UK Home Office Suspends Immigration Scrutiny on Bank Accounts

first_imgThe UK Home Office has suspended immigration checks on thousands of banks accounts in the wake of immigration scandals such as the Windrush controversy that hit the UK government recently, the Guardian reported.The checks were suspended temporarily, according to a Home Office spokeswoman, the report said. “It is vital that the compliant environment protects vulnerable people and appropriate safeguards are built into the measures. However, after careful consideration we have decided to temporarily reduce the scope of the checks being carried out on bank accounts,” the spokeswomen was quoted as saying by the publication. She added that the measure was taken so no one is inadvertently disadvantaged by measures put in place to tackle illegal migration.The Home Office is now in the process of getting in touch with banks and building societies to give them instructions about reducing the scope of the checks. The checks were introduced as part of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s strategies for creation of a hostile environment for illegal immigrants, the report added.UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid on May 15 informed the UK Home Affairs Committee that banks were given instructions at the beginning of the year to ensure that the accounts of “thousands” of people the Home Office had incorrectly identified as illegal migrants to be closed. However, he has now asked the banks to suspend the measure over fears that many people who have been living legally in the United Kingdom may have been targeted incorrectly.“What I have asked officials to do is to contact those banks again and tell them not to go ahead with that until I am more comfortable that we have got it right,” Javid said, Sky News reported. He added that thousands of letters were sent to banks about individuals who the Home Office believed were illegal migrants.“I understand, if I have the dates right, at the start of this year; again, I do not have the number – letters in the thousands were sent to banks on individuals where the department believes they are illegal migrants and to close their bank accounts,” Javid said.According to powers introduced in January this year under the 2016 Immigration Act, banks were required to check the identity of each current account holder against a Home Office-supplied database. In instances where it was suspected that an account was being used by an undocumented immigrants, the Home Office would review it before it asked the bank to take the necessary step which included closing the account.“The Tories seem to be attempting a panicked and piece-meal retreat from their own immigration policy. However, this temporary U-turn applies to just one element of their hostile environment, when the policy as a whole must be ended permanently,” shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott was quoted as saying by the Guardian. Related ItemsSajid JavidUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Born in Amritsar Jail, Pak Girl Set to Return After 10 Years

first_img11-year old Hena was born in Amritsar Central Jail in 2006 to Pakistani national Fatima Bibi, who was arrested on May 8, 2006, along with Hena’s aunt Mumtaj for possession of drugs. Fatima and Mumtaj’s sentence is nearing an end and Heena is now set to return to her country after Pakistani authorities cleared her citizenship status on August 21. The Indian government issued a no-objection certificate and cleared files related to their release.On August 21, Pakistan’s high Commission counsellor Fauzia Manzoor visited Fatima Bibi and Mumtaj along with their lawyer— Navjot Kaur Chabba, who is also a woman’s rights activist.  Chabba fought their legal battle for free. Fauzia Manzoor’s visit is part of routine procedure before release of prisoners of this nature.“The court had relaxed Hena out of the case but as she was born in Amritsar there was a technical hitch over her citizenship. Fatima, too, was reluctant to send her back alone. On August 21, the Pakistani counsellor officially endorsed Hena’s nationality and furnished requisite documentation,” The Tribune quoted Chabba as saying.Born in an Indian Jail On May 8, 2006, Fatima Bibi and Mumtaz, from Gujranwala and Sikandarabad in Pakistan, were arrested from Samjhauta Express on charges of drug trafficking. They had claimed they were coming to visit their maternal uncles in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar and that the 400 gram smack found belonged to the passenger sitting next to them. A court subsequently convicted and sentenced them to 10 years in jail. At the time of her arrest, Fatima was pregnant and she eventually gave birth to Hena. Hena has been with her mother for all these years in jail.According to New Indian Express report, a local court had offered to make arrangements for sending the girl to Pakistan after her birth. However, Fatima was firm in her decision to keep Hena with her and not send her back to Pakistan alone. Hena goes to a government senior secondary school near central jail and is now a student of seventh standard.“Pakistan will give new passports to Fatima Bibi and Mumtaj. In Hena’s case, they will provide a passport to her to enter Pakistan for the first time,” Chabba said.Serving the Extra Term Batala-based NGO Sarbat Da Bhala had gathered and paid an amount of about Rs 2 lakh as fine for the duo– this year, to start the procedure of their release. The trio would have been facing two more extra years of imprisonment in case they failed to pay the court fine. Officially their sentence had finished in November 2016 but due to non-payment of fine, they had been serving the extra term.The no-objection certificate from the Punjab government is now awaited to ensure their release from the jail. According to The Hindustan Times report, Manzoor gave ₹2,000 to each Pak prisoner in the jail as Eidi (Eid gift) and urged the state home department to issue NOC at the earliest. The central jail has 53 Pakistani prisoners, including Fatima and Mumtaz. Related Itemsdrug trafficking PunjabFatima BibiFauzia Manzoor Pakistan High CommissionHenaLittle IndiaMumtajlast_img read more

