Govt gets 1st situation analysis on children, women

first_imgSocial Protection Minister Volda Lawrence receiving a copy of the Guyana Situation Analysis of Children and Women report from UNICEF Country Representative Marianne FlachA section of the gathering at the handing-over ceremonyThe United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday handed over the Guyana Situation Analysis of Children and Women, highlighting vulnerable groups and what can be done to strengthen them with critical data gathered.The analysis was conducted by UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Guyana, and the report was handed over to Government at the Herdmanston Lodge, Queenstown.Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, UNICEF’s Country Representative, Marianne Flach said the analysis gathered data on vulnerable groups of women and children, and helped to place emphasis on critical areas.Flach, whose tour in Guyana will be ending soon, added too that the data gathered would also ensure that adequate resources were allocated in all sectors particularly in the realisation of children’s rights.“Sufficient, equitable and efficient investment in children is crucial for the realisation of children’s civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights… Before, our concern was quantity – how much we spend on children and on what – now, our concern is also quality – how the money is spent and to what extend it produces results for children,” the UNICEF representative stated, as she pledged the organisation’s commitment to Guyana’s effort.Meanwhile, First Lady Sandra Granger, in delivering brief remarks, pointed out that in this age of technology, Guyana could not afford to lag behind in the compilation and dissemination of critical data such as that contained in the analysis.“This Situation Analysis is a welcomed resource since it will provide researchers, policy-makers and interested observers with information on the status of women and children in Guyana. It will provide the information needed to assess the progress which has been made and recognise the challenges we face,” the First Lady noted.She continued that the data would also reveal how well Guyana was doing as well as identify the areas in which such progress has been made.“It indicates also the areas in which we need to improve and hopefully guide our actions as we seek to address the burning issues that tear at the fabric of our society,” Mrs Granger added.On the other hand, Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence recognised that the Situation Analysis paved the way for comprehensive actions to be taken to address the many struggles that Guyanese woman and children face.“We can now act with more precision. We have an overall vivid picture of the situation as it is presented in each category. With this information and demographics outlined therein, we have directives that can give us and guide us to those areas that need to be emphasised in order to make significant inroad,” she remarked.To this end, the Social Protection Minister posited that a multi-sectoral approach is needed to achieve this. “The information in this document must be shared, disseminated and used by all stakeholders in collaboration with each sector to stand out the ills that arrive in our society,” she noted.Moreover, Lawrence went on to say that the report came at an opportune time as the Social Protection Ministry was in the process of shaping strategies to address the social issues affecting women and children in Guyana.“The Ministry of Social Protection recently initiated a multi-sectoral, high-level policy dialogue, organised in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in an effort to advance programming for adolescents and youth. This document…will be critical for mapping the strategies for enhancing the well-being of our children and women as it focuses on the possible causes of the problems along with an assessment of the data, [the] bottlenecks and barriers that have been surmounted,” Minister Lawrence said.Copies of the Guyana Situation Analysis of Children and Women were handed over to the First lady and Social Protection Minister.last_img read more

Liberia Discharges Only Confirmed Ebola Case Today

first_imgLiberia will today discharge the only confirmed Ebola case remaining in the country, according to the Incident Management System (IMS) boss and Assistant Minister for Preventive Service, Tolbert Nyenswah.Making the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Nyenswah explained that with the current status of the fight against the Ebola virus in the country, Liberia is close to reaching zero Ebola case, but “we need to be vigilant in our fight against the virus throughout the country.” “Liberia has clearly passed 12 days without any new confirmed Ebola case. The only patient remaining in an ETU will be discharged from the Chinese ETU as a special event. “We will be waiting for the remaining 30 days to be announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an Ebola free nation,” Minister Nyenswah said.“Liberia’s border points remain of great concern to everyone due to the common border crossings at unauthorized points and it is important to caution residents near these places to focus on maintaining safety measures at all points,” he said.      The Minister said, “Cape Mount passes 48 days of no new case, Margibi 16 days Montserrado 12 days and Lofa of over 160 days which indicates that Liberia is reaching zero Ebola case.”Liberia, through the IMS, is currently in search of 201 contacts across the country, including border points, said Nyenswah and called on the public to continue observing preventive measures to avoid further spread of the disease.      Mr. Nyenswah stressed that the IMS is approaching phase three of the fight against the virus and will remain forceful in ensuring that Liberia completes the required 42 days without any new case of Ebola.“Phase three is meant to gain confidence in the health sector of Liberia and gaining the confidence of the international community in Liberia leading to airlines resuming flights to Liberia,” added the Minister.  He said the IMS will be involved in quality surveillance, strengthening cross border elements including air, sea and ground points and expanding the testing of dead bodies and other illnesses related to Ebola. Despite the latest update from Minister Nyenswah on Liberia’s progress in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease and considering the neighboring countries’ Ebola status, many Liberians are wondering if the country could be declared Ebola free in 30 days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Salah finally scores for Liverpool to keep pressure on Man City at the top

first_img BEST OF gameday cracker Much credit should go to Huddersfield, who matched their illustrious opponents for long periods only to still be left searching for the killer touch.David Wagner’s side hit a post through Jonathan Hogg and had an effort ruled out for offside as they set an unwanted club record of failing to score in seven straight home Premier League games.Liverpool were clearly not at their best as they clinched their first win in five matches in all competitions and extended their unbeaten league start to nine.Neither side had had an attempt on goal when Liverpool broke the deadlock in the 24th minute with two incisive passes and a consummate finish. latest Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Mohamed Salah ended his mini goal drought  as Liverpool won 1-0 at Huddersfield to reaffirm their Premier League title credentials.Salah slotted home his fourth goal of the season and first in five matches midway through the first half, but it was by no means a convincing victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Adam Lallana was in the wars at the John Smiths Stadium 3 revealed Mohamed Salah celebrates after tucking away a chance in the first half Old friends David Wagner and Jurgen Klopp embraced before kick off The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap center_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The visitors had just started to build some pressure by retaining possession when Joe Gomez’s ball into Xherdan Shaqiri split Huddersfield down the middle.The Swiss midfielder then spotted Salah’s darting run into the penalty area and he slipped the ball inside for the Egyptian to steer beyond Jonas Lossl and inside the far post with the outside of his left foot.Salah had been a fitness doubt all week, but overcame a muscle strain to make the starting line-up.Huddersfield stuck to their task, though. Hogg’s brilliant long-range effort struck Alisson Becker’s right-hand post and Philip Billing’s free-kick flashed narrowly wide as they pressed for the equaliser. Huddersfield spurned their best second-half chance in the 82nd minute when their two substitutes combined.Winger Isaac Mbenza’s cross bounced off Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren in the area and Steve Mounie snatched at his chance, firing off target from six yards.The miss summed up Huddersfield’s season and they remain without a win, while Liverpool are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table. 3 Most Popular Football News tense Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 LATEST Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Town fans raised the volume some more when Alex Pritchard turned home Hogg’s pass into the box in the 43rd minute, but his effort was correctly ruled out as he had strayed offside.Georginio Wijnaldum, half-brother of Huddersfield substitute Rajiv van La Parra, replaced Jordan Henderson at half-time, while Daniel Surridge lifted two efforts off target soon after play resumed.Huddersfield impressed again in the build-up to Laurent Depoitre’s goalbound header, which was comfortably saved by Alisson, with Aaron Mooy, Mathias Jorgensen and Florent Hadergjonaj all involved.Town skipper Christopher Schindler’s sliding near-post block thwarted Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson’s dangerous cross, but that was as close as the visitors got in the second period.last_img read more