Organizations that help in Niger

How Do Relief Agencies Help Niger?
There are many different relief agencies that operate in Niger, and they are there to help with hunger, clean water and the impact of the Boko Harem kidnappings. Someone who wishes to help may join these agencies at any time, and they will find that the agencies give a number of opportunities for the public to contribute where Niger is suffering. This article explains how these four agencies do their work, and it shows that they have a focus on their mission that is life-changing.

#1: Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger has come to Niger to ensure that they may feed as many people as possible. The charity has sent many people to Niger to offer relief, and they are quite focused on giving the people of Niger services that they cannot live without. Niger is struggling in the midst of starvation and famine, and this agency sends food and resources to places that are hit the hardest.

#2: Rescue.org

Rescue.org knows how to help refugees, and they have come to Niger to ensure that anyone without a home has the help they need. The nonprofit knows how to help people who are fleeing their homeland, and they are hoping to reach people in Niger and realize their dreams in a new nation.

#3: Save The Children

Save The Children has been around for quite some time, and they are coming to Niger to ensure that they may help starving and homeless children. The charity wishes to save families who are struggling to feed their children, and they hope to reach families in the rural parts of the nation who need the most assistance.

#4: Islamic Relief USA

The Islamic Relief USA is one of the largest benevolent organizations in the world, and they have ensured that their money goes to helping people. Islamic Relief does quite a lot of work to help people who are and are not Muslim. They know that the Muslim population in this country is high, and they believe that the country may be helped with workers, money and resources.

Food, clothing and shelter are brought in by many relief organizations such as these, and they are serving the people of Niger who are desperate for aid and care. It is too difficult for these people to help themselves, and Niger will begin to rebuild itself after Boko Harem and the most-recent loss of food supplies.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi on Managing Food Allergies Safely

For some, being diagnosed with food allergies can be a limiting experience, but with the right management techniques, there is no reason why they should stop you from living your life freely and happily. Some of the most common allergies include peanuts and other nuts, shellfish, and wheat.

While many people associate food allergies with children, around 35 percent of adults are diagnosed after age 18. No matter what the age, those with food allergies need to stay vigilant and take appropriate steps to manage their allergy. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (http://www.uaeusaunited.com/story/cleveland-clinic-abu-dhabi/) recently shared some of their most important tips and precautions when it comes to managing food allergies.

Allergy Management and Safety Tips
While shopping at the grocery store for weekly meals, you will want to make sure that you read all the labels on your food before you buy it. Many of the most common allergens will be listed right on the packaging. By reading ahead, you can avoid unwanted surprises. The same goes for eating with friends or family. If you know you may have a hard time finding something safe to eat, go ahead and volunteer to bring something along to share, and that way you will know you can eat safely when you arrive.

As you cook, you need to keep your space allergen free. At home, keep the foods separated so there is no cross-contamination, and make sure that the same rule extends to plates, utensils, and cookware.

Dining Out with Care
When dining out, make sure you call ahead to see which dishes are going to be allergen free and talk to your waiter before ordering so the chain of communication is clear. The same rules about cross-contamination apply to restaurants, so expressing your needs is essential in order to avoid being sick.

What to do When a Reaction Occurs
If all else fails and you feel an allergic reaction going on, the first line of defense is to use an approved prescription medication, like epinephrine, to reduce and control the symptoms. Many allergies can trigger anaphylaxis shock, and the medication can make a crucial difference. If you know you are at risk, always carry your prescription medication with you. See more tips at https://www.foodallergy.org/tips-for-managing-food-allergies.

Having a special allergen ID can also be a simple yet lifesaving measure if you are at risk for severe food allergies. Put them on your person or if your child has the allergies, keep it with them while at school or play so people will know immediately what to do and how to help. Your doctor can advise you with what to say on the ID.

Making sense of drug shortages

More than 7 billion people call the planet Earth home. Each of these humans have, or can benefit from amazing advancements in medical science. One of the most beneficial types of advancements is the ever-evolving diversity of prescription medications. These medications treat everything from the flu, to a host of horrible diseases.

