Germany Promises Support to Post Ebola Recovery Plan

first_imgThe Federal Republic of Germany has committed to provide more support to Liberia, including the attraction of private investments that will help the country in its post Ebola recovery efforts.German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Muller, who led a 30-member German delegation to Liberia, made the commitment during a press briefing jointly held with Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan over the weekend at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill.  The Dr. Muller-led delegation, which was co-led by the German Minister of Health, Herr Hermann Groehe, was in the country primarily to assess the impact of German contribution to the Government of Liberia’s fight against Ebola and to discuss the possibilities for strengthening German-Liberian financial and technical cooperation.”As I told the President, this country must not fall into depression now or after the Ebola crisis; that is why we need to make considerable investment in infrastructure and in the agricultural sector… That is why we have taken the decision to double our support in the coming years,” the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development said through an interpreter.Dr. Muller, who emphasized that private investment is paramount to the development of any nation, disclosed that his government will lobby with private sector actors in Germany to attract private investments to Liberia.Dr. Muller and delegation, which also included two members of the German Parliament, met and held talks with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prior to the stakeout and indicated that as a result of the excellent relationship subsisting between President Sirleaf and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, two important development issues have been included on the agenda of the forthcoming Group of Seven (G7) Conference.The two issues, said Dr. Muller, are creating a fair value chain aimed at producing a fair standard of production in developing countries and empowering women through technical vocational education.Dr. Muller urged Liberians to continue the fight against corruption by engaging in efficient governance and to further strengthen the rule of law, adding, “These are the bases and required bureaucracy which attract private investment.”He also gave assurance that the German government will solidify its diplomatic and bilateral ties with Liberia by increasing support to the country’s energy, agriculture and education sectors.The 30-member German team also included two members of the German Parliament and several German journalists and civil society actors.Liberian Foreign Minister Ngafuan, on behalf of President Sirleaf and the Government and People of Liberia, conveyed profound gratitude to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Government and people of Germany for their unswerving support to Liberia both during good and bad times.”We in Liberia are not only grateful that officials of the German Government could visit Liberia, but also we take positive note of the size and composition of the delegation, which speaks volumes about the strength of the bilateral relations between our two countries and Germany’s firm commitment to being a stronger partner with our country in good as well as in bad times.”The 30-member German delegation is the largest to visit Liberia in recent times.A foreign Ministry release said Minister Ngafuan praised the German Government and people for their  demonstration of strong solidarity with the Liberian Government during and after the Liberia civil war and in particular during the critical time of the Ebola Virus pandemic.”Not only did the Government of Germany keep its diplomatic mission operational throughout and including the peak of the pandemic, but we were honored to have been visited in September 2014 by Ambassador George Wilfried Schmidt, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel and by Mr.Walter J. Lindner, German Ebola Coordinator to West Africa in October 2014. It is good to have Ambassador Lindner, back again.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Private citizen launches non-profit cancer foundation

first_imgIn light of World Cancer Day 2018, a non-profit organization took the opportunity to launch its services to the general public. The Sar and B Non-profit Foundation aims to combat and reduce the effect of cancer on the Guyanese population by providing treatment and screening for citizens.Volunteerism enthusiast Bibi Sheonarine, with the help of her close relatives, friends and medical colleagues, launched the organization after experiencing first-hand the effect that cancer can have on patients and their families.Mrs Sheonarine expressed that the organization was founded in honor of her parents — Sarifan Amjad Yusuf and Mohamed Yusuf, and her mother-in-law Mangri Sheonarine, who all passed away due to varying types of cancer.Volunteerism enthusiast Bibi Sheonarine (centre) is flanked by members of the Sar&B FoundationShe explained that whilst on a volunteer mission distributing clothing to Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, she noticed that citizens of the other two countries seemed carefree, but a lot of Guyanese citizens told stories of being affected by cancer. As a result of this, she said, she felt compelled to leave her home in California to return home and start the organization.Specifically, the Sar and B Foundation is working to provide cancer screenings, mammograms and pap smears for citizens around Guyana. The foundation has already begun doing outreaches, providing pap smears for women. At the moment the foundation has 50,000 pap kits on order, to continue this type of outreach.Speaking at the intimate gathering of the launching of this foundation, Dr Narindat Sooknandan spoke about the struggle it has been to get accessible treatment and testing for patients.“We never had radio therapy, we never had chemotherapy, now we have all this,” he said.He expressed gratitude at being part of such an initiative, where he could be of service to those in need.To date, the Sar and B Foundation, with the assistance of Dr Sooknandan has done approximately 97 pap smears in areas on the West Coast of Demerara and in Berbice; and is looking forward to working with Government, hospitals, private doctors, businesses, and like-minded entities to bring a halt to cancer in Guyana.last_img read more