Africare Strategy Tames Malaria, Could Rout Ebola

first_imgChildren across the West African nation of Benin sleep safer at night and live healthier lives because of a modest pilot program to decrease malaria-related deaths.  Directed by Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, the pilot program is said to have delivered such outstanding results that it was immediately expanded throughout the entire country by the government of Benin.Benin’s President Boni Yayi , in recognition of the program’s remarkable success, has honored Africare president, Dr. Darius Mans and the organization he leads, by appointing him an Officer of the National Order of Benin, Africare newsletter’s latest edition has confirmed.“It is a privilege to be recognized by President Yayi on behalf of Africare and its Beninese staff who implemented the program to ensure that children, the future of this great nation, are protected from malaria, the number one killer of children under five years old,” said Dr. Mans.The Africare Malaria Prevention StrategyWith financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and in collaboration with the Benin Ministry of Health (MOH) and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), Africare launched a pilot program in 2004 to train members of local women’s groups on how to control malaria in their communities.Beginning in two departments, Couffo and Mono, the Africare-trained women shared their knowledge with others on how to protect children under five years and pregnant women from malaria.By 2008, the incidence of malaria dropped 73 percent in the two departments despite a national increase of 65 percent over the same period. More importantly, malaria-related deaths of children under five dropped 84 percent, while the national average only decreased by 18 percent.Benin Picks Africare for nationwide initiativeDue to the program’s success, The Global Fund renewed its support and recommended the initiative be expanded to cover all of Benin. The Benin MOH and CCM again turned to Africare to lead the comprehensive malaria control program.The Africare led nationwide initiative, in addition to training women’s groups on malaria prevention and treatment, also coordinated the distribution of nearly eight million long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets in an effort to reach universal coverage.Africare’s malaria prevention and treatment efforts also included additional benefits such as communities spending fewer financial resources on malaria medicines and an overall decrease in the number of days children missed school.One village elder reported: “Whatever Africare is doing is working because my village is getting crowded. Children are no longer dying as often as they used to.”Africare Approach May Defeat Ebola­“In light of the horrific Ebola outbreak that is devastating neighboring West African countries, the Africare approach of Africans empowering Africans with the knowledge and resources to defeat a deadly disease such as malaria may be applied to other health crises on the continent, including Ebola,” Dr. Mans asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Skating club to open season with on ice get together

first_imgOn Wednesday Sept. 28, the skating club will be holding its Come Skate With Us event and a Stop and Swap at the Taylor District Ice Centre.The Come Skate With Us portion will involve potential and current club members being given an opportunity to meet and skate with the club’s coaches and gain some more information on the skating club.The event will also include a Stop and Swap, where figure skaters can come and exchange their old uniforms or equipment for whatever is available at the event.- Advertisement -The program will run from 4-5 p.m. and those in attendance will also have the opportunity to take advantage of early registration for the skating club.For more information on the event or the Peace Passage Skating Club, please visit their official website or contact Sandra at 250-789-2289.last_img read more

Lack of equipment, medicine hampers effective functioning of Wismar hospital

first_imgWhile the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH) at Wismar, Linden, is currently making strides towards the advancement of healthcare delivery in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), it has not been without its share of issues.Medical Superintendent (MS) of the hospital, Dr Steve Mark outlined a number of these to Regional Chairman Renis Morian during a recent visit to the medical institution.The issues range from the lack of a stationed ambulance, lack of ECG and ultrasound machines, HCG kits, inefficient security, depletion of staff, trouble sourcing pharmaceuticals as well as maintenance issues. Mark indicated that the hospital was also in need of a handyman.“Right now we are in dire need of an ECG machine because we have about fifty plus medical patients with heart condition, hypertension, diabetic patients that are in need of ECG. So we’re really in need of this and also an ultrasound machine”, the MS explained.The hospital recently boosted its maternity wards and other units, however, Mark noted that it cannot move forward without support from the relevant authorities. He also pointed out that decisions surrounding the management of the hospital are being made, allegedly through the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) at Mackenzie without consulting him.Dr Steve Mark and Regional Chairman Renis Morian having a discussion at the hospital“Decisions are being made over that side about everything and bypassing my end. My staff are being moved…so the whole function of the hospital breaks at times. Because if I’m here and Mackenzie making decisions without me knowing then how can I manage this hospital…This is a serious matter. What has been happening is, we have a group of staff here and over the river (Linden Hospital) seem to be draining (our staff)”, Mark said.As such, he said this prevents the hospital from attaining a certain standard. The Regional Chairman said while he was happy with the progress being made at the UDH, he was concerned over the issue of staff depletion.“…what I’m disappointed with is the call to move staff from Wismar hospital. I would like the administration of the Mackenzie hospital to first have a talk with the RDC (Regional Democratic Councillor) on this because…this has been happening over the years. Every time this hospital come up, you remove and it go down back. We are not in the business of carrying down. We’re building this hospital. If they need staff, they need to apply for staff or invite fresh staff, but we don’t want staff move from Wismar hospital…you don’t deplete this hospital to build Mackenzie hospital, you build both hospitals”, Morian said.He added that the objective is for residents of Wismar to have a fully functional health facility, as he made a promise to speak with the Health Minister on the issue. During the discourse, Mark also highlighted the need for a parking facility at the hospital. He said he has written to the relevant authorities on some of the issues.The Regional Chairman also made a promise to address the issues and to write to the relevant authorities. According to Mark, the hospital cannot move forward with the present climate.  “The hospital has a lot of potential. We need to move it forward…” he added.last_img read more

