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PORT CLYDE/NEW YORK – Internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Prey’s iconic painting ‘Standing Together’ was painted as Russia invaded Ukraine and she has produced a limited edition digital print for this holiday season. A portion of the proceeds along with a selection of prints from recent paintings will benefit UNICEF’s efforts to protect Ukrainian children. UNICEF is helping children and families whose lives and futures are at stake – there is an urgent need for clean water, healthcare, education, nutrition and protection. Children are the least responsible for the war in Ukraine, but they suffer the most from its consequences. “I am delighted to be able to support UNICEF’s work with children,” said Prey.

Prey’s pioneering eye for the American landscape has placed his paintings in the private collections of American presidents and dignitaries, business titans, European royalty and celebrities, as well as in important public collections in the National Gallery in Washington DC, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kennedy Space Center and the permanent collection of the White House. For the past 14 years, Prey has been the only National Arts Council visual artist appointed by the U.S. President.

Limited-edition prints of his original works include ‘Standing Together’, ‘Osprey Nest’ and ‘Social Distancing’ – painted during quarantine of two classic wooden fishing dories at sea but bound by rope, a metaphor for that time . As the supply chain was disrupted, Prey had to reuse watercolor paper, the ghost outline of his previous drawing can be seen in the repainted painting – and ‘Fibonacci’s workshop’, included in the National Gallery’s permanent collection in Washington, DC Visit barbaraprey. com.

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A’Ibom launches distribution of 3.7 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets http://chance-for-rosi.org/aibom-launches-distribution-of-3-7-million-insecticide-treated-mosquito-nets/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 12:39:50 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/aibom-launches-distribution-of-3-7-million-insecticide-treated-mosquito-nets/

The Akwa Ibom state government has said it will start distributing around 3.7 million insecticide-treated bed nets to households in the state’s 31 local government areas from December 17 to 21, 2022.

Health Commissioner Prof. Augustine Umoh revealed this on Wednesday during a media briefing at the Secretariat of State, Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State.

Umoh, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Eno Attah, said the distribution of mosquito nets was part of the state government’s efforts to ensure the eradication of malaria in the state.

He said the state government had invested heavily in the malaria eradication program, adding that during the distribution, the workers would not just hand over the nets and leave, but would make sure that the households receiving the mosquito nets are correctly identified and captured.

In his address, the Chairman of the National Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr. Perpetua Ehimobi represented by Emmanuel Obi, expressed hope that the spread of malaria would continue to decrease after the exercise.

He noted that Akwa Ibom State has been very resilient and consistent in the distribution exercise, adding that the development has contributed to the success in reducing malaria in the state.

He said, “According to available reports, there is a reduction in the prevalence of malaria in Nigeria from 27% in 2015 (MIS 2015) to 23% in 2018 (NDHS 2018). Malaria prevalence among children under five in Akwa Ibom State is 23.2%. Nigeria has almost 110 million clinically diagnosed cases annually and it is estimated that 30% of child deaths and 11% of maternal deaths are due to malaria each year.

“This is just to let us know that the NMEP is at the forefront of the fight to eradicate malaria in Nigeria, and one of the strategies is to deploy insecticide treated bed nets to every household in Nigeria. And this year, Akwa Ibom distributes about 3.7 million mosquito nets.For Nigeria, since 2009, we have distributed more than 245 million mosquito nets.

“We have seen the level of effort put in by government and partners to ensure this success. The NMEP and its partners have supported Akwa Ibom and Akwa Ibom is one of the states that has consistently campaigned.

“Since the beginning of mass IBD campaigns, Akwa Ibom has contributed to the reduction of malaria in Nigeria. During all the cycles of the campaign – 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022, Akwa Ibom has been a very consistent state which has contributed to success in reducing the prevalence rate which is 23 and it is decreasing because the latest survey on MII was performed. last year and the result shows Nigeria dropped from 23 to 22. Again, we hope that after this campaign, the next survey will bring it down even further.

