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Tiger Woods told a joke. No one laughed

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 19:00
He's gone seven years without winning a major, he's ranked No. 278 in the world and now Tiger Woods is even struggling to land a joke.

Sisters risk it all... for cupcakes

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 18:49
When sisters Katherine Berman and Sophie LaMontagne left their lucrative jobs to start a cupcake shop, their parents were "dismayed."

How to fly first class (for free)

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 18:49
These frequent flyers know to score enough points to travel for free. They share their top tips.

Airline weighs passengers for 'safety'

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 18:47
"Now if you could please step on the scale, we need to check your weight."

This man knows what we'll be wearing in 165 years

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 18:43
Menswear aficionado and street style icon Nick Wooster has worked with fashion's finest, consulting for Thom Browne, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein. But unlike many designers and consultants in the industry, he's managed to build his own name without being wedded to a specific label.

Mourinho won't say sorry to doc

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 18:39
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho doesn't do sorry -- at least not in public.

Jenna Bush names kid for grandpa

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 18:26
Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, gave birth Thursday to a baby girl named Poppy Louise, a name that's an homage to her grandfather Bush 41.

Obama releases #POTUSPlaylist

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 18:19
The White House released a Spotify playlist of songs hand-picked by President Barack Obama, who's currently vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, on Friday morning.

School attackers get death penalty

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 16:31
Seven Taliban militants involved in a series of deadly attacks -- including one in a Peshawar school that killed 145 people on December 17, 2014 -- have been given the death penalty.

Grizzly that ate hiker destroyed

CNN Top stories - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 16:12
A female grizzly bear was euthanized Thursday after an autopsy confirmed she killed a hiker in Yellowstone National Park last week.

ADRA partners with GlobalMedic & Loma Linda University to respond to Ebola

ADRA International news - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:03

By Natalia Lopez-Thismon

In March, 2014, an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever started to spread in the forested areas of southeast Guinea1. Since then, the outbreak has rapidly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. In August, the World Health Organization declared the epidemic a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Several airlines have stopped or limited flights to and from crisis zones to prevent the spread of the disease. Official reports say that there have been more than 3,000 confirmed reported cases of Ebola.
“Ebola is gaining momentum and victims, showing exponential growth rather than a decline in new cases,” explained Gillian Seton, acting medical director at Cooper Adventist Hospital.  

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to spiral out of control, ADRA has partnered with Loma Linda University, Adventist Health International, and GlobalMedic to provide Cooper Adventist Hospital in Monrovia City, Liberia and Liberian Ministry of Health with $92,000 worth of equipment and supplies.  The supplies include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as:

  • 30,000 Medium Vinyl Gloves
  • 30,000 Large Vinyl Gloves
  • 14,000 Garbage Bags• 38,000 Face Masks
  • 600 Tyvek White Disposable Coverall
  • 3,200 Isolation Gowns
  • Five Isolation Shelter Systems
  • Consignment of Essential Medications

Several weeks ago, ADRA implemented an initial $22,000 response that provided protective gear including gloves, goggles, and gowns. ADRA also purchased and delivered disinfectants such as alcohol, chlorine, bleach and other sanitizers for use by the hospital staff. 

ADRA’s response is expanding beyond Liberia to include Sierra Leone. Today, ADRA and Global Medic are airlifting supplies to Waterloo Adventist Hospital located in Freetown where a $50,000 response is being implemented. 

In Sierra Leone, ADRA is providing psychological counseling and support to victims and families, training to capacitate staff and volunteers, community awareness and sensitization messages and public places such as markets, churches and bus stations. ADRA is also producing and distributing public information and education materials such as flyers, posters, and radio and television programs. 

“As we continue to respond to the Ebola outbreak, our goal is to fight the spread of the disease,” said Jonathan Duffy, president of ADRA International. “We want to protect the workers, improve the care they can provide, and educate the community. It’s critical for us to support our facilities in West Africa.”

1 World Health Organization, 2014 


Categories: ADRA International

ADRA partners with USAID in Food Security Program to reach 264,380 people

ADRA International news - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:43

Michael Rohm, ADRA International

ANTANANARIVO— The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is one of two agencies partnering with USAID in a $75 million food security initiative in Madagascar.  The five-year ADRA program titled Asotry* will reduce vulnerability and food insecurity among households and communities in the regions of Amoron’i Mania, Haute Matsiatra, and Atsimo Andrefana.

The program will directly benefit 264,380 children under five, women, and men and comprises the following objectives: improve health and nutrition, increase sustainable access to food, improve disaster preparedness and response, and improve natural resource management.

