PaSD Launches Action Plan Project for Sexual Reproductive Health

first_imgCross-section of participants at the launch of the Action for Accelerating SHR Rights and Policy Implementation (AASPI)Partnership for Sustainable Development (PaSD) a not for profit organization recently launched an action plan to create awareness and engage relevant stakeholders on the need to prioritize the realization of reproductive health rights (SHR) in the country.The project, known as Action for Accelerating SHR Rights and Policy Implementation (AASPI), was launched in Monrovia recently with a host of representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs), the student community and health practitioners.Keynote speaker Assistant Health Minister for Curative Services, Dr. Catherine Cooper said with the numerous challenges confronting the Ministry (MOH) it is a laudable initiative that CSOs get involved in helping to curb most of the challenges.“MOH cannot do it all alone. We need civil society organizations and a lot of other partners to appreciate the fact that health matters are matters of urgency and completely void of politics,” Dr. Cooper said.She said the maternal and infant mortality rates in the country are too alarming and there is the need for prompt action at all levels to curtail or put an end to them.Cooper added: “We have a high fertility rate of 4.7 percent of our infant mortality rate. This means that the infant mortality ratio now is 54 to 1,000 lives birthed. The newborn mortality is 26 to a 1000 lives birthed as well.”She said most of the maternal and newborn deaths can be attributed to preventable and treatable conditions.“It is evident that without quality health for women and children the country will not yield the demographic dividend. There are many hindrances to the quality of health services in Liberia and we find out that predominantly we are more troubled on the supply side,” Cooper said.She pointed out that there are critical gaps in the health system which include the unavailability of essential drugs, equipment, medical supplies at the various health facilities across the country.“We have a weak distribution system. We have limited trained workforce to intervene in this area. The access to health care is further hindered by no service quality and inequality of the distribution of health facilities. There are still many counties where our population does not have access to health care,” she said.About government’s efforts to curtail some of the challenges in the health sector, Dr. Cooper said in 2016 the MOH developed a reproductive maternal newborn child and adolescent health investment case (RMNCH).According to her, this is a national strategy for improving reproductive maternal newborn and child and adolescent health issues in the country and it is a direct response to one of the sustainable development goals that have been promoted by the United Nations.She added that since 2016, the Liberian government has made several strides towards achieving RMNCH.“There is an improvement of service provision in many of the health care facilities. Service is now being taken to the communities. We now have community health assistance program. Community health workers are recruited and are going around finding out cases and informing the MOH for quick intervention,” she said.Dr. Cooper said the government is reviewing the reasons that are causing the deaths and at the same time find the means to reduce or prevent the deaths of parents at childbirth or their infants.“There is a new Redemption Hospital undergoing construction in Caldwell. When completed, there will be more facilities to cater to patients, mainly our women and children who suffer the most in times of health crisis,” she said.Cooper added that for the power outages experienced at health care facilities across the country, the MOH has provided suitcases with solar lights for midwives to attend to pregnant women. She said over 274 of those solar panels have been installed at health facilities.Eight maternal waiting homes have been constructed in seven of the fifteen counties. Pregnant women who live far away from health facilities can now come to these maternal waiting homes before their delivery.Cooper said: “Holding factors constant that traditional practices are hampering the MOH’s intervention in many cases, such as women making sure they are delivered of their babies at health care centers rather than at home there is an increment by 32 percent in pregnant women being delivered at health care centers as compared to before the percentage was far lower than the 32 percent.”Cooper said there are two rural midwives schools now in Grand Gedeh and Lofa that are already training midwives in those rural parts of the country for prompt intervention in the delivery of women instead of unprofessional people attending to them.About the history of PaSD and an overview of the AASPI, PaSD acting national executive director, David P. Flomo said his organization’s thematic areas of focus are the campaign against gender-based violence, women’s access to comprehensive and reproductive health services and sexual health of young girls.Flomo also outlined challenging stigma, discrimination, attitudes, and laws as another set of thematic areas of focus. Meanwhile, PaSD executives sought partnership with civil society organizations present in adopting and presenting a petition to the 54th Legislature to pass into law “The Domestic Violence Act.”The Domestic Violence Act was introduced by a consortium of civil society organizations under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s regime.PaSD and all who affixed their signatures to the petition also called on President George Weah to see reason and reintroduce Executive Order 92.Executive Order 92 was introduced by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in an effort to curtail or eliminate violence against women at all fronts.“Civil society organizations, including youth and women groups championing an end to sexual-gender based violence (SGBV), infant and maternal mortality were particularly moved and applauded by President Weah’s call for the 54th Legislature to pass into law several essential bills, especially the domestic violence act,” the petition said.The CSOs called on Speaker Bhofal Chambers and Senate Pro Tempore Albert Chie to fast-track proceedings leading to the passage of the Domestic Violence Act.Signatories to the 13th February 2019 petition were PaSD, National Budget and Human Rights Forum (NBHF), Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD), Save the Children International (SCI) and More for Education (ME).Others are CSOs of maternal newborn child advocacy working group, Liberia CSOs WASH Network, Midwives Association of Liberia and United Youth for Peace, Education, Transparency and Development in Liberia.Also, signatories to the document were the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU), the University of Liberia and the Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FORMER GAA STAR FINED FOR NOT HAVING DRINKS LICENSE

