Training Seminar to Share EVS Good Practices and New Ideas for the Future, Italy

first_imgTraining Seminar to Share EVS Good Practices and New Ideas for the Future, Italy Media Focus on Volunteering, Denmark Brave Festival Training Courses, Poland +1 LinkedIn 0 Reddit Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Pocket Did you know that you can volunteer being as an Erasmus Student in a foreign country?center_img Deadline:19 July 2011Open to: Youth in Action Workers (EU, EFTA, Croatia, Turkey)Costs: Hosting Costs Will Be Covered, 70% Reimbursement of Travel CostsDescriptionAn evaluation seminar in which LINK wants to share with other organizations involved in EVS good practices and  new ideas for the future. The project is linked with the European Year of Volunteering.Link is a youth organization involved in international mobility programmes since 2003. Link is a hosting, sending and coordinating organization in the frame of EVS.Deadline for the application is 19 July 2011. Activity start date is on 28 July 2011 and it ends on 02 August 2011. Maximum number of participants is 25 and the seminar will take place in Altamura, Italy.Participants should be involved in hosting and sending activities in the frame of EVS – Youth in Action program. There will be an evaluation of the impact of EVS on young people involved and also planning of new projects to promote volunteer work.All the seminar will be held in English.EligibilityAll the participants from Youth in Action programme countries (EU, EFTA, Croatia, Turkey).How to ApplyFill in the application form found in the hyperlink below and send it to the following email address: [email protected] form for the seminar can be found here. To see the details of the programme for the seminar, click here.ContactLINKGirolamo Vicentivia Silvio Pellico, 10 70022 Altamura – BaPhone: +390803148080The Official Website ← Regional Project Consultant for the Middle East and North Africa in PILnet, New York Similar Stories Tweet Share 0 July 14, 2011 Published by Site Default The International Council Global Education Awards 2011 →last_img read more

Zuma named Africa’s best president

first_img12 November 2009South African President Jacob Zuma was named Best African President at the 2009 Africa Consciousness Media Leadership Awards, which honour those who have contributed to the liberation and development of the continent.Speaking at the awards ceremony in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Zuma urged African leaders to keep the promises they had made to their people.“We have pledged to our people that we will strive for the eradication of poverty, disease and conflict. We have pledged to promote trade, investment, economic growth, skills development and stability on the continent.”Zuma called on African leaders to use partnership agreements as instruments to advance the cause of the continent.He was referring to pacts such as African Peer Review Mechanism, established to promote good governance in Africa, and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), which aims to foster economic integration and development.“If we deviate or if we falter, we expect all of you – ordinary citizens, civil society, academics and the media – to sound the warning bells,” Zuma said. “Good leaders heed these warnings and respond constructively. They do not consider themselves to be above their people.”Miriam MakebaZuma was not the only South African recipient of an award. The late Afro-pop legend Miriam Makeba was given the Great Daughter of Africa award for using music to address the challenges faced by Africans during the colonial era.The Pata-Pata songbird, who was exiled for years after she was banned by the apartheid government, travelled the world not only performing her songs but also sending the message to the world about Africans’ challenges.The late First Lady of Nigeria, Stella Obasanjo, was named Best African First Lady of the Year.Zuma said the awards served as a reminder that nothing could be achieved without the confidence, trust and support of fellow Africans.Leadership ‘about service and sacrifice’“A true leader is guided by the needs and the collective wisdom of his or her people. These awards should therefore not be about status or prestige. They should be about service and sacrifice. Let us work together to ensure that they achieve these goals.”African statesman and former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda also attended Tuesday’s event. He wished South Africa all the best in hosting a successful footall World Cup in 2010.He said it was Africa’s turn to show the world what she was capable of, adding that he was confident that the tournament would be a turning point for Africa’s economic and tourism development.Kaunda urged African leaders to emulate the likes of Nelson Mandela, Jomo Kanyata, Oliver Tambo and Kwame Nkrumah, who fought tirelessly for the liberation and development of the continent.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA Government to address alleged abuses against female prisoners in Mozambique

