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  •  Cambodians voted in local polls on Sunday as a revived opposition party sought to chip away at Prime Minister Hun Sen s power for decades before national elections next year Hun Sen one of the world s longest serving leaders ruled Cambodia for more than 37 years and made the country a one party state in 2018 when his party won every seat in a national election The prime minister was all smiles earlier in the day voting at a polling station outside Phnom Penh with his wife Bun Rany He refused to speak to the media Critics and rights groups have accused him of creating a climate of fear by locking up dozens of political opponents and activists The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party CNRP which won 44 percent of the popular vote in local elections in 2017 was forced to resign after a court dissolved it later that year Since then dozens of opposition figures have fled the country while others have been arrested Opposition leader Kem Sokha who was arrested and jailed for more than a year is facing trial for treason while CNRP co founder Sam Rainsy is living in France to escape sentences he says they are politically motivated Sunday s vote in 1 652 communes or groups of villages will take the political pulse of the country ahead of national elections in 2023 At several polling stations in the capital Phnom Penh an AFP journalist saw the ruling Cambodian People s Party CPP leading the main opposition party in large numbers according to initial vote counts Voters mentioned peace and development in the country when voting for Hun Sen s party inside Buddhist schools or temples I chose the same candidate as always I didn t change said Srey Chan Samuth 76 We ve been working together since the beginning so we know who s good and who s bad A total of 17 parties are running in local elections with more than 11 600 seats up for grabs most of which are currently controlled by the CPP But all eyes are on the performance of the Candlelight Party CP founded by Rainsy in 1995 which has registered candidates to compete in almost every commune and has been gaining strong support Last hope The Candlelight Party is the last hope for the people although we suffer from intimidation threats and political harassment the party s general secretary Lee Sothearayuth told AFP UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Liz Throssell said she was concerned about patterns of obstruction against opposition candidates ahead of the election He warned that the PC faces a paralyzing political environment after at least six candidates and activists were arrested in the run up to the vote The CP is well positioned to attract supporters and is the only party that poses a realistic threat to Hun Sen s CPP said Sebastian Strangio a journalist and author of a book on Hun Sen s government A strong demonstration by the opposition would show that popular discontent with the CPP government continues to simmer under the surface of Cambodian politics he told AFP However CPP spokesman Sok Eysan downplayed the competition telling AFP on Sunday night that his party had won most of the seats We did very well he said stating that his party would win about 90 percent of the vote But some voters said they wanted fresh faces to lead their communities I voted for change and social justice a 35 year old man who asked not to be identified told AFP The National Election Committee NEC said voter turnout was nearly 78 percent with 7 1 million people casting ballots Official results are not expected until June 26
    Cambodians vote in local polls as revived opposition vies for seats
     Cambodians voted in local polls on Sunday as a revived opposition party sought to chip away at Prime Minister Hun Sen s power for decades before national elections next year Hun Sen one of the world s longest serving leaders ruled Cambodia for more than 37 years and made the country a one party state in 2018 when his party won every seat in a national election The prime minister was all smiles earlier in the day voting at a polling station outside Phnom Penh with his wife Bun Rany He refused to speak to the media Critics and rights groups have accused him of creating a climate of fear by locking up dozens of political opponents and activists The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party CNRP which won 44 percent of the popular vote in local elections in 2017 was forced to resign after a court dissolved it later that year Since then dozens of opposition figures have fled the country while others have been arrested Opposition leader Kem Sokha who was arrested and jailed for more than a year is facing trial for treason while CNRP co founder Sam Rainsy is living in France to escape sentences he says they are politically motivated Sunday s vote in 1 652 communes or groups of villages will take the political pulse of the country ahead of national elections in 2023 At several polling stations in the capital Phnom Penh an AFP journalist saw the ruling Cambodian People s Party CPP leading the main opposition party in large numbers according to initial vote counts Voters mentioned peace and development in the country when voting for Hun Sen s party inside Buddhist schools or temples I chose the same candidate as always I didn t change said Srey Chan Samuth 76 We ve been working together since the beginning so we know who s good and who s bad A total of 17 parties are running in local elections with more than 11 600 seats up for grabs most of which are currently controlled by the CPP But all eyes are on the performance of the Candlelight Party CP founded by Rainsy in 1995 which has registered candidates to compete in almost every commune and has been gaining strong support Last hope The Candlelight Party is the last hope for the people although we suffer from intimidation threats and political harassment the party s general secretary Lee Sothearayuth told AFP UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Liz Throssell said she was concerned about patterns of obstruction against opposition candidates ahead of the election He warned that the PC faces a paralyzing political environment after at least six candidates and activists were arrested in the run up to the vote The CP is well positioned to attract supporters and is the only party that poses a realistic threat to Hun Sen s CPP said Sebastian Strangio a journalist and author of a book on Hun Sen s government A strong demonstration by the opposition would show that popular discontent with the CPP government continues to simmer under the surface of Cambodian politics he told AFP However CPP spokesman Sok Eysan downplayed the competition telling AFP on Sunday night that his party had won most of the seats We did very well he said stating that his party would win about 90 percent of the vote But some voters said they wanted fresh faces to lead their communities I voted for change and social justice a 35 year old man who asked not to be identified told AFP The National Election Committee NEC said voter turnout was nearly 78 percent with 7 1 million people casting ballots Official results are not expected until June 26
    Cambodians vote in local polls as revived opposition vies for seats
    Foreign4 months ago

    Cambodians vote in local polls as revived opposition vies for seats

    Cambodians voted in local polls on Sunday as a revived opposition party sought to chip away at Prime Minister Hun Sen's power for decades before national elections next year.

    Hun Sen, one of the world's longest-serving leaders, ruled Cambodia for more than 37 years and made the country a one-party state in 2018 when his party won every seat in a national election.

    The prime minister was all smiles earlier in the day, voting at a polling station outside Phnom Penh with his wife Bun Rany. He refused to speak to the media.

    Critics and rights groups have accused him of creating a climate of fear by locking up dozens of political opponents and activists.

    The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), which won 44 percent of the popular vote in local elections in 2017, was forced to resign after a court dissolved it later that year.

    Since then, dozens of opposition figures have fled the country, while others have been arrested.

    Opposition leader Kem Sokha, who was arrested and jailed for more than a year, is facing trial for treason, while CNRP co-founder Sam Rainsy is living in France to escape sentences he says they are politically motivated.

    Sunday's vote in 1,652 communes, or groups of villages, will take the political pulse of the country ahead of national elections in 2023.

    At several polling stations in the capital Phnom Penh, an AFP journalist saw the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) leading the main opposition party in large numbers, according to initial vote counts.

    Voters mentioned peace and development in the country when voting for Hun Sen's party inside Buddhist schools or temples.

    "I chose the same candidate as always, I didn't change," said Srey Chan Samuth, 76. "We've been working together since the beginning, so we know who's good and who's bad."