first_imgA FORMER Donegal county star has been fined for failing to have a drinks license at his well-known pub.Tommy Ryan was fined €1,250 at Letterkenny court today in an action brought by the State on behalf of the Revenue.A Customs investigator told the court that he and another officer had visited the Village Court pub in Kilmacrennan on September 10th last year where they had bought a whiskey and a coke. Mr Ryan did not have a license at that time, the court heard.Judge Paul Kelly was told that Ryan had admitted the offence when interviewed by Customs officers.FORMER GAA STAR FINED FOR NOT HAVING DRINKS LICENSE was last modified: October 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:kilmacrennanTommy Ryanlast_img read more

Giants’ bats silenced by Padres

first_imgScoring runs continues to be a struggle for what is left of the Giants.With only four of eight opening day position players still in uniform as the final week of the season began, the Giants lost 5-0 to the Padres on Monday night, falling to 4-17 for the month of September.The Giants have averaged just 2.6 runs in those 21 games, topping five runs just once.The day after the Padres lost 14-0 to the Dodgers, the NL West’s last-place team got a near-complete game from right-hander Bryan …last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Miscellaneous 2

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

R5.5m a record for South African sculpture

first_img13 November 2013History was made at an art auction in Johannesburg on Monday night when Jane Alexander’s Untitled sold for a R5.5-million, setting a new record for a South African sculpture.It was a record for Jane Alexander as well as a record for contemporary art in South Africa.Untitled soared above its pre-sale estimate of R2-3 million at the Strauss & Co evening auction as two buyers bid ferociously against each other until it was finally knocked down at R5.5 million – double the previous record set for a South African sculpture.The piece is the companion work to Alexander’s seminal Butcher Boys, widely considered the most arresting acquisition in the Iziko National Gallery’s collection in Cape Town.Previous recordThe record for a South African sculpture was previously held by Anton van Wouw, whose Bad News sold for R2.2-million in 2010.Alexander’s previous record was also achieved in 2010 for Racework – In The Event of an Earthquake, which sold for just over R1-million. Her West Coast African Angel sold for R682 000 on Monday night.Works by Alexander rarely appear at auction. Stephan Welz, managing director of Strauss & Co said in a statement: “From the moment Untitled came through Strauss & Co’s doors, we knew it was going to generate tremendous interest.”Other highlights of the saleIncluded in Monday night’s “top 10” were two sculptures by Anton van Wouw – Bushman Hunter, which sold for R909 440, and The Scout, which sold for R863 968. Sydney Kumalo’s Horse and Rider sold for R625 000, while Adriaan Hendrik Boshoff’s Summer Fun sold for R568 400.Other highlights included works by Walter Battiss – Atlantic Coast of America II and Watermelon Eater – which sold for R909 440 each.Monday’s sale realised a total of R32-million. South African Art Times reports on other results from the auction:Tretchikoff, Poinsettia: R280 000JH Pierneef, Lanzerac, Stellenbosch: R568 400Bernard Buffet, Bouquet de Pavots: R1.3-millionMarion Burnett, Cape Vulture: R70 000, almost double its estimateIrma Stern, Watussi King: R400 000Rosamund Everard, Barbeton Daisies: R240 000Diederick During, Zulu Maiden with pot: R100 000Robert Hodgins, Bad News General: R320 000Source: Strauss & Co and South African Art Timeslast_img read more

