You are leading a transformation. What you are doing is critical to the future of your organization. It’s strategic. You can’t afford to fail.You built the burning platform and you made the case for change. You sold that change with a massive meeting, and you threw down the gauntlet.Week one: Everyone is on board, excited, and taking action. You are implementing, executing, and gathering feedback. You are sharing the results. Things are moving a long nicely.Week two: Mostly everyone is still on board and taking some action. Some of them are implementing, and some are struggling with the new actions. Those that are struggling are asking questions–and they’re questioning whether or not they can do what is being asked of them. Your leadership team keeps pushing forward.Week three: A lot of people are still on board, but they’ve gotten busy. They are too busy to focus on the new initiative, and they start slipping back into their old habits, the habits and activities that you are trying to kill. Your leadership team keeps pushing forward, but it’s hard to hold back the flood of problems, challenges, and backsliders.Week four: The leadership team starts to give up the ghost. They start backsliding. You’ve let up a bit, and you accept that they really are busy. You start to give them more room. You let them off the hook. The initiative teeters on the brink.Maybe I have the timeline wrong. Maybe it’s not 4 weeks. Let’s say it’s 12 weeks. Or 16 weeks if you like that better. It changes nothing; this is how initiatives die. Here’s what to do about it.Hold Them Accountable: If you are going to push your initiative over the line, you are going to have to hold everyone in the organization accountable for the changes. This includes the leadership team, as well as all of the individuals they lead.Put Change First on the Agenda: Begin every conversation and every meeting with an update on the status of the changes being made. By putting the change initiative first, you demonstrate its importance. And you prove that you are never going away or giving up.Appoint a Task Force: Find the true believers, the proselytizers, the fire-breathers and appoint them to a task force. Give them responsibilities for identifying those who are struggling to make change with the directive to help them–at any cost.Identify and Resell the Holdouts: There are many who will try to wait you out. They’re smart, too. They’ve seen enough initiatives die in the past, they’ve been trained to wait you out. Identify them. Single them out. Isolate them and sell them individually on the importance of your initiative. Ask them to personally support you and to act as leaders.If you give people space, they will wait you out. If you aren’t serious about your transformation, if you dabble around the edges, you will lose to the great pull and the irresistible allure of the status quo.
The last Dogra monarch Maharaja Hari Singh is emerging as a new rallying point in Jammu, with both the Congress and the BJP pushing for declaration of a State holiday on his 125th birth anniversary on September 23.Congress Member Parliament (MP) Karan Singh, who is the son of the late Dogra king, on September 20 said there was a strong demand to declare the birthday of the Maharaja as a public holiday, and made an appeal to Governor Satya Pal Malik.“It is due to Maharaja Hari Singh that J&K became a part of India when he signed the Instrument of Accession on October 26, 1947. Apart from that, he was a progressive and far sighted ruler who instituted many social and economic reforms. For example, as far back as 1929 he had declared all temples in the State to be open for Dalits. I urge the Governor to declare this day as a pubic holiday,” said Mr. Singh.Mr. Singh’s two sons, in the past, had moved a resolution in the State’s Legislative Council on the issue. However, J&K’s main regional parties, the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have been averse to the idea. Both the parties accuse the Maharaja of “anti-Muslims measures” and blame him for the killing of 22 civilians in Srinagar on July 13, 1931 outside the Srinagar Central Jail in an incident of firing. In fact, to commemorate the “sacrifices” of the 22 civilians, J&K observes a State holiday on July 13 every year.The BJP is equally supporting the initiative. The BJP’s new initiative, ‘Jan Jagran Abhiban’, will see the party hosting a number of rallies in the Jammu and Kashmir regions to highlight “the contribution of the Maharaja to the State”.“We expect senior BJP leaders to arrive in Jammu on September 22 during a Jan Jagran Abhiman rally on eve of the Maharaja’s birthday. The leaders will pay tributes to the Maharaja on the occasion. An exhibition will also be held,” said BJP leader Thakur Narayan Singh.The Jammu Bar Association has also thrown its weight behind the case for declaring a State holiday in J&K.
Sania Mirza will join the team for the individual competition.With the cream of Indian men’s tennis choosing to skip the Asian Games citing professional commitments, medal prospects need to be discussed with a pinch of salt. The second-string team is likely to find it tough against quality opposition from some of the best in the continent when the team events begin on Saturday.This is not the first time tennis players have played truant. Even at Guangzhou 2010, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna had opted out.Whether it was indifference to the Asian Games or the attraction of money and ranking points on the professional circuit, the absence of the stalwarts turned out to be a blessing in disguise.Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza spearheaded a memorable campaign in the Chinese city and returned with an unexpected haul of five medals, including two gold. Sania is a much different player now than what she was four years ago. She has given up singles and made a mark as a doubles specialist. But she has not hit a single ball with her prospective women’s doubles and mixed doubles partners she will pair up with at the Asian Games.If anyone needs to be blamed for the current state and how the senior pros have behaved, it is the All India Tennis Association.Each time it comes to the Olympics, we have heard a lot from the federation about pride in playing for the country. The Asian Games tennis competition may not be as prestigious as the Olympics, but it is a major event for the continent.advertisementIf one looks back at the 1998 Asiad in Bangkok, the 2002 edition in Busan and Doha 2006, the presence of Leander and Mahesh did lend charm to the competition. But what remains etched in memory is the duo’s spat in front of the cameras after winning the gold in Doha!For the likes of Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni, this is a great opportunity to emulate what Vishnu Vardhan did in Guangzhou. Relatively unknown before the Games, Vardhan reached the podium when he partnered Sania for a silver in the mixed doubles.This time too, the lady from Hyderabad will be key.
