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  •   Sara is seconded by CMC Finland to EUCAP Somalia as the Gender Adviser since March 2022 She has previously worked in different capacities for the Finnish government the European Union and the Red Cross Movement Prior to coming to Somalia she has worked in Niger The Gambia Ukraine Tunisia Cyprus and the Greek Islands Her field of expertise is mainly focused on Gender based Violence and working with vulnerable groups She has extensive experience supporting survivors of intimate partner violence and her thesis was on FGM C policies Sara holds a Master s Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Helsinki and is currently getting her specialisation in Child Protection As a Gender Adviser Sara plays a crucial role in ensuring that everyone is aware of gender mainstreaming and is equipped with the necessary tools to include a gender perspective across all activities in the mission She is pleased to see that gender has been taken seriously over the past years but she is aware that there is still a lot of work to do What is your main goal towards your work in the mission My main objective is to make sure that all mission members fully understand the importance of gender mainstreaming they know the advantages and benefits and they don t see it as a burden It is important to me that we focus on mainstreaming in every phase of our activities and that we also highlight the strength that a diverse security sector has in societies Sara is aware that mission members and counterparts have a lot on their plates and it may feel overwhelming and challenging to consider a gender perspective in their work However she thinks it is necessary to continuously encourage everybody to include a gender perspective and to also convey that this is not an extra burden nor complicated It just takes some efforts until it becomes the new norm This is also why the Gender Adviser exists to support and guide mission members It is not the Gender Adviser who gender mainstreams but every single mission member What do you think needs to be done to ensure that Somali woman are better integrated into the security sector I think that Somali women have proven time after time their incredible resilience and courage their capacity to overcome challenging circumstances including recurrent famines and civil unrest caused by terrorist groups Al Shabaab Khawarij Somali women are very strong and they know exactly what they want but it s important to make sure that they are given the opportunities within the security sector As the Gender Adviser I try my best to make sure that EUCAP Somalia does everything in its power to further enhance the role of women in the security sector In particular I will advocate for Somali woman s active participation in the maritime and security sector to positively impact the countries quest for peace and stability The integration of the gender perspective and the inclusion of women in the public sector is not only a concern raised to our external partners but is also an aspect that must be considered internally There is an action plan to Enhance Women s Participation in Civilian CSDP Missions which clearly highlights the EU s steadfast commitment to achieve gender parity This is a fantastic beginning in the right direction but more must be done to guarantee that everyone will put up their best effort to make the mission environment welcoming towards everyone When it comes to the selection process it is important to understand that there is unconscious bias and attitudes that might prevent the recruitment of women There is this misconception that women will be preferred over men in selection procedures This however is not correct We encourage women to apply and if we do have two similar candidates we can take positive action and recruit a woman Thinking that those women hired are not the best candidate for the job is incredibly harmful to our efforts and not based on reality I will also be conducting unconscious bias trainings in the upcoming months to trigger thinking around this topic There is no doubt that for Somalia to reach lasting and durable peace women need to have a seat at the table This has been proven repeatedly which is why EUCAP Somalia is very pleased that Somalia now has a National Action Plan on 1325 Sara s wish is that her function will become obsolete in the future as that would mean that gender equality would have been finally reached where gender is no longer decisive to what a person can or cannot do Until then she will continue to encourage gender mainstreaming and fight for equality
    Face to Face with Sara Mahonen, European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia) Gender Adviser
      Sara is seconded by CMC Finland to EUCAP Somalia as the Gender Adviser since March 2022 She has previously worked in different capacities for the Finnish government the European Union and the Red Cross Movement Prior to coming to Somalia she has worked in Niger The Gambia Ukraine Tunisia Cyprus and the Greek Islands Her field of expertise is mainly focused on Gender based Violence and working with vulnerable groups She has extensive experience supporting survivors of intimate partner violence and her thesis was on FGM C policies Sara holds a Master s Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Helsinki and is currently getting her specialisation in Child Protection As a Gender Adviser Sara plays a crucial role in ensuring that everyone is aware of gender mainstreaming and is equipped with the necessary tools to include a gender perspective across all activities in the mission She is pleased to see that gender has been taken seriously over the past years but she is aware that there is still a lot of work to do What is your main goal towards your work in the mission My main objective is to make sure that all mission members fully understand the importance of gender mainstreaming they know the advantages and benefits and they don t see it as a burden It is important to me that we focus on mainstreaming in every phase of our activities and that we also highlight the strength that a diverse security sector has in societies Sara is aware that mission members and counterparts have a lot on their plates and it may feel overwhelming and challenging to consider a gender perspective in their work However she thinks it is necessary to continuously encourage everybody to include a gender perspective and to also convey that this is not an extra burden nor complicated It just takes some efforts until it becomes the new norm This is also why the Gender Adviser exists to support and guide mission members It is not the Gender Adviser who gender mainstreams but every single mission member What do you think needs to be done to ensure that Somali woman are better integrated into the security sector I think that Somali women have proven time after time their incredible resilience and courage their capacity to overcome challenging circumstances including recurrent famines and civil unrest caused by terrorist groups Al Shabaab Khawarij Somali women are very strong and they know exactly what they want but it s important to make sure that they are given the opportunities within the security sector As the Gender Adviser I try my best to make sure that EUCAP Somalia does everything in its power to further enhance the role of women in the security sector In particular I will advocate for Somali woman s active participation in the maritime and security sector to positively impact the countries quest for peace and stability The integration of the gender perspective and the inclusion of women in the public sector is not only a concern raised to our external partners but is also an aspect that must be considered internally There is an action plan to Enhance Women s Participation in Civilian CSDP Missions which clearly highlights the EU s steadfast commitment to achieve gender parity This is a fantastic beginning in the right direction but more must be done to guarantee that everyone will put up their best effort to make the mission environment welcoming towards everyone When it comes to the selection process it is important to understand that there is unconscious bias and attitudes that might prevent the recruitment of women There is this misconception that women will be preferred over men in selection procedures This however is not correct We encourage women to apply and if we do have two similar candidates we can take positive action and recruit a woman Thinking that those women hired are not the best candidate for the job is incredibly harmful to our efforts and not based on reality I will also be conducting unconscious bias trainings in the upcoming months to trigger thinking around this topic There is no doubt that for Somalia to reach lasting and durable peace women need to have a seat at the table This has been proven repeatedly which is why EUCAP Somalia is very pleased that Somalia now has a National Action Plan on 1325 Sara s wish is that her function will become obsolete in the future as that would mean that gender equality would have been finally reached where gender is no longer decisive to what a person can or cannot do Until then she will continue to encourage gender mainstreaming and fight for equality
    Face to Face with Sara Mahonen, European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia) Gender Adviser
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Face to Face with Sara Mahonen, European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia) Gender Adviser

    Sara is seconded by CMC Finland to EUCAP Somalia as the Gender Adviser since March 2022.

    She has previously worked in different capacities for the Finnish government, the European Union and the Red Cross Movement.

    Prior to coming to Somalia, she has worked in Niger, The Gambia, Ukraine, Tunisia, Cyprus and the Greek Islands.

    Her field of expertise is mainly focused on Gender-based Violence and working with vulnerable groups.

    She has extensive experience supporting survivors of intimate partner violence and her thesis was on FGM/C policies. 

    Sara holds a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Helsinki and is currently getting her specialisation in Child Protection.

    As a Gender Adviser, Sara plays a crucial role in ensuring that everyone is aware of gender mainstreaming and is equipped with the necessary tools to include a gender perspective across all activities in the mission.

    She is pleased to see that gender has been taken seriously over the past years, but she is aware that there is still a lot of work to do.

    What is your main goal towards your work in the mission?

    My main objective is to make sure that all mission members fully understand the importance of gender mainstreaming, they know the advantages and benefits, and they don’t see it as a burden.

    It is important to me that we focus on mainstreaming in every phase of our activities and that we also highlight the strength that a diverse security sector has in societies.

    Sara is aware that mission members and counterparts have a lot on their plates, and it may feel overwhelming and challenging to consider a gender perspective in their work.

    However, she thinks it is necessary to continuously encourage everybody to include a gender perspective and to also convey that this is not an extra burden nor complicated.

    It just takes some efforts until it becomes the new norm.

    This is also why the Gender Adviser exists, to support and guide mission members.

    It is not the Gender Adviser, who gender mainstreams but every single mission member.

    What do you think needs to be done to ensure that Somali woman are better integrated into the security sector?

    I think that Somali women have proven, time after time, their incredible resilience and courage, their capacity to overcome challenging circumstances, including recurrent famines and civil unrest caused by terrorist groups Al-Shabaab (Khawarij).

    Somali women are very strong, and they know exactly what they want, but it's important to make sure that they are given the opportunities within the security sector.

    As the Gender Adviser, I try my best to make sure that EUCAP Somalia does everything in its power to further enhance the role of women in the security sector.

    In particular, I will advocate for Somali woman’s active participation in the maritime and security sector to positively impact the countries quest for peace and stability.

    The integration of the gender perspective and the inclusion of women in the public sector is not only a concern raised to our external partners but is also an aspect that must be considered internally.

    “There is an action plan to Enhance Women’s Participation in Civilian CSDP Missions, which clearly highlights the EU's steadfast commitment to achieve gender parity.

    This is a fantastic beginning in the right direction, but more must be done to guarantee that everyone will put up their best effort to make the mission environment welcoming towards everyone.

    When it comes to the selection process, it is important to understand that there is unconscious bias and attitudes that might prevent the recruitment of women.

    There is this misconception that women will be preferred over men in selection procedures.

    This however is not correct.

    We encourage women to apply and if we do have two similar candidates, we can take positive action and recruit a woman.

    Thinking that those women hired are not the best candidate for the job, is incredibly harmful to our efforts and not based on reality.

    I will also be conducting unconscious bias trainings in the upcoming months to trigger thinking around this topic.”There is no doubt that for Somalia to reach lasting and durable peace, women need to have a seat at the table.

    This has been proven repeatedly, which is why EUCAP Somalia is very pleased that Somalia now has a National Action Plan on 1325.

    Sara’s wish is that her function will become obsolete in the future as that would mean that gender equality would have been finally reached, where gender is no longer decisive to what a person can or cannot do.

    Until then, she will continue to encourage gender mainstreaming and fight for equality. 