South Africa inspires new ways at WEF Davos

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 22 January 2014 – As the world watches events at one of the year’s premier gatherings of government, business and civil society leaders – the World Economic Forum in Davos – the South African flag will fly high from 22-25 January 2014.WEF Davos opens on Wednesday 22 January 2014 under the theme: The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.South Africa’s programme will begin with a thought leadership breakfast co-hosted by CNBC Africa which will reflect on: “South Africa beyond 20 years and the implementation of the National Development Plan.”  Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver the opening address at the breakfast and the panel that will guide the discussions will include:Colin Coleman: Goldman SachsMonhla Hlahla: Industrial Development CorporationNku Nyembezi-Heita: Chairperson designate of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Jabu Mabuza: Business Unity South Africa.Team South Africa will also host a Night with South Africa networking session later on Wednesday 22 January 2014.  It is expected that key government and business leaders from around the world will interact with team South Africa during which the South African value proposition will be brought to thought leaders and opinion makers.Brand South Africa Deputy Chairperson Happy Ntshingila speaking from Davos says, “Governments and business around the world grapple with achieving inclusive growth; meeting society’s new expectations; sustaining and providing decent lives for 9 billion.  While South Africa has a long way to go, independent research shows that in the 20 years of South Africa’s democracy, more than ten million South Africans have moved into the middle class and now enjoy a better quality of life. In the same period the country’s GDP expanded to more than US$400 billion per year from just about US$150 billion.  By sharing lessons with others at Davos we can find even better ways of doing things so that we can continue to deliver on the hopes of the vast majority of our people.”Join Brand South Africa’s Deputy Chairperson Happy Ntshingila from Davos when he talks to Destiny Connect business writer Buhle Ndaweni at 13h00-14h00 on how South Africa continues to inspire new ways of doing things.  Follow the [email protected] You can follow the South African delegation’s conversation from WEF Davos on @Brand_SA#WEF14SA.Note to editors About the World Economic Forum, Davos 2014http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2014 About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.  Follow Brand South Africa @Brand_SA(https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/[email protected]   For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Fikile MakhobaEmail: [email protected]: 071 155 9192Email: [email protected]:   www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

SODIAL(R) Professional Black Paddle Cushion Hair Massage Brush Hairbrush Comb – price was very good as well

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Tick tock… — Times Up (GC161PW) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgUh oh…did you bring any quarters? Photo courtesy of Tallahassee-LassieGeocache Name:Times Up (GC161PW)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1.5/2.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes. One of my favorite parts of geocaching is discovering the creativity that cache hiders use to take seemingly ordinary objects and morph them into geocaches. From birdhouses to phone booths, the possibilities are nearly endless. In this instance, one geocacher took the downtown bane of my existence and turned it into something I’d be delighted to see. Hopefully they disabled the actual metering functionality, otherwise I hope your geocaching pack contains quite a bit of change.# of Finds:213# of Favorite Points:33What geocachers are saying:“One of my favorites! This was such a cool cache. It was also our final find to get the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Geocoin! What a way to complete our quest! It’s not over, though, because there will always be more caches to find. Thanks for the fun! ” — Nelson BoneDogz“WOW!!!!! What a cache! Signed log, replaced as found and called it a day!” — dogcop1us“This was an awesome adventure! Without fully reading the description, others’ logs, or the hint, we jogged here and climbed down into the creek. Taking in the surroundings we immediately noticed an object that was out of place and had to climb up to explore more! TFTH!” — R3DH3ADSWhat one of the the Geocaching Liaisons for the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs, Tallahassee-Lassie, has to say:“While geocaching was not new to the area, two PRNA employees were instrumental in getting the City to add geocaching to the Parks program back in March 2007.  Bob (Creekhunter) & Vernon (HBunch-Tallahassee) were extremely clever in their containers and hides…In 2009 I was meeting with the then Superintendent of Parks (he’s now retired) about hosting a CITO for one of the parks.  In our discussion I told him the local geocachers group, Tallahassee Area Geocachers aka TAG, would be happy to help out maintaining the caches.  He immediately said yes and our collaboration took off…When I report to the City about the positive logs and how far people have traveled to find the caches, they are very proud and extremely positive.  I enjoy working with them.  I will be retiring in a year & look forward to having more time to volunteer.”Photos:Oh good, no ticket for us! Photo courtesy of Tallahassee-LassieWalking up to this in the middle of the woods may be a bit confusing. Photo courtesy of Tallahassee-LassieCan you see it? Photo courtesy of Tallahassee-Lassie SharePrint RelatedAnother one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Klaatu Barada Nikto! — Aliens Among Us (GC1N0B9) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 12, 2014In “Community”Love is in the air. And locked to a gate. — Love Lock Eeuwige Liefde !?! (GC41QJY) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 12, 2014In “Community” This geocache features a repurposed parking meter for a container. What’s your favorite repurposed container you’ve ever found or hidden? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more