ABIC Launches ‘You Can Stop Ebola’ Campaign

first_imgThe Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC), for Women’s Empowerment, has officially launched an awareness campaign called “You Can Stop Ebola -Women Working Toward Zero Cases” in four communities in Monrovia and its environs.ABIC and its partners indicate that as complacency starts to engulf Liberians in the fight against Ebola, especially in public places, the campaign’s aim is to intensify anti-Ebola awareness in market places. It is also providing logistical support for four major markets, including Jorkpen Town Market, LBS Community Market, ELWA Community Market, and Du-Port Road Market.The campaign will ensure that these major markets that it has selected will benefit from regular collection of garbage, intense awareness and sensitization about Ebola, its prevention and control.The initiative is being undertaken by several institutions, including the Leadership Development, International Peace & Security in collaboration with the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF), Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), and the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP).A release from ABIC states that nearly five months since the outbreak of Ebola severely intensified in the country, women have been mostly affected by the virus due to their role as caregivers in homes and their vulnerability especially in market places.ABIC Establishment Coordinator, Cllr. Yevette Chesson Wureh, said that in the midst of the Ebola crisis, women are “breadwinning for their families in the shackles of economic adversity created by the Ebola virus across the country.“The prevailing evidence is that most of the market women have not been trained on the preventive measures of Ebola thus leaving them unprotected and vulnerable in market places and communities,” she added.“We cannot be complacent as our number of infected cases decreases. We must remain vigilant and continue to protect ourselves and families against Ebola. Our sponsor, the Urgent Action Fund has recognized this important ongoing need to educate and support women at this crucial time. We thank them,” Cllr. Wureh stated.The ABIC boss indicated that Liberia is still in a situation where no one can predict the outcome of Ebola; adding, “Ebola is real; it is dangerous and has no cure. It is still in Liberia.”Noting that the disease has killed over 2000 people in Liberia, with majority of the dead being women, Cllr. Wureh said “we must not neglect the preventive measures such as washing hands, keeping our distance, and avoiding personal contact especially with sick people showing the following symptoms: vomiting, running stomach, fever headache, muscle pains, rash and red eyes, no contact with dead bodies.  This must be our daily recitation,” she warned Liberians.With the erection of hygiene stations in some market places, Cllr. Wureh said, the issue of lack of training of market women and sensitization on clean and safe environment still need serious attention as the preventive measures of Ebola also demand cleanliness.She meanwhile disclosed that for Ebola to be 100% eradicated from Liberia, there should be an organized women’s sector such as the market women who must be empowered with anti-Ebola logistics, Training of Trainers (TOTs) and the creation of an enabling environment for market women’s participation in the fight against Ebola.“Until Liberia is declared Ebola free, we have to continue to sensitize and educate so as to provide a clean and safe environment for market women, who are mostly bread winners and caretakers of their children until we can stop Ebola and work towards Zero cases,” she stated.Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo described the awareness campaign as an initiative that will help empower market women in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Mayor Mvogo urged all Liberians not be complacent with the reduction in new cases but must continue to observe the preventive measures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GECOM abandons public procurement, tendering system