  •   Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Senator Dr Rasha Kelej and African First Ladies of Botswana Burundi Democratic Republic of Congo The Gambia Ghana Liberia Malawi Mozambique Namibia Sierra Leone Angola and Central Africa Inaugurate 9th Edition of Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com Africa Asia Luminary 2022 African First Ladies of Botswana Burundi Democratic Republic of Congo The Gambia Ghana Liberia Malawi Mozambique Namibia Sierra Leone Angola and Central Africa marked World Diabetes Day and 5th Anniversary of Merck Foundation by sharing the impact of their partnership programs with Merck Foundation to build healthcare capacity support girl education and break infertility stigma More than 10 000 participants including healthcare providers policymakers researchers academia and media representatives from 70 English French Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries attended the Luminary through hybrid model onsite and online to benefit from scientific and social sessions to address social issues and advance healthcare capacity in 32 critical and underserved medical specialty Celebrating 5th Anniversary of Merck Foundation and marking 10 year journey of their development programs during 2022 Luminary Merck Foundation reported the impact of providing 1470 scholarships to doctors from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties such as Oncology Diabetes Cardiovascular Preventive Endocrinology Fertility Embryology Reproductive Care Respiratory Care Acute and Intensive Care Neonatal Care Pediatric Emergency Advanced Surgery Microbiology amp Infectious Diseases Internal Medicine Ophthalmology Psychiatry Palliative Care and Pain Management and more Link to the Facebook live steam of Inaugural Session of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary amp African First Ladies High Level Panel https bit ly 3UPQ5gR Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted their annual conference the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary on 15th amp 16th November 2022 as a hybrid model attended in person and online The conference was inaugurated by Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Chairman of both of Executive Board of E Merck KG and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and Chairperson of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary along with African First Ladies of 13 Countries H E Mrs NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady of the Republic of Botswana H E Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi H E Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI The First Lady of the Democratic Republic of The Congo H E Mrs FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW The First Lady of the Republic of The Gambia H E Mrs REBECCA AKUFO ADDO The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana H E Mrs CLAR MARIE WEAH The First Lady of the Republic of Liberia H E Mrs MONICA CHAKWERA The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi H E Mrs ISAURA FERR O NYUSI The First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique H E Mrs MONICA GEINGOS The First Lady of the Republic of Namibia H E Dr FATIMA MAADA BIO The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone H E Mrs MUTINTA HICHILEMA The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia H E Dr ANA DIAS LOUREN O The First Lady of the Republic of Angola H E Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of Central Africa Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Chairman of both of Executive Board of E Merck KG and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees expressed I would like to welcome and also thank our partners African First Ladies and Health Experts policy makers academia and media from more than 70 countries to join hands with us in order to realize Merck Foundation s vision we have achieved together a huge success and we are going to continue our efforts to achieve more Senator Dr Rasha Kelej emphasized I am very proud to welcome our Guests of Honors and Keynote Speakers the First Ladies of 13 African Countries Together we shared experiences and discussed the impact of our programs to build healthcare amp media capacity and raise awareness on a wide range of sensitive and critical social and health issues like Supporting Girl Education Ending Child Marriage Stopping GBV Breaking Infertility Stigma Ending FGM Women Empowerment and Diabetes Awareness It is for the first time that we conducted our annual conference in person after the coronavirus global pandemic and it is also the first time that we conducted it in a hybrid model in person and online to enable more than 10 000 participants from more than 70 countries to safely and effectively meet and discuss strategies and solutions for the health challenges in their countries with the aim to contribute to transforming patient care landscape and building media capacity and healthcare capacity I am proud that Merck Foundation has provided more than 1470 scholarships to young doctors from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties Many of them are becoming the first specialists in their countries We are making history together added Senator Kelej During the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary the First Ladies of 13 African Countries also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother celebrated the 5th Anniversary of Merck Foundation and marked the 10 year journey of Merck Foundation development programs that started in 2012 They also marked together the World Diabetes Day where Senator Rasha dedicated a Special Song No more Diabetes and a storybook Sugar Free in three languages English French and Portuguese to help creating a culture shift of leading healthy lifestyle stopping sugar eating healthy and exercising regularly to prevent and better manage diabetes On 15th November 2022 the Plenary Session of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022 was held during which a high level panel meeting of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit was conducted On 16th November 2022 five sessions out of which four important Medical and Scientific Sessions were conducted in parallel of Diabetes amp Hypertension Oncology Fertility and Reproductive care and medical capacity building of other specialties such as respiratory acute care emergency pediatric and neonatal care and more Merck Foundation Health Media Training session was also conducted on this day for the journalists to emphasize on the important role that they play to influence our society to create a cultural shift with the aim to Break Infertility Stigma Support Girl Education Stop GBV End Child Marriage End FGM and Women Empowerment at all levels The training session was attended by over 200 journalists Countries participating in the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary included Angola Bangladesh Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Canada Central Africa Republic Cambodia Chad C te d Ivoire Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo Egypt Ethiopia France Gabon Germany Ghana Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry India Indonesia Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Malaysia Mali Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Niger Nigeria Peru Philippines Russia Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa Sri Lanka Sudan Tanzania Thailand The Gambia Togo Tunisia U A E UK Uganda US Vietnam Zambia Zimbabwe and more The 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022 was streamed live on the social media handles of Merck Foundation https bit ly 2MmUl3p and Senator Dr Rasha Kelej https bit ly 3hWYWhU Link to the Facebook live steam of Inaugural Session of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary amp African First Ladies High Level Panel https bit ly 3ELcupR Merck Foundation is transforming the Patient care landscape and making history together with its partners in Africa Asia and beyond through 1470 Scholarships provided by Merck Foundation for doctors from 50 Countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties Merck Foundation is also creating a culture shift and breaking the silence about a wide range of social and health issues in Africa and underserved communities through 2200 Media Persons from more than 50 countries trained to better raise Awareness about different social and health issues 8 Different Awards Launched annually for best media coverage fashion designers films and songs Around 30 songs to address health and social issues by local singers across Africa 8 Children s Storybooks in three languages English French and Portuguese Pan African TV Program Our Africa by Merck Foundation TV Program addressing Social and Health Issues in Africa through Fashion and ART with Purpose Community 1000 Girls from 15 African countries supported through scholarships or school items annually 9 Social Media Channels with more than 5 Million Followers
    Merck Foundation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with 13 African First Ladies inaugurate the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022
      Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Senator Dr Rasha Kelej and African First Ladies of Botswana Burundi Democratic Republic of Congo The Gambia Ghana Liberia Malawi Mozambique Namibia Sierra Leone Angola and Central Africa Inaugurate 9th Edition of Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com Africa Asia Luminary 2022 African First Ladies of Botswana Burundi Democratic Republic of Congo The Gambia Ghana Liberia Malawi Mozambique Namibia Sierra Leone Angola and Central Africa marked World Diabetes Day and 5th Anniversary of Merck Foundation by sharing the impact of their partnership programs with Merck Foundation to build healthcare capacity support girl education and break infertility stigma More than 10 000 participants including healthcare providers policymakers researchers academia and media representatives from 70 English French Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries attended the Luminary through hybrid model onsite and online to benefit from scientific and social sessions to address social issues and advance healthcare capacity in 32 critical and underserved medical specialty Celebrating 5th Anniversary of Merck Foundation and marking 10 year journey of their development programs during 2022 Luminary Merck Foundation reported the impact of providing 1470 scholarships to doctors from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties such as Oncology Diabetes Cardiovascular Preventive Endocrinology Fertility Embryology Reproductive Care Respiratory Care Acute and Intensive Care Neonatal Care Pediatric Emergency Advanced Surgery Microbiology amp Infectious Diseases Internal Medicine Ophthalmology Psychiatry Palliative Care and Pain Management and more Link to the Facebook live steam of Inaugural Session of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary amp African First Ladies High Level Panel https bit ly 3UPQ5gR Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted their annual conference the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary on 15th amp 16th November 2022 as a hybrid model attended in person and online The conference was inaugurated by Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Chairman of both of Executive Board of E Merck KG and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and Chairperson of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary along with African First Ladies of 13 Countries H E Mrs NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady of the Republic of Botswana H E Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi H E Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI The First Lady of the Democratic Republic of The Congo H E Mrs FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW The First Lady of the Republic of The Gambia H E Mrs REBECCA AKUFO ADDO The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana H E Mrs CLAR MARIE WEAH The First Lady of the Republic of Liberia H E Mrs MONICA CHAKWERA The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi H E Mrs ISAURA FERR O NYUSI The First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique H E Mrs MONICA GEINGOS The First Lady of the Republic of Namibia H E Dr FATIMA MAADA BIO The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone H E Mrs MUTINTA HICHILEMA The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia H E Dr ANA DIAS LOUREN O The First Lady of the Republic of Angola H E Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of Central Africa Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Chairman of both of Executive Board of E Merck KG and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees expressed I would like to welcome and also thank our partners African First Ladies and Health Experts policy makers academia and media from more than 70 countries to join hands with us in order to realize Merck Foundation s vision we have achieved together a huge success and we are going to continue our efforts to achieve more Senator Dr Rasha Kelej emphasized I am very proud to welcome our Guests of Honors and Keynote Speakers the First Ladies of 13 African Countries Together we shared experiences and discussed the impact of our programs to build healthcare amp media capacity and raise awareness on a wide range of sensitive and critical social and health issues like Supporting Girl Education Ending Child Marriage Stopping GBV Breaking Infertility Stigma Ending FGM Women Empowerment and Diabetes Awareness It is for the first time that we conducted our annual conference in person after the coronavirus global pandemic and it is also the first time that we conducted it in a hybrid model in person and online to enable more than 10 000 participants from more than 70 countries to safely and effectively meet and discuss strategies and solutions for the health challenges in their countries with the aim to contribute to transforming patient care landscape and building media capacity and healthcare capacity I am proud that Merck Foundation has provided more than 1470 scholarships to young doctors from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties Many of them are becoming the first specialists in their countries We are making history together added Senator Kelej During the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary the First Ladies of 13 African Countries also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother celebrated the 5th Anniversary of Merck Foundation and marked the 10 year journey of Merck Foundation development programs that started in 2012 They also marked together the World Diabetes Day where Senator Rasha dedicated a Special Song No more Diabetes and a storybook Sugar Free in three languages English French and Portuguese to help creating a culture shift of leading healthy lifestyle stopping sugar eating healthy and exercising regularly to prevent and better manage diabetes On 15th November 2022 the Plenary Session of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022 was held during which a high level panel meeting of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit was conducted On 16th November 2022 five sessions out of which four important Medical and Scientific Sessions were conducted in parallel of Diabetes amp Hypertension Oncology Fertility and Reproductive care and medical capacity building of other specialties such as respiratory acute care emergency pediatric and neonatal care and more Merck Foundation Health Media Training session was also conducted on this day for the journalists to emphasize on the important role that they play to influence our society to create a cultural shift with the aim to Break Infertility Stigma Support Girl Education Stop GBV End Child Marriage End FGM and Women Empowerment at all levels The training session was attended by over 200 journalists Countries participating in the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary included Angola Bangladesh Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Canada Central Africa Republic Cambodia Chad C te d Ivoire Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo Egypt Ethiopia France Gabon Germany Ghana Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry India Indonesia Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Malaysia Mali Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Niger Nigeria Peru Philippines Russia Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa Sri Lanka Sudan Tanzania Thailand The Gambia Togo Tunisia U A E UK Uganda US Vietnam Zambia Zimbabwe and more The 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022 was streamed live on the social media handles of Merck Foundation https bit ly 2MmUl3p and Senator Dr Rasha Kelej https bit ly 3hWYWhU Link to the Facebook live steam of Inaugural Session of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary amp African First Ladies High Level Panel https bit ly 3ELcupR Merck Foundation is transforming the Patient care landscape and making history together with its partners in Africa Asia and beyond through 1470 Scholarships provided by Merck Foundation for doctors from 50 Countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties Merck Foundation is also creating a culture shift and breaking the silence about a wide range of social and health issues in Africa and underserved communities through 2200 Media Persons from more than 50 countries trained to better raise Awareness about different social and health issues 8 Different Awards Launched annually for best media coverage fashion designers films and songs Around 30 songs to address health and social issues by local singers across Africa 8 Children s Storybooks in three languages English French and Portuguese Pan African TV Program Our Africa by Merck Foundation TV Program addressing Social and Health Issues in Africa through Fashion and ART with Purpose Community 1000 Girls from 15 African countries supported through scholarships or school items annually 9 Social Media Channels with more than 5 Million Followers
    Merck Foundation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with 13 African First Ladies inaugurate the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Merck Foundation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with 13 African First Ladies inaugurate the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022

    Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej and African First Ladies of Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Angola and Central Africa Inaugurate 9th Edition of Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) Africa Asia Luminary 2022.

    African First Ladies of Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Angola and Central Africa marked World Diabetes Day and 5th Anniversary of Merck Foundation by sharing the impact of their partnership programs with Merck Foundation to build healthcare capacity, support girl education and break infertility stigma.

    More than 10,000 participants including healthcare providers, policymakers, researchers, academia and media representatives from 70 English, French, Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries attended the Luminary through hybrid model- onsite and online to benefit from scientific and social sessions to address social issues and advance healthcare capacity in 32 critical and underserved medical specialty.

    Celebrating 5th Anniversary of Merck Foundation and marking 10 year journey of their development programs, during 2022 Luminary. 

    Merck Foundation reported the impact of providing 1470 scholarships to doctors from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties such as; Oncology, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Preventive, Endocrinology, Fertility, Embryology, Reproductive Care, Respiratory Care, Acute and Intensive Care, Neonatal Care, Pediatric Emergency, Advanced Surgery, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Palliative Care and Pain Management and more.

    Link to the Facebook live steam of Inaugural Session of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary & African First Ladies High Level Panel: https://bit.ly/3UPQ5gR.

    Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, conducted their annual conference, the 9th Edition of “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” on 15th & 16th November 2022, as a hybrid model, attended in person and online.

