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          Azerbaijan to host 2019 session of World Heritage Committee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 30 June to 10 July 2019, further to the kind invitation of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. On 3 July 2018, during its 42nd session in Manama, Bahrain, the Committee elected H.E. Mr. Abulfaz Garayev, Azerbaijani Minister of Culture as the new Chair of the Committee, with Brazil, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Norway and Tunisia as Vice-Chairs. Ms Mahani Taylor, from Australia, was elected as ...
          Notizie della Madre e Suor Rosanna in Burkina       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Le sorelle della Delegazione del Burkina Faso, oggi si sono trovate insieme per festeggiare la Madre e Suor Rosanna, con grande gioia per avergli tra di loro. 
Ecco le foto di una giornata bellissima!


La Madre con le novizie e la loro maestra Suor Sabine

 Suor Rosanna con la Superiora Suor Margherite (delegata) e le Superiore:
Suor Justine, Suor Augustins e Suor Edwige

 La Madre con le Superiore

 Tutte le sorelle della delegazione oggi per la festa della Madre

 Suor Bartolomea e Suor Rosanna

 Le tre giovane aspirante  del Congo 

 Gruppo delle giovani aspiranti!

          United States of America: Technical Program Officer, GHSC-TA Francophone TO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Organization: Chemonics
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 24 Jul 2018

Chemonics seeks a Technical Program Officer for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Technical Assistance Francophone Task Order (GHSC-TA Francophone TO). The GHSC-TA Francophone TO provides technical assistance for strengthening national and sub-national health supply chain systems in Francophone Africa and Haiti; and supports regional collaboration and capacity building activities within the West Africa region to improve commodity security. At the global level, the Francophone TO supports the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) to ensure that Emergency Preparedness strategies are supported by adequate country supply chains.

Access to quality pharmaceutical products remains a challenge in many countries in the sub-Saharan region. Ensuring the availability of these products remains critical to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations; to the reduction of morbidity and mortality from major public health threats; and to the economic development of countries and the region. The Technical Program Officer will provide technical support to the Task Order country portfolios supporting timely and quality completion of project deliverables, and the documentation and dissemination of results. The Technical Program Officer will also coordinate regional activities aimed at capacity building of regional organizations/initiatives, and the promotion of commodity security within the region, especially for family planning and reproductive health products.

The Technical Program Officer will report directly to the Francophone TO Technical Manager and will provide support to designated activities for program countries including but not limited to, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Haiti, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Support the implementation of the Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) work plan activities ensuring adequate deployment of resources, timely completion of deliverables, and assuring quality of products

  • Supports the technical manager in managing strategic technical activities in the home office and in field offices (FOs) and works closely with country offices and regional technical advisors

  • Supports technical preparation and documentation for internal and external meetings and activities

  • Assists in supporting and reporting on activities as agreed in approved workplans.

  • Plans, coordinates, and manages a variety of activities such as work planning and client and technical meetings and conferences

  • Liaises with GHSC-PSM on procurements and deliveries of PRH commodities

  • Works with the M&E manager to coordinate the implementation of EUV surveys, PPMRs and other M&E activities

  • Contributes to knowledge management plans and supports dissemination activities for program results and best practices, research studies, evaluations, and reviews

  • Collaborates with a range of partners, including but not limited to WAHO, RHSC, in-country Ministries of Health, GHSC-PSM project field offices, other USAID and non-USAID project field offices, international donors, implementing partners, and inter-agency initiatives

  • Performs other duties as required

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters’ degree in public health, supply chain management, or related field preferred

  • Minimum 5 years of public health, health system strengthening, and/or technically relevant work experience if holding a MS/MA/MB

  • Minimum of 6 years of public health, health system strengthening, and/or technically relevant work experience if holding a BS/BA

  • Experience with Family Planning/Reproductive Health in developing countries preferred

  • Ability to present data and analysis in easily understood infographics and data visualizations

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing

  • Proven analysis and organization skills working in a cross-cultural environment

  • Ability to foster and demonstrate a workplace inclusive of serving others, building trust, innovation, and exceeding expectations

  • Willingness to travel, both internationally and within the US; ability to work overseas for up to 4 to 8 weeks per year; and experience working in developing countries preferred

  • Strong administrative skills, word processing abilities, knowledge of MS Office applications, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple competing priorities at once, excellent customer service skills

  • Professional level of oral and written fluency in French and English

  • Demonstrated presentation skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Strong organizational and work prioritization skills


How to apply:

Application Instructions:

Apply through our Career Center at https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=CHEMONICS&cws=1 by July 24, 2018. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.


