“I talk to a lot of footballers and ex-players that have a very dim view and I look at Gordon Taylor’s role and I look at the fact he has used it as a personal fiefdom. He does get paid a salary of £1.5million plus bonuses and he does draw extraordinary expenses.“Then the flip side of it, if you are going to have somebody on your side you want to have Gordon Taylor because if anyone is going to negotiate a deal it is Gordon Taylor, if anyone has robustness it’s Gordon Taylor. RANKED Taylor is the highest-paid trade union chief in the world talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “I’ve always had an issue with the PFA because I did not understand why they were there in the first place.“I understood that there is a union in place, it is the world’s smallest union. I’ve never understood why it got funded the way it does.“The league giving them £27million a year because once upon a time Gordon was able to leverage money out of the TV companies via the Premier League with the threat of strike.“I look at the PFA and say: ‘What exactly does it do?’ 3 REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice huge blow “I still think at League One and League Two level it is way beyond the salary that people get in the everyday world that we live in or most people live in.“I do feel there is a lot of changes that are needed for the PFA and I do still maintain that I don’t know why they are here in an industry that I don’t think really require them.” getty LIVE on talkSPORT Gordon Taylor is set to leave the PFA Simon Jordan does not see the need for the Professional Footballers’ Association in modern football.It was confirmed on Wednesday that chief executive of the PFA, Gordon Taylor, will be leaving the role after 38 years.The 74-year-old announced last November there would be an independent review into the organisation following criticism over Taylor’s running of the union, where its funding goes and his reported £2.2million salary.The entire management committee and current chairman, Ben Purkiss, will also step down at the completion of the review. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE 3 West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday, 8:00pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Everton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Norwich (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Sunday, 2:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED “I have watched this unfold with a degree of mixed emotions because I don’t like a lot of the things Gordon does, I don’t like a lot of things the PFA does.“The Premier League is the only reason the PFA get any money, because the Premier League was able to negotiate a deal.“The people who don’t really need the PFA are Premier League players. It is really the League One and League Two players who get a benefit. REPLY BEST OF Former chairman, Clarke Carlisle, told talkSPORT the current PFA is ‘not fit for purpose’ and it must reflect the needs of modern footballers, while ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan was similarly critical of the union and does not see the need for it.“I’ve been a big critic of the PFA over the years,” Jordan told talkSPORT. “I’ve been someone who’s had lots of issues with Gordan’s attitude and outlook and also dealing with him commercially.“We had an issue with Gordon this time last year over his defence of Riyad Mahraz and we had an interesting debate with him about his view on certain things.“There is this sea change within the PFA where there is this need to revolutionise, modernise and evolve.
Discussions over finances has dominated the end to Inverness’ season with statements from Hughes and the board over the level of backing available.“As a manager I think I have a right to fight my corner and make sure we can bring the best players to the club.“I’m honest enough to say, over the last two years we have lost too many good players and I don’t think we have really replaced them with the quality the supporters deserve.”Scottish Cup winner David Raven’s future remains in doubt while Jordan Roberts and Andrea Mbuyi Mutombo are unsure if they will stay at the Caledonian Stadium next term.“We probably have to win on Saturday to make sure that the coffers are up before we start looking at these guys,” Hughes said. “If not, we are down looking about to see what’s going about.“If the budget’s tight you have to wheel and deal and I have no doubt one or two fans’ favourites might have to leave,” Hughes said. “But they have to trust our expertise. That’s football, everything comes to an end. “If I use the example of John Terry, Steven Gerrard, you have to move on. And if that frees up money to get a quality player, that’s what you have to do.” “The ones we are looking at, although Tansey still has one year to go, he’s our playmaker, he gets on the ball and makes things happen. He trains every day, no baggage whatsoever.“I’d like to get him tied up for two or three years. Get Tansey tied up before we lose him.“And the next one is Miles Storey, because you know what you’re getting. At the start of the season we were a little short of pace over the top to stretch games and he came in and did really well. So let’s get him tied up before we lose him.“When you have got them on your own doorstep and you have got their time, that’s the time to twist their arm.” John Hughes has called on his Inverness CT players to secure seventh spot in order to help him keep his squad together.The Highlanders are one point ahead of Saturday’s opponents Dundee going into the final game of the season with the difference between 7th and 8th standing at £52,750.Iain Vigurs, Danny Devine, Lewis Horner, Aaron Doran and Owain Fon Williams have been offered new deals while Liam Polworth recently signed a fresh three-year contract earlier this month.The futures of Greg Tansey and Miles Storey remain priorities for Hughes, who said: “Money is very, very tight so it all depends on Saturday’s result. If we can get that result hopefully it will boost the coffers and we can get down to work.
