrow in South Africa

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 30, 2014November 4, 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)Today and tomorrow up to 800 maternal, newborn, and child health leaders will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa at the 2014 World Health Organization’s (WHO) Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) Partners’ Forum. Given the current environment of determining the post-2015 agenda, this meeting is critical in gathering world leaders to emphasize the importance of protecting and ensuring the health of women and their children around the world.Since the contextual factors that impact maternal, newborn, and child health are diverse, representatives at the PMNCH Partners’ Forum include public and private sector representatives and experts in health, gender and development, nutrition and education. This diverse group of participants will allow conclusions of the forum to address how diverse sectors can all support supporting and ensuring maternal, newborn, and child health.The Partners’ Forum will also include the launch of four landmark reports:Every Newborn Action Plan provides a concrete plan and platform for improving neonatal health and preventing newborn deaths and stillbirths.Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health Report spotlights 10 countries that serve as models for making considerable progress improving maternal and child health, especially for high-need countries.Countdown to 2015 Report for 2014 is a report that assesses current coverage and equity of coverage of maternal and child health interventions and the financial, policy and health systems factors that determine if proven life-saving interventions are delivered to woman and children.State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 (Africa focused launch) highlights progress and challenges that 41 Sub-Saharan countries have seen since 2011 in delivering life-saving midwifery services.Tune into the discussion happening at PMNCH’s Partners’ Forum by going to the #PMNCHLive Hub, #PMNCHLive Daily Delivery sign-up, and #PMNCHLive on twitter.Are you attending the PMNCH Partners’ Forum? Would you like to share your experience or reaction to the discussions taking place? Please contact Katie Millar on how you can be a guest contributor to the MHTF Blog. Share this:last_img read more

Free Women From Disrespect and Abuse: Promote Respectful Maternity Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 15, 2014May 9, 2017By: Christina Rawdon, National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance ZimbabweClick 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)How great it would be if all women the world over were free from any form of disrespect and abuse (D&A) in their life time; not because I am a woman but because I am an advocate for human rights with love for other human beings.Health care professionals are the pillar of respectful maternity care (RMC). Who disrespects and abuses women in health facilities? It is often but not always the health professionals. Employees such as auxiliaries, cleaners and hospital guards may also be the perpetrators. Sometimes these employees act as gatekeepers and they may cause untold suffering before the women come into contact with health care providers.RMC affects every nerve of the health care system and permeates reproductive health policies, and yet RMC is not enforced anywhere in the system. RMC campaigns must include everyone involved in providing maternal health services to ensure that everyone is well-informed and understands how to translate RMC theory into action. This will ensure that all forms of D&A are addressed and eliminated at every level of the health care system.Interest generated at the global level should trickle down to the national level and support the development of policies that protect women from D&A and the means to apply them. Reproductive health policies and systems should offer women an environment where they can access maternity care with dignity, and enjoy pregnancy and childbirth without fear of D&A. Low resource countries face particular challenges due to severe shortages of staff, tools, equipment and training—all of which are implicated as underlying causes of D&A—and campaigning for RMC in such environments is particularly challenging. RMC is synonymous with quality, woman-centered care, but how can such care be provided when there is just one midwife available to assist over 100 mothers?The issue of D&A is complex and in order to successfully address it at the country-level, multiple advocacy strategies and campaigns need to target all aspects of health care. This includes raising awareness among policy makers, health care providers and those who provide auxiliary services in maternity departments; community mobilization and empowerment regarding human rights; improving the health system infrastructure; provision of adequate resources and commodities; enforcement of reproductive health policies (for example, through free maternity and family planning services).As White Ribbon Alliance campaigns for RMC, a simultaneous assessment of the barriers to RMC should be taking place to better inform the demands for improved working environments. Campaigning for RMC is a long-term commitment, and one that will need to be replicated and scaled up to realize effect. Every woman deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, to be well informed and involved in making the decisions about her healthcare and preferences, and to be provided with the quality health care that she needs. Considering the vast discrepancies between the standards of midwifery trainings internationally and even regionally within one single county, it cannot be assumed that every health professional is knowledgeable about their responsibility to deliver RMC. RMC must be considered a core input in pre-service and in-service training as well as in maternal and perinatal audits so that the issue of D&A receives the attention it deserves.Though RMC campaigns will vary in quality and coordination, the successes will be reflected in positive outcomes; some outcomes will be realized immediately and others only after some time, but recognizing the long-term benefits is key to ensuring that RMC is available to every mother and child.This post was originally posted by the White Ribbon Alliance.To promote the WHO’s consensus statement,”Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth”, follow #EndDisrespect and contact Natalie Ramm at nramm@hsph.harvard.edu for a copy of our social media toolkit.Share this:last_img read more