          Au Togo, la mer avance et les communautés de pêcheurs doivent quitter les rivages      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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<p>Lomé (AFP) - Les problèmes de l'érosion, due aux vents forts et aux vagues violentes de l'océan Atlantique, ne sont pas nouveaux dans le petit village de pêcheurs d'Agebkope, sur la côte togolaise.Mais avec le nouveau port de pêche de Lomé, leur quotidien pourrait être encore davantage affecté.</p><p>"Plusieurs maisons à plusieurs étages se sont déjà effondrées et notre cimetière a également été touché", raconte le chef du village, Jean-Dolayi Duevi. "Nous avons dû exhumer 47 corps et les emmener au cimetière de Baguida" (près de la capitale, Lomé), soupire-t-il. </p><p>L'érosion affecte les communautés côtières à travers le monde.Mais elle devient un problème environnemental et social majeur en Afrique de l'Ouest. </p><p>L'action continuelle des vents et des vagues fait disparaître entre cinq et dix mètres de terre chaque année en de nombreux endroits de la côte (56 kilomètres).Jusqu'à 25 mètres parfois, selon le ministère togolais de l'environnement. </p><p>La Banque Mondiale a investi 210 millions de dollars dans des projets de construction de digues ou de dunes pour atténuer les effets des marées et des inondations dans six pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest, dont le Togo. </p><p>La hausse du niveau de la mer, due au réchauffement climatique, est la principale cause de l'accélération de ce phénomène naturel. </p><p>Mais au Togo, les constructions humaines ont également aggravé la situation, notamment l'expansion du port en eaux profondes au large de Lomé à la fin des années 1960. </p><p>Le Togo -avec son voisin béninois- sont des pays clé qui offrent un accès à la mer pour de nombreux pays enclavés dans la région (Burkina Faso, Niger...). </p><p>L'expansion de ce port en eaux profondes a perturbé l'accumulation de sédiments, changeant la direction des courants d'eau, souligne Tchannibi Bakatimbe, chef de projet au ministère togolais de l'environnement.</p><p>Les habitants contribuent également à l'érosion côtière en prélevant du sable et du gravier pour fabriquer des briques. </p><p>Plus récemment, les habitants d'Agebkope se sont inquiétés de la construction d'un nouveau port de pêche. </p><p>Il devrait ouvrir ses portes en février de l'année prochaine et a été principalement financé à hauteur de 14,4 milliards de francs CFA (22 millions d'euros) par l'agence japonaise de développement et par le gouvernement togolais (2,1 milliards de francs CFA, 3,2 millions d'euros).</p><p>Les 178 bateaux de pêche utilisant le port existant, vétuste et surpeuplé, opéreront à partir des nouveaux points d'amarrage, plus sécurisés.</p><p></p><p>- "Plus vite qu'avant" -</p><p></p><p>Quelque 300 acteurs de la distribution auront également un meilleur accès aux produits de la pêche, promettent les investisseurs.</p><p>Mais les communautés de pêcheurs alentour craignent que le nouveau port ne nuise à ceux qu'il est censé aider, en augmentant l'érosion, faisant reculer les bancs de poissons plus au large et forçant les habitants à se déplacer vers l'intérieur des terres. </p><p>"Ça nous fait peur, parce que la mer avance plus vite qu'avant", s'inquiète Ben Vonor, 57 ans, qui vit à Agbekope et fait partie des 22.000 Togolais qui dépendent de la pêche pour leur survie. </p><p>"Avant, ça avançait, mais ça avançait avec lenteur.Mais maintenant qu'ils ont commencé de mettre les pierre partout (...), les changements peuvent être vus +de jour en jour+", assure-t-il.</p><p>Le chef d'Agebkope, Duevi, est également à la tête d'une association locale de développement, fondée en 2016, pour donner une voix à plusieurs des communautés du front de mer.</p><p>Son groupe fait pression pour que le gouvernement déplace des villages entiers à l'intérieur des terres et verse aux villageois une compensation pour la perte de leurs moyens de subsistance. </p><p>Jeremy Assogbe, un gardien de 62 ans, a déjà dû déménager "trois fois" en dix ans.Cette fois, il est décidé: "Je ne pense plus rester sur la côte", dit-il, "parce que j’ai tant souffert ici.Ici c’est la galère!"</p><p></p>