Tags:#Big Data#hack Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finley agamemnon is a Python-based graph database built on pycassa, the Python client library for Apache Cassandra. In short, it enables you to use Cassandra as a graph database. The API is inspired by the Python wrapper for Neo4j, neo4j.py.From our earlier post on graph databases:Graph databases apply graph theory to the storage of information about the relationships between entries. The relationships between people in social networks is the most obvious example. The relationships between items and attributes in recommendation engines is another. Yes, it has been noted by many that it’s ironic that relational databases aren’t good for storing relationship data. Adam Wiggins from Heroku has a lucid explanation of why that is here. Short version: among other things, relationship queries in RDBSes can be complex, slow and unpredictable. Since graph databases are designed for this sort of thing, the queries are more reliable.Neo4j is an open source, Java based database sponsored by Neo Technologies and is one of the most popular graph databases.Cassandra is a key-value store database inspired by both Amazon.com’s Dynamo and Google’s BigTable. It was created at Facebook and is now sponsored by DataStax. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?
Marketers now have a new generally-available ad type for their campaigns: conversational ads.That’s the result of Google’s launch on Tuesday of its new AdLingo conversational marketing platform, which provides a display ad-like framework into which conversational ads can be placed.Concurrent with the AdLingo announcement, Google said it was working with three providers of conversational ads: ad/marketing intelligence firm Valassis Digital, conversational commerce provider LivePerson, and chatbot provider Take.A display ad performing like a messaging app. AdLingo provides the first generally available format for conversational ads outside of messaging apps. “Google provides the ad,” Valassis VP of Strategy Mike Balducci told me, “and we serve the chat.” In essence, he said, Google has built a display ad that performs like a messaging app.Some history. Previous efforts have included ads on Facebook Messenger and other messaging apps, and IBM’s Watson Ads, which launched in 2016 only on the IBM-owned Weather.com and the Weather Channel app and which have recently been made available for any publisher. IBM’s ads, of course, may offer a deeper and more convincing interaction because it is conversation powered by Watson, the Jeopardy-winning supercomputer.Balducci noted that his company has been providing conversational ads since 2016, mostly on Messenger, using the Microsoft Bot Framework and the Luis.ai natural language processor.He added that the responses in Valassis’ AdLingo ads, such as a campaign for Kia, have mostly been canned, with the ad seeking limited info instead of conducting a wide-ranging conversation.The Kia ads, for instance, question the user about currently owned cars in order to estimate a trade-in value, and offer access to inventory for nearby dealers.Delivery and cost basis. AdLingo ads are served programmatically through Google’s ad network, and, like most display ads, the cost is impression-based CPM. But the real value to marketers is the user interaction, which could last minutes and for which there is no additional charge.Why it matters to marketers. While Balducci said he didn’t have any stats yet as to whether conversational ads work better than regular ones, one clear advantage is that marketers can now present conversational ads outside the walls of messaging apps, notably Facebook Messenger, and, until recently, IBM’s Weather properties.The interaction data received by the brand is essentially the same as has been available through, say, Messenger. But, Balducci added, his initial estimates indicate that the cost of engagement for conversational ads through Google’s AdLingo is lower than on Messenger.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, The post Google ushers in the Age of Conversational Ads with the launch of AdLingo appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Google ushers in the Age of Conversational Ads with the launch of AdLingo HomeDigital MarketingGoogle ushers in the Age of Conversational Ads with the launch of AdLingo Google ushers in the Age of Conversational Ads with the launch of AdLingoYou are here: Posted on 18th October 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share 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