Africa’s Youngest Billionaire of Indian Origin Kidnapped, Yet to be Traced

first_imgAfrica’s youngest billionaire was kidnapped by masked gunmen outside a hotel in Tanzania’s largest city of Dar Es Salaam on Oct. 11 and is yet to be traced.According to reports, Mohammed Dewji, 43, was on his way to his routine morning workout at the Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club’s gym when he was kidnapped. The hotel is in the affluent neighborhood of Oysterbay.According to news portal, authorities have arrested 30 people, including three hotel workers and five security guards, who were manning the hotel at the time of the incident.BBC said the motive for his abduction is still not clear and that two of the kidnappers were white men.Citing a taxi driver who witnessed the kidnapping, the portal said that four masked men fired in the air and forced their way into the hotel, upon which all the guards on duty fled from the scene. Shortly later, the kidnappers emerged from the hotel with Dewji and drove away in a car toward Masaki neighborhood of Dar es Salaam.“Initial information indicates he was kidnapped by whites traveling in two vehicles. This kind of incident is new here,” regional governor Paul Makonda told the broadcaster.Tanzania born Dewji, CEO of Tanzanian conglomerate METL, is worth $1.5 billion and is Tanzania’s only and Africa’s youngest billionaire, according to business magazine Forbes. The magazine said that in 2016, he promised to donate his fortune to philanthropic causes.Dewji is also the main backer of Tanzania’s biggest football club Simba, reports said.Dewji is known for having converted METL, a group his father founded in the 1970s as a retail and wholesale company, into a huge African conglomerate active in textiles, flours, beverages, and edible oils.He has also served as a ruling party MP for ten years from 2005-2015, BBC said.BBC said that Mohammed Dewji, also known as MO among friends and locally, has a huge celebrity status in the country. It said that everyone in Dar es Salaam knew Dewji and his family and he would often draw large crowds at public events.Despite being a wealthy and known celebrity, he never had any security, according to reports. Related Itemslast_img read more

U.S. NRI Goes Missing in His Home City Vadodara

first_imgA U.S.-based NRI, who had come to his hometown of Vadodara to see his ailing uncle, has been reported missing since Nov.27. He was last seen while riding in an auto after visiting a private bank in the city.51- year old Mittal Saraiya’s maternal uncle registered an official complaint in Karelibaug police station regarding his disappearance and the police have started an investigation to locate him, reported UNI.The police crime branch has formed four teams to trace him. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Jaydeepsinh Jadeja was quoted by PTI as saying on Nov.28, “Mittal Saraiya went missing after visiting a branch of a private bank in the city yesterday.”Saraiya lives in Florida and had come to India to visit his ailing uncle in Karelibaug area of Vadodara. He had come to India after a decade and was supposed to go back to the U.S. on Dec.1, added the report.Describing the series of events of the day Saraiya went missing, police said that he had gone to a private bank, where he was told to show a photocopy of his passport. He left for home to get the passport and furnish its photocopy before bank official.He was seen coming out of the bank in a CCTV footage. He was also seen riding in an autorickshaw from there, said Jadeja.Thereafter he went missing. When Saraiya didn’t return home, his worried relatives registered a missing complaint with the police. Searches to trace him are on.It was also told that the missing NRI had been a college level cricketer. Officials of Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) also confirmed that he had been playing cricket earlier. His name was once among players who had the probability of getting selected for Ranji Trophy team but he didn’t take part in premiere domestic tournament. Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgFor Naktala Udayan Sangha, which is patronized by StateFor Naktala Udayan Sangha, which is patronized by State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, the theme song is being sung by singer Surojit and Sayan Ghosh. The theme of the puja is inner value.”The theme song these days are integral part of Durga Puja. Just like theme based pujas, theme songs are also an important part of Puja,” Chatterjee told PTI.The theme song of Hindusthan Club this year is called ?Parar Gaan? (Song of the Neighbourhood). It has been penned by senior TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya and music is composed by Debaditya Chaudhury.TMC MLA Sujit Bose, who is Sreebhumi Sporting Club puja organiser, said “This year we have incorporated theme song in our Durga Puja. We hope to receive a good response.”One of the organisers of this big budget puja said theme songs have picked up in the past two to three years. “The tradition of music albums during Durga Puja has declined over the years. So it was decided that Durga puja committees on their own will organize the theme songs.”Echoing him, a puja organiser of south Kolkata, an area known to have more theme pujas, said, “Durga Puja has always been a time when we have traditionally seen so many melodious compositions over the years. Now things have changed and puja organisers are themselves using theme songs to make their Durga Puja more attractive.”The theme songs are released as audio CDs 15-20 days ahead of Durga Puja and are also uploaded on Youtube.advertisementSome of the clubs who cannot afford to pay for topnotch musicians and singers, opt for local singers and have DJs to compose the theme song for their clubs.”We have taken help of a DJ who performs in one of the night clubs in Kolkata and a local singer for our theme song. Since the theme is folk-based, the music too will be in tune with it. The music will incorporate the traditional dhaak to ring in the Puja feeling,” said yet another puja organiser. PTI PNT KK SUS DVlast_img read more