    A total of 17 parties are running in local elections, with more than 11,600 seats up for grabs, most of which are currently controlled by the CPP.

    But all eyes are on the performance of the Candlelight Party (CP), founded by Rainsy in 1995, which has registered candidates to compete in almost every commune and has been gaining strong support.

    – 'Last hope' - "The Candlelight Party is the last hope for the people, although we suffer from intimidation, threats and political harassment," the party's general secretary, Lee Sothearayuth, told AFP.

    UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Liz Throssell said she was concerned about patterns of obstruction against opposition candidates ahead of the election.

    He warned that the PC "faces a paralyzing political environment" after at least six candidates and activists were arrested in the run-up to the vote.

    The CP is well positioned to attract supporters and is the only party that "poses a realistic threat" to Hun Sen's CPP, said Sebastian Strangio, a journalist and author of a book on Hun Sen's government.

    "A strong demonstration by the opposition would show that popular discontent with the CPP government continues to simmer under the surface of Cambodian politics," he told AFP.

    However, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan downplayed the competition, telling AFP on Sunday night that his party had won most of the seats.

    "We did very well," he said, stating that his party would win about 90 percent of the vote.

    But some voters said they wanted fresh faces to lead their communities.

    "I voted for change and social justice," a 35-year-old man who asked not to be identified told AFP.

    The National Election Committee (NEC) said voter turnout was nearly 78 percent, with 7.1 million people casting ballots.

    Official results are not expected until June 26.

  •   Cambodia China ink deal to build COVID 19 vaccine filling factory Cambodia China sign deal to build COVID 19 vaccine filling factory Vaccine Phnom Penh June 1 2022 Cambodia and China on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU on construction of a COVID 19 vaccine filling and packaging factory in Cambodia The MoU was signed by Mam Bunheng Cambodian Health Minister and Gao Qiang General Manager of China s Sinovac Life Sciences Co Ltd Under the deal the Cambodia Pharmaceutical Enterprise is given rights to build a COVID 19 vaccine filling and packaging factory The Cambodian Government has contracted the purchase of vaccines from Sinovac company for three years from 2024 to 2026 Bunheng said He said the construction of the vaccine filling and packaging factory would be to meet the demand of vaccines among Cambodians and foreigners living in Cambodia According to the ministry of health Cambodia has so far administered COVID 19 vaccines to over 15 million people or 94 per cent of its total population of 16 million The ministry added that China s Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines had been widely used in the kingdom s immunisation programme Due to its high vaccination rate Cambodia has resumed all socio economic activities and reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers without quarantine since last November The ministry of health said that the southeast Asian nation had reported no new cases of COVID 19 for the last 25 days adding that only four active cases remained in the kingdom NAN
    Cambodia, China ink deal to build COVID-19 vaccine filling factory
      Cambodia China ink deal to build COVID 19 vaccine filling factory Cambodia China sign deal to build COVID 19 vaccine filling factory Vaccine Phnom Penh June 1 2022 Cambodia and China on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU on construction of a COVID 19 vaccine filling and packaging factory in Cambodia The MoU was signed by Mam Bunheng Cambodian Health Minister and Gao Qiang General Manager of China s Sinovac Life Sciences Co Ltd Under the deal the Cambodia Pharmaceutical Enterprise is given rights to build a COVID 19 vaccine filling and packaging factory The Cambodian Government has contracted the purchase of vaccines from Sinovac company for three years from 2024 to 2026 Bunheng said He said the construction of the vaccine filling and packaging factory would be to meet the demand of vaccines among Cambodians and foreigners living in Cambodia According to the ministry of health Cambodia has so far administered COVID 19 vaccines to over 15 million people or 94 per cent of its total population of 16 million The ministry added that China s Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines had been widely used in the kingdom s immunisation programme Due to its high vaccination rate Cambodia has resumed all socio economic activities and reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers without quarantine since last November The ministry of health said that the southeast Asian nation had reported no new cases of COVID 19 for the last 25 days adding that only four active cases remained in the kingdom NAN
    Cambodia, China ink deal to build COVID-19 vaccine filling factory
    Foreign4 months ago

    Cambodia, China ink deal to build COVID-19 vaccine filling factory

    Cambodia, China ink deal to build COVID-19 vaccine filling factory Cambodia, China sign deal to build COVID-19 vaccine filling factoryVaccine Phnom Penh, June 1, 2022 Cambodia and China on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on construction of a COVID-19 vaccine filling and packaging factory in Cambodia.The MoU was signed by Mam Bunheng, Cambodian Health Minister, and Gao Qiang, General Manager of China’s Sinovac Life Sciences Co. Ltd.“Under the deal, the Cambodia Pharmaceutical Enterprise is given rights to build a COVID-19 vaccine filling and packaging factory.“The Cambodian Government has contracted the purchase of vaccines from Sinovac company for three years – from 2024 to 2026,” Bunheng said.He said the construction of the vaccine filling and packaging factory would be to meet the demand of vaccines among Cambodians and foreigners living in Cambodia.According to the ministry of health, Cambodia has so far administered COVID-19 vaccines to over 15 million people or 94 per cent of its total population of 16 million.The ministry added that China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines had been widely used in the kingdom’s immunisation programme.Due to its high vaccination rate, Cambodia has resumed all socio-economic activities and reopened its borders to fully-vaccinated travellers without quarantine, since last November.The ministry of health said that the southeast Asian nation had reported no new cases of COVID-19 for the last 25 days,  adding that only four active cases remained in the kingdom.

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  •   Children s survival right most important during COVID 19 pandemic Cambodia PM Children s survival right most important during COVID 19 pandemic Cambodia PM Survival Phnom Penh May 31 2022 Cambodia Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Tuesday said that the right to survival was the most fundamental right for children during the COVID 19 pandemic To safeguard their lives COVID 19 vaccination was the best choice he said in a message to mark the International Children s Day on June 1 Cambodia has been implementing the first and most important right for children it s the right to life through providing them aged three years old and above with COVID 19 vaccine Hun Sen said He also recalled that during the pandemic the government had provided cash assistance to more than 600 000 children in poor families across the Southeast Asian nation Cambodia Health Ministry said so far the country has administered COVID 19 vaccines to over 15 million people or 94 per cent of its total population of 16 million It said that of that figure 4 72 million or 29 5 percent are children aged from three to below 18 years old China s Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines have been widely used in the kingdom s immunization programme and Sinovac was the only vaccine used to inoculate children Buoyed by its high vaccination rates Cambodia has resumed all socioeconomic activities and reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers without quarantine since November 2021 According to the ministry Cambodia has reported no new cases of COVID 19 for the last 24 days with only four active cases remaining in the kingdom NAN
    Children’s survival right most important during COVID-19 pandemic—Cambodia PM
      Children s survival right most important during COVID 19 pandemic Cambodia PM Children s survival right most important during COVID 19 pandemic Cambodia PM Survival Phnom Penh May 31 2022 Cambodia Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Tuesday said that the right to survival was the most fundamental right for children during the COVID 19 pandemic To safeguard their lives COVID 19 vaccination was the best choice he said in a message to mark the International Children s Day on June 1 Cambodia has been implementing the first and most important right for children it s the right to life through providing them aged three years old and above with COVID 19 vaccine Hun Sen said He also recalled that during the pandemic the government had provided cash assistance to more than 600 000 children in poor families across the Southeast Asian nation Cambodia Health Ministry said so far the country has administered COVID 19 vaccines to over 15 million people or 94 per cent of its total population of 16 million It said that of that figure 4 72 million or 29 5 percent are children aged from three to below 18 years old China s Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines have been widely used in the kingdom s immunization programme and Sinovac was the only vaccine used to inoculate children Buoyed by its high vaccination rates Cambodia has resumed all socioeconomic activities and reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers without quarantine since November 2021 According to the ministry Cambodia has reported no new cases of COVID 19 for the last 24 days with only four active cases remaining in the kingdom NAN
    Children’s survival right most important during COVID-19 pandemic—Cambodia PM
    Foreign4 months ago