With help from the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and ally Trinamool Congress, the government on Tuesday defeated the opposition backed amendments on the National Counter Terrorism Centre in the Rajya Sabha despite lacking majority in the house.While members of the SP and BSP voted with the government, Trinamool Congress MPs, a party vocal in its opposition to NCTC in its present form, were not present in the house during voting.The amendments were pressed by the opposition, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured members of the upper house in his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the president’s address that efforts would be made to evolve a consensus on the anti-terror hub.Chief ministers would be consulted on NCTC, he reiterated.But soon after the prime minister’s reply, opposition members were on their feet, demanding an assurance that the government would proceed with the NCTC only with the consent of the chief ministers.BJP and Left leaders indicated they may not press their amendments to the president’s speech, on March 12 to joint houses of parliament, if such an assurance came from the prime minister.Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.K. Bansal told the opposition that the prime minister had already said that chief ministers would be consulted and there would be no infringement of the federal structure.With the opposition parties not withdrawing their amendments despite assurances from the government, Deputy Chairman K. Rahman Khan called for division.The government seemed to pass through some anxious moments before the deputy chairman announced that 82 members had voted in favour of the amendments on the proposed anti-terror hub and 105 against them.Trinamool Congress is a constituent of ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) while SP and BSP support it from outside.After the result was announced, BJP, Left and Biju Janata Dal MPs walked out protesting against the government not giving assurances on their demands concerning the NCTC.Earlier, Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley (BJP) sought an assurance from prime minister that the entry of central forces working under NCTC would not happen “without the consent or knowledge of states”.CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said the prime minister should promise that the government will proceed with the NCTC only after taking chief ministers on board and “with their agreement”.While the Rajya Sabha Tuesday adopted the motion of thanks to the president’s address, the Lok Sabha had done the same on Monday.advertisement
India are favourites of bookies to defend their World Cup title, an investigation into illegal betting network by Delhi Police has revealed.It has also been learnt that the semifinal match between India and Australia on Thursday also interests the bookies highly with lot of money being involved in the match.”Thousands of crores of rupees would be at stake from India alone during the semifinals. The rates have soared to 50:52. Compare it with the India vs Bangladesh game which stood at a mere 16:18. Overall, most money is placed on India to go on to win the World Cup second time in a row,” said a police official associated with the investigation to check illegal betting during the period.According to the bookies, Australia hold a little edge over India in the semifinal match on Thursday in Sydney as the opening rate for the match is slightly favouring the home side.”According to bookies, the rate for this match has been fixed at 50:52 in favour of Australia. This means that if a person bets one rupee on Australia and if the team goes on to win, he will get Rs 50 in return. On the other hand, if India wins, he will get Rs 52 in return,” he added.However, he added that bookies change the rate as the match progresses. Other than the winning team, bets are placed on every ball, phases of the match like how many runs will be scored or wickets will fall in the first ten overs, powerplays, last ten overs etc.advertisementOther than this, bets are also placed on performance by individual players.”Broadly, in a match, bookies identify ‘lagayi’ (favourite) and khayi (underdog) in every match. Like in the India vs Bangladesh quarterfinals, India was the favourite while Bangladesh was an underdog. The opening rate for this match was 16:18. This means people who had placed a bet in favour of India got Rs 16 on every one rupee. If Bangladesh would have won, the winner would have got Rs 18,” he added.During this match, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police had arrested a 57-year-old man who had set up a control room with 110 mobile phones at his home and was relaying ball-by-ball betting rates to bookies. The alleged accused received rates from Mumbai which in turn came from Dubai.He was charging Rs 3000 per line from bookies who took bets from common people. He had leased 110 lines and was earning Rs 6 lakh per match.Bhatia’s role, however, was limited to provide rates to bookies and punters who in turn took bets from the end person.Delhi police said that there is heightened surveillance to check such illegal activities during the World Cup. They are on the trail of other bookies allegedly involved in such betting and efforts are on to unearth other rackets.