Another crazy Leeds story as Cellino BANS Sky Sports staff from Elland Road

first_img Massimo Cellino Leeds United’s controversial owner Massimo Cellino is attempting to prevent his side’s Championship clash with Derby on Tuesday from being televised.Staff from Sky Sports were denied entry to Elland Road on Monday as they arrived to set up for the match.Cellino, currently on a Christmas break at his home in Miami, is claimed to have threatened Leeds staff with disciplinary action if they allow any members of the Sky Sports team in.The Italian businessman, who has courted controversy throughout his Leeds reign, believes live TV coverage undermines his club’s attendances and commercial income.Leeds have already been shown nine times on Sky Sports this season, resulting in a number of kick-off and date changes.A TV black-out would be embarrassing for the Football League, who are attempting to convince Cellino not to follow through with the ban.“The League has been made aware that Sky personnel have been unable to access Elland Road today as previously arranged,” a Football League spokesman said in a statement.“We have contacted Leeds United to remind the club of its obligations to our broadcast partner and to ask them for their observations.“As yet, we have not received a response from anyone in authority at the club, but are hopeful that the matter can be resolved swiftly once the club does engage.”Former Cagliari owner Cellino is currently waiting for an appeal date as he fights a second Football League ban for breaching its Owners’ and Directors’ test following a tax evasion conviction in Italy.He will not be present at Elland Road on Tuesday and has left the enforcement of his ban with other staff. 1last_img read more

Liner strikes ice, takes on water off Antarctica; all 154 passengers, crew rescued

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A Canadian cruise ship struck submerged ice off Antarctica and began taking on water, but all 154 passengers and crew, Americans and Britons among them, took to lifeboats Friday and were plucked to safety by a passing cruise ship. No injuries were reported, although passengers reportedly endured subfreezing temperatures for several hours as they waited in bobbing lifeboats for a Norwegian liner that took them to a Chilean military base in the region. “The ship ran into some ice. It was submerged ice and the result was a hole about the size of a fist in the side of the hull so it began taking on water … but quite slowly,” said Susan Hayes of G.A.P. Adventures of Toronto, which owns the stricken MS Explorer. “The passengers are absolutely fine. They’re all accounted for, no injuries whatsoever.” Hours after the pre-dawn accident near Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, Chilean aerial photographs showed the ship listing heavily, its white superstructure and red hull starkly visible against the gray, choppy waters and overcast skies. Argentina’s coast guard said it was in danger of sinking. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHayes said 91 passengers had been aboard, including at least 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians. The ship also carried nine expedition staff members and a crew of 54. The group calmly abandoned ship when the captain’s order came and pumps helped keep the ship stable for an orderly evacuation, Hayes said. Arnvid Hansen, captain of the Norwegian liner Nordnorge, said his ship ferried the passengers and crew to a Chilean air force base on King George Island in Antarctic waters near southernmost South America. “The rescue operation ran very smoothly,” the 54-year-old captain told The Associated Press by shipboard telephone from the Nordnorge. G.A.P Adventures is a tour company that provides excursions with an environmental focus. The Explorer was on a 19-day circuit of Antarctica and the Falkland Islands.last_img read more

MAN WHO PUNCHED WIFE IN ROW OVER TELEVISION SHOW HAS CASE DISMISSED

first_imgA man who assaulted his wife after a row over a television show has walked free from court.Griffin appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.Pensioner Kevin Griffin, 66, was accused of assaulting his wife at their home in Ballybofey. Letterkenny District Court hard how Gardai had been contacted by ambulance control on November 30th last.The accused man’s wife Alice had received a deep cut to her lip and had to receive stitches to the wound.Ambulance control contacted Gardai who went to the couple’s home to interview them about the incident.They said there had ben an argument between them over a television programme.Griffin claimed that when they went to bed that evening, his wife had fallen out of bed.He went to lift her off the floor but she slapped him and he struck back by punching her in the face.Griffin said he was very embarrassed after hitting his wife of 45 years and that it would not happen again.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case from last December until today after asking to hear from Mrs Griffin.However the court was told that Mrs Griffin did not wish to give evidence in the case.Garda Inspector John O’Toole said Mrs Griffin’s injury had healed and that he was withdrawing the charge and the case was struck out.MAN WHO PUNCHED WIFE IN ROW OVER TELEVISION SHOW HAS CASE DISMISSED was last modified: January 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this: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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultBallybofeydonegalGardaiKevin GriffinTV showlast_img read more

