Swades Foundation and Government of Maharashtra sign MoU expanding area of operation for healthcare across state

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Swades Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Maharashtra recently, which will expand its area of operation across Maharashtra. Previously, its area of operation was restricted to just six blocks of the Raigad district. However, given the outstanding work of the Swades Foundation in the areas of anaemia, eye care, paediatric care, hygiene and nutrition over the past three years, the Public Health Department of the Government of Maharashtra wants it to take up this good work across the state.In 2016, Swades Foundation announced a strategic partnership with the Public Health Department of the Government of Maharashtra to implement crucial health interventions in six blocks of the Raigad district. In an acknowledgement of the stellar work done over the past three years, the government has now inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will enable Swades Foundation to implement these health interventions across Maharashtra.The Foundation has been striving towards an anaemia-free geography and can be credited with rolling out India’s biggest pilot programme on Therapeutic management of anaemia, which was subsequently adopted by the government. Over the course of three years, 75 per cent (4,151 out of 5,518) of the children who completed medication are cured of anaemia and an additional 10 per cent children have (584 out of 5,518) shown increased levels of haemoglobin. Further, about 2,000 more children are currently under treatment. Across the six blocks, it also conducted anaemia awareness campaign in over 1,100 schools and anganwadis and trained 324 anganwadi workers on nutrition and best nutrition practices.Besides anaemia, the foundation has worked tirelessly in the areas of paediatric vision, hearing and cardiac health. It has partnered with the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karykram and Block Health Team to organise 23 health camps which benefitted at least 18,000 children across the Raigad district. It has also helped improve eye care amongst adults, screening at least 2,80,000 individuals. This was further bolstered through a distribution of spectacles and conducting cataract surgeries amongst those in need of intervention. To improve hygiene outcomes, it distributed IEC posters of best hygiene practices at the gram panchayat level and provided hygiene kits to schools, as part of a handwash programme, at the school level.Speaking on the occasion, Zarina Screwvala, Co-founder, Swades Foundation, said, “We have a wonderful partnership with the Public Health Department of the Maharashtra government with whom we have worked in Raigad district since 2013 on both health and nutrition and formalised into an MoU in 2016. With the renewal of our MoU, we hope to create the first (preventable, iron-deficient) anemia-free blocks and dramatically reduce SAM and MAM while creating strong community empowerment programmes to ensure sustainability. This will be a matter of great pride for all our 300+ strong team at the Swades Foundation.”Dr Anup Kumar Yadav, Commissioner (Health Services) and Mission Director (National Health Mission), Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra, further added, “The Public Health Department of Maharashtra is committed to the health and wellbeing of all, and realises the potential of a public-private partnership (PPP) to complement the efforts of the government in delivering holistic health services. With the aim of taking this forward and encouraging NGOs’ participation, we have signed an MoU with Swades Foundation. We appreciate Swades Foundation for their work in the Raigad district, in assisting the government to counter health issues like cataract, anaemia and malnutrition. With this MoU, we expect them to extend similar services all over the state with the same conviction and commitment. I wish them luck and express our willingness to encourage such collaborations with all stakeholders who wish to support the government in realising its dream of making Maharashtra the healthiest state in India.” Swades Foundation and Government of Maharashtra sign MoU expanding area of operation for healthcare across state Working towards improving healthcare access across rural Maharashtra Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” anaemiaeye careGovernment of MaharashtrahygieneNUTRITIONPaediatric CareRashtriya Bal Swasthya KarykramSwades Foundation MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts By EH News Bureau on September 5, 2019 News Public Health Comments (0) Read Article Sharelast_img read more