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          Réponse à Papa Abdoulaye Seck : "Quand le Ministre de l’agriculture nous enseigne qu’insécurité alimentaire et pauvreté dans le monde rural sénégalais sont imaginaires"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Réponse à Papa Abdoulaye Seck :
Il était allé prendre du bon temps et assister à des matches de football pendant que la majorité les paysans sénégalais et leurs troupeaux souffraient de la faim dans de nombreux départements du Sénégal. Il a décidé de marquer son retour par un fracassant communiqué portant le titre suivant : « Le monde agricole imaginaire de monsieur Abdoul Mbaye ». 

Ne lui en déplaise, des compétences non sénégalaises et plus expertes que notre Ministre de l’agriculture sur les questions d’insécurité alimentaire et pauvreté dans le monde rural, se sont donné la peine de faire le travail de terrain pour s’assurer de l’état d’insécurité alimentaire dans la partie nord du Sénégal. 

Le Ministre, dans ce qu’il admet comme imaginaire, oublie que lors de l’atelier d’identification des zones à risque et des populations en insécurité alimentaire tenu du 12 au 17 mars 2018, Mme Lena Savelli, Directrice et représentante résidente du Programme alimentaire (Pam) au Sénégal, avait sonné l’alerte sur la situation de sécurité alimentaire compliquée au nord du pays en ces propos,: « Les pluies tardives et erratiques notées au Nord au cours de la campagne agricole 2017/2018 vont certainement provoquer une situation d’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle assez préoccupante. 

Il y a deux semaines, j’ai moi-même visité Podor et Matam pour voir la situation des populations du Nord. De mes discussions avec les communautés agricoles touchées par la sécheresse, les pasteurs et les autorités locales, le message était clair. La situation est difficile, la période de soudure est déjà là et de nombreux ménages ont commencé à en subir les effets. Si nous n'agissons pas rapidement, la situation va certainement se détériorer dans les mois à venir et les populations les plus vulnérables en souffriront ». 

On comprend donc mieux pourquoi le texte du Ministre est si laborieux, se réfugiant le plus souvent derrière des déclarations motivées par les statistiques qui sont celles précisément contestées par Monsieur Abdoul Mbaye. 

« Je mens, on applaudit, donc j’ai dit la vérité » pourrait être le nouvel adage inventé par notre ministre que l’avenir aura de la peine à retenir comme le meilleur que nous ayons eu dans notre pays. Mais les vraies statistiques sont têtues et pleines d’enseignement. Ainsi au sein de l’UEMOA, le dernier rapport de la situation d’insécurité alimentaire de 2018, faisait ressortir qu’au Sénégal, 800 000 personnes sont en situation d’insécurité alimentaire et que 3,6 millions sont en état de stress d’une probable insécurité alimentaire. Les seuls pays de l’UEMOA évoqués dans ce rapport sont, en sus du Sénégal, le Burkina Faso, la Guinée-Bissau, le Mali et le Niger. 

Les vraies statistiques parlent d’elles-mêmes : le Burkina Faso, le Mali et le Niger, pays enclavés, donc sans grande possibilité de maîtrise de l’eau en agriculture irriguée et avec des populations plus importantes que celles du Sénégal (plus de 20 millions d’habitants), font état respectivement de 300 000, 600 000 et 1 300 000 personnes en situation d’insécurité alimentaire sur des échantillons d’appréciation presque similaires. La Guinée-Bissau quant à elle s’en sort avec zéro personne en situation d’insécurité alimentaire. Pis encore, parmi les pays côtiers de l’UEMOA, seul le Sénégal est en situation d’insécurité alimentaire, nécessitant des actions urgentes pour sauver des vies et non des polémiques d’un Ministre négationniste sur les faits constatés (voir carte). 

