Leading Ethiopian Startups vie for finalist place at the 2020 edition of the Startup World Cup in Silicon Valley

Pegasus Tech Ventures partners with the African Technology Foundation to select regional finalists at P!TCH ETHIOP!A 2019 in Addis Ababa

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Eight of the leading Ethiopian startups will compete for a place at the finals of the 2020 edition of the Startup World Cup in Silicon Valley hosted by Pegasus Tech Ventures. On Friday November 22nd 2019, at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa, the selected startups will ptich to a global audience of investors, media and African innovation stakeholders as part of the 2019 edition of P!TCH ETHIOP!A.

P!TCH ETHIOP!A is a startup pitch and demo event that convenes global investors, founders, and startup enthusiasts to witness the future of Ethiopia. The selected Ethiopian startups will receive two days of Startup Bootcamp, led by the African Technology Foundation, before taking the stage to pitch their platforms to global investors, customers, and government partners.

P!TCH ETHIOP!A also presents an opportunity for the winning Ethiopian startup to compete for US$1 Million at the finals of the Startup World Cup, the largest global startup pitch competition hosted by Pegasus Tech Ventures in Silicon Valley California. The winning startup from the P!TCH ETHIOP!A finalists will be selected to compete with 40+ other finalists in the United States for a grand investment prize of US$ 1 million!


BeBlocky offers an interactive way to learn the skill of coding to Android phone users. It is a gamified learning mobile app that allows children to explore the basis of computer science, a very essential attribute in today’s world. It harnesses the power of graphical programming language to make the learning process engaging and fun.

Ahun is a simple app that you can use to spread your VIBES on each of the discoveries you make. You can also follow your friends and family to check their vibe-lines and places they are vibing at.With Ahun, every experience carries memories! Tap into the vibes your surrounding area has to offer and discover your interests.

AXIOM uses technology to fill gaps in the financial sector and introduce new efficient and reliable ways of doing things. We provide innovative solutions to financial institutions, businesses, and consumers because we believe that adequate and timely access to finance is essential to growth and development.

Telliscope empowers growth in emerging cities by delivering relevant and customized business information to grow your company.

Meda is a messaging and personal assistant app. Meda Chat is a multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app.

Sumuni is business community social networking company established to bridge business information and service gap start-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses.

Yenepay operates in the financial services and technology sector and is currently engaged in providing a fast, secure and convenient digital payment platform that is specifically catered for businesses and organizations operating in Ethiopia.

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Where's The William? Find Us at the YMCA's Turkey Trot

Look carefully for one of 4 Team Members of The William at the finish line, and good luck!

We will be attending the 8th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot in Boerne, TX with Swag Bags for the first 25 that find us! One Swag Bag will contain a Very Special Gift!

BOERNE, TX, UNITED STATES, November 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Where’s The William? Find Us at the Turkey Trot!

The William is much more than a Luxury Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Texas, we are a Team of Excellence serving the community of Boerne. All of us consider ourselves so blessed this year to be able to just have a place in this fabulous town! We will be attending this year’s Turkey Trot with Swag Bags for the first 25 people/couples/families that find us at the YMCA’s Famous Turkey Trot! One special Swag Bag will contain a Very Special Gift!

For over 140 years, the YMCA has been listening and responding to the community’s most critical social needs, ensuring that everyone has the chance to learn, grow and thrive, regardless of age, income, ability, ethnicity or faith. They focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, and incorporate core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith into all they do.

The 8 th annual 5K/10K, Fun Trail Walk, Youth Mini Race takes place on a scenic city run. It starts on the west by the Main Plaza and follows the Old #9 trail. It will split off for the 10K. The Trail walk is a meandering mile down by Cibolo Creek.
The Turkey Trot is one of the Hill Country's top races. The first 650 participants are guaranteed long-sleeve tech shirts. In 2018, we had over 700 registrants, so register early to ensure a shirt!
Friday, November 22: 10:00am-7:00pm at the Boerne Family YMCA, 820 Adler Road

Saturday, November 23, Race Day: 6:30am-7:30am at Boerne City Plaza

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P!TCH ETHIOP!A – Lions@frica and Africa Fintech Summit partner to showcase Ethiopian Startups

Innovation events will usher in a new wave of opportunities for the Ethiopian Startup ecosystem

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, ETHIOPIA, November 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Lions@frica and African Fintech Summit are joining forces to present the inaugural edition of Pitch Ethiopia on November 22,2019 at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pitch Ethiopia is an inaugural startup pitch and demo event launched by Lions@Africa whereby carefully selected Ethiopian and Ethiopia based startups are given a chance to pitch to top tier investors, customers, and government partners. The purpose is to provide the participating startups with world-class feedback, prizes, and potential investment.