Biggest difference between the 11 and 18? Hamlin says execution

first_imgTwo days before Kyle Busch’s victory in last Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway, Denny Hamlin provided a precise blueprint for his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate’s sixth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season.MORE: Paint schemes for Watkins Glen | Fantasy: Knowing the numbersA post-qualifying inspection failure knocked Busch’s No. 18 Toyota off the front row and back to a 28th-place starting position. In short order, however, Busch charged through the field, and a pit stop with four other Toyotas three laps before the end of Stage 2 allowed him to stay out under the caution at stage’s end and ultimately take the lead.Busch survived two late restarts and held off teammate Daniel Suarez for his 49th career victory, a triumph that tied him with Tony Stewart for 13th on the all-time list.In a sit-down with reporters on Friday afternoon at Pocono, Hamlin explained how his teammate has been able to separate himself from the rest of the JGR drivers.“They out-execute what their car is capable of every single week,” Hamlin said of the No. 18 team, led by crew chief Adam Stevens. “He qualifies well. He doesn’t lose his track position throughout the course of a race. At the end, the pit crew picks up three or four spots. The next thing you know he’s restarting on the front row.” Hamlin acknowledged that his No. 11 team hasn’t been able to match the performance of the 2015 series champion.“That’s something we have not done, to execute to the level that the 18 has,” Hamlin said. “He’s really good about being able to finish better with a car that’s not quite as good. In general, at JGR, we have our struggles, but they do a phenomenal job. You just look at execution, and that’s the biggest difference I see between him and us.” As an organization, JGR is also working through a transition from experience to youth. Gone are Carl Edwards to retirement and 2003 series champion Matt Kenseth to make room for Erik Jones in the No. 20 car. Both Jones and Suarez are in their sophomore seasons at NASCAR’s highest level, and both are still learning.“Certainly, when we had myself, Carl, Matt and Kyle, you weren’t having to think about, ‘Well, this is Daniel’s or Erik’s first time at a track, and they’re leaning on you for information,” said the 37-year-old Hamlin, the senior member of the JGR driver corps. “So how much information do you really lean back on them, because they are inexperienced, and they have to go through that struggle period, where we would always talk about, ‘Hey, a few years ago we did this, and it really worked well.’ “Things just clicked, and things were good. But sometimes those things take time. As an organization, we probably weren’t totally patient with Joey Logano, and look how it all worked out. He moved teams (to Team Penske), and all of a sudden—bam—it clicked for him. I think you have to be patient and go through the process to hopefully have the fruits and the benefits later.”While Hamlin waits patiently, Busch keeps winning. But that doesn’t mean Hamlin has lost confidence, either in himself or in his team. “Anybody who thinks I can’t win any given week is crazy,” Hamlin asserted.last_img read more


Justice At Spotify Campaign Demands Increased Royalties, Transparency, More

first_imgThe Union of Musicians and Allied Workers has announced a new campaign aimed at taking on Spotify. Revealed on Tuesday, the Justice At Spotify campaign has issued a list of demands to the streaming giant that has already been signed by upwards of 13,000 musicians.Chief among the negotiation points is increased royalty payment for artists, “transparency in their practices, and to stop fighting artists.” The proposed amendments to the world’s largest streaming platform would include per-stream royalty rates of at least one cent per stream, a user-centric payment model, publishing all contracts with labels and artists, revealing and ending any arrangements that “resemble payola” (pay-to-play), crediting all labor behind recordings, and an end to legal battles “intended to further impoverish artists.”Related: Spotify CEO Says Artists Need To Make More Music To Make Money, As Company’s Profits Rise“Spotify is the most dominant platform on the music streaming market,” the petition said. “The company behind the streaming platform continues to accrue value, yet music workers everywhere see little more than pennies in compensation for the work they make.”According to UMAW, the average streaming royalty sits at $.0038 per stream, meaning it would take about 263 streams to earn a dollar, 786 streams for a cup of coffee, 283,684 streams to pay the median U.S. rent ($1,078), and 657,895 monthly streams to hit $15 an hour.The current Spotify model is based on a pro-rata system, where money generated by users is placed into a pool and divvied up between artists based on streams. A 2017 study by the Finnish Music Publishers Association found that, among Spotify premium users in Finland, the top 0.4 percent of artists get 10 percent of all the revenue. Meanwhile, the same study found that a “user-centric” (aka per-stream payment) would reduce their share to 5.6 percent.“Many claim that [increased] wages are not compatible with Spotify’s current economic system,” the UMAW platform states. “Our demand is that this model be adjusted so that artists can be paid fairly. If Spotify’s model can’t pay artists fairly, it shouldn’t exist.”This also brings up the heart of the other demands from UMAW, whose claims of unfair practices also targets Spotify’s algorithm, artist recommendations, and custom playlists. While Spotify insists that playlist placement is not for sale, an investigation by the Daily Dot in August found a bustling black market for spots on the service’s official playlists.The union also raises the issue of Spotify’s banner ads and other promotional tools. In 2019, documents obtained by Rolling Stone found that labels were able to purchase pop-up ads prompting listeners to select a specific work. Each time a user clicked on one of those ads, the label would pay Spotify 55 cents. According to UMAW, this constitutes the illegal practice of payola which was outlawed during the early days of rock n’ roll. In Spotify’s pitch documents sent to artists, they encourage them to spend at least $5,000 which would “bring more than 9,000 potential listeners over a seven-day period.”“Spotify encourages labels and management companies to pay for plays on the platform. In many cases, the artists don’t even know this is happening,” the UMAW’s demands state. “The practice amounts to payola, and it is unacceptable and must be stopped.”The issue of technical credits is also part of the Justice At Spotify campaign, which desires the platform to implement full credits for every recording on mobile and desktop applications. This would in turn allow users to search for every musicians, producer, technician, audio engineer, and more who contributed to the recording. Lastly, UMAW wants an end to lawsuits that “further impoverish artists.” The union has accused Spotify of “continu[ing] to fight in court to lower royalty rates for songwriters” and should instead, per the terms of the Justice At Spotify campaign, “not fight artists, songwriters, and other music workers.”For more information on the Justice At Spotify campaign, and to sign onto their demands, click here.[H/T Vice]last_img read more


