On Saturday, August 12th, the Church of the Epiphany in New York City affirmed its commitment to criminal justice reform and celebrated the graduation of ten participants from the Raising My Voice-Kin program, a leadership and public speaking skills training for individuals whose loved ones are currently or have previously been incarcerated.
Following an invocation by Reverend Jennifer Reddall and introductory remarks by Deacon Jacqueline Sanchez-Shabbaz and Program Coordinator Linda Steele, two Raising My Voice - Kin graduates gave moving speeches about the challenges of loving someone impacted by the justice system.
Raising My Voice-Kin is a spinoff initiative modeled after the Raising My Voice program, a longer and more intensive leadership and public speaking skills training for formerly incarcerated individuals. The Church of the Epiphany hosted the entirety of the five-week training, offering child support and a hot meal to accompany each Saturday workshop. In hosting, coaching and celebrating Raising My Voice-Kin’s graduates, Epiphany has joined the Church of Heavenly Rest, another Circles of Support partner, in their commitment to supporting men, women and children impacted by mass incarceration.
The ten new graduates are now members of Circle of Support’s Speakers Bureau, and are available to speak at churches, NGO’s, schools, and private events.
For more information, please see our full press release, “On Becoming the Beloved Community” at the Episcopal News Service’s website.
For questions about booking a speaker, please email Lisa at Circles of Support.
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The August issue includes new research from Zambia, which examines human mobility patterns -- an important piece of information that can be used to decrease malaria transmission.
Read the full newsletter here.
Between June 27th and 30th, The Isdell: Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative (I:F CBMI) supported the distribution of 1,000 long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to communities in Binga District, Zimbabwe. Binga District Hospital, and the Wards of Simatelele, Saba, and Chunga were targeted for distribution based on need and severity of malaria. Hundreds of malaria cases have already been identified in these communities during the first five months of 2017.
Pregnant women and children under five were prioritized during the distribution, as they are most susceptible to malaria. The distribution was conducted in close partnership with Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health and Child Care.
With support from I:F CBMI, The Anglican Diocese of Bulawayo oversees a cadre of Village Health Workers and Malaria Control Agents who are responsible for registering households ahead of the net distribution. Village Health Workers will also follow-up will all households that received a net to ensure the nets are hung properly and being used every night.
Thanks to the hard work of I:F CBMI Zimbabwe Program Manager Pulelo Bhebhe and Charles Siachema of the Binga District Medical Office for providing those in need with life-saving bed nets. The distribution was also made possible thanks to Binga Field Officers First and Anton, and the committed Village Health Workers under their supervision.
This evening, Discovery will broadcast the global premiere of MOSQUITO! The documentary will feature interviews with global health leaders including Bill Gates, and draws attention to the world's single greatest agent of death in modern human history: the mosquito.
Read more about the impact documentary 'Mosquito' at MalariaWorld.org.
J.C. Flowers Foundation grant gives practitioners in malaria-endemic areas access to
a critical resource
Cold Spring Harbor, NY -- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHLP) today announced a grant from the J.C. Flowers Foundation (JCFF) to support the free eBook distribution of the research monograph, Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication. JCFF funding enables this newly published title to reach scientists, clinicians and care-givers throughout malaria-endemic areas such as Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America.
“As malaria is a global health priority that continues to affect millions of people worldwide, there is an urgent need for readily accessible research on the disease, especially when working with ‘last mile’ communities where it is often logistically or financially difficult to apply current research,” says Chris Flowers, founder of JCFF. “We are pleased to join with Cold Spring Harbor’s publishing initiatives to further the efforts to eliminate this disease.”
Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication is a new, critically important collection of papers edited by Dyann Wirth, Harvard School of Public Health, and Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme in Geneva, Switzerland. With contributions from more than two dozen scientists worldwide, the book brings together in a single volume the latest advances and emerging strategies in the fight against malaria.
The eBook is available at no charge for download and unrestricted sharing via the CSHLP website in an interactive PDF format, which includes links to cited research and additional online resources.
“The JCFF’s invaluable support is making this important collection available to researchers and clinicians who are most in need of it,” says Dr. John Inglis, Executive Director and Publisher of CSHL Press. “Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is grateful to partners such as JCFF for their help in advancing both biological research and the sharing of new knowledge with scientific and medical communities worldwide.”