    Children’s survival right most important during COVID-19 pandemic—Cambodia PM

    Children’s survival right most important during COVID-19 pandemic—Cambodia PM

    Children’s survival right most important during COVID-19 pandemic—Cambodia PM

    Survival

    Phnom Penh, May 31, 2022 Cambodia Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, on Tuesday said that the right to survival was the most fundamental right for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To safeguard their lives, COVID-19 vaccination was the best choice, he said in a message to mark the International Children’s Day on June 1.

    “Cambodia has been implementing the first and most important right for children, it’s the right to life through providing them, aged three years old and above, with COVID-19 vaccine,” Hun Sen said.

    He also recalled that during the pandemic, the government had provided cash assistance to more than 600,000 children in poor families across the Southeast Asian nation.

    Cambodia Health Ministry said so far the country has administered COVID-19 vaccines to over 15 million people, or 94 per cent of its total population of 16 million.

    It said that of that figure, 4.72 million, or 29.5 percent, are children aged from three to below 18 years old.

    China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines have been widely used in the kingdom’s immunization programme and Sinovac was the only vaccine used to inoculate children.

    Buoyed by its high vaccination rates, Cambodia has resumed all socioeconomic activities and reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers without quarantine since November 2021.

    According to the ministry, Cambodia has reported no new cases of COVID-19 for the last 24 days, with only four active cases remaining in the kingdom. (

    (NAN)

  •   Asia s synthetic drug trade booms with record meth seizures Drugs Bangkok May 30 2022 United Nations on Monday reported that trafficking of synthetic drugs in East and Southeast Asia continued to expand with more than one billion methamphetamine tablets seized by authorities The U N Office of Drugs and Crime UNODC said in a report that prices of methamphetamine or meth by far the region s most popular drug fell in 2021 even as interceptions rose indicating supply had surged Jeremy Douglas UNODC Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific said the region is literally swimming in methamphetamine and I think it s high time that the region start taking a hard look at policies in place to address the problem The report added that while seizures of crystallized liquid and powdered meth declined in 2021 tablet confiscation had spiked Overall authorities in Asia seized a record 171 5 tons of meth in 2021 up from 170 tonnes in 2021 More than 90 per cent of the tablet seizures occurred in Thailand Laos Myanmar and Cambodia where it was used both recreationally and by workers There are a lot of seizures being made but no impact being made on the business itself Organised crime just keeps cranking up the volume said Douglas The report also noted a major change in trafficking routes from the centre of meth production in Myanmar s Shan State Laos registered a more than a 660 per cent jump in interceptions of meth tablets in 2021 as increased anti narcotic operations in Thailand and Southern China drove crime syndicates to enlarge their operations in northern Laos Laos was a soft target for traffickers Douglas said The report noted a record 2 7 tonnes of ketamine seizures in Cambodia nearly fifteen times the amount seized in the previous five years combined NAN
    Asia’s synthetic drug trade booms, with record meth seizures
      Asia s synthetic drug trade booms with record meth seizures Drugs Bangkok May 30 2022 United Nations on Monday reported that trafficking of synthetic drugs in East and Southeast Asia continued to expand with more than one billion methamphetamine tablets seized by authorities The U N Office of Drugs and Crime UNODC said in a report that prices of methamphetamine or meth by far the region s most popular drug fell in 2021 even as interceptions rose indicating supply had surged Jeremy Douglas UNODC Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific said the region is literally swimming in methamphetamine and I think it s high time that the region start taking a hard look at policies in place to address the problem The report added that while seizures of crystallized liquid and powdered meth declined in 2021 tablet confiscation had spiked Overall authorities in Asia seized a record 171 5 tons of meth in 2021 up from 170 tonnes in 2021 More than 90 per cent of the tablet seizures occurred in Thailand Laos Myanmar and Cambodia where it was used both recreationally and by workers There are a lot of seizures being made but no impact being made on the business itself Organised crime just keeps cranking up the volume said Douglas The report also noted a major change in trafficking routes from the centre of meth production in Myanmar s Shan State Laos registered a more than a 660 per cent jump in interceptions of meth tablets in 2021 as increased anti narcotic operations in Thailand and Southern China drove crime syndicates to enlarge their operations in northern Laos Laos was a soft target for traffickers Douglas said The report noted a record 2 7 tonnes of ketamine seizures in Cambodia nearly fifteen times the amount seized in the previous five years combined NAN
    Asia’s synthetic drug trade booms, with record meth seizures
    Foreign4 months ago

    Asia’s synthetic drug trade booms, with record meth seizures

    Asia’s synthetic drug trade booms, with record meth seizures

     

    Drugs

    Bangkok, May 30, 2022 United Nations on Monday,  reported that trafficking of synthetic drugs in East and Southeast Asia continued to expand, with more than one billion methamphetamine tablets seized by authorities.

    The U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report that prices of methamphetamine or meth, by far the region’s most popular drug, fell in 2021 even as interceptions rose, indicating supply had surged.

    Jeremy Douglas, UNODC Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific said “the region is literally swimming in methamphetamine and I think it’s high time that the region start taking a hard look at policies in place to address the problem.’’

    The report added that while seizures of crystallized, liquid and powdered meth declined in 2021, tablet confiscation had spiked.

    Overall, authorities in Asia seized a record 171.5 tons of meth in 2021, up from 170 tonnes in 2021.

    More than 90 per cent of the tablet seizures occurred in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, where it was used both recreationally and by workers.

    “There are a lot of seizures being made but no impact being made on the business itself. Organised crime just keeps cranking up the volume,” said Douglas.

    The report also noted a major change in trafficking routes from the centre of meth production in Myanmar’s Shan State.