Rising Pune Supergiant star Rahul Tripathi says winning more important than century

first_imgRahul Tripathi has caught everybody’s attention n in the Indian Premier League this season thanks to his exploits with the bat for Rising Pune Supergiant. Tripathi may have missed out on a maiden IPL hundred on Wednesday but his 93 off 52 balls was as good an innings we have seen this year.Tripathi top-scored for Pune as they defeated two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in their own den at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday. Chasing 156 for victory, Tripathi slammed seven sixes and nine boundaries during his knock as RPS reached the target with four balls to spare and jumped to third in the points table with 14 points in 11 games. KKR are second with 14 points but are ahead of RPS thanks to a superior net run-rate.”I feel good, I’ve been getting good starts so wanted to carry on with that start I got tonight. It’s good that we won the match, that is more important.”Not coming out with a plan worked well for me, If I would have made some plans for the KKR attack in the powerplay that wouldn’t have worked.”They are a good bowling side so I just kept it simple, I just went with my gut feeling,” Rahul told his teammate Jaydev Unadkat in an interview conducted by the latter on, who was born in MS Dhoni’s hometown in Ranchi, plays for Maharashtra in the domestic circuit and has been the find of the season for the Pune franchise this year. The 26-year-old has been in tremendous form with the bat, scoring 352 runs in nine matches at an average of 39.11 with two half-centuries and last night’s 93 being his highest score so far.advertisementBeing a team man Rahul also said that he has no regrets of missing out on a ton as his team won the match.”I would have loved to finish the match. But that’s okay, as long as we win the match it’s fine.”Rahul also spoke about his experience of batting with the likes of Australian captain Steve Smith and former India captain MS Dhoni this season.”It’s helping me a lot. It’s a dream experience for me also opening with Ajinkya (Rahane). He says simple things like ‘you are batting well’ it gives me belief that somebody like Ajinkya Rahane is encouraging you. Even off the field people like Faf, Ben and also batting with MS (Dhoni), he’s a legend,” Rahul added.last_img read more

Conte insists he will not leave Chelsea

first_imgChelsea ‘My desire is to respect this contract’ – Conte refutes claims he will leave Chelsea for Italy Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League The Italian says that he embraces his current situation as he thrives under “pressure” scenarios Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted that he will see out his contract at Chelsea amid claims he is set to return to take the Italy manager’s job.Reports have suggested the former Juventus coach is unhappy at Stamford Bridge and could leave at the end of the season, if not before.But Conte claims not only will he be staying until the end of the current campaign but will remain in charge for the 2018-19 season. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I still have 18 months on my contract with Chelsea. My desire is to respect this contract,” he told reporters.“I don’t see any problems with this. I don’t know why there’s speculation about my future. I signed for three years and my desire is to respect the contract.“As you know very well, I trust my work and this is the only thing that I trust, my work. This is how I became one of the best coaches or managers.”The Italian added that he enjoys the scrutiny that both he and the team are under currently.“I like this type of situation. If I see there is no pressure, it is not for me or for the players — you lose your fire,” he explained.“I don’t understand why it is only around me. Maybe because this is Chelsea. Pressure is life, if I had no pressure I wouldn’t like it.“The speculation doesn’t affect me. The situation has been always the same, with a lot of pressure around me.”The Blues suffered a 3-0 defeat at home against Bournemouth on Wednesday, leaving them fourth in the Premier League standings, 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.Chelsea tackle Watford on Monday in their next outing.last_img read more

Planning a fundraising event? Read this.

first_imgHow do you make sure you raise more through your fundraising event?This might sound painfully obvious, but it’s often overlooked by many nonprofits: Make sure to give attendees the option to give more at your event. Be appreciative of those who have purchased tickets and are attending your event, but recognize that a portion of your attendees will be ready and willing to do even more. Here are strategies for opening the door to more donations at your next event:Auctions & Raffles: Auctions, games, and raffles are popular ways to raise even more money. The best raffles and auctions feature items that tie back to your cause or reflect your community’s unique interests.Mobile Donations: Channel supporters’ good feelings into more gifts by reminding them that they can give on the spot via their mobile device. (Don’t have a mobile-friendly donation and events solution? Check out Network for Good’s affordable fundraising software.)Recurring Donations and Memberships: Create a “Donation Station” or membership kiosk that will help your loyal supporters set up a recurring gift or become members of your organization. Be sure to staff your booth to make this process personal, easy, and fun.Additional Gifts: Make it easy for attendees to not only register for tickets online, but to also give an additional donation.Illustrate Your Impact: When your donors feel like there is a real, tangible benefit as a result of their donation, they’ll be more likely to give again.Need an easy-to-use Fundraising Event and Ticketing tool? Schedule a personalized demo to learn how we can help you have your most successful event ever.last_img read more

Fundraising for a Cause – #GivingTuesday through Network for Good

first_imgNetwork for Good loves #GivingTuesday! It’s the day after Cyber Monday, and just four days after the greed-fest madness of Black Friday. You might think that after spending all that money shopping, people would be tight with their purse strings, but in this case, we’ve found that not to be the case.#GivingTuesday Is Well Timed Thanksgiving puts everyone in a gratitude frame of mind, and Black Friday and Cyber Monday get people over-stimulated and competitive to grab the best deals; it’s true. But, a lot of folks are doing Christmas shopping, and perhaps that’s why they come out the other side with a sense of December being the giving season.Tax-savvy people are also aware that it’s the end of the year and time to make those tax-deductible donations, too! So whether for business or pleasure, people make a considerable amount of their charitable donations at this time of year.Network for Good’s Campaign Is Designed to Boost Your CampaignNetwork for Good’s campaign is called “N4G Gives,” and we are here to help get your team ready for easy fundraising this giving season. We want to make this your best holiday season ever by providing tools, training and the most effective tactics to reach your donors.For clients of Network for Good using our DonateNow or GiveCorps fundraising platforms*, there are even more valuable offers, including:Pool of $125,000 available in matching funds to make fundraising for a cause even more successful and fun“Featured Nonprofits” status, to give you extra visibility with our donorsSpecialized coachingClient-exclusive webinars and tool kitsEither way, whether you are a client or a guest on our website, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and useful information to help make this year’s #GivingTuesday your best ever. We hope to be your partner in starting (or continuing) a tradition of making #GivingTuesday one of your biggest and most fun fundraisers of the year.*For those who aren’t familiar with our fundraising platforms—we offer two different programs, so there’s bound to be one that suits your needs:DonateNow: Professionally designed, fully customizable donation websites that make donors want to give. The platform comes with built-in coaching and shares our expertise from many years of fundraising with organizations of all sizes and types.GiveCorps: Project-based funding and crowdfunding platform designed to draw in more donors and make it easy for your donors to support you even more by engaging their personal networks through peer to peer fundraising.To learn more about DonateNow and GiveCorps contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more

