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U.S. Policy Examines Somalia

WASHINGTON — Somalia is still in the pits.

At a congressional hearing experts, said 2.85 million Somalis are in need of humanitarian aid. This year’s drought in Somalia is the worst the Horn of Africa or East Africa has seen since the 1950s.

And things are not looking up said experts.

“Our experts at FEWSNET and FSNAU have studied the most recent data they have collected, and they expect the perilous situation in the Horn of Africa to worsen through the end of the year,” Nancy E. Lindborg, assistant administrator for Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian said.

The data examines the limited labor opportunities, the dwindling food stocks, and sky-high cereal prices, which is causing households to go hungry.

Many Somalis have left their country in hope of better assistance and food in refugee camps spread throughout East Africa: Kenya, Djibouti, and Ethiopia.

These camps have been experiencing their own wave from the drought. Malnutrition is at an all time high in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and Boqolmayo refugee camp in Ethiopia.

“One out of every two Somalis now arriving in Ethiopia is acutely malnourished, and one out of three arriving in Kenya is acutely malnourished,” Lindborg said.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Brigety, II of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said the camps are so over filled with refugees from Somalia that Ethiopia opened a 6th camp and has announced an opening of a 7th camp along with Djibouti.

Is it because there hasn’t been an existing government since the 1991 or terrorists groups funded by al-Qaida?

Experts debate that both have been the reason for the flux in the country.

“The increasing piracy problem off the coast of Somalia stems from years of instability, lack of governance, and economic fragility on land,” Yamamoto said. He added, the U.S.plans to work closely with the Transitional Federal Government Parliament Prime Minister Abdiweli M. Ali for the next 12 months.

For the 2011 Fiscal Year, the proposed level is about $21 million to support the Dual Track Policy.

The Dual Track Policy developed by the State Department has two paths. One path is to continue support of the Djibouti Peace Process, the Transitional Federal Government, its National Security Forces, and the African Union Mission in Somalia. Path two is outreach. Don Yamamoto, assistant secretary bureau of African Affairs, said this path broadens the U.S. engagement to include communication with Somaliland, Puntland, and regional and local anti-al-Shabaab groups throughout central Somalia.

With this Dual Track Policy set in place additional funds will also be given to Somalia this year and Somalia refugees.

“The U.S. Government is also providing $48 million in humanitarian assistance to help those in Somalia, as well as over $76 million in humanitarian assistance for those who have fled Somalia,” Yamamoto said.

This will be the first time in two years the UN has delivered aid to south central Somalia, an area controlled by the group al-Shabab.

To Learn More About the issues discussed in this article refer to links below:

Huff Post World – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/timothy-a-ridout/somalia-is-not-a-state_b_894734.html

BBC News Africa http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14144893

Sunatimes.com – http://www.sunatimes.com/view.php?id=1178

*I also encourage you to do your own research on current events happening in Africa as well as past events.

July 13, 2011 Posted by | AFRICA and its countries, Health, International, Life In DC, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aware of Your Social Consciousness

Socially aware of those things around us as humans we should all strive to be! But what is exactly socially aware?

Sitting as legs buckle, palms sweat, and shifted nervousness in the lower pelvis takes over the body. A body that is believed to be healthy and fit for all the ups and downs of old age. How old? Is that age teens, early 20’s, or late 30’s? The swab test from teeth to gums holding a stick of saliva. The stick placed in the chemicals to produce a result of shame or relief. Sitting as legs buckle palms sweat, and shifted nervousness in the lower pelvis begins to take over the body for 20 minutes. Not before all of the questions on the sheet are answered. 1) Have you ever had unprotected sex? 2) Of the opposite sex or same-sex? 3) Was that person affected? 4) How do you know? You list your name, address, and how many sexual partners? Do you remember?

Are we social conscious about our surroundings and bodies? Walking away from a HIV Testing event to hear a stranger on the street just passing by to say “I too am affected with the disease.” A silent killer among many women; African-American women. Women of color die, are affected, are living in silence.

Organize, Research, and Help Your Sisters!

 

 

Facts:

More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981.

Africa has over 14 million AIDS orphans.

At the end of 2008, women accounted for 50% of all adults living with HIV worldwide

In developing and transitional countries, 9.5 million people are in immediate need of life-saving AIDS drugs; of these, only 4 million (42%) are receiving the drugs.

The number of people living with HIV has risen from around 8 million in 1990 to 33 million today, and is still growing. Around 67% of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa.