How does a small nonprofit go viral and capture attention on the national stage? I set out to learn the answer from a Network for Good customer that has achieved the biggest exposure opportunity any business, organization, or individual could hope for: a commercial spot during the Super Bowl. At first, Estella was suspicious of the media. Local and national networks approached her several times after people in her community starting talking about Estella’s Brilliant Bus, but she turned them away. It wasn’t until she turned to some resources at a local college that things changed. Estella’s contact at the college told a friend about Estella’s work, who told her husband, who happened to be a producer for CNN. The producer got in touch with Estella right away. With the promise that she could review the story before its broadcast, Estella agreed to some media exposure. After the CNN spot, Estella was booked for more media appearances, and the passion and excitement around Estella’s Brilliant Bus grew. Small nonprofits like Estella’s can be hesitant to relinquish control over something that feels so personal out of fear of judgment or providing misinformation. But when we arm our supporters with the right to tell the story, that’s when “viral” happens. Estella’s Brilliant Bus was featured in Microsoft’s Super Bowl ad this year. And the Super Bowl was just one appearance from the past 18 months: Estella has appeared on Dr. Oz and Oprah and was named a CNN Hero of the Year. Be a business. Let’s focus on every part of our process to deliver programs. Are our programs easy to understand? Where are the risks? Let’s spend time making ourselves a well-organized and program-focused delivery machine. We owe it to our constituents and those telling our story to be the best we can be. Estella started with an idea, a bus, and her life savings. As she started researching how to make her organization operational, she found that she wasn’t the only one delivering technology or education to underserved communities—but her delivery mechanism was completely unique. Estella’s Brilliant Bus was the only self-sufficient mobile technology teaching facility in the world! It’s important for your staff, constituents, donors, and volunteers to understand what’s unique about what you do. To be noticed, your work must be noticeable. Continue to do good work. I talked with the organization’s founder and sole staff member, Estella Pyfrom, to understand the story behind the exposure. Going in, I thought I might find a replicable strategy around networking, PR, and elevator pitches, but after talking with Estella, I realized what I should have been expecting all along: It starts with mastering your nonprofit basics. Estella never stops moving or gets caught up in her own success. When we discussed how she feels about all the attention, Estella quickly responded, “I haven’t had a chance to be nervous or realize how big this has become. I’m too focused on achieving the vision I have for this business.” Her actions are true to her words: When presented with the 5,000 Points of Light award, she refused to fly cross-country to accept the award and drove her bus instead. Along the way, she stopped in cities to provide services to children. To date, Estella has served more than 61,000 children. She has no plans to slow down until Estella’s Brilliant Bus is a movement that puts a bus in every major U.S. city, and then worldwide. It’s a good reminder that landing big media attention is not the goal—it’s a means to touch more people and expand your reach. After that, let’s encourage and empower everyone we know to tell our story far and wide. Tell your story to others. So, the next time your executive director asks you how to land that big media attention, reply: Finally, remember that big media attention isn’t the goal. It’s an opportunity to get more volunteers, donors, and supporters, and the by-product is awareness about our organization. When I asked Estella about the keys to success, her immediate answer was that planning has made all the difference. The past two to three years have been about refining the model for delivering technology in a mobile facility to children in underprivileged areas. She knows where the bus will drive each day and how many kids they’ll serve, and she has backup engagements if a school or community has a last-minute cancellation. Delivering unique services with flawless execution has ensured that Estella’s Brilliant Bus maintains its positive reputation. The message is clear: Over-deliver your mission’s promise. Find your special sauce. We need to find what’s unique about our organization and let our work, communication, and story revolve around that concept. Let’s make sure everyone understands why we’re different.
