No Brexit effect on their business say UK managers – but watch out for the broader economy

Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersUndoGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LoveUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedUndoTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastUndo Read more: Resilient British consumers grow more confident but economy worries remainIn the face of uncertainty, almost three-quarters of managers surveyed think Brexit makes skills investment more important, with 47 per cent fully supporting the apprenticeship levy which will come into operation in April.The stagnation in productivity has led to fears since well before the referendum that Britain is falling behind other developed nations. Investment in skills is understood to boost productivity in the long term.Ann Francke, CMI chief executive, said: “Although it’s clear that there are significant challenges posed by the UK’s decision to Brexit, as a country we need to move forward and harness pragmatic positivity.“UK business will play a vital role in making this a success. In 2017 we have an opportunity to stand together and tackle longstanding issues like the productivity gap,” she added. whatsapp No Brexit effect on their business say UK managers – but watch out for the broader economy whatsapp Wednesday 28 December 2016 1:15 pm Jasper Jolly British managers are confident about their prospects for the next year, but think Brexit is going to dent the UK economy over the course of 2017, according to a poll.More than half of managers think their own business has a positive outlook for the next year, compared to only a quarter who think they will be negatively affected in the next 12 months, according to the survey of over 1,000 UK managers by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Share However, two-thirds of managers think uncertainty as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU will harm the economy over the course of the next year, while 49 per cent think Brexit will have a long-term impact on the economy.Read more: Editor’s notes: Brexit has damaged economists, not the economyThe findings reflect similar survey findings which have tended in recent months to find businesses confident in their own prospects, but foreseeing broader economic dangers.Economic data has remained mostly positive since the EU referendum, defying predictions of an immediate recession if the UK voted to leave. However, the process of leaving the EU – starting with the invocation of Article 50, triggering a two-year deadline – is expected to have a significant impact on business confidence.Businesses have been clamouring for clarity as to what they can expect from the government’s negotiations, with the Prime Minister Theresa May proposing a transitional deal to ensure UK industry does not fall off a “cliff edge”. read more

During pandemic, Ketchikan’s Little Free Pantry offers a way to exchange food without contact

first_imgCommunity | Coronavirus | Food | SoutheastDuring pandemic, Ketchikan’s Little Free Pantry offers a way to exchange food without contactMay 27, 2020 by Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:Those in need of nonperishable food can find the Little Free Pantry behind Holy Name Catholic Church in Ketchikan. (Eric Stone/KRBD)A Ketchikan woman’s cross-country cycling trip inspired her to find a novel way to get food to the community’s needy. The novel distribution method requires limited contact — making it perfect in a pandemic.Back in 1999, pediatrician Elisa Rosier rode her bike from Seattle to Washington, D.C. As she pedaled from coast to coast, crossing Washington State and making her way into Montana, she came across a box full of free food.“It was just a spot in town that everyone knew that this exchange could be done,” Rosier said.She said she noticed more as she made her way through Wyoming and South Dakota, and it got her thinking.“Going across the country, I just thought that was a really cool idea,” she said.Rosier kicked the idea around for a while, but 20 years later, the idea has some new urgency.“Recently with the pandemic, I was just thinking about being able to exchange food in a non-contact way,” she said.So Rosier thought back to the boxes she’d seen on her trip. She found a national organization — the Little Free Pantry movement — that shows more than 1,000 boxes full of free food all over the country. It’s based on the similar Little Free Library program, in which people host boxes full of reading material for anyone to borrow.But there weren’t any shown in Alaska. So Rosier decided to get Ketchikan on the map.“So I reached out to Holy Name [Catholic Church], where I’m a parishioner, and asked them if they would be interested in housing a Little Free Pantry there,” she said. She said the church agreed.One problem: Rosier is a doctor, not a carpenter. But the church’s secretary put her in touch with parishioner Larry Jackson.“So I said, yeah, that’d be great. It’d be a great project for me and the kids to do together,” said Jackson.He took some spare wood, made a few cuts and drilled a few holes. He said he was able to teach his kids a little about carpentry — and a little about life.“It’s kind of trying to teach them that there’s a social giving back component to life,” Jackson said.Rosier said she initially stocked the box with some surplus food stocks at the church. She’s planning to check on it weekly. She encourages anyone with a few extra nonperishables — or anyone in need — to stop by the pantry.Share this story:last_img read more

