For your holiday enjoyment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA – On Sunday night, the city started holiday celebrations early with a lighted train that pulled into the town’s Metrolink station. The 450-ton train was lit with the colors of the holiday season. People enjoyed a free show, featuring Santa Claus, and were given free hot chocolate for showing up. The annual event has been going on for over a decade and is also a chance for Los Angeles County firefighters to collect presents for their yearly toy drive.last_img read more

Yemenis release German hostages

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The kidnappers freed the family after Yemen’s government agreed to hold talks about a group of detained fellow tribesmen, said another negotiator, Nasser Ba’oum, deputy governor of Shabwa province. “The deal was that five of the tribe’s leaders would negotiate with government officials to reach an agreement regarding the five members of the tribe who were detained by the government,” Ba’oum told AP. Later Saturday, the state-run Yemeni news agency, SABA, said troops had captured four of the kidnappers, but officials from their tribe said that no one had been arrested and that the government was upholding the agreement under which the Germans were freed. The release capped a series of protracted negotiations with the kidnappers that raised false hopes of an imminent release several times. On Friday night, Yemeni officials said the hostages would be freed within 90 minutes, but then told reporters the deal had collapsed. In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier said he had spoken to Chrobog by phone and reported the family was in good health. SAN’A, Yemen – A former German diplomat and his family were released unharmed Saturday, three days after being kidnapped by tribesmen while on holiday in the rugged mountains of eastern Yemen, officials said. Juergen Chrobog, a former German foreign minister, his wife and their three children were flown from the area after they were let go, German and Yemeni officials said. “We are safe, thank God,” Chrobog’s wife, Magda, told The Associated Press by phone as the family flew by helicopter to the southern Yemeni port of Aden. She spoke on a cell phone provided by the top government negotiator, tribal chief Awadh bin al-Wazir, who accompanied the Chrobogs on the flight. “Naturally, he and his family are relieved to be in safe hands,” Steinmeier said. The Chrobogs and three Yemeni assistants were kidnapped Wednesday when armed tribesmen stopped their two cars on a remote mountain road in eastern Shabwa province. Chrobog, 65, served as a deputy German foreign minister in the government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, which left office in November. The kidnappers had demanded that the government release five members of their al-Abdullah bin Dahha tribe who are standing trial for allegedly killing two members of the rival tribe in October. Tribesmen frequently kidnap tourists in an attempt to force concessions from the government in Yemen, a poor, mountainous nation on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula where state control in outlying areas is shaky. Hostages are usually released unharmed, but several were killed in 2000 when security forces carried out a botched raid to free them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Call for Posts: Launch of “Mental Health: The Missing Piece in Maternal Health” Series