    Laos registered a more than a 660 per cent jump in interceptions of meth tablets in 2021, as increased anti-narcotic operations in Thailand and Southern China drove crime syndicates to enlarge their operations in northern Laos.

    Laos was “a soft target for traffickers”, Douglas said.

    The report noted a record 2.7 tonnes of ketamine seizures in Cambodia, nearly fifteen times the amount seized in the previous five years combined. (

    (NAN)

  •   Togo has eliminated trachoma an eye disease that can cause permanent blindness as a public health problem The West African nation becomes the fourth country on the continent to be validated by the World Health Organization WHO as having reached the elimination milestone after Morocco in 2016 Ghana in 2018 and Gambia in 2021 Trachoma is a neglected tropical disease It is caused by bacteria and mainly affects children In adults women are up to four times more likely than men to be affected This is mainly due to the close contact of women with infected children Repeated infection can severely scar the inside of the eyelid turning it inward and causing the eyelashes to rub against the eyeball This results in constant pain and intolerance to light If left untreated it causes visual impairment or blindness Togo s achievement is a significant step in progress towards trachoma elimination Children across the country and their families can now live without fear of the serious impacts of this preventable disease thanks to sustained control measures said Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa Efforts to eliminate trachoma in Togo began in 1989 with its inclusion as one of the priority neglected tropical diseases in the national control program The main elimination strategy was the detection and treatment of people with late complications of trachoma Community engagement was critical to success in Togo with community health workers trained to identify suspected cases and refer them for testing and treatment Togo also led a series of awareness campaigns focused on the importance of facial cleanliness and personal hygiene in the fight against trachoma and invested in significant improvements in the supply of clean water and access to better sanitation The validation of the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Togo was based on evidence Several population based trachoma surveys were conducted from 2006 to 2017 The 2017 survey using WHO recommended methodology found the prevalence of key indicators to be below the WHO trachoma elimination threshold There was also evidence that Togo s health system is able to identify and treat new cases of late complications of trachoma Globally Togo joins 12 other countries that have been validated by the WHO for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem These are Cambodia China Islamic Republic of Iran Lao People s Democratic Republic Gambia Ghana Mexico Morocco Myanmar Nepal Oman and Saudi Arabia Disease prevalence Globally trachoma remains a public health problem in 43 countries with an estimated 136 million people living in areas endemic for the disease Trachoma is found primarily in the poorest and most marginalized remote rural communities in Africa Central and South America Asia Australia and the Middle East The African Region is disproportionately affected by trachoma with 116 million people living in areas at risk representing 85 of the global burden of trachoma Significant progress has been made in recent years and the number of people requiring antibiotic treatment for trachoma infection in the African Region has fallen by 73 million from 189 million in 2014 to 116 million as of June 2021 Following the success of Togo trachoma remains endemic in 26 countries in the African Region The illness Trachoma is the main infectious cause of blindness and is due to infection by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis The infection spreads from person to person through contaminated fingers fomites and flies that have come into contact with secretions from the eyes or nose of an infected person Environmental risk factors for trachoma transmission include poor hygiene crowded homes inadequate access to water and inadequate access to or use of adequate sanitation facilities Trachoma infection primarily affects children and becomes less common with increasing age Repeated infections in early childhood result in late complications years or decades later The disease can be controlled through the WHO recommended SAFE strategy which includes surgery to treat the late complication of trachoma antibiotics to eliminate infection facial cleansing and environmental improvement in particular by improving access to water and sanitation for reduce transmission GET2020 In 1996 WHO launched the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 GET2020 In collaboration with its partners in the Alliance WHO supports the implementation of the SAFE strategy in countries investing in strengthening national capacities through epidemiological assessment monitoring surveillance project evaluation and mobilization of resources The roadmap for neglected tropical diseases 2021 2030 approved by the World Health Assembly in 2020 through its decision 73 33 establishes 2030 as the new deadline for the global elimination of trachoma as a health problem public
    Togo Eliminates Trachoma as a Public Health Problem
      Togo has eliminated trachoma an eye disease that can cause permanent blindness as a public health problem The West African nation becomes the fourth country on the continent to be validated by the World Health Organization WHO as having reached the elimination milestone after Morocco in 2016 Ghana in 2018 and Gambia in 2021 Trachoma is a neglected tropical disease It is caused by bacteria and mainly affects children In adults women are up to four times more likely than men to be affected This is mainly due to the close contact of women with infected children Repeated infection can severely scar the inside of the eyelid turning it inward and causing the eyelashes to rub against the eyeball This results in constant pain and intolerance to light If left untreated it causes visual impairment or blindness Togo s achievement is a significant step in progress towards trachoma elimination Children across the country and their families can now live without fear of the serious impacts of this preventable disease thanks to sustained control measures said Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa Efforts to eliminate trachoma in Togo began in 1989 with its inclusion as one of the priority neglected tropical diseases in the national control program The main elimination strategy was the detection and treatment of people with late complications of trachoma Community engagement was critical to success in Togo with community health workers trained to identify suspected cases and refer them for testing and treatment Togo also led a series of awareness campaigns focused on the importance of facial cleanliness and personal hygiene in the fight against trachoma and invested in significant improvements in the supply of clean water and access to better sanitation The validation of the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Togo was based on evidence Several population based trachoma surveys were conducted from 2006 to 2017 The 2017 survey using WHO recommended methodology found the prevalence of key indicators to be below the WHO trachoma elimination threshold There was also evidence that Togo s health system is able to identify and treat new cases of late complications of trachoma Globally Togo joins 12 other countries that have been validated by the WHO for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem These are Cambodia China Islamic Republic of Iran Lao People s Democratic Republic Gambia Ghana Mexico Morocco Myanmar Nepal Oman and Saudi Arabia Disease prevalence Globally trachoma remains a public health problem in 43 countries with an estimated 136 million people living in areas endemic for the disease Trachoma is found primarily in the poorest and most marginalized remote rural communities in Africa Central and South America Asia Australia and the Middle East The African Region is disproportionately affected by trachoma with 116 million people living in areas at risk representing 85 of the global burden of trachoma Significant progress has been made in recent years and the number of people requiring antibiotic treatment for trachoma infection in the African Region has fallen by 73 million from 189 million in 2014 to 116 million as of June 2021 Following the success of Togo trachoma remains endemic in 26 countries in the African Region The illness Trachoma is the main infectious cause of blindness and is due to infection by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis The infection spreads from person to person through contaminated fingers fomites and flies that have come into contact with secretions from the eyes or nose of an infected person Environmental risk factors for trachoma transmission include poor hygiene crowded homes inadequate access to water and inadequate access to or use of adequate sanitation facilities Trachoma infection primarily affects children and becomes less common with increasing age Repeated infections in early childhood result in late complications years or decades later The disease can be controlled through the WHO recommended SAFE strategy which includes surgery to treat the late complication of trachoma antibiotics to eliminate infection facial cleansing and environmental improvement in particular by improving access to water and sanitation for reduce transmission GET2020 In 1996 WHO launched the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 GET2020 In collaboration with its partners in the Alliance WHO supports the implementation of the SAFE strategy in countries investing in strengthening national capacities through epidemiological assessment monitoring surveillance project evaluation and mobilization of resources The roadmap for neglected tropical diseases 2021 2030 approved by the World Health Assembly in 2020 through its decision 73 33 establishes 2030 as the new deadline for the global elimination of trachoma as a health problem public
    Togo Eliminates Trachoma as a Public Health Problem
    Africa4 months ago

    Togo Eliminates Trachoma as a Public Health Problem

    Togo has eliminated trachoma, an eye disease that can cause permanent blindness, as a public health problem. The West African nation becomes the fourth country on the continent to be validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having reached the elimination milestone after Morocco in 2016, Ghana in 2018 and Gambia in 2021.

