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

Focus on Good Nutrition in Anti-Doping Initiative in Schools

first_img Government’s anti-doping initiative in schools, will promote the importance of good nutrition Story Highlights Young athletes who give outstanding performances are subjected to tests Young athletes need to be knowledgeable about banned substances and food supplements Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, says the focus of Government’s anti-doping initiative in schools, will be concentrated more toward promoting the importance of good nutrition and discouraging doping, rather than testing every young athlete.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 23, Mrs. Neita-Headley  said since the Prime Minister made a statement on the topic, “there has been quite a bit of controversy and that is as a result of persons not being very clear on what was meant.”Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, informed the House of Representatives on July 16, that the Government would begin testing young athletes in schools. She noted however, that this system would be introduced in conjunction with public education and sensitization programmes.Minister Neita-Headley explained that the Government’s plan will focus on assisting young athletes to understand the importance of good nutrition, in an effort to eliminate the temptation of taking food supplements.“Currently, young athletes are being tested as part of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Games and Penn Relays. What is not happening is that we are not conducting those tests on a wide scale here in Jamaica, as part of our championships,” the Minister added.She emphasized the need for young athletes to be knowledgeable about banned substances and food supplements and to take full responsibility for what goes into their bodies, adding that a lot of what is packaged into supplements can be found in our local everyday ground provisions, including yams.Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr.Warren Blake, said that young athletes who give outstanding performances are subjected to tests when they perform at the national level.“The approach to test exceptional young athletes is a means of validating our track and field programme, to show that this is obtained through genuine endeavours and competitiveness and not the result of illegal substances in sports,” Dr. Blake said.He further informed that the programme of anti-doping education in high schools will be strengthened.“The education programme has been going on in the high schools for some time, and when strengthened it will inform the young athletes on what to expect,” Dr. Blake pointed out.last_img read more

Britishera Town Hall returns to MC City museum proposed

first_imgShimla: Almost a year after its restoration, the British-era Town Hall, one of Shimla’s monumental buildings, will finally go back to Shimla Municipal Corporation — its legitimate owner though will locate the only office of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, a condition imposed by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, flanked by Chief Secretary Srikant Baldi and Shimla Mayor Kusum Sadret on Sunday visited the Town Hall and inspected room-by-room space. More than a century-old Gothic-style building is a favourite haunt for the tourists. But this has remained unoccupied due to High Court orders. “The building has gone complete restoration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding to the tune of Rs 8 crore. We don’t want the landmark building to suffer ruins and thus need to be used for the benefit of the citizens, tourists and stake-holders. I am happy the High Court has allowed it to be handed back to the Shimla MC though only Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be able to get offices here,” he told the Millennium Post, after spending 45 minutes at the complex. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu and Commissioner Pankaj Rai briefed the Chief Minister about orders of the High Court and made suggestions as to how the ground floor and top floor can best be used for the tourists and citizens. “If the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the High Court gives us some concessions, we will like to install a lift for the top storey for its use as city museum while the lower storey will remain as an activity area, besides having commercial use of the space,” he said. Town Hall is a grand old legacy. Its condition had turned very bad thus the state government got ADB funding for major restoration works from floor to the ground, besides re-creating an old charm of architectural importance and woodwork inside the building. But lobbying has begun within the Municipal Corporation as Councillors, more than 40 in number, also want space in the building while the Commissioner also has taken up the issue to set-up a camp office. “We may have to approach the High Court afresh and inform about we practical difficulties. I am, however, in any case, will move to the building on September 29 along with Deputy Mayor,” said Sadret. There are possibilities for the building having a high-end cafe shop, information centre and a boutique of traditional crafts and arts for tourists. Terming the Town Hall as “priceless architectural marvel”, the High Court has reminded the government of its responsibility to maintain the historic landmark building, located on the Mall road as also being a major tourists’ attraction. Earlier in 2017, the High Court had opined that the important heritage building could be used either as a city museum or a library rather than leaving it at the mercy of the ‘babus’ by allowing a public office to run from there.last_img read more