    The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of both of Executive Board of E.Merck KG and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees, and Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and Chairperson of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary, along with African First Ladies of 13 Countries;H.E. Mrs. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of the Republic of Botswana H.E. Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi H.E. Madam DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, The First Lady of the Democratic Republic of The Congo H.E. Mrs. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of the Republic of The Gambia H.E. Mrs. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana H.E. Mrs. CLAR MARIE WEAH, The First Lady of the Republic of Liberia H.E. Mrs. MONICA CHAKWERA, The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi H.E. Mrs. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique H.E. Mrs. MONICA GEINGOS, The First Lady of the Republic of Namibia H.E. Dr. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone H.E. Mrs. MUTINTA HICHILEMA, The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia H.E. Dr. ANA DIAS LOURENÇO,  The First Lady of the Republic of Angola H.E. Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central AfricaProf. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp Chairman of both of Executive Board of E.Merck KG and Merck Foundation Board of Trustees expressed “I would like to welcome and also thank our partners, African First Ladies and Health Experts, policy makers, academia and media from more than 70 countries to join hands with us in order to realize Merck Foundation’s vision, we have achieved together, a huge success and we are going to continue our efforts to achieve more ”.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, emphasized, “I am very proud to welcome our Guests of Honors and Keynote Speakers, the First Ladies of 13 African Countries.

    Together we shared experiences and discussed the impact of our programs to build healthcare & media capacity and raise awareness on a wide range of sensitive and critical social and health issues like Supporting Girl Education, Ending Child Marriage, Stopping GBV, Breaking Infertility Stigma, Ending FGM, Women Empowerment, and Diabetes Awareness”.

    “It is for the first time that we conducted our annual conference in person after the coronavirus global pandemic and it is also the first time that we conducted it in a hybrid model (in-person and online) to enable more than 10,000 participants from more than 70 countries to safely and effectively meet and discuss strategies and solutions for the health challenges in their countries with the aim to contribute to transforming patient care landscape  and building media capacity and healthcare capacity.

    I am proud that Merck Foundation has provided more than 1470 scholarships to young doctors from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties.

    Many of them are becoming the first specialists in their countries.

    We are making history together”, added Senator Kelej.

     During the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary, the First Ladies of 13 African Countries, also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother”, celebrated the 5th Anniversary of Merck Foundation and marked the 10 year journey of Merck Foundation development programs that started in 2012.

    They also marked together the World Diabetes Day where Senator Rasha dedicated a Special Song “No more Diabetes” and a storybook “Sugar Free” in three languages: English, French and Portuguese, to help creating a culture shift of leading healthy lifestyle, stopping sugar, eating healthy and exercising regularly to prevent and better manage diabetes.

    On 15th November 2022, the Plenary Session of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022 was held, during which a high-level panel meeting of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit was conducted.

    On 16th November 2022, five sessions, out of which four important Medical and Scientific Sessions were conducted in parallel, of Diabetes & Hypertension, Oncology, Fertility and Reproductive care and medical capacity building of other specialties such as; respiratory, acute care, emergency pediatric and neonatal care and more.

    Merck Foundation Health Media Training session was also conducted on this day for the journalists, to emphasize on the important role that they play to influence our society to create a cultural shift with the aim to Break Infertility Stigma, Support Girl Education, Stop GBV, End Child Marriage, End FGM, and Women Empowerment at all levels.

    The training session was attended by over 200 journalists.

    Countries participating in the 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary included:Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central Africa Republic, Cambodia, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea – Bissau, Guinea – Conakry, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Gambia, Togo, Tunisia, U.A.E, UK, Uganda, US, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe and more.

    The 9th Edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2022 was streamed live on the social media handles of Merck Foundation (https://bit.ly/2MmUl3p) and Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej (https://bit.ly/3hWYWhU).

    Link to the Facebook live steam of Inaugural Session of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary & African First Ladies High Level Panel: https://bit.ly/3ELcupRMerck Foundation is transforming the Patient care landscape and making history together with its partners in Africa, Asia, and beyond, through:• 1470 + Scholarships provided by Merck Foundation for doctors from 50 Countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties.

     Merck Foundation is also creating a culture shift and breaking the silence about a wide range of social and health issues in Africa and underserved communities through:• 2200 + Media Persons from more than 50 countries trained to better raise Awareness about different social and health issues• 8 Different Awards Launched annually for best media coverage, fashion designers, films, and songs• Around 30 songs to address health and social issues by local singers across Africa• 8 Children’s Storybooks in three languages - English, French, and Portuguese• Pan African TV Program "Our Africa by Merck Foundation” TV Program addressing Social and Health Issues in Africa through “Fashion and ART with Purpose” Community• 1000+ Girls from 15 African countries supported through scholarships or school items, annually.

    • 9 Social Media Channels with more than 5 Million Followers

  •   Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com releases song remix called No More Diabetes and children storybook Sugar Free in three languages English French and Portuguese to raise awareness about Diabetes prevention and early detection across Africa Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies has also introduced Annual Awards for Media Fashion Designers Filmmakers Musicians Singers and new potential talents in these fields from African countries to Promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health continues to provide over 720 scholarships for doctors from 43 African Asian and Latin American countries of one year Post Graduate Diploma and two year Master degree in Preventive Diabetes Endocrinology and Cardiovascular Medicine and Diabetes Mastercourse in English French Portuguese and Spanish Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks World Diabetes Day 2022 together with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Medical Societies and Academia at their 9th Edition of Africa Asia Luminary conducted on the 14th 15th amp 16th of November 2022 through their long term commitment to transform the landscape of Diabetes Endocrinology Hypertension and Cardiovascular care capacity in Africa Asia and Latin America Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and One of the 100 Most Influential African Women 2019 2020 2021 amp 2022 emphasized At Merck Foundation we mark World Diabetes Day in a very constructive and unique way that is by providing more than 720 scholarships for medical postgraduates from 43 countries of one year diploma and two year Master Degree programs in Diabetes Endocrinology and Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine as well as a Master course in the Clinical Management of Diabetes in English French Portuguese and Spanish Not only this but by creating song remix called No more Diabetes by singers and musicians from Ghana Mauritius and Mozambique and a children storybook called Sugar Free in three languages English French and Portuguese to raise awareness and create a culture shift about Diabetes prevention and early detection across Africa this song and story books are gifts from Merck Foundation to our communities and partners to mark the world Diabetes Day and also to use every day I will work closely with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Media outlets and representative and artists to ensure that this song and storybook are distributed everywhere during the Diabetes Day I personally consider this song as the official song of our Diabetes Day celebration and I wish that all our partners do the same added Senator Dr Rasha Kelej during her speech Moreover our strong platform of Merck Foundation Alumni who upon completion of their respective courses have established or will be able to establish diabetes clinics in their Health Centers or Hospitals with the aim of preventing and managing the condition in their respective communities this has created a huge impact as there are from different provinces in each country which makes the impact nationwide and not only within the capitals I am proud of this outstanding milestone emphasized Dr Kelej As per World Health Organization WHO around 45 million adults 20 79 in the African Region have high risk of developing type 2 diabetes These figures are estimated to reach 110 million by 2045 Moreover Africa has the highest percentage of undiagnosed people 70 of adults living with diabetes do not know they have it Merck Foundation in partnership with my dear sisters the African First Ladies has launched a new children storybook Sugar Free in three languages English French and Portuguese Through our new storybook we want to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness on the early detection prevention and management of Diabetes from a young age to remind all of you that together we can fight diabetes every day and that health is our only wealth said Dr Kelej Merck Foundation s Sugar Free storybooks educate about the early signs and symptoms of Diabetes such as frequent urination increased thirst feeling tired and hungry vision problems slow wound healing and yeast infections and that in case one experiences any of these symptoms one must consult a doctor and get tested It also conveys that Diabetes Management is a lifestyle change those living with this condition have to eat healthy exercise regularly stop smoking and limit alcohol sugar and salt intake Merck Foundation has also released three Songs in three languages named NO more Diabetes Sugar Free in English Dites non au Diab te in French and Chega de Diabete in Portuguese And recently has released the remix of the three languages Listen to the remix diabetes song here https bit ly 3OdgYbT These songs have been sung by Cwezi from Ghana for English Version Laura Beg from Mauritius for the French Version and Blaze from Mozambique for the Portuguese Version The songs talk about promoting a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness on the early detection and prevention of Diabetes These songs are gift from Merck Foundation to our communities to mark the world Diabetes Day and also to use every day added Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Click here to listen to NO More Diabetes Sugar Free English Song https bit ly 3OeIHcb Click here to listen to Dites non au Diab te French Song https bit ly 3EfZoPM Click here to listen to Chega de Diabete Portuguese Song https bit ly 3gegSnJ Moreover Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies has also introduced annual Awards for Media Fashion Designers Filmmakers Musicians Singers and new potential talents in these fields from African countries to Promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension As a part of their Blue Point Diabetes amp Hypertension Points Program Merck Foundation provides One Year Postgraduate Diploma and Two year master degree in Diabetes Endocrinology and Preventative Cardiovascular Medicines from UK University Merck Foundation also provides scholarships for a Master course in the Clinical Management of Diabetes in 4 languages English French Portuguese and Spanish endorsed by Diabetes UK to improve access to quality and equitable diabetes care for African countries and Latin American countries So far Merck Foundation has already enrolled more than 720 candidates for these courses from 43 Countries including Bangladesh Botswana Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo Brazzaville Democratic Republic of the Congo Egypt Ethiopia Gabon The Gambia Ghana Guinea 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 UAE Uganda Vietnam Zambia and Zimbabwe Dr Bobby Kgosiemang Merck Foundation Alumni from Botswana who completed MSc in Diabetes says I am grateful to Merck Foundation for providing me a very unique opportunity to be a part of this very beneficial course It has helped me to advance my clinical knowledge and enabled me to serve the people of my country better and also advocate for increased prevention and early detection Merck Foundation continues to transform patient care and build healthcare capacity in African Asian and Latin American countries by providing more than 1470 scholarships have been provided to doctors from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties such as Oncology Diabetes Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Endocrinology Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Acute Medicine Respiratory Medicine Embryology amp Fertility specialty Gastroenterology Dermatology Psychiatry Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine Pediatric Emergency Critical Care Pediatric Emergency Medicine Neonatal Medicine General Surgery and many more
    Merck Foundation, Africa First Ladies mark “World Diabetes Day 2022” at their Annual Conference by providing 720 scholarships for Future Diabetes, Endocrinology & Cardiovascular Preventive Experts in 43 countries
      Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com releases song remix called No More Diabetes and children storybook Sugar Free in three languages English French and Portuguese to raise awareness about Diabetes prevention and early detection across Africa Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies has also introduced Annual Awards for Media Fashion Designers Filmmakers Musicians Singers and new potential talents in these fields from African countries to Promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health continues to provide over 720 scholarships for doctors from 43 African Asian and Latin American countries of one year Post Graduate Diploma and two year Master degree in Preventive Diabetes Endocrinology and Cardiovascular Medicine and Diabetes Mastercourse in English French Portuguese and Spanish Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks World Diabetes Day 2022 together with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Medical Societies and Academia at their 9th Edition of Africa Asia Luminary conducted on the 14th 15th amp 16th of November 2022 through their long term commitment to transform the landscape of Diabetes Endocrinology Hypertension and Cardiovascular care capacity in Africa Asia and Latin America Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and One of the 100 Most Influential African Women 2019 2020 2021 amp 2022 emphasized At Merck Foundation we mark World Diabetes Day in a very constructive and unique way that is by providing more than 720 scholarships for medical postgraduates from 43 countries of one year diploma and two year Master Degree programs in Diabetes Endocrinology and Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine as well as a Master course in the Clinical Management of Diabetes in English French Portuguese and Spanish Not only this but by creating song remix called No more Diabetes by singers and musicians from Ghana Mauritius and Mozambique and a children storybook called Sugar Free in three languages English French and Portuguese to raise awareness and create a culture shift about Diabetes prevention and early detection across Africa this song and story books are gifts from Merck Foundation to our communities and partners to mark the world Diabetes Day and also to use every day I will work closely with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Media outlets and representative and artists to ensure that this song and storybook are distributed everywhere during the Diabetes Day I personally consider this song as the official song of our Diabetes Day celebration and I wish that all our partners do the same added Senator Dr Rasha Kelej during her speech Moreover our strong platform of Merck Foundation Alumni who upon completion of their respective courses have established or will be able to establish diabetes clinics in their Health Centers or Hospitals with the aim of preventing and managing the condition in their respective communities this has created a huge impact as there are from different provinces in each country which makes the impact nationwide and not only within the capitals I am proud of this outstanding milestone emphasized Dr Kelej As per World Health Organization WHO around 45 million adults 20 79 in the African Region have high risk of developing type 2 diabetes These figures are estimated to reach 110 million by 2045 Moreover Africa has the highest percentage of undiagnosed people 70 of adults living with diabetes do not know they have it Merck Foundation in partnership with my dear sisters the African First Ladies has launched a new children storybook Sugar Free in three languages English French and Portuguese Through our new storybook we want to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness on the early detection prevention and management of Diabetes from a young age to remind all of you that together we can fight diabetes every day and that health is our only wealth said Dr Kelej Merck Foundation s Sugar Free storybooks educate about the early signs and symptoms of Diabetes such as frequent urination increased thirst feeling tired and hungry vision problems slow wound healing and yeast infections and that in case one experiences any of these symptoms one must consult a doctor and get tested It also conveys that Diabetes Management is a lifestyle change those living with this condition have to eat healthy exercise regularly stop smoking and limit alcohol sugar and salt intake Merck Foundation has also released three Songs in three languages named NO more Diabetes Sugar Free in English Dites non au Diab te in French and Chega de Diabete in Portuguese And recently has released the remix of the three languages Listen to the remix diabetes song here https bit ly 3OdgYbT These songs have been sung by Cwezi from Ghana for English Version Laura Beg from Mauritius for the French Version and Blaze from Mozambique for the Portuguese Version The songs talk about promoting a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness on the early detection and prevention of Diabetes These songs are gift from Merck Foundation to our communities to mark the world Diabetes Day and also to use every day added Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Click here to listen to NO More Diabetes Sugar Free English Song https bit ly 3OeIHcb Click here to listen to Dites non au Diab te French Song https bit ly 3EfZoPM Click here to listen to Chega de Diabete Portuguese Song https bit ly 3gegSnJ Moreover Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies has also introduced annual Awards for Media Fashion Designers Filmmakers Musicians Singers and new potential talents in these fields from African countries to Promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension As a part of their Blue Point Diabetes amp Hypertension Points Program Merck Foundation provides One Year Postgraduate Diploma and Two year master degree in Diabetes Endocrinology and Preventative Cardiovascular Medicines from UK University Merck Foundation also provides scholarships for a Master course in the Clinical Management of Diabetes in 4 languages English French Portuguese and Spanish endorsed by Diabetes UK to improve access to quality and equitable diabetes care for African countries and Latin American countries So far Merck Foundation has already enrolled more than 720 candidates for these courses from 43 Countries including Bangladesh Botswana Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo Brazzaville Democratic Republic of the Congo Egypt Ethiopia Gabon The Gambia Ghana Guinea 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 UAE Uganda Vietnam Zambia and Zimbabwe Dr Bobby Kgosiemang Merck Foundation Alumni from Botswana who completed MSc in Diabetes says I am grateful to Merck Foundation for providing me a very unique opportunity to be a part of this very beneficial course It has helped me to advance my clinical knowledge and enabled me to serve the people of my country better and also advocate for increased prevention and early detection Merck Foundation continues to transform patient care and build healthcare capacity in African Asian and Latin American countries by providing more than 1470 scholarships have been provided to doctors from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties such as Oncology Diabetes Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Endocrinology Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Acute Medicine Respiratory Medicine Embryology amp Fertility specialty Gastroenterology Dermatology Psychiatry Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine Pediatric Emergency Critical Care Pediatric Emergency Medicine Neonatal Medicine General Surgery and many more
    Merck Foundation, Africa First Ladies mark “World Diabetes Day 2022” at their Annual Conference by providing 720 scholarships for Future Diabetes, Endocrinology & Cardiovascular Preventive Experts in 43 countries
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Merck Foundation, Africa First Ladies mark “World Diabetes Day 2022” at their Annual Conference by providing 720 scholarships for Future Diabetes, Endocrinology & Cardiovascular Preventive Experts in 43 countries

    Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) releases song remix called “No More Diabetes” and children storybook “Sugar Free” in three languages, English, French and Portuguese to raise awareness about Diabetes prevention and early detection across Africa.

    Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies, has also introduced Annual Awards for Media, Fashion Designers, Filmmakers, Musicians/ Singers, and new potential talents in these fields from African countries to Promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension.

    Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health continues to provide over 720 scholarships, for doctors from 43 African, Asian and Latin American countries, of one-year Post-Graduate Diploma and two-year Master degree in Preventive Diabetes, Endocrinology and Cardiovascular Medicine, and Diabetes Mastercourse in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

    Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, marks ‘World Diabetes Day 2022’ together with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Medical Societies and Academia, at their 9th Edition of Africa Asia Luminary conducted on the 14th, 15th & 16th of November 2022, through their long-term commitment to transform the landscape of Diabetes, Endocrinology, Hypertension and Cardiovascular care capacity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

    Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and One of the 100 Most Influential African Women (2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022) emphasized, “At Merck Foundation, we mark ‘World Diabetes Day’ in a very constructive and unique way, that is by providing more than 720 scholarships for medical postgraduates from 43 countries of one-year diploma and two-year Master Degree programs in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine, as well as a 'Master course in the Clinical Management of Diabetes' in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

    Not only this but by creating song remix called “ No more Diabetes “ by singers and musicians from Ghana, Mauritius and Mozambique and a children storybook called “Sugar Free” in three languages English, French and Portuguese to raise awareness and create a culture shift about Diabetes prevention and early detection across Africa, this song and story books are gifts from Merck Foundation to our communities and partners to mark the “world Diabetes Day” and also to use every day”.

    “I will work closely with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Media outlets and representative and artists to ensure that this song and storybook are distributed everywhere during the Diabetes Day, I personally consider this song as the official song of our Diabetes Day celebration and I wish that all our partners do the same”, added Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, during her speech.

    “Moreover, our strong platform of Merck Foundation Alumni, who upon completion of their respective courses, have established or will be able to establish diabetes clinics in their Health Centers or Hospitals with the aim of preventing and managing the condition in their respective communities, this has created a huge impact as there are from different provinces in each country which makes the impact nationwide and not only within the capitals, I am proud of this outstanding milestone”, emphasized Dr. Kelej.

    As per World Health Organization (WHO), around 45 million adults (20-79) in the African Region have high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

    These figures are estimated to reach 110 million by 2045.

    Moreover, Africa has the highest percentage of undiagnosed people - 70% of adults living with diabetes do not know they have it.

    “Merck Foundation in partnership with my dear sisters, the African First Ladies has launched a new children storybook– ‘Sugar Free’ in three languages- English, French and Portuguese. 

    Through our new storybook, we want to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness on the early detection, prevention, and management of Diabetes, from a young age, to remind all of you that together we can fight diabetes every day and that health is our only wealth”, said Dr. Kelej.

    Merck Foundation’s “Sugar Free” storybooks educate about the early signs and symptoms of Diabetes such as frequent urination, increased thirst, feeling tired and hungry, vision problems, slow wound healing, and yeast infections; and that in case one experiences any of these symptoms, one must consult a doctor and get tested.

    It also conveys that Diabetes Management is a lifestyle change, those living with this condition have to eat healthy, exercise regularly, stop smoking, and limit alcohol, sugar and salt intake.

    Merck Foundation has also released three Songs in three languages named ‘NO more Diabetes, Sugar Free’ in English, ‘Dites non au Diabète’ in French and ‘Chega de Diabete’ in Portuguese.

    And recently has released the remix of the three languages.

    Listen to the remix diabetes song here: https://bit.ly/3OdgYbTThese songs have been sung by Cwezi from Ghana for English Version, Laura Beg from Mauritius for the French Version, and Blaze from Mozambique for the Portuguese Version.

    The songs talk about promoting a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness on the early detection and prevention of Diabetes.

    “These songs are gift from Merck Foundation to our communities to mark the “world Diabetes Day “ and also to use every day”, added Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    Click here to listen to ‘NO More Diabetes, Sugar Free’ English Song: https://bit.ly/3OeIHcbClick here to listen to ‘Dites non au Diabète’ French Song: https://bit.ly/3EfZoPMClick here to listen to ‘Chega de Diabete’ Portuguese Song: https://bit.ly/3gegSnJMoreover, Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies, has also introduced annual Awards for Media, Fashion Designers, Filmmakers, Musicians/ Singers, and new potential talents in these fields from African countries to Promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension.

    As a part of their “Blue Point Diabetes & Hypertension Points Program” Merck Foundation provides One-Year Postgraduate Diploma and Two-year master degree in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Preventative Cardiovascular Medicines from UK University.

    Merck Foundation also provides scholarships for a ‘Master course in the Clinical Management of Diabetes’ in 4 languages- English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, endorsed by Diabetes UK to improve access to quality and equitable diabetes care for African countries and Latin American countries.

    So far, Merck Foundation has already enrolled more than 720 candidates for these courses from 43 Countries including Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, 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, UAE, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Dr. Bobby Kgosiemang, Merck Foundation Alumni from Botswana who completed MSc in Diabetes says, “I am grateful to Merck Foundation for providing me a very unique opportunity to be a part of this very beneficial course.

    It has helped me to advance my clinical knowledge and enabled me to serve the people of my country better, and also advocate for increased prevention and early detection”.

    Merck Foundation continues to transform patient care and build healthcare capacity in African, Asian, and Latin American countries, by providing more than 1470 scholarships have been provided to doctors from 50 countries in 32 critical and underserved specialties such as Oncology, Diabetes, Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine, Endocrinology, Sexual and Reproductive Medicine, Acute Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Embryology & Fertility specialty, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine, Pediatric Emergency, Critical Care, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Neonatal Medicine, General Surgery and many more.

  •   Without urgent investment in climate mitigation and adaptation countries in the Sahel risk decades of armed conflict and displacement exacerbated by rising temperatures resource scarcity and food insecurity the UN Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel and UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency warned today According to a report published today Moving from Reaction to Action Anticipating Vulnerability Hotspots in the Sahel left unchecked the climate emergency will further imperil Sahelian communities as devastating floods droughts and heatwaves decimate access to water food and livelihoods and amplify the risk of conflict This will ultimately force more people to flee their homes In the Sahel the climate crisis is combining with increasing instability and the low level of investments in development to create a disempowering mix that is heavily taxing Sahelian communities with the added risk of jeopardizing the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals said UN Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel Abdoulaye Mar Dieye There are solutions focused on people s agency and investments at scale but they require resolute commitment and dedication from all as well as the right data and analysis to know what is coming in order to execute proactive and impactful policy responses The report looks at the 10 countries covered by the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and its Support Plan in West and Central Africa Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad the Gambia Guinea Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria and Senegal Communities across the Sahel rely on farming and pastoralism which are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change Food insecurity is already surging across the region reaching emergency levels in some areas In the long term yields of maize millet and sorghum are projected to decline due to climate shocks wearing down the resilience of local populations Rising temperatures and extreme weather in the Sahel are worsening armed conflict which is already destroying livelihoods disrupting food security and driving displacement said UNHCR Special Advisor for Climate Action Andrew Harper Only a massive boost in collective climate mitigation and adaptation can alleviate the current and future humanitarian consequences Even with ambitious climate mitigation policies temperatures in the Sahel are predicted to rise 2 5 C by 2080 If urgent action is further delayed they could increase by 4 3 C Despite the negative trends the Sahel is endowed with abundant natural resources The region sits on one of the largest aquifers in Africa and has immense potential for renewables including abundant solar energy capacity and a dynamic young population around 64 per cent of Sahelians are under 25 years old If bold action in climate mitigation and adaptation is imminently taken to support Sahelian countries and communities and collaboration across the humanitarian development and peacebuilding pillars is prioritized there is vast potential to change the region s trajectory
    United Nations (UN) warns of worsening conflict and displacement in Sahel without immediate climate action
      Without urgent investment in climate mitigation and adaptation countries in the Sahel risk decades of armed conflict and displacement exacerbated by rising temperatures resource scarcity and food insecurity the UN Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel and UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency warned today According to a report published today Moving from Reaction to Action Anticipating Vulnerability Hotspots in the Sahel left unchecked the climate emergency will further imperil Sahelian communities as devastating floods droughts and heatwaves decimate access to water food and livelihoods and amplify the risk of conflict This will ultimately force more people to flee their homes In the Sahel the climate crisis is combining with increasing instability and the low level of investments in development to create a disempowering mix that is heavily taxing Sahelian communities with the added risk of jeopardizing the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals said UN Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel Abdoulaye Mar Dieye There are solutions focused on people s agency and investments at scale but they require resolute commitment and dedication from all as well as the right data and analysis to know what is coming in order to execute proactive and impactful policy responses The report looks at the 10 countries covered by the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and its Support Plan in West and Central Africa Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad the Gambia Guinea Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria and Senegal Communities across the Sahel rely on farming and pastoralism which are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change Food insecurity is already surging across the region reaching emergency levels in some areas In the long term yields of maize millet and sorghum are projected to decline due to climate shocks wearing down the resilience of local populations Rising temperatures and extreme weather in the Sahel are worsening armed conflict which is already destroying livelihoods disrupting food security and driving displacement said UNHCR Special Advisor for Climate Action Andrew Harper Only a massive boost in collective climate mitigation and adaptation can alleviate the current and future humanitarian consequences Even with ambitious climate mitigation policies temperatures in the Sahel are predicted to rise 2 5 C by 2080 If urgent action is further delayed they could increase by 4 3 C Despite the negative trends the Sahel is endowed with abundant natural resources The region sits on one of the largest aquifers in Africa and has immense potential for renewables including abundant solar energy capacity and a dynamic young population around 64 per cent of Sahelians are under 25 years old If bold action in climate mitigation and adaptation is imminently taken to support Sahelian countries and communities and collaboration across the humanitarian development and peacebuilding pillars is prioritized there is vast potential to change the region s trajectory
    United Nations (UN) warns of worsening conflict and displacement in Sahel without immediate climate action
    Africa3 weeks ago

    United Nations (UN) warns of worsening conflict and displacement in Sahel without immediate climate action

    Without urgent investment in climate mitigation and adaptation, countries in the Sahel risk decades of armed conflict and displacement exacerbated by rising temperatures, resource scarcity and food insecurity, the UN Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned today. 