Il est évident que les anciens collègues de l’UEMOA de Abdoul Mbaye ne raillent pas cette triste situation du Sénégal qui est très éloignée de performances agricoles record, mais plutôt la remarquable capacité du régime de Macky Sall et de son gouvernement à donner des statistiques non fiables, dans le but délibéré de cacher la situation chaotique au nord du Sénégal au lieu d’y faire face. 

Malheureusement, les nombreuses lignes du communiqué du Ministre Papa Abdoulaye Seck se dispensent cependant de justifier l’essentiel : comment explique-t-il que de si belles performances agricoles, décidées sur ses ordres ou d’autres, puissent être compatibles avec la présence de la famine au Sénégal ? Car cette dernière, n’en déplaise à monsieur le Ministre, n’a malheureusement rien d’imaginaire. 

Quelle grave injure à l’endroit de cette terrible souffrance de nos concitoyens dans les zones rurales que de la minimiser à ce point! 

Mais souvenez-vous que c’est également lui qui a affirmé l’autosuffisance en riz du Sénégal en 2017 et qui a tenu - malgré les affirmations contraires de Monsieur Abdoul Mbaye - cette ligne de contre-vérité jusqu’au mois de juin 2017… 

La fin de son texte dramatique nous réserve toutefois le plus cocasse. Après avoir démontré que ses performances agricoles statistiques ne doivent rien à la pluie, il prie pour un bon hivernage… Les non experts en questions agricoles mais doués de raison, sauront apprécier. 

Mais surtout taisons-nous ! La saison agricole 2017 du Sénégal doit rester celle des records dans l’attente d’être dépassés par ceux de 2018. La faim au Sénégal et le bétail qui y meurt, ne sont que fruits de l’imagination. 

Dakar le 9 juillet 2018 
La Cellule des Cadres de l’ACT 

 


          Understanding the influence of non-wealth factors in determining bushmeat consumption: Results from four West African countries      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Publication date: Available online 16 October 2017

Source: Acta Oecologica

Author(s): Luca Luiselli, Emmanuel M. Hema, Gabriel Hoinsoudé Segniagbeto, Valy Ouattara, Edem A. Eniang, Massimiliano Di Vittorio, Nioking Amadi, Gnoumou Parfait, Nic Pacini, Godfrey C. Akani, Djidama Sirima, Wendengoudi Guenda, Barineme B. Fakae, Daniele Dendi, John E. Fa

Abstract

The meat of wild animals (bushmeat) is consumed extensively in many tropical regions. Over the past few decades bushmeat consumption has greatly increased, threatening the survival of some hunted species and the supply of animal protein to countless numbers of people. Understanding patterns of bushmeat consumption is thus vital to ensure the sustainable use of this resource. Although the economic drivers of bushmeat consumption have been well studied, non-wealth correlates have been poorly considered. Here, we analyse how variables such as age and gender may influence bushmeat consumption in four West African countries, within the Guinean forests (Togo and Nigeria) and Sahel (Burkina Faso and Niger). We interviewed a total of 2453 persons (1253 urban, 1200 in rural areas) to determine frequency of consumption of bushmeat as well as the main species eaten. We found significant differences in bushmeat consumption between rural and urban areas in all four countries. In particular, the proportion of persons not consuming any bushmeat was highest in urban areas. Gender differences in bushmeat consumption were not generally important but young people consistently avoided eating bushmeat, especially in Togo and Nigeria, and in urban areas. The complicated interplay between tradition and evolution of social systems (especially the trends towards westernization) may explain the different perceptions that people may have towards consuming bushmeat in the four studied countries. In addition, we found considerable variation in types of bushmeat eaten, with antelopes and large rodents eaten by the great majority of interviewees, but bats, monkeys, and snakes being avoided, especially in urban settlements.