The MHTF is Pleased to Announce the Launch of the MHTF Quarterly

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 1, 2013August 15, 2016Click 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 MHTF is excited to announce the launch of the first issue of our newsletter, the MHTF Quarterly.  Each issue of the Quarterly will highlight critical issue in maternal health, compiling resources, including new and important research, multimedia and news. For the first issue, the Quarterly focuses on malaria in pregnancy.From the Quarterly:Despite encouraging progress, coverage of malaria control efforts among pregnant women remains low. Malaria in pregnancy continues to be a substantial contributor to maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in malaria-endemic regions.Malaria in pregnancy programming is at a critical juncture. Important gains have been made in malaria control, but without continued efforts, the gains achieved may quickly erode.Given the existing synergies and overlap between the malaria and maternal health communities, several opportunities exist to collaborate more effectively. These areas of overlap include the target population (pregnant women), common health outcomes (maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity), and a shared delivery mechanism (the antenatal care platform).To receive the Quarterly or any of our other features, including the biweekly MH Buzz, by email, please sign up using our online form.Share this:last_img read more

Three Approaches to Improving Maternal Mental Health From a Low-Resource Setting

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 17, 2015October 13, 2016By: Shamsa Zafar Rizwan, Professor and Head of Centre of Excellence-MNCH, Health Services Academy, PakistanClick 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)This post is part of “Mental Health: The Missing Piece in Maternal Health,” a blog series co-hosted by the MHTF, the Mental Health Innovation Network at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr. Jane Fisher of Monash University.While working as an obstetrician and gynecologist for 20 years and as a reproductive and public health professional, I realized that there is a huge burden of psychosocial ill health of women that also impacts their physical health. Maternal mental health was the key area of my PhD research and I feel that I and professionals from reproductive and maternal health should be leading this cause jointly with mental health professionals.Universal approach to well-beingThe majority of developing countries have a high prevalence of maternal depression ranging from18-25%. Countries with a high prevalence of maternal depression need a universal approach to maternal psychosocial well-being during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. A universal approach means that all women in the perinatal period should receive an intervention on maternal psychosocial well-being, which is integrated into MNCH programs and is simple enough to be delivered by community health workers so as to prevent psychosocial morbidity. This approach does not require screening for depression and anxiety, which is at the moment hard to include in the programmes of LMICs. This approach will not be impacted by mental health stigma and will improve other health outcomes of the mother and child such as child development, growth and health-seeking behaviors. We have tried this approach in Pakistan and have found it to be feasible, easily integrated into MNCH programmes and acceptable by the community and community health workers.Integrate maternal mental health into primary careMaternal mental health interventions need to be integrated into the existing primary health care and maternal and child health programs. Integration has its challenges that include lack of human resources in the community, increased workload and lack of motivation of MNCH community health workers and difficulty garnering political and governmental buy-in. However, advocacy using local data, early involvement of politicians and government and simple, easy to integrate interventions that are developed through a participatory process are key to success.Innovation for scale upScale up of maternal mental health interventions is a challenge, especially where health systems are weak. One major issue is providing quality training and supervision of mental health for community health workers at scale. An innovative way to assist the scale up of evidence-based maternal mental health interventions is a technology-assisted cascade training and supervision system. We are working on developing this innovation in a low-resource, post-conflict area in Pakistan. This system for screening, monitoring and supervision for maternal depression includes three compotents:An interactive voice response-based assessment tool to screen depression in the community: A woman is asked by the health workers to call a toll free phone number where the two questions from the Whooley’s Depression Screen are asked and can determine if further, more detailed screening for maternal depression is neededA tablet-based manual, based on the mhGAP Thinking Healthy Programme: The Thinking Healthy Programme is an intervention that has shown success in treating maternal depression in developing countries and is delivered by community health workers. The use of technology allows standardized training to be delivered without the need of a specialist trainerA cascade training model: Using this model, specialists supervise, from a distance, the community health worker program supervisors, who in turn, supervise the community health workers as part of their normal routine.These innovative approaches to maternal mental health are all designed to enhance the availability to mental health services for the women who need them most.Read more about the scale up of the Thinking Health Programme in a post-conflict settingPhoto: “Rebuilding lives and hope in Pakistan, a year on from the floods” © 2011 Vicki Francis/Department for International Development, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: this:last_img read more

Can a Human Centered Design Approach to Group Antenatal Care Improve Women’s Pregnancy and Birth Experiences?

