USAID Reaffirms Partnership with Ethiopian Government to End TB

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The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and implementing partners KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), today celebrated the transition from the HEAL-TB activity to Challenge TB.

Working closely with the Ministry of Health and the Amhara and Oromia regional health bureaus, USAID’s HEAL TB activity has helped the ministry to screen more than 16 million people for TB since July 2011. While improving TB services at 1,000 health facilities was the original target, the activity enabled the ministry to expand to all 2,200 health facilities in the two regions.

Implemented by MSH, together with its sub-partners ALERT, PATH, and the Kenya Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, HEAL-TB significantly strengthened the laboratory network for TB diagnosis and placed more than 250,000 people on treatment. Additionally, USAID created a model multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) program, integrated TB and HIV services and expanded TB expertise at zonal and local levels.

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller noted, “We could not have achieved these results had it not been for our strong partnership and collaboration with the Ministry of Health and regional health bureaus.” He also commended MSH for their tireless work to register these impressive results.

Ethiopia remains among the world’s 30 high-burden TB countries, with close to 200,000 new cases estimated each year. Of these, only two-thirds are being identified for treatment. Ethiopia had approximately 1,300 new MDR-TB in 2014, with less than 45 percent treated. Supporting TB prevention and treatment in Ethiopia remains a priority for the U.S. Government.

The new activity, Challenge TB, is expected to substantially contribute to the Government of Ethiopia’s goal of ending TB throughout the country. It will build upon HEAL-TB, and expand in scope to support the Ministry of Health in nearly all regions of Ethiopia.

In alignment with the Health Sector Transformation Plan, Challenge TB will provide decentralized technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia at all levels to improve the quality of TB services, referral links, data and reporting. It will also emphasize access to TB services by key populations. KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is the lead implementing partner, with MSH and WHO substantially involved in project management.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and implementing partners KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), today celebrated the transition from the HEAL-TB activity to Challenge TB.

Working closely with the Ministry of Health and the Amhara and Oromia regional health bureaus, USAID’s HEAL TB activity has helped the ministry to screen more than 16 million people for TB since July 2011. While improving TB services at 1,000 health facilities was the original target, the activity enabled the ministry to expand to all 2,200 health facilities in the two regions.

Implemented by MSH, together with its sub-partners ALERT, PATH, and the Kenya Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, HEAL-TB significantly strengthened the laboratory network for TB diagnosis and placed more than 250,000 people on treatment. Additionally, USAID created a model multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) program, integrated TB and HIV services and expanded TB expertise at zonal and local levels.

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller noted, “We could not have achieved these results had it not been for our strong partnership and collaboration with the Ministry of Health and regional health bureaus.” He also commended MSH for their tireless work to register these impressive results.

Ethiopia remains among the world’s 30 high-burden TB countries, with close to 200,000 new cases estimated each year. Of these, only two-thirds are being identified for treatment. Ethiopia had approximately 1,300 new MDR-TB in 2014, with less than 45 percent treated. Supporting TB prevention and treatment in Ethiopia remains a priority for the U.S. Government.

The new activity, Challenge TB, is expected to substantially contribute to the Government of Ethiopia’s goal of ending TB throughout the country. It will build upon HEAL-TB, and expand in scope to support the Ministry of Health in nearly all regions of Ethiopia.

In alignment with the Health Sector Transformation Plan, Challenge TB will provide decentralized technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia at all levels to improve the quality of TB services, referral links, data and reporting. It will also emphasize access to TB services by key populations. KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is the lead implementing partner, with MSH and WHO substantially involved in project management.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and implementing partners KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), today celebrated the transition from the HEAL-TB activity to Challenge TB.

Working closely with the Ministry of Health and the Amhara and Oromia regional health bureaus, USAID’s HEAL TB activity has helped the ministry to screen more than 16 million people for TB since July 2011. While improving TB services at 1,000 health facilities was the original target, the activity enabled the ministry to expand to all 2,200 health facilities in the two regions.