Naked protester at Debenhams’ Croydon complains there’s “nothing on the telly”, prompts brilliant response from PR team

first_imgFriday 25 September 2015 7:53 am Read This NextThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap Show Comments ▼ A protester wearing nothing but a thong, a sash describing herself as the “world’s grumpiest old woman” and a strategically-placed wig glued herself to the outside of a window at Debenhams’ Croydon store today. She was not protesting against Debenhams itself – just the fact there was “nothing on the telly”, according to eyewitnesses.   Police were called to reports of a protest at 12:40pm today, but did not intervene. The story gets better: Debenhams has issued a statement confirming the incident did take place. “It is great to hear that customers like our window displays so much that they would like to be part of it,” the team said. “We can confirm that she will not be a permanent fixture.”PR professionals take note: should you ever find yourself in a similar situation, that is how to respond. whatsapp center_img whatsapp Naked protester at Debenhams’ Croydon complains there’s “nothing on the telly”, prompts brilliant response from PR team Share Catherine Neilan last_img read more

‘I thought I was going to die’ – Laois Supervet on contracting Covid-19 twice

first_img WhatsApp ‘I thought I was going to die’ – Laois Supervet on contracting Covid-19 twice Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 12th April 2021 Pinterest Facebook Electric Picnic Twitter “On the exact day I got the text offering me the vaccine, I got the disease again.“I thought I was going to die. This time was really tough and I was paralysed with muscle and joint pain.“And I just want to say to people to be careful. We are not out of this thing yet and we need to pull together.”Noel was speaking to Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond on ITV’s This Morning where he also revealed how his border terrier ‘Ciara’ and his black cat ‘Ricochet’ helped him to recover.He said: “Every animal family member can bring you love, hope and redemption.“When I was lying in bed three weeks ago, and I thought I was going to die, Ricochet held my hand and Ciara looked up at me – and I felt like I wanted to keep going.“So I can’t encourage people enough to get an animal friend.”Noel grew up on the family farm in Ballyfin with his parents and sisters, and went to school in the Patrician College.He is a world-class orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon and managing director of one of the largest veterinary referral centres in the UK, Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey since 2008.Noel obtained his Bachelor of veterinary medicine from University College Dublin in 1990. Following scholarships at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Ghent, he went on to complete the RCVS certificates in small animal orthopaedics and radiology.Since then, he has taken part in the BBC documentary The Bionic Vet in 2010 and the Channel 4 series The Supervet.In a live virtual evening on Monday, April 19, he will reflect on his personal journey into writing his latest book, How Animals Saved My Life and how his relationship with animals has taught him how to be a better version of himself.For the honest discussion, he will be joined by TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.Noel said: “Writing this book was an emotional roller coaster for me. In equal measure enlightening and deeply affecting – it was often challenging, but ultimately uplifting – much like my life as a surgeon every day.“I’ve learnt lots of lessons along the way and I think many of us share similar fears, hopes, elations, frustrations, successes and failures in life no matter what path we’re on.“Animals constantly show us how to care with integrity in a world needing compassion and understanding – now more than ever. I am looking forward to sharing the journey of how all of this came to life with Lorraine and with each and every one of you.”Anyone wishing to buy tickets to the event can do so here.SEE ALSO – Almost €600,000 to be spent on improving roads near key Laois tourism area in 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Laois Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick has revealed how he feared he was going to die when he contracted Covid-19 for a second time.The Ballyfin native, renowned for his veterinary practice on Channel 4’s hit show, revealed how he first contracted the virus in 2020 and it then visited his door once again just three weeks ago – on the day he was due to receive his vaccine.He said: “I got Covid last March and I got Covid again just a few weeks ago. Electric Picnic Pinterest Previous articleAlmost €600,000 to be spent on improving roads near key Laois tourism area in 2021Next articleImprovements for Laois school’s heating system after funding approved Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Home Lifestyle Entertainment ‘I thought I was going to die’ – Laois Supervet on contracting… LifestyleEntertainment Facebook Council Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19Noel FitzpatrickSupervet last_img read more

