UNICEF Provides Sanitary Kits for Schools Reopening

first_imgUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided over 7,000 kits for school authorities.The kits are being distributed by partners to over 4,000 schools in all 98 school districts across the country. They are also helping parents, staff and other community members to keep safe from the EVD.Schools normally resume academic activities in September, after two months vacation, but due to the Ebola outbreak, had remained closed since last year.During the distribution, Minister of Education, Etmonia Tarpeh, said, “The Ebola outbreak has had a devastating effect on our health and educational systems and our way of life in Liberia. We have managed to beat back the spread of the virus through collective efforts.”She then emphasized on the importance the Ministry placed on the reopening of schools as well as getting school age children back to school.She, however, prayed that the reopening of schools would not be further interrupted, either by the Ebola menace or any other eventuality.With UNICEF support the Government of Liberia has developed protocols for the safe re-opening of schools, including hand-washing stations, checking students’ temperatures, establishing isolation areas for both students and staff, and having in place a system of referral to the nearest health facility.“UNICEF is supporting the MOE and the Ministry of Health in our common goal to see Liberian children back to school as soon as possible. The provision of these kits and the ongoing protocols are part of our commitment to the children of Liberia,” said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative in Liberia.Over 30 partner organizations are currently delivering the kits, which include thermometers, buckets with faucets, chlorine, soap, brooms and brushes, rubber boots and gloves.“We urge community members, teachers and staff at schools, and students to ensure that the protocols are implemented to keep students, communities and families safe,” said Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistant Minister of Health and Chair of the Incident Management System.UNICEF is also supporting awareness on how to implement the protocols and help keep schools safe, including training district education officers (DEOs), environmental health technicians, district health officers (DHOs), NGO partners, and religious leaders in all 15 counties.“This is a broader support we are providing to the Government of Liberia in its fight against the Ebola outbreak,” added Yett. “We are committed to continue working with together to eradicate Ebola from the country.”In a related development, Save the Children International (SCI), along with the MOE and local Health offices in Margibi County over the weekend held a one-day workshop for school administrators and community leaders.The cost of the safe school protocol rollout workshop was put at over US$50,000 for the three school districts in Margibi County.The exercise was part of the “Protocol for Safe School Environment in the wake of Ebola outbreak in Liberia” being rolled out to teachers, school administrators and community leaders.The social mobilization following the exercise, according to SCI Education Manager, Augustine Kullie, was also a key component in the fight against Ebola and that the entity looks forward to seeing school administrators, teachers and community leaders having detailed understanding of the exercise.Kakata DEO, Amanda Zota said her office will ensure the execution of the protocol, vowing to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the exercise approved is executed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN CHARGED WITH CONTROLLING PROSTITUTION IN DERRY

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been charged with controlling prostitution in Derry.The man, who was charged under the name Razan Nocolae Gros, 25, was charged with controlling Romanian women for the purposes of prostitution.However Derry Magistrates Court heard how his fingerprints also matched fingerprints taken by Gardai in Donegal which belonged to a man known as Christian Toplicean. Gardai had previously issued a bench warrant for Toplicean’s arrest on September 15th last.An officer in the PSNI’s organised crime branch told Judge Barney McElholm that the defendant’s flat was searched on Monday.The defendant and a Romanian woman whom the defendant said was his girlfriend were inside the property.The officer said “paraphernalia associated with prostitution” had been found.He said the defendant told the police he had been living there for about three months.The police witness said officers seized eight mobile phones, a sum of money and 12 sim cards for use in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.Several of the sim cards were marked with female names, which police believe to be the names of prostitutes operating on both sides of the border between Donegal and Derry.The officer said that during the interview, the defendant denied that the Romanian woman in his flat was a prostitute and that the flat was being used for the purposes of prostitution.However, he said that several friends would visit the flat for 10 to 15 minutes.The officer said one of the mobile phones was examined by a forensic officer who found links which he believed related to six prostitutes who advertised online.The officer said the defendant’s fingerprints were taken and shared with Gardai.Mr Gros was remanded in custody.DONEGAL MAN CHARGED WITH CONTROLLING PROSTITUTION IN DERRY was last modified: January 18th, 2012 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:Derryletterkennyprostitutionlast_img read more

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