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

GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS CLUB NOTES

first_imgRed Hughs Notes 14/04/2013Lotto & 100+ ClubThere was no jackpot winning sequence in this weeks Lotto draw but Richard Hume, Ard McCool and Joe Marley matched 3 numbers to win €25 each. Numbers drawn were 4,1,7,3,6,2,8,5. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €2,150. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 20th April – Joe Carlin, 27th April – Eamonn Kelly, 4th May – Maurice O’Donnell and 11th May – Ollie Doherty. The winner of the 100+ Club draw this week was Conor Callaghan who wins €100. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto & 100+ Club.Seniors & Reserves The league season continued for both teams on Saturday away to Fanad Gaels. The reserves had a tough evening missing a few regulars and the game was very close in the first half but they had a bad start to the second period and never recovered. Final score: Red Hughs 0-8 Fanad 3-14. The seniors also had a tough game against a strong Fanad outfit but they played some good football and despite defeat there were plenty of positives to take into the next game. Final score: Fanad 1-11 Red Hughs 1-8.Both teams are fixed to play Carndonagh at home this Saturday 20th April with the senior at 7.00pm and reserve at 5.45pm. All come out and support the teams.Senior LadiesThe senior ladies played Carndonagh at home on Sunday and were beaten by a strong Carn side. There was a large turnout of girls for this game which is encouraging for the rest of the season. Their next game is this Sunday 21st April away to Buncrana at 12.00 Noon.Minor BoardU14 boys are fixed to play Muff at home this Wednesday 17th April at 7.00pm.The minors made the long journey to play Carndonagh on Friday last and were defeated for the first time this season. But they are still well in contention for league honours. Final score: Carndonagh 2-6 Red Hughs 0-5. Their next fixture is away to Moville next Tuesday 23rd April at 7.00pm. Underage training continues this Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon for all boys and girls from U6 to U12/13. The U12/13 girls training continues on Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon. All new players are welcome. Players are now required to wear gumshields at all training sessions and games.U14 girls training takes place at the pitch on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. All girls are asked to attend. Players born from January 1999 to form panel. All new players welcome. Girls to bring their own waterbottle/mouthguard/gloves. Contact Kate Bradley (086) 3421602 or Cathal Doherty (086) 3038286.Back of the Wall 5K ChallengeThis years ‘Back of the Wall Challenge’ 5k walk/run takes place this Sunday 21st April at 11.00am. Entry can be made on the day between 9.30 and 10.30am. €5 per adult/€3 per child. All are welcome. Check the Red Hughs Facebook page for more details and for training schedule. Johnny Brady ConcertCountry music star Johnny Brady will play live in Jackson Hotel on Friday 17th May in aid of Red Hughs GAA. Tickets are currently on sale priced at €15. All supporters and club members are encouraged to support this event.Circuit TrainingCircuit training classes take place in the clubhouse on Mondays and Thursdays. Classes are open to men and women of all fitness levels and are a great chance to meet your fitness goals giving a total body workout. Ladies only classes take place on Mondays at 6.00pm and 6.30pm on Thursdays. A mixed class for beginners to advanced takes place on Mondays at 7.00pm and Thursdays at 6.30pm. Classes are open to all within or outside the Red Hughs club. Contact Troy McCormick (087) 7501680 or Calvin Bradley (086) 2424248 for more details.Gaelic Life ArticleThere will be a feature article on Red Hughs in this weeks ‘Gaelic Life’ newspaper which will be out at the end of this week.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 15th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:RED HUGHS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more