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Helping to Build Liberia’s Resilient Health Sector

first_imgThe 2014 deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak was a rude awakening for major health stakeholders in Liberia to restart thinking that there is the need for the construction of a resilient health sector in the country. The stakeholders had taught that all was becoming rosy in the sector; especially, when major international institutions, including the United Nations, praised Liberia, in 2013, for having drastically reduced maternal and neo-natal mortality rates in the country. The GOL’s Ministry of Health, along with its supporting partners began patting themselves on the backs and maybe popping champagne for the “job well done.”Little did they know that actually what they had done was nothing enough for them to relax. When Ebola struck in March 2014, they realized that all the “gains” that they had boasted of in previous years, couldn’t stand the blow of mighty Ebola, which took away many lives in Liberia. Health facilities, including major hospitals like the St. Joseph’s Catholic-run Hospital, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Redemption Hospital, all in Monrovia, and other facilities in other parts of the country, had to close their doors because their facilities were badly hit. Over 150 health workers, including Medical Doctors, trying to save lives, got infected and succumbed to the virus. Pregnant women and nearly all others, including children, who sought medical attention at those facilities were let down. There is a famous story about a heavily pregnant woman, who delivered her twin babies in the open after she had been refused delivery access at a hospital in Paynesville City during the heat of the Ebola crisis.However, the story began to change when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf rallied her troop of health workers and others, including international partners, to up their efforts at combating the virus. The virus was soon nipped in the butt and its transmission was cut. Forty-two days without a new case, after the last known survival had been discharged from the Chinese-built and managed ETU, the entire nation was declared Ebola transmission free on Saturday, May 9th. Although it resurfaced few weeks later, by this time, the nation now had firmed control over it.Health actors began working frantically to initiate the process of building a resilient health sector so that it will be able to withstand future outbreaks, not only Ebola, but any other that might come.The process has begun and one of those in the vanguard is Dr. Christiana K. Hena, a General Medicine and Public Health Practitioner, who returned home three years ago to help in the nation rebuilding process. Dr. Hena is based in her native Kakata City, Margibi County, where she was born and grew up several years ago.She left Liberia and studied Medicine in the US. She worked with the United Methodist’s General Board of Global Ministries for nearly quarter of a century before returning home to Liberia. All throughout those years, she worked in some of the poverty-stricken communities in India, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Soviet Union (today Russia), etc.She returned home and began a non-for-profit NGO — Healthy Women, Health Liberia (HWHL). She runs a mini clinic at her home, where patients, especially women and children go for free-of-charge treatment. Her programs have now been extended to 34 communities in Margibi County. According to Dr. Hena, she established the NGO based on her conviction of what she saw when she lived abroad.“I always came back here to provide community services and looking at the health situation in the country, I felt that I could make a difference and bring back the integrity and dignity that I saw was missing,” she stated. She said that she wants to give people the reason for coming to health facility and not allow them to go back because they are fearful. So, she along with a band of health workers whom she has trained, treats patients and gives them medications. They provide lectures on to parents and guardians on different health issues, including preventing cases like malaria, diarrhea and how to take care of their children. Her HWHL also performs deworming for the children twice a year. Her mini clinic is probably the only site that does telemedicine program in Liberia at the moment. “We partner with the University of Virgina; we have set up our computers in a way that they can talk and consult with us and we can show them what we do here. This has been going on now for little over a year,” she stated. Because the number of patients she sees daily has increased and her mini clinic and yard can highly accommodate all of them, the Lord has laid on her heart to construct a bigger facility, which will take in more sick people. Dr. Hena told the Daily Observer Health Desk recently in Kakata, that she, on her own, doesn’t have the amount of money that would be needed to build the primary healthcare facility. She took her vision to “friends of friends of friends” in the US and they graciously accepted her dream and were touched by God to help Liberians.She disclosed and praised one family (names withheld) in a little town called Canadian Texas in Texas, US, for donating US$200,000 to her cause. She also said that donations in kind and cash came from other people and institutions, too. One of such persons in the Liberia and in Margibi County, whom she said has graciously accepted her dream, is Senator Oscar Cooper. The primary health care facility that she is constructing sits on an acre of land and will have a pharmacy, a dental department, a pediatric ward, an eye department, an X-ray room, rooms for adults’ screening and diagnostic labs. Other facilities the center will contain would be a short stay, telemedicine program, electricity facility that will be provided by solar power among others.She stated that the design for the whole facility was done by some friends outside Liberia, who are specialized in the design of health facilities. Touching on some of the services that they will be offering at the facility, especially looking at the recent Ebola crisis, Dr. Hena stated, “Well, we are very blessed as compare to other facilities since this is new. Our triage is going to be across the fence so that we have better control in the main facility. We will do the washing of hands, the screening of different things before they are allowed into the facility for treatment.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Horace James appointed head of NICIL