In partnership with Pegasus Ventures, the winner of the day long innovation showcase will have the opportunity to travel to Silicon Valley, California for the 2020 edition of the Startup World Cup.

The P!TCH ETHIOP!A contest will bring together numerous individuals from all sectors to witness the transformation of Ethiopia.The end goal is a diligent manifestation of a lasting ecosystem built on proven ability and properly evaluated work.

Stephen Ozoigbo, Managing Partner of Lions@frica commented – "We are pleased to join forces with the African Fintech Summit and Pegasus Ventures on the 2019 AFTS and Pitch Ethiopia events, as well as the 2020 edition of the Startup World Cup. The Ethiopian ecosystem is growing and the opportunities for young startups to learn, grow and thrive are limitless."

The digital renaissance of Africa is anchored by the surge of startup economies that tap into the dominant topics of the tech world right now. Basing startup environments on the versatility of technology is the necessary catalyst to establish a strong presence in any economy. The upward trajectory of startup ideas is the fuel needed to promote and sustain an environment where there will be a synergy for the nurturing of a strong developmental environment.

The untapped territories of Ethiopia’s demographics provide the perfect preface to seek and support startups that can be fostered to have a firm introduction into the formal economy. Realizing the potential of startups in developing countries is crucial to implementing the growth standards that must be accomplished in a set time. To establish a strong standing point in the field of a global surge of entrepreneurial development, there must be a platform that caters to crossover viable ideas to international recognition.

Cultivating the tech startup ecosystem is a diligent process that involves a seamless implementation of the right audience with the most viable ideas. To create a landscape and evaluate the status of startup implementation in Ethiopia, there are crucial variables that determine the success of the outcome. Investors and partners are imperative in solidifying the continuation of this work.

The 2019 edition of Pitch Ethiopia will take place as part of the African Fintech Summit, which will be held on November 21 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The convention will dedicate the entirety of the second day to Pitch Ethiopia and showcasing these outstanding works of innovation in the presence of impeccable industry giants to give them an opportunity of a lifetime.

A full day of thought leadership, ecosystem discussion and panel interviews will culminate with the closing ceremony – the P!TCH ETHIOP!A Awards – and the announcement of the top three startups to head to Silicon Valley. More info here.

Kwame Osei
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Los Angeles’s Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty Wins Award From Expertise.com

Innovative, growing real estate office Your Home Sold Guaranteed continues to be recognized for its superior service. The latest is from the extremely well-regarded Expertise.com.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — It is increasingly obvious that there is a better way to approach selling and buying homes. Proof of this is Los Angeles-based Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty, an office that is being quite disruptive in the local real estate world approaching things in a fresh way that tries to put the client experience first and to keep costs low. In exciting news, Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty recently celebrated being named the 2019 list of the Best Real Estate Agents in Los Angeles from Expertise.com. This is after a nationwide review from the acclaimed website.

“This is really wonderful to see both our own Rudy Lira Kusuma and Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty make the Expertise.com Best Real Estate Agents list,” commented a spokesperson from the office. “We will continue doing everything we can to deliver exceptional service.”

Over 1490 agents were reviewed by Expertise.com to come up with the top 20 list. 25 different factors were considered when making the decision.

Your Home Sold Guaranteed helps buy and sell both residential and commercial property in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Rudy Kusuma and his team have a combined experience of over $100 million in real estate transactions.

The results-driven office strives to be the best place to buy and sell real estate for clients, to be the best stewards for shareholders, and give to give their best to the local community.

For more information be sure to visit http://yourhomesoldguaranteedinc.com.


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CRA & IRS Change Tax Rules As It Pertains To Cellphone Expenses For Employers & Employees

Forbes Technology Council Features mobilityView – Four Tips To Help Businesses Keep Effective Mobile Use Records Before Tax Time (CRA & IRS)

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, November 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Four Tips To Help Businesses Keep Effective Mobile Use Records Before Tax Time
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The tax landscape in the business sector frequently changes in North America, and many companies are completely oblivious to the announced changes and the impact of these changes. Changes may be prompted in part because governments at all levels (including municipalities and counties and federal governments) are struggling with massive budget deficits and debts. As an example of important tax regulations, in the United States and in Canada, businesses need to be aware of the tax code as it pertains to the tax treatment and deductibility of a cellphone, from corporate taxes in the U.S. and from the employee taxable benefit perspective in Canada.