HARTE WELCOMES AN POST SELECTION TO RETAIN SOCIAL WELFARE CONTRACT

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has today welcomed the decision that An Post has been announced as the preferred bidder for the delivery of Social Welfare payments throughout the country.An Post holds the current contract, which expires at the end of this year, and the announcement that it is the preferred bidder means that negotiations will now proceed with the aim of finalising this contract.“This is great news, especially for An Post and its workers, but moreover for many social welfare recipients, who can continue to easily access their payments. “An Post remains part of the fabric of our society. In a time when other institutions are closing down, An Post remain a truly national organisation serving the entire community of Ireland, rural and urban.“This news will also be welcomed by the network of Post Offices throughout Donegal who will continue their great work, not only in being able to provide Social Welfare payments but also in their day-to-day functions as well.” HARTE WELCOMES AN POST SELECTION TO RETAIN SOCIAL WELFARE CONTRACT was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this: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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL: SEMI-FINALS DRAW MADE FOR U13 ALL-COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgThe draw for the semi-finals of the U13 Girls gaelic football all-county championship has been made.Games are fixed for 11am this Saturday, October 10. First clubs out have home advantage and are asked to move the time back to noon if opposition clubs have a considerable distance to travel.Games must be played by next Monday, October 12. Where clubs can’t agree a change, the original fixture time of this Saturday applies. There are unlimited substitutions for this competition. Clubs drawn out and given home advantage to appoint referee. If teams are changing dates/times of games, please let fixtures know.The County Finals are provisionally fixed for Sunday October 18.A ChampionshipNaomh Conaill v Naomh Padraig Muff Glenfin v TermonB ChampionshipMac Cumhaills v St Eunan’sAodh Ruadh v BuncranaC Championship Urris v St Naul’sGaoth Dobhair v Na DunaibhD ChampionshipFour Masters v Moville Cloughaneely v GlenswillyE ChampionshipNaomh Colmcille Newtown v N ColumbaRed Hughs v DungloeF ChampionshipCarndonagh v KillybegsTermon B v St Mary’s ConvoyLADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL: SEMI-FINALS DRAW MADE FOR U13 ALL-COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by John2Share this: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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal LGFAU13 girls gaelic footballlast_img read more

