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mothers2mothers and PMTCT

first_imgPosted on December 9, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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 following is part of a series of project updates from mothers2mothers. MHTF is supporting their project, Using Cell Phones in PMTCT. More information MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: mothers2mothersmothers2mothers (m2m) continues to explore the feasibility and operationalisation of active client follow-up (ACFU) activities as part of its facility-based PMTCT education and support program, with the aim of encouraging women to return to and remain in care. This phase of the project is focusing on conducting pilot activities in Malawi and Zambia to inform m2m’s plans for scale up and integration of ACFU across all of the organisation’s programs. The Malawi team is in the process of engaging with country and site data to support the identification of pilot sites as well as identifying key PMTCT indicators for client follow up, focusing on those indicators that will have the most impact on PMTCT and maternal and child health . The tools used to conduct the pilot and ACFU itself continue to be developed and refined for the Malawi context through consultative workshops, utilizing good practices from internal and external ACFU resources. A similar exercise will be carried out for m2m’s Zambian program.This process of planning for scale up has stressed the importance of local context in understanding need for follow up, as well as identifying challenges to follow up, such as women’s limited access to mobile phones. Mobile phone data is dynamic in nature and often difficult to interpret for specific groups, like women, within communities. Issues such as cultures of shared phones have an impact on the actual access women have to mobile phones. This becomes increasingly important as mobile phones are being used in poverty and health interventions to a greater extent throughout the developing world. Women and Mobile, a report from the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and the GSMA Development Fund, speaks to the gender gap in mobile phone ownership. Women and Mobile estimates that the gender gap is 23% or 33 million women in sub-Saharan Africa. Clearly, this has serious implications for telephonic interventions with women, whether it is a health program focused on increasing antiretroviral adherence or an agricultural program designed to increase women’s access to market prices and valuable farming information. Mobile phones are successful components of interventions from Afghanistan to Uganda and literacy to health care, but as our ACFU piloting has demonstrated, further understanding and documentation of context is an important component of ensuring successful telephonic interventions.For more information on m2m and what we are doing, please visit our website.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more


first_imgThe dates for the 2005 National Touch League have been confirmed as: Opens – Friday to Monday 11 to 14 March 2005 Seniors – Wednesday to Saturday 16 to 19 March 2005 Following on from the announcement of Permits for 2005 to 2007 the Australian Touch Association NTL committee has now been given the task of reviewing the General Conditions for the 2005 Tournament. In the interim the rules and regulations as set out in the current General Conditions Document information stand until the review is completed and the release of the 2005 General Conditions Document.last_img read more

Vine: Northwestern’s Alex Olah Attempts To Take Charge Resulting In Scary Collision With IU’s Hanner Mosquera-Perea

first_imgIndiana player goes up for a lay-up.Vine/Jim WeberIndiana is rolling past Northwestern in today’s Big Ten Tournament game, but the Hoosiers got a major scare from a collision under the basket involving forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea. In attempting to draw a charge call, Northwestern center Alex Olah fell into the knee Mosquera-Perea, who was attacking the basket. Luckily, Mosquera-Perea was able to return to the floor after leaving to the locker room following the play.Hanner Mosquera-Perea headed back to the #iubb bench. ESPN reported that no MRI was needed.— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 13, 2015Hanner Mosquera-Perea walks back onto the court under his own power and with a bag of ice on his right leg. Heavy limp. #iubb— Jordan Littman (@JordanLittman) March 13, 2015Hopefully he will be okay going forward in this Big Ten Tournament. Indiana has no need to risk any further injury tonight. The Hoosiers lead 67-51 late in the second half.last_img read more

Will Grace fans reduced to tears as classic character is killed off

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook READ MORE Will & Grace delivered the mother of all episodes last night (November 2), and fans are still reeling from the shock death of one of its classic, beloved characters.We never thought we’d see the day that Karen would be able to show genuine emotion, but it happened after her maid, the legendary Rosie, was killed off.\We already knew that Rosario Salazar (played by Shelley Morrison) wouldn’t be returning for the new series of the sitcom – but we didn’t think it would be such a heartbreaking, and definitive, goodbye. Twitterlast_img read more