first_imgShare this: Community members share their perceptions of pregnancy and antenatal care and ideas for making visual aids more culturally relevant.While all of these influencers care about the baby’s health, they generally believe the woman’s health is secondary. Our research highlighted the critical need to help community members understand the link between antenatal care and a woman’s and baby’s health.Based on our discussions with community members, we realized the need to emphasize the link between a woman’s health and that of her baby.Co-creating pregnancy clubs with women and providersWhen designing the group antenatal care model in Kenya, as in Uganda, we wanted to ensure that it improved the pregnancy and birth experience of the women participants, while enhancing — not burdening — the workflow of the health care providers. As a result of these discussions, and building on our experience forming groups in Uganda, we engaged women and providers in the creation of the Lea Mimba pregnancy club in Kenya.A calendar contains a health record and useful visuals that help women to track their own and their baby’s health.We adapted the Uganda group antenatal care curriculum to comply with national standards and guidelines for maternal and newborn health while meeting the current World Health Organization recommendations of eight antenatal care contacts. We also incorporated elements of self-care where women participate in taking their weight and recording their blood pressure, and facilitators encouraged women to build relationships and meet with club members outside of group sessions. To support the group model, we collaborated with local midwives and health care staff to develop a package of implementation materials that can be adapted for use in other settings, including a training curriculum; health care provider job aids; visual and tactile materials; supervision and monitoring tools and community engagement tools.Posters, flyers, and aprons were designed to spark public interest in the Lea Mimba Club and its functions.We observed and requested feedback from women and providers who participated in mock pregnancy club sessions. Participants commented on their experiences engaging in or leading the sessions, their understanding of the health topics and the usefulness and relevance of the implementation materials. During these sessions, we noticed that some women were initially quiet, but they became more involved when health care providers told stories or invited participants to sing songs that convey health messages. Women passed around a ball to indicate their turn to speak, and at times, even asked for the ball.After these mock sessions, participants continued to talk about what they learned as they waited for their individual appointments with midwives. They agreed that it would be easiest to attend sessions on market days, and midwives recommended that sessions take place in the afternoon when clinics are less crowded. Midwives noted that the group format also saved them time, as they could share more advice and information than was possible during one-on-one antenatal care appointments. Based on these observations and comments from the mock session participants, we revised the session structure and accompanying materials.Health care providers review the Lea Mimba message scrolls and share their thoughts on the usefulness of these tools.Pregnancy clubs in sessionWe have started pregnancy clubs in six facilities in Kakamega County. Groups comprise eight to 10 women of similar gestational ages, and we emphasize that each club session is a confidential and safe space for women to talk about their pregnancies, even if they are not yet ready to declare their pregnancy to the community.As health facilities host pregnancy clubs, we will continue to engage community members in discussions on the importance of antenatal care for all women and babies and encourage them to refer women to their local Lea Mimba pregnancy club.To learn more about our work, visit and stay up to date with MSH by subscribing to our email series. Listen to the Lea Mimba Pregnancy Club Song: Lea Mimba Club participants sing a song with the message that healthy pregnancies ensure children’s health. Recording by M4ID.Photo credit: M4ID—This post originally appeared on Medium.Read more about group antenatal care>> Posted on August 22, 2018September 21, 2018By: Priyam Sharda, Design Research Lead for M4ID; Shafia Rashid, Senior Technical Advisor, Family Care International (FCI) Program of Management Sciences for 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)“For the first three months, the baby is just blood. There’s nothing there to take care of,” said one Kenyan father-to-be in Kakamega County, Western Kenya, where we were meeting with communities and health care providers to learn about their attitudes toward women’s health, pregnancy and care at health facilities.“A baby is a blessing from God,” said the mother-in-law of a pregnant woman during another community discussion. “He alone knows how it grows.”Using insights from these community discussions, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) worked with M4ID, a social impact design company specializing in development and health, to develop a group antenatal care model that meets the needs of young women, adolescent girls (ages 10–24), and health care providers. With support from the UK’s County Innovation Challenge Fund program, the Lea Mimba project (“take care of your pregnancy” in Swahili) used a human-centered design approach to adapt a successful pregnancy club model that MSH and M4ID developed in the Eastern Ugandan communities of Mbale and Bududa in 2016.center_img M4ID uses human-centered design to create solutions that address health and development challenges. Communities actively engage in each step of the process to ensure that solutions are culturally relevant and meet their needs.From traditional to group antenatal careStarting antenatal care early in pregnancy is critical for protecting the health and wellbeing of women and their babies, but in Western Kenya, only about 20% of pregnant women attend their first visit before the fourth month of pregnancy (DHS 2014). Through antenatal care visits, health care providers can detect and treat pregnancy-related complications, such as pre-eclampsia and anemia, before they become life-threatening. Antenatal care visits provide opportunities for health care providers to encourage women to deliver their babies with the help of skilled birth attendants and to promote breastfeeding and other healthy postnatal behaviors.However, traditional one-on-one antenatal care often does not meet women’s and adolescents’ needs for information, support and high-quality clinical care. In Kakamega County, women often must wake up around 7:00 AM to go to the clinic, only to spend most of their time there in the waiting room. During standard antenatal care visits, providers spend between 10 and 15 minutes with each woman, but adolescents and those who are pregnant for the first time may need additional time to learn and understand health information.In recent years, group care models have emerged in low-income countries as a promising approach to provide high-quality antenatal care and promote social support among women during pregnancy. Women go through pregnancy as a cohort, learning through discussion and building bonds with one other and their antenatal care providers.Community perceptions of pregnancy and health careWe asked community members, potential clients and providers how women experience pregnancy and health care in their communities and how providers deliver that care.Several barriers continue to disrupt women’s and adolescents’ access to care, including a lack of high-quality services and information, limited individual and community awareness and support and low male engagement. Several actors —including recently pregnant peers, midwives, community health volunteers, male partners and mothers-in-law— influence a woman’s decision to use antenatal care services. Peers are an important early source of information, as doctors and other authority figures are considered difficult to approach. Mothers-in-law might uphold traditional, cultural beliefs that prevent suggested behavior change, while male partners provide the money or transportation to visit the clinic. We learned that pregnancy is only socially acknowledged toward the end of the second trimester, which deters women from going a health facility early in their pregnancy. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Arnold: We’ll be the greatest Socceroos team ever