“We really want to thank God for this and this success cannot happen without the help of the media because when people are informed they can have the right messages.”

Also speaking, John Orok hinted that the new netting to be handed out is proof of resistance that would kill any insect that might come in contact with the netting within 24 minutes, even though he urged people not to use their old ones netting for crops or fishing because the chemicals on the netting can’t wash away completely, instead they can recycle old netting using them for blinds.

He therefore advised people to bring their mosquito net cards to the distribution centers for the collection of mosquito nets at the appropriate time saying that only women would be allowed to obtain the mosquito nets from the designated centres.

Also speaking, Farouk Mohammed, a representative of USAID Breakthrough Action-Nigeria, advised people to air out the net when curled under shade for 24 hours before use and to wash it with mild soap every time. ‘she gets dirty.

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Calls to remove prescription fees for community service card holders http://chance-for-rosi.org/calls-to-remove-prescription-fees-for-community-service-card-holders/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:12:37 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/calls-to-remove-prescription-fees-for-community-service-card-holders/

A petition to scrap the prescription fee for people with Community Service Cards has been presented to Parliament.

The 4,000-signature petition, written by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the United Community Action Network (UCANNZ), aims to lower the barrier to health care for low-income households struggling to pay fees $5 prescription when living paycheck.

Nikki Turner, CPAG health spokesperson, told Breakfast that current fees are exacerbating serious health problems for low-income families.

“It’s really hard for us who don’t have low incomes to really understand that – the cost of a prescription is about the cost of a coffee, it’s $5 an item, but experiences experiences of the difficulty of the moment for people on low incomes to have $5,” she says.

Turner said that because of the fees, many community cardholders have to delay taking essential medications for things like diabetes, lung and skin infections and asthma.

“For me, it’s a cafe, but very low-income people juggle these issues all the time.

“I’ve had [people with] skin infections that delayed treatment for two to three days, so they spread to the whole family – people with chronic chest conditions who then take weeks to get better because they delayed starting their antibiotics.

“This [petition] is a pragmatic way to support people who are working very hard right now,” she said.

Turner said while subsidies are available for those who cannot afford certain drugs, more is needed and the bureaucratic process takes too long.

“There are different ways to access the grants, but they’re delayed; people need the cost right now, and that’s what people really don’t have.

For smaller, local pharmacies, Turner said waiving dispensing fees would provide them with some relief against larger companies that can afford to pay for dispensing fees themselves.

“Small community pharmacies are doing very hard – we need our local community pharmacies – they don’t have the significant financial backing to be able to waive the $5 cost of issuing this item,” she said. .

Turner hopes the presentation of the petition shows how simple the problem is to solve. She hopes this will eliminate the need for bureaucracy when applying for grants by allowing people to pick up their prescriptions on the spot.

The petition was accepted by Green MP Ricardo Menéndez March outside Parliament at 9am this morning.

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Regional Management Corp. (NYSE:RM) Basswood Capital Management director L sells 63,093 shares http://chance-for-rosi.org/regional-management-corp-nyserm-basswood-capital-management-director-l-sells-63093-shares/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:27:29 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/regional-management-corp-nyserm-basswood-capital-management-director-l-sells-63093-shares/

Regional management company (NYSE:RMGet a rating) Director Basswood Capital Management, L sold 63,093 shares of Regional Management in a trade on Thursday, November 17. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.58, for a total transaction of $1,803,197.94. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 611,553 shares of the company, valued at approximately $17,478,184.74. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, available at this hyperlink.

Basswood Capital Management, L has also recently completed the following transactions:

  • On Monday, November 14, Basswood Capital Management, L sold 5,219 shares of Regional Management. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.00, for a total transaction of $161,789.00.
  • On Thursday, November 10, Basswood Capital Management, L sold 6,000 shares of Regional Management. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.02, for a total transaction of $192,120.00.
  • On Tuesday, November 8, Basswood Capital Management, L sold 29,135 shares of Regional Management. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.75, for a total transaction of $837,631.25.
  • On Monday, August 29, Basswood Capital Management, L sold 16,600 shares of Regional Management. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.63, for a total transaction of $591,458.00.
  • On Thursday, August 25, Basswood Capital Management, L sold 2,800 shares of Regional Management. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.07, for a total transaction of $106,596.00.