Return of Donald Marshall Jrs eel nets recall days of historic fishing

first_imgHALIFAX — The recovery of eel nets that helped recast Aboriginal rights to earn a living from fishing is bringing back powerful memories for those touched by their story.Donald Marshall Jr. was charged with three counts of violating federal fisheries laws when he and his former partner Jane McMillan set the nets near Pomquet Harbour, N.S., in 1993.The seizure — and the storage of the gear in an Antigonish fisheries office — took Marshall all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, where a ruling upheld treaties from 1760 and 1761 that said Mi’kmaq can earn a moderate living from hunting and fishing.However, Marshall died in 2009, at the age of 55, unaware the nets were still locked away.They were first noticed by Sana Kavanagh, a fisheries scientist at the Confederation of Mainland Mi’kmaq while she was doing a tour of a federal office earlier this year — which led to Fisheries and Oceans Canada sending the nets back to Marshall’s family.McMillan says when she attended the recent 20th anniversary of landmark legal decision, it was deeply moving to see and touch the nets that had once had been at the centre of a “happy and challenging” time of her life alongside Marshall.Jeff Ward, the director of the Heritage Park, says when he saw the photos of the nets on Sept. 14 and received notice they would be returned, he felt like he’d “discovered the Holy Grail.”Marshall, well-known for having been wrongfully convicted of murder in the early 1970s and himself the son of a Mi’kmaq grand chief, had become an eel fisherman in hopes of living a quiet life.He and McMillan had bought the nets in 1993 after a year of saving their money, she recalled.According to McMillan’s recently published book “Truth and Conviction: Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi’kmaq Quest for Justice,” when a fisheries officer asked Marshall for his licence on a clear morning in August 1993, he replied, “I don’t need a licence. I have the 1752 treaty.”In addition, Marshall later informed fisheries officials that the chief of the Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaq had granted him permission to fish for eels in the waters near Antigonish.However, after Aug. 24, 1993, when Marshall sold about 463 pounds of eels for $1.70 per pound to a New Brunswick buyer, the fisheries officers swooped in and took all of his gear, and laid the charges.McMillan, now a professor of anthropology at St. Francis Xavier University, said it devastated their ability to earn a living, and set off the “public, expensive and lengthy” court battle that started on Oct. 17, 1994 in a provincial court.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Polish political leader rejects converting to euro currency

first_imgWARSAW, Poland — The leader of Poland’s ruling party has spoken out against having Poland convert to using the European Union’s shared currency, the euro.Jaroslaw Kaczynski suggested that as the Poles aspire to western European living standards, sticking with the local zloty currency would protect them during international financial crises. At the same time, this strong critic of the EU said that Poland’s strong position in the 28-member bloc will help improve Polish living standards.Kaczynski spoke at the party’s parliamentary policy meeting Friday.An EU member since 2004, Poland has been ambivalent about converting to the euro, saying it first needs to meet all the necessary criteria. Nineteen European nations currently use the euro.The Associated Presslast_img

Sr advocate Indira Jaising takes umbrage on AGs comment

first_imgNew Delhi: “I am a person in my own right”, retorted senior advocate Indira Jaising while taking strong exception to Attorney General K K Venugopal’s comment in the Supreme Court on Thursday that she be referred to as the wife of senior counsel Anand Grover.The incident occurred before a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Navin Sinha when Grover told the court that he was appearing for Jaising, who has filed an application seeking to intervene in the contempt petition filed by the Attorney General against activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Justice Mishra asked Grover as to whom he was representing in the matter. When Grover said, “Ms Jaising”, Justice Mishra asked, “Not Indira Jaising?” Grover then clarified that he was appearing for her. At this juncture, Venugopal who was present in the court, said: “He (Grover) should say (he is appearing) for his wife.” To this, Jaising took umbrage at the comment and said, “Mr Attorney General you should withdraw his remark. I am a person in my own right”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedMinutes later however, she said: “I am sorry that I lost my temper Mr Attorney. We identify as individual lawyers. We are not to be identified as somebody’s spouse or somebody’s wife or husband. We are maintaining our individuality. Hence, we chose not to change our names.” Jaising told the bench that she has filed an application to intervene in the matter as the court was dealing with the issue of whether lawyers and litigants can criticise the court proceedings in a sub-judice matter to influence public opinion. “I also write frequently. I am concerned and I must know the limit of law,” she said, adding, “It is my own choice as to who should represent me. Kindly allow Mr Grover to appear for me”. To this, the bench said, “Do not worry, we will hear everybody when we will hear the issue”. During the hearing, Bhushan admitted before the court that he had made a “genuine mistake” by tweeting that the government had perhaps submitted in the apex court fabricated documents of the high-powered selection panel on appointment of interim CBI chief.last_img read more

