Midwives can prevent twothirds of deaths among women and newborns – UN

The report urges countries to invest in midwifery education and training to contribute to closing the glaring gaps that exist. Investments in midwifery education and training at agreed international standards can yield – as a study from Bangladesh shows – a 1,600 per cent return on investment.“Midwives make enormous contributions to the health of mothers and newborns and the well-being of entire communities. Access to quality health care is a basic human right. Greater investment in midwifery is key to making this right a reality for women everywhere,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director.When trained and supported by a functional health system, midwives can provide 87 per cent of the essential care needed for women and newborns, and could potentially reduce maternal and newborn deaths by two thirds.WHO says the new report sets a clear way forward to encourage governments to allocate adequate resources for maternal and newborn health services within national health sector plans.Midwives have a crucial role to play in the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 (decrease child death) and 5 (increase maternal health).Despite a steady decline in maternal deaths in the 73 countries that are covered in the report – dropping yearly by 3 per cent since 1990 – and newborn deaths – decreasing by 1.9 per cent per year since 1990 – there is more these countries need to do to address the severe shortage of midwifery care.Today, only 22 per cent of countries have potentially enough midwives to provide life-saving interventions to meet the needs of women and newborns, which leaves over three-fourths (78 per cent) of the countries with severe shortages in proper care. As the population grows, so does the gap in critical resources and infrastructure, unless urgent action is taken. “The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014,” launched by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), together with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the World Health Organization (WHO), also calls for more to be done to address the severe shortage of midwifery care across low- and middle-income countries.The report, launched in Prague at a major conference of midwives, notes visible progress has been made since the inaugural study was released in 2011.Thirty-three of the 73 countries covered in the report have implemented efforts to improve workforce retention in remote areas, and 20 countries are increasing the recruitment and deployment of midwives. Additionally, 52 of the countries have improved data collection to address health staff shortages and education standards.But these countries are home to 96 per cent of the global burden of maternal mortality, 91 per cent of stillbirths and 93 per cent of newborn mortality, yet they have only 42 per cent of the world’s physicians, midwives and nurses.In 2013, an estimated 289,000 women and 2.9 million newborns died – the vast majority due to complications or illnesses that could have been prevented with proper antenatal care or the presence of a skilled midwife during delivery. State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: Challenges …Impact …Key actions read more

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Sirius Minerals forging ahead with its £2 billion development

first_imgSirius Minerals project area in North Yorksire, England contains the largest known, highest grade resource of polyhalite to be found anywhere in the world. The polyhalite resource of 2,660 Mt, as defined according to the JORC code, represents 7% of the project’s area of interest.Polyhalite will be extracted via two mine shafts and transported outside of the National Park to Teesside on a conveyer belt system in an underground tunnel. It will then be granulated at a materials handling facility, with the majority being exported to overseas markets. The company is aiming to achieve first product from the mine by the end of 2021, ramping up to an initial production capacity of 10 Mt/y and then full production of 20 Mt/y.Last week the Company held its first two jobs fairs in Skinningrove and Whitby, with local people securing roles and others being invited to interviews with construction contractors as a result. The events, which are being hailed as a resounding success, were attended by 700 people and were an opportunity for individuals who live in North Yorkshire and Redcar and Cleveland to find out more about the roles that are being created during the construction phase of the company’s polyhalite project. Construction jobs on the project are estimated to peak at 1,700.Many of these roles will be with the contractors, including DMC Mining Services, Strabag and Careys Civil Engineering (CCE), who joined staff from Sirius at the events. Scarborough Construction Skills Village and Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Routes to Employment Service were also in attendance to offer bespoke training advice, C.V. guidance and employment skills support.Pat Grenham, Senior Project Manager at Careys Civil Engineering said: “The standard of attendees at the events was exceptional. We have already employed seven local people as a result and we look forward to welcoming others to the team in the future.”Pauline Garnett, UK Director of Human Resources for DMC Mining Services, Sirius’ shaft sinking contractor, said: “There is a high level of industrial skill in the local area, and these events attracted some excellent talent. We have been delighted by the calibre of applicants and have shortlisted some of those in attendance at the jobs fairs for interview.”Jason Fawcett, Tunnel Construction Manager for Strabag, who are constructing the first tunnel drive of Sirius’ mineral transport system (MTS), was also at the events.“It was very encouraging to see the level of enthusiasm and skill on offer”, he said. “The job fairs have given us a strong understanding of the wide range of expertise and transferable skills on offer in the area. We are already interviewing candidates who we met at the events and will continue to do so.”In addition to its construction roles, the project is set to create approximately 1,000 jobs in operations and a further 1,450 in the supply chain.Matt Parsons, External Affairs General Manager for Sirius, said: “There has been a tremendous amount of interest in the jobs available within our Project and it’s fantastic that more local people are joining the team. Whilst we can’t guarantee everyone that attended will get a job, we hope that people found the sessions informative about the roles that will be created and how to access relevant training and support.”Meanwhile, leading construction materials supplier, Aggregate Industries has proven its credentials in its recent work at the Woodsmith mine development. Mine development is now well underway with a vast  mine head at Woodsmith mine, Sneaton, with shafts 1,500m deep, and a 37-km tunnel to transport the potash to Wilton International near Redcar.Core to the state-of-the-art project is the supply and delivery of a vast high quality, hardstone aggregate to be used for road construction and ground stabilisation works. Subsequently, leading earthworks contractor, Collins Earthworks called on the services of expert Aggregate Industries to provide the vast material requirement.During the course of just seven months, running from May to December 2017, Aggregate Industries’ specialist team has since supplied 81,000 t of Type 3 sub-base aggregates and 9,000 t of Type 1 sub-base aggregates. A further 20,000 t of material was provided during January and February 2018.In order to effectively and sustainably manage the scale of supply demands, material has been sourced from the business’s Glensanda quarry and shipped to the nearby Teesside port, before being road hauled direct to the project. This approach has enabled the team to deliver in excess of 500 t/d, while operating a stringent quality procedure to ensure the material exceeded the structure and strength values required for the project.Dave Shaw, Site Manager at Collins Earthworks, said: “I would like pass on my thanks to Aggregate Industries for providing such a swift and efficient approach to our aggregate requirement which has been vital to keeping the project on schedule. Working on a project of this calibre and scale, it is vital to partner with genuine experts with not just the product capabilities but the expertise behind it, and the team haven’t failed to deliver. I’m sure this relationship will continue as we progress the project over the next four years.”John Taylor, sales manager, Aggregates North, comments:  “Having worked on numerous projects of this size, we were able to apply our learnings to ensure an even more robust approach to the aggregate supply. From working closely with Collins Earthworks at the inventory stages, we have put a stringent plan in place to ensure a continuity of supply without disruption, ensuring the teams have the exact specific technical and quality specification of aggregate as and when they need it.”last_img read more

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