          TERNAT - Leerlingen Sint-Jozefsinstituut vertrekken op inleefreis naar Burkina Faso      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Deze morgen vertrok een delegatie van het Sint-Jozefinstituut en De Kiem Lombeek naar Burkina Faso voor een verblijf van 11 tot 25 juli 2018. O.l.v directrice Yannick Noppe, reizen twee leerkrachten, 12 leerlingen en vier familieleden mee. Vijf jaar geleden bezocht ook reeds een groep de school in Bangrin die vanuit Ternat gesteund wordt.


          Remittance rip-offs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

All over the world migrant workers are sending money home to their families. The money pays hospital bills and school fees, buys land, builds houses and sets up small businesses. The cash goes from the US back to Mexico, from the Gulf back to India, from the UK back to Somalia, and from South Africa back to Malawi, Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa. 

But what these workers probably do not realize, since they usually only ever send to one country, is that the cost of sending money varies greatly. Now a study of the cost of remittances, carried out by London's Overseas Development Institute with support from the fund-raising charity Comic Relief, has revealed that transfers to African countries cost around half as much again as the global average, and twice as much as transfers to Latin America. 

The ODI estimates that if remittance charges were brought down to the world average, the money saved could educate an extra 14 million primary school children, half of all those currently out of school on the continent.

The bulk of this money goes through money transfer companies rather than banks, since the recipients are unlikely to have bank accounts, and transfer companies are quick, efficient and have a wide network of agents. But just two big international players dominate the business in Africa, Moneygram and Western Union, and participants in a meeting to launch the research were highly critical of the way they seemed to be abusing their market dominance.

Rwanda's High Commissioner in London, Williams Nkurunziza, said he was shocked at what the report revealed. “If you look at the remittances, 30 or 40 percent of the money that goes to Africa goes to rural areas,” he said. “This money goes to the people who are most needy, and you are allowing a multinational corporation to take bread out of the mouth of hungry children. This is not what I would call responsible capitalism!”

Glenys Kinnock, opposition spokesman on International Development in the upper house of the UK parliament, who chaired the meeting, called on the country's financial regulatory authority to intervene over the issue of excessive charges. “It is not a technocratic issue,” she said, “although it may sound like one. It is also about people's lives and the future of their children... These things have to change. We can't put up any longer with the prospect of its making things so difficult, very often impossible, for people who have such needs.”

At the end of last year, when the ODI did its research, the fees and charges to send money to most of Africa were around 12 percent - a bit less to Zambia or Tanzania, a bit more to Uganda, Malawi and the Gambia - against a world average of just over 8 percent. Even that is quite expensive; the governments of the G8 and G20 countries have pledged themselves to working towards reducing this to 5 percent.

It found that in more than 30 countries the two big players had more than 50 percent of the market; and in 10 countries they had more than 90 percent. Sometimes either Moneygram or Western Union had an effective monopoly, but even where both companies were present it did not necessarily mean that customers had much choice; one company could still have a monopoly of outlets in a particular area, and the companies habitually make their paying-out agents sign contracts promising not to also act as agents for their rivals. 

Somalia different

Significantly, the one country where the big two are absent - Somalia - has far lower remittance charges; transfers go through a number of smaller, competing companies.

Competition has been limited by the fallout from the US “war on terror”, with the banks who do bulk international transfers citing money-laundering and anti-terrorism regulations as the reason they are reluctant to extend facilities to smaller companies. Now only the biggest of the Somali companies, Dahabshiil, still has an account with a major British bank (Barclays) and even that concession was forced by a court case and is only until other arrangements can be put in place.

Inter-Africa transfers cost most

But if charges to send money to Africa from outside are steep, the cost of sending money from one African country to another can be eye-watering. 

Dilip Ratha, who works on these issues for the World Bank says exchange controls are one of the reasons the rates are so high; in some places sending money out of the country is illegal. “So if you are sending money,” he says, “let's say from Benin to Ghana, it is actually allowed (in some countries it's not even allowed) but first the CFA has to be passed through into euros or sterling or dollars, and then it has to be transferred back into the local cedi, and in both cases you pay commission. Some sort of regional currency market really needs to be created.” 