first_imgGraham Arnold believes his Socceroos team will be the greatest of all time in a huge statement following the squad announcement for the beginning of World Cup qualifiers.The Australian coach named a 23-man list for the September 11 away match against Kuwait on Friday, and spoke of the mentality he wants to instill in the players ahead of the journey to Qatar 2022.Speaking to media following the announcement, Arnold feels that this current crop of players under his tutelage will be considered the best in Australia’s history by the end of the World Cup cycle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Every time I’ve coached and every time I have played, my mindset is always going on the field expecting to win the game, and nothing changes,” Arnold said.”Things can happen in games but you send the players out in a great mindset and going out and expecting to win the game. I don’t send players out trying not to lose. There’s a big difference between the two.”We have a great environment, the team morale is great. It’s a new journey for a lot of players. For the more experienced players it’s a journey they have been on and that will help those younger players. “It’s an exciting squad, a mixture of experience and youth but it’s all about giving people the opportunity to take the Socceroos to another level.”In my mindset, I believe that at the end of this we’ll be the greatest Socceroos team ever.”Graham Arnold Socceroos PSArnold is in his second stint as Socceroos boss, having achieved a quarter-final finish with the nation at the 2007 Asian Cup – the same result reached at the 2019 edition in the UAE.With the green and gold struggling to make the most of the possession at the tournament, Arnold explained how he will improve the players to create more chances and be deadly in front of goal.”Whether we play with three nines, very narrow, or two wingers high and wide, and two eights, or with two sixes, it’s all about the quality in the final third,” Arnold said.”We’ve shown in the past since I’ve been in charge we’ve dominated and created every game. I got an independent review of our performances that I will show the players this week that will show we’ve dictated every game in terms of possession, shots, final third entries and it’s just about being ruthless and using that individual quality.”We have players that can make a difference and that’s a big thing. When you are playing against packed defences and you don’t have that individual quality of a one-v-one action that can go past players, it makes it tough. “But we have that now and I have a lot of belief in these boys and the front third of the pitch is something we’ll work hard on this camp.”We’ve worked hard in the previous camps on our defensive structure, how to press and how to build up, but this camp we will work a lot on our combination play and attacking play and I look forward to that.”Injury issues have already struck the Socceroos squad less than 24 hours after its announcement, with Adam Taggart and Mitch Langerak both emerging as doubts for the Kuwait contest.Australia’s first home qualifier will come against Nepal in Canberra on October 10 – before meeting their other two group opponents Jordan and Chinese Taipei.last_img read more

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Pochettino: We need to give Lo Celso time

first_imgMauricio Pochettino says Son Heung-min will be ready to take on Newcastle United after serving a Premier League suspension, but warned fans not to expect too much too soon from Giovani Lo Celso.Son missed Spurs’ first two games of the new season due to a ban after he was sent off against Bournemouth at the end of last term, while Lo Celso made his debut in a short cameo at Manchester City last weekend.Lo Celso, who joined Spurs on loan from Real Betis with a view to a permanent deal, played five minutes from the bench in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against champions City. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I think Lo Celso is a situation that is not going to be easy,” Pochettino said of the versatile Argentina midfielder. “He was in extended holidays after the Copa America, he didn’t have a proper pre-season and didn’t train too much.”Then signed for us after a week without training. He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect from him. We need to give him time. He was involved [on Saturday] and will maybe have the possibility to help the team in some points, but we won’t expect too much from him.”We need to not put the responsibility on him, only to improve and adapt himself with us and see. It’s a natural process to learn and improve. In the moment he will be fit and deserves to play then sure he will have the chance like other players.”The South Korea star hit 12 league goals in 2018-19, a campaign disrupted by the Asian Games, where he led his country to glory and avoided being called up for military service as a result, and their subsequent run to the Asian Cup quarter-finals.Son’s availability to face Newcastle on Sunday comes with Tanguy Ndombele ruled out by a thigh injury, while England midfielder Dele Alli has returned to training after a hamstring problem.”Unlucky for him that [the ban] was over the holiday,” Pochettino said. “I think he was training really, really hard to keep fit and improve in different areas. We are happy in the last few weeks he was unbelievable in the way he was available to train and compete in every single training session and I hope it’s going to help the team from now.”I think it was a good opportunity for him to build his fitness and have a proper pre-season which sometimes when you’re involved in competition is difficult. For him, looking at last season which was really, really complicated for him and difficult and we used that situation and trying to be positive and helping him to get really fit to help him and the team.”Because the pre-season is so important for every player, but sometimes the priority is holidays and this type of situation with him it was so clear that he was going to be suspended for two games and the plan was to provide him with good quality training to improve in different areas – and when the moment he is available to play to be in the perfect condition.”last_img read more