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Thursday confirmed Horace James, who has been performing the duties of Officer in Charge of the organisation, since the departure of the former head.A missive from the government agency said that over the past few months, theNew Head of NICILHorace Jamestechnical and management skills and the experience of 14 external and internal candidates were evaluated by both the Board and independent assessors, and James emerged as the most suitable.James is a United Kingdom (UK)-trained engineer and from 2003 to 2015, served as the Head of the Linmine Secretariat and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Linden Electricity Company (LEC)Meanwhile, Emmet Alves, who was performing the duties of head of the Linmine Secretariat since January 2016, has been confirmed in that position, with effect from March 1, 2017. Alves, NICIL said, is a University of Guyana and Russia-trained mining engineer and since 2003, has been responsible for executing and managing a number of Linmine engineering and environmental projects, including the Mackenzie-Wismar Bridge.last_img read more

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Wenger pleased with Gunners reaction

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger smiles ahead of their English Premier League football match against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on May 10, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, May 14 -Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted for his side as they broke a seven year hoodoo against Stoke City on Saturday evening.The Gunners stormed to a 4-1 victory over Mark Hughes’ team, to record their first win at the Bet365 Stadium since 2010. Olivier Giroud handed the top-four chasing side the lead three minutes before half-time, before Mesut Ozil combined with Alexis Sanchez for a sumptuous second just before the hour mark.The Potters fought back through controversial circumstances as Peter Crouch reduced the deficit with his hand, but the visitors rallied back with Sanchez and Giroud adding a third and fourth respectively.“We had a difficult week but we have won convincingly so the focus is there, the fighting spirit is there and we’re pleased to win,” he said after the game. “I believe when the team plays well we have the right individual talent to win.“When they scored the ‘hand-goal’ they came back but when you go to places like Stoke you need at some stage to suffer and stick together and that is what we did.”Arsenal are now one point behind fourth placed Liverpool with two games remaining.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Quilt displays common thread among victims

first_imgMONROVIA – Erin Brady’s passion is quilting. Over the past two months, for every waking hour, she has used this passion to stitch a quilt with the faces of 168 children who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. And, in the process, she has faced her own pain and memories of abuse. Brady finished the quilt in time for today’s bi-annual meeting in Los Angeles of about 300U.S. Catholic bishops. It will be part of a 48-hour vigil set up by A Coalition for Truth. The survivors’ group will set up the quilt panels at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles where they will be on display from 1:30 p.m. today to 1:30 p.m. Saturday during the bishops’ visit. “This is a way to show we are a community. We are stitched together,” said Brady, who lives in Monrovia and teaches ninth grade in Canyon Oaks, Monrovia’s continuation high school. “We are hoping Catholics would come out to view this and to show their support for people in their own community who were hurt.” Tamberg said more than 30,000 parents, teachers and others have been trained in abuse prevention and safe environments programs. Students in Catholic schools also are taught age-appropriate “good touching, bad touching.” Brady says she was molested during the third, fourth and fifth grades at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Monrovia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Criminal charges were never filed against the perpetrator, she said, because the statute of limitations had expired. Brady has filed a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese, which is pending along with about 500 other cases. Brady said the alleged molestations were severe and took place in a basement library under the church, in the rectory and in a car. She said she suppressed her pain until she was 34 and living in a convent while studying to become a nun. “I put it all away until I could deal with it,” Brady said. “Sometimes things would bother me, but I didn’t know why.” Brady says the quilt is a physical representation of the children who suffered. Mary Pitcher of Long Beach, a spokeswoman for A Coalition for Truth, said it gives a presence to those voices that haven’t been heard. “We are asking for the church, not just the bishops, and Catholics to listen to the survivors,” Pitcher said. “We also know we can’t depend on those who created the problem to fix it. And so the people who know how to fix it are the survivors; they have the answers. That’s who we want to make sure are heard.” marianne.love@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The quilt is made up of six 4-by-6-foot panels with 28faces on each in black-and-white and color photos. The center of each panel is embroidered with the words abuse survivors used to express their emotions: “shattered lives,” “broken hearts,” “stolen souls,” “community divided,” “lost innocence,” “betrayed trust.” “These are the phrases I hear over and over again from survivors. These are the common feelings,” said Brady, 47, who is one of the original members of Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, now a nationwide support organization with thousands of members. Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said the quilt is a step in the healing process. “Equally important, is making sure that children are safe from abuse and other dangers, today and in the future,” Tamberg said. “The Archdiocese fingerprints and background checks every priest, teacher, employee and volunteer who works with our children.” last_img read more

