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


first_imgUrris GAA NotesGOOD LUCK: To all the boys and girls taking part in the Keelogg’s GAA Cul Camp being run by the club in Straid this week-Monday to Friday.Enjoy the fun and games. CLUB IORRAS WINNERS FOR JUNE: €50-John Farren, Ardagh, €30-Barney Friel, Boston and €20-Paul Friel, Boston.Thanks to all who support our monthly Club Iorras Draw.SENIOR & RESERVES: Both teams played Red Hughs in Straid on Saturday night, mixed results for both teams. The Seniors lost out narrowly by one point -final score Urris 1-09, Red Hughs 1-10. Reserves had a good win beating Red Hughs by 3-08 to 0-11.JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP: Seniors away to Red Hugh’s in Killygordon next weekend , at time of going to press not sure which day this match takes place, please check our Facebook page for details. MATCH “N” WIN: June 26th: No jackpot winner, numbers drawn: 3, 6, 10 & 19. €15 winners: Lexie Doherty, Tirmaine, Shaun, Sleadrin, Sammy Harkin, Urrismana, Billy Gibbons, Ballyhallion & Kathleen & Elisha C/o Bingo.Jackpot next week €1,740. Thanks to all our Lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly draw.LADIES FOOTBALL: our ladies are home to Cloughaneeely on Sunday next in Straid at 12.00 noon. Training for the ladies now moved to Wednesday night’s at 7.30pm in Straid.U14 GIRLS: Good luck to our girls who play N. Columba in the County B Semi-final this Friday evening at 6.30pm in Straid. Support most welcome.U16: The lads were beaten by a strong Carndonagh team last week in the U16 B semi-final in Muff. UNDERAGE FIXTURES FOR COMING WEEK: U10’s away to Muff on Tuesday night at 6.30pm.U12’s home to Muff on Tuesday night at 6.30pm. U10 girls home to Moville on Saturday morning at 11.00am.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running:In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away.Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information.All boots can be dropped off in the cage at all Under-age training/matches.Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email rosiekelly28@eircom.net no later than 9pm on Sunday night.GAA NEWS: URRIS FACE RED HUGHS IN JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND was last modified: June 30th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more