Stimac installing a new belief in India

first_imgIndia’s stirring display against Qatar in their own backyard in Doha will live in the memory of football fans for a long time to come with the Blue Tigers becoming the first Asian side to avoid a defeat against the reigning continental champions in 2019.That it came after India had squandered a one-goal lead against Oman before falling to a defeat at home in the previous game makes the performance against Qatar all the more impressive.While India did have to ride their luck at times and the individual brilliance of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to achieve the shutout against the Asian champions, the manner in which they approached the game at Doha despite missing the services of Sunil Chhetri and Ashique Kuruniyan was highly pleasing. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Not afraid to build from the back despite Qatar’s high press, India’s players won hearts with their fearless approach and head coach Igor Stimac has put down that vast improvement to installing a renewed sense of belief amongst the squad.“It is all about belief. I made the players believe in their abilities,” the Croatian told Goal . “It is more about trusting yourself and your abilities rather than thinking about the opponent’s.“Qatar had everything to lose. We had nothing to lose. That is the mentality with which we prepared for the game,” he added.One of the key takeaways in India’s stalemate with Qatar was the manner in which the entire XI defended as a single unit.India vs Qatar“It is all about the collective and having a united front. There are no individual stars in this team. Everyone knows their individual job and they performed it to perfection against Qatar,” Stimac explained.These positive changes, especially the technical improvement in the gameplay, have not happened overnight for Stimac with the Croatian using the King’s Cup in Thailand and the Intercontinental Cup at home to gradually imprint his philosophy on the team.The former Croatia head coach rung in the changes in both tournaments with several players being given a chance to impress in various matches. Stimac believes that the arrival of more technically gifted players has had a knock-on effect on the rest of the squad.“I changed the personnel over time since my arrival by bringing in players like Sahal Abdul Samad, Rahul Bheke, Brandon Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Amarjit Singh, Manvir Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Adil Khan, Narender Gahlot and others as well,” he stated.“These players are good on the ball. The players who are good technically have had a rub-off effect on players who are not so good. That automatically elevated the levels of the whole team.”The challenge now, Stimac feels, is now getting the new crop of players to get more consistent game time.“These players have to start playing more consistently. Take someone like Manvir Singh for example, last year he played only around 200 minutes or so. That is not good enough and the only way he can improve is by playing more,” he said.While improvement in the technical level is a big priority for Stimac, the head coach believes that smarter game management from India was crucial to them lasting the distance in Doha. The squad’s fitness levels had been criticised after the 1-2 defeat against Oman where they conceded two late goals at Guwahati with Stimac subsequently taking umbrage to the criticism,The problem, the Croatian felt, was India’s lack of game awareness with players looking to play full throttle at every given opportunity.“Effective running is highly crucial,” Stimac said.“It is important to not go full pace in attack every time you get the ball. You need to be smarter with your game management and pick the important moments to fasten or slow down the game.“You cannot be playing with full intensity for the entire 90 minutes. Learning smarter game management is a gradual process but I am confident we will be successful in our endeavours.”Another significant change Stimac had heralded since his arrival in India is the added focus on fitness levels, particularly the body-fat percentage. India’s fitness levels had improved massively under previous coach Stephen Constantine but they have been taken to the next level since the arrival of the Croatian.Stimac has been aided by highly rated fitness specialist and compatriot Luka Radman in this regard and the results are already starting to show.All these changes that Stimac has implemented came to the fore in the draw against Qatar but the Croatian left nothing to chance tactically as well.“We did a complete tactical breakdown of the Qatar team. Their regular left-winger Akram Afif was missing so we knew their captain Hassan Al Haydos would play there,” he said.“Al Haydos loves to cut in on his right foot so our plan for Rahul Bheke was to force him to go wide.“It was similar at the other flank with Mandar Rao Dessai. Their right-winger is not so strong with his right-foot and most of the damage he causes is with his left. Hence, force him out wide too was the plan.“Then there is their star striker Almoez Ali who is just so lethal and deadly in the box. Our plan was to starve him off possession inside the box and we were largely successful to that effect as you saw.”Having made clear his vision for the senior team, the next step for Stimac is for India to streamline its coaching approach across all age-groups.“I will be sitting down with the coaches of the various junior teams soon to have serious discussions. We all need to be on the same page as to what are the kind of players we want to produce for the senior team,” he said.“It is very important for us to have the same vision and approach at all levels if we are to take giant strides in the long run.”last_img read more

