Celebrate Solutions: The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 16, 2010June 20, 2017By: Mariko Rasmussen, Program Assistant, Women DeliverClick 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 was originally published on Women Deliver’s blog. Reposted with permission.Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. The state faces major challenges in improving and increasing access to health care services, but they are making significant strides. The Government of Tamil Nadu developed a Health Policy in 2003 with a focus on the health of low-income communities and families. The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project supports this strategy through several interventions, especially those aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality. The World Bank recently provided more funds, in addition to the original financing in 2004, to further improve health services quality and access while supporting state-wide management systems implementation.The Project has utilized several innovative and effective measures (PDF). To increase access to necessary maternal and neonatal health services, 80 comprehensive emergency obstetrics and neonatal centers have been established and strengthened, leading to improved quality of care for women and infants. This care includes health education, nutritional support, and HIV/AIDS testing and counseling. In addition, 385 ambulances have been provided under the project, managed under a public private partnership, increasing emergency transport services in rural areas. These public private partnerships have also provided mobile out-reach health services as well as other services.The Project also launched a pilot program that includes ensuring women’s reproductive health through cervical cancer screenings. The pilot program has had great success with 84% of women in the target age group of 30 – 60 years being screened in the Theni and Thanjavur districts and the scheme could be extended to the whole of Tamil Nadu.To ensure that women’s and infants’ health visits are recorded, an electronic health management system was established and is now operational in 38 secondary level hospitals, with plans to extend to all 270, and to 18 medical colleges. These electronic records prove invaluable in maintaining and monitoring a woman’s and her infants’ health throughout the continuum of care.From these interventions and more, Tamil Nadu has seen improvements in both maternal and infant health. Infant mortality has decreased by 35%. The state’s maternal mortality ratio has decreased 50% from 167 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1999 to 111 in 2006, while India’s MMR in 2008 was 230. While this is exciting progress, it is still 25 times higher than in developed countries. But with further improvements to quality of care and strengthened comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care, Tamil Nadu is on the right track.Share this:last_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe not interested in Tottenham or Man Utd

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe not interested in Tottenham or Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe says he has no interest in reports linking him with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. The Bournemouth manager is well regarded due to his work with the south coast club.He has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, should their current manager Mauricio Pochettino join Manchester United at the end of the season.”It’s not for me to comment on speculation,” he said when asked if Pochettino was a good fit for United.”I’ve got no interest. My focus is on Brighton.”Asked if he saw himself staying at Bournemouth in the long term, Howe replied: “Hopefully. I’m as committed as I’ve always been to the job, trying to make the team better, trying to make the club grow.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid captain Ramos: Isco and Solari? It’s complicated

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Ramos: Isco and Solari? It’s complicatedby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits the relationship between Isco and coach Santiago Solari is “complicated”.Isco invited more controversy when ‘liking’ a social media post disparaging of Solari after their Copa del Rey victory over Leganes.Asked about the pair, Ramos said: “Reverse the situation between Solari and Isco? It is complicated. In Madrid, everyone wants to play and this decision making is complicated for the coach. “But it’s Madrid and the questions are always who plays or does not play, if he misses an attacker, who is the keeper…? “We must feed the press.” last_img read more

22 days agoLille striker Loic Remy has no Liverpool regrets

first_imgLille striker Loic Remy has no Liverpool regretsby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille striker Loic Remy has no regrets over his failed Liverpool move.The Frenchman was all set to replace Luis Suarez at Anfield only for the Reds to pull the plug on a deal after the striker failed his medical, with him later joining Chelsea.He recalled: “I was supposed to sign for Liverpool. I went for the medical in Boston, then apparently I failed the medical.”For me, everything happens for a reason, which means at the end of the day, Chelsea. We had a fantastic season.”This year Liverpool had been in trouble, it was not the Liverpool of the previous season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoNewcastle icon Shearer gives glowing praise for Longstaff brothers

