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The Haitian partnership

first_imgWhen a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, Louise Ivers narrowly escaped a building as it crumbled around her.As it happened, Ivers, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and clinical director in Haiti for Partners In Health, was in Port-au-Prince to discuss disaster preparedness. Soon she was tending to acute injuries in a local hospital. She also had to take quick action when needed, such as providing urgent, life-saving surgery to a man without easy access to an operating room or anesthetics.Such moments illustrate the “living links between Harvard and Haiti,” said Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health, a Harvard-affiliated aid agency, during a noontime address to the Harvard medical community today (Feb. 11). The discussion, titled “Harvard and Haiti: A Collaborative Response to the January 12 Earthquake,” included other tales displaying the fortitude of the Haitian people, the responsiveness of the Harvard community, and the power of partnership.But the talk also focused on potential.“What is the role of the American research university in addressing the great social problems of our time?” asked Farmer, HMS Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine. “How do we solve the problems of poverty, privation, inequity, and disasters, both natural and unnatural?”The answer, according to Farmer and a cadre of panelists, is to act strongly. “To do global health, we have to do global health,” said Farmer. That is, he said, the only way to get at the root of international health care problems is to examine them in the process of delivering health care around the world.Farmer described his approach in medical terms. To make a diagnosis, he said, “You have to do the physical exam yourself.” Having spent the past 25 years providing and examining health care in Haiti, Farmer characterized the current situation as “an acute injury on top of a chronic condition.”As for prescriptions, Farmer also took a page from the clinician’s handbook:  “Plans for patients, if they are to succeed, must be plans made with the patient.” In the past, he said, there have been too many recommendations for Haiti, and too little done to strengthen the hands of the Haitian people.Haiti has long suffered from health and poverty problems. Now, with government buildings reduced to rubble, with its only public teaching hospital in ruins, with 225,000 homes destroyed and millions of people in need of food and clean water, action is imperative. But, according to Farmer, such action must come in harmony and cooperation with the Haitian people.“A university like ours can offer its own brand of pragmatic solidarity and set the highest standards for research, teaching, and service,” Farmer said.More than 500 people attended the session, including Harvard President Drew Faust and HMS Dean Jeffrey Flier, who both gave introductory remarks; Provost Steven E. Hyman; and Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health. Panelists included Ophelia Dahl, executive director of Partners In Health, and HMS instructors in medicine David Walton, Claire Pierre, and Koji Nakashima. Walton and Nakashima are also Partners In Health physicians.The event was part of the Talks @ 12 series, periodic lunchtime discussions featuring faculty members and special guests who speak to the Harvard medical community.last_img read more

Helping hand

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaInstead of heading home after school to get ready to trick-or-treat, Bacon County 4-H’ers will go to the Twin Oaks Nursing Home in Alma, Ga., to hand out treats and good times.Every year, 4-H’ers run the home’s fall festival – a project that is one of many the students do to help the town’s elderly residents.“I feel like it’s so important to teach our young people to give back to the community,” said Ann Wildes, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent in Bacon County. “If you don’t give them the opportunity to give back to make their community better, they’re not going to know how to or where to give back. And we all have the responsibility of serving others and striving to make our communities a better place to live and grow.”Seven years ago, nursing home staff asked Wildes to help with the festival. The next year, her 4-H’ers planned it, secured prizes, served as escorts, took photographs, worked the booths and cleaned up afterwards.No resident is left out. Each one who participates receives a prize at each booth. Whether it’s a diet soda, stuffed animal, necklace, chips, plastic clapping hands or a crazy hat, the prizes are safe and fun. The 4-H’ers work closely with the home’s staff to make sure they are.“The 4-H’ers who help out at this event volunteer to come. They learn the importance of commitment to a project,” Wildes said. “(They learn) the elderly are not to be feared or shunned, and they have a responsibility to bring joy and fun into the lives of the elderly.”Georgia’s state 4-H leader Bo Ryles says programs that connect young people and the elderly enhance life for both groups. “Bacon County 4-H’ers’ work with the elderly is outstanding,” Ryles said. “This is just one of many ways 4-H programs give back to their communities across the state.”Working with the elderly isn’t for every 4-H’er, Wildes said, but some children have a gift for it.“At one time, we had a young man who didn’t participate in anything but going to the nursing home,” she said. “That was his moment that just shined.”At first, she said, going to the nursing home was hard for her. She now teaches her students to give back to the community’s seniors.“They are the ones who have gone before us,” she said. “They have so much wisdom. There is a lot we can learn from them. If we will only take the time and give of ourselves, then we will be the ones blessed.”The students do more than just the festival. Each month, they hold a bingo game at the Sun City Retirement Home. Wildes started the Sun City game 25 years ago when she was a high school teacher. She continued it when she became the county’s UGA Extension agent 10 years ago.Wildes uses the game to teach responsibility. To help, students must commit to go to the nursing home every month. One student and her mother did more than just bingo. They bought groceries and cleaned house for a resident who was hospitalized.The 4-H’ers organize a beauty pageant for elderly residents on Valentine’s Day, an Easter celebration and classes at the local senior center, too.“To me there’s just a unique connection between the elderly and children, something my age group doesn’t have with them,” Wildes said. “They just have a special relationship. The elderly love it, love it, love it when the children come to visit.”Wildes wants the students to realize that they will grow old one day, too.“If you expect someone to come visit you, send you a card, give a gift, you need to be modeling that for the children coming behind you,” she said. “I think our elderly people should never, ever be forgotten.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