Football NewsDavid Beaty really really really likes this OSU team. [PFB]Mike Gundy on Mason Rudolph: “He’s always been really tough when you think about it. He’s been tough, played with a broken foot (last season). I think he feels better.” [NewsOK]Ranking the first six uniform combos. Good post here. I would have black-black-gray and the traditional white-orange-white higher and Monster Chrome Pete lower. [CRFF]Get to know KU. Good stuff here from Steven Mandeville. [PFB]Not everyone hates 11 a.m. games. Here’s Devante Averette: “It’s like playing when I was little. We used to play 11 o’clock games. When you get up, it’s just time to ball. That’s what I love about the game. I’ll be ready.” [O’Colly]Previewing the second half of OSU’s season. [PFB]S&P has OSU by 19 and F+ has OSU by 16 this weekend. [Football Study Hall]Ramon Richards sets an alarm to remind himself how good he is. [PFB]Berry Tramel picks OSU by a TD. [NewsOK]Good reporting here on DeQuinton Osborne’s story by Kyle Fredrickson. Was a monstrous pickup by OSU. [NewsOK]How good is this? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Just found this photo from the #okstate Iowa State game. How amazing is that dude’s face! pic.twitter.com/kXvzYp58H4— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 20, 2016I love it when Gundy goes rogue with his Twitter account. I want more.Stillwater band was awesome tonight! @Stillwaterbands pic.twitter.com/bcNufdf7kL— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) October 21, 2016Around the CountryI don’t understand how OU and Texas have possibly the two worst pass defenses in the Big 12. [LGG]This Louisville scandal is a mess, but Rick Pitino got off pretty easy. For Pitino and Louisville, that’s the most favorable way the NCAA could have framed one of the most salacious recruiting scandals in college sports history. [Yahoo]I honestly can’t think of a coach who has received such kid glove treatment for being in the middle of some truly sleazy stuff.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 20, 2016The worst fake punt in CFB history. Tough to argue. [Yahoo]I’m in, although I hope it’s not for another decade (at least).No question. I’ve always wondered if OK State would be in a position to get him home first … https://t.co/CrQxE4csCx— Travis Haney (@travhaney) October 21, 2016Expansion NewsThe Big 12 needed to get stronger to justify the efficacy of its conference championship game. It needed to add teams. Strong teams. Two would have been fine. Four would have been better. It needed to justify the creation of its own TV network. It needed to expand its brand into bigger markets. It needed to compete with the other Power Five conferences. It needed to stand up at a podium and bellow, “We’re here to stay.” Instead, it cowered before the spotlight and meekly whimpered, “We’ll be fine.” [O’Colly]70 percent of you think the Big 12 will die a slow death. [PFB]This is well said by Jake Trotter: “The Big 12 has to stop being its own worst enemy. You know why people think the Big 12 is unstable, unsteady and indecisive? Because its own board chair termed the league “psychologically disadvantaged.” The conference really wasn’t in that bad of shape at the time David Boren uttered that phrase.“The TV distribution was on par with the ACC and Pac-12. The tier 3 revenue some of the schools had been generating was beginning to be significant. Oklahoma was about to make the CFP and the Final Four. Instead of building on all of that, the Big 12 went predictably went haywire, and conducted a overly dramatic, drawn-out process that did nothing for the league except give it a championship game.” [ESPN]Baseball NewsOne big reason Andrew Heaney got the Roberto Clement award: He and wife, Jordan, made plans for another offseason mission trip to Honduras. They have taken a group there each of the past two years to work with Hearts2Honduras, a charity trying to break the cycle of poverty in one of the poorest countries in the world. [NewsOK]OSU’s 2017 schedule is out, and the highlight is probably a CWS rematch with Arizona. [PFB]Hoops NewsThis is awesome — Mike Cobbins and Anthony Hickey reunited. [PFB]Brad Underwood remains the dude, can’t believe a college pom girl doesn’t drink “skinny fraps.” [PFB]Brad Underwood and a culture of defense. [PFB]
Oklahoma State lost a key cog in one of the most productive units of the defense on Saturday, as Mike Gundy announced that redshirt junior defensive end Vili Leveni suffered a season-ending injury during the game against Kansas State.“We lost Vili today,” Gundy said after the game via The O’Colly. “Vili’s got an injury and he’s out for the year. We were kind of down one guy there.”Leveni was a key piece along the defensive line for the Pokes, as he provided a versatility that allowed OSU to plug him in both at defensive tackle and defensive end.There has yet to be an official report on the nature of the injury suffered, but it is worth noting that he also suffered a season ending injury last year that forced him to miss the entire football season.Glenn Spencer was bummed out about the whole thing.“He said, ‘I’m sorry, Coach. My bad,’” Spencer told the Tulsa World after the game. “Are you kidding me? I just hugged his neck and said, ‘You don’t have to be sorry about anything. You’re out there fighting, man, you’re a warrior.’ Yeah, he said that to me. I couldn’t believe that. That’s just how bad he wants to be out there.”This season, he racked up two sacks, and twelve tackles, and will now leave OSU dangerously thin at defensive end, with Jordan Brailford also still out after suffering an injury in the preseason.Cole Walterscheid and Jarrell Owens have taken over as starters, and with Leveni out, it’s likely that junior college transfer Tralund Webber and redshirt sophomore Trey Carter will see their playing time increased over the final weeks of the season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
As a part of Sports Illustrated’s “True Crime” Series, Dan Greene wrote about the ascension and struggles of former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle.The lengthy article is well-written but is hard to read. Especially if you are someone who has followed Randle for any time or you have not heard all the details and incidents that have led to his current incarceration (for charges including aggravated battery, property damage and criminal threat).I’ll share a few interesting excerpts, but I recommend reading the whole piece. This one stuck out to me about Randle’s supposed feelings with Oklahoma State regarding his fall to the fifth round of the NFL Draft.Still, one Wichita acquaintance who saw Randle shortly after the draft recalls him being fixated on the fall all the way to No. 151. OSU’s coaches, he believed, had depressed his stock by exaggerating the extent of an existing hand injury. (OSU officials declined to comment.)Of course, this is an unnamed source and OSU declining to comment doesn’t mean anything. They could be refusing to out of some type of loyalty to Randle, who himself rejected multiple requests for an interview with SI.The article paints a picture of Randle as a man struggling with mental health issues — no one will argue there — and shows the type of mindset the young running back was in leading up to some of these incidents.Randle also began acting paranoid. At one point he stormed out of a room when he noticed a friend was using Snapchat; he believed the friend was taking clandestine photos of him. According to one Cowboys source, this kind of unpredictable behavior was nothing new. “One day he’s nice, one day he’s quiet, one day he’s hyper,” the source says. “He was like that since he walked through the door [in Dallas].”The hot-take issue other than the violent crimes of which Randle has been accused is the implication or inference that at leas toms of Randle’s issues may stem from repeated head trauma including one specific play in which his head hit the ground.“I asked him multiple times: Did you pass the concussion test? Do you have a concussion?” Rodriguez recalls. “And he would kind of gaze out—you know when people daydream? It felt like he was daydreaming a lot. I’m like, Joseph, what’s going on?”It needs to be pointed out (and was in the article) that neither Randle, his attorneys or any medical professional has claimed or inferred that any of these incidents were concussion related. This is all based off of the opinions of unnamed friends or acquaintances of Randle.Regardless of the cause of Joseph Randle’s current state, it’s a definitely a sad part of professional sports and life in general. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Cards on the table, I want the College Football Playoff to move to eight teams. I think that’s the number that allows for maximum drama but minimum (legitimate) complaining. It would allow for a bit of wriggle room for the Oklahoma States and TCUs of the world while giving some much-needed latitude to the CFB Playoff Committee in its choices.It would expand the preposterous revenue that is already being generated.However, I do understand why people are hesitant to go to eight. The CFB Playoff has been a rip-roaring success to this point. Why gamble with what you know works, the thinking goes. And there is some truth to that sentiment. The Playoff has been awesome. It has (mostly) made the regular season more intense and fun, and it has delivered some absolute classics for the true national championship.AdChoices广告But what is best for college football as a whole isn’t always great for the much-maligned Big 12 Conference. I want the Big 12 to rock. Heck, if the conference was given the option to add Texas A&M, Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska back in, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I don’t want OSU to move on to the Pac-22 or SEC or whatever.But I also want college football to keep growing and to become more popular than the NFL. As a fan and as someone with a financial interest.And so I’m torn.“It’s a high-stakes game of musical chairs,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said recently. “There are at least five suitors and only four seats. We’re three years into this, and we’ve only been in this once and we know we need to be in more.”The reality here is that the Big 12 is going to be at a disadvantage for the short-term future as long as there are other humans picking the teams for the playoff. It just is. It doesn’t have enough big names or great teams for me to think otherwise.Jake Trotter wrote a terrific piece last week about the future of the conference — for once not in peril during the summer! — and in it he talked about the Big 12 Championship game that will debut this year (and 100 percent without a doubt feature a 12-0 Oklahoma State team getting trounced by OU).The league added a championship game that will make its debut this December, and provide each member with an additional $2 million-$3 million in annual revenue. The title game will also give the Big 12 a bigger presence on championship weekend, as well as a 13th game, which the league believes will finally put it on equal footing with the other conferences in the eyes of College Football Playoff selection committee. [ESPN]Maybe, but it seems like the Big 12’s issues run deeper than just play another game.I know we talk a lot about the Big 12 Championship game and the CFB Playoff here at PFB, but the reality here is that the future of the Big 12 (and thus where Oklahoma State plays sports) is at least partially tied to those things. In other words, this stuff is a big deal financially and politically.So I guess in the end I land on accepting and enjoying the CFB Playoff because I think generally what is best for the industry is best for the Big 12. And what is the alternative? The Big 12 wasn’t exactly lighting up the national landscape with title winners in the olden days of the BCS, either. The four-team playoff is here to stay which might be bad for the Big 12 in the short term and could even contribute to it splitting up eventually. It’s been awesome for the sport, though, and with less than 60 days to go until the regular season, I’m more excited about it than ever.… but I still want it to be eight teams. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington agreed on one thing at Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday: Ramon Richards is the one player on the Oklahoma State defense that makes the future NFL Draft picks better, most often.Richards was signed to OSU as an athlete in the 2014 recruiting class. He came out of Brackenridge High School in San Antonio, Texas, having played four years as a defensive back and dual-threat quarterback. He played cornerback, safety and came in for nickel packages, which he has mentioned helped him in the pocket.Now as a senior OSU safety, he is clearly reapplying those lessons he learned about four years ago.“He does a lot pre-snap,” Rudolph said. “I remember in a meeting, him coming to me and saying, ‘Hey, what do you see out there when I’m moving around and I’m giving you keys pre-snap?’”AdChoices广告Richards has eight interceptions in three seasons, which is impressive enough until you hear about the yardage he gained after those eight snags. Richards averages 19.8 yards per interception return for a total of 158 yards, more than one and a half football fields. And he brought 25 percent of those picks back for touchdowns.He was thrown into a starting role as a freshman after Kevin Peterson was injured his senior season in 2014. Washington was also getting serious play time as a freshman starting five games, so he has been around the block and back with Richards.“When he was playing corner, we would go at it all the time,” Washington said.Washington listed off two other players — Peterson and Ashton Lampkin — who have played the same role Richards fills now, which places some implied emphasis on the tenacity of the OSU cornerbacks during practice.“All three of those guys have made me who I am,” Washington said.When he said that at Big 12 Media Days, I was surprised. A Biletnikoff Award finalist with 30 starts, almost 3,000 yards, more than 150 catches and 26 touchdowns in three seasons, gave “who I am” type of credit to three players who haven’t recorded a single stat in the NFL.“KP was always on me, just throwing me out of bounds, wouldn’t let me off the line,” Washington said. “It’d just make you mad. ‘I gotta get him. I gotta get him. I want one more. I want one more.’“I would say he’s really a big factor to my success.”Rudolph’s praise was almost equally as surprising but genuinely placed.“An unbelievable change-of-direction guy,” he said. “He’s doing some different things as far as moving and trying to deceive me. Lately, I don’t know what he’s doing. He tries to cheat because he knows our schemes and how I like to throw the deep ball. He tries to rob some things.”That might sound like Richards is getting little out of practice and Rudolph is just getting frustrated, but it forces Rudolph to learn and adjust. It’s like playing against an extra defender when they know what’s coming, so when it’s 11-on-11, it might seem like 11-on-10.In watching OSU football every year Richards has been a part of the program, one word resurfaces: Scrappy. He might be annoying to play against on the field, willing to do anything to get an edge, but if two potential first-round picks have that level of respect for him, he must have a more significant impact on the team overall than cheating on a play after Rudolph takes a snap in practice.
We recently asked our nonprofit Learning Center community about their biggest fundraising challenges. These fundraisers and marketers overwhelmingly indicated that acquiring new donors was the biggest challenge, with 61% choosing this as their top issue, followed by diversifying funding sources (16%), donor retention (9%), and increasing demand/staff constraints (both coming in at 7%).There’s a lot that goes into a successful donor acquisition strategy. Once you have a strong marketing plan in place, it’s important to understand how to effectively tell your nonprofit’s story and make the case for giving to actually convert your target audience into donors. We have two free guides that will help you do just that:Storytelling for NonprofitsHow to Make the Case for GivingWhat’s your biggest fundraising challenge and how are you working to solve it? Share your story in the comments below and we’ll feature selected responses in an upcoming post.
When I saw this Facebook post from the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH), my smile spread like wildfire. You see, we’ve been working with the ECHH team on year-end fundraising campaigns for a few years, and among the countless things I was surprised to learn when we started is just how many of the individuals and families they serve are working full-time (or more, holding multiple jobs) but still can’t make ends meet—68%!Sixty-eight percent is a huge segment—almost two-thirds of those served by ECHH. These folks aren’t alone. Unfortunately, the “working poor” population is growing fast, but many people are still unaware of that critical detail.In fact, there’s a common misperception that people without homes bring it on themselves through laziness (like not working or not trying to find a job), addiction, or other issues. Even though that’s untrue for so many of ECHH’s clients and for other families who have lost their homes, widespread misperceptions like this one often become so entrenched that they seem like facts.Kudos to ECHH for opening eyes and minds to this crucial fact across its communication channels, including Facebook. It’s a potential game-changer and is likely to move some prospects from no to maybe or yes on the donate meter.ECHH strives to correct misperceptions that stand in the way of a donation with stories that highlight the efforts those served are putting in to take care of their families. Similar stories that engage readers through likeable protagonists just like themselves were featured in a recent campaign letter: We helped Jeannie find extra work to supplement her salary from her full-time job (and build up some savings) and to get the full allotment of food stamps the family deserved.With Martha and Renee now back to their happy selves and Jack busy in college, Jeannie is once again beginning to feel that her family is secure.Your organization has stories and stats that are equally vital but unknown. Discover what your secrets are and unmask them asap! They may be the tipping point for your year-end fundraising campaign.