"So if you are sending money, let's say from Benin to Ghana, it is actually allowed (in some countries it's not even allowed) but first the CFA has to be passed through into euros or sterling or dollars, and then it has to be transferred back into the local cedi, and in both cases you pay commission. Some sort of regional currency market really needs to be created"  

The report found 10 routes with bank transfer charges over 20 percent. Charges from Nigeria to Ghana were 22 percent. To send from Tanzania to the rest of East Africa, or from South Africa to its near neighbours is particularly expensive, peaking at 25 percent for bank transfers between South African and Malawi. Some of the fees charged by money transfer companies are even higher; if you send money that way from Ghana to Nigeria you may have to pay a staggering 39 percent.

In some places mobile phone based systems like M-Pesa have made in-country transfers much easier and cheaper, but they haven't really taken off internationally, largely because conservative, inflexible regulatory systems insist that all international transfers must go through conventional banks. And African banks tend to have very high charges, often because they are forced by governments to finance government projects or make uncommercial loans. 

Chukwuemeka Chikezie of the Up Africa consultancy told IRIN a lot of the responsibility lay with African governments. “One of the reasons M-Pesa took off in Kenya was because the authorities nurtured and enabled innovation. If you look at other countries the regulators have tended to stifle innovation. They are very risk-averse and they don't enable even limited experiments to prove that the markets can absorb technical innovation.”

In addition, money-laundering regulations are putting impossible demands on systems designed to serve the poor, requiring, for instance, “know your customer” procedures like taking copies of ID documents for anyone receiving an international payout. Selma Ribica of M-Pesa points out this is an impossibility for agents in rural areas with no power supply. She told IRIN she would like to see a more realistic, tiered approach with much lighter regulation for small international transfers (under, say, US$200-300) which are most unlikely to have anything to do with money laundering.

Beware Facebook, Walmart

M-Pesa depends on moving money between different customers' mobile phone accounts. Now people are beginning to think of other kinds of electronic “purses” which might be linked in the same way. 

Facebook has just proposed allowing transfers between customers who have accounts with the company which they normally use to make payments for online games. So far this is only proposed for payments within the European Union, but Facebook has a huge geographical spread and has said it is keen to extend its reach in Africa. 

And the big profits made by the transfer companies are tempting other players into the market. The latest to announce it is starting money transfers is the US supermarket chain Walmart, with recipients being able to pick up their cash from any shop in the chain. To start with this will only work within the United States and Puerto Rico, but Walmart is an international group with nearly 350 stores in South Africa, and it also has a presence in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi and Mozambique, opening up the tempting prospect of a new, and cheaper way for workers to send money home.

All these new ways of sending money aim to undercut Moneygram and Western Union. Now Western Union has responded by offering so-called “zero-fee” transfers to Africa if the money is sent from a bank account rather by credit card or cash. This would mean a saving of just under £5 ($8.40) for someone sending $100 from the UK to Liberia. The company would still make money (nearly $4) by using a favourable exchange rate, but it would bring the cost down to just below the G8/G20 target. 

For African's hard-pressed and hard-working migrants and their families back home, change may - finally - be on the way.

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          Embroidery Design of the World - Japanese Book by pomadour24      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

2,600 JPY

Paperback:191 pages
Publisher: Seibundo (2011)
Language: Japanese
Book Weight: 380 Grams
The book introduces many embroidery designs from all over the world. The book does not have patterns inside, so this can only be used as a reference book.

Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Laos, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, USA, Benin, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Congo,
Afghanistan, and Palestine.

SHIPPING INFORMATION
The book will be shipped out from JAPAN by Regular AIRMAIL to all over the world. Please allow 5 to 10 business days for delivery. From my experience, this method is always very fast and reliable.


          Deux minutes avec Smarty      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Lauréat du Prix Découvertes RFI 2013 nous donne des nouvelles : un album à paraître prochainement et son single "Bienvenue" déjà disponible. Entretien réalisé par RFI Musique en collaboration avec Amobé Mévégué et À l'affiche sur FRANCE 24.