first_imgThe South African Government has taken note of media reports alleging that South African female prisoners in Mozambique are subjected to sexual abuse and related conditions of hardship.The South African government views these allegations in a serious light. The matter will be brought to the attention of the Mozambican authorities for further investigations.Officials from the South African High Commission in Maputo make regular visits to prisons in Mozambique to monitor the conditions of South African inmates. During the last visit, the prisoners complained about general prison conditions such as poor medical treatment and food. Our information is that these conditions apply to all prisoners and are not exclusive to South African prisoners.The South African Government will continue to render regular Consular Services to the prisoners and their families, part of which is to ensure that their basic human rights are respected. The South African High Commission in Maputo will monitor the progress of the envisaged investigation until the matter is brought to its logical conclusion.For more information: Nelson Kgwete at 076 431 3078Issued by Government Communications (GCIS) on behalf of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).last_img read more

Two new projects target ads at your car

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 16th July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingTwo new projects target ads at your car Two new projects target ads at your carYou are here: The Ocean campaignTwo new and separate advertising projects are based around the idea that “you are what you drive.”The new efforts — one in locations around the UK, the other near Tokyo — are identifying individual car types and directing ads to the implied interests of the driver or passengers. They are the newest additions to a growing category that recently added a campaign where Dannon Yogurt ads on digital billboards are displayed according to four levels of traffic speeds.This week, London-based media owner Ocean launched its first campaign — created by the ad agency Publicis for the new Renault Mégane car — employing its vehicle recognition tech for contextual advertising.In the campaign, which follows 12 months of testing and development, digital billboards at the exit of a traffic circle near a shopping center in Holland Park in West London show messages directed at cars stopped at a traffic light (See photo on the top of this page).The images of the fronts of stopped cars in the three lanes of the traffic circle are picked up by three cameras on the left side of the left-most of three screens, with one camera focused on each lane.Image recognition identifies the make, model and color of the vehicles from their license plates. The license plate is matched anonymously to the vehicle specs through a public database, and the corresponding creative is served in real time.Any of dozens of text messages are displayed on two of the three billboards. They may both be directed at one vehicle, or at different vehicles. The third billboard shows regular ads.In a statement, Ocean Outdoor Head of Screen Investment Kevin Henry said the ads can be “for a new model of the same car, or [they] can be leveraged to launch a new product that’s relevant to a particular driven demographic.” The ads could also be for a rival car model.A key benefit, according to Renault, is that they can — for the first time — speak directly to out-of-home drivers.Henry told me that the campaign is looking for convertibles, SUVs, hatchbacks and “saloons,” which Americans call sedans. There are currently 30 different text messages, which might start: “Hello, you in the black convertible… ” The campaign is based loosely on the popular car journey game, I Spy, where one passenger describes something only by a clue, such as the color, and the others must locate it.Henry said that no one else is matching cars to license plates for ad campaigns, and he added that Ocean doesn’t store the license plate info or match it with third-party data about the owners.The Cloudian/Dentsu projectIt does, however, maintain a database of vehicle types at that location. Advertisers are only charged when a message is shown to a targeted vehicle type. Since the campaign has just started, Henry said, there are no results yet. The technology has also been tested on similar setups in Manchester and Newcastle, where campaigns will roll out next month.Over in Japan, a collaboration between digital storage provider Cloudian and ad agency Dentsu wants to show ads targeted to specific cars passing by a highway. Intel and Quanta Cloud Tech are providing infrastructure support for the project, which has recently completed a proof-of-concept phase.From fall of last year through this winter, Cloudian developed and trained an artificial intelligence-powered system that recognizes several hundred kinds of different car makes, models and years, including hybrid versus normal gasoline types of the same model.The idea is that an ad for an eco-friendly product might be shown on a roadside digital LED billboard if a Honda Prius hybrid car whizzes by. If it’s a long-distance truck, the ad might be for a refreshing drink.The system is intended to identify the vehicle types, and then select and display an appropriate ad, all within the few seconds when the cars are within visual distance.The ad will be shown for five seconds, and the expectation is that the driver will see it for at least half a second. If no targeted ad is displayed, the regularly scheduled one is shown.The companies say the vehicle recognition accuracy currently varies by model types, such as an 82-percent accuracy level for a Honda Fit Hybrid 2010 and a 98-percent level for a Honda Fit 2001. Colors don’t matter.To date, however, the image recognition testing has only been conducted on recorded traffic video (see below) and still images, not from a live video feed of real traffic captured by billboard-mounted cameras, according to emailed answers from Dentsu Senior Manager Ichiro Jinnai and Cloudian Co-founder and President Hiroshi Ohta.Cloudian CMO Paul Turner told me that the training requires three to five thousand images for each car model, and, once trained, the recognition will be conducted in real time. The assumption is that when an image grab is made from actual traffic, the recognition process will be similar, but that remains to be seen.In the fall, a field test is planned for one billboard along an expressway in Tokyo, where an all-weather camera with a telephoto lens will be mounted for capturing images of cars 600 to 800 meters away. Vehicle type and traffic speed can be determined within a second. A commercial rollout has not yet been determined.Cloudian is handling the image recognition, and Dentsu will handle the ads and billboard. When I asked Turner why a digital storage company would be interested in a project like this, he indicated the intent was to demonstrate his company’s ability to turn big data into smart data.The companies have been vague about which specific ads will be shown for which car types or how a car type is matched with data determining the most appropriate ad. That may be at least partly due to the fact that the field test has not yet been conducted and that, according to Turner, no actual advertisers are yet involved.It also is not been clear what happens when a dozen cars speed by, and all are targeted vehicles. Are some selected and grouped for a single ad display, such as might be the case if three hybrids were among the dozen? Or does the system wait until traffic has thinned out, when only one or two cars go by?The companies are also vague about the capture of license data. Turner first told me it wasn’t captured, but then, when I pointed out that it was obviously captured and probably stored, he said it wasn’t being used. The companies indicated that drivers, passengers or other attributes — such as hauling a surfboard on a roof rack — are not currently added to the car profiles.Neither the Cloudian/Dentsu nor the Ocean projects allow drivers to opt out.From our sponsors: Two new projects target ads at your carlast_img read more