At times, there are notable shortages in the availability of certain drugs. This affects the ability of pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and community health organizations to distribute certain drugs consistently. Whenever a shortage occurs, there is an immediate response to place blame on a particular organization. The first type of organization to incur undue blame is the GPO.

A significant percentage of modern drugs are produced in laboratory facilities. These facilities must adhere to strict governmental and trade standards that do not always match the pace of human need. When a drug shortage happens, it can be caused by any number of triggers.

First on the list is batching. This is especially pertinent when it comes to drugs that are meant to combat viruses. Many times, there are only a few designated producers of patent-compliant drugs available that have the job of distribution. Though these producers work at maximum efficiency, their output does not match need. This is a natural and practical reason for some drug shortages.

Another reason for drug shortages resides in the legal arena. Court orders issued by judges with a penchant for interference in the world of medical manufacturing can create a blockade for drugs that are ready to go to market. These are not necessarily orders that are outcomes of lawsuits, but rest solely on the whim of activist judges who interfere with common market behaviors.

The most misguided believe in the cause of drug shortages is the work of GPOs. Many people believe that group purchasing organizations create scarcity in the prescription drug market. This is statistically untrue, and groups like Physicians Against Drug Shortages led by Phillip Zweig have falsely accused GPOs of such. The vast majority of GPOs purchase supplies of drugs that are already marked for distribution. This means the drugs are immediately distributed where they are needed most. GPOs also regularly recycle huge orders for patented drugs if their buyers do not come through. This means the supply of certain drugs remain fluid on the market, and can be distributed without any form of perceived monopolization.

GPO inclusion in the prescription drug industry is extremely important because it guarantees that drugs will be available in the most highly populated networks. No statistical evidence has proved that GPO involvement in the drug industry has ever created a shortage in a popular and effective medication type.

Scholar, Scientist, Physician, Public Servant

Margaret A. Hamburg is a graduate of Radcliff College and received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Her research was in neuroscience at Rockefeller University in New York, and she studied neuropharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Hamburg was raised by prominent physicians. Her friends were related to the medical profession. Her expertise is in community health. She is also an expert in a field not usually associated with the medical profession in the areas of biodefense, and preparedness for nuclear, biological, and chemical threats.

Because of Dr. Hamburg’s expertise in appreciating the danger of these threats, she supported a foundation devoted to public safety, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which appointed her as the vice president for biological programs.

Dr. Hamburg has focused on AIDS research, serving as the assistant director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), from 1989 to 1990. Further, she has been associated with the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

From 1991 to 1997, Dr. Hamburg served as health commissioner for New York City. She developed cutting-edge programs for containing the proliferation of tuberculosis and AIDS. The TB rate fell by 86 percent for the most resistant strains.

In 1997, she was appointed by President Clinton to be assistant secretary for policy and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2009, President Obama appointed Dr. Hamburg as the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Hamburg is a member of the board of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. She has been heralded to have a wealth of experience in science, health care, and regulatory affairs.

The Parker Institute has forged a collaborative relationship with outstanding scientists, clinicians, and industry. The Parker Institute coordinates the cancer immunotherapy research effort. Its primary goal is the advancement of the understanding of immune therapies capable of curing cancer.

As a board member of the Parker Institute, Dr. Hamburg, in 2015, was appointed the foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Dr. Margaret Hamburg has now been named as the president-elect for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her term will begin in February 2017.

On top of all this dedication to public service, Margaret Hamburg’s most precious accomplishment is a mother of two children, while she gave birth while employed as New York City Health Commissioner.

 

Annual 10k Supports National Kidney Foundation

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Healthy Kidney 10K is a race that happens annually. It is organized by the New York Roadrunners with support from the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. The proceeds will go to the National Kidney Foundation. Last year, which was the 12th year, the event honored the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who is the founder and the first president of the UAE. He was one of the beneficiaries of the professionalism, knowledge, and expertise of the United States institutions and doctors.

How many people participate in the race?
More than 10,000 people participate in the popular race that attracts even some of the world’s best athletes, top-ranked professional runners and a delegation of athletes from the UAE. There is a cultural festival during the race, which gives the participants an opportunity to learn about the UAE.