     According to a report published today, “Moving from Reaction to Action: Anticipating Vulnerability Hotspots in the Sahel”, left unchecked, the climate emergency will further imperil Sahelian communities as devastating floods, droughts, and heatwaves decimate access to water, food, and livelihoods, and amplify the risk of conflict.

    This will ultimately force more people to flee their homes. 

     “In the Sahel, the climate crisis is combining with increasing instability and the low level of investments in development to create a disempowering mix that is heavily taxing Sahelian communities, with the added risk of jeopardizing the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UN Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel Abdoulaye Mar Dieye.

    “There are solutions, focused on people’s agency and investments at scale, but they require resolute commitment and dedication from all, as well as the right data and analysis to know what is coming in order to execute proactive and impactful policy responses.” The report looks at the 10 countries covered by the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and its Support Plan in West and Central Africa – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal. 

    Communities across the Sahel rely on farming and pastoralism, which are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

    Food insecurity is already surging across the region, reaching emergency levels in some areas.

    In the long term, yields of maize, millet and sorghum are projected to decline due to climate shocks, wearing down the resilience of local populations. 

    “Rising temperatures and extreme weather in the Sahel are worsening armed conflict, which is already destroying livelihoods, disrupting food security, and driving displacement,” said UNHCR Special Advisor for Climate Action Andrew Harper.

    “Only a massive boost in collective climate mitigation and adaptation can alleviate the current and future humanitarian consequences.” Even with ambitious climate mitigation policies, temperatures in the Sahel are predicted to rise 2.5°C by 2080.

    If urgent action is further delayed, they could increase by 4.3°C. 

     Despite the negative trends, the Sahel is endowed with abundant natural resources. 

     The region sits on one of the largest aquifers in Africa and has immense potential for renewables, including abundant solar energy capacity, and a dynamic young population – around 64 per cent of Sahelians are under 25 years old. 

     If bold action in climate mitigation and adaptation is imminently taken to support Sahelian countries and communities, and collaboration across the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding pillars is prioritized, there is vast potential to change the region’s trajectory. 

  •   The agency is poised to boost aviation experts in accident investigation The Banju Group Accord Accident Investigation Agency BAGAIA held a workshop in Abuja on Monday aimed at enhancing the knowledge of aviation experts on accident investigation BAGAIA Commissioner Charles Erhueh said the workshop was to further deepen participants understanding of security and investigative processes It will further expand the role of interested parties during the investigation in terms of the State Security Program In addition this will allow us to understand the benefits of using drones in accident investigations while looking beyond flight recorders Keep in mind that once an accident occurs and the scene becomes contaminated you should not be there your actions in most cases derail the investigative process he said Erhueh said the massive crowd was seen many times at the crash site looting and taking things from the scene all under the guise of helping According to him the guest speakers will talk about partnering with the right stakeholders such as the airport authority military police national civil defence construction companies and emergency management agencies Also how to engage with the communities where the accident occurred to inform them about their role which is the most critical if we want to get good results These issues and many more are going to be key to what we do and I hope we take some time to assimilate everything and soak up what we have learned professionally in the performance of our duties BAGAIA as an organization when invited to carry out any investigation also needs the cooperation of the state of occurrence for things related to the accident or the place of the incident since sometimes the communication channels are slow He said that slow communication sometimes affected the speed at which the investigation began Mr Akin Olateru Commissioner Accident Investigation Bureau AIB Nigeria said the theme of the workshop was The role of accident incident investigation in the State Safety Program SSP and the workshop of the flight recorder Olateru who was represented by the Director of Engineering Mr Muhammed Hashim said that the content of the workshop would improve the safety aspect of the aviation industry He said Nigeria s airspace has been one of the safest in the world for the past six years According to him the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA does the regulation while AIB N does the research When you talk about flight recorders Nigeria has one of the best laboratories in the world We recently helped Cameroon recover information from the damaged recorder something that has never been done in Africa before However Nigeria was not the country where the accident occurred but Cameroon downloading and analysis was done in Nigeria and came to Nigeria thanks to our experience he said Olateru said that AIB N did not collect any money for attendance in accordance with AIB s global rules and regulations reports that BAGAIA member states are Sierra Leone Ghana Nigeria Cape Verde Guinea The Gambia Liberia and Senegal www news org Edited Grace Yussuf Source Credit NAN
    Agency to boost aviation experts on accident investigation
      The agency is poised to boost aviation experts in accident investigation The Banju Group Accord Accident Investigation Agency BAGAIA held a workshop in Abuja on Monday aimed at enhancing the knowledge of aviation experts on accident investigation BAGAIA Commissioner Charles Erhueh said the workshop was to further deepen participants understanding of security and investigative processes It will further expand the role of interested parties during the investigation in terms of the State Security Program In addition this will allow us to understand the benefits of using drones in accident investigations while looking beyond flight recorders Keep in mind that once an accident occurs and the scene becomes contaminated you should not be there your actions in most cases derail the investigative process he said Erhueh said the massive crowd was seen many times at the crash site looting and taking things from the scene all under the guise of helping According to him the guest speakers will talk about partnering with the right stakeholders such as the airport authority military police national civil defence construction companies and emergency management agencies Also how to engage with the communities where the accident occurred to inform them about their role which is the most critical if we want to get good results These issues and many more are going to be key to what we do and I hope we take some time to assimilate everything and soak up what we have learned professionally in the performance of our duties BAGAIA as an organization when invited to carry out any investigation also needs the cooperation of the state of occurrence for things related to the accident or the place of the incident since sometimes the communication channels are slow He said that slow communication sometimes affected the speed at which the investigation began Mr Akin Olateru Commissioner Accident Investigation Bureau AIB Nigeria said the theme of the workshop was The role of accident incident investigation in the State Safety Program SSP and the workshop of the flight recorder Olateru who was represented by the Director of Engineering Mr Muhammed Hashim said that the content of the workshop would improve the safety aspect of the aviation industry He said Nigeria s airspace has been one of the safest in the world for the past six years According to him the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA does the regulation while AIB N does the research When you talk about flight recorders Nigeria has one of the best laboratories in the world We recently helped Cameroon recover information from the damaged recorder something that has never been done in Africa before However Nigeria was not the country where the accident occurred but Cameroon downloading and analysis was done in Nigeria and came to Nigeria thanks to our experience he said Olateru said that AIB N did not collect any money for attendance in accordance with AIB s global rules and regulations reports that BAGAIA member states are Sierra Leone Ghana Nigeria Cape Verde Guinea The Gambia Liberia and Senegal www news org Edited Grace Yussuf Source Credit NAN
    Agency to boost aviation experts on accident investigation
    Aviation3 weeks ago

    Agency to boost aviation experts on accident investigation

    The agency is poised to boost aviation experts in accident investigation

    The Banju Group Accord Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA) held a workshop in Abuja on Monday aimed at enhancing the knowledge of aviation experts on accident investigation.

    BAGAIA Commissioner Charles Erhueh said the workshop was to further deepen participants' understanding of security and investigative processes.

    “It will further expand the role of interested parties during the investigation in terms of the State Security Program.

    “In addition, this will allow us to understand the benefits of using drones in accident investigations, while looking beyond flight recorders.

    "Keep in mind that once an accident occurs and the scene becomes contaminated, you should not be there, your actions in most cases derail the investigative process," he said.

    Erhueh said the massive crowd was seen many times at the crash site looting and taking things from the scene, all under the guise of helping.

    According to him, the guest speakers will talk about partnering with the right stakeholders such as the airport authority, military, police, national civil defence, construction companies and emergency management agencies.

    “Also, how to engage with the communities where the accident occurred to inform them about their role, which is the most critical if we want to get good results.

    “These issues and many more are going to be key to what we do and I hope we take some time to assimilate everything and soak up what we have learned professionally in the performance of our duties.

    “BAGAIA as an organization, when invited to carry out any investigation, also needs the cooperation of the state of occurrence for things related to the accident or the place of the incident, since sometimes the communication channels are slow.

    He said that slow communication sometimes affected the speed at which the investigation began.

    Mr. Akin Olateru, Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigeria, said the theme of the workshop was "The role of accident/incident investigation in the State Safety Program (SSP) and the workshop of the flight recorder".

    Olateru, who was represented by the Director of Engineering, Mr. Muhammed Hashim, said that the content of the workshop would improve the safety aspect of the aviation industry.

    He said Nigeria's airspace has been one of the safest in the world for the past six years.

    According to him, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) does the regulation, while AIB-N does the research.

    “When you talk about flight recorders, Nigeria has one of the best laboratories in the world. We recently helped Cameroon recover information from the damaged recorder, something that has never been done in Africa before.

    “However, Nigeria was not the country where the accident occurred, but Cameroon; downloading and analysis was done in Nigeria and came to Nigeria thanks to our experience,” he said.

    Olateru said that AIB-N did not collect any money for attendance in accordance with AIB's global rules and regulations.

    reports that BAGAIA member states are Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Guinea, The Gambia, Liberia and Senegal. (www.news.org)