As a Senior Fundraising Sales Consultant, Ambi Ambachew works with existing customers on their current software packages and introduces them to additional services that might be useful in their nonprofit work, such as Network for Good’s donor management system. For the past three years, he has helped executive directors and development directors understand new ways of approaching fundraising and using technology to do their work.“Nonprofit staffers are passionate about what they’re doing, they’re trying to change their community, trying to change the world.”Q&A with Ambi Ambachew, Senior Fundraising Sales ConsultantWhat’s your experience with nonprofits outside of Network for Good?I worked at a nonprofit magazine for a year as the business manager. Online advertising was exploding at the time and I was interested in exploring whether that area was a route I wanted to take professionally. It wasn’t, but it gave me a better understanding of some of the nonprofit executives and boards we work with at Network for Good, and how to introduce new ideas and new ways of doing things.What attracts you to nonprofits? Working with and helping small to midsize nonprofits is a growing area that I think organizations are going to start gravitating to more. That was what initially attracted me to Network for Good. We help them learn the things they don’t even know that they don’t know. In many scenarios, we simply open their minds to a more efficient way of doing the things they’re already doing. A big challenge that I see are organizations succumbing to the wants of their board. Rather than serving as trusted advisors, some boards act as an ultimate say-so. Part of our job is to help executive directors and development directors be more assertive in advocating for the things that they want and need to succeed.What do you enjoy most about your work? The opportunity to work with interesting people, who are very like-minded, very competitive, very hospitable. I come from the finance world, where the person sitting next to you will try to diminutize your work, so it’s nice to work in a collaborative environment where everyone wants everyone else to succeed.What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?Cooking. I enjoy trying out new things, cooking for friends and family. It’s my creative outlet. I almost went to culinary school but went to business school instead. It’s still a passion of mine, though. For me it’s about exploring and understanding. One of my favorite things to do is to go to the grocery store. I go 3-4 times a week. It’s about finding new ingredients and putting something together and experimenting. It may not be a dish that everybody likes, but it’s for me, it’s what I like.If you could share a meal with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?Bob Marley. He’s probably my largest musical influence and has had a big impact on my life. He’s changed my approach to life, how I think about things, and what really matters in the world. I just started to learn how to play the electric guitar, too—looking for another creative outlet. I’ve been listening to a lot of Jimi Hendrix over the last couple of years. How do you do something so out of the box? I want to learn how to do that. I’m very early on, but hopefully in the next year or so I’ll become good at it and then I can play my own dinner music.Lightning RoundDream vacation? Chile or South AfricaMost recent book read? His Share of the Universe, which is a book my uncle wrote about my great-grandfather.Last movie seen in movie theater? Avengers: EndgameYour theme song? Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”Favorite color? Black. It’s dramatic, it’s happy, it’s angry—it represents all the moods.Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
Measurement: Community engagement and social accountability methods are notoriously difficult to evaluate. What tools are used within the health system to document the causes of maternal deaths, and how can bridges be built to explore contributing problems that arose at home or during transport?How can community engagement and social accountability prevent the first or second delay in getting a woman the care she needs? What kinds of indicators are being used to assess change? How well are they working, and how comparable are they within and across national boundaries?Does content analysis of government statements show meaningful progress?Can budget numbers specific to maternal health really be tracked and indicate quality of care when they fall within a health system’s broad financial picture?Are the data on numbers of maternal deaths calculated often enough to attribute changes to advocacy and accountability efforts? You may also feel free to suggest your own topic to our editors.General guidelines for guest blog posts:Please include the author name, title, and photoGoal: Guest posts should raise questions, discuss lessons learned, analyze programs, describe research, offer recommendations, share resources, or offer critical insightAudience: The audience for this series is health and development professionals working in maternal and newborn health around the world, primarily in resource-constrained settingsTone: Conversational. Doesn’t need to meet professional publication standardsFeel free to choose your own style or approach. Q/A as well as lists (e.g. top ten lessons) can often be effective ways of organizing blog posts.Length: 400-600 wordsNo institutional promotionPlease include links to sources such as websites and/or publicationsMay also include photos and videos, please