The Only Camping Toiletries You Need for a Weekend (or Week) in the Woods

first_imgTadeusz Lakota / UnsplashWhether on a solo sojourn in the woods or a week-long hiking expedition with your closest buddies, one of the best ways to take advantage of all this gorgeous summer weather is to spend some quality time outdoors. It’ll give you a chance to commune with nature, bond with pals, and joyfully slip out of your strict hygiene routine as you become one with the world around you. However, just because you’re going au naturel doesn’t mean you have to look and feel gross. It’s totally possible to keep yourself looking and feeling clean and fresh without the hassle of carrying around bulky soaps, brushes, or spillable liquids. Below, we present to you some of our tried-and-true tips for staying groomed in the wild with our picks for best camping toiletries. Beard Balm – $10While we’d normally suggest you keep a beard oil on hand to tame any unruly locks, it makes way more sense to keep as many things solid as you can while exploring the outdoors. A great substitute is this all-natural balm from Cliff Original, which combines sweet almond oil with beeswax and shea butter to rejuvenate and soften your whiskers.See ItMicro Hair Trimmer – $11If your facial hair doesn’t require a lot of upkeep, another fab item to keep with you at all times is a micro hair trimmer. It’s great for snaring rogue hairs and keeping your beard looking pitch perfect no matter the adventure. Plus, it’s battery operated, so you won’t have to worry about it losing juice if you can’t find an outlet.See ItShower Sheets – $15Let’s face it, when you’re out gallivanting in the wild, you’re going to miss a few showers. OK, maybe you’re going to miss all the showers. But that doesn’t mean you have to smell like the woods themselves. A handy solution? Keeping a pack of shower sheets in your bag. These biodegradable bad boys are full of aloe, peppermint essential oil, and citrus extract, making it easy to smell great no matter where you are.See ItDry Shampoo – $23Though a little grease in your hair is nothing to scoff at, if it’s been a full week and you haven’t done anything to cleanse your follicles, you’ll quickly be approaching the danger zone. To keep things feeling fresh, douse your locks with a little dry shampoo. As the name suggests, it requires zero water and will cleanse your hair much like a liquid soap would.See ItBiodegradable Bar Soap – $10If you do happen to find yourself near a body of water, consider getting a little sudsy with an all-natural bar of soap like this one from Seattle Sundries. Chock-full of essential oils and other natural ingredients, this travel-sized companion is guaranteed to revitalize your skin and keep you smelling great and won’t pollute whatever stream you find yourself performing your ablutions in.See ItDisposable Toothbrush – $9Even if you’re foregoing a lot of other personal grooming practices, you can’t skimp on the oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day means keeping up the routine out in the wild, so make sure to come prepared. While a small travel-sized brush is totally fine, we prefer these disposable implements from Colgate. No water and no paste make these super accessible and their small size and lightweight mean they won’t way you down while waiting to drop them in the trash (and not on the trail).See ItToiletry Case- $35Lastly, you’ll need a fantastic case to keep all these toiletries together. We suggest this pack from REI, which you can hang in a car, on a tree, or on the head of an outdoor shower. With multiple mesh pockets and a super secure opening, this case is bound to last you for many expeditions to come.See ItNow that you know how to stay clean in the wild, why not figure out how to drink while you’re out there with these best camp flasks. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

‘Liverpool must kick Man City while they are down’

first_imgLiverpool need to be looking at making the most of an uncharacteristic wobble from Manchester City, says Jamie Carragher, with the Reds urged to kick the defending champions while they are down.Jurgen Klopp’s side have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and are yet to show any sign of weakness in 2019-20.In contrast, Pep Guardiola’s title holders have already suffered shock defeats to Norwich and Wolves and find themselves playing catch-up with a depleted squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Carragher wants Liverpool to take advantage of injury and form struggles being endured at the Etihad Stadium by opening up an advantage that cannot be clawed back.The Reds legend told talkSPORT: “I think what we are seeing with Man City now is they are being affected by injuries now in the same position and that’s a problem for them.“That’s a problem for anyone even though they have got a better squad than Liverpool and you see how much it is hurting them.“You may actually think it would hurt Liverpool more if they injuries because, as I said, they don’t quite the squad City have.“But to be fair, Man City have problems where they are weakest, at centre-back, in terms of numbers and quality.“But there is no doubt a big injury to a big Liverpool player will severely hamper them. So that’s why I don’t think anyone really at Liverpool is getting too carried away.“It is a great position to be in, there’s no doubt, and if you didn’t say that you would be a liar. And what Liverpool have to do is capitalise as much.“And not just not think eight points is a great lead; try and make it 10, make it 12, if possible. Especially while City have problems at the back, like having Laporte out.“Because there is no doubt that when Laporte is back and City back on their feet, they’re a team capable of doing exactly what Liverpool are doing and going and winning 17, 18 games.”Liverpool have been fortunate to see key men such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane steer clear of serious knocks, with an early setback for first-choice goalkeeper Alisson the only issue they have had to contend with.The Brazil international is edging closer to full fitness once more, so Klopp will hope that his side can get stronger from here as they count down the days until a return to domestic action away at Manchester United on October 20. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘Klopp’s boisterous behaviour not for show’

first_imgJames Milner believes Jurgen Klopp’s exuberant touchline antics are part of an authentic package that helps drive Liverpool forward.The Reds triumphed in the Champions League for their maiden trophy under manager Klopp last season and have won their opening eight Premier League games this term to stir hopes of a first top-flight title since 1990.Routinely challenging for major silverware makes for a significant improvement from where Liverpool were when Klopp took over in October 2015, the club then languishing in 10th. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Animated celebrations and sideline theatrics have gained him admirers and critics while becoming a hallmark of his managerial make-up, but midfielder Milner insists the behaviour is genuine.”The biggest thing with the manager is that what you see is what you get,” Milner told Liverpool’s official website.”He doesn’t have one front for the cameras and then he’s completely different with the players.”He’s honest with the players and he lives every minute of it. He’s on the side and he’s bouncing around, he wants to be out there. That energy’s big for us when we’re down.”He seems to judge it right, when to put an arm round the shoulder after a game.”If we haven’t played well or something he knows what to say at half-time, or if you need a rocket he’ll give you that as well.”He seems to judge those situations very well.”James Milner LiverpoolNow 33, ex-England international Milner is the most senior member of Klopp’s squad.The versatile former Manchester City man understands his role is to pass on knowledge to the next generation but also to continue learning from his highly regarded manager.”You’ve always got to try to improve as much as you can, so I’ll go into every training session, every day, with that mindset that you never know anything,” he said.”I’m sure the manager’s learned things and he’s been in football a lot longer than me.”I think if you’ve got the mindset where you think that you know everything, you’re going to be struggling.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more