Get the candidates talking about YOU

first_imgWe’ve heard a lot from the presidential candidates about hope, change and the economy. That’s all important. But there’s another thing we need to hear. Let’s get them to talk about us. Our sector. Our causes. Our concerns. We’re all about hope and change and a better life, right?Sound impossible? It’s not. All of us nonprofit folks, standing together, are a force to be reckoned with — bigger than any union or corporation or other entity grabbing headlines for its influence. There are 14 million nonprofits employees out there and 60 million volunteers. We generate billions in revenue and put billions more into county and state coffers through payroll taxes. So let’s get the candidates – and the next president – to take our sector — and ourselves and our issue — seriously. We can do it.How?Robert Egger, one of the great leaders in our sector and a wonderful friend and colleague, has been at this for quite some time. Robert is Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress and, most recently, the Founder and Director of the Nonprofit Primary Project, which developed presidential candidate forums in New Hampshire. And today, he has created an easy way for this to happen in every election, national or local. V3 is his new website that shows how we can get all of this to happen. Check out V3, which he funded with money from his speaking engagements. It’s great to see such a beautiful piece of marketing for a such a great cause: us. (Full disclosure: In addition to knowing/admiring Robert and weighing in on the V3 site, I know and have in the past hired the creative folks behind the site design – I think their work is excellent.) Finally – an easy way for us to do something tangible to advance our cause and our sector as part of the political process. Robert got me very charged up about this effort when I saw him last week to discuss his message, and I hope he’ll get you charged up, too. (Read this.)In Robert’s words, here’s what V3 does:1. The V3 Campaign website – From the site, we will list EVERY election in America (mayor, state legislator, congress, senate, president), and provide links to each of the candidates, allowing any nonprofit employee to send a questionnaire that will ask three things: 1) Describe your personal or professional connection with a nonprofit. 2) How would you partner with nonprofits? 3) How would you strengthen the sector to be a good partner with you?2. The V3 Site will record all written or recorded responses. If a candidate proposes a staff position, an office to work directly with nonprofits, or a bold new vision for managing community resources–BANG—it’s on V3 and other nonprofits can use it to challenge candidates in their community. If they do not respond, it’s on V3, and all of their constituents who work or volunteer with a nonprofit will know that they do not understand or value their work enough to suggest a detailed plan of action. Then, nonprofits and their supporters can vote according to their own personal convictions. Cause and effect—totally legal—only we drive the car.I hope you’ll go onto V3 and sign up to ask any candidate what they’re doing to commit to working with nonprofits. In just a few minutes, you can feel you did something substantive to get seen and heard. If you care about your cause and want it to get noticed by your government, this is a great way to get started. Do it, and ask one other person to do it, too. And here’s proof it’s working already.last_img read more

Marketing maven’s advice for the lovelorn

first_imgIn honor of my fave colleague Mark Rovner’s call for posts on “how do you inspire people?” I post this wee excerpt from an upcoming column of mine coming out in a few days.Dear Marketing Maven,My email list isn’t what it used to be. People aren’t listening to me anymore, and each time I ask for their help, they are less responsive. Why doesn’t my list love me anymore?–Despairing in DevelopmentDear Despairing,I suspect you’re getting the silent treatment for three reasons. First, you could be a stalker. Do you have permission to email your list? Are these people who’ve said they want to hear from you? If not, don’t expect them to greet your spammy self with open arms. Second, I suspect you’ve probably been taking some of your list for granted. Just because some people were once generous doesn’t mean you can keep asking for more and more. You need to be giving back – thanking that list and showing it a great time with fabulous stories about the great things it has accomplished. Make it feel loved. Third, are you really connecting with your list and its feelings, or are you just talking about yourself all the time? Nothing turns off a list like narcissism, and nothing turns it on like showing your emotional side and appealing to its perspective. My advice? Only reach out to your list when you have permission. Treat your list with great care and gratitude. Start a true conversation with your list and be responsive to its feelings. Chocolates and flowers may help too.–Mavenlast_img read more