New research from the 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study tells us that, on average, almost half (45%) of small nonprofits’ email subscribers are inactive. Yikes!Inactive could mean different things to different organizations. Many organizations define inactive subscribers as those who’ve gone one year with no activity. (These don’t necessarily include lapsed or inactive donors. We’re simply talking about people in your database who haven’t opened an email in a really long time—donors and nondonors.) However you define your inactive subscriber base, I think we can all agree that you need a plan of action to reengage with people who were, at one point, interested in your organization.Why do anything with inactive email addresses?You’re probably thinking, “My list is really small as it is! Why would I want to make it even smaller by choice?” I hear you! I’ve worked with organizations that have email lists of around 1,000 names, and they are hesitant to do any deleting or suppressions. However, this dead weight is hurting your open rates, and if you continue to send emails to people who aren’t engaging with you, it will affect your deliverability rate.Trimming and suppressing parts of your email list will boost your confidence the next time you’re testing subject lines. And it will more accurately reflect—and improve!—your open and click rate.What should I do to reengage with inactive email addresses?First, segment your list. I recommend pulling a list of people who haven’t opened any email in the past 12 months. Send them an email to let them know you miss them. Make the subject line snappy. Be sure to have a clear call to action in the email that asks people to confirm that they still want to hear from you.You can even go a few steps further and send a drip campaign with the goal of getting this group to reengage. Karla Capers wrote a guest post on the blog Getting Attention! about how she reactivated $13,000 worth of inactive names with a simple three-email drip approach. I love the subject lines she chose and the careful approach she took to reengage with these subscribers.Why are email addresses inactive in the first place?Only your email subscribers can tell you for sure why they don’t open your emails, but here are a few common responses:You send too many emails. It’s easier to delete them all.Your sender’s name/subject line doesn’t make it clear the message is from you.It lands in my junk box, and I can’t figure out how to make you a safe sender.Your emails always come at bad times.I want you to send emails to a different email address (work/personal).If inactive subscribers are a big problem for your organization, it might be worthwhile to survey those who haven’t shown interest in your emails and find out why they aren’t opening them. This can be challenging in itself: How can you get someone to open an email and take a survey about why they aren’t opening your emails? If you have the resources, it might be worth taking the conversation offline.What do I do with people who didn’t reengage?After your reengagement campaign has run its course, you need to honor your subscribers’ preferences. You will not hear back from every inactive subscriber. Some won’t make it clear if they want to hear from you again. Leave these people in your inactive list and suppress them from your mailings as you see fit, but make it easy for them to reengage if they want to. I wouldn’t recommend adding them to your unsubscribe list, because they didn’t explicitly tell you they wanted to unsubscribe. If they notice they’re no longer getting emails from you, let them subscribe again without making it too difficult to return them to your active list.Want to get fancy?If you’re open to testing with Facebook ads, you might try using a custom audience ad as part of your reactivation campaign. Although I would caution against spending too much on folks who aren’t engaging with your emails, Facebook ads can be very affordable. Facebook makes it really easy to import a list of email subscribers you want to reach. If the email address is associated with a Facebook account, Facebook will deliver an ad to their feed. If you want to just check if your donors use Facebook, John Haydon has simple instructions on how to upload your list without paying for an ad.What if I don’t have time for all of this?If you’re in a crunch and can’t manage a reactivation campaign right now, try simply suppressing inactive email addresses from your email sends for a few months and watch your open rate go up. I know you might be nervous about voluntarily sending an email to fewer people, but it’s just a test! It’s time to face the reality: These people haven’t opened an email from you in the past 12 months. Suppressing them from a few email sends as part of a test won’t do any damage.For more stats and best practices on digital fundraising, download The 2015 Online Fundraising Report.
Ready to see big fundraising results from your board? Check out our on-demand webinar and discover the 3 Ways Every Board Member Can Raise $5K in 30 Days. Watch it now! In another recent Nonprofit 911 webinar, Claire Axelrad shared strategies to help nonprofits transform their board from reluctant fundraisers into ready fundraisers. We had so many fantastic questions during the webinar that we weren’t able to address, so I’ve asked Claire to tackle them here. Read on to learn how to help your board become passionate fundraisers for your nonprofit.Could you address overcoming quid pro quo—where many board members don’t want to ask friends because they don’t want to be asked in return? Claire Axelrad: This fear stems from believing that asking is an arm-twisting, guilt-inflicting, “you rub my back and I’ll rub yours” endeavor. It’s not!Asking should be about sharing one’s passions with others, and then asking them to join you if they share your passions.“Different strokes for different folks” is the way around the quid pro quo dilemma.It’s quite possible that you and your friend both love music. So when you ask her to make a gift to the symphony on whose board you sit, this makes sense. When she later asks you to make a gift to the environmental organization on whose board she sits, it’s okay for you to decline if environmental issues don’t particularly float your boat. And you explain this to your friend exactly this way:“Sarah, I’m so appreciative of the gift you made to the symphony. I know how much we both love classical music. I’d love to support a cause of yours, too, but this one just isn’t my thing. I’ve decided to make impact gifts to five philanthropies annually, which means I stick with the causes closest to my heart. This just isn’t one of them. I respect the work you’re doing for them and hope you understand.”And one more thing: Quite often, the quid pro quo ask never materializes. Your friend may or may not give to your organization; you may or may not give to your friend’s. And she may or may not ask you to do so. How do you respond to board members who say, “I don’t know any rich people”?CA: There are two ways around this one. The first is to say:“You don’t need to know rich people. Just think of your peers. Are there any who might be interested in what we do? You’re making a stretch gift here. Maybe they’d like to join you. You love this organization. Perhaps they will, too. Don’t assume they won’t be interested and say no on their behalf. Let them in on what we’re accomplishing here—maybe they’ll get just excited about it as you are!”The second is to offer a different fundraising assignment. They don’t have to identify donor prospects, at least not until they become comfortable doing so. Board members can play a number of different fundraising roles—as ambassadors, advocates, and askers. Ultimately, it’s my goal to get them to wear all three hats. But sometimes you must work up to this slowly. Try this:“If you can’t think of anyone to refer right now, let’s look at some other ways you might be able to help us with donor development. Would you be willing to make thank you calls, write personal notes on appeals, speak on our behalf at a community group, take prospective donors on tours? How might you be comfortable sharing your passion about our mission with others?”Isn’t it true that development and relationship building should be the board’s highest priority? I ask because our board is already stretched very thin.CA: Nonprofits are established to meet demonstrated community needs. A board’s highest priority is to assure these needs are being addressed. They do this through their double-fisted governance and financing roles.The board as a whole has governance responsibility to establish policies, programs, procedures, and budget and to assure the mission is carried out effectively. In this regard, it also collectively hires, evaluates, and fires the executive director.The board members as individuals have the responsibility to assure that financing is in place to carry out the mission. If they refuse to ensure that funding is in place to carry out the plans and budgets they’ve approved, they’re essentially creating an unfunded mandate.Often, staff will criticize board members for “underperforming.” But how can they perform well if they don’t understand their role and responsibilities? Staff have an ongoing responsibility