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  2. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    #HappyPassover to all those celebrating!
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    2.1k HEALTH Introducing the most-unlikely public health hero ever: giant rats 23 March 2018 8:18PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email By Nisha Sambamurty Yes, you read that right: rats. To most people, the sight of a giant rat is disgusting. But for many scientists, these rats are extremely helpful. One in four people are currently living with latent tuberculosis, according to the WHO. That’s almost 2 billion people worldwide. Tuberculosis is a leading cause of death by infectious disease, and existing systems that work to detect it lack accuracy, time efficiency, and cost efficiency. Because of this, people in regions like East Africa often don’t undergo screening to detect the disease—due to lack of awareness or money—and many cases go undetected. In places like jails, where TB is estimated to be up to 100 times more prevalent, this issue is much worse. Enter the super-rat! African rats are being trained by a Belgium nongovernmental organization to detect TB within minutes in prisons in Tanzania and Mozambique! How, you ask? Here’s where it gets really interesting. When these rats reach four weeks of age, they begin a rigorous training process. They are introduced to different stimuli and are trained to interact with humans. They are taught to recognize the presence of TB in human mucus. (And you thought the rats were gross!) The rats are presented with ten samples of this mucus, or sputum, and when they detect the ones with TB, they hover over them for three seconds to let the scientist know what they have smelled and are then rewarded when they succeed. How AMAZING is that?! Perhaps even more incredible is their success rate and the speed at which they can detect TB. These rats can detect tuberculosis with almost 100 percent accuracy. The rats have proved to be incredibly cost-effective. According to the Belgian charity, it takes four days for a lab technician to screen 100 samples. Yet once the rats are trained, they can screen around 100 samples in just 20 minutes. This new method of screening for TB has HUGE implications for developing countries that are heavily burdened by tuberculosis. With funding from USAID(United States Aid in International Development), APOPO plans to provide full coverage in Tanzania’s TB hotspots. Thank you, giant rats! We’ll try to think nicer thoughts if we see you around.
  4. promenade95

    2019 Subscription - Subscribers Gift

    This really is tumbleweed country now...outside in the distance a wildcat did growl....6 months since this was announced and we don’t even have a tracklist. I appreciate the logistics involved but can someone not throw us a bone.. even the ‘artwork’ for the packaging would keep us going for another month 😛
  5. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    By Lindsay Powers APRIL 16, 2019 11 HEALTH Largest Measles Outbreak in Madagascar's History Kills 1,200 Only 58% population — of the minimum 90% required to prevent outbreak — have been immunized so far. Why Global Citizens Should Care Eradicating infectious diseases like the measles is key to achieving the United Nations' Global Goal 3 on high-quality health care for all. While many cases are on the rise due to the spread of anti-vaccine campaigns on social media, people who live in poor countries like Madagascar have little access to immunizations to protect their children, who are disproportionately affected. You can take action on this issue here. More than 115,000 cases of measles have been diagnosed in Madagascar, marking the largest outbreak in the nation’s history. Some 1,200 people have died from the highly contagious disease, the Associated Press reports, and children, especially those under age 15, are disproportionately affected. And the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that only 1 in 10 cases of measles are being reported, meaning the outbreak is probably much worse than initially reported. Take Action: Measles Is Making A Dangerous Comeback. What Do You Know About This Preventable Disease? Actúa: Take the Quiz United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyCanadaAustraliaAfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCabo VerdeCambodiaCameroonCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo (the Democratic Republic of the)Cook IslandsCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands [Malvinas]Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambia (The)GeorgiaGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and McDonald IslandsHoly See [Vatican City State]HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia (the Federated States of)MoldoviaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorth KoreaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestine, State ofPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRéunionRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint BarthélemySaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth KoreaSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (U.S.)Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe One mother named Nifaliana Razaijafisoa walked 9 miles holding her 6-month-old son in her arms to receive medical treatment in Madagascar's rural area of Iarintsena. After a nurse confirmed that her child had measles, the stricken mother told the AP, "I'm so scared for him because in the village everyone says it kills babies.” The African island nation is far from the only location affected. Cases worldwide have spiked 300% so far in 2019, according to the WHO, which claims anti-vaccine campaigns spread on social media have deterred families from immunizing their children. In the United States, measles was considered eradicated in 2000, but cases have again been on the rise. In New York City, 300 people were diagnosed in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn, where many of residents shun technology and the advice of doctors outside their religion — leading the mayor to recently declare a public health emergency. The WHO also reports outbreaks in Thailand, Israel, and Tunisia. View image on Twitter 2,435 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy In Madagascar, the issue is not anti-vaccine campaigns, but that poor families do not have access to the measles vaccine. To prevent outbreaks, at least 90% of the population needs to be immunized, but only 58% have been immunized on Madagascar’s main island. A WHO doctor says that new cases are slowing down in Madagascar — but it will be hard to eradicate the disease due to the fact that half of all children on the island are malnourished. “Malnutrition is the bed of measles,” says Dr. Dossou Vincent Sodjinou, the WHO epidemiologist in Madagascar. The son of Razaijafisoa, the mother in Iarintsena, only weighs 11 pounds at 6 months old, which is 64% less than most infants his age in America. “This is the case for almost all children with measles who have come here,” Lantonirina Rasolofoniaina, a health center volunteer, told the AP. Read More: New Zealand Offers Free Vaccines Amid the Worst Measles Outbreak in Years Lalatiana Ravonjisoa, a vegetable vendor, lost her 5-month-old son from the disease. “I had five children. They all had measles. For the last, I did not go to see the doctor because I did not have money,” she told the AP. Embed from Getty Images Many families in the impoverished nation do not have access to clinics, which are few and far between, and they cannot afford doctors or medicine. Many treatment centers are short-staffed and have few resources to help patients. “I gave my baby the leftover medications from his big brother to bring down the fever,” Ravonjisoa said. While the baby’s health at first seemed to be improving, he later developed breathing problems — a typical symptom for the disease, which is spread by coughing, sneezing, infected surfaces, or other close contact. Ravonjisoa was devastated to find his feet cold the following morning. He had died overnight. Officials are working to contain the spread of the disease; the WHO kicked off its third mass vaccination campaign in Madagascar in March. The organization hopes to reach 7.2 million children aged 6 months to 9 years old. “But immunization is not the only strategy for the response to this epidemic. We still need resources for care, monitoring, and social mobilization,” Sodjinou, the WHO epidemiologist, told the AP. TOPICSHealthMeaslesAccess to HealthcareMadagascarChild VaccinesMeasles outbreak COMMENTS
  6. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    Por Erica Sanchez y Sushmita Roy 29 DE MARZO DE 2019 14 MEDIO AMBIENTE Este estudiante universitario decidió dedicar sus vacaciones a la mejor causa Tiene 19 años y eligió una actividad no convencional. Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens La contaminación plástica en el océano está dañando la vida marina y contribuyendo a la degradación ambiental. Pero muchos jóvenes activistas han tomado cartas en el asunto comenzando a limpiar las playas para eliminar todo tipo de desechos plásticos. La producción de plástico no solo produce más residuos de plástico, sino que también libera gases de efecto invernadero que promueven el cambio climático. Puedes tomar acción sobre este tema aquí. Para la mayoría de los estudiantes universitarios en los Estados Unidos, los planes de vacaciones de primavera se centran en fiestas, comida y el bronceado. Eso es más o menos lo que Joshua Caraway, de 19 años, había planeado para su viaje a Miami, Florida, hasta que vio que Miami Beach estaba llena de basura. Entonces vestido con su traje de baño rosa y una camisa negra, Caraway se puso unos guantes negros y comenzó a trabajar recogiendo basura en lugar de relajarse en la playa. Este estudiante de primer año de la universidad, originario de Georgia, fue visto en medio de su buena acción por el medio de comunicación local WSVN. Y las fotos de él recogiendo voluntariamente basura un sábado por la tarde, pronto se volvieron virales. "Amo a los animales, también amo el medio ambiente", dijo Caraway a CTVNews.ca. "Es por eso que me gusta ayudar". Este estudiante de la Universidad de West Georgia, Caraway estudia biología y pretende convertirse en un especialista en animales exóticos. Actúa: Firma ahora 1 punto United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyCanadaAustraliaAfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCabo VerdeCambodiaCameroonCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo (the Democratic Republic of the)Cook IslandsCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands [Malvinas]Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambia (The)GeorgiaGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and McDonald IslandsHoly See [Vatican City State]HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia (the Federated States of)MoldoviaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorth KoreaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestine, State ofPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRéunionRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint BarthélemySaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth KoreaSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (U.S.)Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe Había venido con amigos a este popular destino de vacaciones de primavera, pero cuando sus amigos no mostraron ningún interés en sumarse a sus esfuerzos, decidió asumir la misión de limpiar la playa solo. Para cuando se acercaron a entrevistarlo, ya había llenado tres bolsas de plástico. "Le pregunté a mis amigos si lo iban a hacer conmigo, y me dijeron, '¿Limpiar la basura? No, no estoy con eso", contó a WSVN. 1,803 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Sus esfuerzos también fueron notados por el Departamento de Policía de Miami Beach. "Así que le dije a Joshua: ‘has estado recogiendo basura durante mucho tiempo en lugar de salir y escuchar música’", escribió el oficial de policía Paul Acosta en Twitter. "Pregunté por qué. Él dice que ama a los animales y quiere cuidar su hogar y el nuestro". La publicación original sobre el acto desinteresado de Caraway ha cosechado más de 5,000 "me gusta" en Twitter. Muchos residentes locales también lo elogiaron en los comentarios. "Qué ejemplo tan simple y perfecto de una persona joven liderando el camino para mejorar una situación. Gracias Joshua por ser un joven modelo a seguir durante #SpringBreakMiami. Otra razón por la que no debemos generalizar a nuestra juventud etiquetándolos", tuiteóAlberto M. Carvalho, el superintendente de Miami Dade School. La historia de Caraway incluso fue compartida como un modelo a seguir, por el especialista en animales Mike Holston, y el estudiante se llenó de alegría. Aproximadamente el 40% de los estudiantes universitarios en los Estados Unidos viajan a destinos como Florida y Texas en marzo y abril, según datos de ProjectKnow, que siguió el hashtag #SpringBreak en Instagram para rastrear cuáles son los destinos más populares de las vacaciones de primavera. Entre las 10 principales ciudades se encontraban cuatro de Florida, incluidas Orlando, Ciudad de Panamá y Fort Lauderdale. Como era de esperar, Miami encabezó la lista. Desafortunadamente, esto también significa un aumento de desechos en botellas, latas, plásticos, envoltorios y todo tipo de basura en espacios públicos. En 2016, la ciudad de Miami lanzó la campaña Keep Miami Beach Clean durante la temporada de vacaciones de primavera para evitar que sus hermosas playas se inunden de basura. "Los estudiantes vienen por la belleza de las playas y quieren que sea así todos los años, pero se olvidan de que si la llenan de basura ya no será así", le dijo a USA Today Cecile Carson, vicepresidenta de relaciones en Keep America Beautiful. Si todos siguieran los pasos de Caraway, las playas no solo estarían más limpias, sino que los océanos podrían comenzar a ser lugares más seguros para la vida marina. TEMASEnvironmentActivismmedio ambientePlastic PollutionPlastic WasteClimate ChangeClean UpBeachcuidado del medio ambienteYouth ActivismSpring Breaklimpieza de playaactivismo ambiental
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    By Jackie Marchildon FEB. 13, 2018 86 HEALTH New Study Reveals Immunization Could Put an End To Poverty Vaccines do more than just prevent disease. It’s a well-known fact that vaccines save lives by preventing illness, but it turns out they can also play a vital role in eliminating poverty. A recent Harvard study revealed that vaccines will help prevent 24 million people from falling into poverty by 2030. The study, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and published on Feb. 5 in Health Affairs, was co-authored by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and various partners. It looked at the impact of vaccines for 10 diseases from health and economic perspectives, in 41 developing countries. Take Action: Call on Canadian Ministers to Commit to Global Health Security Unexpected healthcare costs cause approximately 100 million people to experience poverty every year — this kind of impoverishment is one of the main reasons families fall below the poverty line of USD$1.90 per day. Vaccines work to reduce cases of poverty by eliminating the costs associated with healthcare. “Vaccines don’t just save lives, they also have a huge economic impact on families, communities and economies,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in a press release. Read More: This Australian MP With an Autistic Child Just Launched a Great Defense of Vaccines The hepatitis B vaccine, for instance, will help an estimated 14 million people avoid poverty due to medical costs. It is anticipated that about 5 million cases of poverty will be prevented thanks to the measles vaccine, with 3 million cases prevented due to the meningitis A vaccine. Researchers also estimate that the rotavirus vaccine will help avert 242,000 cases of medical impoverishment. Read More: This Viral Story Is Scaring People Away From the Flu Vaccine — But It’s Fake For every USD$1 spent on immunization, there is USD$16 saved in healthcare costs, lost wages and lost productivity, according to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins University. But the savings aren’t just in money. The study suggested that administered vaccines would prevent 36 million deaths between 2016 and 2030. The measles vaccine alone is set to prevent 22 million deaths. Read More: This New Lifesaving Rotavirus Vaccine Will Only Cost $1 Per Dose “A healthy child is more likely to go to school and become a more productive member of society in later life, while their families can avoid the often crippling healthcare costs that diseases can bring. As this important study shows, this is enough to save millions of people from the misery of extreme poverty. To realise these figures we now need to redouble our efforts to ensure every child, no matter where they’re born, has access to lifesaving vaccines,” Berkley said. Right now, Gavi has vaccine programs in all countries included in the study, which makes up a population of 1.52 billion in total. The researchers’ results were reached by estimating the number of vaccine-prevented deaths for each disease and assuming monthly household incomes. Global Citizen campaigns on issues related to global health, knowing that ensuring the health and wellbeing of all is key in putting an end to extreme poverty by 2030. You can take action here. TOPICSHealthvaccinesBill and Melinda Gates FoundationGAVIGavi the Vaccine Alliance
  8. peterferris8

    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44901 So much sunshine today. Wish I'd been at the beach and not at work!