The IRS in the U.S. is taking a slightly different approach from Canada in that it is focusing on companies rather than individuals and emphasizes that the company must be tax compliant. This could result in a more efficient tax collection process. In general, you can deduct only the business portion of any business expense, including business use of your home or car and anything else you may use for business. Therefore, it's helpful to require employees to maintain a "mileage book" for the car and cellphone, as well as details about your wireless subscription plan, so that you can present it to the IRS. To remain compliant with the IRS's cellphone policy, you should document business and personal usage for every call, text message and packet of data. A company can't deduct 100% of the cellphone from corporate taxes. Only the documented and substantiated business portion of the cellphone may be deducted.

For many companies in Canada and the U.S., the first inkling of a problem is when a company is audited or employees are suddenly faced with a surprisingly large tax demand. Ultimately an employee is responsible for the accuracy of their tax filing, but all typically trust their employers to ensure that their tax forms are properly filled out. It turns out many Canadian and U.S. corporations I've worked with are unaware of the tax code around cellphones. This could open the door to lawsuits like the BYOD one in California. Employees may demand that their employers reimburse them for their phone use.

Like the IRS's policy, the Canada Revenue Association's (CRA) policy for employers doesn't say not to worry about cellphones, either: The onus is on employers to provide documentation about the percentage of the device usage attributed to work, as well as the fair market value (FMV) of the device. The CRA states explicitly that "if part of the use of the cell phone or Internet service is personal, you have to include the value of the personal use in your employee's income as a taxable benefit. The value of the benefit is based on the FMV of the service, minus any amounts your employee reimburses you." The CRA is being unambiguously clear: At a minimum, the CRA expects employers to calculate the personal usage of cellphones and the associated FMV.

The CRA also says, “You, as the employer, are responsible for determining the percentage of employment use and the FMV. You have to be prepared to justify your position if we ask you to do so.”

The Canadian government is also focusing on the HST (the Canadian national sales tax) portion of operating expenses. HST is relevant for employers and their HST input tax credit (ITC). Only the percentage use of the HST that is associated with commercial (business) purposes may be claimed.

As the CEO of a company that offers a mobile cost management solution, I'm familiar with what it takes to navigate these requirements. Here are some tips for keeping your records up to date:

• Ask your employees to keep a log of business usage (calls, text messages and data). Think of smartphone usage like car mileage for a car that is used for business purposes; you need to keep a log.

• Start to keep historical records. In the U.S., authorities can ask to go back several years in an audit situation.

• Because a significant portion of smartphone expenses can come from data, find a way to indicate what usage is business versus personal. This cannot typically be done manually from your wireless bill for data, as many wireless service providers do not provide this level of detail, but you can use your wireless bill to track voice calls and text messages. To track your data usage, either use a data tracker app or use the app that comes with iOS or Android to view your data consumption per app. Just remember to note the consumption of the app before you use it for work purposes and then note your consumption after use. The difference will give you your business use.

• Find a mobile cost management solution for individual devices or corporate device fleets that can automatically work out the business portion of all your calls, text messages, wireless data and Wi-Fi usage. Today, many businesses use Telephony Expense Management (TEM) solutions such as vCom's and Valicom's and mobile cost management solutions such as my company's.

I know many businesses that have been speaking to wireless service providers for a solution to this problem, but no solution has been forthcoming.


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What can we learn from the McDonalds and Google workplace relationship scandals?

Founder and Chief Culture Officer, Ideal Outcomes, Inc.

Jason Richmond – author, “Culture Spark”

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Jason Richmond author of "Culture Spark" describes how companies can initiate a respectful and inclusive culture

Employees crave the real deal.”

— Jason Richmond

CHICAGO, IL, US, November 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The forced departure of McDonald’s CEO Stephen Easterbrook because of a romantic relationship with a subordinate grabbed the headlines recently. Hot on its heels came reports of an investigation into sexual misconduct by Google executives including parent company Alphabet’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond.

What is going on? In this day and age, after the rise of the #MeToo movement and all the talk about ethical behavior in the workplace why are such high-profile cases happening? At a time when employees are seeking to work for companies with the right kind of culture why is this conduct seemingly on the rise? More importantly, what can be done about it?

It used to be the case that CEOs were fired because their failure was financial, not moral. But that’s all changed. The number one reason for executive dismissals is bad behavior rather than inferior financial performance, according to a 2018 study of the world’s 2,500 largest public companies conducted by PwC.

