Investment in Midwifery Can Save Millions of Lives of Women and Newborns, New Report…

first_imgA report released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund together with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners reveals that major deficits in the midwifery workforce occur in 73 countries where these services are most desperately needed. The report recommends new strategies to address these deficits and save millions of lives of women and newborns.The 73 African, Asian and Latin American countries represented in the State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: A Universal Pathway – A Woman’s Right to Health suffer 96 percent of the global burden of maternal deaths, 91 percent of stillbirths and 93 percent of newborn deaths, but have only 42 percent of the world’s midwives, nurses and doctors. The report urges countries to invest in midwifery education and training to contribute to closing the glaring gaps that exist. Investments in midwifery education and training at agreed international standards can yield – as a study from Bangladesh shows – a 1,600 percent return on investment.”Midwives make enormous contributions to the health of mothers and newborns and the well-being of entire communities. Access to quality health care is a basic human right. Greater investment in midwifery is key to making this right a reality for women everywhere,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director.Midwives have a crucial role to play in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 (decrease child death) and 5 (increase maternal health). When educated to international standards and within a fully functional health system, they can provide about 90 percent of the essential care to women and newborns and can potentially reduce maternal and newborn deaths by two thirds. Despite a steady decline in maternal deaths in the 73 countries that are covered in the report – dropping yearly by 3 percent since 1990 – and newborn deaths – decreasing by 1.9 percent per year since 1990 – there is more these countries need to do to address the severe shortage of midwifery care.“Midwives are central to midwifery care and the lives of women and newborn babies. The report precedes the Lancet Special Series on Midwifery, which together with the report will provide the evidence to guide all policy-makers in their quest to end preventable maternal and newborn deaths,” said ICM President Frances Day-Stirk.The report, launched at the 30th ICM Triennial Congress in Prague, Czech Republic highlights the progress made since the inaugural 2011 report and solutions to the barriers outlined in four key areas: availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of midwifery services: A number of countries have effectively strengthened midwifery and improved access: Nearly half (45 percent) of the 73 countries have implemented measures to retain midwives in remote areas and 28 percent are increasing the recruitment and deployment of midwives, while 20 percent have implemented new codes of practice and 71 percent have improved information collection enabling countries to address shortages and education standards.Despite progress, inequities such as lack of access to services and poverty have increased within and among countries. There are still not enough adequately educated midwives to support the health of women and newborns, and this contributes to hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths annually.Today, only 22 percent of countries have potentially enough midwives to provide life-saving interventions to meet the needs of women and newborns, which leaves over three-fourths (78 percent) of the countries with severe shortages in proper care. As the population grows, so does the gap in critical resources and infrastructure, unless urgent action is taken.The 2014 report includes recommendations to close these gaps and to ensure all women have access to sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn services. These includes issues such as preventive and supportive care from a collaborative midwifery team, immediate access to emergency services when needed, and completing post-secondary education. From a broader perspective, women should delay marriage, have access to healthy nutrition and receive four pre-birth care visits.“This report, like the Every Newborn Action Plan recently adopted by the World Health Assembly, sets a clear way forward. Both aim to encourage governments to allocate adequate resources for maternal and newborn health services within national health sector plans. This should include funds for the education and retention of midwives. We will continue to support countries to develop and strengthen their midwifery services as a critical intervention to save the lives of women and newborns,” said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ERC engages stakeholders

first_imgThe newly re-constituted Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) on Wednesday continued its series of meetings with stakeholders.The body met with representatives of the Indigenous, East Indian and African Guyanese constituents at Herdmanston Lodge, Georgetown, to get a firsthand account of issues confronting members of the various groups.During the productive engagements, important concerns were raised, suggestions were offered, and commitments were made to work together to promote harmonyERC Commissioners pose with representatives of the Indo-Guyanese constituencyand good relations across the country.The ERC is in the process of spreading and fostering awareness of its twenty-four (24) functions listed in Article 212D of the Constitution, and to seek possible inputs from stakeholders in support of the execution of its mandate.The meetings yesterday were all chaired by ERC Deputy Chairman, Major General (ret’d) Norman Mc Lean, and six ERC Commissioners were present.To date, the ERC has met with H.E. President David Granger; Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo; the Private Sector Commission, the Ambassador and team from the European Union (EU), Ambassador and representatives of the ABC diplomatic community, and representatives of the three major religions. Other meetings scheduled for this month include with the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) and representatives of Women and Youth Constituents.last_img read more

