810: The numbers behind Wenger’s Arsenal tenure

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger 811: The numbers behind record-breaking Arsenal tenure Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 18:20 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) arsene wenger - cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal West Bromwich Albion Premier League As the Frenchman prepares to break Alex Ferguson’s Premier League longevity record, we look at some of the key data behind his career Arsene Wenger will claim another slice of Premier League history when he takes charge of Arsenal against West Brom on Sunday.The 68-year-old has already matched Manchester United great Alex Ferguson on 810 matches as a manager in England’s top flight and will break that record at the Hawthorns – interestingly, the very ground at which his old nemesis oversaw the final game of his career, a thrilling 5-5 draw with West Brom in May 2013.Wenger has not exactly enjoyed unwavering support during his 20-year spell in north London but, with three league titles to his name, he is showing few signs of giving up hope of a fourth before he finishes his Gunners career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ahead of his latest milestone, we take a look at the Opta stats behind his remarkable time in England.MORE GAMES, MORE WINS THAN MOSTHD Arsene Wenger ArsenalWenger will move beyond Ferguson’s record when he manages his 811th game on Sunday and it looks like his will be a tally that will take some time to surpass.The nearest manager to these two in terms of games in charge in the top flight is Harry Redknapp on 641. Some way further back are David Moyes (508), Sam Allardyce (494) and Mark Hughes (442).Ferguson still has the highest number of victories (528), giving him a win percentage of 65.2, above Wenger’s 57.8. Indeed, Jose Mourinho, with a 63.3 per cent win rate from 270 games, has a more clinical record than the Frenchman.Wenger’s Arsenal have also managed fewer goals than Ferguson’s United (1524 compared to 1627) in 810 matches.FAVOURITE MANAGERS AND THE ONES HE’D RATHER AVOIDJose Mourinho Manchester UnitedThere are some managers down the years who Wenger has loved facing. Of those Wenger has met on 10 occasions or more in the Premier League, he has enjoyed win rates of at least 50 per cent against 18 of them.Steve McClaren is probably his favourite: Wenger has beaten the ex-England boss in 11 games out of 12. However, when it comes to the stats, his easiest opponents are Sean Dyche, Jean Tigana, Joe Royle and Dave Bassett, all of whom managed teams at least three times against Wenger and lost every one of those games.Of course, it hasn’t all gone his way. Wenger only managed 10 wins in 34 meetings with Ferguson and has famously won only once in 14 attempts against Jose Mourinho teams. He has never beaten Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Roy Evans or Roberto Di Matteo, to name a few.HAPPY HUNTING GROUNDSEmirates StadiumArsenal have won 145 of 219 games at the Emirates Stadium, giving them a 66.2 per cent win ratio. That’s worse than they managed at Highbury under Wenger, where they won 134 out of 186 matches.On the road, Goodison Park is probably Wenger’s favourite, where he has managed a commendable 11 wins and five draws from 22 visits. Villa Park (10 wins from 19 and only two defeats) and The Valley (six wins from eight) are also enjoyable trips.Games at Anfield, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane have yielded only 18 wins from a possible 85, while he has managed six wins at the Etihad Stadium. His worst days out have come at Hillsborough, Valley Parade, Bramall Lane and Sunderland’s old Roker Park: he has never won at any of them in the league.FAVOURITE OPPONENTS AND A SHOCK BOGEY TEAMUnsurprisingly, given his Goodison Park record, Everton are Wenger’s favourite opponents. He has beaten them 28 times and lost only six of their 43 meetings, with a goal difference of +50.Leicester City (14 wins and no defeats from 20 games), Charlton Athletic (12 wins and two draws from 16 games) and Portsmouth (eight wins and six draws from 14 games) have also dreaded the visit of Wenger down the years, while Reading have lost all six of their meetings with his team.His worst records against teams he has faced at least five times yield a surprise, though: Liverpool (13 wins from 43) and Manchester United (12 wins from 43) have proved tough nuts to crack, but it is Sheffield Wednesday who hold the anti-Wenger formula, having lost just twice to his team in seven meetings.A TASTE FOR THE TOFFEES, BUT LET’S FORGET OLD TRAFFORDJames McFadden, Robin van Persie, Everton vs Arsenal, May 2005Sorry, Everton: when it comes to Wenger’s record wins, once more, you’re top of the pile.A 7-0 thrashing of the Toffees in May 2005 remains his joint-biggest Premier League victory, alongside a demolition of Middlesbrough in January 2006 by the same scoreline.In more recent years, a 6-0 win over Blackpool in August 2010 and a 7-1 triumph over Blackburn Rovers in February 2012 are the most impressive.For many years, Wenger’s worst defeat was a 6-1 loss to Manchester United in February 2001. That was until August 28, 2011, when they suffered a humiliating 8-2 reversal at Old Trafford.Wenger has only ever endured a six-goal defeat once since then: a 6-0 loss to Chelsea in March three years ago.last_img read more

