OSIWA Steps in with 3 Pickups to Fight Ebola

first_imgShe also said the donation of the vehicles is part of OSIWA and FORD’s Ebola response. The OSIWA Country Officer expressed the hope that the vehicles would be used for the intended purpose during the Ebola crisis for contact tracing, transportation and other Ebola-activities being carry out by the Ministry of Health and the Ebola Task Force. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and the FORD Foundation on Tuesday, September 09, donated three brand new Ford Express pickups to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to help with the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Value at about US$105,000, the three vehicles were hand delivered to Liberia’s Health Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale at the MOHSW in Congo Town. Presenting the keys to Dr. Gwenigalie, the OSIWA-Liberia  country officer, Madam Massa S. S. Crayton, said the donation was the FORD Foundation and OSIWA’s way of answering a national call to kick Ebola out of Liberia. “It is our hope that these vehicles will be used for the intended purpose in order to save the lives of people infected by the deadly Ebola virus,” said Madam Crayton.Receiving the keys for the vehicles from Madam Crayton, Health Minister Dr. Gwenigale  said he is overjoyed for the donation by OSIWA and the FORD Foundation. “Part of the challenges we have in dealing with this Ebola crisis is the lack of adequate logistics. We have limited transportation to move materials and people from one place to another and these pickups are coming in at the time when all of the counties are asking us for transport,” he said.“I extend thanks and appreciation, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to the representatives of FORD Foundation and the OSIWA family for this timely gesture.” Minister Gwenigalie instructed that though it was the Ministry of Health that signed the grant agreement with the FORD Foundation and OSIWA, the vehicles are for Ebola response and they must be used for that purpose. The Health Minister also instructed his Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, to work with General Services Agency (GSA) Director General Madam Mary Broh to ensure that the vehicles are registered as government property. “And it must be noted that we have received these items and they must be used for the purpose for which they are intended.” The Health Minister immediately turned the keys over to Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyenswah who in turn thanked OSIWA and the FORD Foundation for the timely gesture. “We thank OSIWA and FORD Foundation and wish to note here that we are strategically putting all mechanisms into place in the various counties to deal with this Ebola crisis.I am happy that you have made this donation this morning because it will help ease some of the logistical challenges facing the Ministry of Health and the Ebola Task Force, including the government,” said Minister Nyenswah. He observed that there is mounting pressure on the Ministry of Health from the various counties for vehicles and other suppliers. “The request for supplies is enormous because we have people taking care of the treatment unit, ambulance crew, community awareness crew and those taking care of the dead, amongst many others,” Nyenswah added.Present at the ceremony was Deputy Health Minister Matthew T. K. Flomo and the Coordinator of the Ebola Task Force, Mr. Dorbor Jallah. Also present was Deputy Police Director for Operations Col. Abraham Kromah, while on the OSIWA team was the Program Coordinator Madam Jackie M. Eastman, Administrative and Finance Associate Mr. Rufus Ballah and the driver Mr. Julius Ke-Leay.       The deadly Ebola virus has already killed over 1,089 people in Liberia alone, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. It said that the virus has killed over 2,100 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria and infected over 4,000 people in West Africa. Ebola has no known cure, but the US-made experimental Zmapp drug is being tested on patients and showing positive signs, health experts said.OSIWA is part of the larger Open Society Foundations global network and one of four foundations in Africa. The Foundation is a grant-giving and advocacy foundation that works in ten countries in the region (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone).OSIWA focuses on three programmatic areas — political governance, economic governance, law, justice and human rights. Its goals are to help improve government institutions by making them stronger and more accountable to their citizens; to help ensure public service delivery and an equitable distribution and transparent management of natural resources ; and to help promote respect for human rights and rule of law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FIFA president lambasts Italian soccer for ‘hiding’ racism

first_imgTrump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:47Senate panel recommends filing of drug charges vs Albayalde00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The FIFA process requires the referee to briefly pause a match at the first hint of discriminatory chants and request an announcement over the stadium public address system asking fans to stop. If the chanting persists, the referee can suspend the match and order the teams into the changing rooms until it stops. If that doesn’t work, the referee can stop the match definitively.While the FIFA process is straightforward it has rarely been implemented in Serie A.“The problem is, we have some laws stipulating that if it’s a concrete number of people we stop the match. If it’s 2, 3 persons or 10 persons then we cannot stop the match,” Danilo Filacchione, the Italian football federation’s international relations director, told The Associated Press in Ljubljana, Slovenia, after attending a UEFA meeting.“But the clubs are also fighting,” Filacchione added. “We are doing our best.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I don’t see why we have to hide the truth, not talk about what happens or say that it is not serious. No, that’s not how you go about it,” Infantino said in an interview with Sky Italia. “It’s unacceptable, absurd and surprising.“It’s upsetting, because Italy is a country that people love, where you can live and eat well, where there’s culture,” added Infantino, who is the son of Italian immigrants to Switzerland. “This is supposed to be a modern, civil, polite country. And I think it’s moving in the wrong direction.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Infantino suggested identifying fans responsible of racism and throwing them in jail, calling on the Italian federation to work with its clubs and local police.Likewise, the Italian government’s new sports minister vowed to eliminate racism “with more severe and efficient sanctions.” View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img “I will dedicate myself toward eliminating it from stadiums during my mandate — even at the cost of making unpopular decisions,” Vincenzo Spadafora, the minister, told Spanish newspaper El Pais.“The time has come for everyone to assume responsibility: institutions, politicians, federations and fans,” Spadafora added. “Soon I will meet with all of the sports representatives to share with them a significant change, with more severe and efficient sanctions.”Atalanta’s 2-2 draw with Fiorentina on Sunday was suspended briefly during the first half due to chants aimed at Dalbert.However, the Italian league’s judge announced Monday that he has yet to decide whether Atalanta warrants punishment. Judge Gerardo Mastrandrea said in his weekly disciplinary report that Dalbert needs to be interviewed before his decision is made.Following FIFA’s “three-step process” for handling racism inside stadiums, referee Daniele Orsato ordered a warning to be read over the stadium’s loudspeaker that the match would not resume until the chants ceased.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, right, celebrates his goal with Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Inter Milan, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept.21, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)ROME — FIFA president Gianni Infantino lambasted Italian soccer authorities for “hiding the truth” about racism in a scathing assessment Tuesday following a complete lack of punishment after three cases of discriminatory chants during the four opening rounds of Serie A.Three black players — Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, AC Milan’s Franck Kessie, and Fiorentina’s Dalbert Henrique — have been targeted by racist chants but no sanctions have been handed out by the Italian league, federation or police.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano PH Blu Girls rout Korea to open Tokyo Olympic qualifying bid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more