Médecins Sans Frontières warns of emerging crisis in eastern Chad

Saturday, June 9, 2007

The non-governmental aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, warned of a humanitarian crisis developing in the eastern region of Chad in central Africa, issued a press release Friday.

Chad, which shares part of its eastern border with Sudan, has been the recipient of refugees fleeing conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. In addition to the estimated 234,000 Sudanese refugees it manages, Chad now has an estimated 150,000 internally displaced persons, or IDPs, fleeing from attacks on villages in the eastern region where the government of Chad has been fighting an insurgency, which it claims was supported in the past by Sudan.

The Chadian IDPs are set up in rudimentary camps, lacking basic necessities such as food, water and proper shelter. According to a May, 2007 report by MSF’s research and epidemiological survey centre, 20 percent of children in camps near Goz Beida were suffering from acute malnutrition and “catastrophic” mortality rates.

MSF complained of obstacles encountered in their effort to provide medical assistance to the needy. “In Goz Beida, the IDPs receive three to eight litres of water per person per day, whereas they should have 20 litres,” said Franck Joncret, MSF Head of Mission in Chad. Approximately 100 children are receiving treatment for malnutrition, while MSF estimated the number of acutely malnourished children to be greater than 2,000. “This policy of rationed aid for IDPs is unacceptable,” complained Joncret.

In April, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) initiated a three month intervention for the Chadian camps, which MSF described as “inadequate”. MSF also complained that they have not been given approval to open a paediatric hospital in Goz Beida to help deal with the malnutrition.

In the near term, MSF anticipated an increase in malaria and epidemic diarrhoeal diseases along with an dramatic increase in malnutrition cases. To help avert a humanitarian crisis, MSF pleaded for increased hospital capacity, a safe water supply for the camps, and the cooperation necessary to deal with malnutrition.

“It is imperative that the emergency in eastern Chad be fully recognised, that aid organisations provide massive, immediate aid to the IDPs and that the Chadian authorities facilitate humanitarian aid,” said Isabelle Defourny, manager of MSF programmes in Chad. The government of Chad has said it would agree to a UN police presence, but not a military force, in its eastern regions.

State of emergency declared in New York over H1N1 swine flu virus

Thursday, October 29, 2009

According to US health officials, New York state governor David Paterson has declared a state of emergency in the state as a result of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak.

The Associated Press news agency reports that the six-page declaration was issued because at least 75 people have died of H1N1 related illnesses in New York since April. Three have died from H1N1 related illnesses just this past week. The declaration also says that human cases of the virus are on the rise.

Paterson says he issued the declaration because “a disaster has occurred throughout New York State, for which the affected local governments are unable to respond adequately.”

The declaration will allow health officials more access to the H1N1 vaccine and the seasonal flu shot. It will also allow for an increase in the number of vaccine doses available in the state and will allow more health care facilities to administer the vaccine, including dentists and pharmacists. Schools with health centers will also be allowed to administer both vaccines.

Despite the declaration, officials stressed that there is no reason to worry. A spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Health, Claire Pospisil, said that “it [the declaration] helps us to be more prepared.”

The order came shortly after US president Barack Obama declared a national emergency last Saturday, a response to the spreading of the virus, which has now been circulated in 46 states.

Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

Using Omni Urincare For Urinary Incontinence}

Using Omni Urincare For Urinary Incontinence


Dwight Knox

Today there are many different options available for men to effectively manage male incontinence however certain issues remain common to all: extended exposure to moisture, and prolonged applied pressure. Often times, these factors can lead to maceration of the penis, skin irritation or rash, ischemia (bad blood irrigation) and penile obstruction. But the Omni URINCare system offers a welcome alternative to traditional incontinence management methods.by eliminating these exposure and pressure factors,

Traditionally, urinary incontinence has been associated with poor self-rated health and quality of life, social isolation, and depressive symptoms. Because the URINCare System actively removes excess moisture by sensing when liquid is present, and removing it from the source, the user is free to carry on with a normal life, lessening negative psychological effects, and decreasing self-imposed risk factors such as dehydration.

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According to an article published by the National Institute of Health, when several types of penile compression devices were tested, none completely eliminated urine loss when applied at a comfortable pressure. In addition, potential complications included edema, pain, urethral erosion and obstruction. Absorbency products were also evaluated for leakage control, and while effective, moisture and associated odor was still a problem. Today there are many different options available for men to effectively manage male incontinence however certain issues remain common to all: extended exposure to moisture, and prolonged applied pressure.

The Omni URINCare system works in a way completely different from these methods. The comfortable EZ-LifeKup, similar in scope to an athletic cup, is worn and held in place within the brace, similar to boxer-briefs and specially designed for comfort and effectiveness.

The EZ-LifeKUP is made from soft, medical grade flexible polyurethane, contoured for a comfortable and reliable fit, and includes an integrated urine detection sensor and ventilation holes on the wings of the cup to assist with moisture control. The cup forms a chamber which provides a dry, minimal-skin contact environment. This design prevents skin irritation normally associated with prolonged urine contact. When fluid enters the EZ-LifeKup, it is detected by the sensor and evacuated through a tube and into the EZ-LifeBag, a collection chamber worn around the user’s leg.

The URINCare is what I would call a game changer in the way that a new technology can improve the quality of life to the point where you say to yourself, What in the world did they do before they came up with this?’ says user Kendrick E. Duldulao. In certain situations there is just no alternative method of managing your neurogenic bladder.

Combined with Symbius’ 24-hour customer support, trained clinicians on staff, certified ATP/SMS professionals, and customer service representatives, Omni URINCare will keep you on the move, comfortably and effortlessly.

Additionally, Symbius Medical takes care of the entire insurance issue. For medical customers who are eligible for products from Symbius Medical, the company takes care of processing customer insurance claims with many primary or secondary insurance providers. That gives Symbius an edge over its competitors, and a heartfelt appreciation from its customers.

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