RHRC Consortium: Haiti Response Must Address Health Needs of Women and Girls

first_imgPosted on January 25, 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)Humanitarian Actors Must Meet the Specific Health Needs of Women and Girls Displaced by the EarthquakeThe Reproductive Health Response in Crises Consortium (RHRC) has issued a statement urging humanitarian organizations to provide lifesaving reproductive health services to women and girls displaced by the earthquake in Haiti.The RHRC Consortium estimates that there are currently 63,000 pregnant women in Port au Prince—and that 7,000 women will deliver in the next month.The statement calls for specific actions to be taken on issues of safe delivery, sexual violence and exploitation, HIV/AIDS, and family planning.To read the statement, please click here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Maradona: The story of the Hand of God

first_imgWorld Cup Diego Maradona & the Hand of God: The most infamous goal in World Cup history Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 05:00 6/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Diego Maradona Argentina England Getty Images World Cup Argentina England Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final against England in Mexico in 1986 became one of the most famous games in football history thanks to one man There have been few games in World Cup – and indeed football – history that have left more of a lasting impact on the sport than Argentina’s victory over England in the 1986 quarter-finals in Mexico City.Played at the famous Estadio Azteca, the match was taken over by the greatest player on the planet at the time – and, for some, of all time – in Argentina’s captain and No.10, Diego Maradona.But while Maradona’s second goal of the game encapsulated his brilliance perhaps better than any other he scored in his career, his first was an equally perfect example of his ability to create controversy and divide opinion. Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar We are talking, of course, about the ‘Hand of God’, as Maradona dubbed the opening goal himself after punching an aerial ball past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. It was and still is the most astonishing moment in the rivalry between England and Argentina that continues to this day.Diego Maradona in 1986Diego Maradona Argentina EnglandMaradona was 25 years old and entering the prime of his career when the 1986 World Cup came around. He had broken the world transfer record for the second time by joining Napoli from Barcelona for £6.9 million in 1984, and helped the Serie A side finish eighth and then third after they had narrowly avoided relegation the season before he signed. The next campaign, immediately after the World Cup, they won the Scudetto for the first time in their history and added the Coppa Italia for good measure.After making his name at Argentinos Juniors with a sensational goalscoring record, Maradona joined Boca Juniors in 1981 and won his only Argentine league title. From there he was quickly snapped up by Barcelona, where he was exceptional when fit but suffered from hepatitis and then a broken ankle as a result of a challenge by the notoriously vicious defender Andoni Goikoetxea. Barca met Goikoetxea’s Athletic Club in the 1984 Copa del Rey final and after being the subject of violent play and xenophobic insults from the crowd throughout the game, Maradona sparked a mass brawl that effectively ended his career at Camp Nou – not that he was especially reluctant to leave.He was in a much better place when the World Cup in Mexico came around, with Naples the perfect fit for Maradona the person as well as the player. Having been knocked out by Italy and Brazil in the second round of the 1982 tournament after being fouled a World Cup-record 23 times against the Italians, Maradona also had something to prove.Argentina vs. EnglandDiego Maradona Argentina EnglandEngland had finished second in their group and beaten Paraguay in the round of 16 to qualify for the quarter-finals, while Argentina were unbeaten and had seen off Uruguay to book their place in the last eight. Having already built up a footballing rivalry, four years earlier the two countries had been at war for the Falkland Islands.That added plenty of extra tension to what was always likely to be a fiery game. Maradona lined up behind Jorge Valdano in Argentina’s 3-5-1-1 formation, while England played a fairly narrow 4-4-2 with Steve Hodge and Trevor Steven furthest wide in the midfield.GFX INFO Argentina England 1986The first half passed without any goals, but though Peter Beardsley had a good chance for England it was Argentina who enjoyed more of the ball and were asking more questions in the attacking third. Their superiority would tell early in the second half in two of the most famous moments, for very different reasons, in the history of the World Cup.Even the Hand of God, though, started with a bit of Maradona brilliance. The No.10 skipped past Glenn Hoddle and then squeezed in between two more England players before sliding a pass out to Valdano and making his way into the box. The ball skipped up on Valdano’s foot and Hodge wildly hooked it into his own penalty area, where Maradona rose and punched the ball past the onrushing Shilton.None of the officials spotted it – and so did no one else, for a while, except the England players in the vicinity who began their desperate appeals to referee Ali Bin Nasser. The English commentator, Barry Davies, wondered why they were claiming an offside when the ball had clearly been played by Hodge, not an Argentina player. Davies spotted that Maradona’s arm was raised on a replay, but there was still some doubt at that point as to what had actually happened.Maradona did a good job of selling it by wheeling away in celebration, though his quick glances at the officials were telling. Bin Nasser, standing outside the box closer to England’s left touchline, probably had his sightline partially blocked by Shilton and the crowd of bodies but the linesman on the opposite side, Bogdan Dotchev, should have had an unobstructed view.England pushed forward in an attempt to respond but a few minutes later, Maradona doubled Argentina’s lead with a goal that, as Davies put it, there was no doubt about.Maradona received the ball just inside the Argentina half. Taking a first touch towards his own goal to evade one opponent, he then found himself in the face of another and rolled the ball back to spin away towards the right touchline. With some space to run into, he then sped away from Peter Reid in pursuit as he crossed the halfway line.Diego Maradona Argentina EnglandGradually cutting inside towards the England box, Terry Butcher came out to meet him but could only swing a desperate leg in Maradona’s vague direction as he checked further into the middle of the pitch. Now approaching the edge of the area, a stationary Terry Fenwick never had a chance of stopping the 5′ 5″ ball of speed hurtling towards him and simply tried to foul Maradona before he could advance on Shilton. No luck.Maradona had one more player to beat; Shilton himself. Anticipating a shot into the far corner, the goalkeeper went to ground and Maradona dragged the ball past him with his left foot exactly as he had done with Fenwick before dispatching into the empty net despite Kenny Sansom clattering him from behind.No glance at the officials this time. “You have to say that’s magnificent,” Davies exclaimed. Gary Lineker would pull a goal back late on for England, but they could not find a second.The AftermathDiego Maradona Argentina EnglandAfter the match, when TV replays and photographs had clearly established that Maradona had handled the ball, the scorer gave his first goal its famous name by commenting that it had gone in “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”.He added later: “I was waiting for my teammates to embrace me, and no one came… I told them, ‘Come hug me, or the referee isn’t going to allow it.'”Bin Nasser and Dotchev blamed each other. “I was waiting for Dotchev to give me a hint of what exactly happened but he didn’t signal for a handball,” Bin Nasser said years later. “And the instructions FIFA gave us before the game were clear – if a colleague was in a better position than mine, I should respect his view.””Although I felt immediately there was something irregular, back in that time FIFA didn’t allow the assistants to discuss the decisions with the referee,” said Dotchev, whose account was marked with xenophobia on more than one occasion. “If FIFA had put a referee from Europe in charge of such an important game, Maradona’s first goal would have been disallowed.”England manager Bobby Robson was more certain about what he saw. “I saw the ball in the air and Maradona going for it,” said Robson. “Shilton went for it as well but Maradona handled the ball into the net. You don’t expect decisions like that at World Cup level.”Even Robson, however, could have no complaints about the second. “A brilliant goal,” he added. “I didn’t like it but I had to admire it.”Argentina win the World CupDiego Maradona Argentina World CupAfter a match like that, Argentina had to go all the way. Maradona scored twice to secure a 2-0 win over Belgium in the semi-finals and West Germany beat France by the same margin to book their first trip to the Estadio Azteca of the tournament.The Germany coach, Franz Beckenbauer, set Lothar Matthaus to man mark Maradona and on the surface, it appeared to work – having scored all four of his team’s goals in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, Maradona was held off the scoresheet. His influence, though, was still felt.First, he won the free-kick from which Jose Luis Brown headed home to give the South Americans the lead. Shortly after half-time, he played a part in the move which led to Valdano making it 2-0 at the end of a quick break upfield.West Germany were a stubborn, hardworking team, however, and seemed to have salvaged extra time through goals from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Voller, both from left-sided corners.But Maradona was not quite done. With six minutes to play, he opened his body up to receive a bouncing ball with three German players surrounding him and spotted the run of Jorge Burruchaga, who sprinted away from Hans-Peter Briegel and slotted past Harald Schumacher in goal. Argentina were world champions again.last_img read more