Regional management inventory performance

Shares of RM traded at $0.20 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $29.28. 23,237 shares of the stock are trading in the hands, compared to its average volume of 38,518. Regional Management Corp. has a 1-year low of $27.42 and a 1-year high of $67.60. The company has a market capitalization of $280.68 million, a PE ratio of 4.15 and a beta of 1.48. The company has a debt ratio of 3.99, a quick ratio of 43.67 and a current ratio of 43.67. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $30.09 and its two-hundred-day moving average price is $36.68.

Regional management announces dividend

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 14. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 23 will receive a dividend of $0.30. This represents an annualized dividend of $1.20 and a yield of 4.10%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 22. The Regional Management’s dividend distribution rate (DPR) is currently 17.12%.

A Wall Street analyst gives his opinion

A number of equity analysts have commented on RM shares. TheStreet downgraded the shares of regional management from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a Wednesday, September 21 report. Stephens cut his price target on regional leadership stock from $51.00 to $32.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a Wednesday, Nov. 2, report. StockNews.com began covering the actions of regional leadership in a report on Wednesday, October 12. They set a “buy” rating for the company. Finally, BMO Capital Markets cut its price target on regional leadership shares from $43.00 to $39.00 and set a “market performance” rating for the company in a report Thursday 3 november.

Institutional investors weigh on regional management

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Amalgamated Bank acquired a new stake in Regional Management during Q1 worth approximately $51,000. Quantbot Technologies LP increased its stake in regional management by 120.0% during the 1st quarter. Quantbot Technologies LP now owns 1,100 shares of the credit service provider worth $53,000 after purchasing an additional 600 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE increased its stake in regional management by 1,923.4% during the 3rd quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 1,295 shares of the credit service provider worth $36,000 after purchasing an additional 1,231 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its stake in Regional Management by 76.4% during the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 1,977 shares of the credit services provider worth $74,000 after purchasing an additional 856 shares during the period. Finally, Lazard Asset Management LLC increased its stake in regional management by 122.4% during the second quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 2,119 shares of the credit services provider worth $79,000 after buying 1,166 additional shares during the period. 82.76% of the shares are currently held by institutional investors.

About regional management

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Regional Management Corp., a diversified consumer finance company, offers various installment loan products primarily to customers with limited access to consumer credit from banks, thrift companies, credit card companies and other lenders in the United States. It offers small and large installment loans; and retail loans to finance the purchase of furniture, appliances and other retail products.

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EU donates €33 million (ETB 1.8 billion) to UNICEF and WFP to restore essential education services and implement school feeding programs in the affected areas conflict in Ethiopia – Ethiopia http://chance-for-rosi.org/eu-donates-e33-million-etb-1-8-billion-to-unicef-and-wfp-to-restore-essential-education-services-and-implement-school-feeding-programs-in-the-affected-areas-conflict-in-ethiopia-ethiopia/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:13:18 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/eu-donates-e33-million-etb-1-8-billion-to-unicef-and-wfp-to-restore-essential-education-services-and-implement-school-feeding-programs-in-the-affected-areas-conflict-in-ethiopia-ethiopia/

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Addis Ababa, 21 November 2022 – The European Union (EU), through its partnership with UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), has granted €33 million (1.8 billion Ethiopian birr) to restore education services and implement school feeding programs so that children living in conflict-affected areas in Ethiopia can resume their education.

HE Roland Kobia, European Union Ambassador to Ethiopia, said: “Children are the innocent victims of any war and are often those who suffer the most. Their lives are turned upside down and their education is interrupted. Overall, nearly two million children are out of school due to conflict across the country.
As we begin to chart the course for peace, the EU is committed to getting children back to school, where they belong. This funding will strengthen the education system in an integrated way through the provision of education, health, protection, school feeding, WASH and the reconstruction and rehabilitation of schools. Children’s safe access to quality education is essential for the future of the country.

