ND continues work in Haiti one year after quake

first_imgOne year after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti, the Notre Dame Haiti Program remains present in the country through relief efforts and public health programs, Sarah Craig, the program manager, said. “We were in Haiti before, during and after the earthquake,” Craig said. “We saw a need to step aside from our public health program to address the efforts for relief after the earthquake.” The Notre Dame Haiti Program, led by Fr. Tom Streit, fights infectious diseases throughout the country. The program specifically targets lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. After the earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the Haiti Program turned its attention to the emergency. Streit and other volunteers provided medical support for victims of the earthquake’s destruction. Craig said over 100 of 500 volunteers were Notre Dame alumni from the medical profession. These volunteers saw over 30,000 patients, performed 700 surgeries and delivered 250 babies during the six months following the earthquake, she said. The volunteers faced basic challenges such as the lack of shelter, transportation, water and food. Medical supplies and support were also scarce, Craig said. “We also are addressing some of the needs for rebuilding, specifically in Léogâne where we are headquartered,” Craig said. “Our building there is our home base and where we concentrate most of our efforts.” According to the program’s summer 2010 newsletter, the earthquake did not alter the program’s mission. “In truth, The Notre Dame Haiti Program’s mission in Haiti has never changed. For 17 years, the program has aided and fought for Haiti by researching elimination methods for lymphatic filariasis (LF) and neglected tropical diseases (NTD),” the newsletter stated, “But since the beginning, the overarching goal has been improving the lives of the people of Haiti, and in that respect, the last six months have been no different.” Following the earthquake, a cholera outbreak disrupted the program’s work with lymphatic filariasis and other diseases. “Almost worse than the earthquake was the cholera outbreak in the fall,” Craig said. The Haiti Program will resume its disease elimination programs beginning Monday. As the program turns back to treat disease elimination, rebuilding was still an agenda for Notre Dame volunteers. “Disease elimination is our forte and what we are in Haiti to do,” Craig said. “But we still will work on rebuilding because we are morally and ethically responsible to do so.” The Haiti Program headquarters in Léogâne and the program’s three other facilities in the country remained standing in the middle of rubble after the earthquake. The buildings were among the few with running water and electricity. Student groups such as ND Fighting NTDs and the Haiti Working Group were also among the organizations that reached out to victims in Haiti. These groups used the crisis in Haiti to highlight the need for public health initiatives. ND Fighting NTDs president Emily Conron said she hopes the club will send students to Haiti someday to witness its public health initiatives firsthand. “We use Haiti as an example of how focusing on neglected tropical diseases can help the community,” Conron said. “By focusing on public health the economic and social and even emotional repercussions [of these initiatives are] very clear.” The Haiti Program is an example of how public health programs can encourage hope for a better future, Conron said. In a summer 2010 thank-you letter to all Haiti Program volunteers, Streit explained the involvement of the Notre Dame community in Haiti. “A network of ND-connected health professionals is continuing to save lives,” the letter stated. “ND engineers have already helped determine the viability of important structural assets in several communities, while ND architects are part of a massive 11 school building project in Léogâne. Many alumni are working in response teams addressing nutrition, relief logistics and development planning. “Haiti requires the kind of support that is both immediate and enduring as well as a profound commitment to the idea that if we are part of the Body of Christ together, we are all at this moment Haitians.”last_img read more

Alex Akinyele: pace setter, astute administrator , accomplished technocrat- Sports Minister