PSL Qualifier: Luke Ronchi powers Islamabad United into final

first_imgLuke Ronchi continued to enjoy his golden run in the Pakistan Super League as his blazing innings fired Islamabad United into the final of the T20 tournament.Chasing a 155 for a win in the Qualifier against Karachi Kings on Sunday, Ronchi blasted an unbeaten 94 off only 39 balls as Islamabad United overhauled the victory target with 8 wickets and 45 balls remaining.Islamabad were off to a brilliant start with Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan (29 off 18) taking the Karachi bowlers to cleaners. The duo toyed with the Karachi attack with the likes of Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan and Tymal Mills getting battered.Rampant Ronchi is our Man of the Match as well as the new owner of #HanifMohammadCap#HBLPSL #DilSeJaanLagaDe #IUvKK pic.twitter.com/mOezZAwVDhPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 18, 2018The openers put on 91 runs for the first wicket in 7 overs before Farhan was caught by Shahid Afridi off Mills.But that did not deter Ronchi from taking on the bowlers and he kept hitting the boundaries in his breathtaking innings which was studded with 12 fours and 5 sixes.Earlier, batting first, Karachi Kings rode on Colin Ingram’s unbeaten 68 off 39 balls and Joe Denly’s 51 off 46 deliveries to post 154/4 from their 20 overs.Islamabad pacer Mohammad Sami was the best bowler on the night with his 2/20 while Amad Butt and Faheem Ashraf also got one wicket each.Samit Patel scores the match-winning four for Islamabad United!Watch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/k7QtEM3zOf#IUvKK #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/JVkGP1QEPQPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 18, 2018advertisementlast_img read more