to orient, educate, and develop their board so they can effectively fulfill their job. For an interesting take on board roles, check out Problem Boards or Board Problem?If board members are uncomfortable with the roles you’ve defined, is it acceptable to ask them to step down?CA: Absolutely! Board slots are valuable, and you can’t afford to have them filled with folks who just sit on the sofa. Plus, cranky and passive board members drag other members down. One rotten apple truly can spoil the whole barrel. Ask them to do something else if being a board member is not a good fit for them at this point in time. Suggest they may be more comfortable, and more useful to you, on a committee or advisory group. Or set them up with a meaningful volunteer activity.How can we implement these ideas with an “old” board? Many of our members are still from the founding board (30-plus years ago).CA: Boards really should have terms of office established in the by-laws. You need to escape from the cycle of “that’s not how we do things here.” Plus, you need opportunities to move new folks onto your board as a big “reward” for being a dedicated donor and/or volunteer. If you limit the ways new folks can get involved with your organization, you limit your ability to raise funds going forward.And then there’s the issue of group dynamics. Board leaders who fear fundraising spread that fear. A scarcity mindset prevails where everyone whines about how difficult it is to raise money—to the point where it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Cup-half-empty boards lead to cup-half-empty nonprofits. You won’t be able to grow. And in today’s competitive environment, if you don’t grow, you die.Many board members are unaccustomed to the relationship cultivation and solicitation required to land major donations and are fearful because they don’t know how to do it. It’s the job of a nonprofit’s leadership to work with such board members to help them feel both passionate about the cause and confident in the fundraising process.Board members will often gravitate toward special event fundraising, such as selling tickets to a cocktail party or a golf outing, because it’s an easy way to solicit support without having to make the case in person. However, leadership should help board members realize that people typically give major donations only to other people, not to paper. Even the most inspiring newsletter can’t match the emotional connection of a face-to-face appeal.Board members are best equipped to make these appeals when they’re passionate about what they’re “selling.” Leadership should help board members identify which services speak most to them and make those services the heart of each person’s appeal. It comes down to inspiration trumping hesitation.Everything really boils down to inspiring philanthropy. And it begins with igniting your board members’ passions so their important role of ensuring that your mission will survive and thrive follows as naturally as flowers follow spring showers.Thanks to Claire for sharing her insight on getting board members more comfortable with their role in fundraising.Ready to see big fundraising results from your board? Watch our free webinar and discover the 3 Ways Every Board Member Can Raise $5K in 30 Days. Watch it now!
Posted on March 21, 2014November 7, 2016By: Ciro Franco, Senior Principal Technical Advisor for MNCHClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Manifesto for Maternal Health, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) congratulates our global community, including ministries of health, their partners, and the women we serve and work with, on the progress made toward creating a healthier world for mothers and their babies. The manifesto communicates both passion and rationale, the two main drivers needed for profound change around the approach to maternal health and to women’s health more generally. It forces us to attend not just to the maternal aspect of women’s health, but to think of women’s needs more broadly.For over 40 years, MSH has worked to improve health in countries throughout the developing world. Our maternal health projects strengthen all levels of the health system, including the community, providing care from pregnancy through the postpartum period. MSH supports the manifesto in its entirety, particularly its emphasis on integration and quality of care. However, we have found that aspects two and six of the manifesto—improving access to care for all women, especially those who are underserved due to political, geographic, or cultural barriers, and strengthening every level of the health system to support universal access to health care—are especially important when working in fragile states, where much of MSH’s work is focused.For instance, in Afghanistan recent USAID projects implemented by MSH have reached every level of the health system and have contributed to the country’s astounding improvements in maternal and child survival over the past decade.The USAID-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) project works with the Afghan Ministry of Health to improve the rational use of medicine and better manage pharmaceutical services and products, including those necessary for healthy pregnancy, birth, and child health care. In collaboration with the ministry, SPS has helped establish a coordinated system to ensure necessary medicines and commodities are available at all points of service.To address the dearth of qualified female health workers, the Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) project helped catalyze the development of midwives in Afghanistan, who have played a role in the decrease of maternal mortality from 1,600 per 100,000 live births in 2002 to less than 400 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010. As women are the best stewards of their own health, LMG focuses on moving more women into leadership and governance roles in the health sector. We believe that women in leadership roles will be more affective and assertive in guiding the “unseen women” of Afghanistan and other fragile states toward life-saving maternal and child health services.The Afghanistan Technical Support to the Central and Provincial Ministry of Public Health project, which was operational from 2006-2012, partnered with the ministry to expand the basic package of health services, improved access to family planning and reproductive health services, and increased the percentage of female community health workers and the number of facilities with at least one female health worker.These and other projects have worked in concert with families, communities, facilities, and the Ministry of Health to improve women’s access to quality health care in Afghanistan, with measurable, powerful results.But in Afghanistan, as in the rest of the world, there is still work to be done to ensure every woman has access to high quality, safe maternal health services. Let us think concretely about how to use this anniversary to push women’s health to the forefront of the global health dialog. At the country level, how can this manifesto become owned by civil society, professional organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and governments? It has the potential to serve as a rallying cry, as a strong advocacy piece at various levels of government, including with ministries of finance or national assemblies, as well as ministries of health.It is vital that this manifesto be transformed into something operational that people can use to mark their progress. It could be translated into a dashboard for each country that would show the gap in maternal health services to ministries and parliamentarians. Taking the manifesto to the next level, making it into something more operational, trackable, and with associated advocacy tools can help us all in our efforts to improve maternal and women’s health.The MHTF is currently celebrating the Manifesto for Maternal Health’s one year anniversary through a blog series. Would you like to contribute? Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook. Or send us an email.