RF Capital reports net loss, record AUA in first full quarter after consolidation

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study Keywords Earnings,  Wealth management RF Capital Group Inc. reported a $7.5-million net loss in the quarter ended March 31, the first full reporting period since it acquired full ownership of Richardson Wealth in October.The company formerly known as GMP Capital Inc. also reported $1.1 million of adjusted net income and $83.7 million of revenue for this year’s first quarter. RF Capital had a $2.9-million net loss, an adjusted net loss of $1.6 million and $8.8 million of revenue in the first quarter of 2020.This marks the first time RF Capital has consolidated Richardson Wealth’s results for a full reporting period.Richardson Wealth’s revenue was up 15% year over year, to $80.6 million from $70.2 million. Its net loss was $646,000, compared with a net profit of $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2020.Richardson Wealth is one of Canada’s largest independent wealth management firms. The firm recently rejected takeover bids from rival independent Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.Richardson’s assets under administration were at an all-time high of $32.8 billion on March 31, up 29% from a year earlier. Contributing to those gains were $4.8 billion in net new and recruited assets since closing the deal in October, the firm said.Quarterly fee income of $57.6 million set a record, up 8% from a year ago, and the firm said many advisors achieved personal bests.RF Capital’s transformation was a long and occasionally fraught process, with pressure from shareholders and former executives late in the process leading to revised transaction terms.The shakeup has continued since the deal closed in October, with longtime president and CEO Andrew Marsh stepping down earlier this year and the firm adding other senior executives.In its earnings release Monday, RF Capital said it hired a global consulting firm to develop a growth strategy for the consolidated firm. That strategy will be revealed at the firm’s virtual AGM on May 26.“The toughest part of our journey is behind us,” RF Capital president and CEO Kish Kapoor said in a statement. “More than ever, we are convinced that our carefully mapped-out growth strategy is the best path forward to meaningful long-term shareholder value creation.” Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Related news IE staff, with files from Canadian Press TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Businessman check seriously analyzes a finance report investor colleagues discussing new plan financial graph data. bank managers task. Concept business and finance ,Account analyzes planing yozayo/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

More international cargo flights for Air New Zealand

first_imgMore international cargo flights for Air New Zealand Air New Zealand has been awarded more international cargo flights under the Government’s Maintaining International Air Connectivity (MIAC) scheme.With the scheme extended through to October, the airline will operate around 30 flights per week to 13 destinations including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, as well as maintaining air connectivity with key Pacific ports. With the trans-Tasman and Cook Islands bubbles now well under way, these services are currently operating outside of the MIAC scheme.Air New Zealand General Manager Cargo Anna Palairet says it’s encouraging to have been awarded more flights under the Government scheme.“MIAC is helping our import and export community maintain essential trade with key international markets during an extended period of disruption and we’re really proud to be part of making that happen. Operating these services also allows us to bring Kiwis home where other commercial services haven’t been able to operate.“The New Zealand Ministry of Transport has done an outstanding job with the scheme and it’s fantastic to see it continuing to allow for stable support until passenger travel begins to pick up again.“With the Tasman and Rarotonga bubbles now in operation, services to Australia and the Cook Islands are currently not included in the scheme. However, we’re fortunate the scheme provides a mechanism to support the movement of freight to these markets if those bubbles burst to ensure a stable supply chain.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:airline, Australia, community, Cook, Cook Islands, Export, Government, Hong Kong, import, New Zealand, NZ, operation, pacific, supply chain, Tasman, Transport, travellast_img read more