Report: Col 1 Eng 1 (3-4 on pens)

first_imgColombia 1 England 1 (aet, 3-4 on penalties): Dier seals shoot-out glory for Three Lions Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:03 7/4/18 Pickford - cropped Getty Images Jordan Pickford saved brilliantly from Carlos Bacca and Eric Dier stepped up to send England into the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Eric Dier scored the decisive spot-kick as England won a World Cup penalty shoot-out for the first time, edging past Colombia 4-3 to set up a quarter-final against Sweden.Harry Kane’s sixth goal of the World Cup – which puts him two clear of nearest rival Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot – appeared enough to secure England’s first knockout win at a major tournament in 12 years, the Three Lions captain scoring from the spot after he was fouled by Carlos Sanchez.But Colombia took the last-16 tie into extra-time with a dramatic equaliser in the 93rd minute in Moscow on Tuesday, Yerry Mina climbing highest in the box to score a header from Juan Cuadrado’s corner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar In the shoot-out, David Ospina plunged to his left to keep out Jordan Henderson’s poor penalty and give Colombia the advantage, but Mateus Uribe struck the crossbar and Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca brilliantly to give Dier the chance to win it for the Three Lions.And the substitute kept his nerve, Dier drilling home his spot-kick even though Ospina dived the right way, with England now set to take on Sweden on Saturday in Samara.#COL #ENG @ericdier wins it for @England! #COLENG // #WorldCup— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018The South Americans were without James Rodriguez due to injury and could have had Wilmar Barrios sent off in the first half when he appeared to aim a headbutt into Henderson’s chest and chin. England started on top, Ospina beating away a long-range Ashley Young drive before Raheem Sterling saw a pair of shots well blocked. Kane had the game’s first chance in the 16th minute, but, arriving beyond the back post to meet a Kieran Trippier cross, the Tottenham striker could not direct his header on target.Barrios was perhaps fortunate only to be booked when he appeared to headbutt Henderson, Trippier bending the resulting free-kick narrowly wide.Henderson exaggerated the contact, but there was no doubting the intent from Barrios, referee Mark Geiger opting not to consult VAR before showing the yellow card.Colombia had frustrated England with their physical approach, but it came at a cost as they gave away a penalty early in the second half when Sanchez dragged Kane down in the box.Kane had a long wait to take the kick, with Colombia attempting to distract the England captain, but the Tottenham striker kept his cool to beat Arsenal goalkeeper Ospina from 12 yards.6 – Harry Kane is the first player to score in six consecutive England appearances since Tommy Lawton in 1939. Reliable. #COLENG #ENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/fYbZ622WfD— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 3, 2018England went close to scoring a second six minutes later when another terrific Trippier cross found Dele Alli and the midfielder headed over the crossbar.Shorn of James’ creative threat Colombia struggled to break England down and Kyle Walker’s mistake should have been punished by Juan Cuadrado, the winger firing his chance wide.Colombia forced their way into extra-time, though, Mina scoring for the third World Cup game in a row after Pickford made a world-class save to tip away Uribe’s drive.With Ospina in the box for the resulting Cuadrado corner, Mina rose highest to crash in a downward header that a desperate Trippier could not keep out on the line.England substitutes had the best chances to win the game in extra-time, but Danny Rose rifled wide of the far post after being played in by Henderson and Dier wasted a free header.But Dier made amends in stunning fashion in the shoot-out, England coming from 3-2 down after Uribe and Bacca failed to convert their spot-kicks – the latter seeing his central penalty superbly stopped by Pickford.Dier thumped in his effort to spark wild celebrations as England ended their World Cup shoot-out hoodoo. Key Opta stats: – England have won a penalty shoot-out at a major tournament for only the second time, also beating Spain in Euro 96.- Harry Kane has scored six goals in his first three World Cup appearances for England – only three players have scored more in their first three matches; Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis (9), Germany’s Gerd Muller (7) and Argentina’s Guillermo Stabile (7).- The last England player to be fouled more often in a World Cup match than Harry Kane in this match (9) was Alan Shearer in 1998 against Tunisia (11).- Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 10 England appearances under Gareth Southgate, scoring in all eight matches he has played as captain (12 goals). read morelast_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