Network for Good DonateNow by the Numbers

first_imgDid you know that people gave more than $7 billion online to charity last year? With Network for Good’s DonateNow service, we can help your nonprofit get your share. DonateNow is an online donation processing service for nonprofits to accept credit card gifts on the web. And with a low monthly fee of only $49.95, online fundraising is now affordable for even the smallest organization.What You Get for $49.95/month1. Money for your mission!Our customers raise an average of $29 for every $1 they pay for our services. That’s great ROI. We wish we got that in the stock market!2. A Rolls-Royce donor experience for the price of a Kia!Our services cost a fraction of the priciest, most feature-rich options out there, yet they include nearly all the same options. Now that’s a deal. And remember, cheaper services generate far less in donations because they don’t reflect your brand. Another brand’s shopping cart lacks the warm-fuzzy feeling donors should get from supporting you!We give you:YOUR BRAND FRONT AND CENTER – A giving page that looks EXACTLY like your website that you get to customize in all kinds of waysMONTHLY GIFTS – Recurring giving options for steady fiscal support to youHAPPY DONORS – Cool features for donors like donating in honor of someone or designating their gift for a specific purpose – plus you can provide thank you gifts for generous donors.CUSTOM RECEIPTS – Customized receipts that will make your supporters smileINSTANT GRATIFICATION – Instant notification when your organization gets a donationALL THE NUMBERS – Great donation tracking reports3. What IRS auditors want!If you want to keep it legal in accepting online donations, you need to file registrations for receiving donations. At present, more than forty states require nonprofits to be registered! Nonprofits that solicit donations in a given state may be required to register as a charity in that state. Network for Good is a registered charity in all requiring states! (That being said, we do recommend that you also seek professional advice for your unique situation in complying with applicable laws governing charitable appeals in the respective states.)4. Control that’s fun to exercise!We want you to call the shots. With our services, YOU choose the look and feel of your giving page. YOU decide what donation amounts to request. YOU choose the language in your thank-you receipts. We think you know your donors best, so we give you the creative control – and we make it easy for you to exercise that control. Our tools are extremely simple to use – no technology expertise required.5. A marketing and customer service A-team!Along with our services, you get marketing/fundraising tips and training that are so good, it’s like having your own agency! Our nationally renowned marketing, sales and customer service team members and guest trainers – along with our online Learning Center – ensure you’ll get the dollars flowing on DonateNow. And if you’re ever stuck on a thing, a nonprofit expert at Network for Good is just a phone call or email away. We’re here to make you a smashing success.Ready to get started? Contact Us to learn more about DonateNowlast_img read more

Old vs. New Marketing Haiku

first_imgAnd the winner of the haiku challenge is…Lorraine. Not only is she good, she’s prolific. I loved them all, but she takes the cake (book, actually). Here’s my favorite from her body of work:Old Marketing HaikuSuch a big, loud adCosts your client a fortuneWith no ROI.New Marketing HaikuWant to sell your stuff?Stop shouting at your buyers.Try conversation.Lorraine, email me your address for your free copy of Robin Hood Marketing!last_img