It was the first time since PwC, one of the country’s largest auditing firms, began tracking executive turnover nineteen years ago in its “CEO Success” study. In fact, 39 percent of the eight-nine CEOs were let go because of sexual misconduct allegations or other ethical lapses such as fraud, bribery, and insider trading.

Why the rise in these kinds of dismissals? The PwC report suggests three key reasons:

1. More aggressive intervention by regulatory and law enforcement authorities,
2. new pressures for accountability about sexual harassment and sexual assault thanks to #MeToo, and
3. the increasing zero tolerance stance adopted by boards of directors.

Easterbrook is not McDonalds only problem. Following more than fifty complaints of sexual harassment in three years —everything from lewd comments and groping to retaliation—the company last month introduced an anti-harassment training program.

So, that’s a start.

What else can you do? You can, for one thing, prohibit relationships between higher-ups and those who report to them.

A 2018 survey of 150 human resources executives conducted by executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that 78 percent of companies had introduced policies discouraging dating between managers and their chain of command. That’s a somewhat realistic approach as relationships with subordinates can give rise to allegations of favoritism or, on the other hand, lawsuits if the relationship goes awry. The power imbalance can also lead to claims that the relationship is never truly consensual. It’s a delicate situation because romantic relationships often start at work. A SHRM study, for instance, found that one-third of Americans have dated someone at work. But 28 percent of them chose not to disclose it!

This entire issue is best handled when corporate leadership determines that an inclusive and respectful culture is something it needs to initiate, and then does so in a true partnership with its employees. It’s something I discuss at length in my book Culture Spark: 5 Steps to Ignite and Sustain Organizational Growth.

And it’s something that my team and I at Ideal Outcomes communicate when we help companies across the country embrace culture change.

The point we make is that employees crave the real deal. In an increasingly skeptical business world with shady dealings and date breaches increasingly commonplace, authenticity and honesty are traits in high demand. And the role of the CEO is even more meaningful than you might think. A Fleishman Hillard study found that 84 percent of Americans equate a CEO’s integrity with that the companies they lead. A CEO scandal reflects badly on the business as a whole.

Footnote: Don’t feel too bad for McDonalds’ Easterbrook getting the boot. His exit package came to $41.8 million which included six months’ severance pay, shares cashable in the future, and other equity. And that’s on top of $23.8 million in stock options that he could immediately exercise. In 2018 Easterbrook made $15.9 million—2,124 times more than the median income of the burger chain’s employees. But that’s a topic for another day.

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New Challenges for Barceló Occidental Cozumel & Barceló Allegro Cozumel

Barceló Occidental Cozumel and Barceló Allegro Cozumel Joint Beach Clean-up

Guest columnist Ricardo Bravo, Quality Manager at the resorts details the latest environmental and social initiatives undertaken by the two properties.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —
Green Globe certified properties Barceló Occidental Cozumel and Barceló Allegro Cozumel are located on the Mexican island of Cozumel in the Caribbean Sea, home to spectacular coral reefs and marine life.

Guest columnist Ricardo Bravo, Quality Manager at the resorts details the latest environmental and social initiatives undertaken by the two properties that aim to preserve their precious surroundings.

After receiving our Green Globe inaugural certifications at Occidental Cozumel and Allegro Cozumel in April, we have focused on renewing our path and vision regarding sustainability, particularly the new challenges and goals that this recognized accreditation represents.

Cozumel Island is currently experiencing significant changes and a transition towards a sustainable lifestyle that is environmentally compatible with the needs and fragility of the different eco-systems. As a company in a developing nation, we recognize that achieving sustainability is a long road to follow but we believe that providing a solid educational foundation and continuous training in sustainability, for our staff members as well as in the community, are necessary steps for the success of any environmental strategy.

Committed to the long-term wellbeing of Cozumel Island’s society and habitat, we have intensified our work in several fields and are proud to be an active part of the actions and efforts being carried out to transform and conserve our natural environment.

Coral Reef Protection

Recently, Cozumel has faced atypical events such as the massive arrival of sargassum seaweed. The disease spread by “white syndrome” has deeply depleted the biodiversity of the reefs, threatening the quality of the wildlife of the Riviera Maya and its surroundings.

Stringent strategies have been introduced to protect areas that are essential for all tourism activity. Federal authorities have decided to temporarily close the healthiest sections of the reef to visits and scuba diving in order to take the pressure off these very popular areas and prevent the further spread of the disease throughout the corals.