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 16, 2014June 12, 2017By: Milli Hill, Founder, Positive Birth MovementClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The focus of my response will be on UK maternity care, as this is where I am based and where the majority of Positive Birth Movement (PBM) groups are. However I am aware that RMC is a global issue, and that different cultures face different issues in their efforts to promote compassionate care.Running the PBM and writing about birth nearly every week, women consistently tell me this: kindness, compassion and respectful care really matter. How a woman (and her partner) are treated during and after childbirth can transform a difficult birth into something they feel at peace with; conversely, disrespectful treatment can be the root cause of trauma, even if the birth was relatively straightforward.The birth experience matters greatly to women, but we have somehow formed a cultural habit of discouraging them from admitting this. A culture of silence exists, not only around birth trauma, but also around any expression of women’s personal needs in the labour room. Nothing could have prepared me for the reaction when I wrote an article that addressed this entitled, “A healthy baby is not ALL that matters“.In it I explained very clearly that of course having a healthy baby is of utmost importance, but that it should be OK for women to admit that other aspects of their birth experience matter to them, too. I wrote about how hard women find it to voice these concerns in a culture that persistently tells them that what goes on in the delivery room is always acceptable as long as everyone survives.I added that, “…if we continue to repeat that a healthy baby is all that matters, we open the doors for all manner of undignified or even abusive treatment to happen to women in the quest for absolute safety. We reduce a woman to being a mere ‘vessel’ for her child, and we quickly silence anyone who wishes to protest against any aspect of their care that they didn’t feel comfortable with.”The article quickly went viral. It was shared on Facebook over 60 thousand times and read by over a quarter of a million people. I was contacted by women from across the globe, and their main message was “thank you”; thank you for throwing the spotlight on this, and thank you for saying that I matter, too.The response to the article is telling, but unfortunately, much remains to be changed. A problem we face when promoting respectful maternity care (RMC) is that, in current Western culture, women have been given the message so strongly that their birth experience is unimportant, and they do not have a very strong sense of their right to be treated with respect and dignity. Concepts like ‘human rights in childbirth’ can seem alien and baffling.We need to raise women’s expectations and awareness of their rights and entitlements and spread the message that disrespectful or abusive treatment cannot ever be justified. Consent is a huge issue, for example. As well as ensuring that health care providers (HCPs) present rounded information in a non-biased way, we must make women aware that they have the right to be the key decision maker. At the moment there is an imbalance of power in the birth room that is accepted because the risks and dangers of childbirth are over-emphasised to the detriment of freedom of choice.Women repeatedly say that one-to-one care—care provided by the same midwife for pregnancy and throughout labour—would be their preference and midwives agree. Midwives state that they could do the job they love the way they want to if they had more time to develop relationships and connect with the women they care for. Undoubtedly instances of disrespect and abuse (D&A) would be reduced if caseload midwifery were promoted over other models of care.The day of birth remains vivid in the mind of all women for the rest of their life; for some, as an empowering experience, for others, as a time when they felt frightened, bullied, unheard or disregarded. We also need to address the fact that many HCPs will have had difficult and traumatic birth experiences themselves. How does this affect their practice? What are their expectations of birth? What are their emotional responses when they attend women in labour? Is there a place for them to voice their feelings? And how does this affect the overall culture of the maternity unit?A recent series of papers on midwifery in The Lancet reported that the current levels of birth intervention are too high, a position that RMC has been advocating for some time. The overuse of interventions needs to be urgently addressed, however, it is not always interventions themselves, but rather the treatment women receive—whether or not they feel listened to during birth and in the weeks that follow—that dictates levels of trauma or satisfaction.We need a culture shift in our approach to childbirth to restore the balance of power to pregnant and labouring women and acknowledge the importance of a positive birth experience. The message needs to be spread that a healthy baby should be the baseline of women’s birth expectations but that respect, compassion, consent, choice, dignity, and kindness matter greatly too.Relevant LinksA healthy baby is not ALL that matters, Bestdaily.co.ukThe All That Matters Project – A blog that gives women an place to discuss what mattered to them in the birth experienceThe Positive Birth MovementThe Lancet Series: Midwifery The Roar Behind the SilenceThis post was lightly edited for clarity from the original posted by the White Ribbon Alliance.To promote the WHO’s consensus statement, ”Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth”, follow #EndDisrespect and contact Natalie Ramm at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of our social media toolkit.Share this:
As December 31st approaches, let’s review some fundraising basics. There are a lot of details that go into your year-end fundraising campaign but this week, I encourage you to take a step back and make sure you are doing, or not doing, these 8 basic things:Don’t Make it Hard for Donors to Get to Your Donation PageWhen you ask a supporter for a donation, direct them exactly to your donation page. Don’t make them hunt for it. In a store setting, customers never have to climb a flight of stairs to checkout. It’s right there by the front door with lights illuminating all the cashiers’ stations. Think about this when you write an appeal or ask for a donation on social media. Put your donation page link in an obvious place and add a button that says DONATE NOW in all your email appeals.Do Make Your Online Donation Page Super SimpleToo many fields can discourage the donor from completing the gift, so keep the donation form as short as possible. Remove all the hurdles the donor might encounter to complete that donation, like requiring a login or requesting the donor use a specific browser or payment method. And make sure your donation page is mobile responsive. Let donors choose how and where they make their online donation and ensure each option is accessible and simple.Do Stick to the ThemeYour year-end campaign should focus on a story, a message, or a theme about how donors can impact your nonprofit’s work. Include those same visual cues and your campaign’s message on your donation page so that donors know that they’ve landed in the right place.Don’t Leave the Gift Amount Box BlankDonors need guidance on what’s expected—give them a starting point for making a decision about their gift. Create suggested donation amounts and tie each to a tangible impact if possible. Giving levels can help your donor visualize what their gift will do.Do Segment You Donor ListWhen sending your appeal, create more than one version and make sure the message makes sense to each group of donors who will receive the email. For example, if you had an event recently, you might want to send an email to those who attended or donated to the event with a note about how successful the event was before leading into your ask. Or, if you have volunteers or non-donors on your email list, you shouldn’t begin your appeal with “Thank you so much for your continuing support of our organization. Your donations have made a real difference in the lives of our clients…” the same thing goes for lapsed donors. Don’t confuse your audience by sending a one-size-fits-all donor appeal.Don’t Forget to Share Your Fundraising GoalAdd a thermometer on your donation page to drive urgency and create social proof. Network for Good recommends that our clients turn on their giving thermometer after they have received a few gifts because psychologically, donors don’t want to be “the first”. After those first few gifts are made, that thermometer provides social proof that your donors are coming together with others to help your organization achieve a common goal. We’ve also seen the donation page thermometer spark major donors to offer a matching gift or give that last big gift to make sure the nonprofit surpasses the goal before deadline. When you let your donors know that fundraising goal, and how close you are to getting to it, it helps build urgency and provides a sense of responsibility and then accomplishment when your goal is met.Do Make the Donor the HeroIn your appeal, clearly outline the donor’s impact. Instead of, “Our nonprofit makes sure children get the books they need” you should instead say “You can give a child the books they need to learn.” Avoid “Our nonprofit takes care of homeless veterans” but do say “You will provide a safe haven for homeless veterans.” Make your donor, or someone like them, part of the story. Causes often forget to involve the reader by not writing for them. If you zero in on the “our nonprofit is awesome” message, donors won’t be compelled to give. If your organization is so awesome, then it appears as though you don’t really need your donors’ support.Don’t Focus on the FinancesThis can be hard because many nonprofits want to make sure they fill the gap in their budget shortfall before the next year, but remember: your budget shortfall is not your donor’s problem to solve. They want to help solve the problem that your mission addresses. They want to help end homelessness, or make sure animals have a forever home. Drive that point home to your donors because your mission is what matters the most to them.For more tips on how to make your year-end appeals shine, download the Procrastinator’s Guide to Year-End Appeals.
