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Central African Republic: producing HIV estimates in context of crisis

first_imgCentral African Republic: producing HIV estimates in context of crisis UNAIDSThe presidential and legislative elections in the Central African Republic on 27 December 2020 were meant to mark the consolidation of democracy and bolster economic and social recovery in a country tormented by decades of conflict and humanitarian challenges. However, the electoral process has given way to a serious political and military crisis, with the resurgence of armed conflict and a blockade of the main trade and supply routes to the landlocked country by rebel groups.It is in this context of crisis, and in the aftermath of bloody clashes between armed groups and government forces on the outskirts of the capital, Bangui, that the UNAIDS country office in the Central African Republic hosted a workshop to produce HIV estimates for the country from 18 to 22 January. This important annual exercise is conducted by UNAIDS with national authorities in all regions of the world to provide countries and HIV stakeholders with essential data on the pandemic and the response.Marie Charlotte Banthas, the Director of Disease Control at the Ministry of Health, oversees HIV and tuberculosis treatment programmes in the Central African Republic. Over the past three years, her services have been at the forefront of efforts to accelerate access to antiretroviral therapy from some 25 000 people on treatment in 2016 to more than 48 000 in June 2020. A former head of monitoring and evaluation at the Ministry of Health, she considers the HIV estimates workshop a priority, despite the deteriorated security situation. “There is no effective response to HIV without data. We need to hold this workshop to provide the country with reliable data to better guide our efforts and improve the care of our patients,” she said.Civil society also considers HIV estimates as a crucial endeavour. Bertille Zemangui is the President of the National Network of Free Girls, a sex workers’ organization representing key populations. To attend the HIV workshop, Ms Zemangui had to travel long distances each day through sensitive areas. The increased cost of public transport due to the crisis was not enough to discourage Ms Zemangui and other workshop participants. “The current situation is difficult. Everything has become expensive: transportation, food. But we have to be there to make our voice heard because it is sex workers and other key populations that are most affected by HIV in the Central African Republic,” she said. According to data from a 2019 survey, HIV prevalence among sex workers is 15% and 6.5% among gay men and other men who have sex with men, compared to 3.5% among all adults in the country.For security reasons, the estimates workshop was moved to the UNAIDS office and participation was reduced to national and international experts and members of civil society. “This workshop provided us with a clearer idea of the magnitude and trajectory of the epidemic for 2021. These are essential to measuring our progress towards achieving the 95-95-95 goals,” said Marcel Massanga, the Deputy National Coordinator of the National AIDS Control Council. The workshop also served to identify approaches to improve the quality and completeness of HIV data in the Central African Republic. Thus, the participants agreed on the need to integrate HIV data into the District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) platform with a view to strengthening the health system.There are concerns that the volatile security situation could jeopardize the Central African Republic’s efforts to accelerate its HIV response. In 2020, the country launched an ambitious National HIV Strategic Plan 2021-2025, which aims to eliminate discrimination, halve new HIV infections and ensure that 95% of people living with HIV access antiretroviral therapy by 2025. “It will not be possible to achieve these ambitious goals without peace and stability. Already we have information that in several areas people living with HIV have fled into the bush and are without treatment. We must quickly implement contingency plans to respond to these emergencies,” said Patrick Eba, the UNAIDS Country Director for the Central African Republic. /Public Release. 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Independence Day 1957 at KRHS, Purameri

first_imgWelcome to the Independence Day celebrations in the premises of Kadathanad Raja’s High School (KRHS), Purameri, Malabar District, Madras State.Today is August 15, 1957. I’m a student in Vth Form (Standard IX) here. I’ll appear for SSLC Examination next academic year, 1958-59.This school has a beautiful premise, well-furnished classrooms, a well-equipped Lab, a good Library with a full-time Librarian and an attendant, a large football court, an excellently maintained garden and a dedicated team of teachers and staff.Perhaps, the NewGen debating the NEP (New Education Policy) should send an expert team to find out how KRHS was managed and administered during the 1950s.In 1957, most of the teachers in KRHS were identified by the work they handled. Thus, Headmaster, Hindi Pundit, Sanskrit and Malayalam Munshis, Drill Master, Drawing Master, Library Thampuran (maybe because he didn’t teach!) and so on.A lot of preparations preceded and some residual activities followed the Independence Day celebrations in schools in Malabar area those days.School premises and classrooms are cleaned up well in advance of the Independence Day. Gardens are trimmed and beautified by the students affiliated to KRHS Social Service League. Auxiliary Cadet Corps (ACC) cadets do their rehearsals a week in advance for the Independence Day Parade where the Headmaster would receive Salute and a Guest will hoist the National Flag.On Independence Day, we can participate or go round a Science Exhibition in and around the School Lab.Main participative event for all students is a Classroom Decoration Competition on August 15. Each student brings a photograph, showcase items, flowers and flowerpots from home in the morning and a team of students decided their placement and completed the decoration by noon. Around 12 noon, a team of teachers will visit each classroom and finalize the prize-winning classes. The competition used to be of a high level and even a third prize was worth aspiring for. However, I do not remember any occasion during my period in KRHS, when any student or class teacher felt the judgment of the expert team of teachers went against them or the decision was questioned.last_img read more