NM Housing Market Continues On Pace For Good Year

first_imgNMAR News: Median price means half the properties sold for more; half for less. This means 2019 will be the second best year for the housing market since the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) started keeping statistics in 2008. Only last year, 2018, which was an record-breaking year on all counts, saw more sales than those recorded to-date for 2019.“1,921 sales were reported during November 2019. This number brings the 2019 year-to-date figure to 23,328, over 1,000 sales more than reported for all of 2017,” 2019 NMAR President Paul Wilson said. “Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties led the sales count numbers last month.”NMAR CEO M. Steven Anaya added, “The November 2019 median price is $220,000 compared to $208,000 in November 2018. 2019 year-to-date median prices have risen $2,000 since July.” The addition of November sales to year-to-date figures brings the 2019 total over the year-end total reported in 2017. Days on Market for November ranged from lows under 35 days in Los Alamos, Bernalillo, and Sandoval counties to an average of 71 days for the entire state.center_img “While every real estate market is different, low inventory is a concern NMAR hears from a number of our local boards,” Wilson said. The trends and numbers reported are only a snapshot of market activity. anyone interested in buying or selling should consult a REALTOR familiar with their market area; he/she can provide information on specific trends in that neighborhood. National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun joined a panel of experts earlier this month for NAR’s first-ever Real Estate Forecast Summit. Panel members expect the U.S. economy to continue expanding next year while projecting real estate prices will rise. Yun predicts real estate is on firm ground, “however, in order for the market to be healthier, more supply is needed to assure home prices, as well as rents, do not consistently outgrow income gains.”last_img read more


St Lucia builds out solar farm

first_img Tweet CASTRIES, St Lucia (Jamaica Observer) – St Lucia Electricity Services Limited’s (LUCELEC) Request for Proposals for the construction of a 3-megawatt (MW) solar energy farm is drawing significant interest from around the world.A recent meeting and site visit for potential bidders attracted 70 representatives of 35 companies from the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, many of whom are partnering with local solar, engineering and construction firms. Participants at the meeting were given an overview of the project and its importance to St Lucia, information on St Lucia’s energy transition strategy and the RFP process.They were also given the opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on the project, and to examine the proposed site at La Tourney, Vieux Fort, first-hand, to assist them in preparing their bids.The meeting was hosted by LUCELEC together with the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR), and DNV GL who are assisting with coordinating the administrative and technical aspects of preparing the RFP and the evaluation process.They will also provide project management services during bid evaluation and technical support during the construction implementation.LUCELEC’s Business Development Manager Victor Emmanuel is heading up the project for the company. Speaking at the start of the meeting, Emmanuel said the company was “pleased in the interest expressed to date in the project, particularly with the number of bids from all over the world.”He explained that although there are currently about 50 small solar photovoltaic (PV) systems connected to the LUCELEC grid, providing about 500 kilowatts of electricity from renewable sources, the 3MW solar farm is historic in that it will be the first utility scale renewable energy project in St Lucia.LUCELEC will own and operate the solar farm.Potential bidders have until April 22, 2016 to submit their bid for the construction of the solar farm. The shortlist of candidates will be announced by May 6 and the project awarded on May 20. The submitted bids will be evaluated by a Bid Evaluation Committee made up of representatives from the company and its partners.LUCELEC intends to construct one megawatt of the project this year and add the remaining two megawatts subsequently.The solar farm demonstrates LUCELEC’s and the Government of Saint Lucia’s commitment to the energy transition process they agreed to when they signed the National Energy Transition Strategy in January 2016. NewsRegional St Lucia builds out solar farm by: – April 20, 2016 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 96 Views   one commentlast_img read more


Building on heritage

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