In 10 conflict-affected regions, just over 8,500 schools were partially damaged or destroyed. In northern Ethiopia alone, more than 1,500 schools are not functioning.

The education component implemented by UNICEF will include the rehabilitation of schools, the reduction of school drop-out rates and the scaling up of the “My Home-Bete” approach.

“We are deeply grateful for this generous contribution from the EU”, said Gianfranco Rotigliano,
UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia. “The ‘My Home-Bete’ program combines accelerated learning, child protection and life skills training in schools. If we are to avoid a lost generation, we must act now and bring children, especially girls, back not only to school, but also to provide services to help them recover from the trauma they have suffered as a result of the conflict and also teach them life skills so they can become our future doctors, teachers and leaders.

The funding will also help WFP provide nutritious school meals to 50,000 children in conflict-affected northern Ethiopia. WFP school meals will ensure that conflict-affected school-aged girls and boys (including IDPs) continue to have access to food, which will encourage children to enroll in school and to continue their studies. Evidence shows that school meals help protect children against child labour, especially for boys, and child marriage, especially for girls.

“I welcome the timely contribution of the EU to WFP school meals to keep children, especially girls, who have been affected by the conflict in northern Ethiopia in school,” said Claude Jibidar, director and WFP representative in Ethiopia. “By providing nutritious school meals, we can meet both the immediate hunger and nutritional needs of children, while laying the foundation for human capital development, with benefits for children, communities and Ethiopia. Our strong, combined approach with the EU and UNICEF is key to helping children and their families get back on their feet and rebuild their livelihoods.

In total, this support will benefit nearly 80,000 children and 60 schools will be rebuilt or rehabilitated. Meanwhile, EU support to WFP will enable it to provide nutritious school meals to 50,000 children in schools in conflict-affected northern Ethiopia.

For more information please contact:

Solomon Kebede, EU Press and Information Officer, phone: 0911 684 101,

Email: solomon.kebede@eeas.europa.eu

Website: https://www.eeas.europa.eu/ethiopia/who-we-are_en?s=98

Dheepa Pandian, Head of Communications, UNICEF Ethiopia,

Telephone: 0911 255 109 Email: dpandian@unicef.org

Claire Nevill, Communications Officer, WFP Ethiopia, phone: 0944 334 949

Email: claire.nevill@wfp.org

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Stay well and don’t ignore any insect bites http://chance-for-rosi.org/stay-well-and-dont-ignore-any-insect-bites/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:30:00 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/stay-well-and-dont-ignore-any-insect-bites/ The docs warn against scrub typhus that people tend to ignore as a normal skin infection

Many must be unaware of Scrub Typhus disease, which is caused by an insect bite leading to health problems such as fever, headaches and chills and can even be fatal if left untreated. Late, many people get the disease of scrub typhus and tend to ignore it thinking it could be a normal skin infection.

Scrub typhus is a zoonosis caused by Rickettsia zoonoses, which in this case is a mite called Orientia tsutsugamushi named after where it was originally found, the Tsutsugamushi triangle. Common symptoms are fever with rash and the bite mark commonly known as an eschar.

In one of the recent cases seen by the doctor, a 12-year-old boy had paralysis of the lateral rectus muscle, which is a very rare presentation worldwide. It happened after the bite of an insect.

“The 12-year-old boy had no symptoms of scrub typhus, but the patient reported vision problems to us. On examination, he was presented with double vision due to abducens nerve palsy which does not does not allow the eye to move laterally, also called lateral rectus palsy without any other symptoms,” said Dr. Parimala V ThirumaleshSr. Consultant – Neonatology & Pediatrics at Aster CMI HospitalBengaluru.

She added that only a few cases have been reported across the world with such presentation.