first_imgNewcastle icon Shearer gives glowing praise for Longstaff brothersby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer was full of praise from the Longstaff brothers after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester United. Playing alongside brother Sean in midfielder on his debut, Matty Longstaff scored the winning goal to cap off a memorable day at St. James’ Park.”What an amazing day for the Longstaff family. Well done and congratulations,” Shearer wrote on Twitter.Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer added: It had energy, it had legs in midfield, it had good shape and dangerous at times on the counter attack but the stars of the show were the two brothers in midfield, Sean and Matty. Wow!”From the first minute Sean got stuck in, won the ball and put Newcastle on the front foot. It’s what they did. It got the crowd up, (it gave them) a little bit of energy that was obviously missing last weekend and it was a sign of things to come (in the first minute).”Matty wasn’t frightened to have a go at all. Look at his brother before he hit the bar saying ‘Go on, have a shot Wor Kid – just hit it!’ And he did! Steve described it as the enthusiasm of him and his brother spraying the ball around – both of them can do that, no problem at all if you give them time on the ball.”Sean’s long ball to Almiron, a lovely weighted pass – he didn’t need to take that touch, just hit it now. But the pass from Sean was fantastic. They linked well together, they understand each other’s game and it was keeping Newcastle going forward.”His goal: what a moment for him, what a moment for his family. What an unbelievable strike and momen for him. It will stay with him for his whole life.”The two of them were fantastic and his Dad should be very, very proud. What an unbelievable day for them and a great day for Newcastle, because they needed that result.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Know Your Rights: What to Do If You Are Arrested