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L.A.’s defiant council

first_imgSO City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo publicly declares that the Los Angeles City Council’s plan to give its members four more years in office is probably unconstitutional, and how does the council respond? “Insider baseball on technicalities,” says council President Eric Garcetti. After all, who cares about the law, good governance and the public interest? Certainly not the City Council, which for so long has cared only about its own interests and those, of course, of the people who buy their “access” with hefty contributions. So the council is set to proceed today with plans to ram its attack on term limits down L.A. voters’ throats. Defying their own attorney’s legal advice, members will cover their bitter term-limits pill with phony ethics-reform sugar. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThey are hoping the sweetener will be a multimillion-dollar campaign financed by the special interests that own City Hall and don’t want to have to buy newcomers every eight years when they could keep them around for 12 years. In their view, it’s just dollars and sense. Never mind that Delgadillo says council members could get sued. After all, if the public has no money to fight this outrage with, it won’t have money to fight in court, either. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, whose personal ambitions go beyond the $1 million in extra salary and benefits an additional council term means, actually makes a moral issue of this: “I think an issue like ethics reform deserves to be mandated in the City Charter so it isn’t so easily changed by legislation,” Greuel says. “I think the voters should have a say on this and a chance to make it permanent.” How noble, how democratic! Too bad Greuel and her colleagues won’t put issues before voters like outrageous trash-fee hikes and endless Department of Water and Power rate hikes. Council members did not talk about a public vote then; they didn’t even allow much of a public debate. But if Greuel and Co. are so concerned about making ironclad ethics reforms, why not just put real reforms before the public without the term-limits bit? Instead of the meaningless fluff reforms they’re advocating now, why not propose full, immediate disclosure of any and all political contributions? If anyone gives more than, say, $100 to any city politician, or spends that much on a politician’s behalf or on a campaign measure, they would have to fully disclose their contribution into a searchable Internet database within 24 hours. And the information would have to be complete: All city business in the past two years as well as current interests would have to be disclosed. The politicians would have to disclose complete and detailed financial information regularly, as well as their calendars and contacts on public issues on a weekly basis. Those are the kind of reforms that would create an open and honest government, one that would be a lot more likely to be held accountable and to serve the public interest. Unlike what the council has in mind, that kind of reform would actually do some good. And it might even be legal.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian wanted by three Serie A clubs

first_img Matteo Darmian in action for Italy 1 Manchester United flop Matteo Darmian will be a key target for three Serie A clubs this January.United paid £12.7m to land the right-back from Torino in 2015 but things have not gone exactly to plan for the Italy international.After starting 24 Premier League games in his first season with the club, Darmian has become little more than a fringe player at Old Trafford.He has started just two league games this term and it has been suggested that he will be sold when the window opens in the New Year.But, according to reports in Italy, there is no shortage of clubs interested in landing the 27-year-old despite his lack of recent game time.Serie A champions Juventus, along with Napoli and Roma, want to lure Darmian back to his homeland and believe his ability to play at either right or left back would be a huge asset to the squad.Darmian remains under contract until 2019 but given his diminished role in the team United are reportedly ready to sell.last_img read more

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‘Do you want this job?’ – Chelsea fans joke with Cech during Europa League masterclass

