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  1. “Countries must do everything possible to ensure continuity of TB, malaria and AIDS care, even as the pandemic rages on.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/madhukarpai/2020/03/29/aids-tb-and-malaria-coronavirus-threatens-the-endgame/?fbclid=IwAR28KxmqPqyj01Xs0iIpgDrpx852C6JglQqV3nVQRb2hzHfSuhioxxz78G4#5ad0814a5afd
  2. Bill Gates on how we can make up for lost time on #COVID19. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bill-gates-heres-how-to-make-up-for-lost-time-on-covid-19/2020/03/31/ab5c3cf2-738c-11ea-85cb-8670579b863d_story.html?fbclid=IwAR0-7wUJXMkYow9i1Gi6xl-3KMaUJjnPHx9rPJDhxgckKOrpx8owNikjwjA
  3. 🙌 Chipotle Mexican Grill is showing their appreciation for healthcare heroes by delivering burritos to nurses, doctors, admins, cleaning support, x-ray techs, and everyone in between.
  4. Inside Development From the editor-in-chief Watch: Mark Dybul calls for global task force on COVID-19 By Raj Kumar // 01 April 2020 Global Health Mark Dybul, former head of PEPFAR and the Global Fund, speaks with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar. Via YouTube. In a wide-ranging interview on the COVID-19 crisis Tuesday, global health leader Mark Dybul called for a greater focus on how the pandemic might spread in the global south and on specific mitigation steps. Dybul, the former head of both PEPFAR and the Global Fund, made a specific call to immediately gather the African, American, and European experts who directed the West African Ebola response to form a kind of task force. This group, he said, would be responsible for ensuring the major global health agencies — including USAID, the Global Fund, Gavi, and the World Bank, among others — have clear plans to quickly support health ministries in case tracking, testing, and a range of mitigation and treatment protocols. “There should be a system to pull everyone together,” Dybul said in the interview with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar. “We should be simulating, in the United States and globally, where this could go and how. Model it out. … As we get more data, we can actually use models to help us understand where it could go and how we should be responding and where we should be putting our resources.” Get development's most important headlines in your inbox every day. Subscribe The hourlong interview touched on how COVID-19 might spread globally, vaccine development and virus mutation, and the potential timeline for COVID-19 social distancing, among many other related topics. More interviews with humanitarian leaders on COVID-19. Watch: • How Jan Egeland sees the crisis developing • Amref Health Africa CEO on the impact on NGO finances • Unacceptable — community health workers without COVID-19 protective gear Visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for news, job opportunities, and funding insights. About the author Raj Kumarraj_devex Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.
  5. Safety requires solidarity. 👏 Since the start of the global pandemic, there have been many incredible stories shared around the world. We are asking ONE supporters to share theirs as part of our #ONEWorld campaign and here's a small selection of the ones we've been sent so far ❤️ Share your Stories of Solidarity in the comments below or click on the link to submit yours https://go.one.org/39zElGQ #ONEWorld #InThisTogether https://act.one.org/letter/stories-of-hope?utm_source=facebook&source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=GlobalFacebook&utm_campaign=covid19&fbclid=IwAR1-fqoVF_ZlgC5yfL7yGJWN2j3up9pT5_PkADJKSp4xCSj-HSNHgyC59Nc