    Trachoma is a neglected tropical disease. It is caused by bacteria and mainly affects children. In adults, women are up to four times more likely than men to be affected. This is mainly due to the close contact of women with infected children. Repeated infection can severely scar the inside of the eyelid, turning it inward and causing the eyelashes to rub against the eyeball. This results in constant pain and intolerance to light. If left untreated, it causes visual impairment or blindness.

    “Togo's achievement is a significant step in progress towards trachoma elimination. Children across the country and their families can now live without fear of the serious impacts of this preventable disease thanks to sustained control measures,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

    Efforts to eliminate trachoma in Togo began in 1989, with its inclusion as one of the priority neglected tropical diseases in the national control program. The main elimination strategy was the detection and treatment of people with late complications of trachoma. Community engagement was critical to success in Togo, with community health workers trained to identify suspected cases and refer them for testing and treatment.

    Togo also led a series of awareness campaigns focused on the importance of facial cleanliness and personal hygiene in the fight against trachoma, and invested in significant improvements in the supply of clean water and access to better sanitation.

    The validation of the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Togo was based on evidence. Several population-based trachoma surveys were conducted from 2006 to 2017. The 2017 survey using WHO-recommended methodology found the prevalence of key indicators to be below the WHO trachoma elimination threshold. There was also evidence that Togo's health system is able to identify and treat new cases of late complications of trachoma.

    Globally, Togo joins 12 other countries that have been validated by the WHO for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem. These are Cambodia, China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

    Disease prevalence

    Globally, trachoma remains a public health problem in 43 countries with an estimated 136 million people living in areas endemic for the disease. Trachoma is found primarily in the poorest and most marginalized remote rural communities in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. The African Region is disproportionately affected by trachoma with 116 million people living in areas at risk, representing 85% of the global burden of trachoma.

    Significant progress has been made in recent years and the number of people requiring antibiotic treatment for trachoma infection in the African Region has fallen by 73 million; from 189 million in 2014 to 116 million as of June 2021.

    Following the success of Togo, trachoma remains endemic in 26 countries in the African Region.

    The illness

    Trachoma is the main infectious cause of blindness and is due to infection by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. The infection spreads from person to person through contaminated fingers, fomites, and flies that have come into contact with secretions from the eyes or nose of an infected person. Environmental risk factors for trachoma transmission include poor hygiene, crowded homes, inadequate access to water, and inadequate access to or use of adequate sanitation facilities.

    Trachoma infection primarily affects children, and becomes less common with increasing age. Repeated infections in early childhood result in late complications years or decades later.

    The disease can be controlled through the WHO-recommended SAFE strategy, which includes surgery to treat the late complication of trachoma, antibiotics to eliminate infection, facial cleansing, and environmental improvement, in particular by improving access to water and sanitation for reduce transmission.

    GET2020

    In 1996, WHO launched the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020). In collaboration with its partners in the Alliance, WHO supports the implementation of the SAFE strategy in countries, investing in strengthening national capacities through epidemiological assessment, monitoring, surveillance, project evaluation and mobilization of resources. The roadmap for neglected tropical diseases 2021-2030, approved by the World Health Assembly in 2020 through its decision 73 (33), establishes 2030 as the new deadline for the global elimination of trachoma as a health problem public.

  •   Cambodia arrests 4 foreigners over illicit drugs Arrest Phnom Penh May 26 2022 Cambodia s anti drug police have arrested a group of four foreigners for manufacturing possessing and trafficking over 40 kilograms of illicit drugs the country s Anti Drug Police Department ADP said The police on Thursday said the four men were arrested at two secretive drug labs with one of them in mango farms in western Kampong Speu province while the other at a condo in capital Phnom Penh According to ADP the four were arrested on May 19 after an investigation for more than two months The police added that a total of 40 5 kilograms of ketamine and 1 42 tonnes of its ingredients were confiscated from the suspects during the raids A large number of equipment used for manufacturing and packaging drugs as well as 11 5 tonnes of chemicals thought to be used for producing drugs were also impounded On May 18 the kingdom caught a group of three foreigners in Phnom Penh and in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk seizing a total of 30 4 kilograms of heroin ecstasy crystal methamphetamine methamphetamine ketamine and nimetazepam The Southeast Asian nation had no death sentence for drug traffickers Under its law someone found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of drugs could be jailed for life The ADP said Cambodia nabbed 4 602 drug suspects including 66 foreigners during the first four months of 2022 confiscating 1 55 tonnes of illicit drugs and 173 tonnes of ingredients NAN
    Cambodia arrests 4 foreigners over illicit drugs
      Cambodia arrests 4 foreigners over illicit drugs Arrest Phnom Penh May 26 2022 Cambodia s anti drug police have arrested a group of four foreigners for manufacturing possessing and trafficking over 40 kilograms of illicit drugs the country s Anti Drug Police Department ADP said The police on Thursday said the four men were arrested at two secretive drug labs with one of them in mango farms in western Kampong Speu province while the other at a condo in capital Phnom Penh According to ADP the four were arrested on May 19 after an investigation for more than two months The police added that a total of 40 5 kilograms of ketamine and 1 42 tonnes of its ingredients were confiscated from the suspects during the raids A large number of equipment used for manufacturing and packaging drugs as well as 11 5 tonnes of chemicals thought to be used for producing drugs were also impounded On May 18 the kingdom caught a group of three foreigners in Phnom Penh and in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk seizing a total of 30 4 kilograms of heroin ecstasy crystal methamphetamine methamphetamine ketamine and nimetazepam The Southeast Asian nation had no death sentence for drug traffickers Under its law someone found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of drugs could be jailed for life The ADP said Cambodia nabbed 4 602 drug suspects including 66 foreigners during the first four months of 2022 confiscating 1 55 tonnes of illicit drugs and 173 tonnes of ingredients NAN
    Cambodia arrests 4 foreigners over illicit drugs
    Foreign4 months ago

    Cambodia arrests 4 foreigners over illicit drugs

    Cambodia arrests 4 foreigners over illicit drugs

     

    Arrest

    Phnom Penh, May 26, 2022 Cambodia’s anti-drug police have arrested a group of four foreigners for manufacturing, possessing and trafficking over 40 kilograms of illicit drugs, the country’s Anti-Drug Police Department (ADP) said.