Network for Good to Acquire ePhilanthropy Foundation

first_imgNetwork for Good, a leading provider of online fundraising services and how-to resources for nonprofits, announced today that it has acquired the ePhilanthropy Foundation, an educational organization helping other nonprofits to use best Internet practices.The move comes as Network for Good seeks to expand its help tools for nonprofits at a time when many small- to medium-sized organizations are struggling to raise funds and need assistance in starting online giving programs.  Because of their low costs and high yield, online outreach programs are especially important during an economic downturn.Bill Strathmann, chief executive officer of Network for Good, said, “ePhilanthropy Foundation’s groundbreaking progress in developing Internet ethics and best practices will do much to help nonprofits get the resources they need.  Not only do our organizations want to help a greater number of nonprofits to raise money online, now we collectively will have even more tools to teach them how to do it well.”Network for Good currently provides online fundraising services and training to nonprofit organizations through fundraising tools, e-newsletter communications, free teleconferences presented by industry leaders and its Learning Center (www.fundraising123.org). It will integrate the ePhilanthropy Foundation’s unique knowledge and research of how to properly cultivate and support donors, ensuring that people feel secure donating online. The ePhilanthropy Foundation’s Code of Ethics has been publicly endorsed by more than 100 organizations and individuals, including Charity Navigator and CFRE International.Bob Carter, chairman of ePhilanthropy Foundation said, “Our proven leadership in delivering Internet education, advocacy and ethics programs now has the added sustainable support of a strong nonprofit that demonstrates an equal commitment to these principles. Nonprofits across the United States will benefit from Network for Good’s decision to invest further in the future of ePhilanthropy.”Network for Good will integrate the two organizations’ resources for nonprofits by the end of the summer-thereby bolstering its offering of information, training materials and best-practices education.About Network for GoodNetwork for Good is an independent nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits raise money and reach supporters online. It offers easy, affordable and effective online fundraising services, including donation processing, email outreach and donor management.  Network for Good has processed nearly $200 million in donations for more than 30,000 nonprofits since its 2001 founding by AOL, Cisco and Yahoo!. www.networkforgood.org/npoAbout the ePhilanthropy FoundationThe ePhilanthropy Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization that seeks to foster the ethical use of the Internet for philanthropic purposes. The foundation provides educational services via conferences and seminars, through various publications and over the Internet via eLearning courses. The Foundation also helps large and small nonprofit organizations learn to utilize the best Internet practices and services to build relationships with supporters, raise money and build trust among donors.last_img read more

The Number One Reason Donors Stop Giving

first_imgMake your thank you message personal. A person cannot be thanked enough, unless the thank you is a corny form letter. You can spare your supporters from receiving a single one. (Trust us: Donors can tell the difference.) Think hand-written notes, phone calls, or some personalization in your email message at least. When crafting your letter, check out the four parts of a great message, and don’t let another “Dear Donor” message happen to you! Show your donors their impact: Be transparent! How did your organization spend their money? Who did they help? Be accountable. If I know that I saved Spot the dog from being euthanized, show me a picture of Spot. The most important thing is to be genuine.This amazing thank you from ACTS hits all the right notes: What is the number one reason donors become “one-time” instead of “recurring”?Donors cite the primary reason for ceasing their support as this: It was the way I was treated by charity, from not being thanked to receiving an avalanche of needy appeals. You need a thank-you message that says to your donors, “you matter,” and, “let’s start a conversation.” Think of the old marketing adage: It’s cheaper to keep a customer (donor/supporter) than to find a new one.Here are the top three ways to show your appreciation and thanks to donors: Thank your donors three times as often as you appeal for donations. You read that correctly: Three times as often. Say thank you. Send an update. Highlight a program, person, or other aspect of your organization that the generous donation went toward. Think about the last time you received a thank you note—didn’t it just make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Before you say you can’t afford to do this or don’t have time, tally the cost of losing a donor versus finding a new one. Cultivating—and keeping—your donors over time is not just a wise investment of your time, you’ll build a community of loyal, involved superfans in the process.Editor’s note: This article was originally published on August 14, 2012 and has been updated.last_img read more

Evaluating Gift Planner Performance: A Guide for Charity Managers

first_imgTom Cullinan, president of Tom Cullinan Charitable Giving Counsel in Omaha, Nebraska, shares his thoughts on assessing the performance of charity gift planners. The article orginally appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of The Journal of Gift Planning.The article can be found in the Attachments section below.last_img