Delhi Police arrests Khalistan Commando Force member

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a member of Khalistan Commando Force from ISBT Delhi on March 12. The accused, identified as 53-year-old Gursewak Singh, was a known associate of infamous militant Jarnail Singh and was wanted in connection with non-bailable warrants issued by the Patiala House Court in two cases when he was arrested.ACP RK Ojha led the team which was formed under the supervision of DCP Bhisham Singh. After the police started technical and manual surveillance, it was revealed that the accused was in contact with some militants currently serving time in Tihar jail. Police said that the team received a secret tip-off from a confidential source about Gursewak’s meeting with one of his associates at ISBT Delhi, when they arrested him. The accused has been known to be involved in over 50 criminal cases including terrorist activities, murder of police officials and informers, bank and police station dacoities, and several robberies in at least four states. Police said that Gursewak joined the Jarnail Singh’s militant organisation in 1982 but when their leader was killed during “Operation Blue Star” in 1984, he joined the newly formed Khalistan Commando Force under the leadership of Manveer Singh Chehdu. In 1985, the accused murdered eight police personnel of Punjab Police while freeing KCF chief Jarnal Labh Singh and his associates from police custody in a court house. The accused spent 18 years in Tihar Jail after being arrested in a case of murdering 9 members of a family in Punjab, from where he planned to smuggle arms and ammunition in large numbers including automatic assault rifles (AK-47) and explosives. This plan, however, was foiled in 1998 by Delhi Police when they apprehended two terrorists from Punjabi Bagh with 18kgs of RDX, eight hand grenades with 10 fuses, an AK-47 with 100 cartridges, and a pistol with five magazines and up to 130 cartridges. Police said that the most recent case against the accused is one registered by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police under the Arms Act in 2017. Additional Commissioner of Police Ajit Kumar added that relevant authorities have been informed regarding the arrest of the accused.last_img read more

Relief for KKR, team to play all home ties at Eden

first_imgNew Delhi: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders will play all their Indian Premier League home matches at Eden Gardens despite Bengal going into polls during all seven phases of general elections. The BCCI on Tuesday released the full schedule of the round robin league matches starting March 23 till May 5. As usual, there will be a total 56 matches that will be played during the six-week tourney. Among the round robin matches there are 12 afternoon starts (4 pm matches) on the weekends. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe IPL operations team has ensured that no team plays their home matches at the alternate venues as the general elections will be held in seven phases from April 12 to May 19. Even Kings XI Punjab, who had played a few of their home matches in Indore during earlier editions, will play all their matches in Mohali. “The biggest challenge was to ensure that KKR gets to play all their matches at Eden Gardens as Bengal is the only state which is going to polls on all seven dates. However with Calcutta and adjoining areas going to polls on May 19, we have been able to sort the issues with help of the government and local police authorities,” a senior BCCI official said.last_img read more