  9. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    26 HEALTH Hope, horror and health security: our fight against killer diseases 5 April 2019 4:34PM UTC | By: AGNES NYAMAYARWO, JAMIE DRUMMOND JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email We have been campaigning together for nearly two decades in the fight against AIDS. During this time, we’ve witnessed real progress in the fight against this deadly disease, but great peril remains. Now we need to share with you all an update on the battle, and what you can do to help humanity win in its epic campaign against our most ancient enemy: infectious diseases. The hope: 4,000 lives saved every day First, the good news. We wrote this blog on 30 March 2019. We can happily report that about 4,000 fewer people died on that day from AIDS, TB or malaria than would have died on 30 March 1999. In the intervening two decades, activists campaigned together and demanded increased funding, improved research and reduced pricing of key medicines. We pressured for more support for brave nurses and doctors fighting on the frontlines against these diseases. And as a result, we have nearly halved the deaths from AIDS and malaria, an extraordinary achievement, helping to save over 27 million lives. If you have been part of this campaign or are a health worker on the frontlines: THANK YOU. You’re showing this is a fight humanity can win. The horror: 1,000 women contract HIV every day Despite all this progress – and grand, global commitments – the scale of the tragedy is still overwhelming. Almost 1,000 adolescent girls and young women will contract HIV today. AIDS is now the leading killer of women under 50 years old. 7,000 people will still die of AIDS, TB or malaria on the day you read this blog. How are these awful facts not famous? Why is this not on the news every night – or, at least, just once? Well, we know why – because facts only tell part of the story. These statistics are first and foremost human stories, so this is where one of our voices takes over… Health hero Agnes – nurse and activist “My name is Agnes Nyamayarwo, and I am no statistic on a spreadsheet – I’m a Ugandan nurse and an activist. “In 1992, I tested HIV-positive soon after my husband’s death. As a mother, I didn’t only worry about my health, but also that of my ten children who I knew would become orphans if I died. Moreover, this all came with stigma and discrimination to the whole family. This stigma caused my 16-year-old son to suffer depression and ultimately a mental breakdown. He disappeared a year later, and we have never found him.” “The most painful part of my journey was when my youngest son, Chris, fell sick aged 5 and was diagnosed with HIV. I felt so helpless and guilty for having passed on the virus to him unknowingly. He sadly died one and a half years after his diagnosis. Watching him suffer with the illness caused horrific pain that I don’t wish any other mother to ever go through.” “When we gathered at TASO (The AIDS Support Organisation) in Kampala, Uganda, I heard many similarly sad stories from others and their families. TASO provided a forum for us to share and have a sense of belonging as well as an opportunity to access medication. In 2002, Bono, Jamie and other activists visited and heard my story. They were so moved and angered they encouraged me to join their team as they campaigned across the “Heart of America” for increased funding for the fight against AIDS.” “It’s amazing and beautiful that good people across America, Europe and the world listened to stories like mine, and this brought to life the awful facts of our struggle. Now more than half the people in the world who need the lifesaving drugs have them, thanks to people like you who listened and took action. Thank you! We must now build on that partnership to beat back these killer diseases and deliver health security for all.” Funding the fight So what now? One goal must be to dramatically increase funding for the fight. The average government spend per person on health in least developed countries is approximately US$31 a year. In contrast, the UK spends US$3,100 per person, and the USA US$8,000. This disparity is shocking, startling, and simply unacceptable. The amazing health workers fighting at the frontlines – the nurses and doctors in clinics across Africa – need more support. Backing these health heroes is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing too. The global community has a real stake in their struggle – today, diseases can spread faster than ever before. By suppressing their spread in lower income countries, we are helping ensure health security for all. First and foremost developing countries need to increase their domestic funding for health. At a recent African Union Summit, leaders made more great promises to fund health. These commitments must now be delivered, and underpinned by the latest data and digital innovations. Only then will citizens, partners and patients become empowered citizens – able to track, through open budgets and open contracts, whether funds were really invested, and money and medicines provided. International partners must also step up the fight, especially for the poorest countries. Two excellent mechanisms to help raise and invest resources are Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Since we started campaigning together against the AIDS emergency and for the creation of the Global Fund, this multi-party mechanism has helped save over 27 million lives. To continue this lifesaving work, the Global Fund now needs a minimum of US$14 billion at its Replenishment Conference in Lyon, France this October. This US$14 billion – and the domestic investments it helps catalyse – would help reduce deaths from these diseases from about 7,000 to 3,500 each day, and reduce infections amongst adolescent girls and young women from about 1,000 to under 400 each day. These figures are approximations because the data quality when it comes to facts about the most marginalised women and girls, is not yet good enough. Such a scale of reduction would, however, help drive a clear trajectory towards near zero new infections and deaths by 2030 – one of the key Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The Global Fund is an innovative, accountable partnership critical in achieving these Goals. It has now hit a scale where full funding will help save 16 million lives over the next 3 years. Ireland has already committed to increase its funding by at least 50%. We now need similar