first_imgShannon Ingraham-Christie has been appointed as the Public Trustee for Nova Scotia. Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab announced the appointment today, June 17. “Ms. Ingraham-Christie has been with the Office of the Public Trustee for eleven years and is committed to serving and protecting those who need her office’s services,” said Ms. Diab. “I know she will provide strong advice and guidance for vulnerable Nova Scotians who rely on the public trustee to look out for their best interests.” Ms. Ingraham-Christie, a graduate of the Acadia School of Business with a focus on finance and economics, is a practicing lawyer who was admitted to the bar in 1999. She was previously a general practice litigator in private practice and served as a barrister with the Department of Justice adult and child protection team from 2002 to 2003. She was part-time faculty at Mount Saint Vincent University from 1999 to 2014. Ms. Ingraham-Christie was appointed to a solicitor position with the Office of the Public Trustee in February 2004 and has served as the acting Public Trustee of Nova Scotia since the fall of 2014. The appointment is effective immediately. The Office of the Public Trustee is an independent body that protects the financial and personal well-being of its clients. It manages children’s trusts, the estates of deceased individuals, is a substitute decision maker of last resort for individuals who have no one to consent to medical treatment on their behalf, manages the affairs of mentally incompetent adults and missing persons, and acts as legal representative for individuals who are not capable of managing their affairs in a legal proceeding. The public trustee has specific powers and duties under 14 pieces of provincial legislation. In 2014, the Office of the Public Trustee provided support to almost 1,500 clients and managed clients’ assets worth more than $52 million. The public trustee reports annually to the Attorney General and the House of Assembly.last_img read more

Nearly 9 in 10 babies born in Sri Lanka are breastfed within the first hour, UNICEF and WHO said in a new report.An estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, the new report said. Most of these babies are born in low- and middle-income countries. The report notes that newborns who breastfeed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive. “Breastfeeding gives children the best possible start in life,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We must urgently scale up support to mothers – be it from family members, health care workers, employers and governments, so they can give their children the start they deserve.”Capture the Moment, which analyzes data from 76 countries, finds that despite the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding, too many newborns are left waiting too long for different reasons, including:Feeding newborns food or drinks, including formula: Common practices, such as discarding colostrum, an elder feeding the baby honey or health professionals giving the newborn a specific liquid, such as sugar water or infant formula, delay a newborn’s first critical contact with his or her mother. Even a delay of a few hours after birth could pose life-threatening consequences. Skin-to-skin contact along with suckling at the breast stimulate the mother’s production of breastmilk, including colostrum, also called the baby’s ‘first vaccine’, which is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies. The rise in elective C-sections: In Egypt, caesarean section rates more than doubled between 2005 and 2014, increasing from 20% to 52%. During the same period, rates of early initiation of breastfeeding decreased from 40% to 27%. Across 58 countries between 2005 and 2017, deliveries at health institutions grew by 18 percentage points, while early initiation rates increased by 6 percentage points.In many cases, babies are separated from their mothers immediately after birth and guidance from health workers is limited. In Serbia, the rates increased by 43 percentage points from 2010 to 2014 due to efforts to improve the care mothers received at birth.Earlier studies, cited in the report, show that newborns who began breastfeeding between two and 23 hours after birth had a 33% greater risk of dying compared with those who began breastfeeding within one hour of birth. Among newborns who started breastfeeding a day or more after birth, the risk was more than twice as high.The report urges Governments, donors and other decision-makers to adopt strong legal measures to restrict the marketing of infant formula and other breastmilk substitutes.The WHO and UNICEF-led Global Breastfeeding Collective also released the 2018 Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, which tracks progress for breastfeeding policies and programmes. In it, they encourage countries to advance policies and programmes that help all mothers to start breastfeeding in the first hour of their child’s life and to continue as long as they want. A study across 51 countries notes that early initiation rates are significantly lower among newborns delivered by caesarean section.In Egypt, only 19% of babies born by C-section were breastfed in the first hour after birth, compared to 39% of babies born by natural delivery.Gaps in the quality of care provided to mothers and newborns: The presence of a skilled birth attendant does not seem to affect rates of early breastfeeding, according to the report. “When it comes to the start of breastfeeding, timing is everything. In many countries, it can even be a matter of life or death,” says Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “Yet each year, millions of newborns miss out on the benefits of early breastfeeding and the reasons – all too often – are things we can change. Mothers simply don’t receive enough support to breastfeed within those crucial minutes after birth, even from medical personnel at health facilities.”Breastfeeding rates within the first hour after birth are highest in Eastern and Southern Africa (65%) and lowest in East Asia and the Pacific (32%), the report says. Nearly 9 in 10 babies born in Burundi, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu are breastfed within the first hour. By contrast, only two in 10 babies born in Azerbaijan, Chad and Montenegro do so. read more