“ADRA’s theory of change is centered around holistic development,” said Imad Madanat, vice president of programs for ADRA International.  “To address the underlying causes of poverty and malnutrition, it is critical that we implement an integrated, multi-sectorial program.  In keeping with ADRA's core values, Asotry will help some of the most vulnerable communities in Madagascar.”

Because of the high rates of malnutrition and stunting in children under five, ADRA will work with women and children to improve health and nutrition. Women’s groups will deliver education and promotion regarding maternal health, breastfeeding, caring for common illnesses, sanitation, and hygiene. 

Additionally, farmers will receive technical assistance to sustainably increase crop yields and sales of products.  Farmer Field Schools will introduce farmers to agricultural innovations, including drought-resistant seeds, soil management techniques, and pest control.

This partnership with USAID follows a long list of successful ADRA projects in Madagascar, many of which were implemented with the help of USAID.

“We value our partnership with USAID,” said Madanat.  “It has enabled us to deliver high impact interventions and foster positive change around the world.”

  • Name means ‘harvest’ in Malagasy
Categories: ADRA International

ADRA presents response to Ebola at NALAA conference

ADRA International news - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:43

By Michael Rohm, ADRA International

On September 26, the North America Liberia Adventist Association (NALAA) launched their Fourth Biennial Convention to address the spread of Ebola, to raise money, and to support one another through prayer. “We have come to humble ourselves before God,” said lead speaker Matthew Kamara.  “We must reach out in faith.”

As pastor of Pilgrims Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kamara knows about faith—he preaches it, citing Biblical texts as evidence.  But now, with his wife and two sons living in one of the worst Ebola hotspots, his own life is evidence, and he clings to those same texts for support. 

“Before God we are all equal,” he preached.  “It does not matter where you are.  It does not matter who you are.”

For many Liberians who feel the Ebola epidemic is not adequately being addressed, such a message provides comfort.

“Ebola in Liberia is not a Liberia problem,” said Ezax Smith, president of the Liberia Association of Maryland.  “It is a world problem.”

“We are in crisis,” added John Flomo, president of NALAA.  “Even if you don’t find yourself in the hotspot, even here in America, we are in crisis.”

To combat this crisis, The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to provide monetary and logistical relief.  David Holdsworth, the Associate Director of Material Acquisitions, spoke at the conference, describing the most up-to-date Ebola response from ADRA. 

“We have partnered with GlobalMedic to ship $92,000 of equipment and supplies,” Holdsworth said.  “We are working with other agencies and the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to provide relief.”

While much has been done to end the worst Ebola outbreak in history, there is still more to do.

 “Ebola doesn’t need a visa to travel,” Kamara concluded.  “Everyone must join the fight.”

Categories: ADRA International

Ebola Update: ADRA & GlobalMedic send second shipment to Liberia and Sierra Leone

ADRA International news - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:11

By Michael Rohm, ADRA International

On October 8, ADRA International, in partnership with GlobalMedic and ADRA Canada, will send containers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Cooper Hospital in Liberia and Waterloo Hospital in Sierra Leone.  The shipment includes:

  • 700,000 facemasks
  • 97,000 isolation gowns
  • 45,000 splash shields
  • 100 Tyvek isolation suits

 This follows up the partnership’s most recent shipment of $92,000 in equipment and supplies to Cooper Hospital and the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak continues to accelerate, with almost 40 percent of the total cases occurring in the past 21 days.  As of September 30 there have been a total of 6,553 cases and 3,083 reported deaths across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The case fatality rate in affected countries is as high as 70 percent, with an estimated 22.34 million people living in areas where active EVD transmission has been reported.  The large number of cases in high-population density settings and remote, hard-to-access villages makes the outbreak particularly difficult to contain.

 In an effort to further reduce the number of cases in the worst Ebola crisis in history, ADRA is working toward community mobilization against the spread of infection in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  ADRA Liberia is implementing a three-month project with funding from ADRA International, activities of which include a community health education campaign, the establishment of community health committees and hand washing facilities, and the provision of household survivor kits.

 In Sierra Leone, ADRA is providing psychosocial support to victims and families, community outreach in public places, production and distribution of relevant information, and partnerships with radio and television programs to further disseminate prevention information.

“Prevention is our top priority in bringing an end to this crisis,” said David Holdsworth, Associate Director of Material Acquisition for ADRA International.  “Only through education and proper patient handling can we reduce the spread of Ebola.”

Categories: ADRA International

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