Last year winners
Last year, the Kenyan delegation took five out of the six podium spots with Lucas Rotich winning the men’s top spot in 28:29 while Cynthia Limo won the women’s top spot in 31:39. Both of them received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world. NYRR Young Runners presented the check to them.

UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 2017
It will be the 13th annual event that will offer something for everyone. This includes performances by world’s top athletes, finisher medals, a great event to inspire people, great giveaways such as t-shirts to participants, and awesome raffle prizes.

Social media
The event hashtag will be #UAEHK10K. You can use it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts. There will also be live unofficial results on liveresults.nyrr.org. Its features are map tracking, leaderboards and individual runner search that you can share on social media. The system works well on mobile devices so your friends and family can follow your progress. They will also be able to get unofficial results!

Fee and registration
You should put in mind that your price for the Healthy Kidney 10K takes care of the race and the administrative expenses. To ensure you are supporting the mission fully, you can add an extra donation while registering for the contest.

New Gene Therapy for Cancer Offers Hope

Dimas Padilla thought he was dying for sure.

He’d been through the wringer with a type of blood cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. First, he tried chemotherapy, and then, when the cancer came back a year and a half later, he underwent a bone marrow transplant.

But last year, when it came back again, he believed he was out of options.

“I was losing my battle against cancer,” Padilla, a 43-year-old sales representative, told NBC News.

Then he found out about an experimental therapy that’s a step beyond bone marrow transplants.

Called chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy — CAR-T for short — it involves taking a samples of T-immune cells called T-cells from a patient, genetically engineering them, and putting them back in to fight the cancer.

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The UAE Makes Polio Eradication a Top Priority

Poliomyelitis, or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease most often referred to as Polio. Polio mostly affects the leg muscles but can also occur in the muscles of the head, neck, and diaphragm. The disease was widely spread in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan but it was estimated in August 2015 that polio cases are down 75% YTD in Pakistan. In Nigeria and Afghanistan however, the disease remains endemic.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made the complete eradication of polio its mission. Since 2011, there has been a partnership between UAE and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together they have been working on spreading awareness of the crippling disease internationally, fundraising resources to producing and distributing vaccines against polio.

In 2013, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bill Gates hosted the very first Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi. During the event, Bill Gates announced that polio eradication was close and very much an achievable goal. The event was attended by a representative from each of the polio-affected countries and a number of organizations such as the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and Rotary International – all part of the GPEI.

Over $100 million have been geared towards supporting the immunization process. In order to spread awareness of the undertaken action, a documentary was filmed that showcases the vaccination efforts of healthcare workers in Pakistan. The documentary is called Every Last Child and is produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

The UAE/Pakistani assistance in the eradication of polio has produced amazing results. In May 2015, estimates show that over 86.6 million vaccination doses have been administered and more than 20.6 million children under the age of five have received vaccination and have been protected from the polio virus. In 2013, The United Arab Emirates have also contained the polio outbreak in Syria. In Nigeria there has not been a single case of polio since 2014, proving that a polio-free world can be achieved.

With only Pakistan and Afghanistan left the effort continues. In addition to working with the Gates Foundation, the UAE has also partnered with USAID and a number of nongovernmental organizations. These partnerships will continue the fight to eradicate the polio virus from Pakistan and Afghanistan by continuing to spread awareness worldwide and raise resources for vaccines.

The real cause behind drug shortages

Group Purchasing Organization’s (GPO’s) have been under attack from some in the medical device community that stand to benefit financially by hindering them. For more than ten years, through misinformation about GPO’s, this small group of medical professionals have behaved very unprofessionally by trying to blame every health care crisis, including medicine shortages, on GPO’s.

According to research by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies, GPO’s are not responsible for drug shortages. Documented facts show that problems with production, quality control and difficulties with bringing new suppliers online is the reason for shortages. GPO’s work towards healthy competition in the market to relieve this situation, not make it worse as some would claim.