Both Occidental Cozumel and Allegro Cozumel resorts strongly support these conservation measures that raise environmental awareness amongst guests and staff and encourages responsible behavior when visiting these sites. The importance of these preventative actions needs to be highlighted and a focus placed on long-term benefits as it is through educating people about the fragility of these types of eco-systems that change will occur.

Joint Beach Clean-ups

Our Green Team has intensified our participation and involvement in volunteering work in various joint beach clean-ups (Limpieza Masiva). Recent clean-ups with staff members from both properties have been organized focusing on minimizing impacts on the most critical points of the island. Others aim to clear the beaches in preparation for the arrival of nesting sea turtles. Clean-ups are highly gratifying for us as all our staff and their families eagerly take part in them. They are also fun community experiences that educate and foster an appreciation of the beauty of local natural spots.

Working Together for the Future

We currently have the honor of being part of the Cozumel Water Committee, which aims to be a platform to start dialogue and enhance the exchange of information between stakeholders to facilitate a shared consensus on issues regarding the sustainable management of water bodies.

Finally, as there are no rivals or competitors only allies when working for the conservation of our ecosystems, we have increased collaborations with other companies including other hotels, schools, municipal institutions and NGOs.

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Global Dinnerwares Market Trend,Application,Business Analysis,Segmentation ,Forecast 2019-2025 and Revenue

Dinnerwares Market also offers a comparative study of the market to understand the difference in performance among competitors.

PUNE, MAHARASTRA, INDIA, November 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The global Dinnerwares Market is studied in detail in the new report on Wise Guy Research (WGR). The new report studies the Dinnerwares market by profiling its major driving and restraining factors, compiling a comprehensive database on the market’s historical growth trajectory and present conditions, and allowing easy formulation of calculations and estimations using industry-leading analytical tools and methods. The key economic factors affecting the global Dinnerwares market are studied in detail in the global Dinnerwares market report, including a detailed assessment of the microeconomic and macroeconomic environment of the market.

The leading players in the global Dinnerwares market are also profiled in detail in the report to provide readers with a complete understanding of the competitive landscape of the global market. Major competitive strategies employed by leading players in the market are elaborated upon in detail, so that readers can get an accurate picture of what is working in the market and what is likely to bring them sustained success. Along with this, the report also provides the readers with a handy guide to what to avoid in the Dinnerwares market and remain free from the major concerns plaguing the market players.

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One thing that the consumer goods industry has learned about the consumers is the current age buyers value sustainability in the goods they buy and values transparency in business operations. It is not just enough for a manufacturer in simply slapping the components list or nutritional information on the product label. Rather consumers are likely to push manufacturers towards raw materials for the goods they sell that are more sustainable. This also comprises the packaging of the product that buyers expect in being compostable, recyclable, and sustainable within minimal carbon footprint.

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Global Dinnerwares Market Segmentation

Segment by Type
Stainless Steel

Segment by Application
Commercial Use
Residential Use

Segment by Regions
North America
Southeast Asia

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DrugTestingCourses.com Launches New Course on Delaware Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Laws



Delaware Drug and Alcohol Workplace Testing Laws Now Available at DrugTestingCourses.com

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — DrugTestingCourses.com, an online training provider operated by Easler Education Inc., announced today that it has launched a new state law course designed to educate individuals and private employers on the relevant workplace drug and alcohol testing laws in the State of Delaware.

The course, which is entitled “Delaware Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing Laws Training," is available for enrollment on DrugTestingCourses.com and all of its e-commerce affiliate reselling partner sites immediately.

Andrew Easler, the co-founder of Easler Education Inc, indicates that “particular changes to society’s attitudes regarding Medical Marijuana have led to a massive increase in legislative changes to workplace testing laws across the country. We decided to become a source of reliable information about these changes as they approach on the horizon so that employers can make informed decisions about changes to their policy and so that employees can avoid unwittingly violating their employer’s policies.”

The new course provides private employers and interested employees in Delaware a summary of the current state law as it relates to drug and alcohol testing. The course has been designed for the benefit of both legal and non-legal professionals. In an effort to make this kind of information accessible to non-lawyers, the course is designed to avoid legalese whenever possible and to explain legal terminology when the use of the term is unavoidable.

This course will cover essential topics such as: which type of testing is allowed in Delaware, the benefits and drawbacks of implementing a testing policy including relevant insurance discounts, if applicable, and how to qualify, some of the observed dangers and pitfalls other employers have encountered through relevant case law, and the current status of state marijuana laws and their effects on the implementation of workplace testing programs.