This Is What a Fundraising Email Looks Like

first_imgNonprofits often email us here at Network for Good asking for examples of a fundraising email.  Here’s an example of one we received today from IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It’s a very effective email because it answers the four most important questions donors care about:Why me? Your audience needs to care about what you are doing. They need to connect to you on a human level. Use pictures, tell stories and do anything that can help your audience relate. In this case, IFAW uses the testimonial of someone on the ground to help connect potential donors to the need.Why now? The more specific you can be with how much you need and when you need it by the more credible, compelling and worthy you will seem. Create a sense of urgency and immediacy. While many Americans are already aware that there is a national emergency in North Dakota, the email frames the urgency even more directly: “President Obama has already declared a state of emergency in this area, because of flood waters that could reach over 44 feet! It’s already 22 feet above the flood stage – 22 feet! That’s over the roof line of many of the houses!” What for? Show what specific and tangible result will come from a donation – for the donor and for your programs. People give because they want to do something good, so give assurances that good things will happen due to their donations. In this case, 3,000 animals are in need of temporary shelter, food, medical care and clean water.Who says? The messenger is often as important as the message. Use trustworthy messengers – people you’ve actually helped or other donors instead of just you. People say friends and family are the most influential in determining where they give money, so also think about how you can get your supporters to speak for you among their own circles of influence.  In this case, the messenger is someone people can trust, a relief manager who is on the ground at the scene of the disaster.And in terms of email marketing best practices, this email is also very effective:The email includes an opt-out link at the bottom.The sender used a plain text email instead of HTML, which underscores the sense of urgency.The subject line is compelling and draws the reader’s interest “FW: Urgent: N. Dakota flood emergency” — it also gives the appearance of an email you might receive forwarded from a friend.While this email looks like it was sent from an email client like Outlook, IFAW wouldn’t make that mistake.  They are actually using an email service provider.Here’s the email:—————————————————-Dear Jono,I’m quickly forwarding this email from Dick Green, IFAW’s Emergency Relief Manager, who is planning our emergency animal rescue response to the tragic flooding in North Dakota.There may be over 3,000 animals in need of temporary shelter, food, medical care and clean water, including many cats and dogs abandoned or separated from their owners. Our rescue teams are on the way right now.Please send an emergency donation to help us rescue and care for as many animals as possible.It’s up to us to make sure these animals get the care they need. I’ll update you on the situation as soon as we have more information.Thanks so much,Fred O’ReganPresident—————————————————-From: Dick GreenSent: Friday, March 27, 2009 3:52 PMTo: Fred O’ReganSubject: Urgent: N. Dakota flood emergencyFred,The situation for animals in North Dakota is bad. Already many areas are flooded and many animals are stranded and need to be rescued.I’ve just been asked by the North Dakota Animal Health Commission to mobilize IFAW’s Emergency Relief Team to assist with the rescue and temporary sheltering of what could be over 3,000 animals, most of them cats and dogs separated from their owners. Animal shelters are to be established in Fargo, Bismarck, and Valley City.This is going to be a huge drain on our resources and we’re going to need emergency funding for crates, food, medicine, and the many other supplies essential to setting to set up shelters on this scale.President Obama has already declared a state of emergency in this area, because of flood waters that could reach over 44 feet! It’s already 22 feet above the flood stage – 22 feet! That’s over the roof line of many of the houses!The state has already mobilized the National Guard to help local police and fire departments with the rescue and evacuation, but they can’t do it all. That’s why we’ve been called in to look after the animals. I am flying out now to help the Assistant State Vet coordinate NGO resources. Our rescue and sheltering teams will arrive on Sat and Sun at which time I will leave the State Emergency Operations Center and join them.Before we arrive, supporters need to know about this emergency so they can take an active role in helping us save as many cats and dogs as possible. I’ll share more details on our conference call later tonight.Best,DickThis message was sent to XXXX. Please click here to remove yourself from IFAW’s e-mail lists.last_img read more

Midwives in the Mountains of Vietnam

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 2, 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)Understanding disparities within countries regarding maternal mortality ratios, access to health services and other health factors are necessary to fully address and provide maternal health care and a number of other health indicators. Vietnam, a middle income country, currently has a maternal mortality ratio of 64 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to IHME. However, for Hmong women in northern Vietnam, that ratio is significantly higer, according to a report from Al-Jazeera English (embedded below).In order to efficiently allocate maternal health resources, it is imperative that good data exists regarding the regional, ethnic, and socio-economic differences for health outcomes so that the appropriate groups can be targeted for interventions.View the video on YouTubeShare this:last_img read more