Contracts with GPO’s are voluntary, not forced, and hospitals are still entitled to purchase off contract if they choose. The savings, administration and business policies of GPO’s have been completely reviewed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office as well as nearly every hospital in the U.S. Apparently, Physicians Against Drug Shortages don’t have the experience needed to successfully manage a supply chain.

Phil Zwieg, the Director of Physicians Against Drug Shortages, has even tried to bully academics whose research puts GPO’s in a more positive light and force them to change their opinions. Zwieg has even gone so far as to try to have them punished by their universities if they don’t cooperate and recant. No, it isn’t any GPO responsible for drug shortages. The answer to that question can be found in those working against them.

Perhaps if Phil Zwieg and his supporters shifted their focus from trying to destroy GPO’s to one of cooperation instead, this problem of drug shortages would fade away. Or maybe not, but one thing is certain. For as long as politics and medicine are mixed, it’s the patient who is going to suffer the most.

Nail Polish: The New Date Rape Detector?

Nail polish is something that a lot of women enjoy wearing, especially when they can experiment with different colors, styles and designs. It makes us feel pretty, unique and most of all, shows off how awesome our nails look. But how much more would we love nail polish if it could save our lives? That’s what four students from North Carolina State University are hoping to do with Undercover Colors (https://twitter.com/undercovercolor?lang=en), a company they created while in school, to help women determine if their drink contains a date rape drug (https://news.engr.ncsu.edu/2015/10/more-than-a-nail-polish/).

The idea came out of a senior design project in their department at NC State. The four students, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan and Tasso Von Windheim, wanted something that could alert women that they were in danger without bringing attention to them if they were in a sensitive situation, such as with a guy at a bar or at a party. And they thought, instead of trying to create something new, how about using a product that women are already familiar with and transferring it into something that could potentially save their lives.

Undercover Colors nail polish stickers will serve as an early warning system to women to protect themselves and to be aware of their surroundings as all these young men know someone who has been sexually assaulted and wanted something that would prevent sexual assault from happening to anyone else. The nail polish itself will be clear and when dipped into a drink, will change color if the drink contains a drug such as Rohypnol. The hope is that this company will not only bring awareness to sexual assault, but also serve as a deterrent for predators who want to take advantage of women and see alcohol as a perfect vehicle to do just that. This nail polish will serve as a preventive measure and will turn women into survivors, not victims.

With the funding and worldwide recognition Undercover Colors has received, it is now a fully-formed company with seven employees. And it won’t be long until we’re seeing their polish on store shelves across the country—look for Undercover Colors nail polish stickers next year.

New Blood Flow Promoting Gel Mask Released in Japan

Mannatech, Incorporated (mannatechscience.org), a high tech, innovative company that makes it their business to develop health, fitness, skin care and weight loss products with the help of their extensive knowledge in nutritional science. They also work to help improve and promote childhood nutrition which is so important in this modern world.

You can find Mannatech’s different health products around the globe from the United States and Canada, also South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Other countries include Austria, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. A few more are the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Finland, Estonia, and the Republic of Ireland, the Czech Republic, and the Republic of Korea. Then there is Mexico, Spain, Namibia, and Hong Kong. Only using state of the art technology they continue to amaze the market with new products.

Good health, being in shape and having pretty young looking skin is more and more in demand these days. On top of this trend, Mannatech recently released a “Gel Mask”. This high tech mask uses a highly concentrated CO2 gas to help adapt to the skin thus also helping to reduce the signs of aging. This new technology is only available in Japan at this time. It can be applied to the face and neck to help support cell revival, making you look younger with shiny moisturized healthy skin. It also promotes blood flow which is another key factor in good skin care.

Mannatech is a multinational multi-level marketing firm engaging in research, development and distribution of glyconutrients. Mannatech Incorporated was founded in November of 1993 by Samuel L. Caster. It is presently operating in 24 countries and employs 310 people full time with over 229,000 active dependent sales associates around the world.

You may be interested in purchasing these top of the notch products for you own use and for your family, but you could take it a step further and become part of the worldwide sales force that is getting out the word and making money while benefitting thousands with good healthy options. So one way or the other Mannatech is an interesting company that could be a good thing for you as a consumer or salesperson. We don’t believe you will be disappointed!