    ==========================

    Edited / Grace Yussuf

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Nigeria needs more international visitors to come to see the beauty and rich culture of its people Mr Zurab Pololikashvili Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO made this known at a gala dinner and command performance in Lagos The UNWTO chief said he regretted coming to Nigeria without his friends and family to witness the world class hospitality music and cultural performances he and other participants received The Nigerian News Agency reports that the gala evening is one of the activities scheduled for the three day conference aimed at transforming the tourism sector into a prime sector and the creative industry into a creative economy I really regret that I didn t come here with my family and friends to witness all these performances but I will come back I want to say it s really amazing and thank you so much for showing us the best of your country the best of your country s culture which is really unique That is why people from all over the world have to come to Nigeria That s why you need more international visitors to come to see the beauty and see all this authentic culture that you have he said Pololikashvili expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government for agreeing to host the conference and wished the country peace prosperity health wealth and all the best He praised the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed for his passion for the industry and for his wisdom which he said the Organization had benefited greatly Nigeria has one of the best tourism ministers in the world and I am sure the ministers here will agree and not get mad at me Thank you Mr Minister for your good heart for your wisdom for your hospitality because tourism is hospitality and friendship nothing more You really are the best example of how to be a good boss and a good friend he said Earlier welcoming the guests to the gala evening the minister said he was not willing to bore them with speeches but to allow them to partake of what the country has to offer in terms of entertainment However Mohammed thanked his fellow ministers from Namibia Ivory Coast Congo Kinshasa The Gambia Togo Benin and Sierra Leone for honoring him at the gala evening He also thanked all the experts who participated in the workshops as well as everyone who in one way or another contributed to make the conference a success reports that the highlights of the evening were cultural dances and performances by troupes and dance dramas about Nigerian unity There were also cultural dances from Ashanti from Ghana Kikuyu from Kenya and Zulu from South Africa performed by Production informs that Awards were given to individuals entities and legal persons in the categories culture tourism and creativity Some of the awardees in the culture category are the Ofala Festival which was personally received by Onitsha His Majesty Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe and some members of his traditional council The award given to the Argungu Fishing Festival was received from the Emirate of Argungu in Kebbi State while the Osun Oshogbo Festival also received the award in the culture category Some of the awardees in the tourism and creativity categories are Goge Africa Productions Wale Akinboboye Segun Arinze Charles Novia Ali Baba Ali Nuhu Bolanle Austen Peters Chioma Ude and Dare Art Alade reports that the highlights of the evening were the christening of Pololikashvili with three Nigerian names Danladi Anaemeka and Omotunde The Secretary General his team Mohammed and other tourism ministers at the gala evening also moved the audience when they danced to Nigerian musician Kizz Daniel s hit Buga edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria needs international visitors to market its beauty, culture
      Nigeria needs more international visitors to come to see the beauty and rich culture of its people Mr Zurab Pololikashvili Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO made this known at a gala dinner and command performance in Lagos The UNWTO chief said he regretted coming to Nigeria without his friends and family to witness the world class hospitality music and cultural performances he and other participants received The Nigerian News Agency reports that the gala evening is one of the activities scheduled for the three day conference aimed at transforming the tourism sector into a prime sector and the creative industry into a creative economy I really regret that I didn t come here with my family and friends to witness all these performances but I will come back I want to say it s really amazing and thank you so much for showing us the best of your country the best of your country s culture which is really unique That is why people from all over the world have to come to Nigeria That s why you need more international visitors to come to see the beauty and see all this authentic culture that you have he said Pololikashvili expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government for agreeing to host the conference and wished the country peace prosperity health wealth and all the best He praised the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed for his passion for the industry and for his wisdom which he said the Organization had benefited greatly Nigeria has one of the best tourism ministers in the world and I am sure the ministers here will agree and not get mad at me Thank you Mr Minister for your good heart for your wisdom for your hospitality because tourism is hospitality and friendship nothing more You really are the best example of how to be a good boss and a good friend he said Earlier welcoming the guests to the gala evening the minister said he was not willing to bore them with speeches but to allow them to partake of what the country has to offer in terms of entertainment However Mohammed thanked his fellow ministers from Namibia Ivory Coast Congo Kinshasa The Gambia Togo Benin and Sierra Leone for honoring him at the gala evening He also thanked all the experts who participated in the workshops as well as everyone who in one way or another contributed to make the conference a success reports that the highlights of the evening were cultural dances and performances by troupes and dance dramas about Nigerian unity There were also cultural dances from Ashanti from Ghana Kikuyu from Kenya and Zulu from South Africa performed by Production informs that Awards were given to individuals entities and legal persons in the categories culture tourism and creativity Some of the awardees in the culture category are the Ofala Festival which was personally received by Onitsha His Majesty Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe and some members of his traditional council The award given to the Argungu Fishing Festival was received from the Emirate of Argungu in Kebbi State while the Osun Oshogbo Festival also received the award in the culture category Some of the awardees in the tourism and creativity categories are Goge Africa Productions Wale Akinboboye Segun Arinze Charles Novia Ali Baba Ali Nuhu Bolanle Austen Peters Chioma Ude and Dare Art Alade reports that the highlights of the evening were the christening of Pololikashvili with three Nigerian names Danladi Anaemeka and Omotunde The Secretary General his team Mohammed and other tourism ministers at the gala evening also moved the audience when they danced to Nigerian musician Kizz Daniel s hit Buga edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria needs international visitors to market its beauty, culture
    General news3 weeks ago

    Nigeria needs international visitors to market its beauty, culture

    Nigeria needs more international visitors to come to see the beauty and rich culture of its people.

    Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), made this known at a gala dinner and command performance in Lagos.

    The UNWTO chief said he regretted coming to Nigeria without his friends and family to witness the world-class hospitality, music and cultural performances he and other participants received.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the gala evening is one of the activities scheduled for the three-day conference aimed at transforming the tourism sector into a prime sector and the creative industry into a creative economy.

    “I really regret that I didn't come here with my family and friends to witness all these performances, but I will come back.

    “I want to say it's really amazing and thank you so much for showing us the best of your country, the best of your country's culture, which is really unique.

    “That is why people from all over the world have to come to Nigeria.

    "That's why you need more international visitors to come to see the beauty and see all this authentic culture that you have," he said.

    Pololikashvili expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government for agreeing to host the conference and wished the country “peace, prosperity, health, wealth and all the best”.

    He praised the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for his passion for the industry and for his wisdom, which he said the Organization had benefited greatly.

    “Nigeria has one of the best tourism ministers in the world and I am sure the ministers here will agree and not get mad at me.

    “Thank you, Mr. Minister, for your good heart, for your wisdom, for your hospitality, because tourism is hospitality and friendship, nothing more.

    “You really are the best example of how to be a good boss and a good friend,” he said.

    Earlier, welcoming the guests to the gala evening, the minister said he was not willing to bore them with speeches but to allow them to partake of what the country has to offer in terms of entertainment.

    However, Mohammed thanked his fellow ministers from Namibia, Ivory Coast, Congo Kinshasa, The Gambia, Togo, Benin and Sierra Leone for honoring him at the gala evening.

    He also thanked all the experts who participated in the workshops, as well as everyone who in one way or another contributed to make the conference a success.

    reports that the highlights of the evening were cultural dances and performances by troupes and dance dramas about Nigerian unity.

    There were also cultural dances from Ashanti from Ghana, Kikuyu from Kenya and Zulu from South Africa performed by Production.

    informs that Awards were given to individuals, entities and legal persons in the categories culture, tourism and creativity.

    Some of the awardees in the culture category are the Ofala Festival, which was personally received by Onitsha, His Majesty Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe and some members of his traditional council.

    The award given to the Argungu Fishing Festival was received from the Emirate of Argungu in Kebbi State, while the Osun Oshogbo Festival also received the award in the culture category.

    Some of the awardees in the tourism and creativity categories are Goge Africa Productions, Wale Akinboboye, Segun Arinze, Charles Novia, Ali Baba, Ali Nuhu, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Chioma Ude and Dare Art-Alade.

    reports that the highlights of the evening were the christening of Pololikashvili with three Nigerian names, Danladi, Anaemeka and Omotunde.

    The Secretary General, his team, Mohammed and other tourism ministers at the gala evening also moved the audience when they danced to Nigerian musician Kizz Daniel's hit, "Buga".

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   His Excellency President Adama Barrow has extolled the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama at for their remarkable Service to The Gambia and humanity During an audience with the Jama at s Gambian Amir Mr Baba Trawally and a delegation of Ahmadi experts across various disciplines at State House on Wednesday President Barrow expressed gratitude to the Ahmadiyya for their quality services to the nation especially in the fields of health and education Mr Barrow told the Amir that Nusrat High School speaks volumes to the Jama at s significant contribution to Gambian education and as a school of excellence and discipline Nusrat continues to be an inspiration to Gambian students and their parents He recognized the Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital in Tallinding as relatively affordable with a highly disciplined team of medics rendering high quality medical services to the sick While assuring them of his Government s full support for their development projects Mr Barrow informed Amir Trawally and the delegation that he has assigned the Agriculture Ministry to map out viable rice production sites across the country to be fully developed by both the state and genuine investors Mr Barrow lamented the occupational imbalances in the informal sectors of the country and emphasized the need for technical skill centres in every region to close the gap on foreign domination in areas like fishing carpentry auto mechanics and the retail and wholesale business He reiterated the need for training our people to change the status quo The Jama at he noted is a serious and well organized institution with the capacity to deliver on these projects The President of the Republic strongly encouraged religious tolerance understanding and unity for the success and progress of The Gambia Speaking earlier to update the Gambian leader and seek his endorsement for a list of new projects Amir Trawally praised Allah for the meeting with Mr Barrow and congratulated the Gambian leader on his December presidential election victory that was conducted peacefully He observed that The Gambia is progressing successfully but the Government cannot do it all The Jama at will continue to work with the Government in the health education and agriculture sectors and render other humanitarian needs the Amir said Reporting on major projects that the Jama at intends to carry out the Amir mentioned the construction of an International Technical College to be situated in Lower Niumi District North Bank Region and an agricultural Food Basket Programme for Africa led by the International Association of Ahmadi Architects and Engineers IAAAE The Africa Food Basket Project is geared towards rice production to feed the population and potentially export to Europe which is the wish of their Supreme Leader the Khalifa Amir Trawally requests Government s support in the acquisition of land measuring some 25 30 hectares for the venture preferably in Jangjangbureh Central River Region CRR He revealed that both local and international experts will collaborate in the realization of the project Amir Trawally also said that Humanity First The Gambia is currently drilling 20 boreholes for domestic needs nationwide and 20 more will be drilled in rural areas where access to portable drinking water remains elusive A Modern Village pilot project in Sari Malang CRR on renewable energy water and solar PVC system for lighting in homes and streets will be replicated in other parts of The Gambia Murreh Kunda in Upper River Region URR Wuli East and its two neighbouring communities will benefit from the expansion of the modern village project he disclosed He announced that the Jama at is currently working with Humanity First UK to build a state of the art referral Hospital in West Coast Region The Amir craved the President s support in the allocation of land for the construction of the said hospital On Dental Surgery at the Ahmadiyya Hospital the Amir stated that in less than two weeks no one should travel to Senegal for dental treatment as the latest machines for dental surgery and implants are being installed Amir Trawally argued that peace is the foundation of everything and the Jama at will support the country in maintaining peace and its members will continue to be law abiding and peaceful citizens Mr Ebrima G Sankareh the Government Spokesperson who led the delegation to State House highlighted the urgency of the proposed Africa Food Basket Project as well as the International Technical College which he reasoned will significantly alleviate our dependency on imported rice and improve skills development among Gambian youth Other speakers included the Third Deputy Amir Ibrahima Jam Jawo Education Secretary Alhagie Bah and Humanity First Gambia Branch Chairman Kawsu Kinteh The meeting was chaired by the Cabinet Secretary Mr Ebrima Ceesay
    President Barrow Extols Ahmadiyya Jama’at for Remarkable Service to The Gambia
      His Excellency President Adama Barrow has extolled the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama at for their remarkable Service to The Gambia and humanity During an audience with the Jama at s Gambian Amir Mr Baba Trawally and a delegation of Ahmadi experts across various disciplines at State House on Wednesday President Barrow expressed gratitude to the Ahmadiyya for their quality services to the nation especially in the fields of health and education Mr Barrow told the Amir that Nusrat High School speaks volumes to the Jama at s significant contribution to Gambian education and as a school of excellence and discipline Nusrat continues to be an inspiration to Gambian students and their parents He recognized the Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital in Tallinding as relatively affordable with a highly disciplined team of medics rendering high quality medical services to the sick While assuring them of his Government s full support for their development projects Mr Barrow informed Amir Trawally and the delegation that he has assigned the Agriculture Ministry to map out viable rice production sites across the country to be fully developed by both the state and genuine investors Mr Barrow lamented the occupational imbalances in the informal sectors of the country and emphasized the need for technical skill centres in every region to close the gap on foreign domination in areas like fishing carpentry auto mechanics and the retail and wholesale business He reiterated the need for training our people to change the status quo The Jama at he noted is a serious and well organized institution with the capacity to deliver on these projects The President of the Republic strongly encouraged religious tolerance understanding and unity for the success and progress of The Gambia Speaking earlier to update the Gambian leader and seek his endorsement for a list of new projects Amir Trawally praised Allah for the meeting with Mr Barrow and congratulated the Gambian leader on his December presidential election victory that was conducted peacefully He observed that The Gambia is progressing successfully but the Government cannot do it all The Jama at will continue to work with the Government in the health education and agriculture sectors and render other humanitarian needs the Amir said Reporting on major projects that the Jama at intends to carry out the Amir mentioned the construction of an International Technical College to be situated in Lower Niumi District North Bank Region and an agricultural Food Basket Programme for Africa led by the International Association of Ahmadi Architects and Engineers IAAAE The Africa Food Basket Project is geared towards rice production to feed the population and potentially export to Europe which is the wish of their Supreme Leader the Khalifa Amir Trawally requests Government s support in the acquisition of land measuring some 25 30 hectares for the venture preferably in Jangjangbureh Central River Region CRR He revealed that both local and international experts will collaborate in the realization of the project Amir Trawally also said that Humanity First The Gambia is currently drilling 20 boreholes for domestic needs nationwide and 20 more will be drilled in rural areas where access to portable drinking water remains elusive A Modern Village pilot project in Sari Malang CRR on renewable energy water and solar PVC system for lighting in homes and streets will be replicated in other parts of The Gambia Murreh Kunda in Upper River Region URR Wuli East and its two neighbouring communities will benefit from the expansion of the modern village project he disclosed He announced that the Jama at is currently working with Humanity First UK to build a state of the art referral Hospital in West Coast Region The Amir craved the President s support in the allocation of land for the construction of the said hospital On Dental Surgery at the Ahmadiyya Hospital the Amir stated that in less than two weeks no one should travel to Senegal for dental treatment as the latest machines for dental surgery and implants are being installed Amir Trawally argued that peace is the foundation of everything and the Jama at will support the country in maintaining peace and its members will continue to be law abiding and peaceful citizens Mr Ebrima G Sankareh the Government Spokesperson who led the delegation to State House highlighted the urgency of the proposed Africa Food Basket Project as well as the International Technical College which he reasoned will significantly alleviate our dependency on imported rice and improve skills development among Gambian youth Other speakers included the Third Deputy Amir Ibrahima Jam Jawo Education Secretary Alhagie Bah and Humanity First Gambia Branch Chairman Kawsu Kinteh The meeting was chaired by the Cabinet Secretary Mr Ebrima Ceesay
    President Barrow Extols Ahmadiyya Jama’at for Remarkable Service to The Gambia
    Africa3 weeks ago

    President Barrow Extols Ahmadiyya Jama’at for Remarkable Service to The Gambia

    His Excellency, President Adama Barrow has extolled the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at for ‘their remarkable Service to The Gambia and humanity.’During an audience with the Jama’at’s Gambian Amir, Mr. Baba Trawally and a delegation of Ahmadi experts across various disciplines at State House on Wednesday, President Barrow expressed gratitude to the Ahmadiyya for their quality services to the nation, especially, in the fields of health and education.

