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Good Health & Well-Being: The Powerful Reason Why 84 Male Statues Are Standing on This London Rooftop #Project84 #Suicide #SuicidePrevention #SDGs #GlobalGoals #MentalHealth

Each statue represents a real man, and a real story.

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Every week, 84 men die from suicide in the UK.

It’s a statistic that’s got Britain talking today — as 84 lifesize statues, based on real people, were erected on top of ITV’s London studios, staring down at the city as it woke up.

The powerful stunt, called #Project84, was organised by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), supported by UK television studio ITV.

Artist Mark Jenkins and collaborator Sandra Fernandez worked with bereaved family members to create each sculpture as a visual representation of real British men who have taken their lives. Every man is named on the CALM website — and the site includes stories about them as told by their closest friends and family.

Male suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, and 75% of all suicides are carried out by men. Every suicide directly affects 135 other people — and CALM has partnered with Matthew Smith, who lost his brother to suicide 13 years ago, to call on the UK government to improve suicide prevention and bereavement support. Over 50,000 people have already signed their petition.

“My brother Dan was my best pal and my idol,” said Matthew Smith. “He was taken by something silent, something none of his friends or family saw coming. The true horror of what we as his family experienced when he took his own life is something that could be preventable if we all take a stand together.”

Mental health plays an important part in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that form the basis of their vision for a better world. Under its global health campaigning, it promotes positive wellbeing, and aims to reduce “premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases” by a third

Often, suicide disproportionately affects the poorest people in society. Across the world, research from the World Health Organisation shows that those with low or middle incomes have far higher suicide rates than those with a high income. Such a pattern is reflected in the UK, as one study showed that an additional 30,000 to 40,000 suicide attempts may have occurred after the economic downturn. Academics from Bristol, Manchester, and Oxford Universities suggested that austerity might be responsible for an extra 1,000 suicides.

But numbers alone can sometimes struggle to get the message across, and CALM wanted to lead with more intimate stories.

“With Project 84, we wanted to make the scale of the situation very clear to everyone that sees the sculptures,” said Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM. “By working with the families and friends of men who have taken their own lives to highlight individual stories, we hope to make the impersonal thoroughly personal.”

The stunt evoked a powerful response from Londoners who first caught sight of the statues on the Southbank on Monday morning.

If you need support and you’re based in the UK, you can call the CALM helpline on 0800 58 58 58 between 5 p.m. and midnight. Alternatively, call the Samaritans on 116 123 if you just need to talk.

Environment, Pollution +Health: Arnold Schwarzenegger Wants to Sue Oil Companies for ‘FIRST-DEGREE MURDER’ (About TIME!) #GlobalGoals #SDGs #2030Now

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“Every gas station on it, every car should have a warning label on it.”

As climate change makes sea levels rise, storms more extreme, droughts longer, and heatwaves more intense, billions of people are expected to be displaced from their homes and suffer health consequences.

According to Arnold Schwarzenegger, blame for this unfolding catastrophe should be directed squarely at fossil fuel companies, Politico reports,

And they should be sued for it, he said.

The bodybuilder, actor, and former governor of California said in a podcast interview with Politico earlier this week that he will be suing oil companies for “for knowingly killing people all over the world” by suppressing and distorting information about climate change and its consequences and lobbying governments to prevent regulation, all while profiting immensely.

He compared fossil fuel companies to the tobacco industry, which conducted a similar campaign of misinformation in the 20th century as millions of people died from smoking-related illnesses.

“The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades, that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it,” he said in the podcast.

“Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that,” he added.

Similarly, fossil fuel companies have known about the harms of climate change and the leading role they played in accelerating it for decades.

“The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it that it would be risky for people’s lives, that it would kill,” Schwarzenegger said.

He said that he’s consulting private law firms on how best to develop the lawsuit and is still exploring a timeline for legal action. During the interview, he didn’t go into detail about specific outcomes or specific companies that would be targeted.

In May, Schwarzenegger will be hosting a summit in Vienna on climate change action.

Fossil fuel companies have been sued before and scores of legal battles are currently playing out around the world.

For example, San Francisco is suing several oil companies to pay for infrastructure overhauls that will be necessary once sea levels rise beyond manageable limits.

In recent years, advocates have even sued governments for failing to take action on climate change.