Cash Transfers, Institutional Delivery and Quality of Care in India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 29, 2011June 19, 2017By: KG Santhya, Associate, Population Council, New DelhiClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of a series of posts on cash transfers and maternal health. To read other posts in the series, click here. If CCTs are a part of your work or research, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at clindahl@engenderhealth.org if you are interested in writing a guest post on the topic.Today, in India, nine out of 10 pregnant women receive at least one antenatal check-up; three out of four deliver their babies in a health facility; and three out of five mothers receive a postpartum check-up within 10 days of delivery. Indeed, a remarkable achievement for a country that has struggled for decades – and continues to struggle – to make motherhood safe for its women. A major driver behind this surge is the Janani Suraksha Yojana.It is very heartening to see that millions of women are accessing maternal health services. But, how are they treated at the facility once they arrive for these services? Simply as numbers to be recorded in facility registers or as human beings endowed with the right to health? Have we short-changed quality for the sake of quantity? These were some of the questions that loomed large in our mind when we set out to talk to women who had recently delivered in two districts of the state of Rajasthan, a state where 388 maternal deaths take place for every 100,000 births. We conducted a survey and talked with nearly 5,000 women. The experiences of many suggest that the quality of care is unacceptably poor.Did the introduction of the JSY lead to this unacceptably poor quality of care received by women in our study? To answer this question, we compared the experiences of women who had delivered both before and after the JSY was introduced; their descriptions of experiences at the time of their two deliveries portray a mixed picture.Dhapu, a 24 year old mother of two children living in a town, was very unhappy with the introduction of the JSY; for her, the quality of care has indeed worsened “The condition has worsened; we have to wait for half-an-hour to see the doctor and then, the doctor gives you just five minutes.”Rekha, a 25 year old mother of 2 children living in a village, had diametrically opposite views; for her, the situation has improved remarkably “Of course, there is improvement in the health of mothers as well as that of children. Earlier, people were not so aware (about institutional delivery) and many deliveries in the village used to take place at home, attended only by traditional birth attendants. There used to be problems; for example, there were problems in cutting the umbilical cord, and also some children used to turn blue or die; but now, if they face any problem in the hospital, they can be checked and treated promptly. Earlier, in villages, ladies had to bear pain for many days if a problem occurred during delivery, and some mothers used to die; it doesn’t happen in the hospital as they go for an operation in case labour pain is prolonged. Earlier, we had to go to the hospital on our own and as we didn’t know the doctors, they didn’t take care of us properly; now, as the ASHA accompanies us to the hospital, doctors also talk properly and treat us properly. Before, we had to spend money from our own pockets, now we get Rs.1,400 from the scheme and we can at least pay the conveyance charges and purchase medicines etc. using that money.”For women, like Kamla, a 28 year old mother of four children, the poor quality of care received by them had nothing to do with the introduction of the JSY. It was the reality of their life before the JSY was introduced and continues to be the reality today as well: “Each time, I must have waited for at least half-an-hour to 45 minutes. When the nurse came, she gave me dard badane ka injection [for increasing the pain]. She didn’t check my temperature or pulse. Neither did she do any abdominal or vaginal examination… She pressed my stomach so heavily that I screamed. It was like this for all my four deliveries.”Kamla wasn’t an exception; women like her constituted the majority. Our survey findings documented that the JSY has led to improvements in a few aspects of the quality of maternal health care, but for most aspects, has had no effect on the quality of care, For example, the health care provider did not conduct essential examinations – abdominal examination, vaginal examination, checking temperature and pulse – for about three in four women when they were admitted to the hospital for delivery at both times, that is, before and after the JSY was introduced. Many women were subjected to harmful practices at both times. For example, the health care provider applied strong fundal pressure (pushed hard on the abdomen) on one in three women before they delivered; they gave injection for increasing labour pain (most likely oxytocin, a practice that can sometimes lead to perineal tears, uterine rupture and foetal distress). A few things, however, have improved with the introduction of the JSY. Women, by and large, are discharged from the facility after delivery much later than in the pre-JSY period and are allowed to have the person accompanying them — family member, ASHA for example – to remain with them during delivery.In short, while the JSY has succeeded in bringing women to the health facility and has neither compromised the quality nor improved it, there is a long way to go to make motherhood safe and the quality of maternal health services respectful for women in India. The same vigour that we have shown in getting women to the facility should be demonstrated in ensuring that they receive quality care, including the benefits of evidence-based best practices, once they reach it.Share this:last_img read more

Rajiv Shah on Saving Lives at Birth

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 29, 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)Last week, Rajiv Shah, the USAID Administrator, wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about Saving Lives at Birth, a topic we covered earlier on the blog.Shah writes:Grand Challenges are designed to mobilize the world’s brightest thinkers, researchers and entrepreneurs to help break major roadblocks in development. The first in a series of Grand Challenges for USAID, Saving Lives at Birth called for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant mothers and newborns around the time of birth in rural settings….We know that it is not sufficient to simply develop a single innovation that can save lives. We also have to find ways to deliver these innovations to scale in order have countrywide impact for those in greatest need. If we can achieve this, mothers around the world will be able to deliver safely and newborns will have a healthy start at life.Watch the video on YouTube.Share this:last_img read more