first_img2018 LGE Voter Education Programme …accused of contract splitting, rewarding ‘phantom companies’ The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been accused of abandoning the public procurement system which guarantees transparency and accountability, as it made shocking revelations at its most recent Commissioners meeting that it has already awarded several contracts to companies for the provision of key services under its 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) Voter Education Programme without publicly advertising for those services.And what is even more shocking is that the Commission has reportedly failed to say exactly how much of its overall LGE budget has been set aside to meet its initiatives and other projects under the entity’s Voter Education Programme, as was traditionally the case under previous GECOM Chief Elections Officers and Chairmen.Chief Commissioner for the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), who attended the last meeting where these revelations were made, Bibi Shadick, explained that she has personally requested that the Commission’s Secretariat provide all Commissioners with the exact process that was utilised to select the companies and the method used to advertise various services that were required to be externally secured under the Voter Education Programme.“I don’t know where they got those names and companies from… or how they selected them… it was only when we started asking questions based upon reports in the press that the Secretariat via the Chief Elections Officer began sharing this information,” she remarked during an interview on Wednesday evening.Asked if there was a Voter Education Manager employed by GECOM, Shadick responded in the negative, stating that she is not aware that that vacancy had been filled or even advertised.Pressed as to what role the Commissioners played in the conceptualisation of GECOM’s Voter Education Programme or the initiatives that would be embarked upon, Shadick said no proposal addressing that specific programme was brought to the Commissioners for their input or consent.“The answers we are getting from the Commission are nowhere near transparent,” she opined. The PPP Commissioner also said that GECOM is making the excuse that it was in a rush and haste to meet timelines and get work going under the Voter Education Project but this seems strange as the date for LGEs was made public via the Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan back in May of this year.Shadick even vented her concerns in a letter to the Editor published in today’s dailies where she questioned the integrity of the entire process as adumbrated by GECOM.“Just before the meeting, information was shared via email about the voter education activities promised to us last week. The information included a matrix of PR and other multimedia outfits which apparently sent quotations for several activities including infomercials and flyers. Questions were asked and it turns out that none of this procurement of services was publicly advertised, no information was available as to how the entities were chosen to send in quotes, and how the various activities were even disaggregated!,” Shadick suggested.She further explained that “activities such as the voting process; stamping ballot paper; voting without an ID; eligibility to vote; voter rights and responsibility; voting by proxy and election offences are all listed separately for 60 second infomercials costing between $65,000 and $160,000. The basis for this listing remained unexplained and the impression I got was that the whole thing is contract splitting to benefit select outfits. As usual, the excuse for no public tender or anything resembling a transparent process was sacrificed at the altar of ‘not enough time and statutory deadlines to meet in a great hurry’”.She even took aim at APNU’s Chief GECOM Commissioner Vincent Alexander who she described as “a would-be pacifist” when he lamented “the absence of a procurement manual which would disallow such underhand practices, yet that manual remains elusive”.During the interview, Shadick underscored the importance of getting the most out of the money spent by GECOM as he explained that the voter education component of any elections is important.Documents seen by Guyana Times on Wednesday also exposes the fact several companies were listed as having sent quotations to GECOM for the provision of services. Some of the entities that got the bulk of various contracts and job orders were Murondi Radio Drama, Intel Storm, Fuse Arts, Modern Media and Pro-media.GECOM is looking for the production of 60 second infomercials, 60 second advertisements, the printing and design of posters and flyers on various electoral issues.Questioned as to who was responsible for supervising the programme, Shadick said it would appear that the functions were passed on to GECOM’s Public Relations Officer Yolanda Warde. She was quoted extensively in the media last week announcing that the Voter Education Programme would be launched this week.“Prior to nomination, we focused on contestants and the preparation of their list of candidates… We have since started our programme as it relates to the voter education aspect… Our audio visual element will commence next week focusing primarily on the voter education aspects; rights and responsibilities, eligibility, the voting process and all that’s required for the elector to be aware of as it relates to participating in the Local Government Elections process,” Warde said.Warde also disclosed that GECOM has identified a company to commence work on its social media education awareness. She clarified that the voter education campaign is being managed by GECOM itself and not by an advertising agency.“For each individual production which ever company emerged as the successful bidder, that’s the company that was selected so there is no one individual company. As it relates to placement of advertisements, that is being done by GECOM so it’s not an advertising company that is managing that process for us. So, we have already commenced that process in terms of the placement as it relates to the television process and so,” she reported.GECOM’s entire budget for 2018 is $2.9 billion of which the sum for the holding of Local Government Elections is included. $160 million was allocated for capital works and items and $1.6 billion for the normal operations of the Commission. As such, the remaining sum of $1.2 billion was allotted for the conduct of Local Government Elections in November.In 2016, $1.5 billion was expended for Local Government Elections. (Michael Younge)last_img read more

BIG GAME COUNTDOWN: ‘I KNEW I’D SCORE AGAINST KILDARE’ – SAYS HERO KEVIN

first_imgDONEGAL’S quarter final hero Kevin Cassidy has revealed he knew he’d score the winning point against Kildare as soon as he hit.The wonder point from outside the 45 metre line set up this Sunday’s semi-final clash with Dublin at Croke Park.“In those sort of situations, you don’t get time to think,” said the Gaoth Dobhair man. “I was actually shouting for the ball a couple of seconds before it came. I knew time was up. Once I connected … in situations like that, you know it’s going over. You just know.”Now he’s just looking forward to being part of the county team heading for the capital this weekend.And he says the team is ready for the big occasion.He said of the Dubs: “You give the Brogans, you give Diarmuid Connolly space and they will rip you apart. “But Croke Park is a big space and it’s hard to cover every blade of grass and every angle. They’ve looked awesome and they look like a team on a mission this year.“It’s going to be really hard to stop them but we’ll just focus on ourselves and see what we can do on the day.“It’s great to be in the semi-final but it’s also great to be playing against the Dubs in Croke Park. That’s the game you want.“It’s going to be a full house and an electric atmosphere.“It’s the place you dream of playing when you’re growing up. But we know it’s going to be tough. “They have probably one of the best forward lines over the last number of years. We will have to snuff them out. It’s going to be tough.”BIG GAME COUNTDOWN: ‘I KNEW I’D SCORE AGAINST KILDARE’ – SAYS HERO KEVIN was last modified: August 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal v dublinGaoth DobhairGweedoreKevin Cassidylast_img read more