leadership from the French hosts, Germany, UK, USA and all other countries with a smart conscience. What we don’t understand is how miserly or short-sighted certain wealthy countries must be, that it has not occurred to them to invest any money in this fight. Take wealthy nations like Austria or Finland – why do these nations currently give nothing at all? We hope that citizens of these countries would be ashamed if they knew – and would demand their governments not embarrass them like this. Similarly, look at so many of the largest companies and world’s billionaires. A US$1 million contribution can help save nearly 1,000 lives. For a US$1bn you can help save nearly a million. These billionaires and big corporations can’t just hide behind Bill Gates’ generosity – they need to beat him by giving more. We need more of their famed competitive spirit in this fight. They can start by engaging with Product RED – which helps the private sector raise money for the Global Fund, and by following Aliko Dangote’s pledge to give at least 1% a year to health. There is a real risk that the world may not find the full US$14 billion, it may fall a billion short and let a million people die. Whether we do or don’t raise these funds must be a global priority for us all; a referendum on humanity’s collective compassion and thirst for justice, equality, and cooperation. So we leave you with an ask. Please become a “factivist” in this fight – a passionate activist armed with compelling facts and actions to share. If you care about gender equality, fight for the Global Fund. If you care about human rights, fight for the Global Fund. If you care about the fight against corruption and for an empowered citizenry, fight for the Global Fund. And when we’ve won this battle, then fight for vaccines, fight for health-workers, and keep on fighting for humanity’s health security. We will keep fighting infectious diseases like AIDS and campaigning for health security for us all, until the day we die. Add your name to tell world leaders they must join this fight.Then share the action with your family and friends.
  10. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    1.1k GIRLS AND WOMEN How this amazing school quickly improved girls’ attendance 23 May 2017 2:36PM UTC | By: MEGAN IACOBINI DE FAZIO ADD YOUR NAME Poverty is Sexist: Join the movement EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email When Jennifer Thuo talks about her students, it’s with enthusiasm and a wide smile. “One thing I can say with pride is that I have helped improve the lives of girls,” she says. “I believe they are the future game changers and should be supported in every way.” Jennifer, the Swahili and history teacher at City Shine Secondary School in Kayole, Nairobi. Jennifer is the Swahili and history teacher at City Shine Secondary School in Kayole, an informal settlement on the Eastern side of Nairobi. Before she started working in this less affluent part of the city, Jennifer had not given much consideration to the difficulties girls encounter when they start their period. “In my previous school, the children were from relatively privileged backgrounds and could easily buy disposable pads,” she says. “But when I moved here I realised that most girls cannot afford them, and it’s hard for them to attend school because of that.” In a 2015 study of over 3000 women in rural Western Kenya, 75% of females reported using commercial pads and 25% used traditional materials such as cloth or items like paper or tissue, which can be unhygienic and could lead to infection. In the same study, one in ten 15-year-old girls reported engaging in sex for money to buy sanitary pads. Students at work at City Shine Secondary School. Lydia Gikandi of City Shine Foundation first realised that menstruation was impeding girls’ education when she noticed girls dropping out of school as they entered puberty. “Most of them could not afford pads and wouldn’t feel comfortable coming to school,” says Lydia. This was one of the issues that forced Fridah, an 18-year-old student at City Shine, to miss three or four days of school every month. “It was really tricky,” she says. “My mum was not able to buy me pads, and I was afraid of coming to school when I was on my period.” Fridah and her friend Rosemary at school. Seeing so many bright and promising young girls drop out of school inspired City Shine Foundation to partner with AFRIpads, a social business that locally manufactures reusable sanitary pads. Now, every girl receives a packet of pads at the beginning of the school year. Since then, according to Jennifer, there has been a noticeable decrease in girls dropping out or missing school because of their menstruation. Fridah, too, says that she and her friends who use Afripads rarely miss school because of their period. AfriPads provides supplies to the students of City Shine Secondary School. But both staff and students agree that simply having access to sanitary products is not the ultimate solution. For the girls, the biggest and most positive change has been the shift in attitude towards their bodies and knowing that they should not feel ashamed of them. “We use the distribution of sanitary pads as an entry point to talk about other issues affecting the girls,” says Lydia. ͞”We talk to them about menstrual hygiene, sexual health, and about their place in the world as women.” Menstrual health education is now included in the school’s curriculum, and boys also take part in the lessons. Now, Fridah can’t help but laugh at the idea that she should be embarrassed about her period. Female students in class at City Shine Secondary School. Adrian Dongus, AFRIpads’ Regional Business Development Manager, believes that there is a definite link between access to cost effective, quality menstrual products and girls’ school attendance. Yet, he knows that this is not the silver bullet it is sometimes depicted as. Rather, dignified menstrual health is a precondition to a girl’s education. “It’s crucial for girls to feel comfortable, secure, and safe,” says Adrian, “adding that it’s less to do with the product itself than it is with the dignity that comes with it.” Jennifer at the front of a City Shine classroom. Breaking the taboo around menstruation is a crucial step in ensuring that girls receive the quality education they deserve, and ultimately lead a healthy and dignified life. Strong role models like Lydia, Jennifer, and other school staff — both male and female – are an important part of achieving this goal.