“He also had disc swelling inside his eye with no meningitis or signs of brain inflammation, as confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. He has now improved with treatment. on doxycycline and is still being followed,” she said. Sudha Menondirector of internal medicine at Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, said the disease could be fatal if not treated properly.

“Scrub typhus is a rickettsia infection caused by a tick bite. The tick is seen in woods and shrubs. Five to 20 days after the bite, the patient develops high fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, red eyes, and rashes. There may be a tick bite called an eschar. It can lead to multiple systems involvement and can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated appropriately,” said Doctor Menon.

As scrub typhus is transmitted by the bite of an infected mite, it is important to protect yourself by wearing long-sleeved clothing

– Dr. NG Kanchan

As many people have recently traveled to different states and countries, visiting overgrown areas and bushes has recently resulted in more cases of scrub typhus. With no vaccines available to prevent the disease, you have to be careful yourself. According Dr Thirumaleshthere may be two peaks, one in summer around june, july and one in winter from october to november, it is different in different countries due to climate.

“Basically, the mite that bites humans and transmits the pathogenic organism lives on rodents that have higher egg-laying rates during these times, causing increased disease transmission,” she explained. .

On the precautionary measures that need to be taken, Dr NG Kanchan, a doctor and diabetologist at the specialist hospital, said: “As scrub typhus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mite, it is important to protect yourself wearing long-sleeved clothing and using environmentally friendly insecticides and mosquito nets and avoiding wooded areas.

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Reforming children! Specially Disabled Girl Chairs UNICEF Bengal for a Day and Proposes Inclusive Changes http://chance-for-rosi.org/reforming-children-specially-disabled-girl-chairs-unicef-bengal-for-a-day-and-proposes-inclusive-changes/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 05:18:33 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/reforming-children-specially-disabled-girl-chairs-unicef-bengal-for-a-day-and-proposes-inclusive-changes/

Ittesama Khatun, a 16-year-old hard-of-hearing and hard-of-hearing girl, was invited on November 17 to take on the role of Field Officer at the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), West Bengal, for one day. This decision was made in the context of several events leading up to the World Children’s Day celebrations on November 20.

Ittesama represented the country in the 2022 Special Olympics Unified Soccer Cup and has always wanted to hold a senior position in the office. Fulfilling his dream, the UNICEF branch in Bengal empowered him to recommend changes and ideas to help them serve children better.

Know Ittesama

Ittesama is a resident of the Asha Bhavan Center in Uluberia, where she has lived and studied with many other children with disabilities. She is currently attending Class 10 at nearby Karatberia High School and has been actively involved in sports. This interest led her to qualify for the 2022 Special Olympics Unified Football Cup and win a bronze medal for India. At his side played Jahira Khatun, who accompanied him to UNICEF as an interpreter.

Shortly after Ittesama took office, she held an all-staff meeting and discussed the viability of several inclusive changes. By the end of the day, she had put four key decisions on the table, most of which would have a positive impact on the lives and education of children with disabilities like her.

Hearing of their demands, Paramita Niyogi, UNICEF West Bengal Officer, said, “The focus would be on making education more inclusive for them.

Bridging the communication gap

Ittesama encouraged all staff to receive basic sign language training, to help them communicate with people with special disabilities and save children a lot of trouble and trouble communicating with officials. Communication with the rest of the world has often been limited for deaf and deaf children, and she hoped to do something about that through her one-day role as chief officer. As someone who knows first-hand the issues children with disabilities face in daily life and within institutions, she stressed the need to make services inclusive and responsive to those with different needs.

Speaking of reforming the existing system, she said, “They should be educated alongside other students in society.” She had observed that one of the main factors that hinder many children with special needs is the lack of adequate and adapted teaching and learning materials.

An NDTV report quoted Ittesama as saying, “Producing such materials for children like us and making them available and accessible to children in childcare institutes and communities is essential” to make institutions inclusive and sensitive to the needs children’s differentials.