IP University to start Msc Yoga this session

first_imgNEW DELHI: IP University has started online admission process for the new academic session 2019–20 for more than 33,000 seats for 11 University Schools and 120 affiliated colleges. At present, the University has notified 58 combined academic programmes in the Admission Brochure unloaded on the University website www.ipu.ac.in. Also, two new courses, MSc (Yoga) and BSc (Nursing) post basic are being started from this academic session. Out of it, admission in the 40 programmes will be done on the basis of Common Entrance Tests (CETs) conducted by the University. There is no CET for six programmes –MBA(Weekend), LLM (Weekend), MBA (Disaster Management), M.Tech (ECE) Weekend, M Tech (CSE) Weekend and M Tech (Bio Technology). Admission in these programmes will be done on the basis of marks in the last qualifying examinations, work experiences and the performance in the interview. Admission to M Tech (Bio – Technology) will be given on the basis of GATE score.last_img read more

Bruised bullied Badgered Buckeyes return home battered

Not only did Ohio State leave Madison, Wis., emotionally scarred, suffering its first loss of the season Saturday, but the Buckeyes also left physically scarred, with fewer healthy bodies than when they arrived. OSU’s already-limited defense has become further depleted because of injury. Leaving possibly the biggest void in the OSU defense is the loss of senior linebacker and leading tackler Ross Homan. Coach Jim Tressel said Homan will likely miss the next couple of weeks because of a foot injury suffered at Wisconsin. Already plagued with injuries this year, the defensive backfield has taken another hit with the loss of Tyler Moeller’s replacement, Christian Bryant, who will be out for at least this week’s contest against Purdue. “He had an infection last week, and we thought we had it under control, and he played a little bit in the game, and then he had a not-very-good reaction to it on the plane ride back,” Tressel said. “He’s been over at Ohio State Medical Center trying to get it under control, and I don’t know all the whys and the wherefores and whatnot, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be out of there until late this week.” As far as who will step in during Bryant’s absence, Tressel said he wasn’t sure yet but suggested a few possibilities. “Without having sat in the defensive room and talked about it with them, you have a couple different ways you can go,” he said. “Jermale Hines has played a lot of nickel, which would probably put (Aaron) Gant in the game. Nate Oliver was your No. 2 nickel all spring and all season until he got hurt, and he’s back healthy … or you can do what Iowa does. Iowa plays nickel with their base people.” Also on the defensive side, linebacker Dorian Bell remains out after suffering a concussion against Indiana. No matter who is in there, Tressel expects them to perform. “We’ve got to have someone ready. That’s why you get to practice Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and have walkthroughs on Friday,” he said. “If you want anyone to care that you’ve had three guys in your secondary hurt, you’re coaching the wrong sport at the wrong school because we’ve got to be ready.” Facing adversity Coming off its first loss in nearly a year, OSU is looking to pick up the pieces from its lackluster performance at Wisconsin last week, and Tressel said that loss will serve as a real test for his team. “We’ve always talked about leadership and maturity and that it’s not really tested until those adverse moments,” he said. “I think you’ll see a good demonstration of our level of maturity and leadership and so forth, and I have confidence we have the right kind of people.” With the loss behind them, the No. 10-ranked Buckeyes turn their sights to the conference-unbeaten Purdue Boilermakers. And although the Bucks once again find themselves attempting to bounce back from a difficult mid-season conference defeat, Tressel said that how his guys respond will say a lot about this team. “We told our guys countless times that there are 10 teams that want one thing for sure and that’s for Ohio State not to be the Big Ten champions, and that’s real,” Tressel said. “And now let’s see how you can handle it, and we’ll get a little glimpse of that at practice, but the real look at it will be Saturday and then the following Saturday and the following.” Continuing special teams woes After making strides in the right direction in recent weeks, OSU kick coverage took another step in the wrong direction at Wisconsin as the Badgers set the tone early, returning the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. “The bottom line is that when you’re covering kicks, there are no excuses,” Tressel said. “They don’t care if you get pushed in the back, grabbed, held, thought you should have gone around it, you thought the ball was going here or there. You have to fit. And just like when you’re playing defense, you have to fit. Kickoff, you have to fit from 70 yards away. Defense you have to fit from the line of scrimmage. We just didn’t fit.” Although the botched kickoff coverage is a point of concern for Tressel, he said it certainly did not cost his team the game. “Please don’t paint the picture that us having the kickoff taken back lost the game,” he said. “We still had 59 minutes and 48 seconds, so we had plenty of time to make up for that, but we’ve got to get better at that.” Defensive struggles The Badger ground game, at times, gave the Buckeyes fits. OSU allowed a 100-yard rushing performance for the first time in 29 games, as John Clay rushed for 104 yards. As questions continued to arise about OSU’s defensive performance, Tressel said the team’s depth at defensive line isn’t what it has been in recent years. “Are we as deep and can we rotate as much as when we had … (last year) you had Thaddeus (Gibson) and you had Lawrence Wilson, you had Doug Worthington, you had Todd Denlinger, you had Rob Rose?” Tressel said. “Those guys all were the rotators last year and they’re rotating elsewhere right now. But that’s where we are.” Despite lacking line depth, Tressel said the younger guys are continuing to come along, and his goal is for them to improve as the season progresses. Not the same Pryor OSU has become accustomed to Terrelle Pryor lighting up the score board, so the junior quarterback’s struggles Saturday seemed a bit uncharacteristic of his season thus far. And although there were passes Tressel said Pryor would probably like to have back, he was pleased with his signal caller’s effort. “I think he played extremely competitively,” Tressel said. “As far as competing and wanting to do anything he could do for the good of the team, he would have gone down to cover kickoffs if you let him, that’s just his nature. “I don’t know what else you can ask of a guy (except) to leave it on the field, and he left it on the field.” read more