Easy to forget, critical to remember: Perspective is everything

first_imgIt’s been a long week, so a short thought today.Have you ever noticed how very young kids’ drawings usually don’t feature a person’s neck? Have you wondered why?My theory is that if you’re two or three years old and your perspective is low to the ground, you don’t see people’s necks when you look up. You see a head sitting on arms.I can’t think of a better analogy for marketing. Marketing mandates that we look at the world through the eyes of our audience and communicate from that perspective. The process of pushing into a foreign frame of reference can be hard, but when we do it, we find its value. Everything looks wildly different from that perspective. And our work must meld to its crazy contours. This is the mind-bending fun that is our profession.last_img

Is Your Nonprofit’s Website Driving Donors Away?

first_imgThis is a test. I repeat, this is a test. I’ve got a few questions to run by you to figure out if your nonprofit’s website is doing all it can to bring in donations. 3. Do you have an e-newsletter or a downloadable asset to collect email addresses?A) Yes!B) We have an email list and send a newsletter out every few months.C) We have a snail mail newsletter that goes out semiannually.D) No, should I?If you responded all As, it looks like you have everything covered. Congratulations!If you answered D, make it your goal to build a quality email database. Google Analytics is a lifesaver in terms of getting to know your website visitors’ habits,  but it can only track so much.Give people a reason to hand over their email address in exchange for something they wouldn’t otherwise have access to, whether it be an insider’s guide to fundraising success or a newsletter with priority registration for your events. Make it clear that when someone gives you their email address for a downloadable asset, they’re automatically opting in to your subscriber list. Give them the ability to opt out. An email address is the beginning of a relationship with a visitor who could potentially become a donor, so be mindful of the content and frequency of the messages you send.So, how did you do? If you’re 0 or 1 for 3, don’t worry—the best part of the web is that it can change! The time you spend improving your site to be more donor-friendly will be rewarded with more donations in the long run, just wait. I truly believe you will have little to no trouble accomplishing the steps we just walked through.Emily Lonigro Boylan is the founder and creative director at LimeRed Studio, a creative services firm in Chicago that works with groups that inspire positive change. LimeRed works with nonprofits, higher education, and social enterprises that promote the people, programs, and ideas that make people’s lives better. According to NTEN’s Staffing & Investments Survey Report, the average nonprofit organization has 0.7 full-time staff members allocated to “web” work and 0.7 allocated to “online/digital” work. Let’s face it, 1.4 people can’t possibly spend as much time maintaining and updating an organization’s website as an outside firm could. Many of you are the web/online/digital person at your organization, right? And we’d all be millionaires if we had a nickel for every well-meaning comment or email we’ve received that encourages us to try a new tool, make the site copy more meaningful, and, most importantly, get more donations.I’m happy to report that the three things I recommend will be fairly easy to implement and will make a difference in your donor efforts. (Want some step-by-step guidance? Download our eguide, “How to Create an Effective Nonprofit Website.”)So, back to that test.1. Is your site responsive?A) Yes!B) Somewhat …C) I’m not sure.D) What’s responsive?If you answered A, pat yourself on the back and move on to the next question. For the rest of us, let’s talk about what makes a site responsive.Most of us have accessed websites on mobile devices. In fact, a few people might be visiting your website on mobile devices right now. If your site doesn’t respond to users on specific devices, they’ll have more reason to take their eyeballs elsewhere.Imagine a first-time visitor experience: Jane comes home from work. She makes dinner and sits down to watch a few days’ worth of The Daily Show while she catches up with friends. She scrolls through her newsfeed on her iPhone’s Facebook app and sees that a good friend in another state is running a marathon to raise money for cancer research. Jane wants to support her friend from afar, so she clicks the link in her friend’s post and ends up at the beneficiary organization’s site.It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure book—Jane’s ability to donate will depend on whether this site works on her phone. Otherwise, she’ll have to wait until she goes back to work and remembers to donate. Jane is a busy woman; do you really think she’ll remember to do that? Probably not.center_img 2. Is your donation form easy to use?A) Yes!B) There are five questions, is that easy?C) There are three pages of five questions, is that easy?D) I get a lot of error complaints, so maybe not.If you answered A, you’re 2 for 3. Go on to the third question and see if you passed the website donor test with flying colors. If you answered B, you’re on the right track, as long as those questions are simple and essential. If you answered C or D, we’ve got some work to do so let’s get to it. (Need some help setting up a donation page that matches your website? Check out DonateNow!)Getting people to your site is most definitely the first step. But once they’re there, how easy is it to donate no matter where they are on the site? Donation forms run the spectrum from stunning and touching to disastrous and annoying. It’s best to make the form simple and don’t ask for too much. Handing over hard-earned dollars should be a joy, not a chore.No matter how simple or complex your organization’s donation forms are, regularly test the checkout experience. Check it from different browsers and make sure you’ve got a confirmation and thank you email set up to send within minutes of the donation processing. Acknowledging and thanking donors—whether they’re regulars or first-timers—should be a given, but not everyone is on top of that essential step.That reminds me of one more thing you could add to the checkout process to strengthen your relationship with potential, new, or ongoing donors.last_img read more