California wants to hire more cannabis cops to get a handle on black market marijuana

first_imgThe Sacramento Bee 2 June 2020Family First Comment: But weren’t we told that legalisation would free up police resources?It’s a myth!#saynopetodope#VoteNOCalifornia’s Bureau of Cannabis Control is looking to beef up its law enforcement presence.The bureau in a new state budget request is asking lawmakers to let it build an 87-member police force that would enforce the 2016 law voters passed legalizing recreational cannabis. It’d create the law enforcement branch by absorbing 58 positions from another department, and hiring 29 more cannabis cops.The department is trying to contain a black market that pervades the state three years after California’s first recreational marijuana stores opened.In 2019, the bureau seized nearly 24 tons of illicit cannabis, while the California Highway Patrol in 2018 seized more than 80 tons.Black market cannabis operators made an estimated $8.3 billion in sales in 2019, compared to the $3.1 billion the legal market made, according to projections from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research.“Investigators have seized millions in untested products, including cannabis flower, edibles, tinctures, concentrates — all bypassing the state’s testing and labeling requirements,” said George Tiongson, president of the California Association of Criminal Investigators, an affiliate of the union that represents employees the bureau’s employees.READ MORE: https://www.sacbee.com/article243061066.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

The Latest: Falcons activate 3 from COVID-19 reserve list

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Atlanta Falcons have activated linebacker Foye Oluokun, quarterback Danny Etling and rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins from the team’s COVID-19 reserve list. Associated Press Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season.He is the second Browns guard to opt out, following Drew Forbes. The team also will be without offensive tackle Drake Dorbeck and defensive tackle Andrew Billings.The Browns promoted Gossett from the practice squad late last season. His loss will hurt Cleveland’s depth and likely force general manager Andrew Berry to look for free agents.The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.___ The Latest: Falcons activate 3 from COVID-19 reserve list They were among six players placed on the list in the early days of training camp.Defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, fullback Keith Smith and safety Jamal Carter have yet to be cleared to rejoin the team.Oluokun is expected to take over a full-time starting role this season, while Etling is in the mix to serve as the team’s third quarterback. Hawkins is a fourth-round pick out of California.___Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not play because of the coronavirus pandemic. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports August 5, 2020last_img read more

Maria Holverson retires from Wellington Recreation Commission; Courtney Wiens takes over

first_imgMaria Holverson and Courtney Wiens.Sumner Newscow report — Maria Holverson, left, celebrated her retirement as a custodian for the Wellington Recreation Commission, Friday afternoon. Fellow employees, friends and family gave her a farewell reception. Courtney Wiens, right, is her replacement. She started her job Monday.last_img