Wrestling Ohio State unveils 201718 wrestling schedule

Sun., Feb. 11vs. MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan Fri., Jan. 5vs. Maryland College Park, Maryland Feb. 16 or 18vs. North Carolina State Raleigh, North Carolina Sun., Nov. 12vs. Arizona StateColumbus Tue., Nov. 21vs. Cleveland State (Thanksgiving Throwdown)vs. Kent State (Thanksgiving ThrowdownColumbus Then-sophomore Myles Martin checks the clock as he looks for back-points against Bo Nickal of Penn State on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorOhio State wrestling unveiled its 2017-18 schedule Thursday, which includes 14 dual meets and two tournaments.The reigning Big Ten champion Buckeyes will host six duals during the upcoming season. The competitions will be held in three different cities and four different venues. While St. John Arena is the conventional home for Ohio State wrestling, duals will be hosted at the Schottenstein Center, and at two in-state high schools. The season will kick off on Nov. 4 when the Buckeyes compete in the Princeton Open, a tournament hosted by Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey. Ohio State will then host three non-conference foes at St. John Arena, beginning with Arizona State on Nov. 12. Cleveland State and Kent State will visit Columbus to take part in the Thanksgiving Throwdown on Nov. 21. On Dec. 2-3, the Buckeyes travel west to compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.The Big Ten opener against Indiana on Dec. 10 will be hosted by the Buckeyes at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the alma mater of Nathan Tomasello, the reigning Big Ten champion at 133 pounds. Ohio State will have three straight duals on the road before rounding out regular-season conference play with six weekend matches, including a match against Purdue on Jan. 28 at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, which produced brothers Bo and Micah Jordan. Before beginning postseason play in the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State will travel to Raleigh, N.C. for a dual with North Carolina State on either Feb. 16 or 18, with the official date to be announced at a later time. The Buckeyes will have an opportunity to repeat as conference champions when the Big Ten tournament takes place on March 3-4 in East Lansing, Michigan.If all goes well for certain Ohio State wrestlers, their season will conclude in their home state as the NCAA championships will be held Mar. 15-17 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.The season schedule will see Ohio State face seven schools that finished in the top-20 at the 2017 NCAA championships. Ohio State will return a wealth of talent from its 2016-17 roster, including two-time defending national champion heavyweight Kyle Snyder. Returning along with Snyder will be the Jordan brothers, Tomasello, Kollin Moore and Myles Martin.Bo, the elder brother, is the defending Big Ten champion at 174 pounds. Micah, a redshirt junior, finished as a runner-up at 149 pounds in the Big Ten last season. Moore was the reigning champion at 197 pounds, while Martin won the NCAA championship as a freshman in 2016 at 174 pounds. Sat., Nov, 4Princeton OpenPrinceton, New Jersey Fri., Jan. 26vs. Michigan StateEast Lansing, Michigan Sun., Dec. 17vs. ChattanoogaAtlanta Feb. 2 or 4vs. Penn StateUniversity Park, Pennsylvania Fri., Jan. 12vs. Minnesota Columbus (Schottenstein Center) Dec. 2-3Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas Mar. 3-4Big Ten Championships  East Lansing, Michigan Sun., Jan. 28vs. PurdueSt. Paris, Ohio Jan. 19 or 21vs. IowaColumbus Sun., Dec. 10vs. IndianaCuyahoga Falls, Ohio Sun., Jan. 7vs. RutgersPiscataway, New Jersey Schedule: Mar. 15-17NCAA ChampionshipsCleveland, Ohio read more