Ford predicts Mach-E GT Performance Edition will nail 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds

first_img ‹ Previous Next › The Mustang Mach-E will enter production in Mexico this year with the GT Performance Edition coming available midway through 2021. Ford has yet to release a price.  Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Ford Mach-E GT Performance Edition RELATED TAGSFordMustang Mach-ESUVNon-LuxuryElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Musk hints at super-quick ‘Plaid’ Tesla Cybertruck“We already pushed the envelope by creating an electric vehicle with the pony badge, so it’s only natural that we push it even further,” said Darren Palmer, Ford’s global director, battery-electric vehicles, in a release. “Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition not only gives you the added performance you expect from the GT name, but accentuates the thrill with the responsiveness of an all-electric powertrain.” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Ford announced December 1 it’s aiming for a zero-to-100-km/h acceleration time of 3.5 seconds for its fully electric Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition. That’s just two-tenths of a second slower than the fastest street-legal Ford of all time, the GT500, and one-tenth of a second slower than the market’s reigning electric crossover, the Tesla Model Y. The Performance Edition’s sprint time was estimated using simulations and “calculated via peak performance of the electric motor(s) at peak battery power.”  See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca advertisement Ford’s Mustang Mach-E 1400 is an electrified burnout machine Trending Videos Trending in Canada First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The E-crossover’s two electric motors will push a combined 480 horsepower and 634 lb-ft of torque, compared to the standard Mach-E GT’s 400 horses and 600 lb-ft. That extra oomph will bring down the Performance Edition’s range slightly to an estimated 235 miles (378 km). RELATEDlast_img read more

Congressional, city leaders pitch in to welcome new students at move-in

first_img Published: Aug. 23, 2017 There are two key sentiments Boulder City Manager Jane S. Brautigam works to impart as she and her staff help students and their parents move into CU Boulder residence halls during move-in week. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail As the city official fills bins with electronics, rugs, mirrors and other college essentials and pushes them into rooms students will call home for the next academic year, she does her best to make students feel welcome and to reassure parents that the city cares about the well-being of their children.“I want them to hear that from my voice—that their kids are going to be safe and welcome and our community will embrace them,” said Brautigam, herself the mother of two CU Boulder graduates. “We as a city are happy that young people are here to make us more vibrant.”As in previous years, the city manager and her staff will join other campus and government leaders who are rolling up their sleeves during Fall Welcome and move-in week, an annual rite of passage at college campuses across the country that helps create a sense of belonging, permanence, interconnectedness and tradition.This year’s notable volunteers at CU Boulder will include Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Provost Russell Moore and Colorado Congressman Jared Polis.”As a friend and neighbor of CU Boulder, I’m happy to help students move in as they prepare for the upcoming school year. Move-in day provides me with an opportunity to hear directly from students about their goals and discuss how they are managing the costs of their education.”While I’m moving boxes today, I will soon be back in Washington, D.C., continuing my advocacy to make higher education more affordable. Today I welcome all the new Buffs to this beautiful campus, and I want them to know I’m here for them,” said Polis. Altogether, about 1,750 volunteers signed up for Fall Welcome, with 1,200 of them focusing on moving students into residence halls, said Hannah Wilks, director of the CU Boulder Volunteer Resource Center.Most of the volunteers are upperclassmen, staff and faculty who will ferry students and their families across campus in golf carts or help them cart belongings from vehicles to residence halls. They and others have many reasons for helping students move into their residence halls each year. For some, it’s about community service and sharing advice on how to navigate successfully through the campus environment.For city staff, it’s all of that, plus an opportunity for team building.“I like being on campus with my team,” said Jennifer Korbelik, a CU Boulder alumna who is the CU community coordinator and liaison between the campus and the city manager’s office. “It’s a chance to bring them up to my other home—to CU—where I spend a lot of time.”Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Communitylast_img read more

Fortis Escorts hosts two-days academic programme on facial trauma to impart advance technology and world-class skills

first_img Taking note of the rising incidents of accidents causing musculoskeletal disorders, the Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur has begun a two-day course on craniomaxillofacial processes to manage facial trauma. The course, conducted by both national and international faculty members, including Dr Sandeepan Mukul, Director – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Fortis Jaipur, is being held in association with AO CMF, a worldwide network of clinicians from the fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, head and neck surgery, ophthalmology and neurosurgery.Orofacial injuries comprise a significant number of trauma patients in the emergency department. Such injuries are associated with high morbidity due to increased cost of care and varying degrees of physical, functional and cosmetic disfigurement.“Facial trauma is one of the saddest outcomes of an accident. With the rise in numbers of accidents taking place in cities and settlements along the highways, the need of the hour is to augment the capabilities of our doctors to address the growing burden of disfigurement. Such incidents can seriously affect the confidence level of an individual and hence, deserve attention. This two-day course is a face-to-face interactive event delivered through a combination of short lectures, simulation, small group discussions and practical exercises. This combination enables participants to hear, discuss and apply the concepts of facial trauma management. With an aim to promote excellence in patient care and clinical outcomes of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, we have initiated this academic programme.“We have nearly 100 participants from India and abroad, fully qualified surgeons who are involved in the treatment of facial trauma with up to five years’ experience, as well as residents and fellows, attending the course,” says Dr Sandeepan Mukul, Director – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur.Various types of facial trauma include maxillofacial injury, midface trauma, facial injury and LeFort injuries, commonly caused by car and motorcycle crashes, wounds, sports injuries and violence. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate shows more than 3,000 people are killed every day on the road and at least 30,000 others are injured or disabled. Nearly 50 per cent of these patients have multiple trauma and require coordinated management among various disciplines of anaesthesiology, otolaryngology, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, ophthalmology and oral and maxillofacial surgery. craniomaxillofacial processesfacial traumaFortis Escorts News Add Comment By EH News Bureau on December 10, 2019 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Comments (0) Fortis Escorts hosts two-days academic programme on facial trauma to impart advance technology and world-class skills Nearly 100 participants from India and abroad, fully qualified surgeons who are involved in the treatment of facial trauma with up to five years’ experience, as well as residents and fellows, attending the course Read Articlelast_img read more

Scientific papers on child survival published: India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative

first_imgScientific papers on child survival published: India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The findings show that although child mortality, child growth failure indicators have improved substantially across India from 2000 to 2017At this time when India is focussed heavily on how to deal with COVID-19, two important scientific papers on child survival have been published by the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative. These publications remind us that while we must do all that we can to control COVID-19, other crucial health issues in India should also continue to receive attention commensurate with their contribution to health loss in India.The paper in The Lancet reports the first comprehensive estimates of district-level trends of child mortality in India from 2000, and the paper in EClinicalMedicine reports detailed district-level trends of child growth failure. The findings show that although the child mortality and child growth failure indicators have improved substantially across India from 2000 to 2017, the inequality between districts has increased within many states, and that there are wide variations between the districts of India. The child mortality and child growth failure trends reported in these papers utilised all accessible georeferenced survey data from a variety of sources in India, which enabled more robust estimates than the estimates based on single sources that may have more biases. The district-specific findings described in these scientific papers highlight the extent of the effort needed in each district to achieve the national and global targets for the child mortality and child growth failure indicators.Prof Vinod Paul, Member, NITI Aayog on the release of the findings said, “These research findings have shown that India has made positive strides in protecting the lives of newborns over the last two decades. Introduction of contextually relevant multi-sectorial actions by the Government of India and the State Governments like maternal nutrition programmes during pregnancy, access to skilled health providers during childbirth, and family / community-based care through postnatal home visits have shown to have made a difference. The district level data from this study will help in the planning and implementation of local action plans and set the course for further improvements in child mortality and child growth failure in India.”Prof Balram Bhargava, Secretary, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and Director General, ICMR said, “This is India’s first comprehensive consolidated and detailed analysis of sub-national trends of child mortality and growth failure for all the districts and states in India. It is reassuring news for India that with the various governmental and other efforts under-five mortality rate has halved from 2000 to 2017. The district-level trends reported in these papers provide useful guidance for identifying priority districts in each state that need the highest attention. This approach can facilitate further reduction in child mortality in India.”Prof Rakhi Dandona, Professor, Public Health Foundation of India and the lead author of the child mortality paper said, “Comparison of child mortality trends in each of the 723 districts of India with the National Health Policy and SDG targets has identified the districts with high gap where more targeted attention is needed. Bringing down death numbers among newborn babies in the first month of life by addressing specific causes of death is crucial. Malnutrition continues to be the leading risk factor for child death across India. Low birth weight is the biggest component in this risk factor. Focus on maternal nutrition during pregnancy needs to be a priority to improve birthweight of babies. The health system needs to track every pregnant women and every new born effectively to substantially reduce child deaths in India.”Dr R Hemalatha, Director, National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR and the lead author of the child growth failure paper said, “India has had significant improvements in stunting, wasting and underweight among children since 2000. However, there continues to be a 5-fold variation in the prevalence of these indicators between the districts of India. The relative inequality of this prevalence between districts has increased within several states, indicating that efforts targeting poorly performing districts as identified by our analysis can potentially help hasten overall improvements in child growth failure in India.”Lalit Dandona, Director, India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, National Chair, Population Health, ICMR, Professor, PHFI, and senior author of these two papers said, “Over the past couple of years, the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative has been reporting scientifically strong analyses of key diseases and risk factors for every state to inform health policy formulation. The district-level analyses of child mortality and child growth failure reported today are next in this series, providing robust evidence for policy to further improve child survival in India. Continuing this work, this year we are undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the disease burden caused by COVID-19 across India as well as district-level analyses of other indicators that are important for decentralised health planning to which India aspires.”Dr Hendrik J Bekedam, WHO Representative to India said, “The complementary programmes –  National Health Mission, National Nutrition Mission and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan – have helped in addressing the immediate and underlying causes of child mortality and child growth failure. Importantly, improving health indicators together with other socio development indicators through the Aspirational District Programme will result in greater reduction of child growth failure and resulting mortality in underperforming districts.”Prof K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India said, “Reductions in under-5 child mortality and neonatal mortality are promising as we move towards the SDG targets. Even neonatal mortality which was previously slow to change is now showing improvement. This decline needs to be further accelerated. Child malnutrition is a major determinant along with maternal malnutrition for these deaths and should be accorded highest priority for corrective action. While stark inter-state and inter-district differences in health and nutrition continue to be challenges, these gaps must be quickly bridged through effective and equitable social development, nutrition and environmental health programmes. Our pre-occupation with COVID-19 should not let these development imperatives slip in to the shadows.”“These studies clearly indicate that, nationally, India has made impressive and substantial progress in reducing the rates of under-5 mortality, however there remain discrepancies in those rates among and within district-level geographies,” said Prof Christopher J L Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, School of Medicine, University of Washington stated, “Health policy makers throughout India will gain critical insights from these studies to help address those discrepancies as the nation seeks to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”The findings reported in the papers published are part of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The analytical methods of this study have been refined over two decades of scientific work, which has been reported in over 16,000 peer-reviewed publications, making it the most widely used approach globally for disease burden estimation. These methods enable standardised comparisons of health loss caused by different diseases and risk factors, between different geographies, sexes and age groups, and over time in a unified framework. Related Posts child growth failurechild mortalitychild survivalCOVID-19EClinicalMedicineIndia State-Level Disease Burden InitiativemalnutritionScientific papers The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Comments (0) Share Read Article Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Add Comment MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By EH News Bureau on May 12, 2020 last_img read more