first_img Additionally, where a child is in conflict with the law and has to be placed under arrest, the child should be told at the time of arrest in plain, simple, child-friendly language the reason for the detention. Additionally, the child’s parents or guardians should be immediately notified by the police of the arrest and the reason for the arrest. Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, is encouraging Jamaicans to know their rights and the correct protocol for arrest under the law. Story Highlights Under Section 15 of the Constabulary Force Act, it is lawful for any Constable, without warrant, to apprehend any person found committing any offence punishable upon indictment or summary conviction, and to take him before a Justice to enquire into the circumstance of the alleged offence. Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, is encouraging Jamaicans to know their rights and the correct protocol for arrest under the law.Speaking with JIS News, Ms. Lindsay states that the police may carry out an arrest for different reasons, such as to prevent an offence, to prevent the continuation of an offence and to prevent escape.She says that regardless of the circumstances leading to an arrest, the basic rights of the individual should be observed at all times during the process.“The police officer will carry out an arrest in three main ways… on view, which is when you detect an offence taking place… on information from a third party, that is, when someone comes to the police station and makes a report. There is an investigation and (an) arrest is made based on the information provided. We also conduct Arrest on Warrant,” Superintendent Lindsay explains.Under Section 15 of the Constabulary Force Act, it is lawful for any Constable, without warrant, to apprehend any person found committing any offence punishable upon indictment or summary conviction, and to take him before a Justice to enquire into the circumstance of the alleged offence.The law also provides for the persons to be committed to the nearest jail, prison or lock-up to be dealt with, or to grant the person bail in accordance with the Bail Act.Ms. Lindsay states that in a normal arrest procedure, the officer identifies himself or herself to the individual and informs the person of the offence for which he or she is being arrested and charged. The officer then restrains and cautions the individual.An essential aspect of the arrest is the ‘caution’, which notifies the offender of his/her rights during the process, particularly the right to remain silent, as anything said will be taken down in writing and used as evidence in court.Following the caution, the police should then escort the detainee to the station. Here, it is determined whether the person is eligible to be granted bail at the station level, or is to be remanded in custody for the matter to be brought before a Magistrate to grant or deny the bail application.Ms. Lindsay also advises persons to carry proper identification (driver’s licence, passport, voter’s ID) when going to the station.“If you don’t have proper identification when you are taken to the police station, you can’t get bail (because) you cannot be properly identified. So it is important that you have some kind of proper identification. If you don’t have it on your person, then you will be required to ask someone to bring some form of identification,” she says.If, however, the person refuses or is unable to give the security (money or property) required as a condition for bail, it is lawful for the officer or sub-officer to detain the person in custody until such person can be brought before a Justice and dealt with in like manner, as is directed in the case of someone apprehended under the Act without warrant.For persons with special needs, such as a medical condition, provision should be made, as these persons have a right to medical care.Other rights include the right to meals for the duration of confinement, as well as the right to a safe environment, to the extent that the person is to be protected from harm and injury while in police custody. This is particularly important in the case of persons with mental illness.“We have to ensure that they are separated from the other prisoners, so that they are not put in a situation where they are vulnerable or cause harm to the other detainees,” Ms. Lindsay states.Once at the police station, the remanded person is entitled to a phone call to notify someone of the arrest.Ms. Lindsay explains that more than one phone call is permissible to ensure that someone is notified of the person’s arrest and for the person to make arrangements for legal counsel and for the care of dependents.Where a minor is present at the point of arrest, the offender is allowed to call someone to take custody of the child. If there is no one, the police will then contact the Child Development Agency (CDA) to make arrangements for the child to be placed in State care until the person is granted bail, at which time they can retrieve the child.Meanwhile the Head of the Corporate Communications Unit says that arrested persons are also entitled to legal representation, and if a detainee cannot afford a lawyer, the government provides representation through the Legal Aid Council.“Once a person indicates that they cannot afford a lawyer, then the police will make contact with [an] attorney. Usually, you will find that attorneys are assigned to different parts of the island. The police will have a list of persons who are approved legal counsels … and you make arrangements for one of them to come in and represent the person who is being charged,” she explains.Also, the person should be interviewed in the presence of his/her attorney so that there is legal guidance throughout the process.Additionally, where a child is in conflict with the law and has to be placed under arrest, the child should be told at the time of arrest in plain, simple, child-friendly language the reason for the detention. Additionally, the child’s parents or guardians should be immediately notified by the police of the arrest and the reason for the arrest.The police are not permitted to question the child without legal representation. The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) or Duty Counsel on the Legal Aid List is to be immediately contacted by the police where a child suspect is arrested and does not have legal representation. A child who is not charged within 24 hours of being arrested or detained, should be released into the care of the parents or guardians.As it relates to bail application, depending on the gravity and nature of the charge, the detainee is entitled to bail. Bail can be granted at the station level for minor offences, or on the likelihood of the individual appearing before a court for a trial.Section 25 of the Act states that the officer or sub-officer in charge of the police station or lock-up shall grant bail to that person in accordance with the Bail Act, unless the person has been taken into custody on a charge of murder, treason or treason felony.The officer is charged with ensuring that the dignity of the detainee is maintained throughout the process (no draping or dragging of the individual). As far as is practicable, handcuffs must be used on males and violent females.Just as the police officer is guided by certain responsibilities in the arrest procedure, so too the individual that is being arrested must observe certain protocols.Ms. Lindsay advises persons to cooperate with the justice officials.“Once you are approached by the police and informed that you will be arrested, and you are notified of the offence, we want persons to cooperate with the police and not try to resist, because that could lead to an additional charge of resisting arrest. Don’t fight the police, because that could lead to another charge of assaulting the police. So we advise persons to cooperate with the (arrest) process,” she advises.(If during arrest an individual feels his/her rights have been violated, there are several avenues for redress.On the advice of their attorney, civil action can be taken against the police and the Government to prove that the individual’s rights were violated by the police officers acting on behalf of the State.Persons can also make a formal complaint and document the incident with the Police Complaints Department in the Inspectorate of the Constabulary Force. Complaints can also be lodged with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).Persons can also contact the Independent Jamaica Council for Human Rights, Jamaicans for Justice or the Office of the Public Defender for redress.last_img read more

Toronto stocks up on final day of a difficult year for the

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher on the final day of trading of what has been a difficult year for stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 7.53 points at 14,229.53.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 114.15 points at 23,176.55. The S&P 500 index was up 2.89 points at 2,488.63, while the Nasdaq composite was down 0.87 of a point at 6,583.65.The Canadian dollar traded for 73.29 cents US compared with an average of 73.32 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down 33 cents at US$45.00 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 23.1 cents at US$3.07 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down 40 cents at US$1,282.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 4.35 cents at US$2.64 a pound.last_img read more