Post-2015: Saving Women’s Lives With Post-Abortion Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 15, 2014November 7, 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)By: Venture Strategies InnovationsAs new post-2015 targets and strategies to end preventable maternal deaths are being discussed and debated, we have the opportunity to leverage the progress made over the past decade by scaling up proven interventions that save the lives of women and girls. Deploying these interventions through an integrated delivery strategy that addresses all aspects of maternal and reproductive health will be crucial to saving the lives of more girls and women going forward. Related to this, the integration of family planning and maternal health services has received much needed attention, with efforts underway to better link family planning with antenatal care, postpartum care and HIV services. One key service that deserves more attention for its unique ability to expand access to family planning and other services, particularly for marginalized women and girls in rural communities, is post-abortion care (PAC).Post-abortion care is the clinical management of complications caused by an induced abortion or miscarriage. It entails immediate treatment of complications, as well as follow-up counseling on contraception use as a means of breaking the cycle of repeated unwanted pregnancies and improving the overall health status of the girl or woman. It is a service typically sought out in crisis, when the girl or woman is at risk of death or serious injury from excessive bleeding or infection.  For girls and women in developing countries, post-abortion care may be their first and only interaction with the healthcare system. This visit can therefore be an important opportunity for providers to assess health needs and offer other appropriate reproductive health services.It is essential that PAC services be easily accessible, high quality and youth-friendly. Providers at varying levels of the health care system should be trained to treat girls and women correctly, without judgment. As a critical emergency service, PAC should be integrated into any menu of maternal and reproductive health services; given that it may also be the entry point for girls to access reproductive health services at all, it is important that providers take the opportunity to offer other relevant counseling and services at the point of care.  Ensuring that a young girl receives high-quality post-abortion care can introduce her to the health system, and help her to feel comfortable coming back for other services, thus allowing a one-time visit for emergency care to be the first step to her becoming a lifetime user of family planning services offered by her local clinic or hospital.Research has demonstrated that postabortion care can be safely and effectively provided at the lowest levels of the health system by primary care providers. Consequently, it is a package of services that can be scaled up to reach a country’s most rural peripheries. Nurses in Rwanda, primary care nurses in Zimbabwe, and nurse assistants in Angola have been trained to effectively provide PAC services, treating women and girls with either misoprostol or manual vacuum aspiration, and providing contraceptive counseling and methods. Providing these critical services closer to women’s homes reduces the cost and time required to travel to higher-level facilities for care, which can ultimately save more women’s lives.In setting the maternal health agenda post-2015, post-abortion care should be prioritized as it furthers the goal of health equity. Post-abortion care offers a critical window to provide women and girls, many of whom have few other opportunities for entering the health system, with access to contraception, HIV prevention, and STI services. Given this, the maternal health community must seize the opportunity to expand this high-impact intervention, integrated with other services, to rural, hard to reach areas. As a key component of the post-2015 framework, post-abortion care can increase access to services for vulnerable populations and ultimately, help to decrease maternal death and disability.As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to be hosting a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us!Share this:last_img read more