How did donations fare in 2009? Down, says Giving USA data out today

first_imgGiving USA today released their data on charitable giving in 2009. You can get a free executive summary here.The highlights:Total estimated charitable giving in the United States dropped 3.6 percent in 2009 (-3.2 percent adjusted for inflation). This reflects the continued recession in 2009, which particularly affected charitable recipients that otherwise receive contributions for new buildings, endowment campaigns, and long-term planning. These include education, arts, foundations, and freestanding donor-advised funds (which are part of public-society benefit). The types of charities that showed estimated growth typically provide immediate services, such as human services, health, inter­national aid, and even environment. Religion showed a very slight decrease. Individual giving fell an estimated 0.4 percent in 2009 (no change adjusted for inflation). Many reports suggest that individual contributions increased toward the very end of the year, as stock market indices rose and as media coverage highlighted the needs faced by charitable organizations.Charitable bequests fell an estimated 23.9 percent in 2009 (-23.6 percent adjusted for inflation). This reflects the unusually high level of bequest giving announced in 2008 by the Internal Revenue Service in its data released in late 2009. The 2009 estimate is $0.58 billion (2.5 percent) above the 2007 estimate.Foundation grantmaking by private, community, and operating foundations fell by 8.9 percent, according to the Foundation Center (-8.6 percent adjusted for inflation). This is a less severe drop than foundations anticipated when the Foundation Center surveyed them early in 2009.Corporate giving rose an estimated 5.5 percent (5.9 percent adjusted for inflation). This unexpected bounce takes corporate giving to within 1 percent of its pre-recession level. According to at least two reports (Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Entrepreneurs Foundation), corporations increased their in-kind donations, which are less affected by recessions. This shift explains at least some of the growth.Giving to religion fell an esti­mated 0.7 percent in 2009 (an estimated decrease of 0.3 percent adjusted for inflation).Giving to education declined an estimated 3.6 percent in 2009 (-3.2 percent adjusted for inflation).Giving to foundations dropped an estimated 8 percent (-7.6 percent adjusted for inflation), according to the Foundation Center.Giving to human services rose an estimated 2.3 percent (2.7 percent adjusted for inflation). This seems to reflect efforts that donors made to continue emergency aid services as an increasing number of people suffered from the continuing recession.Giving for health shows an estimated increase, with growth of 3.8 percent (4.2 percent adjusted for inflation).Giving for public-society benefit organizations declined an estimated 4.6 percent (-4.2 percent adjusted for inflation).Giving to arts, culture and humanities organizations dropped an estimated 2.0 percent (-2.4 percent adjusted for inflation).Giving to international affairs (which includes aid, development, and relief activities) increased 6.2 percent (6.6 percent adjusted for inflation).Giving to individuals decreased by 3.6 percent in current dollars in 2009. Most often, these are gifts of medications to patients in need and are made by operating foundations created by pharmaceutical manufacturers.last_img read more

The limits of peer pressure: Ganging up can backfire

first_imgIf you’re trying to sway people to go with the crowd, you can go too far.This according to a study featured on the HP blog and described by Mashable:HP Labs computers scientists, including veteran online behavior researcher Bernardo Huberman, asked 600 participants to answer a few simple questions about online photos. Which of two baby pictures is cuter, and which of these two couches (above) would you choose to buy for a friend?Whichever one they chose, the researchers rigged it so the other picture was shown to be more popular, using a Facebook-style Like system. The participants then had a chance to change their minds. Each time, however, they changed the number of Likes each picture got, and waited for a different length of time before giving them a second chance.The result: 22% of people were swayed by the peer pressure — but only if there was a long gap between the first and second chance. Given the chance to change their mind immediately, only 14% of participants did so.Most interestingly, people were only likely to change their minds if there were a moderate number of Likes on the other side. As soon as the Likes on their choice of picture were outweighed by 20 times or more, participants dug in their heels and stuck with their original choice.The bottom line? When someone feels like lots of people disagree with them, they harden their position rather than being swayed to change. If you want to get people on your side, don’t hit them with extreme numbers that make them feel unpopular or marginalized.last_img read more

Giving expected to stall in 2012 – but you can beat the trend

first_imgThe economy continues to founder, and the latest proof is a new survey by Fenton and GlobeScan that forecasts giving is stalled into next year: 72% of respondents in the U.K. and 65% of respondents in the U.S. say their 2012 giving will remain the same; and 16% of respondents in the U.K. and 17% of respondents in the U.S. say their 2012 giving will decrease. So what do you do? When asked what would inspire a donation, the two leading answers were “a cause they believed in” (44% in the U.K., 35% in the U.S.) and a personal connection to the organizations (24% in the U.K., 18% in the U.S.).In other words, it’s what I have said too many times to count: Tell a great story and forge an emotional connection. You will beat the trend.Here are the key findings:•Giving to nonprofits is stalled: Seventy-two percent of U.K. respondents and 65% of U.S. respondents say they expect their giving to remain the same in 2012; only 12% of U.K. respondents and 18% of U.S. respondents say they expect their giving to increase.•Nonprofits are perceived to be most effective as change makers: Forty-one percent of U.K. respondents and 55% of U.S. respondents say they believe nonprofits and charities are highly effective at bringing about positive social change. Fifty-four percent of U.K. respondents and 56% of U.S. respondents say they highly trust charities and nonprofits. •Nonprofits and charities can earn greater support by making a personal connection: When asked what is most important in a decision to donate to a nonprofit/charity, people say an organization’s commitment to a cause they feel strongly about (54% U.K.; 44% U.S.) is the most important factor.•Confusion surrounding nonprofit spending and management: Less than half of respondents say they believe nonprofits/charities do a good job of spending funds and managing operations, and an even smaller percentage say they have a high level of knowledge about how nonprofits perform in these areas. Those who report knowing more about how nonprofits are managed are also more positive about their support.•Social media is most important for staying current on nonprofit activities and taking action: Respondents give varying reasons for using social media tools in relation to nonprofits, but the majority of responses underscore the value of social media to keep supporters up to date and provide opportunities for engagement. While social media may not be the most effective tool to reach new audiences, it is an effective one to engage existing supporters. •Traditional media is still important for breaking through on issues and inspiring engagement: News stories and television commercials rank higher than social media as persuasion tools to bring new people into an effort. Getting stories on the television news is the most effective; 28% of U.K. respondents and 25% of U.S. respondents rank this as the most effective tool.last_img read more