include a caption and a credit for the photoTo contribute a post to this series, please contact, Katie Millar, at [email protected] to this series will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to posts received by June 1st, 2015.Posts in this series will be shared on the MHTF blog and may be cross-posted on other leading global health and development blogs.Share this: Posted on May 18, 2015October 26, 2016By: Judith Helzner, Visiting Scientist, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Premdasji Pinto, ; Sana Contractor, Click 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 the first in our new blog series, “Social accountability and community mobilization for maternal health,” hosted with COPASAH and the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ). From holding governments accountable with legislation for maternal deaths to community monitoring of quality of maternal health care, social accountability can be a powerful tool to empower communities to protect the health of women and mothers. Check back here every Monday and Wednesday to learn how social accountability is used around the world.The Social accountability and community mobilization for maternal health blog series, with contributions from a variety of settings, aims to offer a forum to share examples and evidence of 1) ways in which government officials can be encouraged to make and keep commitments to improving maternal health, 2) participatory approaches to educating and motivating local community members to demand better service and 3) methods of improving monitoring techniques. Creating a forum for these topics is important since—while there is a great deal of work with communities on gender equity, child health, and other topics—applying such program approaches to maternal health is relatively new. As a valued member of our community, we invite you to contribute a post to this series.Questions and topics for potential guest posts:Public education: How can newspapers, TV, radio and social media raise awareness of both the opinion elites and the general public about the importance of maternal health and how and why it should be prioritized? For example, what is the experience with and value of an online information campaign, training journalists to improve professional coverage and utilizing local community drama?Interventions: A wide variety of programs are being implemented to promote greater citizen participation and official accountability. Examples of interventions, such as the ones below, ideally with some assessment of their results, are welcome. Public tribunals to one-on-one lobbying with elected decision-makersWork with village health committees to implement visits to health facilities by trained “mystery clients,” or people who pose as clients and report the quality of service receivedLitigation in the courts to a hotline for anonymous phone calls to report and document problems ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: The facility-community continuum: “Maternal death audits” are often focused on problems that arise within a particular clinic or hospital, but if a woman arrives on the brink of death, the delays in the community represent an important contributing factor to her condition upon admission and to the outcome of her care in that facility.
Posted on May 28, 2015October 24, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public 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)To explore knowledge gaps and current and past successful approaches in maternal mental health, The Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Mental Health Innovation Network at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr. Jane Fisher of Monash University are hosting the blog series, “Mental health: the missing piece in maternal health.” This blog series will bring light to a myriad issues that encompass maternal mental health: from determinants of mental health disorders and the importance of measurement to maternal mental health’s relationship with gender equality, child development and family dynamics. We invite you to participate in the series by contributing a post and following the series.The World Health Organization defines health as “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Yet, mental health is often absent in maternal health programs, indicators and research. This leaves mental health a neglected pillar of maternal health care, resulting in poor health outcomes along the continuum of care. Mental health is not only an aspect of maternal health, but inherently linked to all facets of a woman’s health.First associated with pregnancy in 1858 by Louis-Victor Marcé, maternal mental health was not formally evaluated or recognized until 1964 when Paffenberger first described psychosis in the postpartum period and 1968 when Pitt first recognized and described postpartum depression. Since then, the study and understanding of the relationship between pregnancy and mental health has grown into a discipline of its own, yet we have a lot of progress to make in both research and clinical care of maternal mental health, especially in low-resource settings.Today, mental health disorders, most commonly depression or anxiety, occur in 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have given birth. However, these rates are representative of only high-income countries. A dearth of maternal mental health research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has made it difficult to assess disease prevalence and understand the complex factors that