Disrespect and Abuse During Maternity Care Keep Women From Seeking Facility Births

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 16, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Koki Agarwal, Director, MCHIPClick 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 the Maternal and Newborn Integration Blog Series, which shares themes of and reactions to the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality” technical meeting.Forward: In the following post, Dr. Agarwal speaks of an unfortunately common problem between health workers and mothers: disrespect and abuse. This problem and its solution—respectful maternity care—play a role not only in health outcomes for the mother, but for the baby as well. At the Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health technical meeting, Rima Jolivet and Jeff Smith reviewed research that showed emotional support during labor significantly decreases:The need for pain medication during laborThe rate of prolonged labor, labor complications, episiotomies, caesarean sections, low apgar scores, lack of exclusive breastfeeding, and severe postpartum depressionThe risk of newborn sepsisIn addition, global experts identified key areas to address when implementing integration to improve health outcomes for both the mother and newborn. The themes included strengthening service delivery points, preventing “content-free contact,” and understanding context and health systems in order to implement integration.Recognizing and addressing disrespect and abuse are essential for evaluating context and strengthening service delivery points to improve maternal health outcomes. Lastly, disrespect and abuse may prevent a woman from seeking skilled care, which means she and her newborn are both exposed to unskilled care, or no care at all.Increasingly, worldwide, more women are delivering in facilities, where they have safer births with trained providers. And while this is good news, statistics on respectful maternity care (RMC) reveal that the care women receive at the facility is one of the biggest drivers—or obstacles—to the type of treatment they’ll choose.According to Diana Bowser and Kathleen Hill, “examples of disrespect and abuse (D&A) include subtle humiliation of women, discrimination against certain sub-groups of women, overt humiliation, abandonment of care and physical and verbal abuse during childbirth.” The causes of D&A during maternity care can vary – beginning at the community level with a lack of engagement or financial barriers, and extending to individual providers, who may lack training or have personal biases. But the result is often tragically the same: too many women deliver at home and with untrained providers because they fear the D&A that may accompany a facility birth.In some cases, policy makers, program managers, and care providers are unaware of the D&A that is experienced in their own settings or the settings for which they are responsible. In other cases, people entrusted with the care of women and their newborns may recognize a need for RMC, but may feel ill-equipped to address it.In response to these needs, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) launched a Respectful Maternity Care Toolkit in 2013 to provide the necessary tools to these actors to begin implementing RMC in their area of work or influence. With these combined tools, users can help to change and develop attitudes within themselves and among their colleagues and other stakeholders in the care of women and their newborns – and, ultimately, reduce this underutilization of skilled birth care.For providers, improving RMC can be as simple as addressing patients by name, using understandable language, and conducting examinations privately. It involves sympathy: looking for signs of anger, stress, fatigue and pain. To a fearful patient, it is critical to explain any actions being taken, and to provide reassurance.But to truly remove D&A from all care, we must gain acceptance at the highest levels: among policymakers and program managers, clinicians, and other groups and institutions who affect the work done every day by providers on the ground. These stakeholders must hold providers accountable by establishing processes for registering complaints and effectively enforcing policies.As Bowser and Hill point out, “A central factor at the core of addressing disrespectful care at birth is the unequal relationship between the skilled provider and the woman giving birth.” To even this playing field, medical personnel must be held responsible for D&A and even the most marginalized women—those who are illiterate or of an ethnic minority—must be able to assert their complaints without fear of redress.As we continue marking the final days to the Millennium Development Goals, we know that MDG 5—improving maternal health—can only be met if more women choose safer, facility-based births. RMC is not a checklist, an intervention, or a dialogue that is spoken: it is an attitude that permeates each word, action, thought, and non-verbal communication involved in the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period. Let us ensure women receive this basic human dignity during one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.Share this:last_img read more