3 Reasons Your Board Isn’t Fundraising and How to Turn Them Around

first_imgThere isn’t a nonprofit board that doesn’t shy away from fundraising. Some board members are nervous about making an ask, while some simply disappear when you need them most. But you can turn them around and increase your board’s comfort level with fundraising.3 Reasons Why Boards Hate FundraisingThey think that soliciting gifts is the only way to participate in fundraising.While some board members may enjoy being solicitors and asking potential and current donors to invest in your work, there are those who need other ways to help you fundraise. From ambassadors who cultivate relationships to connectors who bring prospective donors to you, all board members have a role to play in fundraising. And don’t forget about stewardship. Board thank you calls to donors have an incredible impact on retention rates.They don’t know how to talk about your organization and why it deserves donor support.Board members may have the inside scoop on a nonprofit, but that doesn’t mean they’re good at making the case for support. Make sure new board members receive a good orientation when they commit to your board. Have an annual all-board review of your organization’s history, programs, and needs to regularly update members about your latest successes, challenges, and opportunities.They fear rejection.We all do. At first, many fundraisers feel that asking for a donation is “begging,” and board members are no exception. Work with your board members to share their passion for your mission when they talk with donors and prospects. They’ve made their own personal financial commitment for a reason. That passion will be inspiring. The more times a board member hears that magic “yes,” the more comfortable they’ll become.3 Easy Steps to Turn Board Members into FundraisersBuild time into every board meeting for members to write thank you notes and call donors to thank them for their gift. The more your board members talk to donors, the more they’ll want to do it. Before you know it, they’ll be comfortable making the ask.Create standard talking points and an “elevator pitch” so everyone is literally speaking from the same script. This will give your board members a strong foundation for when they talk about your organization. As their comfort level grows, they can add their own reasons for giving.Coach board members on the fundraising cycle and what they can do to ensure a potential donor says yes. Cultivation is key.Engage and activate your board members to become successful advocates, donors, stewards, and ambassadors for your organization. Download How to Engage and Activate Your Nonprofit Board and turn your board into better fundraisers today!Make fundraising easy as 1-2-3 with a system that does it all!Click here to try our nonprofit fundraising software for free.Click here to set up a live demonstration of our all-in-one donor management system. Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Changing Incentives: Creating a Market for High Quality Oxytocin

first_imgPosted on March 31, 2015October 27, 2016By: Celina Schocken, Jhpiego; Courtney Chang, JhpiegoClick 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)Oxytocin is the first-line drug for the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and is widely available in developing countries. There is a large market for oxytocin and there are many manufacturers of the drug; however, there are growing concerns that products are not in good condition when they are injected, either because of poor manufacturing or degradation along the supply chain.Issues with inconsistent oxytocin qualityIn 2012, a study by US Pharmacopeia and the Ghanaian Food and Drug Authority found that only 8% of oxytocin samples in Ghana had market authorization. The majority (97.5%) of samples failed either assay or sterility testing and over 55% of samples failed their physio-chemical assay. Even when a product is properly manufactured, storage and labeling of the drug along the supply chain and in facilities varies: in fact, only 8% of oxytocin samples were stored in the proper temperature (2°-8° C). The study ultimately concluded that 65.5% of oxytocin sampled in country did not meet quality standards, severely impairing the ability to prevent and treat PPH.In most countries, we lack clear information about the quality of oxytocin administered to postpartum women. More studies are underway, as it is critically important to ensure that quality oxytocin is administered.Limited product choices for quality oxytocinIn order to regulate quality, the WHO prequalification process helps identify quality drugs for countries. Currently, there are no WHO-prequalified oxytocin products; the only regulated products currently in the market are approved by Stringent Regulatory Authorities (SRAs), which are national bodies like the US Food and Drug Administration. This less stringent regulation is present despite a high volume market for oxytocin; globally, 100 million doses per year are used for prevention and treatment of PPH. There are at least 300 different oxytocin products manufactured by at least 100 manufacturers, creating a market that is difficult to regulate.Most oxytocin in developing countries is procured by national procurement agencies, and most do not require WHO prequalification of oxytocin. These agencies are very resource-constrained and tend to focus on procuring high volume for low cost.Current market structure threatens qualityFor manufacturers, the low price of oxytocin—ranging from about $0.15 to $0.20 per 10 international unit (IU) dose—paired with a large number of competitors, creates a highly price-sensitive market. Achieving prequalification requires a manufacturer to upgrade its factory or improve manufacturing processes, likely adding 5-12% to the cost of products: a cost that makes thriving in the current market too difficult.In a market where procurers do not require regulatory approval, prequalified or SRA-approved drugs simply will not be competitive against non-quality assured drugs and manufacturers will have no incentive to go through WHO prequalification. Instead, in order to stay competitive in the market, manufacturers will compromise the quality of their products order to keep prices low, boost sales and sustain profits.Promoting a market shaping strategy for improved oxytocinAs the market for oxytocin grows, national governments and international partners must work together to ensure that manufacturers are incentivized to produce quality oxytocin. National governments and international partners should rally around a market shaping strategy that involves the following components:International partners working with national procurement agencies to improve procurement guidelines and procedures to ensure that only quality drugs are accepted into countriesInternational partners working with National Drug Regulatory Agencies and others to increase awareness about quality issues with oxytocinStricter enforcement of national guidelines and routine quality audits of drugsFor more information on quality oxytocin, please read the Business Case: Investing in Production of High Quality Oxytocin for Low-Resource SettingsThis post is part of the blog series “Increasing access to maternal and reproductive health supplies: Leveraging lessons learned in preventing maternal mortality,” hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Family Care International and the USAID-Accelovate program at Jhpiego which discusses the importance and methods of reaching women with lifesaving reproductive and maternal health supplies in the context of the proposed new global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030. 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