USAID-IWASH Program Delivers Materials to Prevent Potential Ebola Spread

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Along the Liberia-Guinea border, where six suspected Ebola cases have occurred, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH) Program is delivering materials to prevent potential spread of the disease. Materials have been distributed to health facilities that are on the “front line” in responding to the Ebola outbreak in the Foya District border region in Lofa County.The IWASH team, with staff from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Lofa County Health Team) and the Ministry of Public Works, visited 3 clinics and the District Hospital in Foya, delivering gloves, face masks, and disinfectant, soap.Clinics visited were the Porluma, Sulormba, and Mendikorma clinics in the Foya District.Materials were delivered for launching a Hygiene Promotion Campaign in the clinics and surrounding communities to promote healthy behaviors to prevent disease transmission.Mr. Piet Devries, the Chief of Party of the IWASH Program, said “We met with the WHO surveillance team and the District Health Officer to discuss the priorities and then began supplying facilities closest to the border”.The work has continued with the Community-based Hygiene Promotion with Community Health Volunteers.The focus of the IWASH-GoL intervention is to create awareness among communities about basic health and hygiene practices such as hand washing with soap, limited human contacts, avoiding direct contacts with and eating of raw bush meat, and the treatment of water with WaterGuard or other treatment products before drinking.The intervention is also geared towards supporting health workers in the area with protective working materials such as gloves, and nose masks.A total of over 500 pairs of hand gloves, 4,000 posters on hand washing messages, 300 bars of soap, 160 cartons of WaterGuard and other assorted materials such as chlorine, jerry cans, t-shirts with health messages have been mobilized and distribution started.IWASH has been working with Government of Liberia partners in Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties for 4 years. It is implemented by Global Communities – Partners for Good (formerly CHF International) and Population Services International (PSI).last_img read more

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Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory

first_imgBut pulling on Argentina’s blue-and-white striped shirt has brought the forward some of the most painful moments of his career.Rarely able to hit the same heights with Argentina that he routinely scales with Barcelona, Messi has endured stinging criticism from albiceleste fans at times.Nobody would dispute Messi’s status as one of the all-time greats, but many in Argentina believe he cannot be considered on the same level as Diego Maradona until he wins a major honour with his country, as his compatriot did at the 1986 World Cup.Rubbing salt into those wounds, Messi has lost in three successive major finals with Argentina as the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles slipped from his grasp.“I cried many times because of games like these, for lost finals, for what they mean and for not being able to achieve the dream of a country. It was a hard blow to take,” Messi recently told Argentine television programme La Cornisa.The last World Cup was devastating to Messi as he missed a golden opportunity to put Argentina ahead in the final against Germany, who went on to win 1-0 in extra-time.As if that was not bad enough, for the first time in his career, he missed in a penalty shootout when Argentina were beaten by Chile in the Copa America final two years ago.– Last chance? –Although Messi is still in his prime, the 30-year-old realises the World Cup in Russia, which starts in June, could represent his last chance to hoist the famous gold trophy.He will be approaching the twilight of his career by the time the 2022 edition kicks off in Qatar.Messi will have also noted that key Argentina team-mates Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi and Javier Mascherano will all be 30 or over this year.“Obviously, we depend on results and therefore the thinking in this group is that having got to three finals and not being able to win and even then people say a lot of things about us, if we are not champions then we won’t have another one (opportunity),” Messi said.Having edged through to the finals thanks to Messi’s treble in a 3-1 win over Ecuador in October, Argentina are focused on peaking in Russia, where they will play Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria in the group stage.First up is an intriguing test against an Italy side that failed to qualify for the World Cup.Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli believes the match at Manchester City’s ground will help to sharpen his side before a second friendly in Spain next week.“Each match and training session is fundamental for us in preparation for the World Cup. Playing against Italy, in a venue as important as Etihad Stadium, is an invitation to a great event,” he said.“Every Argentine in the world wants to be there when the national team plays. We are certain they will accompany us for this one.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000In Barcelona’s colours, Messi has experienced nothing but success, but pulling on Argentina’s blue-and-white striped shirt has brought the forward some of the most painful moments of his career © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 22 – Lionel Messi begins his road to World Cup redemption on Friday as Argentina take on Italy in a glamour friendly, desperate to win a major international prize to crown his glorious career.In Barcelona’s colours, Messi has experienced nothing but success, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, while earning FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award five times.last_img read more

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