Comic Books for Safe Motherhood

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Julianne Parker, Young Champion of Maternal 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)This blog post was contributed by Julianne Parker, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.December, for me, brought unfortunate visa troubles and, rather than dodging Brazilian law and risking imprisonment, I had to flee back to the United States and wrangle with the Consulate here. Luckily by the end of the month I had a new visa in hand and returned to Brazil before the new year. These sorts of bureaucratic hiccups are so commonplace when working abroad, so I tried to take it in stride and be as productive as possible, despite being away from all the wonderful girls at Lua Nova’s recovery center!One of my main tasks in my 9-month placement in the Young Champions program is to create a host of didactic materials on maternity for the adolescent mothers living at the Lua Nova center during their drug-recovery process. I plunged into that task the last weeks while awaiting the Consulate’s decision to readmit me to Brazil. The process of creating these materials has been exciting and met with so many unique challenges: while in Niger I helped organize some didactic materials for post-operative fistula patients, but those focused almost exclusively on physical maladies and obligations as related to pregnancy, delivery, and the post-partum period.For the girls of Lua Nova, I am not battling lack of access to hospitals or physical maternal care, but instead facing the emotional challenges of what it is to be a mother, how to gain an attachment to your child, and most simply what on earth to do with a newborn infant, toddler, and older child in terms of nutrition, bathing, medical care, and non-aggressive discipline. To incorporate all of these crucial layers of psychological health of the mother, while still making the materials entertaining and approachable, I decided to write a “comic book” of sorts, detailing the life of a fictional 15-year old girl as she confronts drug addiction and teen pregnancy. Some of the text was taken directly from the words of the girls at Lua Nova as they explained their apprehensions and fears on how to be a mother in our group sessions. The point of the text is for it to be instantly relatable to a wide array of adolescent mothers in Brazil, whether they have had a substance addiction or not. It relies heavily on images, drawn from a talented artist friend of my sister, herself a mother of four who simply wanted to extend a helping hand to these mothers in Brazil. I am entirely indebted to her for her invaluable services and love the global outreach of moms helping moms!In addition to the book, I’ve written and designed instructional posters on breastfeeding, discipline, post-partum depression and other crucial issues to be hung around Lua Nova’s facilities, and am also in the middle of creating an interactive game that addresses challenges and solutions in motherhood, which I hope educators can use in group or individual settings to help mothers cope with the huge obstacles they face as they raise a child.Being in the US in December has been challenging as I missed the one-on-one interaction with the girls at Lua Nova. They give such strength to me and I learn constantly from them. I’m happy that I’ve been able to have the time to really sit down and write these materials, but it’s impossible to really finish these educational tools without the direct feedback from their intended audience. It reminds me of how crucial on-the-ground work is in any maternal health endeavor. Nothing can be created in a vacuum, and without the participation of the community we strive to impact, any effort will only be rendered moot. It’s all about local knowledge, local solutions, and local participation. That being said I’m thrilled to get back to Sorocaba and work face-to-face with these girls once more!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Video: Jim Kelly, Erin Kelly Go Nuts When Chad Kelly Throws TD vs. Memphis

first_imgJim Kelly cheering when Chad Kelly throws a touchdown on tv.jim kelly erin kelly chad kellyMost Ole Miss fans probably already know this – but former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is actually Chad Kelly’s uncle. It looks like he’s quite supportive of his nephew, too.Saturday, Erin Kelly, Jim’s daughter, posted a video of her family watching Ole Miss’ game against Memphis. They go crazy when Chad throws a touchdown to Damore’ea Stringfellow. Check it out:Ole Miss is on upset alert against a talented Tigers team, but the Rebels currently lead 14-0 early.last_img

Jamaica Tourist Board Developing New Website

first_img The website forms part of the JTB’s overall strategy to compete in the ever- changing global marketplace as well as plans by the management to re-engineer the entity and its methods of marketing and promoting Jamaica as a destination. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is developing a new and fully integrated website as part of efforts to fulfil the needs of emerging tourism market sources globally. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is developing a new and fully integrated website as part of efforts to fulfil the needs of emerging tourism market sources globally.The website forms part of the JTB’s overall strategy to compete in the ever- changing global marketplace as well as plans by the management to re-engineer the entity and its methods of marketing and promoting Jamaica as a destination.It is also consistent with the Tourism Ministry’s focus on ‘smart tourism’, which targets increased reliance on information and communications technology (ICT) to market destinations and manage content distribution.“This new data-rich, social media integrated digital platform will revolve on a single axis that provides global access to the destination (Jamaica) 24/7. The site will (also) be powered by Google,” the JTB told JIS News in a statement.“It (website) will also host and promote all aspects of the destination and provide real-time access and content to tour operators and travel agents globally to be more efficient in selling Jamaica,” the statement continued.The website will feature a customer relationship management tool to manage in real time the performance of the more than 50,000 registered travel agents, who sell the destination daily.It is expected that the return on investment of this integrated tool will be the ability to advertise the destination and manage content distribution in a more precise and geo-targeted way, allowing more value to be extracted from advertising than ever before. Story Highlights It is also consistent with the Tourism Ministry’s focus on ‘smart tourism’, which targets increased reliance on information and communications technology (ICT) to market destinations and manage content distribution. last_img read more

