Gov’t Urged to Prioritize WASH

first_imgWaterAid Liberia, in partnership with WASH Stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has called on the government to strengthen the health care system through the provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.The group made the call on Monday, August 8, in a joint communiqué addressed to the Ministry of Health. They want the government to give post-Ebola recovery for water, sanitation and hygiene the highest priority.Presenting the letter to Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh, the chairman of the Liberia WASH CSOs Network, Prince Kreplah, said the action by the group is intended to urge government to improve the health sector.Kreplah, however, commend the government for strides made to improve WASH in health care facilities across the country, adding that the government should exert more effort to deliver on its health and WASH promises.In response, Deputy Health Minister Kateh thanked WaterAid and WASH’s CSO partners for their continued work, and agreed that the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are crucial to the health care delivery system of the country.Dr. Kateh, who is also the nation’s Chief Medical Officer, appealed to Liberians to take their health seriously, especially when it involves water.Following the presentation of the letter to the Health Ministry, a press conference was held to address key health and WASH issues.The Chairman of the Liberia NGOs Network, George Kayah, commended the government and development partners for steps taken to improve WASH and health care delivery but noted that despite these efforts there still remain serious deficiencies in water, sanitation and hygiene in rural communities, hospitals and clinics.WASH Coordinator at the Health Ministry, Wataku Kortima, disclosed that the government has put in place WASH protocols to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene play a key role in the country’s health care delivery system.He urged collaborative efforts among CSO actors as well as Liberians to ensure that challenges affecting the health sector are resolved. The Health Ministry has started the training of health care workers on WASH protocols and the essence of WASH in health, he added.Speaking on behalf of the British Charity WaterAid in Liberia, Program Effectiveness Coordinator Samuel Quirmolue indicated that WaterAid will continue to support the government and local partners in the sector to improve WASH and make it accessible.Meanwhile, a baseline report released on water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities in 2015 found out that about 95 percent of health care facilities do not meet the Ministry of Health’s standards on water quantity for all purposes.More than 50 percent of health facilities do not have a protected year–round source of water, and 20 percent do not have any protected source on site.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

War, death no longer theme of Miss Mexico’s gown

first_imgOrganizers had pledged to change the dress after it unleashed a storm of criticism when it was first shown in March. Critics said the design opened old wounds and was not appropriate. Designers who helped select the new dress from among 30 entries said they had wanted something that represented the nation’s culture and history, especially since Mexico City is hosting the pageant this year. The pageant culminates May 28. A dress to be worn by Miss Mexico in the Miss Universe pageant has been changed to show landscapes and pre-Hispanic themes, after the original design – adorned with bullets and sketches of hangings – drew accusations of poor taste, a pageant official said. “Esthetically, the dress is beautiful,” Lupita Jones, a former Miss Universe who now runs Miss Mexico operations, said Wednesday. “It is the same model. The only thing we have changed are the decorations, which pained some people.” The original floor-length dress, cut from a traditional cotton called manta, was decorated with scenes from Mexico’s 1926-29 Cristero war. Tens of thousands of people were killed during the uprising by Roman Catholic rebels against anti-clerical laws. The modified dress will depict landscapes of corn and cactus fields and decorative elements from Indian cultures. Also gone, a bandolier of bullets that served as a belt. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

New Captain Marvel teaser is all sass Fury and explosions

first_img2:17 Tags Share your voice 3 Everything you need to know about Captain Marvel: Grab your pager and get ready to head back to the 1990s for a solo film about a Marvel heroine who just might save the universe.How to watch every MCU property in the perfect order: From Marvel films to the shows on Netflix, here’s the best order to experience the MCU. Comments 26 Photos That song that’s playing: Connection by Elastica circa 1994, smack-dab in the middle of the time period we knew the film would be set it. What’s more is we also get to see more playful chatter between Brie Larson’s Danvers (slash VERS slash Marvel?) and Samuel L. Jackson’s (young and two-eyed) version of Nick Fury and let me tell you, I am here for the back-and-forth sass. If you just want to watch the new bits, it’s mainly focused on the first 30 seconds and the last back and forth with Fury. But there’s probably some Easter eggs in the rest of it that we haven’t found yet, so better to just sit back for a minute and a half.Captain Marvel releases in cinemas on March 8, International Women’s Day. center_img Do you need more Captain Marvel in your life? Do you need grunge Carol Danvers in your life? Do you want entirely new footage from Marvel’s next hotly-anticipated addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or do you just want to see an old lady get smacked in the face, again? Marvel Studios has got you, fam. It’s Twitter account posted a special look, with a spattering of all new footage from the film. You can check it below. Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Captain Marvel second trailer packs a punch Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more