    The police on Thursday said  the four men were arrested at two secretive drug labs, with one of them in mango farms in western Kampong Speu province while the other at a condo in capital Phnom Penh.

    According to ADP, the four were arrested on May 19 after an investigation for more than two months.

    The police added that a total of 40.5 kilograms of ketamine and 1.42 tonnes of its ingredients were confiscated from the suspects during the raids.

    “A large number of equipment used for manufacturing and packaging drugs as well as 11.5 tonnes of chemicals thought to be used for producing drugs were also impounded.

    “On May 18, the kingdom caught a group of three foreigners in Phnom Penh and in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk, seizing a total of 30.4 kilograms of heroin, ecstasy, crystal methamphetamine, methamphetamine, ketamine and nimetazepam.’’

    The Southeast Asian nation had no death sentence for drug traffickers.

    Under its law, someone found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of drugs could be jailed for life.

    The ADP said, Cambodia nabbed 4,602 drug suspects, including 66 foreigners, during the first four months of 2022, confiscating 1.55 tonnes of illicit drugs and 173 tonnes of ingredients. (

    (NAN)

  •   World Bank approves 169m credit for Cambodia s disaster risk management Credit Phnom Penh Cambodia May 26 2022 The World Bank has approved 169 million U S dollars in new financing for Cambodia to improve the disaster and climate resilience of flood damaged rural roads In a statement on Thursday the project will support the reconstruction of roads and bridges in flood affected areas and improve the government s ability to respond to climate disasters It will benefit approximately 5 5 million people in seven provinces of which 52 per cent are women and anyone who uses those roads it said The project will also train government staff mostly at the Ministry of Rural Development in disaster risk management climate change adaptation and post disaster needs assessment World Bank country manager for Cambodia Maryam Salim said Cambodia was highly vulnerable to a range of negative climate change impacts particularly floods and droughts and the country s rural infrastructure was highly vulnerable to climate disaster risks This project will help to ensure that rural infrastructure remains robust and resilient to climate change and that vulnerable populations will be protected against disaster shocks she said Salim said rural roads were critical to the day to day life of rural communities and damage to key road segments can cripple the livelihood of rural households and curtail access to basic services such as markets schools and hospitals According to the statement extensive flooding in 2020 underscored Cambodia s need for continued investment in disaster risk management and the vulnerability of key infrastructure It said the project would be implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development NAN
    World Bank approves 9m credit for Cambodia’s disaster risk management
      World Bank approves 169m credit for Cambodia s disaster risk management Credit Phnom Penh Cambodia May 26 2022 The World Bank has approved 169 million U S dollars in new financing for Cambodia to improve the disaster and climate resilience of flood damaged rural roads In a statement on Thursday the project will support the reconstruction of roads and bridges in flood affected areas and improve the government s ability to respond to climate disasters It will benefit approximately 5 5 million people in seven provinces of which 52 per cent are women and anyone who uses those roads it said The project will also train government staff mostly at the Ministry of Rural Development in disaster risk management climate change adaptation and post disaster needs assessment World Bank country manager for Cambodia Maryam Salim said Cambodia was highly vulnerable to a range of negative climate change impacts particularly floods and droughts and the country s rural infrastructure was highly vulnerable to climate disaster risks This project will help to ensure that rural infrastructure remains robust and resilient to climate change and that vulnerable populations will be protected against disaster shocks she said Salim said rural roads were critical to the day to day life of rural communities and damage to key road segments can cripple the livelihood of rural households and curtail access to basic services such as markets schools and hospitals According to the statement extensive flooding in 2020 underscored Cambodia s need for continued investment in disaster risk management and the vulnerability of key infrastructure It said the project would be implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development NAN
    World Bank approves 9m credit for Cambodia’s disaster risk management
    Foreign4 months ago

    World Bank approves $169m credit for Cambodia’s disaster risk management

    World Bank approves $169m credit for Cambodia’s disaster risk management

     

    Credit

    Phnom Penh (Cambodia), May 26, 2022 The World Bank has approved 169 million U.S. dollars in new financing for Cambodia to improve the disaster and climate resilience of flood-damaged rural roads.

    In a statement on Thursday, the project will support the reconstruction of roads and bridges in flood-affected areas and improve the government’s ability to respond to climate disasters.

    “It will benefit approximately 5.5 million people in seven provinces, of which 52 per cent are women, and anyone who uses those roads,’’ it said.

    The project will also train government staff, mostly at the Ministry of Rural Development in disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, and post-disaster needs assessment.

    World Bank country manager for Cambodia Maryam Salim said Cambodia was highly vulnerable to a range of negative climate change impacts, particularly floods and droughts, and the country’s rural infrastructure was highly vulnerable to climate disaster risks.

    “This project will help to ensure that rural infrastructure remains robust and resilient to climate change, and that vulnerable populations will be protected against disaster shocks,’’ she said.

    Salim said rural roads were critical to the day-to-day life of rural communities, and damage to key road segments can cripple the livelihood of rural households and curtail access to basic services such as markets, schools and hospitals.

    According to the statement, extensive flooding in 2020 underscored Cambodia’s need for continued investment in disaster risk management and the vulnerability of key infrastructure.

    It said the project would be implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development. (

    (NAN)