  6. GIRLS AND WOMEN Lulu the boxer fights for recognition of women boxers 23 March 2020 9:06PM UTC | By: SAM VOX JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Lulu Gaitan Kayage is a woman ahead of her time. She is one of the few female boxers in Tanzania and she is fighting for recognition of women in the heavily male-dominated sport. “In Tanzania, there is the belief that women boxers are not yet a thing,” says 30-year-old Lulu. But Lulu has been boxing since she was 18 years old, and she won her first international match in South Africa in 2013 when she was 23. Since then, she has won six out of seven international matches against competitors from South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia in her flyweight category. While she is still punching hard, she also aims to inspire other women to enter the ring and fight. “If we were around 20 female boxers in Tanzania, we would have a voice,” she says. Lulu’s road to victory Lulu’s road toward victory has been far from easy. Her mother died in childbirth, leaving her father to raise her. But when he died in a traffic accident, 8-year-old Lulu was left with her extended family. As she grew older, it became clear to her that the family wanted to marry her off. Lulu, however, didn’t want a life as a housewife. After primary school, she set out to build her own future. For more than a year she worked as a domestic worker for a family in Dar Es Salaam, saving up her pay to fund her own business. At 16, she began selling fruits in the streets, zigzagging between cars in the scorching Dar es Salaam sun. After six months, she had saved enough to rent a fruit stall by the roadside. Early morning on her way to the fruit market, Lulu was attacked by a group of men who beat her and stole her savings that she had hidden in her basket. “This can’t be. I need to find a gym and start exercising so I can protect myself,” she thought after the assault. She found a gym where she could take boxing lessons. She began to wake up at 3 a.m. to go to the fruit market, before exercising in the gym from 6 to 7.30 a.m — and then traveling to open her small shop before 9 a.m. In the evenings, she would swing by the gym and clock in another couple of hours of training. Lulu quickly showed talent and her coach spurred her on to pursue professional boxing. “Get in the ring and fight,” he would tell her. Her boxing practice got more serious, but she still didn’t tell her family about it. “They wouldn’t accept it, so I kept it a secret,” she says. She kept her secret for years, until a newspaper article revealed it in 2013. She was preparing for her first international match in South Africa and her photo appeared in a local newspaper. Her uncle saw the photo of Lulu with a team of boxers and soon the whole family knew about her boxing career, causing surprise. But after winning her match in South Africa, she gained her family’s respect. But despite her victory, she was brushed aside when the team of Tanzanian boxers arrived back in Dar es Salaam. “All the male boxers who went to South Africa were defeated, but the press still only wanted to talk to them,” she recounts. “Women can be better than men, but they are forgotten,” she says. Lulu carried on with her boxing career but noted that women had to fight just to get signed up for a match and often struggled to get paid at all. Women in Tanzania are often expected to become housewives and mothers, she argues, certainly not professional athletes. “I meet many women who like boxing, but I can’t lie to them and say that it pays. Boxing in Tanzania is not a job,” Lulu says. She now has a boxing match every other month, but the pay is so meagre that she continues to work two jobs: one as a fruit seller by the road and one as a boxer in the ring. However, Lulu wants to slowly close the gender gap in boxing by making the ring a more comfortable place for women. After seeing how male coaches or referees have scolded women boxers, she wants to pursue mentoring or coaching women boxers herself. “If we were around 20 female boxers in Tanzania, we would have a voice,” she says.
  7. Take a break with a ONE colouring page! 3 April 2020 5:18PM UTC | By: EMILY MILLER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Like many of you, we’re busy looking for creative ways to enjoy our free time now that we’re spending the majority of our time at home. We’ve got book recommendations, tips for at-home activism, a great Spotify playlist to jam to, and an activist-themed word search that’s pretty challenging. If you’re looking for something relaxing, we’ve created these downloadable colouring pages for you to print out, share, and get creative with! No printer? You can save these to your phone and colour them in on your Instagram story. Download SDG Doodles Download Activists Signs Download Hands When you’re all done colouring, post your masterpieces on Twitter or Instagram with #ONECampaign and we’ll share them!
