To Contain Ebola in W/A, USAID, CDC Announce Additional Assistance

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says it will be deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to West Africa to coordinate the U.S. Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.The outbreak has so far sickened more than 1,600 people, and nearly 900 have died from the disease.The team, according to a U.S Embassy statement issued yesterday in Monrovia, will comprise staff from Agency’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, who will be overseeing critical areas of the response.The response will include  planning, operations, logistics in coordination with other federal agencies, among them the U.S. Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services.Members of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also serve on the DART to lead on public health and medical response activities, the statement has confirmed.USAID has also announced an additional US$5 million in assistance to help ramp up the international community’s Ebola response efforts.Specifically, the statement said, the funding will go toward the expansion of Ebola outbreak programs, which the Agency is already supporting in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.Accordingly, these programs help trace people who may be infected with the disease, as well as provide health clinics and households with hygiene kits, soap, bleach, gloves, masks, and other supplies to help prevent the spread of disease.USAID is also supporting outreach campaigns to provide information on Ebola and its symptoms to the general public and health workers in affected countries that may not be familiar with the disease.The statement said that these messages are being conveyed through radio, text messages, and through local media.In addition to the new funding, USAID has provided US$2.1 million to the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) for the deployment of more than 30 technical experts, and other Ebola response efforts.The USAID is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid in response to President Obama’s pledge in his last year’s State of the Union Address to “join with our allies to eradicate extreme poverty, and other diseases in the next two decades.”It has adopted as its mission statement “to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies, while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States.President John F. Kennedy, in whose memory Liberia’s  major referral hospital, the JFK Medical Center, is  named, created USAID in 1961 by executive order to implement development assistance programs in the areas authorized by the Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act.  America’s development assistance before 1961 was channeled through the International Cooperation Administration (ICA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Previews Upcoming Season at Media Day

first_imgStory Links Photo Gallery “This has certainly been an exciting offseason for us, coming off of a conference championship and 24 wins last season,” DeVries told reporters. “We’re really excited about the group we have coming back. I think they’ve had a great summer and offseason leading into this fall, and I feel like they’ve really taken that next step. There’s a lot of reason for optimism for our team this year.” The Bulldogs, who were picked fifth in the MVC preseason poll, return three starters and seven letterwinners from last season’s team that led the conference with 75.4 points per game. Eight newcomers will work to earn minutes this season. Wilkins, Thomas, Penn, and Sturtz will be tasked with replacing the production lost from the graduations of Nick Norton and Brady Ellingson, who remain with the program as graduate managers. DeVries earned the MVC Coach of the Year award for his efforts in leading Drake to the College Insider Tournament, the program’s 12th postseason appearance. Anthony Murphy leads a group of returnees in the frontcourt who will aim to fill the shoes of Nick McGlynn, an All-MVC selection and the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year last season. Murphy earned a spot on the MVC All-Bench team after averaging 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 21.2 minutes off the pine. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team hosted its annual media day on Wednesday afternoon in the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility. DeVries hopes that Jonah Jackson, a 6-foot-3 junior college transfer, can replace some of Ellingon’s shooting prowess. Freshmen Okay Djamgouz and Joseph Yesufu will also compete for minutes in the backcourt. Sophomore guard DJ Wilkins will look to build on a successful campaign in which he collected freshman all-conference honors. Drake’s leading returning scorer, Wilkins earned a place on the preseason All-MVC third team earlier this month. Sophomore Liam Robbins, a 7-foot center hailing from Davenport, will anchor the paint for the Bulldogs. Brady Ernst, a transfer from Florida Gulf Coast who previously spent time at Iowa State and Indiana Hills Community College, rounds out the frontline.center_img Garrett Sturtz averaged 18.2 minutes per game in 2018-19 and returns this season figuring to play a major role. He shot an impressive 53.3 percent from the field last season, the best mark of any returning Bulldog. A pair of freshman forwards, Issa Samake and Nate Ferguson, will work to carve out a role for themselves this season. They are joined by forward Antonio Pilipovic, who played a reserve role last season. Excitement surrounds the program after head coach Darian DeVries led the Bulldogs to 24 wins and the MVC regular-season championship in his first season at the helm. The team’s 24 wins were the third-most in program history. DeVries framed his program as one teeming with confidence after last year’s success. The Bulldogs posted a 13-2 home record last season, and the program’s home-court advantage will be improved significantly thanks to a $5 million donation from Paul and Claudia Schickler. Of the $5 million, $2 million will be directed to renovations for the Knapp Center while another $1 million will be donated to the men’s basketball program. Noah Thomas and Roman Penn will join Wilkins in the backcourt. Thomas led Drake with 89 assists last season, and Penn will make his Bulldog debut after sitting out last season following his transfer from Siena. He started 19 games and averaged 9.7 points per game as a freshman for the Saints. Drake celebrates the beginning of the season with its annual Blue/White Scrimmage on Thursday night. The action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. inside the Knapp Center, and admission is free. The Bulldogs open their season on Nov. 2 with an exhibition at home against Upper Iowa. Drake officially begins the regular season on Nov. 7 against Kennesaw State. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center. Print Friendly Version “I think there’s certainly a different outlook,” he said. “I think there’s a different feel not only on campus but even in the community on what they think the Drake basketball program can be and what it can become. I know our guys feel that, too. They feel the energy around our program, and it excites them.”last_img read more