  •   Cambodia bans selling drinking of alcohol during upcoming commune elections Cambodia bans selling drinking of alcohol during upcoming commune elections Alcohol Phnom Penh May 24 2022 Cambodia s Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday issued a directive to ban selling and drinking all types of alcohol for two days a day before and on the commune election day The move was to help ensure that the commune election on June 5 was free and fair without violence threat intimidation and incidents which could be compromised by alcohol consumption Ministry of Tourism s permanent secretary of state Tith Chantha said in the directive the owners or managers of karaoke parlors night clubs discotheques and beer gardens across the country must suspend their businesses for two days on June 4 and 5 2022 The owners or managers of all tourism businesses that offer food services must also stop selling and serving alcoholic drinks for the two days mentioned above He advised tourism department chiefs across the Southeast Asian nation to promote the prohibition to all owners or managers of those entertainment facilities and businesses Meanwhile according to a statement the government has also decided in principle to allow workers to take fully paid three days off for the elections According to the National Election Committee NEC 17 political parties will contest in the upcoming elections with the ruling Cambodian People s Party CPP of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and the opposition Candlelight Party being the major contestants The elections are to choose commune chiefs and councilors for the country s 1 652 communes the NEC said adding that about 9 2 million eligible voters or 87 9 per cent of the total population of 18 years old and above are expected to cast their votes Held once every five years the fifth mandates of commune elections are seen as a bellwether of the party s support ahead of the general elections in 2023 In the last commune elections in June 2017 the CPP won 1 156 communes of the total 1 652 NAN
    Cambodia bans selling, drinking of alcohol during upcoming commune elections
      Cambodia bans selling drinking of alcohol during upcoming commune elections Cambodia bans selling drinking of alcohol during upcoming commune elections Alcohol Phnom Penh May 24 2022 Cambodia s Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday issued a directive to ban selling and drinking all types of alcohol for two days a day before and on the commune election day The move was to help ensure that the commune election on June 5 was free and fair without violence threat intimidation and incidents which could be compromised by alcohol consumption Ministry of Tourism s permanent secretary of state Tith Chantha said in the directive the owners or managers of karaoke parlors night clubs discotheques and beer gardens across the country must suspend their businesses for two days on June 4 and 5 2022 The owners or managers of all tourism businesses that offer food services must also stop selling and serving alcoholic drinks for the two days mentioned above He advised tourism department chiefs across the Southeast Asian nation to promote the prohibition to all owners or managers of those entertainment facilities and businesses Meanwhile according to a statement the government has also decided in principle to allow workers to take fully paid three days off for the elections According to the National Election Committee NEC 17 political parties will contest in the upcoming elections with the ruling Cambodian People s Party CPP of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and the opposition Candlelight Party being the major contestants The elections are to choose commune chiefs and councilors for the country s 1 652 communes the NEC said adding that about 9 2 million eligible voters or 87 9 per cent of the total population of 18 years old and above are expected to cast their votes Held once every five years the fifth mandates of commune elections are seen as a bellwether of the party s support ahead of the general elections in 2023 In the last commune elections in June 2017 the CPP won 1 156 communes of the total 1 652 NAN
    Cambodia bans selling, drinking of alcohol during upcoming commune elections
    Foreign5 months ago

    Cambodia bans selling, drinking of alcohol during upcoming commune elections

    Cambodia bans selling, drinking of alcohol during upcoming commune elections

    Cambodia bans selling, drinking of alcohol during upcoming commune elections

    Alcohol

    Phnom Penh, May 24, 2022 Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday issued a directive to ban selling and drinking all types of alcohol for two days, a day before and on the commune election day.

    The move was to help ensure that the commune election on June 5 was free and fair without violence, threat, intimidation and incidents, which could be compromised by alcohol consumption.

    Ministry of Tourism’s permanent secretary of state Tith Chantha said in the directive “the owners or managers of karaoke parlors, night clubs, discotheques, and beer gardens across the country must suspend their businesses for two days on June 4 and 5, 2022.

    “The owners or managers of all tourism businesses that offer food services must also stop selling and serving alcoholic drinks for the two days mentioned above.’’

    He advised tourism department chiefs across the Southeast Asian nation to promote the prohibition to all owners or managers of those entertainment facilities and businesses.

    Meanwhile, according to a statement, the government has also decided in principle to allow workers to take fully paid three days off for the elections.

    According to the National Election Committee (NEC), 17 political parties will contest in the upcoming elections, with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and the opposition Candlelight Party being the major contestants.

    The elections are to choose commune chiefs and councilors for the country’s 1,652 communes, the NEC said, adding that about 9.2 million eligible voters, or 87.9 per cent of the total population of 18 years old and above, are expected to cast their votes.

    Held once every five years, the fifth mandates of commune elections are seen as a bellwether of the party’s support ahead of the general elections in 2023.

    In the last commune elections in June 2017, the CPP won 1,156 communes of the total 1,652.

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    (NAN)

  •   The Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany celebrates World Hypertension Day 2022 in partnership with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Medical Societies and Academia through its long term commitment to building capacity for cardiovascular diabetes and endocrinology care in Africa Asia and Latin America Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation emphasized At the Merck Foundation we celebrate World Hypertension Day every day by awarding more than 650 specialized training fellowships in cardiovascular care diabetes and endocrinology to physicians from Africa in association with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health as well as physicians from Asian and Latin American countries I am very proud to say that so far we have awarded these 650 scholarships to medical postgraduates from 43 countries In addition we enrolled physicians in a three month Master of Diabetes course in English French Spanish and Portuguese to enhance their clinical knowledge in addressing these noncommunicable conditions added Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Dr Francis Agyekum a Merck Foundation Ghana alumnus says Ghana is a developing country with an increasing burden of cardiovascular disease However the country does not have the resources or manpower to handle the enormous burden of noncommunicable diseases The best hope for addressing this growing CVD burden is through a greater emphasis on prevention both primary and secondary Unfortunately there are not many cardiologists and preventive services in the country This important fellowship awarded to me and other Ghanaian physicians by the Merck Foundation has equipped us to begin to fill this void better safe than sorry The Merck Foundation has so far awarded more than 650 fellowships to physicians for these fellowships from 43 countries including Bangladesh Botswana Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo Brazzaville Democratic Republic of Congo Egypt Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Conakry Indonesia Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Niger Nigeria Peru Philippines Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Sri Lanka Sudan Tanzania United Arab Emirates Uganda Vietnam Zambia and Zimbabwe
    Merck Foundation marks “World Hypertension Day 2022” in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health via 650 Scholarships for future cardiovascular, Diabetes, and endocrinology experts in Africa
      The Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany celebrates World Hypertension Day 2022 in partnership with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Medical Societies and Academia through its long term commitment to building capacity for cardiovascular diabetes and endocrinology care in Africa Asia and Latin America Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation emphasized At the Merck Foundation we celebrate World Hypertension Day every day by awarding more than 650 specialized training fellowships in cardiovascular care diabetes and endocrinology to physicians from Africa in association with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health as well as physicians from Asian and Latin American countries I am very proud to say that so far we have awarded these 650 scholarships to medical postgraduates from 43 countries In addition we enrolled physicians in a three month Master of Diabetes course in English French Spanish and Portuguese to enhance their clinical knowledge in addressing these noncommunicable conditions added Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Dr Francis Agyekum a Merck Foundation Ghana alumnus says Ghana is a developing country with an increasing burden of cardiovascular disease However the country does not have the resources or manpower to handle the enormous burden of noncommunicable diseases The best hope for addressing this growing CVD burden is through a greater emphasis on prevention both primary and secondary Unfortunately there are not many cardiologists and preventive services in the country This important fellowship awarded to me and other Ghanaian physicians by the Merck Foundation has equipped us to begin to fill this void better safe than sorry The Merck Foundation has so far awarded more than 650 fellowships to physicians for these fellowships from 43 countries including Bangladesh Botswana Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo Brazzaville Democratic Republic of Congo Egypt Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Conakry Indonesia Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Niger Nigeria Peru Philippines Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Sri Lanka Sudan Tanzania United Arab Emirates Uganda Vietnam Zambia and Zimbabwe
    Merck Foundation marks “World Hypertension Day 2022” in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health via 650 Scholarships for future cardiovascular, Diabetes, and endocrinology experts in Africa
    Africa5 months ago

    Merck Foundation marks “World Hypertension Day 2022” in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health via 650 Scholarships for future cardiovascular, Diabetes, and endocrinology experts in Africa

    The Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany celebrates World Hypertension Day 2022 in partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Medical Societies and Academia, through its long-term commitment to building capacity for cardiovascular, diabetes and endocrinology care in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Executive Director of the Merck Foundation, emphasized, “At the Merck Foundation, we celebrate 'World Hypertension Day' every day by awarding more than 650 specialized training fellowships in cardiovascular care, diabetes and endocrinology to physicians from Africa, in association with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health, as well as physicians from Asian and Latin American countries. I am very proud to say that so far we have awarded these 650 scholarships to medical postgraduates from 43 countries.”