Guest blogger: Dr. Gwyneth Lewis on the Maternal Mortality Campaign

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 26, 2009June 21, 2017By: Dr. Gwyneth Lewis, MHTF Advisory GroupClick 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)Welcome to Dr. Gwyneth Lewis, our first guest blogger, and a member of the MHTF Advisory Group. Click here for her bio. Thanks for the post, Gwyneth! -The MHTF Team. I was honoured to represent the MHTF at a meeting held between the Maternal Mortality Campaign, headed by Sarah Brown, and the European Commission in Brussels on the 14th May 2009. Representatives of several key member organisations of the MMC were present, including the MHTF, WHO, UNCEF, WRA, the Gates Foundation, Women Deliver, the ICM and several UK professional organisations. Other key members of the delegation, and a firm and vocal supporter of the campaign, were Ivan Lewis a Government Minister for the UK Department for International Development, and Tore Godal, special advisor to Prime Minister Stoltenberg of Norway.The purpose of the meeting was advocacy; to share the urgency of the crisis facing the worlds’ mothers and newborns with Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, and his colleagues, in order to seek their support for the campaign and to seek any further help they might have been able to provide. The meeting lasted for two hours and enabled a wide-ranging discussion and exchange of views of some of the key issues that will need to be addressed if meeting MDG 5, is in any way to become a reality.Sarah started by giving another of her excellent summaries of the stark facts and figures, tempered with an understanding of the background health, social and societal determinants for good maternal health. She was then supported in this by many of the MMC members. The Commissioner gave a sympathetic and entirely supportive reply, detailing the support they had provided for women’s health before and since the Cairo declaration including women rights to their own reproductive health , access to modern contraceptives and maternity services. He restated it was unacceptable to have so many mothers dying of preventable causes and also assured the MMC that the EC supported gender equity and rights and was actively working against the discrimination of women.The meeting then held a discussion about how best to pressure the G8 summit in Rome in July and discussed three key areas on which to lobby. These were:1. Aiming to have an agreed maternal health indicator which should become part of the high level key reportable indicators of existing initiatives at global level. This will promote country ownership and will improve health system support and response.2. Addressing the health care worker gap to ensure more trained professionals of all cadres, who are competency based trained.3. Considering advocacy for fund raising for facility based birth kits which could be used by health care professionals for both “normal” and complicated deliveries. There was, however, no clear agreement on this.The meeting closed with agreement that every possible effort should be made to advocate hard at the G8 summit and dates for further meetings would be circulated shortly.Share this:last_img read more

MHTF FIGO Event

first_imgShare this: Posted on October 23, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On September 8th, the MHTF hosted an event at the FIGO Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The purpose of the event was to update MHTF members and others in the maternal health community about our activities and to provide a venue for interaction and networking. Ana Langer, President of EngenderHealth and I made a presentation summarizing our progress to date. This was followed by two presentations by sub-awardees describing the MHTF-supported work they are undertaking. Dr. Stephen Kennedy of Oxford University presented work on seeking barriers and solutions to evidence-based practices through global ‘crowd-sourcing. Dr. Mario Merialdi of the World Health Organization talked about work on creating a system for building and updating global evidence-based guidance on maternal health interventions. Dr. France Donnay of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made closing remarks. Click on the links to see presentations by the MHTF, Dr. Stephen Kennedy, and Dr. Mario Merialdi. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

World Health Day: RAISE Launches Video on Reproductive Health in Emergencies

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 7, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)RAISE Initiative“In honour of World Health Day on April 7, 2010, the RAISE Initiative is proud to announce the release of At Two Fronts: This is the story of reproductive health in emergencies. This three-minute video offers glimpses into life as it is lived in situations of conflict and natural disaster, and shows why  reproductive health care must be included in basic humanitarian response…”Read the full announcement and watch the video here.Share this:last_img read more

The Role of Midwives During Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Making a Case for South Sudan