The Best NBA Teams Of AllTime According To Elo

180067-15All-time great 150041-41Average You can sort the teams in several ways: by their season-ending Elo rating, by their peak rating or by their average rating throughout the season.5Peak ratings and average ratings exclude the first 20 games of each team’s season, when they reflect a substantial amount of carry-over from the prior year. A team’s composite Elo rating is a simple average of these three.For the very best teams — and I already mentioned some of Elo’s favorites, like the Jordan-era Bulls and the 1985-86 Celtics — the ratings are high across the board. The ’82-83 Sixers are another of these, ranking as the 10th-best team all-time.But in other cases, there’s a pretty big difference between peak, year-end and average ratings. The 1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers achieved the 11th-highest peak rating ever (1779). But their year-end rating is a pedestrian 1690 because they coasted down the stretch and then struggled (relatively speaking) in the playoffs, getting outscored by both the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers despite winning those series. Conversely, the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons got better and better as the season went on, going 35-6 in the second half of the regular season and then 15-2 in the playoffs against opponents that included the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls.The list might seem to be biased toward relatively recent teams: Among the top 50 seasons all-time, only six from before 1980 make the list. This is mostly a consequence of there being more teams than there once were. Simply put, it’s much more impressive to be the best team in a 30-team league than in a 10-team league.But it’s also hard to say the NBA is watered down, at least right now. In fact, it’s barely expanded in recent years, adding just one franchise since 1995. That makes recent teams’ performances more impressive than those from, for example, the early 1970s, when the NBA almost doubled in size over a few seasons. When Elo ranks a team higher or lower than you might expect intuitively, it’s usually because it perceives the team’s competition to be especially strong or especially weak.Some teams, meanwhile, do their damage over the long run instead of having any one standout season. The best team from the Celtics dynasty of the 1960s ranks only 47th all-time. But the Celtics of that era were incredibly consistent, with a composite Elo rating falling somewhere between 1627 and 1704 over 11 consecutive seasons. The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, have placed 13 teams in the all-time top 100 since 1994-95, but their highest-ranked individual season (2013-14) is only 12th.And what about this season’s Warriors ranking as the fourth-best team of all time? Obviously, that’s a provisional score: They may rise or fall a couple of slots depending on how the rest of the playoffs go (although they almost certainly won’t pull ahead of the 1995-96 Bulls). But even though the conventional wisdom has been skeptical about the Warriors at times, we think Elo’s case is pretty easy to defend.Here’s how it goes. As we’ve said, Elo is all about accounting for the strength of a team’s competition, and the Western Conference over the past dozen or so years has featured about the toughest basketball competition imaginable. The Warriors’ 67-15 regular-season record is as good as any other Western Conference team from this era, and their regular-season point differential (+10.2 points per game) is better than anyone else’s. If they follow that up with a title, there really won’t be much to find fault with. Whether they’re a one-year wonder or will prove to be a perennial contender is another question, of course. We hope you’ll enjoy exploring the interactive and tracking their progress. 130022-60LOL The stakes in the NBA are incredibly high. Superstar players so dominate the league that decisions on trades, draft picks and free-agent signings could gut a franchise for years or make it a perennial contender. But unlike in sports like baseball and hockey, where luck plays a larger role, in the NBA, the best team usually wins. There’s little forgiveness when a star player gets hurt, and when a team misses its first chance at a title, it may not get another.We wanted a way to visualize each team’s ups and downs. You can find that in the form of our new interactive graphic, “The Complete History Of The NBA,” which tracks each franchise through all 63,145 games (and counting) in NBA and ABA history.1The principal source for game-by-game scores is the always-amazing Basketball-Reference.com.Elo ratings, the basis for the interactive, should be familiar to regular readers of FiveThirtyEight. We introduced them for the NFL last year, and they proved to be a popular feature.2In part, perhaps, because of a flukishly good performance against Las Vegas point spreads. But we didn’t invent the idea: Elo ratings were originally developed to rate chess players and have also been used in soccer, baseball and other sports.Elo is like the iPad of sports power ratings: Their design is quite simple, and they do a lot with a little, depending only on the final score of each game and where it was played. Teams always gain Elo points after winning games — although more for upset wins and for winning by wider margins — and lose ground after losing them. They account for both regular-season and playoff games. If you want (much, much) more detail, see here. For the rest of you, here’s a quick guide on how to interpret different Elo ratings and about how many wins they’d translate into over the course of an 82-game regular season. 140031-51In the lottery ELOEQUIVALENT RECORDTEAM DESCRIPTION 120015-67Historically awful 160051-31Playoff bound 170060-22Title contender Elo ratings above 1800, which imply a team would be able to sustain at least a 67-15 record over the long term, are extremely rare. Only three teams have achieved them: the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (whose 1853 Elo rating from June 9, 1996, is the all-time record), the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls and the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. This year’s Golden State Warriors have a chance at an 1800-plus rating, depending on how the rest of the playoffs go.A 1700 rating is more typical for a title contender. The Cleveland Cavaliers, with a 1689, are currently somewhere near that mark, for example. A 1600 rating represents a playoff team that’s likely to lose in the first or second round. And Elo ratings can go way lower, of course. The all-time NBA low, 1111, belongs to the Dallas Mavericks after they went 4-57 to open the 1992-93 NBA season.3The ABA’s Oakland Oaks achieved an even lower rating, 1086, at the nadir of their 1967-68 season, but that’s partly because it was the ABA’s inaugural year, which Elo treats very skeptically.So where do, say, the 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers rank? Here are Elo’s ratings of all seasons in NBA and ABA history:4The table excludes teams that played fewer than 21 games in a season (for reasons such as being disbanded midway through the season). read more

We hope we did Vichais family proud says Schmeichel

first_imgLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel hopes their 1-0 away victory at Cardiff has made Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s family proud.It was an emotional day as players, staff and fans paid tribute to the late owner in their first game since last weekend’s tragic helicopter crash.Demarai Gray’s lone goal in the second-half was enough to seal the three points for Leicester City.“I feel proud,” said Schmeichel, via Leicester Mercury.“It has been a really tough week for everyone. The way everyone has handled themselves, it is a testament to the family that Vichai built. That took a lot.“So proud of how everyone played, how professional they were.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Always going to be an emotional day but I’m glad we got the three points.“You come across very few people in your life that hit you there and impact you. He had a really big impact on my life. You can see from the reaction of everybody that he had an impact on so many lives.“It’s a man that we’re immensely proud to have known. His family, that’s what we’re thinking about.“We’re all hurting, we’re really hurting, but we can’t imagine what they’re going through.“So we wanted to do it for him and for his family tonight.”last_img read more