Pushing this request forward, UNICEF officials said they would review the implementation of the Ittesama decisions and urge the government to produce more teaching and learning materials tailored to these decisions.

To read also: The creators of trends! Six NGOs working for the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in India

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Here’s how to help Massachusetts pantries and those in need http://chance-for-rosi.org/heres-how-to-help-massachusetts-pantries-and-those-in-need/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:58:01 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/heres-how-to-help-massachusetts-pantries-and-those-in-need/

The phones ring regularly at the Worcester County Food Bank.

“Everyone wants to help,” said general manager Jean G. McMurray. “The other side is the phone calls and emails we get from people looking for help.”

Food banks and food pantries across Massachusetts are seeing more and more needs. Rising inflation and rising petrol prices have made food more expensive, while a sluggish economy and changes in government assistance mean many people have less money to spend.

The Greater Boston Food Bank helped 47,072 people last month, 25% more people than the roughly 37,000 they helped in October 2021, and more than the roughly 38,000 people who came seeking help in October 2020, closer to the peak of pandemic restrictions that left thousands out of work.

The Worcester County Food Bank has also seen a 25% increase in the number of people coming in for help since October 2021.

“I think we also have to remember that for the last six months of 2021, families were getting the child tax credit payments, and that was monthly cash benefits of up to $3,600 per child,” she said. “And when those ended in December 2021 and Congress didn’t reauthorize them for 2022, that was huge for the families who were receiving that benefit, because those monthly cash benefits have been shown to help reduce child poverty by 50%.”

As the needs increase, people’s willingness to help also increases, McMurray said.

“I always said if we could keep both [need and help] at the same pace, you then have the impression of doing a good job. But there is a huge need,” she said.

On the North Shore, Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester organizes pre-holiday food drives.

Pantry volunteers will prepare 1,500 Thanksgiving food baskets and another 1,500 in December. That’s a 20% increase over last year, said Julie Hazen LaFontaine, general manager of Open Door Food Pantry.

“We’re glad to have this planned because we’re definitely seeing people signing up, people coming in for help, people maybe who haven’t come before,” Hazen LaFontaine said.

People who wish to donate food or money are welcome, she said, although the pantry has a higher requirement for non-festive foods.

“We’re not asking for cranberries and stuffing. We’re not asking for turkey,” Hazen LaFontaine said. “All of these things were ordered months ago to make sure we could meet the needs of the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead, we focus on breakfast items, knowing that with children on school holidays, families will have more meals to feed their children.

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Bestway Group sends medicines to Pakistan http://chance-for-rosi.org/bestway-group-sends-medicines-to-pakistan/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 01:00:00 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/bestway-group-sends-medicines-to-pakistan/

ISLAMABAD: Bestway Group is taking the initiative to provide humanitarian aid to people affected by the floods in Pakistan, as the group has been working earnestly for the past eight months to rehabilitate the population.

Recently, an event was organized in this regard at the headquarters of the Bestway group in London and in the presence of the Pakistani High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan, indicates a press release received here on Thursday.

As part of the Bestway Foundation Hum Sahara program, Bestway Group Chief Financial Officer Haider Choudey, on behalf of Well Pharmacy, a subsidiary of the group, presented the drug donation to the High Commissioner.

The High Commissioner thanked the Bestway Group and in particular highlighted Sir Anwar Pervez and Lord Zameer Choudrey as beacons of hope for the people of Pakistan at this difficult hour. He praised the Group’s efforts to galvanize the Pakistani diaspora in the UK for this worthy cause through its flagship fundraising dinner held in London in September.

Providing details on the Bestway Foundation’s Hum Sahara program, Haider Choudrey said that in November, 8,241 ration bags including dry food; blankets; mosquito nets were distributed in the most affected areas of Balochistan and Sindh; An additional 11,759 ration bags will be distributed over the next 4 weeks.