  8. HIV/AIDS Meet the young volunteers fighting HIV stigma and misconceptions in Tanzania 25 November 2019 7:29PM UTC | By: SAM VOX JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email These young Tanzanians know what it is like to feel excluded because of an HIV diagnosis. Now, they’re countering stigma and misconceptions about living with HIV in their communities. Amina Mohamedy was born with HIV, but her family didn’t tell her until her she was in high school. Upon finding out, she was faced with a tough decision: should she tell her classmates or keep quiet about it? At school, they had been taught that HIV was contracted during unprotected sex and now, Amina was concerned that the news would shatter her reputation. Amina Mohamedy, 22 Amina decided she didn’t want to hide. “It was hard to tell them, but I had to because I want to help other young people with HIV. In order to help others, I must be open myself,” she says. Despite her fears, Amina’s friends and fellow students were supportive and encouraged her to help other young Tanzanians living with HIV. For the past three years, 22-year-old Amina has been helping tackle stigma in the community by reaching out to other young people living with HIV in Dar es Salaam. She’s part of the youth organisation Network of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS (NYP+), a volunteer team of 34 adolescents and young people aged 10 to 24 — the majority of whom are HIV-positive. Countering stigma and encouraging treatment In the mornings, volunteers assemble in NYP+’s tiny office, almost hidden in a densely populated neighbourhood where sand whirls through the streets and the scorching sun makes people retreat to the shade. Nevertheless, Amina and her fellow volunteers prepare to journey out into the heat to visit health clinics throughout the city to talk to patients. The volunteers fight stigma by helping young people living with HIV face their own insecurities and begin antiretroviral therapy. Local health workers often call them to assist with counselling as the young volunteers can communicate more openly with Dar es Salaam’s youth. “We know the kind of difficulties that young people face, and it makes it easier for us to help them,” says Amina, who is currently volunteering as the organisation’s secretary. According to UNICEF, adolescents and young people represent a growing share of people living with HIV globally, and new infections continue as few adolescents go for HIV testing to learn their status. Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa are most affected by HIV, and recent data shows that only 19 percent of adolescent girls (ages 15-19) and 14 percent of adolescent boys (ages 15-19) in this region have been tested for HIV and received their results during the past year. By reaching out to young people diagnosed with HIV at the clinics and later meeting with them in their homes, more adolescents and young people have gone for check-ups and have started treatment, Amina says. Transforming lives When Amiri — another volunteer with NYP+ who works in the outreach team — discovered that he was HIV positive as a 14-year-old, he began to fear that his entire community and friends would turn their backs on him. He most of all wanted to hide. “It was very difficult to deal with as a teenager. Young people are ashamed of being HIV positive, and they are afraid to be discriminated [against] if they are open about it. So, keep it a secret is a common thing,” he says. Apart from a small amount of compensation to cover their transport, members of the network work for free — but to Amiri the social gains far outweigh the personal workload. Working with fellow young people to educate his community gives him a sense of purpose. He dreams of living in a society where an HIV diagnosis is not seen as a hindrance to a good life. And joining NYP+ hasn’t just helped Amiri transform other people’s lives, it has transformed his life as well. “I didn’t know the reason for taking medicine,” explains Amiri. He had been previously unaware that antiretroviral therapy can grant you a healthy and near-normal life. “Now that I am using it, I have more energy,” he says. Despite his progress, Amiri is still wary of sharing his status more widely with his community. But, he can be frank with his family and his fellow volunteers. “I can speak to them without fear,” he says. Amina agrees. She doesn’t believe the wicked rumours she overheard at a young age that HIV is a death sentence. “I don’t think HIV will make you die fast. Look at me — I am now 22 years old and healthy,” she says and smiles out towards the street as she prepares for her day helping others overcome HIV stigma. In 2020, we’re going to be keeping up the fight for good global health everywhere. Join us. ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.
  9. Thank you to all healthcare workers for your unwavering courage and constantly putting the needs of others before your own. You are true heroes.
