Posted on August 19, 2013February 16, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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 “Ending preventable maternal deaths: the time is now” published today in The Lancet Global Health, a group of maternal health experts call on the global health community to not only commit to ending preventable maternal deaths, but to set a specific timeline for doing so. Citing the maternal health manifesto adopted at the 2013 Global Maternal Health Conference, the authors lay out a series of priorities for the development framework that will follow the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The authors suggest that“An ambitious but realistic global target is to reduce maternal mortality ratios to less than 50 per 100 000 live births by 2035.” Along with this target, the authors propose new approaches to both measuring and achieving progress. From the article:“This method would help to focus planning for maternal survival. For all countries with estimated maternal mortality ratios of less than 400 in 2010, the goal would be a steady progression past a series of 5 year milestones to reach the global target. The expectation that every country would cross one milestone within every 5 year interval will provide a method to measure each country’s progress, and will also contribute to global progress. The 5 year milestones for countries with high initial maternal mortality ratios (>400) would be individually designed and tracked. Countries with an estimated maternal mortality ratio of less than 100 would be expected to move to lower values according to defined milestones, but with a focus on internal subpopulations whose maternal mortality is higher than the national rate. Strategies to implement targeted interventions to reduce maternal mortality need to address more than the clinical causes of death—they should respond to changing demographics, meet the specific needs of women for reproductive health, and address contextual features such as challenges caused by changes in health-care systems. These challenges include financial incentives, the effects of decentralisation, the role of the private sector, and urbanisation. Universal access to high-quality health services, including family planning and information and services for reproductive health (especially for vulnerable and at-risk populations), should be put at the centre of efforts to achieve the vision of ending maternal deaths.”For more on the ongoing planning process for the post-2015 development agenda, visit the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda final report.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Choosing a freelance career instead of a regular 9-to-5 job might feel like a leap of faith, but being a niche specialist who knows how to create a standout freelancer profile will help you succeed. All it takes is a little bit of time and research to figure out what freelance employers like, and how they search for new hires on Upwork and other platforms.This is extremely important since you are going to face some serious competition out there. Reports show that there are almost 60 million freelancers in the U.S. alone.Here’s how to optimize your freelance profile in nine simple steps.1) Add the right job titleFreelancing platforms function like search engines, so you can expect potential clients to find you (or your competitors) using keywords. This is exactly why you need to optimize your job title and come up with something that really matches your skills and experience. Check out the following examples:Freelance WriterArticle WriterAssignment WriterTech WriterAlthough they seem similar, each option is different and you have to select the one that perfectly corresponds with your level of knowledge and professional background. And here’s an extra tip – don’t go for generic options such as “Freelance Writer” because it really doesn’t say anything about your scope of work.2) Write a concise overviewA freelancer’s overview goes hand in hand with the job title. It gives you more room to present your skills and professional experience, but be careful not to bombard potential clients with too much information. Keep the overview concise and simple, avoiding broad terms such as “goal-oriented” or “team player.”Of course, it is essential to proofread and edit the overview as even the smallest mistake can prove that you are not so reliable and detail-oriented after all. You can do it manually, but there are also digital platforms to help you out: Grammarly, the best writing company, Hemingway, etc.3) Add the best pieces of work to your portfolioFreelancing networks like Upwork encourage online professionals to fill in the portfolio section and showcase their knowledge through practical examples. It is your chance to prove the points mentioned in the overview, so make sure to seize the opportunity.If you are a web designer, you can add links to the websites you’ve created. If you are a content creation expert, don’t forget to include a few examples of your writing. Freelancers who follow this tip and support their claims with real-life examples can count on more job invitations and projects.4) Upload a good-looking profile photoThis is a simple tip, but it’s very important for the overall credibility of your freelance profile. You should upload a professional and good-looking image because it shows that there is a real person behind your profile.All it takes is a nice close-up of your smiling face. Of course, your clothes should also look neat and clean, thus making you look more credible and trustworthy.5) Create a list of professional skillsFreelancing platforms don’t take anything for granted, which is why they invite freelancers to create lists of professional skills. For instance, you can add up to 10 skills to your Upwork account.It’s yet another critical step because the skills you mention will serve as keywords, based on which the recruiters can find you. Keep in mind to mention the most relevant skills first and then move on to the less interesting job skills, but don’t include anything that doesn’t fit your actual knowledge and experience.6) Complete relevant testsAnother way to prove your authority and professional value is by completing relevant skill tests. For example, the vast majority of Upwork skills tests will take you less than 20 minutes, so there can be no excuses for not giving it a try. The best thing about it is that you get to choose whether to display test results on your profile.7) Add more details to the freelance profileThe features described above are critical to the optimization of your freelance profile, but there are a few more details you should pay attention to: Experience level: Make sure to state your level of experience (beginner, intermediate, expert).Hourly rate: Choose an hourly rate that you consider good enough for your skill set. Don’t be afraid to make it high enough if you really are an expert, but also compare your peers’ rates and adapt accordingly.Employment history: Freelancing platforms allow you to present the real-world employment history, so make sure to do it.8) Add links to other resourcesThe last suggestion is to add links to other online resources or social profiles. This can be a URL leading to your personal website or a link to the Facebook or LinkedIn account. It can help you to support the freelance profile and augment it with other personal and/or professional details a potential recruiter might consider trustworthy and important.