  11. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    1 GIRLS AND WOMEN Christine is breaking sexual violence stigma in Sudan 26 March 2019 5:41PM UTC | By: THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Children born of rape in South Sudan’s civil war must be integrated into their families and communities to ensure lasting peace in the country, aid worker Christine Ngbaazande said on Monday as she won a prestigious award. Sometimes looked on as enemies, such children are often rejected not only by their communities but also by their mothers, said Ngbaazande, who works for global charity World Vision. Ostracised, they grow up with few options, leaving them vulnerable to recruitment by armed groups which perpetuates the violence, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Yambio in the south of the country. Ngbaazande was named winner of the Bond Humanitarian Award, which recognises hidden “superheroes” working in often dangerous environments. Rape has been used as a weapon of war in South Sudan, where conflict has killed about 400,000 people and uprooted millions more since flaring up in 2013, two years after the country gained independence from Sudan. Ngbaazande, a 41-year-old mother-of-three, works with faith, community and youth leaders, as well as women’s groups, to counter the stigma faced by children born of rape. “The girls cannot accept these children, and family members are not interested in supporting them,” she said. “But these children are God’s children … and they are the future generation of the country.” One of the girls she has helped is a 13-year-old who was raped by armed men after becoming separated from her parents during violence. After giving birth, she left her baby at a church. “After a lot of counselling she has accepted the child. She has a nice relationship now with him,” Ngbaazande said. Changing attitudes is hard “It’s not easy to change mindsets – especially with men. It’s not easy for them to accept what a woman is saying,” said Ngbaazande, who, unusually for a woman, zips around Yambio on a motorbike. She recalled one case where a father forced his 14-year-old daughter to marry a 65-year-old man, threatening to kill her if she refused. When the teenager fled to the bush she was raped and became pregnant. The aid worker said the father eventually realised he had made a mistake and welcomed back the girl and her child. Ngbaazande’s passion for her work is partly spurred by her own experience as a refugee, having been forced to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo as a teenager. She said abandoned and stigmatised children were at risk of joining armed groups “because they think there is nothing else they can do in their life”. “My work is to ensure these children are integrated because the best place for a child to be is in a family,” she added. “If we don’t intervene and just leave these children … it increases violence. That’s why this work is very important. It creates peace (in) communities and in the country.” The conflict was triggered by a dispute between President Salva Kiir and his then deputy Riek Machar. The two men signed a peace deal in September. Previous agreements have unravelled, but Ngbaazande says her country has turned a corner. “I believe 100% we have a permanent peace,” she said. “The challenge now is how to restore total peace to the minds of our vulnerable women and children who have experienced a lot of violence – and give them hope.” This story was originally reported by Emma Batha and edited by Claire Cozens for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    Even flat tyres couldn't stop our group of hard-working volunteers from making sure that vital humanitarian aid reaches those in need this Easter! We would like to wish a very happy Easter to team who are en-route to Belarus with life-saving aid for children and families who have been worst affected by Chernobyl. They have selflessly given up Easter with their families and loved ones to undertake this very important work. It is so greatly appreciated and we know that your presence will mean the world to those in greatest need.
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    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44900 afternoon all and happy Easter weekend and 4 days off not that I am going anywhere but at least the weather is looking good.