Implemented by MSH, together with its sub-partners ALERT, PATH, and the Kenya Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, HEAL-TB significantly strengthened the laboratory network for TB diagnosis and placed more than 250,000 people on treatment. Additionally, USAID created a model multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) program, integrated TB and HIV services and expanded TB expertise at zonal and local levels.

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller noted, “We could not have achieved these results had it not been for our strong partnership and collaboration with the Ministry of Health and regional health bureaus.” He also commended MSH for their tireless work to register these impressive results.

Ethiopia remains among the world’s 30 high-burden TB countries, with close to 200,000 new cases estimated each year. Of these, only two-thirds are being identified for treatment. Ethiopia had approximately 1,300 new MDR-TB in 2014, with less than 45 percent treated. Supporting TB prevention and treatment in Ethiopia remains a priority for the U.S. Government.

The new activity, Challenge TB, is expected to substantially contribute to the Government of Ethiopia’s goal of ending TB throughout the country. It will build upon HEAL-TB, and expand in scope to support the Ministry of Health in nearly all regions of Ethiopia.

In alignment with the Health Sector Transformation Plan, Challenge TB will provide decentralized technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia at all levels to improve the quality of TB services, referral links, data and reporting. It will also emphasize access to TB services by key populations. KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is the lead implementing partner, with MSH and WHO substantially involved in project management.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and implementing partners KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), today celebrated the transition from the HEAL-TB activity to Challenge TB.

Working closely with the Ministry of Health and the Amhara and Oromia regional health bureaus, USAID’s HEAL TB activity has helped the ministry to screen more than 16 million people for TB since July 2011. While improving TB services at 1,000 health facilities was the original target, the activity enabled the ministry to expand to all 2,200 health facilities in the two regions.

Implemented by MSH, together with its sub-partners ALERT, PATH, and the Kenya Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, HEAL-TB significantly strengthened the laboratory network for TB diagnosis and placed more than 250,000 people on treatment. Additionally, USAID created a model multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) program, integrated TB and HIV services and expanded TB expertise at zonal and local levels.

USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller noted, “We could not have achieved these results had it not been for our strong partnership and collaboration with the Ministry of Health and regional health bureaus.” He also commended MSH for their tireless work to register these impressive results.

Ethiopia remains among the world’s 30 high-burden TB countries, with close to 200,000 new cases estimated each year. Of these, only two-thirds are being identified for treatment. Ethiopia had approximately 1,300 new MDR-TB in 2014, with less than 45 percent treated. Supporting TB prevention and treatment in Ethiopia remains a priority for the U.S. Government.

The new activity, Challenge TB, is expected to substantially contribute to the Government of Ethiopia’s goal of ending TB throughout the country. It will build upon HEAL-TB, and expand in scope to support the Ministry of Health in nearly all regions of Ethiopia.

In alignment with the Health Sector Transformation Plan, Challenge TB will provide decentralized technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia at all levels to improve the quality of TB services, referral links, data and reporting. It will also emphasize access to TB services by key populations. KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is the lead implementing partner, with MSH and WHO substantially involved in project management.

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President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud condemns Istanbul Ataturk Airport terrorism attack

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The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has strongly and unequivocally condemned the heinous violent acts of terrorism at Istanbul Airport which killed innocent people and injured many more.

“The fact that the terrorists would target innocent people in such a brutal and unforgivable manner is the greatest sign of their inhumanity, and moral bankruptcy. Any violence against innocent civilians aimed at terrorizing them and their nation is deplorable and wholly evil”, said the President.

The President has urged the world to unite in the fight against terrorism.
“The government of Somalia is working hard to tackle terrorism within our borders and wider region. Terrorism is a global threat that has deeply affected the citizens of both Somalia and Turkey. This is a global problem which needs a united global response”.

President Mohamud has also offered condolences to the leadership of Turkish government and the families of the victims at Istanbul Airport attack.