Report: Kane, Vardy and Dier complete stunning comeback for England v Germany

first_img1 Eric Dier scored the winner in the 91st minute against world champions Germany England fought back from two goals down to seal a 3-2 victory over Germany at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier all scored in the second half as the Three Lions stunned the world champions in their own backyard.England were comfortable in possession for the opening 10 minutes, with Adam Lallana finding himself in space, looking to orchestrate proceedings from deep.The Three Lions’ play was bright in the final third, as Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck and Dele Alli looked to link in the final third – only the final ball was lacking.Alli, notably, was causing problems for the opposition; leading England’s deep pressing, proving almost impossible to mark.The opening 25 minutes was a lacklustre performance from the hosts, allowing England to grow in confidence and put pressure on the world champions’ back line.Such a perception, though, seemed to have been relayed to the Germans, as in the 27th minute Mario Gomez sent the ball into the back of the net. His celebrations were cut short, however, by the offside flag. Replays showed this to be the incorrect call by the linesman.This incident gave Joachim Löw’s troops a much needed boost and England suddenly found possession difficult to sustain.Danny Welbeck, nevertheless, had a sublime chance to try his luck on goal, but the Arsenal striker was culpable of taking too long, letting the ball roll to him and consequently allowing the German defence to clear the danger.And, shortly before half-time, Marco Reus delivered a blow to Roy Hodgson’s men, firing in a low, powerful drive from 25 yards to beat Jack Butland at his near post.The England bench will have been left frustrated, as seconds before the goal Butland had pulled up, but rather than go down, opted to stay on his feet. The Stoke City stopper couldn’t continue and was replaced by Fraser Forster.It was more of the same after the break, with England creating chances, yet failing to take advantage.Fitting with the end to the first period, Gomez, who should already have had his name on the scoresheet, headed home Khedira’s sublime delivery in the 57th minute to double his side’s lead.Kane, however, was on hand to instantly respond – paying tribute to the late Johan Cruyff with his finish. The Tottenham Hotspur centre forward, with his back to goal, expertly performed the Cruyff turn and sent the ball through Emre Can’s legs, into the far post.The strike hugely lifted the Three Lions, and it wasn’t long before a certain Jamie Vardy had the visitors on equal terms.Clyne delivered a ball into the box and Vardy, who had only been on the pitch four minutes, evaded the challenge from Antonio Rüdiger and deliciously flicked his finish past Manuel Neuer to make it 2-2 in the 75th minute.  It was the Leicester City man’s first international goal.England were the far superior after drawing level, and should have taken the lead with five minutes of the 90 remaining.Goalscorer Vardy squared the ball to Alli but, with an almost open goal on offer, the former Milton Keynes Dons midfielder fired over, leaving many believing a draw would be the final result.This missed chance was soon history, though, as Eric Dier, who had struggled at times against Germany’s midfield, headed in at the near post from a corner in the 91st minute to complete a stunning comeback.last_img read more

NOTHING BETWEEN CHARLIE AND BEA – APART FROM 100 YEARS AND A DAY!

first_imgThis is the moment when little Letterkenny lad Charlie McGarry meets his 100 year old great grandmother.And all that separates Charlie and great grandma Bea McGarry from Longford, is 100 years and a day! The amazing picture also features five month old Charlie’s proud dad Conor McGarry from Ballyraine Rd.The moment was captured by Charlie’s granddad Mick McGarry.Conor is married to Georgina from Crewe (near Manchester) and Charlie their first child made his debut on the 28th May 2011 just a few hours before his great grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday 29th May in Ballymahon, Co.Longford.This photograph is their first meeting and you can tell they are glad to see each other. Charlie’s proud grandmother Mary McGarry said “It’s a wonderful moment and a great photograph and I am sure it will be cherished in the family for generations”While Bea McGarry’s long wait to see her first Donegal great grand child was finally ended, the wait for Anfield’s first premiership title continues for avid Liverpool fans Mick, Mary and Conor.Charlie is apparently non committal at this stage but has his mother’s Manchester roots to fall back on if the suspense of waiting to see a trophy becomes too much for him.NOTHING BETWEEN CHARLIE AND BEA – APART FROM 100 YEARS AND A DAY! was last modified: November 4th, 2011 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) Tags:Bea McGarryCharlie McGarryConor McGarrylast_img read more

GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFULLY BLITZ

first_imgFOUR MASTERS NOTESUnder 10’s Football: Our under 10s footballers played host to teams from Ardara and Robert Emmets in a very entertaining blitz on Saturday morning at Tirconaill Park. Over 30 boys lined out in the blue and white and gave a great account of themselves in all their matches.Well done to all involved and to the parents who provided the refreshments, thanks also to Lee Jordan and Pauric Harvey for refereeing the games. The boys are back out again this Saturday 11.00 am at home, this time they will face teams from Naomh Ultan, Killybegs and Naomh Mhuire. The Kevin Faulkner memorial for under 10 boys and girls continues on Wednesdays evenings with the final taking place on wed the 25 th June.  Best of luck: to Darragh Quinn against Antrim in Minor Football Ulster Semi Final and Karl Lacey, Paul Durcan & Luke Keeney against Antrim in Ulster Senior Football semi final Sunday 22ndJune in Clones. Club membership: will close on 30th June, please contact Paul Timoney 0872791305  Well done: to Seniors/ Reserves who beat Termon on Sun15th June Sponsor a Virtual Sod: this unique initiative is available on a new link on ourwebsite www.fourmastersgaa.com or contact any club officer about details, to sponsor either by PayPal or contact club member. Please support this initiative, check out or virtual pitch Follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Club App andwww.fourmastersgaa.com Kavanagh’s Supervalu Kits for Clubs: We’re asking members and non members in our community that support Four Masters GAA Club that when shopping in Supervalu could you supports this new initiative Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in Kavanagh’s SuperValu Donegal Town, you will receive 1 voucher. Ask in store for further details. 12GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFULLY BLITZ was last modified: June 17th, 2014 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) Tags:FOUR MASTERS NOTESlast_img read more