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  • Reply to: Community involvement is key to eradicating ebola   1 week 6 days ago

    Great write-up Michel! Thanks for putting this together and for sharing. I agree with you that the community must play a crucial role to stop the Ebola epidemic. All Ebola outbreaks have their peculiarities and one of those peculiarities with this current outbreak which has claimed so many lives and has been classed as second to that of West Africa in terms of lives lost, is actually the community resistance and hostility towards health staff and the burning down of treatment centers.
    The gate keepers, women's groups, in fact every single community member in the affected and high risk localities of infection by Ebola need to be convinced that the disease is real, it can be prevented, it can be cured and that it is not an invention.
    Statistics from the epidemiology of the disease pointing to many women affected by the disease as they play their role of mothers, care givers must be used in the efforts to getting women to report without delay any signs of illness in their family members and loved ones and also to comply with vaccination as well as infection control methods at all levels.
    Thanks again for this great reflection and for sharing. Together with the community we must win the fight against Ebola.

  • Reply to: Nutrition and Agriculture: Bridging the Gap   1 week 6 days ago

    I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

    I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

    I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

    I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

    I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.

  • Reply to: Building national civil registration systems that ensure effective service delivery   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I want to learn more about the CRVS tools aimed finding a lasting solution on how to register everyone whether in Rural, Urban, Peri - urban or abroad operational spaces for timeliness, effective service delivery and efficiency

  • Reply to: A personal perspective from the medical care frontlines   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Patricio. This is a deeply moving perspective. Appreciate you sharing such a personal experience to shine a light on what we hold true to in such situations. Lani is special to many of us, and we wish her and you all the best at this time. There are of course many Lanis across the world - as you beautifully describe - that do not have the connect point with a quality health system that places compassion and science hand in hand to deliver the care required. It is the individual experience that we need to bring to the table, just as you have done, to remind us all that what we do is not abstract. What we do in pushing systems to deliver quality care means everything for the individuals, families and communities that we serve. Thank you again Patricio.

  • Reply to: How a new eLearning course will help improve countries’ civil registration and vital statistics systems   1 month 6 days ago

    This course is very interesting. It allowed me to strengthen my knowledge in the field. This will promote better planning and follow-up in carrying out actions for the modernization of Civil Status in Benin.