To access the free eBook of Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication, or for more information on this title, please visit: http://bit.ly/malariacshlp
About J.C. Flowers Foundation - Partners for the Last Mile
The J.C. Flowers Foundation addresses critical health and social problems affecting vulnerable and hard to reach populations often overlooked by traditional donors. The Foundation works closely with other funding organizations, governments and local grassroots organizations in “last mile” communities to eliminate malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and support recent parolees in Harlem, New York with returning to their communities. Sponsorship for distribution of Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication is a part of the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative.
The J.C. Flowers Foundation provides these last-mile communities with the financial, technical and operational support needed to achieve their own locally determined solutions. The Foundation brings to the table access to partnerships and advocacy at national and international levels.
About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press is an internationally renowned publisher of books, journals, and electronic media, located on Long Island, New York. Since 1933, it has furthered the advance and spread of scientific knowledge in all areas of genetics and molecular biology, including cancer biology, plant science, bioinformatics, and neurobiology. It is a division of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an innovator in life science research and the education of scientists, students, and the public.
About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year on its campuses in Long Island and in Suzhou, China. The Laboratory's education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu
This year’s Trans Kunene Malaria Initiative’s Community Malaria Award was presented to Ohadiwa, Namibia in recognition of the community volunteers’ contribution to malaria prevention and elimination. Chris Flowers and Neville Isdell, Co-founders of the Isdell: Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative, recognize the highest performing communities in Namibia, Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe with the award annually.
The Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative (IFCBMI) relies on a network of community malaria volunteers, working through the Anglican Church, to support malaria elimination efforts in the border areas of Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Specifically, The Trans Kunene Malaria initiative (TKMI) encompasses the shared border between Angola and Namibia. TKMI community volunteers conduct malaria education and household visits to ensure all community members understand how malaria is spread, and how to precent it. During household visits, volunteers ensure that bed nets are being used, and that any person showing malaria symptoms receives a malaria test and treatment if needed. This community-based work is critical to malaria elimination efforts, and helps ensure malaria does not spread across the border.
The community of Ohadiwa, Namibia celebrated their successful year in malaria prevention during International Malaria Week. The Kwanyama Queen, local council leaders, and Bishop Luke Pato of the Anglican Church of Namibia joined the celebration.
Susan Lassen of IFCBMI recognized the important role of the volunteers in the fight against malaria at the community level. The Queen of Kwanyama and the local leaders also lauded the important work conducted by community malaria volunteers in Ohadiwa.
During the celebration, four community malaria volunteers used drama and song to further educate the community about malaria. These volunteers were also able to meet with the Queen and local leaders.
The TKMI Community Award celebration coincided with World Malaria Day activities, during which the Minister of Health of Namibia, Dr. Haufiku, and the Minister of Health of Angola, Dr. Sambo, jointly celebrated the day on the Angola-Namibia border. Members of the TKMI program attended, including Bishops Andre Soares of Angola and Luke Pato of Namibia. The General Secretary of CICA, Rev. Deolinda Teca was also in attendance. IFCBMI’s contribution to malaria prevention was recognized by both Ministers of Health, who called upon both countries to increase cross-border collaboration for malaria elimination. Namibia’s Minister of Health emphasized the need to work in the community and with the community, house to house. He urged local leaders to work together to fight a common enemy, Malaria.
These messages re-enforce the community-based model employed by IFCBMI, and recognizes the work currently conducted by TKMI teams and community volunteers. A big congratulations to Ohadiwa on the great achievements.
View more photos from the celebration below.
Malaria is preventable and treatable. Yet in 2015, the disease claimed the lives of an estimated 429 000 people and there were an estimated 212 million new cases of the disease. On World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization is emphasizing the importance of malaria prevention in reducing the number of malaria cases and deaths. Learn more from the infographic below.
This article originally appeared in All Africa.
Following a decade of progress towards malaria elimination, the majority of Elimination 8 (E8) countries (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) have hit a plateau in the fight against malaria.
Given the region’s stagnating progress, cross-border collaboration and innovative partnerships are more critical than ever. Recognizing this, Ministry of Health representatives, E8 officials, nonprofit partners and religious leaders from four of the E8 countries convened in early March at the 5th annual Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative Round Table meeting in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Read the full story here.
This news release was originally published by the World Health Organization.
13 DECEMBER 2016 | GENEVA - WHO’s World Malaria Report 2016 reveals that children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have greater access to effective malaria control. Across the region, a steep increase in diagnostic testing for children and preventive treatment for pregnant women has been reported over the last 5 years. Among all populations at risk of malaria, the use of insecticide-treated nets has expanded rapidly.
But in many countries in the region, substantial gaps in programme coverage remain. Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining overall progress, jeopardizing the attainment of global targets.