    “In addition, we enrolled physicians in a three-month Master of Diabetes course in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese to enhance their clinical knowledge in addressing these noncommunicable conditions,” added Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    Dr. Francis Agyekum, a Merck Foundation Ghana alumnus, says: “Ghana is a developing country with an increasing burden of cardiovascular disease. However, the country does not have the resources or manpower to handle the enormous burden of noncommunicable diseases. The best hope for addressing this growing CVD burden is through a greater emphasis on prevention (both primary and secondary). Unfortunately, there are not many cardiologists and preventive services in the country. This important fellowship awarded to me and other Ghanaian physicians by the Merck Foundation has equipped us to begin to fill this void, better safe than sorry.”

    The Merck Foundation has so far awarded more than 650 fellowships to physicians for these fellowships from 43 countries, including Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka , Sudan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  •  The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Zambia has announced the appointment of Ms Penelope Campbell to the position of Country Representative effective April 2022 Ms Campbell who joins the Office of Country of Zambia from UNICEF Somalia presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon Stanley Kakubo MP today in his office in Lusaka One of the reasons we have increased the Constituency Development Fund has to do with empowering young people with opportunities to do business We want to do this consistently aiming for an economic multiplier effect at the local level he said Ms Campbell has worked at UNICEF for the past 20 years most recently as Head of Health in the Somalia office Prior to that Ms Campbell served in South Sudan Liberia Myanmar Jamaica Cambodia Eastern and Southern Africa and the United Kingdom She has led several global programs focused on health nutrition HIV and emergency response His posting in the country will be effective until 2027 during which time he will lead the efforts of UNICEF Zambia in partnership with the Government of Zambia UN agencies cooperating partners and others to ensure that the Zambia country office fulfills its purpose of incorporating disability youth participation climate and innovation in its programming I have the immense privilege of joining the Zambia Country Office and having the opportunity to work with a team of people who are leaders in their fields said Ms Campbell As an office we are at a critical time as we develop our next 5 year Country Program Document As a nation Zambia is at a critical juncture having recently voted a new government into power We must seize both opportunities to build on UNICEF s work in Zambia and advance children s rights As you know Zambia has a very young population with over 50 under the age of 14 and many more under the age of 24 Putting young people at the center of the agenda is something we are committed to as UNICEF Zambia and to supporting the Government at this crucial moment Ms Campbell holds an MSc Distinction in Health Education and Health Promotion and a BA Hons in Nursing Studies from King s College University of London She moves to Zambia accompanied by her husband with whom she has three children
    Penelope Campbell Appointed New Country Representative to Zambia
     The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Zambia has announced the appointment of Ms Penelope Campbell to the position of Country Representative effective April 2022 Ms Campbell who joins the Office of Country of Zambia from UNICEF Somalia presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon Stanley Kakubo MP today in his office in Lusaka One of the reasons we have increased the Constituency Development Fund has to do with empowering young people with opportunities to do business We want to do this consistently aiming for an economic multiplier effect at the local level he said Ms Campbell has worked at UNICEF for the past 20 years most recently as Head of Health in the Somalia office Prior to that Ms Campbell served in South Sudan Liberia Myanmar Jamaica Cambodia Eastern and Southern Africa and the United Kingdom She has led several global programs focused on health nutrition HIV and emergency response His posting in the country will be effective until 2027 during which time he will lead the efforts of UNICEF Zambia in partnership with the Government of Zambia UN agencies cooperating partners and others to ensure that the Zambia country office fulfills its purpose of incorporating disability youth participation climate and innovation in its programming I have the immense privilege of joining the Zambia Country Office and having the opportunity to work with a team of people who are leaders in their fields said Ms Campbell As an office we are at a critical time as we develop our next 5 year Country Program Document As a nation Zambia is at a critical juncture having recently voted a new government into power We must seize both opportunities to build on UNICEF s work in Zambia and advance children s rights As you know Zambia has a very young population with over 50 under the age of 14 and many more under the age of 24 Putting young people at the center of the agenda is something we are committed to as UNICEF Zambia and to supporting the Government at this crucial moment Ms Campbell holds an MSc Distinction in Health Education and Health Promotion and a BA Hons in Nursing Studies from King s College University of London She moves to Zambia accompanied by her husband with whom she has three children
    Penelope Campbell Appointed New Country Representative to Zambia
    Africa5 months ago

    Penelope Campbell Appointed New Country Representative to Zambia

    The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Zambia has announced the appointment of Ms. Penelope Campbell to the position of Country Representative, effective April 2022. Ms. Campbell, who joins the Office of Country of Zambia from UNICEF Somalia, presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Stanley Kakubo, MP, today in his office in Lusaka.“One of the reasons we have increased the Constituency Development Fund has to do with empowering young people with opportunities to do business. We want to do this consistently, aiming for an economic multiplier effect at the local level,” he said.Ms. Campbell has worked at UNICEF for the past 20 years, most recently as Head of Health in the Somalia office. Prior to that, Ms. Campbell served in South Sudan, Liberia, Myanmar, Jamaica, Cambodia, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the United Kingdom. She has led several global programs focused on health, nutrition, HIV, and emergency response.His posting in the country will be effective until 2027, during which time he will lead the efforts of UNICEF Zambia, in partnership with the Government of Zambia, UN agencies, cooperating partners, and others, to ensure that the Zambia country office fulfills its purpose of incorporating disability. , youth participation, climate, and innovation in its programming.“I have the immense privilege of joining the Zambia Country Office and having the opportunity to work with a team of people who are leaders in their fields,” said Ms. Campbell. “As an office, we are at a critical time as we develop our next 5-year Country Program Document. As a nation, Zambia is at a critical juncture having recently voted a new government into power.We must seize both opportunities to build on UNICEF's work in Zambia and advance children's rights. As you know, Zambia has a very young population with over 50% under the age of 14 and many more under the age of 24. Putting young people at the center of the agenda is something we are committed to as UNICEF Zambia and to supporting the Government. at this crucial moment.”Ms. Campbell holds an MSc (Distinction) in Health Education and Health Promotion and a BA (Hons) in Nursing Studies from King's College, University of London.She moves to Zambia accompanied by her husband with whom she has three children.