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Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Bass Pro Shops paint scheme for 2020 unveiled

first_imgMartin Truex Jr.’s Bass Pro Shops paint scheme has a different look than last year for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry features more orange side panels, while also making the switch from an orange to black for the number on the door and roof.Watch Truex hit the track throughout Daytona Speedweeks in the No. 19, beginning with Daytona 500 qualifying (12:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and the Busch Clash on Feb. 9 (3 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).last_img read more

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WABCO Further Strengthens Global Management Team

first_imgBRUSSELS, BELGIUM — WABCO Holdings Inc., a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, has appointed an executive to the newly created position of chief quality officer, who will report to the company’s CEO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Kazuo Kawashima joins WABCO as chief quality officer, responsible for further powering how WABCO ingrains quality across the value chain throughout its global organization. Further enhancing WABCO’s Operating System, one of the commercial vehicle industry’s most advanced management systems, Kawashima will reinforce the company’s capabilities to satisfy customer expectations for quality, service and value. WABCO says this appointment further strengthens the company’s senior leadership team and the company’s continued commitment to its three-pillar strategy of technology leadership, global expansion and excellence in execution.     Most recently, Kawashima was president of Ichikoh Industries Ltd., a publicly listed company in Japan and manufacturer of vehicular lighting supplied to the automotive industry. Previously, Kawashima was vice president quality at Valeo, based in Paris. Prior to that, Kawashima held senior positions in quality, operations and engineering based in Japan and Mexico at Nissan Motor Co. “This new executive role reflects the evolution of WABCO’s commitment to the highest standards of quality across every function and in each location globally as we strive to grow quality in everything we do as a differentiator in how we continue to satisfy customers,” said Jacques Esculier, WABCO chairman and CEO.Advertisement “Kazuo Kawashima has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry gained on three continents in diverse positions in engineering and manufacturing and as a business leader in world class companies like Valeo and Nissan,” said Esculier. “The richness of Kazuo Kawashima’s experience and his superb achievements give him an outstanding ability to ingrain quality in all aspects of our company.”last_img read more

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Normandin, big second half lift Haughton past Southwood

first_imgWhen the Southwood Cowboys grabbed a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter Thursday night at Harold E. Harlan Field it was like a wakeup call for the Haughton Buccaneers.The Bucs scored a late touchdown in the first half and then pulled away in the second for a 28-7 victory in a District 1-5A opener.Haughton improved to 6-0. Southwood dropped to 2-4.The Cowboys came out determined to make a game of it. They moved the ball well behind the running of quarterback Keytron Crowder and Treveon Morris.Haughton had the first scoring threat, though. Thanks to some hard running by Kei’Untre Normandin (163 yards, 16 carries), the Bucs moved deep into Southwood territory. Josh Lister caught a pass from Will Haines but he fumbled near the sideline and Southwood recovered at the 3.The Cowboys then proceeded to drive 97 yards for the first score of the game. The big play in the drive was a long run by Morris.Southwood forced a punt on Haughton’s next possession. Thanks to a sack, Haughton forced a punt and the Bucs took over with 2:26 left in the half.Haughton moved quickly down the field and quarterback Will Haines scored from the 1 with 33 seconds left. The first of Nico Broadway’s four extra-point kicks made it 7-7.Haughton had one other scoring opportunity early in the first quarter but turned it over on downs.“We had two opportunities to score in the first half and we should’ve punched it in,” Haughton coach Rodney Guin said. “I think the game may have been different. I don’t know. There are no easy games in this district. You’ve got to expect the beat of everybody every week.”Guin said the Bucs did some good things in the second half. One of those came in the third quarter when Chance Brown blocked a punt to set up the Bucs’ second TD, a 19-yard pass from Haines to Antonio Woodfork on fourth-and-10. Woodfork did a nice job of adjusting to the ball around the 5.“That was a big play,” Guin said. “That’s what we didn’t do in the first half. We had a chance to make some big plays and we fumbled the ball on one and dropped three or four passes. But, you know, we’ll take it.”Then the Haughton defense stepped up and made a big play.Southwood was moving the ball well and appeared to be driving for the tying score. But early in the fourth quarter, Haughton’s Mason Moreau recovered a fumble at the Bucs 25.A few plays later, Lister turned a short pass from Haines into a 42-yard touchdown. The Bucs’ final TD, a 5-yard Normandin run, came after Southwood came up short on a fake punt deep in their own territory.The Bucs piled up 379 total yards with 261 yards of that coming on the ground. Haines had 53 on 11 carries and D’Kovin 43 on 7.Haines completed eight of 18 passes for 118 yards with one interception. Lister had four catches for 77 yards.Southwood kept the ball mostly on the ground and the Cowboys gained 253 yards. But the Haughton defense had some timely sacks and big stops, especially in the second half.Jeremiah Wilson and Quentin Brown had interceptions. Michael Harris led the defense with eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss. Mason Moreau had 6.5, Duncan Smith 6.0 and JT Bledsoe 5.5.Haughton continues district play next Friday at parish rival Airline (2-4), which lost to Byrd 31-13 Thursday night.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAppurseRemember Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife? Try Not To Gasp When You See Her NowAppurse|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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Who will be farming’s best?

first_imgThe VFF Cardinia branch will announce its ’Farmer of the Year’ at the annual dinner on 30 August. The presentation…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img