first_imgPosted on May 28, 2015October 24, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, 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)To explore knowledge gaps and current and past successful approaches in maternal mental health, The Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Mental Health Innovation Network at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr. Jane Fisher of Monash University are hosting the blog series, “Mental health: the missing piece in maternal health.” This blog series will bring light to a myriad issues that encompass maternal mental health: from determinants of mental health disorders and the importance of measurement to maternal mental health’s relationship with gender equality, child development and family dynamics. We invite you to participate in the series by contributing a post and following the series.The World Health Organization defines health as “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Yet, mental health is often absent in maternal health programs, indicators and research. This leaves mental health a neglected pillar of maternal health care, resulting in poor health outcomes along the continuum of care. Mental health is not only an aspect of maternal health, but inherently linked to all facets of a woman’s health.First associated with pregnancy in 1858 by Louis-Victor Marcé, maternal mental health was not formally evaluated or recognized until 1964 when Paffenberger first described psychosis in the postpartum period and 1968 when Pitt first recognized and described postpartum depression. Since then, the study and understanding of the relationship between pregnancy and mental health has grown into a discipline of its own, yet we have a lot of progress to make in both research and clinical care of maternal mental health, especially in low-resource settings.Today, mental health disorders, most commonly depression or anxiety, occur in 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have given birth. However, these rates are representative of only high-income countries. A dearth of maternal mental health research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has made it difficult to assess disease prevalence and understand the complex factors that affect prevention and treatment of these disorders in this vulnerable population.What we do know is that 85% of LMICs have no data on maternal mental health and as of 2012 there were only 34 studies in LMICs on mental health in the postpartum period. From the few studies from LMICs, we know that low-socioeconomic status, intimate partner violence (IPV), poor quality intimate partner and family relationships, poor reproductive health status and a history of mental health problems predisposes women for mental health disorders throughout pregnancy. Education, employment, structured direct care of the woman and an affectionate intimate partner relationship all protect the woman in this setting from mental health disturbances. In order to address the great inequalities in maternal mental health in LMICs, it is critical that researchers and program implementers bolster the evidence base and translate what we know works in high-income settings to interventions that are appropriate for low-income settings.But maternal mental health is more than just the prevention and treatment of a disorder. Suicide during pregnancy and beyond is not often accounted for in maternal mortality even though in some areas it can account for 20-33% of maternal deaths. Also, mental health disturbances affect a woman’s ability to seek perinatal care and adhere to pregnancy care plans, such as daily iodine supplements, affecting both her health and the health of her baby.The relationship between a woman’s mental health status and the health of her newborn extends into early childhood and beyond. Women with maternal mental health disorders are more likely to have a premature and low birth weight baby who then faces poor cognitive and motor development, stunting and behavioral and emotional problems.Questions and topics for potential guest posts:Addressing risks, research and programs in LMICs: What unique risks does a woman face in regards to her mental health in LMICs? What are the research priorities for the maternal health community? How do we translate what we know about maternal mental health into low-resource settings? What are the inequities in maternal mental health disorders between women in LMICs and high income countries.Measurement: Currently the measurement of maternal mental health indicators are nearly absent in policy, programs and national frameworks. Do you have an experience of success in implementing maternal mental health indicators? How would the prevalence and treatment of maternal mental health change if measurement was improved? Would support for maternal mental health improve if suicide was considered a part of maternal mortality? What should we be measuring and which indicators are valid and reliable?Stigma and Gender: How does stigma affect the identification, prevention and treatment of maternal mental health disorders? How do stigma and gender inequalities work together against preventing and treating these disorders? Do pregnant women face unique barriers that other women or men do not face? Do we have to use psychiatric language when we talk about maternal mental health? Is there other language we can use that decreases stigma?Maternal mental health and the life course: How do early childhood experience, like sexual abuse, and IPV affect the maternal mental health? How does taking a life course approach to maternal mental health change where we focus our attention for prevention? How do maternal mental health disorders affect not only a newborn, but other children and family members? How does a family’s expectations of and relationship with the mother affect her risk for mental health disorders?Maternal mental health in the context of overall health: How can respectful and responsive care impact a woman’s mental health? How does a woman’s biological health affect her risk for mental health disorders and vice versa? How do maternal mental health disorders affect a woman’s ability to seek and receive appropriate care?Strategies for reducing and treating maternal mental health disorders: Which strategies have you found effective in the prevention, support and treatment of maternal mental health disorders? How have you made these strategies context appropriate in low-resource settings?You may also feel free to suggest your own topic to our editors.General guidelines for guest blog posts:Please include the author name, title, and photoGoal: Guest posts should raise questions, discuss lessons learned, analyze programs, describe research, offer recommendations, share resources, or offer critical insight.Audience: The audience for this series is health and development professionals working in maternal and newborn health around the world, primarily in resource-constrained settingsTone: Conversational. Doesn’t need to meet professional publication standardsFeel free to choose your own style or approach. Q/A as well as lists (eg. top ten lessons) can often be effective ways of organizing blog posts.Length: 400-600 wordsNo institutional promotionPlease include links to sources such as websites and/or publicationsMay also include photos and videos, please include a caption and a credit for the photoTo contribute a post to this series, please contact Katie Millar at to this series will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to posts received by June 8th, 2015.Posts in this series will be shared on the MHTF blog and the Mental Health Innovation Network blog—and may be cross-posted on other leading global health and development blogs.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more