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 12, 2010June 21, 2017By: Monica Onyango, MPH, PhD, Member, MHTF Editorial CommitteeClick 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)In honor of International Day of the Midwife last week (May 5th) and International Nurses Day (today), Monica Onyango, MHTF Editorial Committee member, reflects on the role of midwives and nurses in Southern Sudan. Monica Onyango is a nurse midwife and holds a PhD in Nursing and an MPH in International Health. She teaches courses on the management of disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies and sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings at Boston University. She has extensive experience working in reproductive health and maternal and child health in Angola, Kenya, and Southern Sudan. Her recent research concerns women’s experiences with abortion complications, post abortion care and male involvement in reproductive health. The MHTF invites you to read her reflection—and learn about the essential role nurses and midwives play in providing care to pregnant women in Southern Sudan.Situations of complex humanitarian emergencies differ significantly depending on the location and context. Affected populations rely on help from outside the community because most often they cannot cope with the prevailing circumstances. Midwives are among the health professionals who provide care early during a humanitarian emergency and stay on for the long term. Women and children become significantly at risk of various reproductive morbidities during crises and are of greatest concern to midwives.Although the midwifery week has past, I would like to bring attention to the midwives’ role in the provision of maternal and neonatal health in South Sudan, a region recovering from 21 years of civil war between the North and South which ended in 2005. The war left South Sudan with some of the worst health indicators and acute shortage of experienced technical personnel. The maternal mortality ratio is estimated at 2,040/100,000 live births, currently one of the highest in the world.I have worked in South Sudan as a nurse midwife on and off since 1992.  Some of my best and worst experiences have been in this region. Obviously, my best experiences have been conducting deliveries and having a live healthy baby and a healthy mother as outcomes. The worst have included receiving a woman with an obstructed labor who dies shortly after admission because she did not arrive at the health facility on time; or she arrived on time and there were no resources and/or expertise to deal with her situation. Other cultural factors such as polygamy and early marriages of girls in this part of Sudan also tend to marginalize women and negatively affect reproductive outcomes.The nurse midwifery profession in South Sudan is in its nascent stages.  During the war we trained traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to play a significant role in the provision of maternal and neonatal services at all levels of the health care system. As TBAs are being phased out, there is a 18 month midwifery certificate training at five schools.  Additionally, since 2007, the Ministry of Health and United Nations Population Fund coordinate a one month training of different cadres of health professionals on Emergency Obstetric & Neonatal Care. These training are supposed to fill the void and bring skilled care closer to the women and newborns.  However, these are still just stop-gaps and the numbers of professional midwives able to provide the required basic emergency obstetric care is extremely limited.It is encouraging that the Government of South Sudan has acknowledged that investing in professional midwives is fundamental to improving maternal and neonatal health and reducing the high morbidity and mortality levels.  The present situation in South Sudan arguably is in need of skilled workers in all sectors of the health system. However, during this restructuring period, establishment of the nurse midwifery professional bodies and associations should be accelerated. Nurse midwives play an important role in women’s access to reproductive and maternal health services all over the world especially at the periphery of the health care system where there are no doctors. Midwives are more so needed in South Sudan where over 90 percent of the population lives in rural areas. To this end, the global nursing community through the international council of nurses also has a duty in the development of the nursing profession in South Sudan. After all the nursing philosophy of caring for individuals, families and communities in need places us in a better position to be actively involved with populations affected by armed conflict and post conflict situations.Click here to read Monica Onyango’s full bio. Share this:last_img read more

Calling all Midwives, Nurses and Doctors!

first_imgPosted on June 23, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)“What are the problems you face? How can these be solved?”If you provide care for pregnant women, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard.Global Voices for Maternal Health is a major new project from the University of Oxford that will bring maternal healthcare providers centre-stage in international efforts to reduce maternal deaths.For the first time ever on this scale, over 10,000 midwives, nurses and doctors around the world will get a direct voice about the problems they face in delivering lifesaving maternal healthcare via our online survey and discussion forum.Visit www.globalvoices.org.uk today to take part and help shape the future of maternal healthcare in your country and beyond.We know how precious your time is so as a reward for taking part all participants will get: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Access to an online resources page. A Certificate of Participation from the University of Oxford and the opportunity to have your name included in the list of contributors accompanying future publications.center_img The opportunity to take part in the search for solutions, and discuss the problems you face with other healthcare providers and leading international experts in the Forum.And winning ideas in the discussion forum will receive cash prizes of between $50 and $100!Visit www.globalvoices.org.uk now to have your say and become part of Global Voices for Maternal Health.Please also share this post with any friends and colleagues who might be interested in taking part.If you have any questions or want more information, please email us at global.voices@obs-gyn.ox.ac.uk.This ground-breaking project has the support of FIGO, International Confederation of Midwives and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth.Click here for the official press release.Click here to view the list of target countries by region.Share this: An instant summary of the most up-to-date results of the surveys you’ve taken.last_img read more

