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New modeling has shown that the #COVID19 pandemic could have a major impact on new HIV infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa.

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📺 It's time to get creative over on Mencap TV and today we welcome back our brilliant artist, Tris!✏️

Watch along to see if you can guess which superhero he is drawing and comment below when you see it 👇

Share your creations with us using #CreatewithMencap 🎨

 

 

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Every Tuesday on Mencap TV people with a learning disability share their cooking tips and favourite recipes for you to watch and create at home. 🍽️

Today Mark shows us how to cook a simple and delicious chicken curry...YUM! 🍛

Watch now and #CookWithMencap 🍴

 

 

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Do you need some Monday motivation? 💪 Why not watch and follow one of our fitness videos on Mencap TV?

🏀 Grab a ball and get moving with Ben - a Special Olympics Basketball Player and Assistant Coach. He leads us through some movements in this simple exercise video. 📺

https://bit.ly/2zoDAUX #MoveWithMencap

 

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Let's dance and sing our way in to the weekend 🎤🕺

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Nicola Benedetti, leading Scottish violinist has gathered together a group of musicians to offer three weeks of mass tutorials, culminating in a huge online concert due to take place this weekend. There is something for everyone whether you’re studying at conservatoire, a teacher, a young string player, a beginner drummer or just fancy joining in banging some pots and pans - be a part of it!
More here: https://www.classicfm.com/…/violinist-free-online-music-le…/

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Join the International Music Council’s live Facebook discussion Wednesday May 27th at 11:30am - how can we make sure that these music rights continue to be respected during and in the aftermath of crisis? The IMC debate is their reply to UNESCO’s invitation to start a dialogue about the current challenges faced in the field of music.

'To promote access to music for all and the value of music in the lives of all people' is the declared mission of the International Music Council - A mission which resonates strongly with Music Generation!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tune in to RTÉ2 this morning as Music Generation Laois percussion tutor Dale Mckay busts out some fantastic beats on the Home School Hub! Join in with Dale's beat box and free style beat box rhythms today and Thursday 28th May at 11am 🥁🙌
Find out more: https://www.musicgenerationlaois.ie/

 

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A lovely opportunity for young Music Generation flute players nationwide: Flute workshops with Gareth McLearnon, an International performing flautist and Haynes European Artist in Residence. These workshops will take place online Friday 29th May and 5th June 12-1pm. More details at Cork Summer Band Camp.

An initiative of CIT Cork School of Music, a partner of Music Generation Cork City.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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COVID-19

Coronavirus has amplified inequities that exist in the health system

28 May 2020 10:50PM UTC | By: DR. CRAIG SPENCER

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Demand a Global Response to Coronavirus

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Dr. Craig Spencer works in an emergency department in charge of its global health programme and is on the board of directors of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). We interviewed Dr. Spencer as part of our #PassTheMic series.

Here’s some of what he had to say.

We’re not safe until this virus is controlled everywhere, whether it’s in Alabama or Burundi.

I recognize that for us in the US, the acute focus needs to be on our preparation and saving lives here. But we also need to recognize that could potentially have negative impacts elsewhere. For example, with export restrictions on personal protective equipment or by undermining global organisations that are going to be best suited to coordinate a response, like the World Health Organization.

All that does is make it more difficult for us to lead an effective response that’s going to ultimately save lives everywhere.

Even here in the US, if we had a coordinated response, it would be so much more efficient than if it were New York State vying for personal protective equipment against New Mexico. We’ve highlighted the unfortunate deleterious impacts that hoarding and stockpiling has had here in the US, making things less available and more expensive.

We’re now seeing that amplified on a global scale. The problem is that Côte d’Ivoire is not going to be able to pay a premium for surgical masks and respirators like Colorado might be able to.

Local preparation is key, but a global response is needed

It’s important to recognise that preparation is key locally, but also think about how it’s going to be done on a global scale. Because again, without a global response, one part of this world can be safe, while the rest is not.

Likewise, we all know what’s going to happen when a vaccine gets made: it’s going to go to wealthy individuals and wealthy places.

The problem is, even if we make a vaccine, we’re not going to be able to scale this up at enough of a speed to even protect everyone in the US. So how are we going to think about that from an equity standpoint in making sure that people who need it most, regardless of where they’re at, and regardless of their ability to pay, are able to access it?

It may be that a vaccine would be better for elderly patients in long-term care facilities in low- or middle-income countries, rather than a healthy 35-year-old in New Jersey. But how are we going to have any type of mechanism or accountability or organisation to make sure that happens? That’s going to be a huge challenge.

The need for empathy

In thinking of the immediate next steps to prioritise, empathy is a big one. Recognition from people in wealthy countries that this is not just an issue in their country.

I can’t help but imagine that after this, there’s going to be some type of permanent and hopefully sustained change in the consciousness of who we are together.

What’s needed is an understanding that if the virus was devastating here, it’s going to be more devastating in places where it’s not just a lack of PPE that’s an issue — it’s a lack of basic things like gloves and running water.

The risk of not having a global response is that we’ll end up having hot spots of the virus all across this country and across every continent that will likely move in waves and will come back to our shores repeatedly.

If we don’t stop this at the global level — as long as it’s in Peru or Rwanda — it’s a threat to us here. We can’t close ourselves off, especially if we’re so focused and concerned about the economy.

However, I’ve been heartened by the fact that there has been a focus on this hitting more vulnerable communities. I’m starting to hear people talk about how coronavirus has amplified inequities that exist in the health system in our country and across the world.

In fact, I’ve heard it to such an extent that I can’t help but imagine that after this, there’s going to be some type of permanent and hopefully sustained change in the consciousness of who we are together. As well as an understanding of why it’s important, not just from a humanitarian point of view, but also in terms of protecting ourselves and our loved ones, to ensure that we’re elevating and amplifying the needs of people who are most marginalised in our societies.

These excerpts from the interview were edited for length and clarity.

Hear more from experts in our #PassTheMic campaign, where global health experts take over celebrities’ social media channels to share the data, facts, and science we need to know to end COVID-19. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more.

Demand a Global Response to Coronavirus

People all over the world are standing in solidarity with each other to fight coronavirus, but the virus keeps moving fast.

The pandemic will inevitably wreak its worst on the communities and countries that are least able to withstand the shock. Let’s stand with the most vulnerable whether they live across the street or across the ocean.

We are one world and it’s time to fight for humanity against the virus. Sign our petition telling governments that a global pandemic demands a global response.


Dear World Leaders,

The world needs a Pandemic Response Plan to:

  • Protect the vulnerable, support essential workers, and make a vaccine available to everyone
  • Support people worst hit economically
  • Strengthen health systems so we’re ready if this happens again

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