DD Business: Donegal companies forge new trade links in US

first_imgA joint partnership between Gartan Technologies from Donegal and US firm Adashi Systems was just one of the success stories form the Ireland North West delegation who travelled to the United States last week as part of a trade visit.This, coupled with the establishment of a Boston office for Derry firm GoWalkTalk add to the ongoing commitment to strengthen economic development links between Massachusetts and the North West region.Making the announcement of the new Boston office for GoWalkTalk, the Mayor of Boston, Martin Walsh, speaking at the Golden Bridges Conference, said the investment by the Derry based healthcare management applications and solution’s company was evidence of the ongoing positive partnership arrangement with Massachusetts and the North West region of Ireland. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council presenting at the North West Show case at the UMass Building during the North West Ireland delegation visit to Massachusetts last week.The Ireland North West delegation, the first of its kind to travel to Massachusetts, was cross border and cross agency led, with the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey, the Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock, the Chief Executives of both Councils, Seamus Neely and John Kelpie, Council officials, representatives from Udaras na Gaeltachta, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the North West Regional College, and 17 local businesses, all travelling to promote the region for investment and build and develop strong links and relationships between both regions.An inspiring “Gateway for Growth” promotional video and brochure was officially launched during the visit and businesses and officials in Worcester, Springfield and Boston about the unique opportunities that existed for investment in Ireland North West.Seamus Neely, Chief Executive with Donegal County Council said that the potential US investors were very interested to hear that Ireland North West is ranked in the top 10 economies in the world for ease of doing business and starting a business, and to hear about our strong and diverse SME base and real spirit of entrepreneurship.“What was very evident from our visit was how the US businesses were interested in our location and our closeness to Europe. We went out there with a very clear message that our unique location is our strength and how we provide the only region that has a land border between the UK and the rest of the EU.” Pictured at the Golden Bridges Conference in Boston last week is Joe McHugh TD Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Terence Slowey and Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh.“Our young, well educated population with their strong worth ethic, and the fact that 31% of our school leavers are educated to degree level and have right skills for employment were very much of interest to the businesses we spoke to.”John Kelpie, Chief Executive with Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “We told delegates about our unique offering and the fact that Ireland North West, that includes the fourth largest city on the island of Ireland, is a very attractive location for international business partnerships because of its hugely talented skills base, competitive operating costs, advanced telecommunications infrastructure and excellent education and business linkages. A key selling point for us was our unique location and our close connectivity to Europe, our very youthful and talented population, and excellent skills base.“We were very forthright about our ambitious plans for the future and told them about how we are investing multi-millions of pounds in our road, rail and air infrastructure and connectivity over the next five to 10 years, that will see the expansion of our university, the development of a graduate medical school and major redevelopment of the city sites including investment in housing, office and retail space and leisure service provision. We outlined our strong commitment to building on our existing strengths in terms of our youthful and well educated population, our talent and creativity and skills base to promote ourselves as a city and region that is willing and able to do business.”Another top selling point for the delegation was the region’s extremely cost competitiveness for prime office rent space compared to Boston or Dublin and the attractive financial support packages and ongoing aftercare support for potential investors that are on offer, in addition to our universities and institutions that are driving our technology and knowledge industries.John Kelpie said these impressive selling points make Ireland North West a highly attractive and competitive location to do business and he is confident some real linkages and connections were made.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey said feedback on what Ireland North West has to offer has been very positive and that people in the US were genuinely very excited about what the region has to offer.Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock said the visit was very significant not only in terms of forging links and relationships but in giving the companies that travelled as part of the delegation a real insight into the US market and the opportunities that exist for development and expansion. For the 17 companies that travelled as part of the delegation there is a lot of follow up work to do with the connections and links made during the visit.Eleanor Hanna from Donegal based Hanna Hats felt that the trip was very beneficial for her business and said that “we have made some great contacts with high end fashion stores in the US and we are planning to meet up with them in the New Year to pursue these opportunities further”.Orla Ward from O’Neill’s, Ireland’s largest sportswear manufacturing company, said the visit was really worthwhile and she is following up on a number of very positive leads with colleges and universities in Boston who are interested in their quality performance playing kits.DD Business: Donegal companies forge new trade links in US was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this: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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UPL: Express FC eye return to winning ways against resurgent Busoga United

first_imgExpress FC lost their last League game to Vipers SC.(PHOTO/Express)Uganda Premier League Express FC vs Busoga United Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Tuesday, 29-10-2019 @4:30pmWANKULUKUKU-Express FC will be out to return to winning ways in the Uganda Premier League on Tuesday afternoon when they take on Busoga United at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.The Red Eagles who were on a two game winless run lost 3-0 to Vipers SC in their last game, a result that saw them slump down the table.Before a kick of the ball on Tuesday, the Red Eagles find themselves 11th on the log, five points away from the relegation zone and it is a situation that they will want to put right as soon as possible.Manager George Ssemwogerere is no longer under pressure as ut was at the beginning of the season but knowing the Express fans, a run of a couple of poor results may see him get back into the firing line.Ahead of the games Ssemwogere says his players are ready to take three points off Busoga United.“We are ready just like any other game the only challenge is the stadium but the players are fit and very ready for that game, noted Ssemwogere as quoted by Express FC official website.As the players and technical team prepare for the game, the state of the pitch is not at its best after a function on Sunday.It is an issue that has affected Express FC in the past and one that many have become accustomed to.On the pitch, Ssemwogere had this to say;“The pitch isn’t really in a good playing condition but we have nothing to do it is what we use we don’t have our own so we have to endure.”Express FC will still be without several first team players for Tuesday’s game. Mathiaus Muwanga is still nursing a back injury. Hamdan Nsubuga as well as Emmanuel Baffoe are also out of the contest due to injuries. Joseph Zziwa and Avemah Shafiq are yet to obtain licenses and will still be unavailable.For Busoga United, they come into the game in good form having won both of their last two games.The Jinja based side defeated Proline 1-0 and then Police 2-1 to collect much needed six points in their last encounters.The two victories put an end to a winless run that had seen Busoga take just a point from three games and they will be smelling blood on Tuesday.Match factsThis will be the 7th ever meeting between the two sides.In their past six encounters, both teams have won twice and drawn the other two games.Busoga come into the game winless in their three visits to Wankulukuku, losing once and drawing the other two.Last season, both teams won their home fixtures with Express winning the reverse fixture 2-1.Express head into the encounter having lost three of their last five games (W2 D0).At home, the Red Eagles have won just one of their last four League games (D1 L2).For Busoga, they have lost just two of their last 7 encounters (W4 D1).Away from home, they have won two of their last five (D1 L2).The other games to be played on Tuesday-BUL FC vs Bright Stars FC @4:30pm-Police FC vs Wakiso Giants FC @4:30pm-Kyetume FC vs Vipers SC @4pmComments Tags: Busoga UnitedExpress FCGeorge SsemwogereUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more