Paris protesters try to revive yellow vest movement

first_imgPARIS — Hundreds of protesters are trying to breathe new life into France’s apparently waning yellow vest movement with marches in Paris and gatherings in other cities, but numbers appeared down on their first demonstration of the new year.There were no reports of violence on the eighth consecutive Saturday of yellow vest protests, in contrast to some December demonstrations that degenerated into chaotic violence. Paris Metro lines were open.Authorities have warned that they won’t tolerate illegal acts. One known figure in the movement, Eric Drouet, was detained overnight this week for allegedly organizing an illegal demonstration. On Friday, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said those still protesting “want insurrection.”The movement is named after fluorescent vests French motorists must keep in cars.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Jana Sena announces first list of candidates

first_imgAmaravati: Actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, which is making its debut in electoral politics of Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday announced its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The party declared candidates for two Lok Sabha and 32 Assembly constituencies. It had earlier announced candidates for two Lok Sabha seats. The suspense continues over the constituency Pawan Kalyan will choose to contest as his name did not figure in the first list. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Young and successful start-up entrepreneur Gedela Srinubabu will contest for the Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam. Jana Sena’s state convenor Chintala Pardhasaradhi is the candidate from Anakapalle Lok Sabha constituency. The party had earlier announced former ONGC executive director D.M.R Sekhar and former BJP MLA Akula Satyanarayana as its candidates for the Amalapuram and Rajahmundry parliamentary seats, respectively. Former minister Ravela Kishore Babu, who quit the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join Jana Sena a few months ago, will contest for the Assembly from Prathipadu constituency in Guntur district. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Former Congress leader P. Balaraju was named as Jana Sena’s candidate from Paderu. Former Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, now a key leader of Jana Sena, will contest from Tenali. The former Congress leader had represented this constituency for two terms from 2004 to 2014. The party’s General Secretary Thota Chandrashekhar will contest from Guntur West. Pawan Kalyan has already announced that Jana Sena will have an alliance with the Left parties. However, a formal announcement on seat sharing is yet to be made. Elections to the 175-member Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled on April 11.last_img read more

Dhoni ”might” play the next game, says Raina

first_imgHyderabad: Stand-in-skipper Suresh Raina said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni “might” play the next game after missing Chennai Super Kings’s six-wicket defeat by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL here. Dhoni was ruled out of the match with back spasm, paving the way for Raina to shoulder captaincy responsibility. “His back was stiff. He is feeling better and might play the next game,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony. For a team that has won seven of their nine matches this season, the defeat was a wake-up call, Raina said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I think it is a very good wake up call.” CSK were restricted at 132 for five after they opted to bat, and then, SRH chased down the target with 19 balls to spare. “I think we didn’t put a decent score on the board and kept losing wickets. We lost too many wickets in between and that’s why it cost us the game. “We should have looked for partnerships and should have rotated our strike better. Hence, we were 30 runs short,” Raina said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Man of the Match David Warner (50) thanked the crowd for support. “Great support, even though there is plenty of yellow, they are a fantastic crowd. Sometimes we have been a bit hesitant, against Kings (XI Punjab) the wicket was quite tough. Me and Jonny (Bairstow) have been mixing and matching quite well. “I have two beautiful children, one more on the way, and a beautiful wife and I can’t thank them enough. I have fantastic support from over the world and it has been overwhelming here in India,” Warner said. Sunrisers Hyderbad captain Kane Williamson applauded the team for its efforts. “Very good performance all around. CSK started well with the bat but the way we performed in the back half was outstanding and the chase was superb. I don’t think the wicket changed too much,” he said. “Rashid (Khan, who claimed 2/17) has been an outstanding performer for a number of years. He was brilliant today. Warner was brilliant. A match-winning knock with Jonny (61 not out),” Williamson added.last_img read more