Stuck on how to make a video? The experts weigh in.

first_imgThe folks over at YouTube just sent me a free e-guide on video. It’s called Playbook Guide: YouTube for Good, and you can access it for free here.The Guide walks you through how to create effective videos on a shoestring – and how to use YouTube for Good to engage your community. If you’re looking for inspiration, here is one shoestring video I really like. It connects, tells a great story and shows where the money goes. That’s how it’s done – and done well.last_img

10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success in 2012

first_img10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success in 2012 is the title of a free new eBook from Network for Good. You can get it here.My favorite resolution is, No More Crappy Copy!Bad writing gets in the way of good causes all the time. Let’s put a stop to that in 2012.Here are some tips from the eBook.• Write to one person. Having a single person or persona in mind (e.g., 60-year-old married woman with no children) when you write an appeal helps you know what to say and how to say it. Many nonprofits write to the “general public,” and that makes their copy sound vague.• Use active not passive voice. Forgot Rhetoric 101? That’s OK. Here’s an example of active vs. passive voice. Passive voice: “Our nonprofit is being helped by your efforts.” (Yuck!) The technical active-voice version of that would be, “Your efforts help our nonprofit.” Better, just by virtue of being written in the active voice. But better yet would be to punch it up further.• Answer the key questions. Outlines are extremely helpful when writing. Try using the outline below and answer these four questions when building your next email appeal, PowerPoint presentation, newsletter or annual report.• Why should I give to your cause?• What will my gift do?• Why should I give now?• Who else gives, and who says I should give to you?• Speaking of stories – tell one! Much has been written about the power of storytelling to persuade. One of the oldest forms of narrative, stories are easier to remember than isolated figures and facts. They’re also easier to tell. To learn more about how to tell better stories, see author, speaker and consultant Andy Goodman’s site.• Edit, edit and edit some more. If you do nothing else to improve your writing, start editing your copy, and we promise it will improve. Here’s why: Writing is not a one-shot deal. It takes a lot of refining to write clear and compelling copy. Perfect your copy by rereading it at least three times before “going to print.” Cut unnecessary adjectives, and delete entire sentences!last_img read more

Five ways to get people to act now

first_imgMy mentor, Bill Novelli, once said to me, “If we’re simply in the business of ‘building awareness,’ we might as well be shoveling pamphlets out of airplanes.” The point is, nonprofit marketing (and fundraising) is about motivating people to do something – not just think something. Channel attention into action if you want to change the world.So how do you get people to act? You want to speak to their values and connect to them emotionally, obviously. But it also helps to have a sense of urgency. Don’t just tell them to act, show why they need to act NOW.Here are five ways to build that sense of urgency.1. Set a deadline. As any procrastinator knows, nothing concentrates the mind like an imminent deadline. Set a goal and tie it to a date. People will be far more likely to give or take action as the deadline approaches.2. Make it close. When people sense you’re close to the finish line on a goal, they are more inclined to help you cross it. If you’re close to your goal, show how people can put you over the top. It creates tremendous urgency.3. Create scarcity. When people feel an opportunity is running out, they are more inclined to take action. “Get your tickets now – only ten seats left at our gala!” is better than “attend our gala!”4. Be specific. As I like to say, it’s easy to say no to something hard and hard to say no to something easy. Make your call to action clear, quick and easy and people are more likely to act now. 5. Build a campaign – or join one. On this topic, the Case Foundation and Razoo have a new guide to fundraising under the umbrella of giving days: “How Giving Contests Can Strengthen Nonprofits and Communities.” Check it out here for tips on using these giving days to generate donations for your cause.last_img read more

Spend half your digital time on your good old website

first_imgYour website is still your most important digital presence, according to a fantastic Wikibrands post. This certainly applies not only to consumer brands but also to nonprofit marketing and fundraising. Most donors visit a nonprofit website before deciding to give online OR offline, and it’s where most people searching for your cause will first encounter your brand.So spend at least half your digital time on your good old website.What makes a great website? Wikibrands has a nifty rating system that assigns weight to different attributes of a solid site: Overall Impact 25ptsContent 15 pts.Navigation 15 pts.User Experience 15 pts.Findability 15 pts.Socialability 15 pts.Check out how to improve your site in this presentation. Top 50 Websites View more presentations from Wikibrandslast_img