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    u2 song of the day

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    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44899 Lots of sunshine expected during the weekend
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    T TOPICS 930 HEALTH A simple surgery is all it takes to repair obstetric fistula 21 May 2018 9:03PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Written by Margarite Nathe, Senior Editor & Writer at IntraHealth International Three days. That’s how long Malado was in labour. That’s how long she was unable to give birth. She was only 16 years old, after all, and it was her first baby. Her body wasn’t ready. This was back in the 1960s in rural Mali, and there were no cars to take her from her village to a health facility—even today, it’s rare to see a car pass on these dirt roads. Finally someone helped her into a donkey-drawn cart and carried her to a clinic in the nearby town of Dioila. “They had to force the baby out,” Malado says. Her newborn did not survive. Saiba and Malado (right) are neighbours with similar life and Fistula experience. Aside from the emotional pain, the trauma to Malado’s body was extensive. When the health workers helped her stand up after the birth, she realized urine was leaking out of her—and it didn’t stop from then on. Nerve and muscle damage gave her such trouble walking that soon she had to use a cane to get around. She didn’t know it yet, but less than a kilometre down the road, a young woman named Saiba was going through the same thing. Saiba had been married at 15 and was now having her third child. A few days into her labour she still couldn’t deliver. So she too made her way to Dioila, where her baby was finally born, but dead. A few days later, Saiba was leaking urine. “I didn’t know what was happening to me,” Saiba says. “I would spend all day crying.” No one knew what to make of Malado and Saiba’s situation. No one knew it had a name—obstetric fistula—or that it was a direct result of their childbirth injuries.Or that it could be cured. Eventually, no one else in their communities wanted to get close to them because of the smell, and so they became friends. For the next 50 years, both women lived with the condition, changing and washing their clothes constantly and feeling as if they had lost all dignity. Their only comfort was each other. A problem that persists Today thousands of women in Mali and throughout West Africa are still experiencing exactly what Malado and Saiba went through over fifty years ago. The World Health Organization estimates that every year some 50,000-100,000 women are affected by obstetric fistula worldwide. It’s difficult to confirm an exact number—no one knows how many more could be hiding or unable reach the care they need. For most of these women, a simple surgical procedure is all it would take to heal them completely. But in Mali, making these surgical procedures more widely available in such a vast country is tougher than it sounds. It requires boundless cooperation, determined partners, and great creativity. The Malian government has found all three in its partnership with IntraHealth International and several local NGOs and private-sector organizations. With funding from the US Agency for International Development and others, they’ve been working together since 2008 to revolutionize fistula care in Mali. Over the past ten years, they have: Trained 105 local surgeons and other health workers to perform repair surgeries. This isn’t a problem that can be solved through brief visits from foreign doctors. It takes local expertise and dedication to help women with fistula—both of which are becoming stronger than ever in Mali. Held 35 repair campaigns at local hospitals and other health facilities.Women come from hundreds of miles away (often with transportation help from us and our partners) to undergo a repair surgery at no cost to them. Built welcome centres for fistula clients at local health facilities. IntraHealth’s partner Orange Foundation, a major telecom company in Mali, funded the first of these centres at a hospital in Sikasso. Soon they’ll break ground on a second one in Koulikoro. The Spanish Cooperation built another centre inside the Kayes Hospital. These centres provide not only the comfort of a bed and roof for clients during some of the most difficult weeks of their lives, but also a haven among other women who understand what living with fistula is like. For someone who’s been shunned and abandoned because of their condition, this is huge. Provided 1,458 women with successful, life-changing fistula repair surgeries.The benefits of these surgeries stretch far beyond the women who undergo them to their children, families, and communities. Two friends transformed Just over two years ago, during the first fistula repair campaign organised by IntraHealth’s Fistula Mali Project, a local health worker, matron Djénéba Boiré, heard a radio announcement about it. The ad called on women with Malado’s symptoms to come to the Koulikoro CSRef health centre, where they would receive all the care they needed at no cost to them. Malado is now completely healed Djénéba told Malado, now 73, who quickly passed the news to Saiba, 75. And together they set off for Koulikoro. (Malado even met the First Lady of Mali there as she visited fistula clients at their bedsides.) Today, both Malado and Saiba are completely healed. They hold hands as they walk around the community, laughing and chatting with the matron. “We consider it our role in the community now to tell every pregnant woman we see that she must go for prenatal care,” Malado says. “And that she must deliver in a health facility.” At Koulikoro and other facilities that work with the project, officials are determined to keep providing these services, and encouraging women like Malado and Saiba to come forward. “The women are there, just waiting to hear when there’s a campaign so they can come have their surgery,” says Abdourhamane Dicko, a gynaecologist at the Koulikoro CSRef. “They stay in the shadows until then. This is an illness where people don’t show themselves. But there are still a lot of older women who’ve been living with obstetric fistula for years and years—and we still need to help them. “When you give a woman her dignity back, that’s better than giving her millions of dollars.” IntraHealth’s Fistula Mali project is funded by the US Agency for International Development. Our local partners include the Medical Alliance Against Malaria; Women Action Research, Study and Training Group; and the International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    Think chocolate eggs for Easter is so cliche? 😉 Why not treat your loved one to a fairy tale book for all ages instead? ✨📓 ✨ 'Another seven simple and slightly silly stories' by John Foley is available now. 👍 Proceeds donated to Mencap. Visit: https://bit.ly/2z7hzGE 👈
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  19. Manohlive

    What concert are you seeing next?