A group of teens in the US are suing the federal government for violating their human rights for failing to regulate the environment effectively. In Colombia, another group of teens are suing the government on similar grounds.

Schwarzenegger thinks that these lawsuits could bring about a new status quo, getting people to realize that catastrophic climate change is only inevitable if people and companies aren’t held responsible.

“To me it’s absolutely irresponsible to know that your product is killing people and not have a warning label on it, like tobacco,” he said. “Every gas station on it, every car should have a warning label on it, every product that has fossil fuels should have a warning label on it.”

 

G♥♥d Health + Well-Being: Focus “Dyslexia Awareness week 2017” Theme: +VE about #Dyslexia

Dyslexia Awareness Week – You might be wondering: do I have dyslexia?  The symptoms will differ depending on whether you’re a child or younger adult – or an undiagnosed adult.

This year Dyslexia Awareness Week takes place from 2-8 October 2017 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and from 6-11 November 2017 in Scotland.

The theme for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2017 is Positive about Dyslexia’ and will raise awareness of things like creating a dyslexia friendly environment and dyslexia awareness in our schools!

It’s especially important to spot dyslexia in schools.  Children with dyslexia tend to mix up words – which might mean saying something like ‘beddy tear’ instead of teddy bear.  They may have trouble saying long words and learning the alphabet could be a problem.

Other signs involve not only issues with learning letter names but also with the sounds of words and letters.  This means the phonological awareness is poor and they might not be able to answer a question like: ‘What word would you have if you changed the ‘p’ sound in ‘pot’ to a ‘h’ sound?

The signs in young adults and adults will be less obvious.  They might write more slowly and have problems expressing their knowledge on a subject.  If you’re experiencing real difficulty with spelling or find yourself trying to hide your work from others this is quite an obvious flag that something is going on.

You can also get involved by fundraising for this cause.  if you need some suggestions for getting started?   The British Dyslexia Association has provided lots of ideas to help you on your way!  A car boot sale is a great one!  and if you are away from Nigeria and Africa You know that spring clean where you find lots of miscellaneous stuff you don’t know where to put?  Well gather it all together, get your friends and family to do the same and you’ll be off in no time!

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THE BREAK-DOWN!

WHAT REALLY IS DYSLEXIA:

The word ‘dyslexia’ comes from the Greek and means ‘difficulty with words’.

  • It is a life long, usually genetic, inherited condition and affects around 10% of the population.
  • Dyslexia occurs in people of all races, backgrounds and abilities, and varies from person to person: no two people will have the same set of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Dyslexia occurs independently of intelligence.
  • Dyslexia is really about information processing: dyslexic people may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear. This can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills.
  • Dyslexia is one of a family of Specific Learning Difficulties. It often co-occurs with related conditions, such as dyspraxia, dyscalculia and attention deficit disorder.
  • On the plus side, dyslexic people often have strong visual, creative and problem solving skills and are prominent among entrepreneurs, inventors, architects, engineers and in the arts and entertainment world. Many famous and successful people are dyslexic.

HOW IT FEELS TO BE DYSLEXIC

 

  • I see things from a different perspective.’
  • ‘I can come up with solutions no one else has thought of and I think fast on my feet.’
  • ‘When I am reading, occasionally a passage will get all jumbled up, but when it happens I have to read and re-read the passage over again
  • ‘I know what I want to say, but I can never find the right words.’
  • ‘In formal situations, although I know what I want to say, I struggle, lose focus and then my mind goes blank and I panic.’
  • ‘I have the right ideas, but I can’t get them down on paper.’
  • ‘It’s like my computer crashing with too much information!’
  • ‘Sometimes when I am being told what to do, the words I hear get all jumbled up in my mind and I just can’t take in what is being said to me.’

‘In general conversation with family, friends and colleagues they usually accept that I tend to ramble, forget and repeat,…. because that’s part of me’.

People with visual stress may experience one or several of the following:

  • Blurred letters or words which go out of focus.
  • Letters which move or present with back to front appearance or shimmering or shaking.
  • Headaches from reading.
  • Words or letters which break into two and appear as double.
  • Find it easier to read large, widely spaced print, than small and crowded.
  • Difficulty with tracking across the page.
  • Upset by glare on the page or oversensitive to bright lights.