Author: avatarrfi
Tags: Bienvenue album France 24 interview rap Smarty Prix découvertes RFI Burkina Faso Musiques
Posted: 11 Juli 2018


          Porto di Messina, i ragazzi migranti accolgono i crocieristi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Voluto dall’amministrazione Accorinti, prende avvio oggi l’attività di accoglienza dei passeggeri, in arrivo con le navi Carnival e Princess Cruises al Porto di Messina, da parte dei primi due ragazzi di “Casa Ahmed” che saranno coadiuvati dal personale della Città Metropolitana. I dodici giovani minori migranti non accompagnati, provenienti da Ghana, Burkina Faso, Costa d’Avorio,

L'articolo Porto di Messina, i ragazzi migranti accolgono i crocieristi sembra essere il primo su MessinaOra.it.


          West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centres, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities.

Countries that share a land border with the affected countries, including Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, and Mali, are considered to be most at risk.

"It is vitally important that, countries - especially surrounding countries that don't have Ebola cases as of yet - are prepared for a worst case scenario," said Pieter Desloovere, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO).

In August, WHO issued an Ebola Response Roadmap to help countries across the region limit the spread of the virus. One of its three objectives is to strengthen the ability of all countries to detect and deal with any potential cases.

"The reason that Ebola started in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia and other countries is that no one was paying attention," said Grev Hunt, the UN Children's Fund's (UNICEF's) sub-regional coordinator for the Ebola outbreak. "We were caught unaware. But now, we are paying very close attention to what is going on and making sure the same thing won't happen again."

Unlike in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where response plans and training materials had to be created from scratch, UNICEF is now replicating those resources and giving them to neighbouring countries, saving time and effort.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says they have put in place Ebola preparedness and response activities in 11 countries across West Africa, and many local and international NGOs have been pre-positioning medical supplies, training health workers and educating the public.

"Failing to plan is actually planning to fail," said Unni Krishnan, the head of disaster preparedness and response for Plan International. "And we know from previous disasters that a dollar you put towards preparedness... tends to save thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of lives."

Preparedness funds

Key to prevention and preparedness in at-risk countries is having access to timely funding, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Senegal currently has US$5.7 million at the ready to use towards Ebola preparation and prevention.

Mali has around $3.6 million and Côte d'Ivoire $2.9 million. In Guinea Bissau, where the health system is extremely weak, only $800,000 is currently available for Ebola-related activities. "It's quite a fragile situation right now," said Daniel Sanha, a communication officers for the Guinea Bissau Red Cross. "We have a contingency plan in place, but the Red Cross still has no funds to implement any Ebola intervention activities. At the same time, the government doesn't have enough funds or equipment to take all the necessary precautions."

Mass public education campaigns

National media campaigns, including radio shows, TV programmes and other on-air broadcasts, are now under way in all sub-regional countries to educate people about Ebola and give them enough information to protect themselves, as well as to prevent rumours and misunderstandings from spreading.

"This is the first time we have had an Ebola outbreak in West Africa and part of the challenge we are facing is that people have no idea what the disease actually is or how it is spread," Desloovere said.

Volunteers in Senegal, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau are handing out pamphlets and flyers door to door, as well as posting them in public areas. Social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, along with text messages to mobile phone subscribers, are being used by Health Ministries and aid agencies to transmit information and to remind people to practise safe hygiene measures, and to go to a clinic if they detect symptoms.

UNICEF says the messages, which have all been approved by the Ministries of Health, are transmitted in local languages and in culturally appropriate ways. Rather than urging families not to bury their dead in the traditional way, for instance, aid agencies work with communities to find a safer burial procedure that both are comfortable with.

"Our message is very simple," said Buba Darbo, the head of disaster management for the Gambian Red Cross. "Don't touch a sick person, don't touch a dead body. If everyone follows this advice they will prevent themselves from getting Ebola."

Some messaging specifies that people should avoid shaking hands as a gesture of greeting.

Aid agencies have also begun working with religious leaders and local community leaders to spread messages about what to do, and not do, in case of possible Ebola infections.

Health worker training

Doctors and nurses across the region are being trained to spot possible cases, as well as to follow protocol for reporting suspected cases, how to prevent any further contamination and how to protect themselves.

"Educating and protecting our health workers is a top priority," said Ibrahima Sy, a grants manager and health expert with the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA). "We need to put at their disposal all the materials they need to avoid contamination, and arm them with the information they need to avoid further spread of this virus."

In Côte d'Ivoire, for example, the Red Cross has been conducting staged simulations of Ebola cases, so that health workers know exactly what to do if they encounter a suspected case.

"We hope Ebola never comes here, but if a case were to be declared today, with the emergency health system we have in place, we are ready to take charge of it," said Franck Kodjo, the communications officer for Côte d'Ivoire's Red Cross. "All the actors, from the Ministry of Health to the local volunteers, we are prepared to take it on."

Other countries, such as The Gambia, have been training healthcare workers on how to handle the dead bodies of suspected cases.

Thus far over 300 health workers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola, according to WHO.

Specialized prevention and response teams

To help coordinate prevention efforts and put such measures in place, many countries have created multi-sectorial committees to implement the measures. Senegal's National Crisis Committee, for example, now has a 10-committee unit dedicated to Ebola prevention and containment. They have been working with the Ministry of Health and other key partners, including the Senegalese Red Cross and WHO, to engage in activities such as resource mobilization, media and communication, surveillance, logistics, security and clinical care. The Gambia has a similar seven-committee Ebola response unit, which works alongside the government and various health partners and NGOs to implement prevention measures.

Pre-positioning materials

Items such as soap, chlorine, gloves, disinfectant materials, medicines, medical equipment, and hygiene kits are being stocked in countries across the region. In Mali, protection kits have also been given to some of the volunteers who are involved in contact tracing and mass education campaigns.

Identifying isolation and treatment centres

Some treatment centres and isolation units in at-risk countries have been pre-identified, but not in sufficient numbers, say aid agency staff.

Cameroon now has isolation centres and laboratories in selected hospitals throughout the country, as well as a quarantine zone in the Southwest Region of the country, near the Nigerian border. The Gambia has also established three Ebola treatment centres: one in the greater Banjul area, the second in the country's "middle belt", and the third in the far east. Senegal has established an isolation unit and has testing facilities at its Institute Pasteur, as do the Institute Pasteur in Côte d'Ivoire and laboratories in Mali. Guinea-Bissau has not yet identified isolation units.

Border closings and surveillance measures

Despite strong recommendations by WHO not to close borders, or to restrict travel to or from the affected countries, seven African countries have decided not to allow anyone from an Ebola-affected country in or out. Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire, for example, have shut all land, sea and air borders with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Guinea Bissau has closed its land borders with Guinea, and Guinea, in an attempt to contain the outbreak, has shut its land borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia. Cameroon has also closed its land and air borders with Nigeria though refugees fleeing Boko Haram attacks have been crossing the border.

All countries in the sub-region now have health workers posted at all main border crossings and points of entry, including the airports, where incoming travellers are screened for Ebola-like symptoms.

In Nigeria, where 21 cases have been confirmed, health workers are also going around communities to check people's temperatures and seek out the sick. Many schools, shops and restaurants now have handwashing stations set up outside their doors.

"It has become an everyday sight to see temperature-taking devices both at major border crossings, as well as hospitals and offices," said O. Nwakpa, of the Nigerian Red Cross. "They take our temperature and give you hand sanitizer each time you enter a building."

In Mauritania, not only do incoming travellers go through health checks, but outgoing travellers do as well, as the capital, Nouakchott, is considered a "last stop" before Europe.

Many communities in border areas most at risk have also created neighborhood watch programmes, in which people are encouraged to report anyone who shows Ebola-like symptoms.

Countries, such as Burkina Faso and Senegal, have set up toll-free numbers for people to call and report suspected cases.

Restricting public gatherings

To avoid potential bodily contact, many countries, such as The Gambia, have restricted or prohibited large public gatherings.

In Burkina Faso, the government has cancelled important high-level meetings, including the African Union Employment and Poverty Reeducation conference, which was scheduled to be held in the first week of September.

NGOs and health volunteers across the region say they have stopped performing educational theatre sketches on Ebola for fear of encouraging crowds to gather.

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