Posted on March 13, 2017May 19, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, 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)The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is delighted to participate in and support the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference (ICHC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, taking place 27-30 March 2017. The conference will bring together 350 leading experts in community health workforce from nearly 40 countries for a four-day, highly interactive event.The conference, hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), aims to help countries strengthen partnerships with communities for improved maternal, newborn and child health. As stated in WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, maximizing the education and deployment of community-based health workers is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda. The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) affirms community health work as an essential component of health system resilience.Join the discussion on social media and follow along virtually!Participate in a Twitter Chat on 14 March to discuss why community health is crucial to achieving sustainable development and universal primary health care. Please see the Twitter Chat toolkit for full details.14 March 2017 | 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM EDTHashtag: #HealthForAllTwitter Handle: @MCSPGlobalJoin the discussion and submit questions to panelists during the conference using the hashtag #HealthForAll. The MHTF will be live-tweeting select sessions, focusing on the link between community health and maternal newborn health. Please see the conference social media toolkit for full details.Watch the live-streamed plenary sessions and host a viewing party with colleagues to promote the discussion on community health! Access the live-stream and viewing party toolkit here.Attending the conference? Join us at the following MHTF-supported panels:Session 26: Community empowerment and genderSession 30: Building national capacity and demand for implementation research to take forward the community health agendaSession 32: Selected topics in implementation research for community-based service deliveryPlease see the conference program for full details.—The MHTF will be at the conference gathering the most relevant information on how advancing community health approaches can improve global maternal newborn health. Subscribe to receive key updates, takeaways and lessons learned from ICHC 2017!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
The upcoming version on Python is on its way. The Python 3.8 beta cycle begun with Python 3.8.0b1 last month. Earlier this month, the second beta was released, making Python 3.8 feature complete.Python 3.8 will go through two more planned beta release previews before the official version is released in October. RELATED CONTENT: Top unicorns herd to PythonTIOBE predicts Python will replace Java as top programming languageNew report shows shakeup amongst top programming languagesAccording to the Python team, notable features in the upcoming version include: Assignment expressions: A new way of assigning variables within an expressionPositional-only arguments: A new syntax for specifying positional-only parameters in function definitionsRuntime audit hooks: For enhancing security of runtimes using auditing APIsPython Initialization Configuration: For more control over the configuration and better error reportingVectorcall: A fast calling protocol for CPythonPickle protocol 5 with out-of-band data: A new standardization of the pickle protocol version and accompanying APIs. Other features include: load_global performance improvements, f-strings support, ability to debug builds that share ABI as release builds, and a parallel filesystem cache for compiled bytecode. More information is available here. The Python team suggests developers and users start testing with the language now, during the beta phase, to ensure there are no issues when the 3.8 version is released. “We strongly encourage maintainers of third-party Python projects to test with 3.8 during the beta phase and report issues found to the Python bug tracker as soon as possible. While the release is planned to be feature complete entering the beta phase, it is possible that features may be modified or, in rare cases, deleted up until the start of the release candidate phase (2019-09-30). Our goal is to have no ABI changes after beta 3 and no code changes after 3.8.0rc1, the release candidate. To achieve that, it will be extremely important to get as much exposure for 3.8 as possible during the beta phase,” the Python team wrote. It is also important to note that Python has a new governance model that was implemented last year. A five-person steering council is being used to establish standard practices and introducing new features. “The council has broad authority, which they seek to exercise as rarely as possible; instead, they use this power to establish standard processes, like those proposed in the other 801x-series PEPs. This follows the general philosophy that it’s better to split up large changes into a series of small changes that can be reviewed independently: instead of trying to do everything in one PEP, we focus on providing a minimal-but-solid foundation for further governance decisions,” the team wrote in a post.