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, has described the late Chief Alex Akinyele as a pace setter, astute administrator  and accomplished technocrat Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Prime He was meticulous and a stickler to details. He never believed in impossibilities.Dare further described him as humane,humorous ,urbane and honest in his views. While some viewed him as too cosmopolitan,he was a grasroot man who was at home with his people,no wonder he held the title of Lisa of Ondo Kingdom. He made remarkable mark in the development of his community in Sports,education and infrastructural development . He United his people and brought them to national prominence. He was dutiful,loyal and patriotic. He was indeed passionate about the unity and progress of Nigeria. No wonder, he midwived so many reforms in Nigeria’s body polity. He headed the Reconciliation Committee set up by the late Head of State General Sani Abacha I. While he was widely condemned by the South West, he won accolades across the Niger for his courage,zeal and unflinching believe in the sanctity of the union called Nigeria. Before his foray into sports, he brought panache ,glamour ,Professionalism and respect to public Relations Practice as the pioneer President of the Institute of Public Relations of Nigeria. His contributions to Public Relations Practice continues to evoke found memories when he worked at the Nigerian CustomsAs Minister of Information under General Ibrahim Babangida,he developed the template that led to the of media practice in Nigeria. He was a stylish man,great orator ,full of wits and idioms,jovial and quite amiable. He was married to a South African,Indian and lastly a Nigerian. He can therefore be best discribed as a man of the universe. Read Also:SPORTS MINISTER, SUNDAY DARE, COMMISERATES WITH ALEX AKINYELE’S FAMILY Born on April 24th 1938 in Ondo town,Chief Akinyele was Educated at the University of Ife. He died on November 15th 2019. He would be buried today ,Friday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… According to him, Akinyele exemplified what genuine service to the country meant. “His personal charm was infectious and hard work quite motivational. He tried to use his position to impact on the society. He was simply a true Nigerian hero”” Sports remains our greatest unifying instrument,public Relation tool and could be the biggest source of revenue if properly harnessed. So many heroes have died unheralded and in penury. We must celebrate our athletes and Administrators while they are alive. The age long practice of paying glowing tributes to dead heroes without commensurate honour and monuments erected to immortalize them will no longer be the norm. Dare is committed to changing the narrative by ensuring that recognition and honour is bestowed on athletes,coaches and Administrators who have made immense contributions to Sports development. As the body of the late NSC Chairman Alex Akinyele is interned this Friday, Dare said beyond graveside oration,President Mohammadu Buhari is irrevocable committed to honouring sports men and women, coaches and Administrators that have contributed to Sports. Hence a powerful delegation is not only in Ondo to pay their last respect, the Minister is personally involved with the the burial. The Minister mobilized men and resources to ensure a befitting final rites of passage for the Ondo High Chief.While paying glowing tribute to heroes and heroines that had won laurels, brought glory and honour to our fatherland,Dare said it must go beyond mere rhetorical statements and empty promises.”We must learn to honour athletes ,coaches and Administrators that committed their lives to the service of the nation. According to Dare,Akinyele was a  consummate business man who left his mark in the sands of time. Dare affirmed that Akinyele led an exemplary life worthy of emulation. He was a man who abhorred failure, set his goals and ensured that they were accomplished. He presided during great epochs in Nigerian Sports like the 1994 Nations Cup Victory, the Atlanta 1996 Olympics feat among others.last_img read more

Cricket News Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock Tons Help South Africa Fight After Ravichandran Ashwin Fifer

first_imgNew Delhi: Heading into the third day, the task confronting South Africa was enormous. They had lost three wickets and were confronted with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on top of their game on a wearing pitch. The ghosts of 2015 were all set to make an appearance again for the Proteas. However, Dean Elgar, whose highest score in India was 48 in 2015, defied the odds and smashed his maiden ton in India. Quinton de Kock, who has always done well in India, continued his great run with his fifth century but India still harboured hopes of a sizeable lead after Ravichandran Ashwin’s 27th five-wicket haul reduced South Africa to 380/8, still trailing by 122 runs at the end of play in Vizag on Friday.Elgar and Temba Bavuma started the day well but Bavuma was an early casualty, falling LBW to Ishant Sharma with a delivery that cut back in and stayed low. At 63/4, South Africa had an uphill task but South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis led from the front and Elgar’s solid play also gave South Africa confidence. With Elgar using his feet and negating Ashwin brilliantly, du Plessis joined in and got going with a couple of boundaries off India’s ace offspinner. Elgar’s confidence and du Plessis’ aggression slightly upset India’s plan as Kohli opted to attack. However, after the lunch break, the 115-run stand was broken when du Plessis stabbed a flatter ball from Ashwin only to get an inside edge onto his pad and Ajinkya Rahane at short leg taking a sharp catch. If India though they could get an opening, they were made to wait. Quinton de Kock, who smashed two fifties in the T20Is, continued his good form.Elgar launched Ravindra Jadeja over deep midwicket and the jubilation shown by him highlighted how keen he was to do well in India. In 2015, Elgar was confounded by the spin of Ashwin but four years on, he had played him superbly and had notched up his 12th ton overall. Having reached the landmark, both left-handers proceeded to counterattack and erase the deficit. De Kock effortlessly went past 50 and Elgar also notched up his second 150-plus score. India were running out of ideas and suddenly, South Africa sensed that they could turn the tables on Virat Kohli’s side. However, on 160, Elgar top-edged a slog sweep of Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara took a good catch at deep midwicket to end his epic vigil. The wicket was Jadeja’s 200th in Tests and he became the quickest left-arm spinner to reach the landmark. Also Read | Dean Elgar Hits Maiden Ton Against India, South Africa Fight In Vizag TestFollowing Elgar’s dismissal, de Kock neared his ton and he notched up his century in a similar way as Elgar, with a six. Ashwin floated a delivery on off stump and de Kock powered it over wide long off for his first ton against India. However, the bowler had the last laugh and when he sent back de Kock and Philander, he had picked up his 27th five-wicket haul. Also Read | Quinton de Kock Smashes Fifth Century, Continues Great Form On India TourSouth Africa are still trailing by 117 runs at the end of day 3. However, when one looks at how Elgar and de Kock countered the spinners in conditions which suited them, South Africa’s fight in Vizag exorcised the ghosts of 2015 in a spectacular way. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more