Global Maternal Health Conference 2010: July 6th Update

first_imgPosted on July 6, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)From the Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 co-organizers: The Public Health Foundation of India and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth.An exciting program for the Global Maternal Health Conference is taking shape.  The conference will cover 6 themes:  maternal health interventions and programs, underlying factors affecting maternal health, measurement–trends and methods, reproductive health, health systems, and policy and advocacy.Registration for a limited number of participants will open July 15. Check here for updates.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Innovations and Opportunities to Achieve MDG 5: View the Live Stream Today!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 14, 2010August 17, 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)Marie Stopes International and EngenderHealth invite you to view a panel discussion entitled, “Innovations and Opportunities to Achieve MDG 5”. Panelists include Pam Barnes (President, EngenderHealth), Michael Holscher (Senior VP, Marie Stopes), Monica Greene (Clinical Director, Marie Stopes) and Wendy Trumbull (Director of International Advocacy, (Population Action International).Join us for this session in the lead-up to the UN General Assembly Special Session. Key opportunities and challenges in scaling up family planning and reproductive health services are explored. View the live streaming video today at 2:30pm EST here.For more information go to www.engenderhealth.orgShare this:last_img read more

Data and Deaths: Both Challenges for Maternal Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 27, 2010June 20, 2017By: Saumya Ramarao, Senior Associate, Population CouncilClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.The welcome news is that globally maternal mortality is declining even though it may not be as fast as desired nor equally across all economic groups. Two recent estimates bring us this good news providing further fresh impetus to ongoing initiatives:http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673610605181/abstract http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2010/maternal_mortality_20100915/en/index.htmlThe second good news is that these estimates have focused attention on what has been known for a long time—the dearth of good quality data. Timely and quality data are essential to monitor programs, facilitate decision-making, and improve accountability of programs and governments to their citizens. “What gets measured gets done” is true in the field of maternal health as any other development field.The emphasis in discussions of maternal mortality so far has been on estimating the number of deaths. Estimating deaths is important for advocacy and for rallying support to this important cause. But, it is time now to move the dialogue beyond death counts to measuring morbidities, monitoring the quality of services, ensuring data are recorded consistently and accurately in health facilities and are collected and reported in a timely fashion.As countries implement medical interventions to save women’s life, strengthen their health systems, they can also innovate with data collection approaches. In a digital world, timely and good quality data collection should be easier, faster, and one can argue cheaper. There are proven examples of how primary health care facilities in remote areas are able to connect via cell phones to their districts and provincial headquarters to report current health situations and be provided immediate feedback. PDAs can be useful to frontline workers to organize their schedules for conducting outreach work and home visits. Client data can be entered in real time and transmitted to central databases making reporting easier and reducing time spent on manual recording across multiple registers.With the myriad possibilities of digital data collection available, it is only the paucity of imagination that holds us back.Share this:last_img read more

Climate Change and Family Planning

first_imgOwen Barder, a Fellow at the Center for Global Development and Director of aidInfo, discussed the findings on his blog.Share this: Posted on November 10, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)What is the most efficient way to reduce carbon emissions and limit climate change?Family planning and female education, according to a recent paper by David Wheeler and Dan Hammer of the Center for Global Development:Using recent data on emissions, program effectiveness and program costs, we estimate the cost of carbon emissions abatement via family planning and female education. We compare our estimates with the costs of numerous technical abatement options that have been estimated by Nauclér and Enkvist in a major study for McKinsey and Company (2009). We find that the population policy options are much less costly than almost all of the options Nauclér and Enkvist provide for low-carbon energy development, including solar, wind, and nuclear power, second-generation biofuels, and carbon capture and storage. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Linkages Among Reproductive Health, Maternal Health and Perinatal Outcomes

