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300 Million Children to Receive Immunization Worldwide If…

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that the U.S. Government will commit $1 billion to The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, in the 2015-2018 fiscal years to help vaccinate 300 million children worldwide.A statement from USAID indicates that the amount announced is subject to congressional approval.It further states that the U.S. contribution will support Gavi’s plan to immunize 300 million additional children and save at least 5 million lives by 2020.If approved by the U.S. Congress, the US$1 billion will benefit Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa where Polio, whopping cough, diphtheria and tetanus have been affecting children with Ebola now taking center stage.“Providing a new and underutilized vaccine to the world’s poorest countries is a key driver in ending preventable child deaths by 2035,” the statement notes.Accordingly, USAID will be working closely with host country governments, Ministries of Health and Finance, and in-country and global Alliance partners, and will bring its financial, technical, and diplomatic efforts together to support country immunization programs to reach all children with critical, safe vaccines.”GAVI represents a groundbreaking effort that has unified a global community of partners — from rural clinics to multinational corporations — in the fight to end the tragedy of preventable child death,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “In doing so, we are strengthening our own national security, economic prosperity, and moral leadership.”For the third year in a row in his State of the Union address, President Obama embraced the vision of eradicating extreme poverty. USAID’s support for vaccines and immunization is foundational to these efforts.In June 2012, the world came together for the Child Survival Call to Action: A Promise Renewed, to craft a global goal to end preventable child deaths by 2035 and pioneer new approaches to accelerate progress towards child and maternal survival.  In the last two years alone, 24 priority countries – of which 16 are in Africa – have achieved an eight percent reduction in under-five mortality, saving 500,000 lives.Many of these lives were saved by simple, low-cost, high-impact health interventions like vaccines. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was created in 2000, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.Since then, GAVI has helped immunize nearly 500 million children; saving 7 million lives, driven down the costs of life-saving vaccinations, and has helped the poorest countries expand their vaccination programs, the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: ROY MC CRORY IN GREAT FORM AT BARNHILL

first_imgWith golfing weather still on our side, it was “Roy of the Rovers” stuff on Wednesday last, 26th, with no less that four of the club’s single figure handicappers battling it out for top spot.Indeed, it was “Roy” himself who came out on top, Roy Mc Crory [7], that is, taking his second prize of the month since he received lessons from the “Killea Yank”, Michael Costello. With bogeys at first and third, Roy was probably thinking more of the restaurant than finishing the course, but that built-in sportsmanlike fighting spirit had him finish level par for the next fifteen holes and, despite a birdie-bogey at fourteenth and fifteenth, a 35pt finish for a total return of 40pts. In runner-up spot was Don Ponsonby [6] just one point behind on 39pts. Don’s strange looking card read of a birdie at 3rd, double bogey at 6th, bogey/birdie at 13th & 14th and again, bogey/birdie at 17th & 18th, yet still finishing on level par 36 gross shots and 21pts for inward nine! The other “title” contenders on the day were Martin A. Gallagher [5] and Clifford Malone [7], finishing just two points behind. Saturday 29th Open, again played in such benign weather conditions that the only “leggings” to be seen worn were that of the green-keeping staff, was won by one of the club’s team stalwarts, Kieran Walsh [11]. Renowned for his canniness around the greens, honed by his many exploits playing in Ulster Cup matches, Kieran had set himself up for an unassailable lead by recording a score of 21pts at the turn, only to blemish the card with uncharacteristic bogeys at the final two holes yet still managing the win with 41pts, a margin of three points over his nearest rival. That runner-up was, indeed, another renowned team player and team captain, John Doran [7] whose outward nine of bogey at 1st, birdie at 4th followed by double bogey at 6th would not have given him much odds if he was a betting man but, with the help of a birdie at 14th, John managed the back nine in 37 gross shots, one over par nine and 20pts to finish on 38pts. Gross on the day was won by the back-to-form Gerard Duffy [6] with 30 gross points.Sunday 30th was so calm and peaceful on the Swilly banks that the only words being heard were either “fore” or “birdie”! Indeed, it was so hard to believe that it was the last day of November but for long standing member John Mc Closkey [21], it was a day to remember. With the help of a birdie at 2nd, John recorded his handicap score on front nine, 21pts, and, with golfing knowledge evolved around shrewd course management coming home, John’s return of 40pts was enough to give him his first win of the winter season. Running a close second, yet two points adrift, was that man aforementioned regaining his form, Gerard Duffy [5] who, despite birdies at 7th and 18th, had to console himself with exceptional bogeys at 4th and 15th after having driven into the water on both holes, returning 19pts over both nines for a total of 38pts. Best gross on the day went to Don Ponsonby [5] with 32 gross points.NB. The timesheet for the Christmas Hamper to be played for on Saturday 6th is now fully booked. Anyone who wishes to play at this late stage must tel. Pro shop,[ 07491 21150]. and leave name with Seamus in case of any late withdrawals.CAT 4: With over thirty names now on the sheet, convenor Gerry O’ Sullivan is proud to announce that the Cat. 4 Christmas Hamper will take place on Sunday 7th December. This is not a “draw” entry so competitors can book their own tee- time with their own chosen playing partners.Letterkenny Golf Club’s A.G.M. will be held on Thursday 11th December.TURKEY TROT:There will be a confined 11 [eleven] hole “Turkey Trot” competition every day from Monday-Friday [incl.]. Entry fee @ €3.00. Re-entry anytime @ €3.00. Tee-off from 1st hole only.“It may not be your divot or pitch mark but, as a club member, consider it your duty to repair it” [anon]HAVE YOU SIGNED UP? Letterkenny Golf Club’s newly launched Online Lotto’s fourth draw took place on Wednesday 26th and, although there was no Jackpot winner, two lotto members who smiled happily were Paul Doherty & Mary Duffy, winners of the “lucky dip” prizes of €50 each. Congratulations to you both! The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday evening, closing time for entries at 6pm Wednesday, and entry page can be found on club website, www.letterkennygolfclub.com and follow the prompts. Thank you for playing and please continue to encourage your fellow members, friends & family to play our Club Lotto.GOLF NEWS: ROY MC CRORY IN GREAT FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BarnhillgolfNoticesSportlast_img read more