Our coaches helped by Australia

first_imgTen netball coaches from around the country will be receiving their Level 1 coaching certificates after going through a training program with assistance from Netball Australia.The program was rolled out last weekend at the Korobosea International School and was delivered by Debra Armstrong, who is a consultant from Netball Australia. Armstrong also assists with coaching and being a selector for the Australian national team.PNG Netball president Julianne Maliaki said the program attracted 30 coaches and trainers from all over the country including Alotau, Lae, Wewak, Kavieng and Kerema.Maliaki said the program was run very well with a lot of knowledge and skills passed down to the 30 participants.On the Pepes front, Maliaki said the PNG Netball Federation was awaiting a post mortem report from the Pepes management team on the recent Tri Nations series held in Fiji. The Pepes finished last,  managing only one victory over Tonga.Maliaki said the report would provide feedback on areas in the Pepes team that needed improvement. She said this would help them prepare well for the Pacific Netball Series in Cook Islands next month.Through the Pacific Netball Series, the Pepes will have a shot to qualify for World Cup next year in Australia.last_img read more

Saving Women’s Lives: Reducing Unnecessary Delays to Comprehensive EmOC

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 20, 2011June 20, 2017By: Anrudh K. Jain, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar, Population Council, New YorkClick 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)Vapari Bai’s death (Human Rights Watch, January 10, 2011) due to eclampsia in Barwani district hospital in Madhya Pradesh, India highlights the need of reducing unnecessary delays in reaching the appropriate health facility equipped to offer comprehensive emergency obstetric care (EmOC) services through an effective referral system, between communities and facilities without these services with those facilities equipped to offer these services.  Investigation of maternal deaths, while important, may have an unwarranted side effect of providers refusing care to those who really need it.It is well known that 15% to 20% of pregnant women experience life threatening complications (e.g. hemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, and obstructed labor) around the process of childbirth (pregnancy, delivery, and post-partum). However, these complications cannot be predicted well in advance, but they are the ones which require timely and appropriate care. What to do when these complications start to appear? Finding an appropriate solution has been a major challenge in efforts to reduce maternal mortality in developing countries.The Government of India is implementing a very ambitious program of conditional cash transfer—the Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY)—to reduce maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by promoting institutional deliveries. The district level surveys indicate an increase in institutional deliveries from 41% to 54% between 2002/04 DLHS-2 and 2007/09 DLHS-3. However, the statistical analysis of these data published in The Lancet failed to establish any effect of JSY on MMR.A rise in institutional deliveries is likely to decrease MMR if women experiencing complications around childbirth are shifted from home to institutions with comprehensive EmOC, and if the case-fatality ratio (CFR) among women with complicated deliveries at these facilities decreases. However, CFR among women with complicated deliveries at health facilities, as highlighted by the death of Vapri Bai, may be increasing for two reasons. First, women experiencing complications during childbirth may also be experiencing additional delays in reaching the appropriate institution because they are first taken to health facilities which do not have comprehensive EmOC. Second, those reaching a facility with comprehensive EmOC services may not be getting appropriate care because of the increased workload due to JSY.It is essential to increase the number of facilities offering comprehensive EMoC and to improve quality of care by training providers at these facilities to offer timely care to women with complications. In the meantime, it is essential to clearly identify and label facilities in a district/state equipped to offer comprehensive EmOC. In addition, providers at other facilities (CHCs, PHCs and even district hospitals) without comprehensive EmOC and providers in communities (ASHAs, TBAs, and Dais) must be trained to identify women experiencing complications and refer them directly to the facility equipped to provide comprehensive EmOC. Linking facilities without comprehensive EmOC to those with comprehensive EmOC through ambulances and other transport facilities would also help.  Vapari Bai would, perhaps, still be alive if the family had the information to take her directly to the medical college hospital in Indore instead of first going to the district hospital and wasting valuable time and resources.Share this:last_img read more

What’s in your tool chest?

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.My friend Andy came to Boston on Tuesday. He lives in LA and sent me an e-mail to let me know he was coming to town: “If you’re free and interested, I’d be glad to buy you dinner.”Between you and me, I wasn’t sure if his invitation meant that he’d be eating along with me, but a free meal is a free meal, so I took my chances and said yes.He told me he was staying at the Westin Hotel in Copley place, so I suggested Legal Sea Foods, a terrific restaurant that never disappoints. We agreed to meet at 6:30.I arrived about 10 minutes early so I had a seat at the bar and ordered a beer. 20 minutes later he hadn’t shown up, so I sent him a text:Me: Here at Legal!
Andy: Seated
Me: Stand byI grabbed my half-full glass, walked into the restaurant proper and started looking around.No Andy. So I asked a waiter: “Have you seen a guy sitting by himself in here somewhere?” Nope.As I made my way back to the front entrance, things were starting to click together. I asked the hostess: “By any chance, is there more than one Legal Sea Foods in the area?”She smiled and handed me a small slip of paper. I confess that for one fleeting moment I thought maybe it would be her phone number, but no, it was walking directions to the other Legal Sea Food.I thanked her, sent a quick text to Andy and gulped the remainder of my beer. Eight minutes later, we were sitting down to dinner.Now I don’t know why the people at Legal feel the need for two restaurants so close together. Some people go years between seafood meals; certainly the rest of us could afford to hang on for three more blocks.Whatever the reason, clearly I was not the first person to make this mistake. The prewritten slip of paper was a smart idea – one that made the hostess’s life easier by her not having to keep repeating walking directions and my life easier by not having to remember them.So, what kinds of simple, efficient tools have you developed for your business? If you find yourself creating things from scratch, over and over again, it might be worth considering.Here are a few that I rely on, to help get you thinking:Directions to my office. I don’t get a ton of visitors, but after typing it into an e-mail a few times, I developed a one-sheet direction page complete with a map, instructions for parking and my contact information. I e-mail it to people the first time they come.Standardized cards. “Congratulations on the launch of your newsletter;” “Thank you for the referral;” “Good to meet you.”
 
Using an online service called Send Out Cards (my affiliate link) that automates the sending of snail mail cards from my computer, I’ve set up a number of standard templates. I customize the messages each time, but the format is done and ready to go.Service descriptions. I’ve got a handful of client programs that I offer. These are invariably customized for different people and different situations, but here as well, I begin with a standard template that I modify.New client questionnaire. I ask new clients to fill out a 30-question (or so) questionnaire about their company, goals, approach, clients, etc., before our first meeting.
 
It helps them begin thinking about our work together and gives me greater insight into who they are and what they need before we begin. Plus, it gives them the (accurate) impression that I’ve done this many times before.Newsletter sign-up form. Speaking to a group is a terrific opportunity to grow your newsletter subscriber list. If they like you, you can easily walk away with 75% of the room signing up.
 
I’ve got a form that I pass out and that I’ve fine-tuned over the years to make this as productive as possible (click “reply” to send me an e-mail and I’m happy to share it with you).Here’s the bottom line. Lots of solos don’t bother developing these kinds of simple tools and systems – they think they’re only for big companies and big projects.Not me. The way I look at it, the more efficient we can get managing repeatable, often mundane aspects of our work, the more time there is for eating seafood.Michael Katz is a Boston-based marketing consultant and founder of Blue Penguin Development. He specializes in helping professional service firms stand out from the pack by positioning them as Likeable Experts. Get a free copy of his report, “The Professional Service Provider’s Essential Reading List – 11 Recommended Business(ish) Books.”last_img read more