Lewandowski even better than on TV – Coutinho

first_imgBayern Munch new boy Philippe Coutinho has said his team-mate Robert Lewandowski is even more impressive in person than on television.Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in the Bavarian club’s win over Schalke on Saturday, following on from a double in their first game, which was a disappointing 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.Five goals in his first two games is a record for the prolific Poland international forward, and no player has scored so many in the first two matches of a Bundesliga season since Roy Makaay, also for Bayern, in 2005-06. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Coutinho, who completed a loan move to Bayern this week after a disappointing spell in Barcelona, came on as a 57th minute substitute and was on the field as Lewandowski completed his treble.“He’s incredible, just world-class,” the Brazil international told reporters after his debut.“It’s incredible, the way he trains. I’ve been here a week and watching him up close he’s so much better than you think on TV.“He had a great game today, a great hat-trick and he deserves it.”The treble was the ninth of the Poland international’s Bundesliga career, and his torrid start to the season does not look like letting up.Bayern’s next opponents are Mainz and the 31-year-old Lewandowski has 14 goals in 14 appearances against them.The defending Bundesliga champions, who have won seven titles in a row, needed the win as they are expected to be pushed hard by Borussia Dortmund this year.Their surprise draw at home with Hertha handed the early initiative to Dortmund, who won their first game 5-1 over Augsburg.They heaped more pressure on Bayern too, winning 3-1 over Koln on Friday night to open up a five-point gap over their rivals in the fledgling season.The failure to win the opening game may have spurred Bayern on to capture Coutinho.There was a need for attacking reinforcements after Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben left the club at the end of the 2018-19 season. Their first target was reported to be Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, but no deal could be done before Sane suffered a serious knee injury.Instead they opted to rescue Coutinho from Barcelona, where he has struggled to fit in after a £142 million transfer from Liverpool.last_img read more

South Carolina Knocks Off No. 3 Georgia In Biggest Upset Of 2019 College Football Season

first_img South Carolina took a 17-10 lead in the second quarter on a pick-six by Israel Mukuamu. Georgia tied the score at 17-17 on a late touchdown pass from Fromm to Demetris Robertson.Overtime was ugly. After Fromm’s third pick, South Carolina kicker Parker White missed a 33-yard field goal attempt. On the Gamecocks’ next possession, White atoned for his error, hitting a 24-yard field goal to give his team the lead.Georgia’s final possession ended in a missed field goal from kicker Rodrigo Blankenship. It was mayhem in the aftermath.🚨UPSET ALERT🚨South Carolina takes down #3 Georgia in Athens after Blankenship misses the field goal in 2 OT! pic.twitter.com/ZjHlzgNfVE— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) October 12, 2019South Carolina, with the win, moves to 3-3 on the season. Georgia, meanwhile, will now face a massive uphill battle when it comes to the College Football Playoff. South Carolina and Georgia do battle between the hedges.ATHENS, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 12: Rico Dowdle #5 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes against Tyler Clark #52 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Through six weeks, the 2019 college football season had been light on drama. That all changed Saturday when South Carolina knocked off No. 3 Georgia, 20-17, on the road in an absolute stunner.Despite scoring just one offensive touchdown, the Gamecocks were able to upend their SEC East rival in double-overtime. The team put together a historic effort on defense, holding Georgia to just 17 points in the contest. Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm struggled a great deal.Fromm, one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the nation, finished 28-of-51 for 295 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. His third pick came on his team’s first possession in overtime.South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski, meanwhile, suffered a nasty injury that forced him to miss most of the second half of the contest. He was replaced by Dakereon Joyner.last_img read more

Dan Mullen Issues Promising Injury Update For Game vs. Georgia

first_img Today, head coach Dan Mullen said he expects all three back for Georgia.”We expect all 3 of those guys (Greenard, Zuniga, Kadarius Toney) to be back for the Georgia game”– @CoachDanMullen just now on #SECThisMorning.— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 22, 2019Greenard, who went down early in the LSU game and missed last week’s win over South Carolina with a sprained ankle, is third on the team with 28 total tackles, and is first in sacks (four), and tackles for loss (6.5). He also has an interception, a forced fumble, and three pass breakups on the year.There aren’t many more disruptive players on that Gators defense.Zuniga, another pass rush specialist, is up there though, with three sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss of his own on the season. He has also been dealing with an ankle issue, though his dates back to the Kentucky game in September. He played sparingly against LSU but seemed to aggravate it, and was also out against the Gamecocks last weekend.Toney hasn’t played since that Week 2 game against FCS club UT Martin. He took his first catch of the year, in Week 1 against Miami, for 66 yards to the house. On the year, he has three catches for 72 yards.Getting all three back would be a huge lift for the Gators.[Peter Burns] Florida defensive end Jonathan Greenard hits Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.GAINESVILLE, FL- SEPTEMBER 21: Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers is sacked by Jonathan Greenard #58 of the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)Florida and Georgia have both suffered losses this season, but both teams control their own destinies as we move through the 2019 season. Both the Gators and Bulldogs are off until Nov. 2, when they have their annual showdown in Jacksonville.The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party may very well serve as the play-in game to the SEC East Championship Game. Obviously both teams have other big tests in the league this season, but the winner will be the favorite to face the SEC West Champion in Atlanta.Two weeks ahead of that game, Florida has gotten some big injury news. Three key Gators should be back in time for the game against the Dawgs.Defensive ends Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga, a pair of dynamic pass rushers, have dealt with nagging issues over the last few weeks. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney got off to a nice start to the year, but has been out since Week 2.last_img read more