BRAC Liberia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social welfare (MOH/SW) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has completed a weeklong psychosocial counseling workshop for Ebola survivors and orphans in four of the 15 counties.Those counties are Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Lofa. The exercise brought together hundreds of Ebola survivors and orphans.The workshop was intended for victims who were affected by the Ebola crisis in the country to share their experiences with the organization, and how to help tackle the growing levels of stigma surrounding the disease.Alexander Blackie, Psychosocial Consultant to BRAC, told the participants that there is a desperate need for psychosocial support and training in Liberia, where stigmatization has become a serious problem, pushing Ebola survivors and families out of their communities and adding to their pain.“We need to encourage the acceptance of medically cleared survivors and help communities understand the facts about Ebola transmission. It is important that communities and survivors stand in unity to successfully combat Ebola in the country,” Mr. Blackie stated.He said that survivors often face stigma, income loss and grief, particularly from surviving friends and family members of those who died from the disease.Mr. Blackie, who is a Mental Health Clinician, described the situation as “truly troubling,” because, he believes that survivors need food and other support, such as the provision of basic household items, since those who were infected had all their belongings burnt, leaving them in a desperate situation.”At the same time, Mr. Blackie is encouraging community dwellers to help ensure that survivors are welcomed and not stigmatized.Montserrado County Health Officer, Fred Amegashi, urged the survivors to think positively and forgo the stigma of Ebola, because the disease affected everyone in the country.In separate remarks, some of the survivors said that life had changed for them because community dwellers are stigmatizing them to the extent that some marketers refuse to accept money from victims for transactions.BRAC launched operations in Liberia in 2008, and has since been working for a better future with programs in microfinance, agriculture, poultry and livestock, health and empowerment as well as livelihoods for adolescents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll have analysis of President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, with legal analyst Sheryl Wood of the Wood Law Firm. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on politics and law enforcement, including the ACLU’s report on police custody deaths in Maryland and the low-income housing lawsuit in Baltimore County.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
Sky Deutschland has secured the German rights to the second season of Netflix’s original drama series House of Cards and will show it exclusively on its Sky Go mobile TV and Sky Anytime on-demand services. Sky will show the complete second season of 13 episodes from February 14 on Sky Go and a day later on Sky Anytime, parallel to the US launch on Netflix. Sky Go subscribers will be able to view the show on the web, iPad iPhone, iPod touch and the Xbox 360, while Sky Anytime will make the show available via the Sky+ HD DVR on-demand.Sky will also make the first season of House of Cards available on Sky Go and Sky Anytime.From March 3 the new season will be available, dubbed in German on its Sky Atlantic HD channel, airing at 21:00 each Monday.
Vivendi has submitted its slate of candidates for the board of Telecom Italia (TIM) as it prepares to do battle with a hostile coalition of investors led by US hedge fund Elliott and Italian state-backed investment outfit Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP).Amos GenishVivendi’s list of candidates is headed by current CEO Amos Genish and also includes Arnaud de Puyfontaine, proposed as non-executive chairman. France Bernabè has been proposed as vice-president in charge of issues related to security.Others on the Vivendi slate are Marella Moretti, Frédéric, Crepin, Michele Valensise, Giuseppina Capaldo, Anna Jones, Camilla Antonini and Stéphane Roussel. Moretti, Valensise, Capaldo, Jones and Antonini have been proposed as independent directors.Vivendi has also proposed that the board membership be set at 15 members serving three-year terms.Vivendi’s publication of its slate comes as the board of CDP approved the entry of the group into TIM’s shareholders with a stake of up to 5%. CDP is also 50% owner of Open Fiber, the FTTH initiative backed by energy group Enel.CDP’s move comes after Elliott, which is trying to oust Vivendi from the leadership of the telco and drive through a new strategy that would see the company split off its infrastructure arm, succeeded in securing a vote at TIM’s April 24 annual shareholders meeting on the replacement of Vivendi’s board representatives and the appointment of six new independent directors. This came after TIM’s board of statutory auditors added the item to the agenda for the meeting. Vivendi’s board representatives had earlier resigned en masse, which was widely interpreted as a move the delay the election of the new board until May 4 and give the French media giant time to persuade investors to support it.TIM issued as statement saying the May 4 meeting would still go ahead as planned.Vivendi’s vision for the future of TIM suffered a separate blow this week when Italian broadcaster Mediaset teamed up with Sky Italia to combine its pay TV activities with Sky’s. TIM had sought to forge its own content partnership with Mediaset, despite a long ongoing dispute between Vivendi and Mediaset over the former’s decision to pull out of an April 2016 deal that would have seen it take control of Mediaset’s struggling pay TV arm, Mediaset Premium.
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