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 19, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)MHTF Director Ann Blanc published an article in the December 2010 issue of Seminars in Perinatology.She and her colleagues reviewed about 1,000 studies dealing with reproductive health, maternal health, and perinatal and neonatal outcomes and found:Our review amply demonstrates that opportunities for assessing outcomes for both mothers and newborns have been poorly realized and documented…This review demonstrates that RHMNH are inextricably linked, and that, therefore, health policies and programs should link them together. Such potential integration of strategies would not only help improve outcomes for millions of mothers and newborns but would also save scant resources. This would also allow for greater efficiency in training, monitoring, and supervision of health care workers and would also help families and communities to access and use services easily.Share this:last_img read more

Maternal Health Advocacy Guide for Parliamentarians

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 27, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In order to improve maternal health, medical professionals and NGO workers need to engage with government officials, including elected representatives. Many approaches for parliamentarians and other elected officials are outlined in “Maternal Health: An Advocacy Guide for Parliamentarians,” a recent publication from the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD). The publication:pinpoints the challenges in advocating for and providing adequate maternal health. It highlights the decisive role that parliamentarians can play in addressing these challenges. Its primary purpose is to provide guidance and orientation on how to improve maternal and newborn health. Its primary target audience, parliamentarians and other elected representatives, will find it very useful for advocacy purposes and awareness generation in the area of maternal health.Share this:last_img read more