Medical Marijuana became legal in Delaware in 2016, and many employers and employees have found themselves on the wrong side of the statute. Employers have been sued for wrongful termination, and employees have been fired for what they believed to be lawful activity under the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act. The course is expected to benefit a wide range of employers and employees, including, but not limited to:

-Business Owners
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Government Must Step Up to End Diaper Need in US Says New Study in January Issue of American Journal of Public Health

The capacity of diaper banks to meet diaper need varies widely across the nation, and is largely dependent upon the philanthropic support of local communities.

Diaper need is every community’s problem…the country’s problem. As this study demonstrates, even the best efforts of the nonprofit sector cannot solve that problem without public sector involvement.”

— Sanjeev Sriram, M.D., MPH

NEW HAVEN, CT, UNITED STATES, November 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — With nearly half the infants and toddlers in the US living in poor and low-wage families—who may struggle to access material basic necessities—federal, state and municipal support is essential to augment nonprofit efforts to combat diaper need, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health.

Diaper need is the struggle to provide an adequate supply of diapers to keep children clean, dry, and healthy. Previous research has associated diaper need with maternal depression; diaper rash and urinary tract infections; and decreased work hours for parents, because they are turned away by child cares that require them to supply diapers.

The authors documented the impact of hundreds of nonprofits belonging to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), which distributed more than 52 million diapers in 2016, and devoted more than a million volunteer hours to the effort. While the diaper distribution programs successfully helped nearly 280,000 children during the time period, collectively, the NDBN diaper distribution programs reached just 4% of the 7 million young children living in families at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

“Given the harms that we know children and families face from diaper need, this points to a serious public health problem with long lasting impact,” said lead author Kelley E.C. Massengale, Ph.D., MPH.

Previous research conducted by Massengale has demonstrated significant benefits when children receive diapers, including positive changes in parental mental health; improved child health and happiness; increased opportunities to access child care, go to work, and attend school; and the ability to divert household finances toward other material basic needs, including utilities and medical care.

“Diapers have an enormous impact on families,” said Joanne S. Goldblum, CEO of the National Diaper Bank Network and one of the study’s authors. Goldblum also co-authored a 2013 study in the journal Pediatrics that linked diaper need to maternal depression.

“We found that diaper need is a stronger predictor of depressive symptoms than food insecurity,” Goldblum said. “That’s not surprising. There are at least some public programs to help families with food, such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). But in most of the country, families with diaper need must rely upon the charity of nonprofits with limited resources.”

Sanjeev Sriram, M.D., MPH, said the American Journal of Public Health study is the latest research pointing out the need for public policy around diaper need. “Past research has shown providing diapers keeps kids healthier and helps parents attend school and work, which of course benefits the family and the community economically,” he said. “Diaper need is every community’s problem, every state’s problem, and the country’s problem. As this study demonstrates, even the best efforts of the nonprofit sector cannot solve that problem without public sector involvement.”

The authors propose a number of policy solutions to end diaper need, including: repeal of sales tax on diapers, the allocation of government resources to establish and expand diaper bank programs, and government assistance directly to families living in poverty.

The capacity of diaper banks to meet diaper need varies widely across the nation, and is largely dependent upon the philanthropic support of local communities. The study found that in more than 14 US states, less than 1% of the diaper need was met by nonprofits. States with the highest percentages of coverage included Rhode Island, Texas and Alabama at 16%, 15%, and 10%, respectively.

The authors cited past studies of diaper bank outcomes that showed significant benefits of providing families with diapers: “Having an adequate diaper supply can have a positive impact on early childhood education participation, parents’ work attendance, the ability to keep scheduled appointments, and opportunities to participate in community events outside the home.”

Anna E. Austin and Lynn H. Comer were also authors.

The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America, by leading a national movement to help meet the basic needs of all babies and their families, including access to clean, dry diapers and other material goods. Founded in 2011 with the support of Huggies®, the network raises national awareness of diaper need (#DiaperNeed) and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its active membership includes more than 200 diaper banks, diaper pantries, and food banks located in 50 US states and the District of Columbia. More information on NDBN and diaper need is available at www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org, and on Twitter (@DiaperNetwork), Instagram (@DiaperNetwork) and Facebook (facebook.com/NationalDiaperBankNetwork).

Troy Moore
National Diaper Bank Network
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Source: EIN Presswire