    Hope you are having fun, dmway. The Head and the Heart are coming to Madson, WI., on Sept 15. It works perfectly for all their other shows I'm going to see in September. Madison is a great city for GA because people are very chill. At least four of their shows now in September. I'm anxiously waiting for Snow Patrol-under three weeks and counting. The only time I've seen them was when they opened for U2 360. .
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    u2 song of the day

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    What concert are you seeing next?

    Hello from The Beacon Theater! Here is the trippy backdrop for tonight’s show! 😎
  23. dmway

    What concert are you seeing next?

    Very crowded at the exhibit even on a Thursday afternoon! The displays center on the 50s, 60s, and 70s, but at least one iconic 80s guitar is present (no, it’s not The Edge’s). More (much) later...
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    NEWS: 18 Apr 2019 A HISTORIC HUMAN RIGHTS VICTORY – MISHA HAS HAD HIS RIGHTS RESTORED! 18 Apr 2019 It is with great pride and joy that we share the wonderful news that Misha “The Cobbler” has had his rights restored as a result of a journey that has lasted his entire life. Misha is the first person who has progressed through all stages of CCI’s Restoration of Rights Programme, which has a strong focus on education and skill-building. This is a historical precedent for not only our programme, but for people in institutions throughout Belarus. Misha is blazing a trail and his future is now full of opportunity. Most importantly, it is a future of freedom. This is a massive victory for the human rights of so many vulnerable children and young adults, who have inherited both the medical and socio-economic fallout for Chernobyl. CCI will continue to support Misha in his transition from institutionalised life to one of liberty within the community. Misha was abandoned at birth because he was born with a cleft palette and hair lip. He came into CCI’s care when we began to work in Vesnova Children’s Mental Asylum, where he was placed as a child. CCI worked directly with the Director of Vesnova and the Dept. of Social Protection in Mogilev to secure a place for Misha in the Community House in Glusk, from which he has demonstrated as his ability to live independently within the community. Misha is a skilled cobbler and his strong work ethic has enabled him to grow a business in his local town, which will provide him with an independent income to support himself. Misha has travelled to the loving Coleman family in Castlebar, Co Mayo on CCI’s Rest and Recuperation since 2008. Congratulations Misha and thank you to our supporters who believed in Misha, and so many others like him.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    Congrats Bill Gates & Melinda Gates for earning the #1 spot on Fortune's 2019 World's Greatest Leaders list! Gates Foundation http://fortune.com/longform/bill-melinda-gates-worlds-greatest-leaders/?utm_campaign=fortunemagazine&xid=soc_socialflow_twitter_FORTUNE&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0naNOSkwmWSgvi_r1Laf7dVkrwEjzcF_5Od-pjit-uHui5amEm_7PESRs
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    By Erica Sanchez MARCH 8, 2019 31 HEALTH These Are the Top 10 Healthiest Countries in the World According to the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index. Why Global Citizens Should Care The United Nations aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all by 2030. While many countries around the world have made progress, access to health care and a healthy lifestyle remain out of reach for too many people. You can join us in taking action on this issue here. It’s official: Spain is now considered the healthiest country in the world. According to a study of 169 nations released last month, Spain now ranks at the top of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index with 92.7 points out of 100. There’s a range of reasons: public health care, the Mediterranean diet, life expectancy, smoking habits, lower rates of obesity, environmental conditions, and access to safe drinking water. Spain also has a higher life expectancy for newborns, and life expectancy is 83 years old. "Primary care is essentially provided by public providers, specialised family doctors and staff nurses, who provide preventive services to children, women and elderly patients, and acute and chronic care," according to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies 2018 review of Spain, noting a decline the past decade in cardiovascular diseases and deaths from cancer, according to EL PAÍS. View image on Twitter See Catedra Metropol's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy Researchers also believe that the secret is the local diet: “A Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, had a lower rate of major cardiovascular events than those assigned to a reduced-fat diet, according to a study led by the University of Navarre Medical School,” the Bloomberg Index stated. The other top countries in the ranking include Italy (second), Iceland (third), and Japan (fourth). Globally, in North America, Canada ranks 16th, the United States ranks 35th, and Mexico ranks 53rd. In the United States, life expectancy dropped because of the opioid crisis and overdose deaths. Cuba is five spots above the United States and the only nation that high in the ranking that is not classified as “high income” by the World Bank. In Latin America, Chile and Costa Rica are among the healthiest countries, while in Asia, Japan and South Korea are the leaders. The unhealthiest nations in the ranking, meanwhile, are sub-Saharan economies, as well as Haiti, Afganistán and Yemen. You can find the top 10 rankings below, and more about the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index here. The Top 10 Healthiest Countries in the World 1. Spain 2. Italy 3. Iceland 4. Japan 5. Switzerland 6. Sweden 7. Australia 8. Singapore 9. Norway 10. Israel TOPICShealthy countryBloomberg Healthiest Country Indexhealthiest country in the worldspain COMMENTS
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