Posted on August 17, 2016September 26, 2016By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In July 2016, global leaders gathered for the second annual Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop (SMNLW) hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) in partnership with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and The Aga Kahn University and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The participants represented 26 countries from five continents. SMNLW participant Hemant Shah is Chief of Party, Technical Support Unit for CARE. He previously worked as the Director of the State reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent (RMNCH+A) unit in Bihar as well as a maternal health expert in the Integrated Family Health Initiative project and led quality improvement activities in health facilities in Bihar.K: Tell me about yourself and the work that you do.H: I am heading a project in the state of Bihar in India, which is implemented by CARE India and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We are providing technical support to the government of Bihar, particularly in the health and social welfare departments in two aspects: RMNCH+A health and nutrition.K: What is the biggest challenge in maternal and newborn health in your country?H: I will comment about a state in which I’m working, not the country as a whole. The biggest challenge for us is that we have a maternal mortality rate (MMR) of 208 per 100,000 live births. The neonatal mortality rate is 28 per 1,000 live births. The volume with which we are dealing is a big challenge. From a maternal mortality point of view, it’s estimated that there are about 6,000-7,000 maternal deaths every year. We are providing support through the state government, starting from the state level to the block level. Our work can be divided into three categories: improving quality of care in the facilities; building capacity of frontline workers to improve services at community level; and working on health system issues like supply chain management, human resources, etc.K: What kind of leader do you aspire to be? How can quality leadership in maternal newborn health help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?H: All leaders require different skill sets. For the work I do, technical knowledge is important, so that’s number one. The second skill is being able to bring all stakeholders together. The third characteristic of an effective leader is being able to lead from the front and take responsibility for failure instead of blaming the team members. For example, as a leader, you can assign your colleagues or team members to do advocacy with the state government. On the other side, sometimes as a leader, you might directly take responsibility and do advocacy work. Sometimes when a leader himself or herself takes a responsibility, especially on a difficult issue, it builds the confidence of the team that their leader is also ready to try his or her best to pursue the government and is part of the team.From the SDG point of view, one of the qualities required in a leader is perseverance, because achieving the goals is not going to happen in the next one or two years. If you consistently pursue the things with your all, honest efforts, sooner or later, you will get the results.K: What would you like MHTF readers to know?H: By increasing institutional delivery alone, we cannot reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. Quality of care in the facility is a very important issue to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity and similarly, newborn mortality and morbidity.For example, we are doing a number of things to improve quality of care. One thing we are doing is increasing the capacity of auxiliary nurse midwives and nurses working in public health facilities in India. One of the problems we identified was that many of them don’t have the skills required to conduct normal deliveries or identify complications and stabilize and refer patients. The second problem we identified was delivery training. Previously, nurses and midwives would be pulled out from the facility and sent to another hospital for 21 days to be trained. Since there are very few people who are capable of conducting deliveries, many midwives or nurses who were capable of doing deliveries were never sent to the training site. So we reversed the training mechanics. We recruited senior nurses as mentors and built their capacity. Now, every month for about seven to eight months, these mentors visit the facility for one week and build the capacity of nurses and midwives working at that facility. The advantage is that they are building the capacity in the nurse and midwives’ real environment with incremental learning opportunities. What we are trying to achieve is not only knowledge and skills improvement, but also behavior change, bringing cultural change into the facility. When someone coming from outside demonstrates better practices, it gives staff the confidence and opportunity to practice.—Read previous interviews in the Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health series with Dr. Emmanuel Ugwa from Nigeria and Dr. Joannie Bewa from Benin.Read a summary of the Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop from the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) website.Receive the newest interviews in this series delivered to your inbox by subscribing to the MH Blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on September 21, 2017September 21, 2017Click 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)We are excited to announce that the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit, a free resource available for clinicians worldwide, is now available in French! The Obstetric Emergency Drills Trainer’s Manual and accompanying resources were developed by the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) in Argentina and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) as part of a research and training project. It is our hope that, when combined, these resources will be invaluable for clinicians seeking ways to prepare for obstetric emergencies and manage postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.Download and share the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training KitWe encourage the maternal health community to download and share these free, comprehensive resources with their networks! The Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit includes the following materials in French, English and Spanish.Trainer’s Manual. The Obstetric Emergency Drills Trainer’s Manual serves as a guide for members of a quality improvement team from a delivery ward to promote and practice team skills for obstetric emergencies. It outlines the steps necessary to run obstetric emergency drills on a random schedule within an obstetrics unit and offers strategies for recording the drills and leading debriefing sessions to improve team communication, responsiveness and emergency preparedness.Presentation. The slideshow informs hospital or delivery ward administrators and other stakeholders of the purpose and process of running obstetric emergency drills. Instructions on how and when to use the presentation can be found in the trainer’s manual.Video. The short video shows trainings using obstetric emergency drills in Karnataka, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Download the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit in French, English and Spanish.Please note that the authors intend for quality improvement teams to utilize all of the materials in the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit together; they do not advise using any item on its own.We would love to hear about your experience using these materials. How did obstetric emergency drills work in your facility? What did you find useful? Please send feedback to email@example.com.La Trousse de Formation par Simulations D’urgences Obstétricales est Désormais Disponible en Français!Nous sommes ravi-e-s d’annoncer que la trousse de formation par simulations d’urgences obstétricales, une ressource gratuite à disposition des professionnel-le-s du monde entier, est désormais disponible en français ! Le Manuel de formation par simulations d’urgences obstétricales et les ressources connexes ont été élaborés par l’Institut de l’efficacité clinique et de la politique de santé (IECS) d’Argentine et le Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), dans le cadre d’un projet de recherche et de formation. Nous espérons que l’ensemble de ces ressources se révélera précieux pour les professionnel-le-s à la recherche de manières de se préparer aux urgences obstétricales et à la prise en charge de l’hémorragie du post-partum et de la pré-éclampsie/éclampsie.Télécharger et partager la trousse de formation par simulations d’urgences obstétricalesNous encourageons la communauté de la santé maternelle à télécharger et partager ces ressources à la fois gratuites et exhaustives avec leurs réseaux ! La trousse de formation par simulations d’urgences obstétricales inclut les supports suivants, en français, anglais et espagnol:Manuel de formation. Le Manuel de