Along with the ration bags, Choudrey explained, Bestway Foundation Pakistan had started distributing 20,000 water filtration units across the country. Thus, fulfilling Lord Zameer Choudery’s pledge to provide safe and usable water to over 100,000 people in addition to providing food and medical supplies to 20,000 families during the September fundraiser.

Regarding the construction of houses and shelters for 5,000 families according to Choudey, the process has begun – temporary shelters and tents are being distributed with building materials ordered so that the reconstruction of houses can begin in earnest within weeks to come. To date, the Bestway Group in the UK and Pakistan has raised over US$2.5 million to help and assist flood-ravaged people in Pakistan.

Bestway continues its efforts to raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan and has established dedicated bank accounts and an online platform through which individuals and businesses can help victims of the recent floods. Anyone interested in donating can contact Bestway’s offices in the UK or Pakistan. .

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As COP27 enters its final days, 70% of Afghan children are at risk from extreme weather events as drought is expected to last until 2023 – Save the Children http://chance-for-rosi.org/as-cop27-enters-its-final-days-70-of-afghan-children-are-at-risk-from-extreme-weather-events-as-drought-is-expected-to-last-until-2023-save-the-children/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 00:43:46 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/as-cop27-enters-its-final-days-70-of-afghan-children-are-at-risk-from-extreme-weather-events-as-drought-is-expected-to-last-until-2023-save-the-children/

A portrait of 10-year-old Fahim* outside his home in drought-stricken Afghanistan – Aashiqullah Mandozai / Save the Children

KABUL, November 17, 2022 – As world leaders prepare for the final days of climate negotiations at COP27, 70% of children in Afghanistan – one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the effects of the climate crisis – are at risk from weather-related events extremes, with drought conditions predicted through 2023, Save the Children said.

The climate crisis poses a serious risk to all Afghan children whose families or communities survive on agriculture – nearly 13.2 million children[i] —, with the current drought and unseasonal summer floods wiping out crops, killing livestock, dramatically reducing vital food supplies and diminishing water sources.

This year’s spring rains were the lowest in five years and now the country’s reservoirs and other groundwater sources are drying up. With the failure of the upcoming rainy season, the country’s unprecedented drought is now expected to extend into 2023.[ii] Meanwhile, summer floods in other parts of the country destroyed 85,000 acres of crops and killed 7,500 head of cattle, further worsening the situation.[iii]

About 27.8 million people live in rural areas of Afghanistan, mostly on farms, and are likely to face increased threats from climate shocks due to their dependence on agriculture and livestock for their survival. The current catastrophic combination of extreme drought, floods and economic crisis means that many farming families are on the brink of starvation and are turning to drastic measures to put food on the table.

Cases of malnutrition among children under five increased in Save the Children mobile clinics increased by almost 50% compared to January 2022, with doctors struggling to keep up with the surge in demand for treatment. As winter approaches and food stores are significantly lower than they should be after the summer harvest season, Save the Children has warned that the next few months will be critical for children, who are bearing the brunt of the hunger crisis.

Access to clean water is also becoming more difficult day by day, with children walking for hours to fetch water for their families or, in some cases, drinking dirty water, exposing them to fatal waterborne diseases such as acute watery diarrhea. A recent national assessment revealed that 80% of households in rural areas and 75% of households in urban areas do not have enough water for drinking, cooking and washing.[iv]

Child labor is also on the rise[v]with desperate parents pulling their children out of school and sending them to work on the streets, with other people, in factories and mines to make up for the income they have lost due to drought or floods.

Fahim*, 10, lives with his parents and grandfather, Sohail*, in one of the hardest-to-reach areas of Balkh province in northern Afghanistan. The drought has devastated their lives, forcing them to sell their possessions just to buy food to survive.

Fahim said:The drought had a negative impact on my life. I can’t go to school very often because I spend time looking for drinking water. It takes me a lot of time and I don’t like it. In the past, water sources were close to our house, but now they have dried up.

The drought has reduced our family’s income and when we have no money, we cannot afford to buy the food we need. This had a negative impact on my brother’s health. He’s malnourished because we can’t feed him properly.”

sohal said:Two years ago it was raining, we had enough water for irrigation and we were living well. For the past two years there has been no rain and not enough water for irrigation and when we sow crops in the fields we cannot harvest anything.

Since we have not been able to grow anything on our land, we have sold all our cattle and we have no more cows or calves. We sold them to provide some money to support the family. In the past, when we had enough good food, our children were healthy, but now they look like skeletons.”

Save the Children Afghanistan Country Director Chris Nyamandi said:

“Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events in Afghanistan, and families have no way to get back on their feet before the next disaster. Add the current economic crisis to this situation, and families are hanging by a thread.

“As winter approaches, Save the Children is extremely concerned about families affected by drought and floods and how they will survive freezing temperatures without their normal food stocks and enough income to pay for heating. and their children’s winter clothes.

“There is no doubt that climate change is making the crisis in Afghanistan much more extreme. Leaders currently gathered at the COP27 summit must commit to making tangible changes to the daily lives of children in Afghanistan who are currently suffering the effects of the climate crisis. Not only do they need immediate humanitarian funding to help them survive the winter, but they also need longer-term funding to help them adapt and cope with changing the environment.

Save the Children calls on world leaders at COP27 to ensure that the focus is on children’s rights and equity while taking crucial decisions that will affect the future of children. The children’s rights organization is also calling on governments to support the creation of a new loss and damage climate finance mechanism to help address the cost of the climate crisis’ impacts on human rights. child. This includes supporting communities already affected by climate impacts, such as children in Afghanistan.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • The story and photos of Fahim* and Sohail* can be accessed here: www.contenthubsavethechildren.org/Package/2O4C2SDJ0CA0
  • *Names changed to protect identities
  • Since the Taliban regained control in August 2021, Save the Children has stepped up its response to support the growing number of children in need. Provide health, nutrition, education, child protection, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and livelihood support services. Save the Children has reached over 3.3 million people, including 1.8 million children since September 2021.
[i] About 70% of the Afghan population lives and works in rural areas, mostly on farms, and 61% of all households derive income from agriculture according to Agriculture jobs in Afghanistan by the World Bank. Thus, 70% of the total population – 27.8 million people, including 13.2 million children – are likely to face increased threats from extreme weather conditions due to their dependence – or the dependence of their community – to agriculture for their survival. According to the World Bank, The population of Afghanistan is 39.8 million. (2021, accessed 28 October 2022) and UNICEF reports that 47.7% of the population – or 18.9 million children – are under the age of 15 in Afghanistan (page 4, 2021). 13.2 million is 70% of 18.9 million, so 70% of children in Afghanistan are at risk from the climate crisis.

About 70% of the Afghan population lives and works in rural areas, mostly on farms, and 61% of all households derive income from agriculture according to Agriculture jobs in Afghanistan by the World Bank. Thus, 70% of the total population – 27.8 million people, including 13.2 million children – are likely to face increased threats from extreme weather conditions due to their dependence – or the dependence of their community – to agriculture for their survival. According to the World Bank, The population of Afghanistan is 39.8 million. (2021, accessed 28 October 2022) and UNICEF reports that 47.7% of the population – or 18.9 million children – are under the age of 15 in Afghanistan (page 4, 2021). 13.2 million is 70% of 18.9 million, so 70% of children in Afghanistan are at risk from the climate crisis.

[1] FEED the FUTURE which is part of the U.S. government’s global initiative against hunger and food security set out in the Ongoing multi-seasonal drought in Afghanistan ‘Maybe a harbinger of things to come’.

[1] Afghanistan: 2022 Flash Flood Snapshot (as of 31 August 2022) by OCHA

https://reliefweb.int/report/afghanistan/afghanistan-snapshot-flash-floods-2022-31-august-2022

[1]REACH assessment for the whole of AfghanistanSeptember 2022, page 12.

[1] REACH assessment for the whole of AfghanistanSeptember 2022, page 15

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