“We stand in solidarity with the brotherly People and Government of the Republic of Turkey. We mourn with them and share their deep loss in these dark hours. Our heartfelt condolences go to the families, friends and loved ones of all the innocent victims who were affected by this evil tragedy”.

The government of the Federal Republic of Somalia enjoys strong bilateral ties with the Republic of Turkey and it endeavors to advance this through further cooperation in all areas of common interest, including security.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Federal Republic of Somalia – Office of the President.

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July 6 Telephonic Press Briefing with Margaret McKelvey, Director, Office of Assistance for Africa Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

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EVENT:

Please join us on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 for a telephonic press briefing with Margaret McKelvey, Director of the Office of Assistance for Africa in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

Topics will include:

Current refugee crises in Africa: Lake Chad Basin, Kenya/Somalia, Burundi region, South Sudan/Sudan, Libya
Migration and secondary refugee flows
Durable solutions for refugees, including voluntary repatriation, local integration, third-country resettlement
Difficult challenges: Humanitarian access in conflict settings

Ms. McKelvey will give brief opening remarks, and then the moderator will open the floor to questions from participating journalists.

DETAILS:

Speaker: Margaret McKelvey

Date: July 6, 2016

Time: 13:00 GMT | 15:00 Local (Johannesburg) | 09:00 EDT (Washington, DC) Please use Time Zone Converter to determine the start time of the event in your time zone.

Language: English, French, Portuguese interpretation will be offered.

Ground rules: ON THE RECORD

Dial-in Info: To be provided upon RSVP

RSVP: RSVP to [email protected]

Please indicate if you will dial in (specify English/French/Portuguese line), or if you would like the operator to dial out to you, please provide the phone number and language to be used.

TWITTER: We will use the hashtag #AidRefugees for the call. Follow us on @AfricaMediaHub and @StatePRM .

BIO:

Margaret McKelvey

Director, Office of Refugee Assistance for Africa

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

U.S. Department of State

Ms. McKelvey joined the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in 1983 and was the Director of the Office of African Refugee Assistance from 1986 to 1993 when it was reorganized to be the International Refugee Assistance Office for Africa, the Americas, and (East) Asia. A further reorganization in September 1998 created the Office of Refugee Assistance and Migration for Africa [Sub-Saharan] and Asia (East and South). With the latest reorganization, she is the Director of the Office of Refugee Assistance for Africa [the continent].

That twelve-person office develops U.S. Government bi- and multi-lateral policy toward refugees and conflict victims, as well as other migrants, across the African continent. It administers an annual assistance program budget of over $800 million.

Her career in international humanitarian assistance also includes nearly seven years with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

She holds an M.A. degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. degree from Duke University. Her African experience began with a two-year assignment to the Peace Corps in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

LOGISTICS:

Callers should dial in to the conference call 10-15 minutes early.
When an individual journalist dials in, the operator will collect the caller’s name, press affiliation, and location. When an embassy dials in, the operator will ask the embassy’s name and location.
The moderator will facilitate the Q and A among the connected callers. Journalists on the conference call will be instructed to press the “*” and “1” buttons on their phones in order to enter the question queue. NOTE: You can press “*1” at any time during the call to join the question queue, even before the moderator begins the Q and A portion. We ask that journalists limit themselves to one question. Journalists can also submit questions in English to [email protected] prior to or during the call.

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606th PSC meeting on the draft International Criminal Court Action Plan on Arrest Strategies

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The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 606th meeting held on 20 June 2016, adopted the following decision on the draft International Criminal Court Action Plan on Arrest Strategies:

Council,

1. Recalls decision Assembly/AU/Dec.590 (XXVI) adopted by the Assembly of the Union at its 26th Ordinary Session held in Addis Ababa from 30 to 31 January 2016, requesting the Peace and Security Council to consider the Draft International Criminal Court (ICC) Action Plan on Arrest Strategies and make appropriate recommendations thereon to the next ordinary session of the Assembly, through the Executive Council;

2. Reiterates the AU concerns regarding the activities, including their erosive impact on stability in the continent, of the ICC in Africa, which have been the subject of various Assembly decisions;