Regional statistics for HIV & AIDS, end of 2008

Region Adults & children
living with HIV/AIDS
Adults & children
newly infected
Adult prevalence* Deaths of
adults & children
Sub-Saharan Africa 22.4 million 1.9 million 5.2% 1.4 million
North Africa & Middle East 310,000 35,000 0.2% 20,000
South and South-East Asia 3.8 million 280,000 0.3% 270,000
East Asia 850,000 75,000 <0.1% 59,000
Oceania 59,000 3900 0.3% 2,000
Latin America 2.0 million 170,000 0.6% 77,000
Caribbean 240,000 20,000 1.0% 12,000
Eastern Europe & Central Asia 1.5 million 110,000 0.7% 87,000
North America 1.4 million 55,000 0.4% 25,000
Western & Central Europe 850,000 30,000 0.3% 13,000

Know all forms of protection!

Empower other Women by Talking.

There are three levels of social consciousness: acquired, awakened, and expanded.

June 27, 2010 Posted by | Health | Leave a comment

Gates Lend A Helping Hand for Women’s Health World-Wide

Taken June 10, 2010 by Jarondakie Patrick, Columbia Heights in D.C.

On Monday Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $1.5 billion to help improve women’s health and children along with the United Nations. The donation was announced at The Women Deliver 2010 Conference in Washington, DC. The donation will fund a program that does not concentrate on one or two things like AIDS or nutrition. The Gates are looking to broaden the initiatives. 

In her speech at the conference, Gates said: “The world must come together to save women’s and children’s lives. In poor countries, pregnancy and childbirth often end in tragedy.”
 

The three-day conference brought together 3,500 participants from 140 countries making it the largest maternal gathering on health ever. 

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shared his thoughts on the new program that is being implemented. 

“The women and children are always last in line for health issues,” Ban said. “It’s just morally unacceptable … This is a real human rights issue.” 

Ban and Gates decided on a comprehensive approach to help women deliver babies safely and plan healthy families with access to contraception. The program working its way through 2014 would also incorporate current vaccination and nutrition programs. 

Not only is the program willing to lean on developed countries and non-profits, but as well undeveloped countries. Ban says undeveloped countries should donate 15 percent of their national budget to health issues. 

The foundation set up by the Gates provides inital grants of $94 million for work in India and $60 million for Ethiopia. Some groups that have already been funded by the money are Save the Children and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. 

The Ethiopian government had opened 15,000 clinics and hired 30,000 visiting health workers previous. This initiative of making health a priority may be the reason they were the second country to receive a grant in the millions.   

Governments and non-profits are not the only ones expected or interested in getting involved. World Bank managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala hopes her institution could work with Gates on the program. 

The program is expected to find solutions affecting women and girls world-wide. 

This is something new from previous health issues the Gates Foundation has worked on and they hope that their efforts will help start a global movement of effort.

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Health | Leave a comment

Our Dear First Lady Taking On Obesity and the followers (DC News)

The fight for obesity has been a long one for many adults in society, but it seems America’s first lady Michelle Obama is taking on the fight for the youth.

While the report of childhood obesity was given by the White House Task Force Obama said, “We’re setting really clear goals and benchmarks and measurable outcomes that will help tackle this challenge one step, one family and one child at a time.” This is a part of the First Lady’s campaign “Let’s Move“.

This event occurred a few days before D.C. Council proposed additional taxes be added to soda beverages (soft drinks, pop, or cold drinks). It was proposed in hopes that it would decrease the childhood obesity rates. In just a few days it seems Michelle Obama has started a trend within politics and society.

A campaign to put an end to the proposal has begun with The Beverage Industries and organizations as The Campaign for Healthy Kids, Earth Day Network and the Capital Area Food Bank. Campaign for Healthy Kids released a poll on Wednesday showing broad support for the tax increase. If the taxes were to increase on soda beverages it would be $0.01 cent for every ounce of soda purchased. Now there is no tax charged to soda because it is considered a grocery item. But if the proposal is not approved council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) has proposed going through with charging $0.01 for soda beverages. For all the diet soda lovers; they do not have to worry because diet beverages are exempt.

I understand that D.C. Council has begun to take initiatives toward this growing problem within America’s society, but hold on Cheh. The last time I checked we were still in a recession and when did politicians reserve the right to tell all citizens that this drink that you have beloved since first created will be taxed extra. Do you not think the citizens of the District of Columbia should be receiving some kind of break? First it was $0.05 for bags, than an additional $0.10 for the metro. Now I guess the government is saying break their pockets and this will pour back into the economy.

The campaign Let’s Move hopes to decrease the 20% obesity rate to five percent by 2030.

If you would like to read more about these two important topics concerning health click on the two links provided in the underlined text that will open a new window for you to view the two separate articles by the Washington Post health section. Thank you for visiting my blog and please leave comments. I can handle criticism of all kinds!

May 15, 2010 Posted by | Health, Politics | Leave a comment