    Mr. Barrow told the Amir that Nusrat High School speaks volumes to the Jama’at’s significant contribution to Gambian education and as a school of excellence and discipline, Nusrat continues to be an inspiration to Gambian students and their parents.

    He recognized the Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital in Tallinding as relatively affordable with a highly disciplined team of medics rendering high-quality medical services to the sick.

    While assuring them of his Government’s full support for their development projects, Mr. Barrow informed Amir Trawally and the delegation that he has assigned the Agriculture Ministry to map out viable rice production sites across the country to be fully developed by both the state and genuine investors.

    Mr. Barrow lamented the occupational imbalances in the informal sectors of the country and emphasized the need for technical skill centres in every region to close the gap on foreign domination in areas like fishing, carpentry, auto-mechanics and the retail and wholesale business.

    He reiterated the need for training our people to change the status quo.

    The Jama’at, he noted is a serious and well-organized institution with the capacity to deliver on these projects.

    The President of the Republic strongly encouraged religious tolerance, understanding and unity for the success and progress of The Gambia.

    Speaking earlier to update the Gambian leader and seek his endorsement for a list of new projects, Amir Trawally praised Allah for the meeting with Mr. Barrow and congratulated the Gambian leader on his December presidential election victory that was conducted peacefully.

    He observed that The Gambia is progressing successfully but the Government cannot do it all.

    The Jama’at will continue to work with the Government in the health, education and agriculture sectors and render other humanitarian needs, the Amir said.

    Reporting on major projects that the Jama’at intends to carry out, the Amir mentioned the construction of an International Technical College to be situated in Lower Niumi District, North Bank Region and an agricultural “Food Basket Programme for Africa” led by the International Association of Ahmadi Architects and Engineers (IAAAE).

    ‘The Africa Food Basket Project’ is geared towards rice production to feed the population and potentially, export to Europe, which is the wish of their Supreme Leader, the Khalifa.

    Amir Trawally requests Government’s support in the acquisition of land, measuring some 25-30 hectares for the venture, preferably in Jangjangbureh, Central River Region (CRR).

    He revealed that both local and international experts will collaborate in the realization of the project.

    Amir Trawally also said that Humanity First, The Gambia, is currently drilling 20 boreholes for domestic needs nationwide and 20 more will be drilled in rural areas where access to portable drinking water remains elusive.

    A Modern Village pilot project in Sari Malang, CRR on renewable energy, water and solar PVC system for lighting in homes and streets will be replicated in other parts of The Gambia.

    Murreh Kunda in Upper River Region (URR), Wuli East and its two neighbouring communities, will benefit from the expansion of the modern village project, he disclosed.

    He announced that the Jama’at is currently working with Humanity First, UK to build a state-of-the-art referral Hospital in West Coast Region.

    The Amir craved the President’s support in the allocation of land for the construction of the said hospital.

    On Dental Surgery at the Ahmadiyya Hospital, the Amir stated that in less than two weeks, no one should travel to Senegal for dental treatment as the latest machines for dental surgery and implants are being installed.

    Amir Trawally argued that peace is the foundation of everything and the Jama’at will support the country in maintaining peace and its members will continue to be law-abiding and peaceful citizens.

    Mr. Ebrima G.

    Sankareh, the Government Spokesperson who led the delegation to State House, highlighted the urgency of the proposed ‘Africa Food Basket Project’ as well as the International Technical College, which he reasoned, will significantly alleviate our dependency on imported rice and improve skills development among Gambian youth.

    Other speakers included the Third Deputy Amir, Ibrahima Jam Jawo, Education Secretary, Alhagie Bah and Humanity First Gambia Branch Chairman, Kawsu Kinteh.

    The meeting was chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Ebrima Ceesay.

  •   The Banju Group Accord Accident Investigation Agency BAGAIA held a workshop in Abuja on Monday aimed at enhancing the knowledge of aviation experts on accident investigation BAGAIA Commissioner Charles Erhueh said the workshop was to further deepen participants understanding of security and investigative processes It will further expand the role of interested parties during the investigation in terms of the State Security Program In addition this will allow us to understand the benefits of using drones in accident investigations while looking beyond flight recorders Keep in mind that once an accident occurs and the scene becomes contaminated you should not be there your actions in most cases derail the investigative process he said Erhueh said the massive crowd was seen many times at the crash site looting and taking things from the scene all under the guise of helping According to him the guest speakers will talk about partnering with the right stakeholders such as the airport authority military police national civil defence construction companies and emergency management agencies Also how to engage with the communities where the accident occurred to inform them about their role which is the most critical if we want to get good results These issues and many more are going to be key to what we do and I hope we take some time to assimilate everything and soak up what we have learned professionally in the performance of our duties BAGAIA as an organization when invited to carry out any investigation also needs the cooperation of the state of occurrence for things related to the accident or the place of the incident since sometimes the communication channels are slow He said that slow communication sometimes affected the speed at which the investigation began Mr Akin Olateru Commissioner Accident Investigation Bureau AIB Nigeria said the theme of the workshop was The role of accident incident investigation in the State Safety Program SSP and the workshop of the flight recorder Olateru who was represented by the Director of Engineering Mr Muhammed Hashim said that the content of the workshop would improve the safety aspect of the aviation industry He said Nigeria s airspace has been one of the safest in the world for the past six years According to him the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA does the regulation while AIB N does the research When you talk about flight recorders Nigeria has one of the best laboratories in the world We recently helped Cameroon recover information from the damaged recorder something that has never been done in Africa before However Nigeria was not the country where the accident occurred but Cameroon downloading and analysis was done in Nigeria and came to Nigeria thanks to our experience he said Olateru said that AIB N did not collect any money for attendance in accordance with AIB s global rules and regulations reports that BAGAIA member states are Sierra Leone Ghana Nigeria Cape Verde Guinea The Gambia Liberia and Senegal www news org Edited Grace Yussuf Source Credit NAN
    Agency holds workshop to boost aviation experts on accident investigation
      The Banju Group Accord Accident Investigation Agency BAGAIA held a workshop in Abuja on Monday aimed at enhancing the knowledge of aviation experts on accident investigation BAGAIA Commissioner Charles Erhueh said the workshop was to further deepen participants understanding of security and investigative processes It will further expand the role of interested parties during the investigation in terms of the State Security Program In addition this will allow us to understand the benefits of using drones in accident investigations while looking beyond flight recorders Keep in mind that once an accident occurs and the scene becomes contaminated you should not be there your actions in most cases derail the investigative process he said Erhueh said the massive crowd was seen many times at the crash site looting and taking things from the scene all under the guise of helping According to him the guest speakers will talk about partnering with the right stakeholders such as the airport authority military police national civil defence construction companies and emergency management agencies Also how to engage with the communities where the accident occurred to inform them about their role which is the most critical if we want to get good results These issues and many more are going to be key to what we do and I hope we take some time to assimilate everything and soak up what we have learned professionally in the performance of our duties BAGAIA as an organization when invited to carry out any investigation also needs the cooperation of the state of occurrence for things related to the accident or the place of the incident since sometimes the communication channels are slow He said that slow communication sometimes affected the speed at which the investigation began Mr Akin Olateru Commissioner Accident Investigation Bureau AIB Nigeria said the theme of the workshop was The role of accident incident investigation in the State Safety Program SSP and the workshop of the flight recorder Olateru who was represented by the Director of Engineering Mr Muhammed Hashim said that the content of the workshop would improve the safety aspect of the aviation industry He said Nigeria s airspace has been one of the safest in the world for the past six years According to him the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA does the regulation while AIB N does the research When you talk about flight recorders Nigeria has one of the best laboratories in the world We recently helped Cameroon recover information from the damaged recorder something that has never been done in Africa before However Nigeria was not the country where the accident occurred but Cameroon downloading and analysis was done in Nigeria and came to Nigeria thanks to our experience he said Olateru said that AIB N did not collect any money for attendance in accordance with AIB s global rules and regulations reports that BAGAIA member states are Sierra Leone Ghana Nigeria Cape Verde Guinea The Gambia Liberia and Senegal www news org Edited Grace Yussuf Source Credit NAN
    Agency holds workshop to boost aviation experts on accident investigation
    Aviation3 weeks ago

    Agency holds workshop to boost aviation experts on accident investigation

    The Banju Group Accord Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA) held a workshop in Abuja on Monday aimed at enhancing the knowledge of aviation experts on accident investigation.

    BAGAIA Commissioner Charles Erhueh said the workshop was to further deepen participants' understanding of security and investigative processes.

    “It will further expand the role of interested parties during the investigation in terms of the State Security Program.

    “In addition, this will allow us to understand the benefits of using drones in accident investigations, while looking beyond flight recorders.

    "Keep in mind that once an accident occurs and the scene becomes contaminated, you should not be there, your actions in most cases derail the investigative process," he said.

    Erhueh said the massive crowd was seen many times at the crash site looting and taking things from the scene, all under the guise of helping.

    According to him, the guest speakers will talk about partnering with the right stakeholders such as the airport authority, military, police, national civil defence, construction companies and emergency management agencies.

    “Also, how to engage with the communities where the accident occurred to inform them about their role, which is the most critical if we want to get good results.

    “These issues and many more are going to be key to what we do and I hope we take some time to assimilate everything and soak up what we have learned professionally in the performance of our duties.

    “BAGAIA as an organization, when invited to carry out any investigation, also needs the cooperation of the state of occurrence for things related to the accident or the place of the incident, since sometimes the communication channels are slow.

    He said that slow communication sometimes affected the speed at which the investigation began.

    Mr. Akin Olateru, Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigeria, said the theme of the workshop was "The role of accident/incident investigation in the State Safety Program (SSP) and the workshop of the flight recorder".

    Olateru, who was represented by the Director of Engineering, Mr. Muhammed Hashim, said that the content of the workshop would improve the safety aspect of the aviation industry.

    He said Nigeria's airspace has been one of the safest in the world for the past six years.

    According to him, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) does the regulation, while AIB-N does the research.

    “When you talk about flight recorders, Nigeria has one of the best laboratories in the world. We recently helped Cameroon recover information from the damaged recorder, something that has never been done in Africa before.

    “However, Nigeria was not the country where the accident occurred, but Cameroon; downloading and analysis was done in Nigeria and came to Nigeria thanks to our experience,” he said.