3. Agrees with those States Parties to the Rome Statute that object to the inclusion of language in United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping mandates to assist in the enforcement of ICC arrest warrants, as this will affect the neutrality and impartiality of UN mandated peacekeeping missions and undermine the ability of member states of the UN to contribute troops to UN peacekeeping operations;

4. In light of the foregoing, Council recommends to the Assembly as follows:

i) to direct African States to the Rome Statute to ensure that during the adoption of the draft ICC Action Plan on Arrest Strategies, there is no provision that includes language requiring the UN Security Council to mandate UN peacekeeping missions to enforce ICC arrest warrants in Africa; and

ii) to mandate the Open-Ended Ministerial Committee on the ICC to include this issue in its engagement with UN Security Council, the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute and other stakeholders on AU concerns on the activities of the ICC in Africa;

5. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

– See more at: http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/606th-psc-meeting-on-the-draft-international-criminal-court-action-plan-on-arrest-strategies#sthash.JcG7iWXK.G0odjcZI.dpuf

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President Michel sends message of condolence to Turkey following terrorist attack on Istanbul airport

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More than forty people have been killed and over 140 others injured in a terrorist attack in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey at the Ataturk International Airport. Following the tragedy, President James Michel has sent a letter of condolence on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Seychelles to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

President Michel described the attack as a heinous crime against innocent and law abiding citizens. He furthered noted that it was an indiscriminate and criminal attack which targeted people of all races and creeds.

“In this holy month of Ramadan, a time for peace, reconciliation and compassion our hearts go out in these most difficult times to the Turkish people who have endured such abomination and especially to the victims of this callous act. Rest assured your Excellency that Seychelles remains steadfast in its support of Turkey and in the global fight against terrorism,” said President Michel.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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More than forty people have been killed and over 140 others injured in a terrorist attack in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey at the Ataturk International Airport. Following the tragedy, President James Michel has sent a letter of condolence on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Seychelles to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

President Michel described the attack as a heinous crime against innocent and law abiding citizens. He furthered noted that it was an indiscriminate and criminal attack which targeted people of all races and creeds.

“In this holy month of Ramadan, a time for peace, reconciliation and compassion our hearts go out in these most difficult times to the Turkish people who have endured such abomination and especially to the victims of this callous act. Rest assured your Excellency that Seychelles remains steadfast in its support of Turkey and in the global fight against terrorism,” said President Michel.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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More than forty people have been killed and over 140 others injured in a terrorist attack in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey at the Ataturk International Airport. Following the tragedy, President James Michel has sent a letter of condolence on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Seychelles to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

President Michel described the attack as a heinous crime against innocent and law abiding citizens. He furthered noted that it was an indiscriminate and criminal attack which targeted people of all races and creeds.

“In this holy month of Ramadan, a time for peace, reconciliation and compassion our hearts go out in these most difficult times to the Turkish people who have endured such abomination and especially to the victims of this callous act. Rest assured your Excellency that Seychelles remains steadfast in its support of Turkey and in the global fight against terrorism,” said President Michel.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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WCC approves 2018 World Mission Conference in Tanzania

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The proposal to hold the conference was approved today by the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee at its meeting in Trondheim, Norway.

Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Moderator of the WCC’s Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), presented the proposal.

The conference theme is “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship.” More than 700 delegates from churches worldwide are expected to gather for the event hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

The conference is the first to be held in Africa since 1958, when it was hosted in Ghana.

“CWME recognizes that the African continent is one of the most vibrant regions of world Christianity,” CWME Secretary, Dr Jooseop Keum explains.“It is important that the spirit of Africa pervade the conference from planning through to delivery. A significant numbers of speakers and participants will be from the region.”

The mission executive adds that holding the conference in Africa will allow participants to learn about African ecumenical mission initiatives.

The first world mission conferencewas held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1910. A series of conferences has followed at aproximately10-year intervals. Much has changed in Christian mission work during that 106-year period. From the early approach to mission that focused on conversion to Christianity, church practice has evolved to focus on work with people living in conflict zones, in regions affected by climate change, and in situations where economic survival is threatened.