Senior Advisor, Maternal & Child Health/Nutrion

first_imgPosted on February 8, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)PROJECT CONCERN INTERNATIONALSenior Advisor – Maternal & Child Health/NutritionReports to VP, Food, Livelihood & SecurityLocation: Washington, DC Minimum Qualifications:• MPH or equivalent advanced degree• Ten years relevant professional experience, including international public health programming with an emphasis on MCHN• Five years relevant overseas work experience with an emphasis on MCHN, particularly with community based health and nutrition among infants, small children and pregnant and lactating women.• Five years experience managing complex programs within a non-profit or community agency in a developing country context and in MCHN• Experience or familiarity with US government grant proposal preparation and regulations, ideally USAID Title II Multi-Year Assistance Programs, preferred• Excellent communications and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal, including ability to effectively communicate across cultures• Excellent program development and grant writing experience• Experience and ability in capacity building and the provision of technical support in MCHN• Ability to work independently and as part of a team• Fluency in English.  Proficiency in Spanish or French preferred• Computer literacy required• Must be able to travel internationally (25% – 40%) Duties and Responsibilities:1. Program Quality• Ensure successful MCHN program start-up and implementation, including meeting operational targets and achieving or exceeding performance objectives• Assess the need for ongoing TA, support and capacity building in MCHN, throughout the organization and in relevant community-based partners• Prioritize TA needs, develop and ensure the implementation of realistic and effective action plans for meeting those needs• Identify, secure and/or adapt state-of-the-art resources (technical, material, institutional and individual) for use in PCI’s MCHN programs• Provide, or arrange for the provision of, TA, guidance and capacity building in MCHN utilizing state-of-the-art resources and approaches• Foster organizational learning and cross pollination of promising practices throughout the organization, through sharing of information electronically, via workshops, tool kits, compilation documents, etc.• Network with technical resources, potential partners and collaborators both internal and external to PCI2. Program Development• Serve as team leader for the development and submission of successful proposals for dedicated MCHN programs or for MCHN components of broader/other programs• Relationship building; identifying key contacts and ensuring good relationships with potential and existing funders, technical resources, etc.• Identifying and building relationships with strategic institutional partners.  Identifying and facilitating the implementation of joint proposals, joint projects, and partnership agreements to expand the quality and scope of MCHN programming• Identifying strategic opportunities to share PCI achievements, lessons, models and results in key conferences, publications and other venues.  Ensuring technical quality of donor reports, publications or presentations and motivating staff within the organization (IO and field) to similarly publish and/or present• Contributing to proactively and strategically building PCI’s reputation, quality programming and resource base (materials, human, and financial resources) in MCHN• Participating in project design and program planning in MCHN, including participation in the selection of appropriate methodologies for program implementation, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation such as indicator selection, and research• Work to ensure that proposals submitted have the greatest possible likelihood of success and, if not originally successful, determine alternative strategies for resubmission of repackaged proposals3. Management of Selected Programs• In consultation with the Senior VP for Programs, serve as program manager for any MCHN-oriented IO-managed initiatives or programs. About Project Concern International:Founded in 1961, PCI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community health and integrated development worldwide. PCI is headquartered in San Diego, CA, and currently operates in 16 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Primary intervention areas include maternal and child health and nutrition; water and sanitation; food and livelihood security; humanitarian assistance; and disease prevention and mitigation with a focus on HIV/AIDS. With an FY10 operating budget of $30 million, PCI reaches over 4.5 million people annually. Job Summary: The Senior Advisor for Maternal & Child Health/Nutrition’s primary goal is to ensure overall technical and programmatic quality and growth of PCI’s maternal and child health and nutrition (MCHN) programs with an emphasis on community based health and nutrition among infants, small children and pregnant and lactating women. The Senior Advisor for MCHN may also provide technical and programmatic support for MCHN components of other programs such as HIV/AIDS, infectious disease, food and livelihood security, education, and humanitarian assistance.The Senior Advisor for MCHN will work collaboratively with the rest of the technical team in San Diego, Washington, DC and around the world, in close collaboration with the Food & Livelihood Security Unit and the Senior VP for Programs. Specific responsibilities to include program design and quality assurance; accessing and disseminating state-of-the-art information, resources and promising practices; identification of technical assistance (TA) needs and ensuring that TA is effectively provided; facilitation of organizational learning and capacity building of field and international office (IO) staff; and program development, including fostering strategic partnerships, planning, positioning, publishing, and proposal preparation for MCHN programming. How to ApplyTo apply please e-mail a cover letter addressing how your skills and experiences meet the needs of the position and the organization along with an updated résumé/CV to:Jill Solomon, Senior RecruiterGlobal Recruitment SpecialistsE-mail: Jsolomon@GlobalRecruitment.netWeb: http://www.globalrecruitment.netShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

World Bank and IMF Report on MDG Progress

first_imgPosted on April 19, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released the “Global Monitoring Report 2011: Improving the Odds of Achieving the MDGs” late last week, reflecting on the likelihood of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):Two-thirds of developing countries are on target or close to being on target for all the MDGs. Among developing countries that are falling short, half are close to becoming on track; with improved policies and faster growth, these countries could still achieve the targets in 2015 or soon after. Yet even those middle-income countries on track to achieve the MDGs are home to indigenous and socially excluded groups that are still very poor and often well behind in reaching the goals. Moreover, progress could stall without stronger global growth, expanded access to export markets for developing countries, and adequate assistance from donors.The report notes that MDG 5, which addresses maternal health, is the least on track. However, as we discussed on GlobalMama last week (free registration required), there is a lot more complexity in the numbers and simply discussing a country as being on- or off-track to meet the MDGs does not tell the whole story. The WB-IMF report delves into this complexity and the diversity of progress between and within countries. For example, it notes that based on their numbers, 30 countries are on target to achieve MDG 5 and another 46 countries are “close to target,” meaning that over 60% of developing countries are on track or close to on track to achieve MDG 5, and “[i]ndigenous people in on-track middle-income countries are also being left behind.”According to Delfin Go, an economist at the World Bank and the lead author of the Global Monitoring Report, there are four major takeaways from the report:[1] There is great diversity in the country performance…[2] Countries with slower growth and poorer institutions are farthest behind…[3] Impact evaluations often show that the quantity of services has increased, but not the quality…[and 4] Progress could still break down.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more