New Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan comes into effect

first_imgThe new Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan comes into effect today, Monday, August 20.The Plan was adopted by the elected members of Donegal County Council on July 23, 2018, and is the first consolidated local area plan for An Clochán Liath/Dungloe, Ballybofey-Stranorlar, Ballyshannon, Bridgend, Carndonagh, Donegal Town and Killybegs – between 2018 to 2024.This new Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan supersedes the County Donegal Development Plan that was in place from 2012 – 2018. This new Plan was adopted following an extensive public consultation process including engagement with numerous stakeholders in each of the respective towns and sets out an overall strategy, land use and zoning objectives for the proper planning and sustainable development of the seven towns guiding the way in which the towns will be developed into the future.The six-year-long Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan is consistent with the Core Strategy of the recently adopted County Development Plan which came into effect in early June.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely believes that the adoption of this Plan is timely.“The timing is excellent in that this Plan was adopted shortly after the County Donegal Development Plan came into effect in early June and also following the recent publication of the new National Planning Framework which has identified a number of national strategic outcomes including enhanced regional accessibility and strengthened rural economies and communities. “This Local Area Plan is a very important document in the context of this National Planning Framework and will have a key role to play in unlocking the strategic potential of these towns which will in turn contribute in a meaningful way to the social, cultural, environmental and economic growth and well being of the entire county”.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill acknowledged the role played by the elected members.“This Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan is a very important Plan for Donegal.  It sets out an overall strategy as well as land use and zoning objectives for the proper planning and sustainable development of the seven towns in question and I would like to thank my colleagues on Donegal County Council for their deliberations and their concerted effort in framing this plan and for engaging in this process in such a constructive and positive way.”New Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan comes into effect was last modified: August 20th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ballybofey-stranorlarBallyshannonbridgendCarndonaghDonegal TowndungloeKillybegslast_img read more

Pre-eclampsia Education for All Moms: Strategies for Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 26, 2016September 27, 2016By: Laney Poye, Director of Community Relations, Preeclampsia FoundationClick 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)Hypertensive disorders during pregnancy are some of the leading causes of global maternal morbidity and mortality, with pre-eclampsia/eclampsia accounting for the greatest disease burden. The World Health Organization defines pre-eclampsia as the “onset of a new episode of persistent hypertension during pregnancy.” Pre-eclampsia generally onsets after 20 weeks of pregnancy but can occur up to six weeks post-delivery and may involve damage to the kidneys, brain or other organs.Research strongly suggests that maternal deaths due to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are almost entirely preventable with timely and effective care, including the administration of antihypertensive medications to control blood pressure, magnesium sulfate to prevent eclampsia (seizures) and eventual delivery of the newborn.Nevertheless, the nature of pre-eclampsia as a syndrome poses a number of challenges to timely diagnosis. Pre-eclampsia manifests differently from patient to patient. Additionally, its symptoms, which include headache, swelling, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, vision changes, and sudden weight gain, are not unique to pre-eclampsia, making it easy to misdiagnose as gallbladder issues, “white coat hypertension,” the flu, a neurological condition or “normal” pregnancy symptoms.A patient’s lack of understanding of the signs and symptoms of the disease can impact her likelihood of seeking timely care. Recent research from the analysis of state-level maternal mortality by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) emphasizes that patient understanding of symptoms and the severity of the disease is crucial for improving outcomes and preventing maternal death.The CMQCC analysis found that “delays in seeking care” and “lack of knowledge regarding the severity of a symptom” contributed to more than half of all hypertensive-related maternal mortality cases. These potential barriers to seeking care are an even greater threat to women in low-resource settings, making early detection through patient education necessary for preventing adverse outcomes globally. When women know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia, they are more likely to seek care and comply with prescribed treatments.Pre-eclampsia patient education tools should answer four basic questions:What is pre-eclampsia?What are the risks associated with pre-eclampsia?What are the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia?What should patients do if they notice any of the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia?Easy-to-understand, image-based educational materials could be the key to ensuring that women across the globe can recognize the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia and understand the severity of the disease. A 2004 study conducted in Jamaica found that a pictographic maternal education card contributed to early reporting of symptoms and a 70% reduction in eclampsia cases in the region.The Preeclampsia Foundation worked with a health services research team at Northwestern University to test the effectiveness a tool for improving patient understanding of the condition. The results showed that patients who received the tool scored significantly better on a pre-eclampsia knowledge assessment than those who received a text-based pamphlet or no additional information, even among women with lower health literacy levels.About the Preeclampsia Foundation: The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000. As the nation’s only patient advocacy organization dedicated to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, the Foundation works to achieve its mission by raising public awareness, providing patient support and education, improving healthcare practices, and catalyzing research. The Foundation envisions a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and their babies.—Read the latest MHTF Quarterly highlighting pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.Read community perceptions of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia from around the world.Learn more about pre-eclampsia/eclampsia on the MHTF website.Share this:last_img read more