Mens Soccer Maisonneuve looks back on difficult first season

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn the days following the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s season-ending loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament, head coach Brian Maisonneuve took time to reflect on his first season on the job and how he plans to lead the program going forward.Maisonneuve was hired this past spring after serving as an assistant coach from 2010-17 at Indiana, his alma mater. What made the decision to leave easier, as well as the transition to Columbus, was the fact that Maisonneuve spent nine seasons playing for the Columbus Crew during his professional career. “Ohio State was the only program I would have left IU for. I was fortunate to have eight great years there, as a coach and obviously as a player as well,” Maisonneuve said. “It was an honor to come back to Columbus, to work for this athletic department and to be a part of this program. It’s exciting and it was just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”The 2018 Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-15-2, 0-7-1 Big Ten) failed to find consistency in key areas of the game, including a dormant offense that failed to find any footing in the attacking half until the final stages of the season.“Early on we had some issues. Towards the end I thought we were getting the ball in good spots. I thought we were creating opportunities,” Maisonneuve said. “We just weren’t finishing,” Maisonneuve said getting reps in and around the goal during practice was often a key emphasis for the Buckeyes, yet the schedule at times prevented them from getting into a rhythm.“The hardest part in that part of the season was actually finding training days to work with the guys, because when you play two games in five days or two games in six days, by the time you finish the game the next day is recovery,” Maisonneuve said. “You have one day to hit on a couple of things and then it’s the day before, which is pretty light and then you play again.”Maisonneuve said the Buckeyes were lacking in the technical facet at times, whether it was team members getting clean strikes on their shot attempts or making effective contact with their heads. Yet in other practices, Maisonneuve said, the Buckeyes proved effective in finding the back of the net. By the end of the year, Maisonneuve said he believed his team executed the correct passes and created the necessary chances to win games, but lacked the finishing touch that would get them on the scoreboard. He specifically cited various close calls in the team’s regular season finale at Wisconsin and Ohio State’s season-ending loss to Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. For Maisonneuve, inconsistencies on the defensive side of the ball came when the Buckeyes trotted out an entirely new four-man back line with the exception of sophomore defender Will Hirschmann. This unfamiliarity with one another led to occasional issues in terms of moving together as a unit and developing and maintaining quality spacing between defenders, Maisonneuve said.“Our toughest part of the schedule was definitely at the end. I said it couple of times, I do think if our schedule was flipped we might have beat some of those teams early on if we were playing like we were at the end of the season,” Maisonneuve said. “However, I don’t know if we are able to get to where we were at the end of the season if the schedule was flipped.” Maisonneuve said he gives the Buckeyes a ton of credit because what was asked of them was tough.“It was one of those years where we couldn’t catch a break,” Maisonneuve said. “On the flip side I know you create your own breaks and you create your own luck, but between getting scored on with nine seconds left, with 19 seconds left, with 73 seconds left, a couple unfortunate red cards, a couple goals called back … it just seemed one of those years.” Maisonneuve said the fact that the Buckeyes played their best soccer and had their most productive training sessions at the end of a one-win season says a lot about the character of the players in the locker room.“We had our dips. We had a lot of conversations about the process, the culture, or teammates and having each other’s back and we continued to build that side of it because I’m a true believer if you don’t get the culture right, your X’s and O’s don’t matter,” Maisonneuve said. When it came to the coaching staff, Maisonneuve said his three biggest targets were Sergio Gonzalez, Matt Foldesy and Chad Barson. He said not only do they have great soccer minds, but they were great people for the team to be around, as they understand what it is like to be part of a family.“They’re guys I knew from the past that I’ve worked with, coached before or coached alongside, so I needed a staff that I knew could come in, in good times, bad times, through a season like this or the good seasons that are coming ahead of us, that were going to be able to stick together and that was huge,” Maisonneuve said. As for returning players, he cited plenty of starting players who impressed him with their potential to make a difference on next year’s squad. Maisonneuve named junior defenders Osman Fofanah and CC Uche and redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried as big-time contributors on the defensive side of the ball.Meanwhile, he praised two freshmen, midfielder Xavier Green and forward Devyn Etling, who he said “were called upon to pull the strings,” along with a trio of midfielders in sophomore Joshua Jackson-Ketchup and juniors Jake Scheper and Jack Holland. Looking forward, Maisonneuve said the sky’s the limit for the Ohio State men’s soccer program. He said he believes this season’s struggles are something returning players can learn and gain confidence from, so they can understand what it will take to be a successful team moving forward. “Some people say, ‘Well Mais, now you get to start over.’ Well, I don’t want to start over because I think we made some strides. We laid the foundation. It didn’t show up in the wins and losses, but this group coming back knows what it’s going to take to make that jump,” he said. read more

Matteo Politano cant wait for his first Derby

first_imgInter winger Matteo Politano “can’t wait” for his first Derby della Madonnina in an Inter jersey.He states that one can breathe the derby in the air.” The match will kick off on Sunday at 19.45 UK time and Politano has this following to say:“I am really excited and can’t wait for Sunday to come,” the former Sassuolo winger told Inter TV via Football Italia.Prade revealed Fiorentina wanted to sign Suso and Politano Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Fiorentina sporting director explained what players his team wanted to acquire but couldn’t, including Suso from AC Milan and Matteo Politano.“You can breathe the derby in the air. I’m so proud and am so fired up to get on that pitch. We’re coming off a good period of form and so are Milan. I expect a balanced game, but as with all derbies, there’s never a favourite.“Our fans are exceptional, they always pack the stadium and we are proud to represent all those people. We hope to make them proud of us in return on Sunday.”It could be tough set of games coming up for Inter, as they will face Barcelona in the Champions League and Lazio in Serie A.last_img read more