Friday, November 30, 2007
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28 November 2007
By Dr Mukesh Kapila, Special Representative of the Secretary General for HIV, International Federation
In the neighbourhood of Mabopane, a suburb of the South African capital Pretoria, she is known as “Auntie Elizabeth”. This 37-year-old woman single-handedly looks after the five children left behind by her sister – who died of AIDS in 2003. One of the children is living with HIV.
World AIDS Day: Communities must “take charge of their own destinies”, says the International Federation
28 November 2007
Communities must be at the forefront of the fight against HIV and tackling gender inequalities must be at the centre of our efforts, says the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on World AIDS Day.
“The theme for World AIDS Day 2007 is ’leadership’. This is not just for governments, health professionals, and organizations involved in HIV work. There is no substitute for communities taking charge of their own destinies,” says Mukesh Kapila, the International Federation’s Special Representative for HIV.
“We will not reduce the dreadful HIV statistics unless gender inequalities are tackled, and we can convince people – especially men - to change attitudes. The stark reality is that tens of millions of women all over the world continue to be prevented from managing their own sexuality, and daily face coercion, abuse, and violence,” he adds.
Empowering communities is at the centre of the International Federation’s action on HIV. Trained Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers involved in home-based care programmes have a unique role of visiting clients, supporting their adherence to treatment, motivating safe behaviour, giving advice on nutrition, health and hygiene, bringing psychosocial support to clients and to their families, and sending clients to clinics when their health deteriorates.
“Bearing in mind the lack of heath care personnel in many low income-countries, Red Cross or Red Crescent volunteers are often the only ones who can provide practical support and skill development in their communities,” says Bernard Gardiner, manager of the International Federation’s global HIV programme. ”Because they often live in the same area where they work, our volunteers are also best placed to ’go the extra mile’, which also means trying to overcome cultural challenges, especially when it comes to relaying prevention messages,” he adds.
Exactly a year ago, the International Federation launched its new Global Alliance on HIV, with a commitment to double programming by 2010. Some 50 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are now actively scaling-up their efforts to “do more and to do better” on HIV through community outreach by members and volunteers living among and targeting the most vulnerable groups.
This includes the US$ 300 million programme for ten countries in southern Africa to reach 50 million people with messages for prevention and against stigma and discrimination. It will provide services for at least 250,000 people living with HIV and 460,000 children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV. Similar doubling of the reach of Red Cross Red Crescent HIV programmes is now underway in other regions of Africa and in Asia, Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.
For further information, or to set up interviews, please contact: Jean-Luc Martinage, Information Officer, Geneva, Tel: +41 22 730 42 96/+41 79 217 33 86Media Service duty phone: Tel: +41 79 416 38 81
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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May you rest in Peace.
Paul Fruh, Head of ICRC Mission
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
By Niniu Oligao
Thanks to those volunteers and staff who did the morning clean up.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Solomon Islands Red Cross Dissemination officer (Niniu Oligao) attended a disaster awareness stakeholders meeting at the Natural Disaster Management Office (NDMO) this morning.
According to Mr. Loti Yates, NDMO director, the aim of the meeting was to brief the representatives of the various governmental ministries, agencies, and non governmental organizations about what they would say in their awareness in SIBC and printed media. He said each organization or ministry could explain the role it plays in responding to disaster.
He further stated the radio awareness should be 75 minutes- roughly five days, which each day the organization or ministry will have 15 minutes awareness. However, the organization or ministry will have to summarize its talk in written document which can fit a half page of our local newspapers.
Yates told those attended the meeting that the responsibility to inform public about their roles in disasters lies on their shoulders.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
By LAURELLA KEOUGH
QUESTIONS might have been asked on what humanitarian organisation has the only network of volunteers throughout the country and is the only organisation dealing with the humanitarian impact of climate change on the people of the Solomon Islands?
*The writer is from Red Cross Australia who recently visited parts of Malaita and compiled this report.
By Niniu Oligao
Solomon Islands Red Cross started an essential First Aid (FA) training to business houses, organizations, governmental agencies and its new volunteers at the humanitarian organization’s conference room this morning.
According to Steven Harry, a First Aid Instructor of SI Red Cross said the aims of the two days training are to preserve life of casualty before medical assistance, to prevent worsening, and promoting recovery of casualty. First day of the training is dedicated to the discussion on what the Red Cross is, First Aid as a first help to casualty(ies) in the absence of medical practitioner(s); which it will cover Bleeding management, shock, handling casualty to avoid further injuries, and assurance given to casualty that he or she will be recovering from injury.
He said the participants will receive both theory and practical trainings during the two days.
And different topics will be facilitated by some of the Red Cross FA instructors from the organization’s headquarters.
The commercial FA trainings are offered as part of the First Aid programme’s fundraising to sustain it in promoting basic essential skills to handle emergencies when they are arise in our workplaces and homes.