first_img tense deals Reports suggest the former Blues keeper will return to Stamford Bridge as the club’s new director of football this summer – leading some to suggest he should’ve been left out of the Gunners starting XI in Baku.Before the match, talkSPORT host Adrian Durham said: “He’s about to go back to Chelsea in the summer – that’s where his heart has always been.“He may have moved, he may have signed a contract, he may have worn that shirt and rubbed the badge, but he is still Chelsea through and through. Everyone can see that! Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Cech do you want this job???— CFC Daily (@CFCDaily) May 29, 2019 Cech you’re gonna lose your next job if you don’t concede, sorry I don’t make the rules— georgia (@23thfc) May 29, 2019 REVEALED GETTY “I’m not saying he’s going to let anything in the goal, but it’s madness to play him.”Cech, however, kept the scores level during the first-half in Baku.First, he denied Chelsea left-back Emerson, before pulling off a superb stop from former Arsenal man Olivier Giroud. Cech doesn’t want this DOF job at Chelsea apparently. Tragic— Imoh (@ImohUmoren) May 29, 2019 gameday cracker 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Why is Čech so damn professional 😂 We need a favour. Do you even want the new job mate?!— Dev (@devsbluearmy) May 29, 2019 Petr Čech making BIG saves in BIG games! 🙌He denies Olivier Giroud with a brilliant one-handed stop! ⛔️#UELfinal pic.twitter.com/0ETtRL2u9g— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 29, 2019And Chelsea fans, who still adore the Czech, have joked that he needs to be careful if he still wants the technical role at Stamford Bridge.Here are the best tweets: huge blow center_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining Cech you’ve got to let that go in mate— Mod (@CFCMod_) May 29, 2019 no dice Cech was superb during the first-half in Baku – making some important saves Dear Petr Cech, it seems you don’t want that technical adviser job again. You are joking with unemployment, its okay.— Daniel J. Wilson (@Its_dandiko) May 29, 2019 REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Questions were raised when Petr Cech was named to start against his past, and potentially future, employers in the Europa League final – but he soon silenced the doubters.Playing the final game of his career, the 37-year-old rolled back the years to produce a string of fine saves for Arsenal and keep Chelsea out. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more

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Solskjaer told by Man United he can complete this transfer in January

first_img three-way race 1 Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Solskjaer is reportedly keen to strengthen his midfield TOP WORK LATEST But according to the Manchester Evening News, the club have made funds available for the addition of a big-money signing in the middle of the park.Man United were linked with a number of young, British midfielders during the summer window, including Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff and West Ham’s Declan Rice.Manager Solskjaer has prioritised youth over experience at the beginning of the new season, with Scott McTominay emerging as a first-choice midfielder alongside Paul Pobga.. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? target LIVING THE DREAM Manchester United have given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer permission to sign a new midfielder in January to bolster his squad, reports claim.The Red Devils have not replaced Marouane Fellaini or Ander Herrera following their recent departures, leaving the club particularly thin in central midfield. moving on AFP or licensors Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing GOSSIP targets Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:20Loaded: 12.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Meanwhile, Andreas Pereira has also forced his way into the first-team, while Nemanja Matic has played for only 22 minutes and £52million man Fred has been left out of all four opening matchday squads.United have also been linked with a move for Tottenham’s wantaway star Christian Eriksen.The Dane’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Spurs may be forced to sell in January.However, it is understood Eriksen would prefer to move to Spain rather than remaining in England were he to leave north London. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Tony Cascarino says Man United WILL make Premier League top four this seasonlast_img read more

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Scotland beat Israel to earn Euro 2020 play-off spot

first_imgThe Hoops speed merchant then grabbed his third of the night – and fifth in two games for his country – by finishing clinically from close range to make it 3-1.Eran Zahavi pulled one back for Israel with 20 minutes left to create a nervy finish.Scotland almost let their lead slip but Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor produced a stunning late save to secure a crucial three points.Victory sees Alex McLeish’s side promoted to Nations League B and into the Euro 2020 play-offs, should a place be required. James Forrest scored a hat-trick as Scotland came from behind to beat Israel 3-2 and book a spot in the Euro 2020 play-offs.The Scots’ hopes of topping their Nations League group looked to have been dashed when Beram Kayal put the visitors into an early lead.But in-form Celtic winger Forrest came to the rescue with a scintillating hat-trick.Forrest found the bottom corner twice in quick succession before the interval as Scotland completed the turnaround. In the build-up, Scotland boss McLeish had urged for strong backing from the home support as his side bidded to reach the play-offs.But Hampden was silenced after just eight minutes when the visitors grabbed an early lead.Former Celtic playmaker Kayal made the Scots pay for failing to close him down by finding the top corner coolly from the edge of the box.After being punished for a sluggish start, Scotland eventually began to grab a foothold in the contest.Callum McGregor tested the Israel goalkeeper with a stinging effort from range and Stuart Armstrong tried his luck from distance but the visitors held firm.Forrest would eventually break down the Israeli defence, though, to get the Scots back on level terms.The Celtic winger received a Ryan Fraser pass inside the box and slammed home a low volley as McLeish’s men fought back.Forrest was proving too hot for the visitors to handle and he grabbed his second on the night when he again found the bottom corner in clinical fashion before half-time.Two became three after the break when the Hoops attacker received another Fraser pass, before coolly rolling the ball into the net from close range.Israel ensured a nervy finale when Zahavi beat McGregor with a strike from the edge of the box.Tomer Hemed looked set to crush the Scots’ play-off dream in the dying moments but McGregor pulled off a fantastic save to secure the crucial win.last_img read more