  10. We're standing in solidarity with ONE to call on leaders for a Global Pandemic Response Plan. We vow to stand with everyone, everywhere around the world to fight #COVID19. Take action for #ONEWorld now: https://go.one.org/345HjSe
  11. None of us are safe until all of us are safe.We are standing in solidarity for #ONEWorld as we launch our campaign calling for a Global Pandemic Response Plan. We vow to stand with everyone, everywhere around the world to fight COVID-19 – for as long as it takes.Add your voice and sign this petition demanding a Global Plan → https://go.one.org/2UxkZ0y
  12. By Imogen Calderwood APRIL 1, 2020 HEALTH How COVID-19 Is Impacting My Work on Food Security in Nigeria, and the People I Support Clara Orji, Mercy Corps' program manager in Nigeria, shares how COVID-19 threatens her work. Why Global Citizens Should Care The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is putting the world's most vulnerable people at even greater risk, both from the virus itself, but also from it's potentially long-lasting impacts on the mission to end extreme poverty by 2030. Join the movement by taking action here as part of our Together At Home campaign to support the global efforts to combat coronavirus. In northeast Nigeria, a conflict between the military and armed opposition groups is now in its ninth year. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes, while infrastructure and basic services have collapsed. Over 7 million people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance, according to Mercy Corps, while the food and nutrition crisis is massive. Now, as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, healthcare and development workers in the region are struggling against a threat that could undermine the relief efforts already underway. Tuitea ahora: Ayudemos a nuestras comunidades durante el coronavirus: corre la voz 2178 / 5000 acciones realizadas PASA A LA ACCIÓN Más información We spoke to Clara Orji, program manager for Mercy Corps in Nigeria, to understand how COVID-19 is impacting the organization’s programs underway in Nigeria, and what they need from the international community to support their efforts. Clara Orji, Mercy Corp’s program manager in Nigeria What work do you do within the humanitarian aid sector? I am a program manager at Mercy Corps for a program that’s focused on improving food security and economic empowerment in a “garrison town” in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. In the northeast of Nigeria, Mercy Corps is responding to the humanitarian crisis, working to provide both emergency response and early recovery programs across multiple sectors — including water, sanitation, and hygiene; nutrition; shelter; cash assistance; protection; food security, agriculture and livelihoods; and youth empowerment. Who are the people and communities you work with? We work with different groups of people who are considered to be vulnerable, most notably within conflict-affected households in northeast Nigeria. Many people we work with are from the host communities, including internally-displaced people, and people who have returned to the communities to resettle. We provide lifesaving assistance, especially food assistance, to over 18,500 households and shelter to about 4,000 households. We focus specifically on providing malnourished children and their families with fresh food assistance, and ensuring that their families are supported with livelihoods options, such as poultry and backyard farming. We prioritize providing services to female-headed households, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, child-headed households, elderly households, and people with disabilities. Related StoriesMarch 23, 2020Thomson Reuters FoundationFears Over Handwashing in Africa to Stem Coronavirus Seen as Trigger for Change What are the difficulties and challenges you're facing amid the COVID-19 outbreak? We are worried that there aren't enough resources to address the crisis in case of an outbreak in the host communities and camps where people are often overcrowded. There's also the issue of inadequate materials to respond to COVID-19 in northeast Nigeria. But we are also experiencing a lack of awareness of COVID-19 too. Unfortunately, there are no health facilities that could help in case of an outbreak, which is quite worrisome. However, we are following guidance from the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], WHO [World Health Organization], and public health authorities to promote handwashing and other safety measures in our operations, and communication with participants in our programs. What impact is that having on your programme participants? We are prioritizing life-saving activities, such as food assistance and water trucking, so vulnerable households will continue receiving food and water to provide to their families. As we can, we are rescheduling large-gatherings that are not time-critical. We are most concerned with ensuring that we reach people with food to survive daily. What do you as an aid worker need the international community to do to support your work? We need more COVID-19 testing centers to make sure that those people who have tested positive can receive the necessary care and treatment. Overall, the COVID-19 outbreak is an added burden to an already existing, prolonged crisis where people have been suffering for a long time. Should there be an outbreak in overcrowded areas, we fear there is a high risk that many people will suffer. We will need more funds to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. We appeal for donors to be flexible to allow an extension on intervention periods lost due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A well-coordinated response from the international community would do well to prevent a severe impact on vulnerable populations. You can join the global efforts against coronavirus by taking meaningful action through our Together At Home campaign — including actions like calling on G20 leaders to support the effort to develop a vaccine; calling on EU leaders to protect refugees in Europe; spreading the word about the WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and more. You can see all of Global Citizen's COVID-19 coverage here. Related Stories Why COVID-19 Response Efforts Need to Consider That Pandemics Hit Women and Girls the Hardest Coronavirus: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Fight COVID-19 The UK Is Now the Single Biggest Contributor to the Global Hunt for a COVID-19 Vaccine TOPICSExtreme PovertyHungerMalnutritionNutritionFood InsecurityNigeriaConflictEconomic EmpowermentPandemicMercy CorpsCoronavirusCOVID-19
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