    Olateru said that AIB-N did not collect any money for attendance in accordance with AIB's global rules and regulations.

    reports that BAGAIA member states are Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Guinea, The Gambia, Liberia and Senegal. (www.news.org)

    Edited / Grace Yussuf

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa on female genital mutilation FGM and child marriage Jaha Dukureh will visit Liberia from 19 to 27 November 2022 to add support to the country s efforts to eliminate FGM a harmful practice against women and girls Ms Dukureh hails from the Gambia and is herself a survivor of both FGM and child marriage In February 2018 she was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa to support regional and global advocacy efforts to end FGM and child marriage Alongside women s organizations and civil society she contributed to the Gambian Government s ban on FGM in 2015 after youth mobilization and campaigning in the country She also contributed to an investigation on FGM in the USA by former President Obama s administration and the subsequent Summit to End FGM at the United States Institute of Peace Ms Dukureh s visit will coincide with the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign which will be observed from 25 November to 10 December under the global theme Unite Activism to end violence against women and girls and national theme With one voice let us unite to end violence against women girls and children The visit follows Liberia s sign up to the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Gender Based Violence in 2021 and is intended to support Liberia s efforts towards the eradication of FGM through multi stakeholder engagements and high level advocacy and social mobilization says Comfort Lamptey UN Women Liberia Country Representative Major highlights of Ms Dukureh s visit include a public screening of Jaha s Promise a documentary film about the life and advocacy efforts of Jaha Dukureh engagements with various stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders a solidarity walk to end gender based violence in Liberia the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender based violence as well as the launch of a Vocational and Heritage centre in Sonkay Town Liberia The Sonkay Town Heritage centre is one of four vocational and heritage centres established by UN Women under the framework of the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative The four centers are expected to provide alternative economic livelihood programs to former traditional practitioners of FGM in Liberia Ms Dukureh is expected to engage with various change makers including government officials diplomatic community traditional leaders civil society women s organisations and the media She will also reinforce public knowledge and increase education on the depth scale and devastating consequences of FGM In February 2022 the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia in collaboration with the Government of Liberia proclaimed a three year ban on the practice of FGM from 2022 to 2025 Nonetheless Liberia remains one of the three West African countries that do not have a law criminalizing FGM despite having signed and ratified regional and international human rights instruments condemning the practice as a human rights violation including the Maputo Protocol that seeks to outlaw FGM UN Women is supporting efforts of the Government of Liberia to eliminate gender based violence through the Spotlight Initiative a global programme that aims to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls including harmful practices such as FGM
    United Nations (UN) Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa intensifies efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia
      UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa on female genital mutilation FGM and child marriage Jaha Dukureh will visit Liberia from 19 to 27 November 2022 to add support to the country s efforts to eliminate FGM a harmful practice against women and girls Ms Dukureh hails from the Gambia and is herself a survivor of both FGM and child marriage In February 2018 she was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa to support regional and global advocacy efforts to end FGM and child marriage Alongside women s organizations and civil society she contributed to the Gambian Government s ban on FGM in 2015 after youth mobilization and campaigning in the country She also contributed to an investigation on FGM in the USA by former President Obama s administration and the subsequent Summit to End FGM at the United States Institute of Peace Ms Dukureh s visit will coincide with the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign which will be observed from 25 November to 10 December under the global theme Unite Activism to end violence against women and girls and national theme With one voice let us unite to end violence against women girls and children The visit follows Liberia s sign up to the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Gender Based Violence in 2021 and is intended to support Liberia s efforts towards the eradication of FGM through multi stakeholder engagements and high level advocacy and social mobilization says Comfort Lamptey UN Women Liberia Country Representative Major highlights of Ms Dukureh s visit include a public screening of Jaha s Promise a documentary film about the life and advocacy efforts of Jaha Dukureh engagements with various stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders a solidarity walk to end gender based violence in Liberia the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender based violence as well as the launch of a Vocational and Heritage centre in Sonkay Town Liberia The Sonkay Town Heritage centre is one of four vocational and heritage centres established by UN Women under the framework of the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative The four centers are expected to provide alternative economic livelihood programs to former traditional practitioners of FGM in Liberia Ms Dukureh is expected to engage with various change makers including government officials diplomatic community traditional leaders civil society women s organisations and the media She will also reinforce public knowledge and increase education on the depth scale and devastating consequences of FGM In February 2022 the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia in collaboration with the Government of Liberia proclaimed a three year ban on the practice of FGM from 2022 to 2025 Nonetheless Liberia remains one of the three West African countries that do not have a law criminalizing FGM despite having signed and ratified regional and international human rights instruments condemning the practice as a human rights violation including the Maputo Protocol that seeks to outlaw FGM UN Women is supporting efforts of the Government of Liberia to eliminate gender based violence through the Spotlight Initiative a global programme that aims to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls including harmful practices such as FGM
    United Nations (UN) Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa intensifies efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia
    Africa3 weeks ago

    United Nations (UN) Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa intensifies efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia

    UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, Jaha Dukureh, will visit Liberia from 19 to 27 November 2022 to add support to the country’s efforts to eliminate FGM, a harmful practice against women and girls.

    Ms. Dukureh hails from the Gambia and is herself a survivor of both FGM and child marriage.

    In February 2018, she was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa to support regional and global advocacy efforts to end FGM and child marriage.

    Alongside women’s organizations and civil society, she contributed to the Gambian Government’s ban on FGM in 2015 after youth mobilization and campaigning in the country.

    She also contributed to an investigation on FGM in the USA by former President Obama’s administration, and the subsequent Summit to End FGM at the United States Institute of Peace.

    Ms. Dukureh’s visit will coincide with the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign which will be observed from 25 November to 10 December under the global theme, ‘Unite, Activism to end violence against women and girls” and national theme, ‘With one voice, let us unite to end violence against women, girls and children.’“The visit follows Liberia’s sign up to the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Gender Based Violence in 2021 and is intended to support Liberia’s efforts towards the eradication of FGM through multi-stakeholder engagements and high-level advocacy and social mobilization,” says Comfort Lamptey, UN Women Liberia Country Representative.

    Major highlights of Ms. Dukureh’s visit include: a public screening of ‘Jaha’s Promise’, a documentary film about the life and advocacy efforts of Jaha Dukureh; engagements with various stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders; a solidarity walk to end gender based violence in Liberia; the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based violence as well as the launch of a Vocational and Heritage centre in Sonkay Town, Liberia. 

    The Sonkay Town Heritage centre is one of four vocational and heritage centres established by UN Women under the framework of the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative.

    The four centers are expected to provide alternative economic livelihood programs to former traditional practitioners of FGM in Liberia.

    Ms. Dukureh is expected to engage with various change makers including government officials, diplomatic community, traditional leaders, civil society, women’s organisations and the media.

    She will also reinforce public knowledge and increase education on the depth, scale and devastating consequences of FGM.

     In February 2022, the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia in collaboration with the Government of Liberia proclaimed a three-year ban on the practice of FGM from 2022 to 2025.

    Nonetheless, Liberia remains one of the three West African countries that do not have a law criminalizing FGM despite having signed and ratified regional and international human rights instruments condemning the practice as a human rights violation, including the Maputo Protocol that seeks to outlaw FGM. 

    UN Women is supporting efforts of the Government of Liberia to eliminate gender-based violence through the Spotlight Initiative, a global programme that aims to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls including harmful practices such as FGM.

  •   The Security Monitoring African Initiative SWAI has called for intelligence sharing and synergy among sub regional agencies on the continent to monitor insecurity in African countries SWAI at its 17th annual conference and awards ceremony in Banjul The Gambia also called for regular caucuses to assess the African security environment The suggestions are contained in a communiqu from the 3 day conference which had as its theme Post COVID 19 Sustaining security in Africa The communiqu was signed by Agbambu president of SWAI and Sani Usman chief rapporteur of the communiqu The continental body stressed the need for a unified and enabling legal framework as well as a comprehensive all encompassing strategy to enable the continent to address the causes of insecurity He also called for a strengthened judicial system to address security challenges in Africa Participants also encouraged regular meetings of the security councils and commissions of subregional bodies such as SADC and ECOWAS among others African countries should collaborate more and seek internal solutions to address African security challenges African leaders must take a whole of society approach particularly involving youth to address evolving security challenges To address maritime security African naval formations must strengthen their collaboration and synergy African countries should come up with integrated all encompassing maritime strategies that are in line with continental and regional security architectures the statement said He stressed the need for African countries to strengthen their research and development efforts through training and adequate funding It is necessary for the African Union to put in place the collective security mechanism in particular the African Standby Force to address insecurity in Africa he added Participants also reiterated the need to encourage the media to consider national and victim security in their reporting The Nigerian News Agency reports that SWAI was established in 1997 with the main objectives of monitoring collecting analyzing and broadcasting security issues on the African continent for public awareness and policy making To further foster professionalism and intellectual engagements among the African military and security forces it holds annual conferences and award ceremonies in different parts of the world The conferences generally focus on showcasing the achievements of the African military and security forces and working to enhance friendship and military cooperation www news edited Source Credit NAN
    Security Watch African Initiative advocates intelligence sharing to tackle insecurity
      The Security Monitoring African Initiative SWAI has called for intelligence sharing and synergy among sub regional agencies on the continent to monitor insecurity in African countries SWAI at its 17th annual conference and awards ceremony in Banjul The Gambia also called for regular caucuses to assess the African security environment The suggestions are contained in a communiqu from the 3 day conference which had as its theme Post COVID 19 Sustaining security in Africa The communiqu was signed by Agbambu president of SWAI and Sani Usman chief rapporteur of the communiqu The continental body stressed the need for a unified and enabling legal framework as well as a comprehensive all encompassing strategy to enable the continent to address the causes of insecurity He also called for a strengthened judicial system to address security challenges in Africa Participants also encouraged regular meetings of the security councils and commissions of subregional bodies such as SADC and ECOWAS among others African countries should collaborate more and seek internal solutions to address African security challenges African leaders must take a whole of society approach particularly involving youth to address evolving security challenges To address maritime security African naval formations must strengthen their collaboration and synergy African countries should come up with integrated all encompassing maritime strategies that are in line with continental and regional security architectures the statement said He stressed the need for African countries to strengthen their research and development efforts through training and adequate funding It is necessary for the African Union to put in place the collective security mechanism in particular the African Standby Force to address insecurity in Africa he added Participants also reiterated the need to encourage the media to consider national and victim security in their reporting The Nigerian News Agency reports that SWAI was established in 1997 with the main objectives of monitoring collecting analyzing and broadcasting security issues on the African continent for public awareness and policy making To further foster professionalism and intellectual engagements among the African military and security forces it holds annual conferences and award ceremonies in different parts of the world The conferences generally focus on showcasing the achievements of the African military and security forces and working to enhance friendship and military cooperation www news edited Source Credit NAN
    Security Watch African Initiative advocates intelligence sharing to tackle insecurity
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    Security Watch African Initiative advocates intelligence sharing to tackle insecurity

    The Security Monitoring African Initiative (SWAI) has called for intelligence sharing and synergy among sub-regional agencies on the continent to monitor insecurity in African countries.

    SWAI, at its 17th annual conference and awards ceremony in Banjul, The Gambia, also called for regular caucuses to assess the African security environment.

    The suggestions are contained in a communiqué from the 3-day conference which had as its theme: “Post-COVID-19: Sustaining security in Africa”.

    The communiqué was signed by Agbambu, president of SWAI, and Sani Usman, chief rapporteur of the communiqué.

    The continental body stressed the need for a unified and enabling legal framework, as well as a comprehensive, all-encompassing strategy to enable the continent to address the causes of insecurity.

    He also called for a strengthened judicial system to address security challenges in Africa.

    Participants also encouraged regular meetings of the security councils and commissions of subregional bodies such as SADC and ECOWAS, among others.

    “African countries should collaborate more and seek internal solutions to address African security challenges.

    “African leaders must take a whole-of-society approach, particularly involving youth, to address evolving security challenges.

    “To address maritime security, African naval formations must strengthen their collaboration and synergy.

    “African countries should come up with integrated, all-encompassing maritime strategies that are in line with continental and regional security architectures,” the statement said.

    He stressed the need for African countries to strengthen their research and development efforts through training and adequate funding.

    “It is necessary for the African Union to put in place the collective security mechanism, in particular the African Standby Force, to address insecurity in Africa,” he added.

    Participants also reiterated the need to encourage the media to consider national and victim security in their reporting.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that SWAI was established in 1997 with the main objectives of monitoring, collecting, analyzing and broadcasting security issues on the African continent for public awareness and policy-making.

    To further foster professionalism and intellectual engagements among the African military and security forces, it holds annual conferences and award ceremonies in different parts of the world.

    The conferences generally focus on showcasing the achievements of the African military and security forces and working to enhance friendship and military cooperation. (www.news)

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

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