“When we see the rise in intolerance and violence in so many parts of the world,it feels as if the world is regressing,” says Keum. “WCC’s mission statement Together towards lifeencourages churches to work together to protect life in the face of death and destruction. We want to affirm the dignity of life when peoples’ rights are threatened.”

This approach to mission requires a new way of understanding the role of people involved in mission.

“We are living in a troubled world,” Keum says.“During the conference we want to explore what it means to be doing church mission work today.”

Increasingly, churches are using the word “discipleship” to describe a form of mission work that involves following closely the example of Jesus as he reached out to people who had been rejected by society or who were living in poverty. This means being open to being changed (“transformed”) in response to what churches learn from the people at the margins of society with whom they are working, the proposal says.

This can be a “costly” approach, Keum acknowledges. It is one that requires being open to the spirit of the times and to the heart of the Christian fait, which calls for people to be willing to take risks for their beliefs.

CWME’s proposal says that the conference will be inclusive of Christians from a wide range of traditions and will seek to “foster relationships with fellow churches” in order to encourage church unity and joint mission.

“World mission conferences have always been an opportunity for churches, mission agencies and practitioners to meet and vision together for the coming years,” Keum notes. “Through the conference we want to launch an ecumenical missionary movement. We see this as a call to work with a wide range of partners from Roman Catholic, Pentecostal and evangelical churches and movements to meet the challenges of doing mission work today.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of World Council of Churches (WCC).

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The proposal to hold the conference was approved today by the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee at its meeting in Trondheim, Norway.

Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Moderator of the WCC’s Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), presented the proposal.

The conference theme is “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship.” More than 700 delegates from churches worldwide are expected to gather for the event hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

The conference is the first to be held in Africa since 1958, when it was hosted in Ghana.

“CWME recognizes that the African continent is one of the most vibrant regions of world Christianity,” CWME Secretary, Dr Jooseop Keum explains.“It is important that the spirit of Africa pervade the conference from planning through to delivery. A significant numbers of speakers and participants will be from the region.”

The mission executive adds that holding the conference in Africa will allow participants to learn about African ecumenical mission initiatives.

The first world mission conferencewas held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1910. A series of conferences has followed at aproximately10-year intervals. Much has changed in Christian mission work during that 106-year period. From the early approach to mission that focused on conversion to Christianity, church practice has evolved to focus on work with people living in conflict zones, in regions affected by climate change, and in situations where economic survival is threatened.

“When we see the rise in intolerance and violence in so many parts of the world,it feels as if the world is regressing,” says Keum. “WCC’s mission statement Together towards lifeencourages churches to work together to protect life in the face of death and destruction. We want to affirm the dignity of life when peoples’ rights are threatened.”

This approach to mission requires a new way of understanding the role of people involved in mission.

“We are living in a troubled world,” Keum says.“During the conference we want to explore what it means to be doing church mission work today.”

Increasingly, churches are using the word “discipleship” to describe a form of mission work that involves following closely the example of Jesus as he reached out to people who had been rejected by society or who were living in poverty. This means being open to being changed (“transformed”) in response to what churches learn from the people at the margins of society with whom they are working, the proposal says.

This can be a “costly” approach, Keum acknowledges. It is one that requires being open to the spirit of the times and to the heart of the Christian fait, which calls for people to be willing to take risks for their beliefs.

CWME’s proposal says that the conference will be inclusive of Christians from a wide range of traditions and will seek to “foster relationships with fellow churches” in order to encourage church unity and joint mission.

“World mission conferences have always been an opportunity for churches, mission agencies and practitioners to meet and vision together for the coming years,” Keum notes. “Through the conference we want to launch an ecumenical missionary movement. We see this as a call to work with a wide range of partners from Roman Catholic, Pentecostal and evangelical churches and movements to meet the challenges of doing mission work today.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of World Council of Churches (WCC).

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