US to Invest US$57.2M in Health Sector

first_imgThe United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on June 4, launched a project costing over US$57 million to help revitalize the Liberian Health Sector.The project will be implemented by the Collaborate Support for Health (CSH) and the Partnership for Advancing Community-based Support (PACS), supervised by USAID.At the launch, U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac reflected that the past months have shown that a functional healthcare system is critical to Liberia’s overall economic development.During the Ebola crisis, she recalled, Liberian healthcare workers struggled to deliver needed health services for those affected, as well as to Liberians who desired basic services such as immunization, antenatal care and treatment for malaria.Ambassador Malac expressed satisfaction that the U.S. Government remained a steadfast partner throughout the Ebola crisis, committing over US$1 billion to fighting the virus in the West African sub-region.She disclosed that through USAID, her government has provided US$47 million annually to support Liberia’s health system up to 2015, in line with the National Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan.At the core of the U.S. health development program in Liberia, United States’ direct support to the Ministry of Health through “Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement” (FARA) supports the delivery of basic health services in over 200 health facilities covering more than one third of Liberia’s population. FARA support covers six counties, including Bong, Nimba, and Lofa, and targeted facilities for maternal health services in Margibi, Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties.The support from USAID to the health sector is in line with the 10-year Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan, providing direct financing to the Government of Liberia for delivery of quality health services and technical assistance to strengthen management, governance, and human capacity in the health system.The assistance, USAID and partners said in a statement, will support restoration of the health system following the Ebola crisis in line with Liberia’s Investment plan for building a resilient health system.The two programs, CSH and PACS, bring together a set of international and Liberian non-governmental organizations with extensive experience in expanding access to health services, and will specifically benefit the Ministry of Health, Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.The USAID CSH 5-year Program targets US$32.4 million and will be implemented by the Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and its partners including the Development Innovations Group, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Jhpiego, and Results for Development.CSH according to its plan of action will collaborate with the Ministry of Health and Bong, Lofa, and Nimba County health teams to expand access to and quality of health services, and with the Ministry of Public Works.The Partnership for Advancing Community-based Services (PACS), through its 5-year, US$24.8 million program will focus on increasing access to quality community-based health and social services through capacity building and system strengthening, support for health communications, and improved access to safe water and sanitation services.PACS will also provide strategic support to the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Protection and Ministry of Public Works, at county level. Its partners include International Rescue Committee (IRC), Global Communities, Population Services International (PSI), Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL), and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).Meanwhile, Minister of Health designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn commended the U.S. Government for the assistance.Dr. Dahn said the assistance is meaningful and comes at an opportune time to help MOH to fully implement its health plan drawn in 2006.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FIVE QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF WHEN CHOOSING AN ACTIVITY FOR YOUR CHILD

first_imgFEATURES: We are only FOUR weeks away from the beginning of the school year and you might be wondering what you and your family are going to get up to this year – or maybe you are just wondering where you might go? Sarah-Marie McDevitt, manager and director of the fabled Pinehill Dance Studios has suggested FIVE questions a parent should ask themselves when choosing a fitness activity for their child.Here are the list of FIVE questions Sarah-Marie has suggested to ask when choosing an activity for your child and maybe even for yourself. N0.1: What are your goals with having your child go to an activity???What you want for your child will depend on his/her age and previous training, if any.This is a good time to ask your child what they’d like to get out of this.Try to take into account everyone’s dreams – dreams make everything happen! Is your child serious about being a great ballet dancer?Would they love to be a popstar?Do they love to compete?Or do they just like to play, sing, dance or be with their friends?And what about your goals for your child? Grace, fitness, involvement in a challenging activity, or just their special time? No.2: Aren’t all after school activity pretty much the same? What does it matter where I send my child?Physical activities deal with your child’s body during critical years of growth and development, artistic activities deal with their emotional development as well as social development.Poor training of physical activities can cause lasting physical damage, while with age appropriate training, your child can grow to be strong and graceful. A facilities emotional atmosphere can also affect your child’s self-esteem and happiness.We want to emphasize the importance on the right educational facility and make sure the parents receive above and beyond the value for their money. No.3: What services are available?What various kinds of lessons are available – is there a variety of activities, private classes, group classes, practice sessions, 6 week specialized courses, coaching lessons.Other services are provided — information on floors for physical activities, competitive activities, are there dressing rooms, specialized equipment, waiting area for parents.See how the answer to this question matches up with your reasons for going to the activity and the social aspects you are looking to fulfil in your life.No.4: What level of training/accomplishment have the owners and teachers attained?This is a critical question whether or not you would like to sing, act, play, move or dance. Ensure that the individuals who are teaching you or your child have qualifications.Ask for a history on the training of the instructors, ask about their own personal accomplishments. A key here is that the ability to TEACH another individual.Ask for some information on the method of teaching that is used in the studio.Ask for the child protection policy’s and make sure there is one in place, are the instructors all vetted, are they insured, do they hold a membership with a qualifying body.Do they have to participate in Continued Professional Development (CPD) in their relevant field?N0.5: What is the atmosphere/environment of the facility?Is the physical setting of the studio pleasing to you? Does it relax you, calm you and yet entice your feet to move?Sit back and enjoy the setting of the studio, look around at the surroundings and observe the “atmosphere” of the studio.Ensure you feel good when you’re there.Do the owners/teachers make you feel comfortable and welcome on a consistent basis? Are students treated equally — fairly?Is everyone, no matter what size, or shape, or age, or colour treated equally by all the management?Check it out — it matters in the long run.Another issue, do the owners encourage a good attitude towards all other studios? Do they support the community as a whole?The choice of any individual to attend other classes or participate in other functions should be met with a positive attitude and encouraged.The good news is that you will find the correct answers at Pinehill Studios.The studio is located at the Mountain Top area of Letterkenny and has great facilities, friendly instructors and professional management.It was nominated recently for Letterkenny Friendliest Business Award, and always has a friendly face waiting to great you.The instructors are all experts and fully qualified as well as being professionals in their relevant fields.There is a HUGE variety of activities to choose from; including artistic activities such as musical theatre, many styles of dance – including ballet, contemporary, disco freestyle, hiphop & irish dancing; drama and Dramafit.There are energetic children & teen activities such as Total Teen Fitness and Jymka, there are quiet mindful activities such as Mini-me yoga.And if you can find any time left, you could even hold your child’s next birthday party at Pinehill Studios with a full size bouncy castle and catering options.Now that you know the children are going to be having a fabulous time… what about some time for the adults?With as much variety for the adults you can choose from high energy fitness classes, such as Piloxing, Piloxing barre, Piloxing Knockout or come to an adult ballet class or Pilates to tone up your core. Or if you’re interested in toning up and getting your eating habits cleaned up, the LIVEFIT fitness and nutritional program is for you.If you would like any further details on the activities held at Pinehill Studios, you can go to www.pinehillstudios.ie  to see all the class timetables, and further contact details for all the instructors at the studio.FIVE QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF WHEN CHOOSING AN ACTIVITY FOR YOUR CHILD was last modified: August 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more