USAID Provides US$14.5 Million for Ebola

first_imgAs the Ebola calamity rages in Liberia and other parts of West Africa killing more than 1000 people, the United States Government through its aid agency, USAID has provided US$14.5 million to combat the spread of the disease.In addition, the U.S. Government has provided $1 million to the Red Cross for the purpose of contact tracing.The disclosure was made on Wednesday, August 13, at the U.S. Embassy by health experts from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  There are currently 15 experts from the United States in the country to work with the Liberian government, non-governmental organizations and other partners including World Health Organization (WHO) to stop the spread of the epidemic.Satish Pillai, Medical Officer of Centers for Disease Control, and Tim Callaghan, Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) leader both told journalists that their presence in Liberia and affected West African countries is meant to work with partners, government and people of the country to prevent the rapid spread of the disease.The health experts clarified that the amount provided will be used to train health workers and provide safety equipment that will prevent workers from contracting the virus.They also disclosed that additional experts are expected to join them to help with the fight against the virus as it rapidly spreads.Expressing grief for loss of lives, the American experts emphasized that they have come to work with the government and partners because such a global situation cannot be handled alone.They therefore requested that stakeholders cooperate and be willing to coordinate activities in order to effectively combat the disease.One method already known to affected countries including Liberia is the isolation and care system, which the experts stressed should be applied regularly to help prevent the spread of the disease.The experts are going to be deployed in affected counties to train health workers to properly log suspected and death cases, keep surveillance, and train health workers how to approach cases of the disease. As regards information about avoidance of bush meat from chimpanzee, monkey and bat, Satish Pillai said it is a good piece of advice to avoid eating meat of these animals.However, he said the sickness can be contracted from an infected person when another individual comes in contact with fluid from that person, stressing that there has not been a test done to ascertain that the disease is in bat, deer and other animals being named.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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DDTV: DONEGAL ISLANDERS FILM ON FISHING BAN TO BE SCREENED IN PARIS

first_imgAN award-winning documentary on how Europe turned over our Donegal islanders with outrageous fishing bans is to be shown in Paris next week.The Irish Cultural Centre and Irish Embassy in Paris are hosting a special screening of A Turning Tide in the Life of Man in the French capital at the cinéma Les 3 Luxembourg (67, rue Monsieur le Prince – 75006 Paris) on October 13th at 7.30pm. The film retraces the origin of the global problems the small fishermen are facing today, the complexity of such political decisions and the consequences for the lives of small coastal communities, emanating from the implementation of the Salmon Ban and other EU Regulations over the years.Since 2006, islanders from the communities of Árainn Mhór Island, Inis Bo Finne and Tory Island, in Donegal, Ireland, together with experts from around the world, have been working on common documents and actions that will help them to survive Government-led policies, and allowed them to participate in the writing of new reform of the fishing policy which was put in place in 2014 for all European countries.Lead by one fisherman’s voice, John O’Brien, we follow John’s very personal journey with his family and friends from Árainn Mhór Island and Tory Island over 8 years.The film sees their efforts to survive and their long quest to find answers to their questions; traveling, meeting with politicians, gathering together other islands communities from all around Europe, querying MEPs, working with International NGOs to understand the political process and convincing those who hold the power to join their fight and make a difference. As John gets closer to the European Parliament circumstances force him into a more important role.He becomes one of the few EU small fishermen representatives and advisor by default in the new reform process.Discovering that he’s only a little piece of a larger puzzle, for the first time, John has to envisage the bigger picture for himself and like the Members of the European Commission, John and his people also have to take into consideration, environmental, economic and social issues. DDTV: DONEGAL ISLANDERS FILM ON FISHING BAN TO BE SCREENED IN PARIS was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfilmInisbofinTorylast_img read more

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