formation par simulations d’urgences obstétricales se veut être un guide au service des membres des équipes d’amélioration de la qualité des services obstétriques qui œuvrent à la promotion et à l’entraînement des compétences groupales en situation d’urgences obstétricales. Il détaille les étapes nécessaires à l’organisation de simulations d’urgences obstétricales non planifiées au sein d’unités obstétriques. Le Manuel propose également des stratégies d’encadrement de l’enregistrement des simulations et de modération des sessions de commentaires visant à améliorer la communication et la réactivité au sein des équipes, ainsi que la préparation aux urgences.Présentation. Le diaporama présente la finalité de l’organisation de simulations d’urgences obstétricales et le processus de leur réalisation à l’attention des cadres hospitaliers et des services obstétriques et autres parties prenantes. Les instructions relatives à la manière d’utiliser cette présentation, et le moment opportun pour le faire, se trouvent dans le Manuel de formation.Vidéo. La courte vidéo présente des formations ayant recours par simulations d’urgences obstétricales dans le Karnataka, en Inde, et à Addis-Abeba, en Éthiopie.Télécharger la trousse de formation aux simulations d’urgences obstétricales en français, en anglais et en espagnol.Veuillez noter que les auteur-e-s de ces ressources pédagogiques conseillent aux équipes d’amélioration de la qualité d’utiliser tous les supports inclus dans la trousse de formation par simulations d’urgences obstétricales ensemble. Il n’est pas conseillé de les utiliser séparément.Nous aimerions beaucoup avoir des retours d’expérience sur votre utilisation de ces supports. Comment les simulations d’urgences obstétricales se sont-elles déroulées dans votre établissement? Qu’avez-vous trouvé le plus utile? Merci de nous transmettre vos commentaires et remarques à firstname.lastname@example.org.—Learn about the development and release of the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit.Read more about postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.Don’t miss out on important updates in the maternal health field: Subscribe to the MHTF.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on December 19, 2017December 20, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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)Securing a place for maternal health on the global agenda has entailed substantial effort—catalyzed to a great extent by the Safe Motherhood Initiative. Launched in 1987 at the Safe Motherhood Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, the Initiative aimed to reduce maternal mortality by 50% by 2000. The Initiative committed to three key strategies: strengthening community-based health care, building the capacity of referral-level facilities and developing an alarm and transport system to link community- and referral-level care.On 8 December, experts in reproductive and maternal health gathered at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series for two panel discussions celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative and reflecting on progress and future directions in the field. The panels were moderated by Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Technical Adviser Sexual and Reproductive Health at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Rima Jolivet, Maternal Health Technical Director of the Maternal Health Task Force.The history, evolution and successes of the Safe Motherhood InitiativeBarbara Kwast, international consultant in safe motherhood and maternal health, opened the event by providing background and context. According to Kwast, “The genesis of safe motherhood was a birth process in itself,” following the United Nations Decade for Women from 1976-1985, the Alma-Ata Declaration in 1978 and the first-ever World Health Organization (WHO) Interregional Meeting on the Prevention Of Maternal Mortality in 1985.In 1987, half a million women died from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications—but, as Kwast poignantly illustrated, behind this number are countless stories of women dying from maternal complications that remain etched in hearts and memories. Kwast further explored the human element behind the data by retelling the story of Mrs. X, a woman who died during childbirth after traveling along the “Road to Maternal Death” and facing key barriers to maternal health, such as poor socioeconomic status, excessive fertility, high-risk pregnancy and life-threatening complications. Kwast encouraged the audience to consider “whether the barriers Mrs. X faced have all been opened, whether they are still open, whether they have been partially closed again or were never opened for the most vulnerable poor women and their families.”Ann Starrs, President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, reflected that while maternal health may be “mainstream” now, it was “an invisible issue in the mid-1980s,” almost always subsumed under child health efforts. Maternal mortality–a neglected tragedy. Where is the M in MCH?, the seminal paper by Rosenfield and Maine published in The Lancet in 1985, called for increased—and distinct—attention to maternal health and helped chart the course for addressing maternal health in its own right. A decade-and-a-half later, the inclusion of maternal health within the Millennium Development Goals was “crucial for visibility and political attention,” said Starrs.The worldwide focus on maternal health continues: Betsy McCallon, CEO of the White Ribbon Alliance, explained the current global and national maternal mortality targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlighted the specific mandate to achieve equity for vulnerable populations. McCallon noted that WHO’s 2015 report, Strategies for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality, provides critical guiding principles on access to and use of clinical services but also social, cultural and economic determinants of maternal health. McCallon pointed out that the community needs “a paradigm shift, one in which women have the knowledge and confidence to drive and make decisions about their own health and to demand the quality services that we all deserve.”Midwifery, advocacy and private sector involvement in safe motherhoodDuring the second panel, Address Malata, Vice Chancellor of Malawi University of Science and Technology, reiterated the importance of looking beyond access to services, emphasizing that it “…is not just about women coming in to facilities—do they get the quality of care they deserve?” Malata identified “game changers” for the landscape of safe motherhood, including political will and leadership; education and retention of midwives; collaboration with the private sector and civil society; investment in innovation; and increased evidence and advocacy for policy, practice and education.Echoing this, Dorothy Lazaro, Midwife Advisor of UNFPA, explained that increased training of midwives, anesthetists and health extension workers; expansion of emergency obstetric and newborn care and family planning services; and construction of health facilities as well as maternity waiting homes have helped improve maternal newborn health in Ethiopia—where less than 30% of all births are attended by a skilled birth attendant. However, deep inequities in utilization and quality of maternal health services persist among regions.Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director of Merck for Mothers, continued the conversation about inequity, stating that, “We need to be cognizant of the disparities within countries” as well as the underlying determinants of health in low-, middle- and high-income nations. She called for innovations in safe motherhood that can be implemented, scaled and sustained even after partnerships disintegrate. Etiebet concluded, “We cannot just think about private sector at the global level; we need to think about private sector at the local level” given that about 40% of women worldwide seek care from local private providers.Finally, Mary Ellen Stanton, Senior Maternal Health Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development, discussed the significant work that remains to advance maternal health worldwide and noted the unintended consequences of some maternal health interventions. For example, she observed that the rise in major surgeries, including cesarean section, can pose serious health complications such as iatrogenic fistula. To ensure safe motherhood, the global community must provide all women with the appropriate level of quality care—neither too little, too late nor too much, too soon. As Kwast emphasized, “Safe motherhood is a work in progress.”—Missed the dialogue?Watch the webcasts and download the presentations>>Check out the conversation on social media>>Hear more from panelists on interventions for safe motherhood>>Learn more about the Safe Motherhood Initiative>>Photo Credits: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative at the Wilson Center, courtesy of the Maternal Health Initiative at the Wilson CenterShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
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