affect prevention and treatment of these disorders in this vulnerable population.What we do know is that 85% of LMICs have no data on maternal mental health and as of 2012 there were only 34 studies in LMICs on mental health in the postpartum period. From the few studies from LMICs, we know that low-socioeconomic status, intimate partner violence (IPV), poor quality intimate partner and family relationships, poor reproductive health status and a history of mental health problems predisposes women for mental health disorders throughout pregnancy. Education, employment, structured direct care of the woman and an affectionate intimate partner relationship all protect the woman in this setting from mental health disturbances. In order to address the great inequalities in maternal mental health in LMICs, it is critical that researchers and program implementers bolster the evidence base and translate what we know works in high-income settings to interventions that are appropriate for low-income settings.But maternal mental health is more than just the prevention and treatment of a disorder. Suicide during pregnancy and beyond is not often accounted for in maternal mortality even though in some areas it can account for 20-33% of maternal deaths. Also, mental health disturbances affect a woman’s ability to seek perinatal care and adhere to pregnancy care plans, such as daily iodine supplements, affecting both her health and the health of her baby.The relationship between a woman’s mental health status and the health of her newborn extends into early childhood and beyond. Women with maternal mental health disorders are more likely to have a premature and low birth weight baby who then faces poor cognitive and motor development, stunting and behavioral and emotional problems.Questions and topics for potential guest posts:Addressing risks, research and programs in LMICs: What unique risks does a woman face in regards to her mental health in LMICs? What are the research priorities for the maternal health community? How do we translate what we know about maternal mental health into low-resource settings? What are the inequities in maternal mental health disorders between women in LMICs and high income countries.Measurement: Currently the measurement of maternal mental health indicators are nearly absent in policy, programs and national frameworks. Do you have an experience of success in implementing maternal mental health indicators? How would the prevalence and treatment of maternal mental health change if measurement was improved? Would support for maternal mental health improve if suicide was considered a part of maternal mortality? What should we be measuring and which indicators are valid and reliable?Stigma and Gender: How does stigma affect the identification, prevention and treatment of maternal mental health disorders? How do stigma and gender inequalities work together against preventing and treating these disorders? Do pregnant women face unique barriers that other women or men do not face? Do we have to use psychiatric language when we talk about maternal mental health? Is there other language we can use that decreases stigma?Maternal mental health and the life course: How do early childhood experience, like sexual abuse, and IPV affect the maternal mental health? How does taking a life course approach to maternal mental health change where we focus our attention for prevention? How do maternal mental health disorders affect not only a newborn, but other children and family members? How does a family’s expectations of and relationship with the mother affect her risk for mental health disorders?Maternal mental health in the context of overall health: How can respectful and responsive care impact a woman’s mental health? How does a woman’s biological health affect her risk for mental health disorders and vice versa? How do maternal mental health disorders affect a woman’s ability to seek and receive appropriate care?Strategies for reducing and treating maternal mental health disorders: Which strategies have you found effective in the prevention, support and treatment of maternal mental health disorders? How have you made these strategies context appropriate in low-resource settings?You may also feel free to suggest your own topic to our editors.General guidelines for guest blog posts:Please include the author name, title, and photoGoal: Guest posts should raise questions, discuss lessons learned, analyze programs, describe research, offer recommendations, share resources, or offer critical insight.Audience: The audience for this series is health and development professionals working in maternal and newborn health around the world, primarily in resource-constrained settingsTone: Conversational. Doesn’t need to meet professional publication standardsFeel free to choose your own style or approach. Q/A as well as lists (eg. top ten lessons) can often be effective ways of organizing blog posts.Length: 400-600 wordsNo institutional promotionPlease include links to sources such as websites and/or publicationsMay also include photos and videos, please include a caption and a credit for the photoTo contribute a post to this series, please contact Katie Millar at [email protected] to this series will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to posts received by June 8th, 2015.Posts in this series will be shared on the MHTF blog and the Mental Health Innovation Network blog—and may be cross-posted on other leading global health and development blogs.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: