Top 5 wackiest superstitions during board exams

first_imgWith CBSE Class, Class 12 exam 2017 just few weeks away, students are busy with the studies.Meanwhile, some non serious students use their lucky charms for that miracle to happen.This year, the Class 10 board examination will begin from March 9 and will continue till April 10, while Class 12 boards will continue till April 29.The exams have been delayed due to assembly polls being conducted in five states Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.Wearing a single pair of socks throughout the exams, putting lucky nail paints, are some of the superstitions that are being followed this exam season.We bring you some weird superstitions that will make you puzzled:  Pair of socks: Srestha Vardhan, class 12 student said, “I am all set with my lucky pair of socks that I wear throughout my exams. It may sound a little wacky but yes, I wear the same socks throughout the exams as my lucky charm.”See a black dog: Pritesh Purohit, class 10 said, “I make it sure that before I walk out for my exams I see a black dog and it works like anything in my case.”Lucky nail paint: Another class 12 student, Neha Sharma said, “I am too much superstitious when it comes to my exam and I make it a point to sport a pink nail paint when I step out for my exams. I have observed this in past few years that it has worked well for me. The added benefit is that nobody keeps a check on flaunting nail paint during exam days.”advertisementThat perfect haircut:”Though I am good in studies, I am little superstitious about the exams and do not take a second chance. I make it sure that I get a haircut before my exam starts. It all started when I was a kid and I follow it as a good luck sign even though I am grown up now”, said Rachit Khetan, class 12.Don’t take shower on exam days:  Rohit Chaddha, class 10 said, “I don’t take a bath on my examination days. I have noticed that whenever I take bath on the day of exam I get disappointed with my performance. Thus, I make it sure that I am away from shower on such crucial days. It’s a myth you can say but I follow it.”Well students, these are only myths and relying on it can’t help you to fetch good marks. For an outstanding performance the only key is hard work. Read: CBSE Board Exams Class 10, Class 12 2017: To begin from March 9, officially confirmed Check: CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2017: Exam dates released at cbse.nic.in Click here for government job related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

New Infographic: Why Recurring Giving Matters

first_imgHow important is recurring giving to your organization? We examined recurring donations across Network for Good’s platform and found that donors who set up a recurring gift gave an average of 42% more per year than those who only gave a one-time gift. In line with stats from our Digital Giving Index, we also saw that donors were 31% more likely to set up a recurring gift on a branded donation page vs. a generic giving experience. Check out the full infographic for more:For more tips on recurring giving, check out our new eBook, A Nonprofit’s Guide to Recurring Giving. Download it for free to learn how organizations are making the most of recurring giving and how you can set up your own monthly giving goldmine.What’s your organization’s recurring giving strategy? Tell us your ideas in the comments below and we’ll share your tips in an upcoming post.last_img read more

7 Steps to Social Success on #GivingTuesday

first_imgYour #GivingTuesday campaign will depend on SHARING. Sharing can happen through many channels: email, in person events, volunteer activities, and phone outreach. But today we are focusing on social media sharing.#GivingTuesday is an inherently social event – a big, exciting, international party for generosity – and you’re invited! Now is the time to take a look at each of your social channels and get them ready for #GivingTuesday. 7 steps you can get done today:1. Brand your channels. If you have created special visuals for your #GivingTuesday campaign, be sure that the images are used as backgrounds or cover photos for your various social channels.2. Engage social followers. Begin to communicate regularly with your social followers with #GivingTuesday focused posts. Posts with images perform better, so either post with your own campaign images, or tap into the rich resources at the national #GivingTuesday campaign.3. Provide ready resources. Provide cut-and-paste posts, tweets and images to your board, staff, clients and volunteers so they can amplify your messages and build excitement through their channels. Their personal sharing is the most effective way to reach new and lapsed supporters.4. Get people involved with #UNSelfies. Ask supporters to post a “unselfie” naming your organization. You can print out the template here and other #GivingTuesday graphic resources here.5. Plan for the big day. Improve your chances of driving social sharing by creating a simple communication plan for Monday, December 1st and #GivingTuesday, December 2nd. At a minimum, we recommend:· A plan to arm ambassadors with pre-prepared posts, Tweets and visuals on Monday and hourly on #GivingTuesday.· On #GivingTuesday, send at least one email (a second email could be sent after you reach your goal). Share updates on social channels as you reach key milestones, such as 30%, 60%, 80%, 90%, and 100% of goal.· Plan 2-3 Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram posts throughout the day, and 8-10 Twitter posts.· Prepare thermometers and other visual elements in advance so you will have them ready to share.6. Activate volunteers. If you are having a volunteer event, be sure to take ask participants to tweet and post pictures from the activity and a link to your donation page. In addition to a volunteer service day, phone-a-thons and tweet-a-thons are popular ways to incorporate volunteers into your #GivingTuesday.7. Thank and celebrate. Thanks, appreciation and celebration go a long way on a big day like #GivingTuesday. Thank those who donate, volunteer, and spread the word for you throughout the day with shoutouts that tag supporters. (Please be careful not to name a supporter that has asked to remain anonymous.)BONUS: Grab a copy of our sample social media messages for #GivingTuesday. You can use these to update your followers leading up to and during your campaign.Make this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever.last_img read more

It’s Coming … Are You Ready for Your Donors?

first_imgIn the comedy classic Caddyshack, Chevy Chase’s character Ty Webb advises his young caddy, Danny, to “Be the ball.”You can adapt this mantra for more successful year-end fundraising campaigns.To get the most out of the appeals and outreach you’re carefully crafting for December, there’s one critical thing you must do this month.Want to make sure your donors can easily donate to your organization? You’ve got to be your donor.Want to make sure your message is getting to your donors in the way you intend? You’ve got to be your donor.Want to understand how new and existing donors see and experience your organization? You’ve got to be your donor.Before you send your next appeal, before you drive donors to your website, and before you launch your year-end plans, you absolutely must set aside time to put yourself in your donor’s shoes to guarantee that your fundraising strategy will inspire them to give more.Enter my favorite holiday: Be Your Donor Day.Be Your Donor Day is a whole day dedicated to looking at nonprofit fundraising and outreach from the donor’s perspective. This day serves as a reminder for nonprofits to set aside time to review and improve their outreach and donation experience to ensure they are in touch with their donor’s perspective, just in time for the big December push.This year, we’re celebrating Be Your Donor Day on October 22 and we invite you to join us. This October 22, nonprofits should call their own phone numbers, try to make donations on their own sites, and confirm what type of receipts and thank-yous they receive. Put it on your calendar, send an e-card to your staff, order cupcakes if you must, but commit to taking a few easy steps that will highlight anything you need to fix between now and December.How can you get in on the action? It’s simple.Be a part of Be Your Donor Day by pledging to spend time walking through your donation experience, online presence and other outreach on October 22. Take the pledge to “Be Your Donor” and grab a copy of our Three-in-One Donor Experience Guide, which includes a handy Be Your Donor Day checklist. Next week we’ll share tips from our favorite experts and more resources that will help you audit your fundraising touch points through the eyes of your donors.Can’t join us on October 22? As far as we’re concerned, every day can (and should!) be Be Your Donor Day! We encourage you to still pledge to put yourself in your donor’s shoes this fall for a more successful year-end fundraising season.How are you planning to Be Your Donor this year? Share your ideas and best advice with us on Twitter using the hashtag #beyourdonor.last_img read more

Global Maternal Health Conference 2013: Submit Your Abstract!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 5, 2012August 15, 2016Click 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 delighted to announce that the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013 abstract submission site is now open. You can start the abstract submission process here.Abstracts are invited for oral or poster presentations under any of the five conference topic areas (pdf). Submissions will be accepted for a single presentation or an entire preformed panel. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words and must be written in English. Preference will be given to abstracts that have not been published or presented at recent international meetings. A maximum of two abstracts per person may be submitted.Abstracts should be submitted online by midnight EST on September 30th, 2012. Submissions must be complete and received via the online system by the deadline to be considered.Detailed instructions for how to submit your abstract can be accessed here (pdf).Conference details:GMHC2013 is a technical conference for practitioners, scientists, researchers, and policy-makers to network, share knowledge, and build on progress toward eradicating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity by improving the quality of maternal health care.The conference is co-sponsored by Management and Development for Health, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA.GMHC2013 will be held at the Arusha International Conference Center in Tanzania, January 15-17, 2013.If you would like to receive additional updates about the conference, please sign up for conference updates here.Thank you for your interest in GMHC2013! We hope to see you in Tanzania!Share this:last_img read more

UNFPA Announces Forthcoming 2014 Edition of State of the World’s Midwifery report

first_imgPosted on December 30, 2013August 10, 2016Click 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)UNFPA has announced that the second edition the State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) report will be launched in June 2014 at the 30th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives: Midwives – Improving Women’s Health Globally.From UNFPA:SoWMy 2014 will provide data on the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of midwifery services. It will also reveal service gaps and highlight the needs for future health workforce and health systems to ensure that all women and families have access to quality midwifery care.The report will be launched at – in Prague, Czech Republic from 1 to 5 June 2014. Other national launch events will also take place around the world.The second edition is a joint effort coordinated by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization (WHO), on behalf of the H4+ (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and the World Bank), and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), to describe the state of the midwifery workforce, including its challenges and progresses. This effort will facilitate and support the national dialogue on investing in human resources for the health of women and children and will engage international, regional, national, and local partners supporting the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child campaign.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

What’s New? Maternal Health Jobs

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 22, 2014August 10, 2016Click 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)There are a lot of exciting new positions in maternal health that opened up this month. Check out the listing below:CARE: Senior Advisor,Gender Justice ProgramAmman, JordanThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Senior Program Officer, Maternal Neonatal and Child HealthSeattle, WA, USAPathfinder International: Advisor, Family Planning, Reproductive Health and Maternal and Child Health Karachi, PakistanInternational Rescue Committee: Senior Technical Advisor, Reproductive HealthNew York City, NY, USAJhpiego: Malaria in Pregnancy SpecialistUgandaAmeriCares: Field Based Project Consultant, Health Workforce Safety ProgramMwanza, TanzaniaShare this:last_img read more

How to Attract New Donors – Part 1

first_imgHow do I find new donors?It’s the question every nonprofit fundraiser must face. The white whale of fundraising. And you need to have an answer. Don’t let finding donor prospects intimidate you.In part one of this two-part blog series, we’ll explore some basics about how to identify and attract new donors to your nonprofit. First off, review our planning steps in 4 Essential Steps to Donor Acquisition.Before you launch your acquisition campaign, you need to decide who you’re going to target. So, how do you identify donor prospects? After all, they look just like everyone else.Use these three essential criteria to identify your donor prospects:Access: Do you have an existing relationship with this person?Belief: Do they support your cause?Capacity: Have they shown the financial capability of being a donor?Not sure? Read our eGuide, New Donors: Getting the Ungettable Get, to learn more about how to identify donor prospects. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find:Relationship mapping.Your current donors, board members, and volunteers are a great way to discover connections to new donors. Who do they bring to events? Who shares your social media posts? Sincerely cultivate your existing relationships. It’s not just good donor stewardship. It boosts your reputation in the eyes of prospects.Research, research, research.Research your donor prospects. They’re definitely going to research you. Read your local newspapers and magazines to see who’s active in your community; stay current on announcements of key new hires and promotions at prominent local companies; and don’t forget donor lists published in other organization’s annual reports, artistic playbills, and fundraising event programs. The right research can provide a wealth of information about whose interests intersect with your mission.Be where they are.New donors aren’t going to just walk in your door. Find out what social media your prospects use, where they get their news, and what other organizations they support. Take part in these same activities to build their awareness of your nonprofit.Once you’ve identified your target groups, you’re ready to begin your outreach for a successful acquisition campaign. Subscribe for more tips, including the next part of this series…How to Attract New Donors – Part 2. Subscribe today and never miss a post.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Stigma and the Language of Mental Health in Mothers

first_imgPosted on June 22, 2015October 13, 2016By: Ayomide Adebayo, MWACP (Psych)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of “Mental Health: The Missing Piece in Maternal Health,” a blog series co-hosted by the MHTF, the Mental Health Innovation Network at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr. Jane Fisher of Monash University.How do we talk about mental illness in pregnancy?Well, we don’t.Not that we don’t know about it at all; pregnancy-related mental illness, for the most part, is well-recognised culturally. But it’s not what mothers talk about while they work and watch their children play.The commonest maternal mental health problems are mood disorders, with more than half experiencing “baby blues” and one in ten women having full-blown depression. Psychotic illnesses are even more serious, but a thankfully much smaller number experience this.Together with their partners (where partners are supportive), new mothers struggle to come to terms with symptoms they themselves can barely articulate. Both the women and their partners feel alone, while unknown to them, similar experiences within their own circle of friends and family members might well abound.And that, if nothing else, needs to change.The reasons for this silence on maternal mental health issues are not far-fetched. Childbirth is a greatly celebrated event, which makes any feelings of remorse at this time highly stigmatized. In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a child is considered a token of divine favour (especially if the child is male), and cements a woman’s place in her husband’s home (especially if it is polygamous).However, the opposite holds true, too: the inability to have a child is often seen as a sign of disfavour, or even a curse. (Such women, typically described as “barren,” are sometimes tagged as witches.) Not only that, but anything that differs from perceived childbirth norms is potentially stigmatising. For instance, the stigma associated with childbirth via caesarean section is easily observed in the way we talk about it. Women talk about having their children “normally” (with the implication that anything other than vaginal delivery is abnormal), or “by themselves” (which contains a subtle hint at weakness in those who require the “assistance” of surgery).Given such beliefs, it is not hard to understand a woman’s reluctance to admit to anything—like negative feelings surrounding childbirth—that would cast criticisms and shame on her as being out of favour.Among such shame-casting problems, those of mental health might well loom largest. Again, the language we use illustrates the problem: for instance, among the Yoruba culture in Nigeria, a common description of mental illness is as a “spiritual attack.” If childbirth is a divine gift, mental health problems are the diabolical corollary, and, therefore, the only help recommended is spiritual.This stigma does not only affect the mother, however. A mother with mental health problems is likely to be considered unfit to breastfeed by her family, especially her in-laws, which poorly affects her health and the health of her child. In addition, children may well grow up to stigmatise their mothers, bringing it all full circle.If we are going to change maternal mental health outcomes in LMICs, we need to change the way we talk about mental health in pregnancy within our communities—even the way we talk about pregnancy as a whole.We need to figure out how to use language to capture mental health problems in pregnancy as part of the range of possible health problems all women can experience. The language doesn’t have to work against us; we can make it work for us. We can use it to change the perception of pregnancy as something that must occur in a certain way. Pregnancy and childbirth are gifts, whichever way they occur: with or without pain, with or without surgery, with or without mental health problems.With a better understanding of our languages, we can learn to communicate that.Enjoyed this post about maternal mental health? Read more posts in the Mental Health: The Missing Piece in Maternal Health blog series.Photo: “Lekki-Peninsula, Lagos” © 2007 Seattle Globalist, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Calling All Technical Experts in Maternal Newborn Health Measurement: Two Ways to Get Involved

first_imgPosted on August 23, 2016September 26, 2016Click 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) Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) Public Comment Period: August 22 – September 2, 2016The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is hosting a request for public comments on a draft set of indicators that will contribute to a comprehensive monitoring framework designed to measure global progress towards ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM). The EPMM Phase II monitoring framework has been developed through an iterative process to identify, evaluate and prioritize indicators on key social, political and economic determinants of maternal health and survival highlighted in the 2015 report, “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM)” (EPMM Strategies).This process has included an extensive indicator mapping exercise and multiple rounds of expert discussion and review. Now, a request for public comments asks stakeholders with knowledge of and interest in maternal health measurement to review the outcomes of this process and weigh in on the importance of the proposed indicators in order to help consolidate consensus on a core set of EPMM Phase II indicators that will be finalized at a consensus meeting in late September 2016.Access the survey here. Submissions will be accepted from August 22, 2016 until September 2, 2016.On behalf of the EPMM Working Group, the MHTF has been partnering with leaders in global health to develop a comprehensive monitoring framework addressing both the proximal and distal causes of maternal health and survival worldwide. Guided by the priority recommendations in the EPMM Strategies report, this work has been conducted in two phases. Phase I, which was completed in October 2015, identified a core set of proximal maternal health indicators for global monitoring and reporting by all countries. Along with indicators from the Every Newborn Action Plan, those indicators fed into the development of the Global Strategy Indicator and Monitoring Framework. Phase II, which is the subject of this request for public comment, is focused on indicators for the distal (i.e. social, political and economic) determinants of maternal health and survival. Read more about the development of the EPMM monitoring framework and how it contributes to other global monitoring frameworks such as the SDGs and the Global Strategy.Call for Nominations: Mother and Newborn Information Tracking Outcomes and Results (MONITOR) Technical Advisory GroupThe World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking nominations for the Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MONITOR) technical advisory group, which seeks to convene independent experts with extensive experience in measurement, monitoring and evaluation in the field of maternal and newborn health. The group will comprise up to 12 individuals, taking account of geographical and gender balance and technical expertise, who will meet at least once per year to develop guidance, norms and systems for monitoring maternal and newborn health.Please see the terms of reference and call for nominations for more details. The closing date for nominations is September 12, 2016.—Learn more about EPMM and its connection to the SDG agenda on the MHTF blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more