In some cases any of these symptoms can significantly affect reading ability. It can also make reading very tiring. Of course a child will not necessarily recognise what they see as a problem, as this is how they always see text.

VISUAL STRESS

If a child complains of a least one of these problems or has difficulty at school, they should be referred to an optometrist or orthoptist with expertise in this particular field (see contact details below). Many dyslexic people are sensitive to the glare of white backgrounds on a page, white board or computer screen. This can make the reading of text much harder.

  • The use of cream or pastel coloured backgrounds can mitigate this difficulty as can coloured filters either as an overlay or as tinted reading glasses. – People with reading difficulties sometimes have a weakness in eye co-ordination or focussing and an specialist practitioner might recommend treating this with eye exercises or glasses. If these problems are present, they should be detected and treated before coloured filters are prescribed.
  • The choice of colour of text on white backgrounds can also affect clarity e.g. using red on a whiteboard can render the text almost invisible for some dyslexic students. For information on dyslexia friendly text see Dyslexia Style Guide.

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MUSIC AND DYSLEXIA:

Yes! Dyslexia can affect music. You/your student/your family member or friend may have difficulties with things such as:

  • Sight reading music.
  • Remembering instructions in lessons and/or aural work.
  • De-coding information – in music theory or exams, for example.
  • Organisation of things like attending instrumental or voice lessons, going to rehearsals, having the right stuff, practicing alone…

However, some people don’t have any of these problems, but may react to dyslexia in their own unique ways.

But – there are things that can be done!

For example:

  • Find a teacher who understands dyslexia.
  • Look at alternatives such as different (or no) exams; choice of instrument etc. Is music reading really necessary?
  • If exams are necessary, there are ‘reasonable adjustments’ that can be made to make life easier.
  • Use multi-sensory approaches in as many areas as possible. For example: use colour, pictures, demonstration, listening to explanations, recordings, discussion, written text (yes – some dyslexic people like it!), hands-on exploration and so on. Music is good for this as it involved DOING. Decide what works for you or your student.
  • See whether there may be a problem with seeing music on the page. If text or music seems to swirl around, ‘visual stress’ could be a problem.
  • It can be important for some dyslexic musicians to get a whole picture of a piece before working on it in detail.
  • There are various books available e.g. Music, other Performing Arts and Dyslexia published by the B.D.A. ( A U.K based store}

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Good Health + Well-Being: November is “PANCREATIC CANCER” Awareness Month. know the SIGNS

You may not be as familiar with November being National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, as say, that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean that pancreatic cancer is overshadowed by pink ribbons (the pancreatic cancer ribbon is a purple ribbon.)

In contrast, support and awareness for pancreatic cancer are growing rapidly, and there are many people and organizations dedicated to both raising awareness and raising funds to support research for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Let’s take a look at what we know about pancreatic cancer—the symptoms, the risk factors, and treatment options, and then talk about what you can do to get support if you’re living with the disease, or become an advocate, or you want to make a difference for those living with pancreatic cancer.

Overview

The pancreas is a fish-shaped organ that lies behind the stomach, deep in the body. It measures about six inches long and is less than two inches wide. The pancreas is made up of exocrine glands (which make pancreatic enzymes that break down food in the intestines) and endocrine cells (which make hormones like insulin that help balance the amount of sugar in the blood).

Pancreatic cancer starts when the exocrine gland cells or the endocrine cells form tumors, which can spread throughout the body. Cancers formed by the exocrine cells are much more common.

When pancreatic cancer spreads, the cancer cells may also be found in nearby lymph nodes, the liver, the lungs or in fluid collected from the abdomen.

Facts About Pancreatic Cancer

  • 43,093 Americans will die of pancreatic cancer in 2017 (22,300 men and 20,790 women.) Pancreatic is the 4th most common cause of cancer-related deaths in men and causes a similar number of deaths in women.
  • 53,670 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017.

  • Pancreatic cancer is responsible for three percent of cancers in the United States and seven percent of cancer-related deaths.
  • The 5-year survival rate for stage IA pancreatic cancer is 14 percent, but only around one percent for stage IV disease. Unfortunately, the majority of people are diagnosed when the disease is already in the advanced stages.
  • The earlier pancreatic cancer is caught, the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed.
  • Pancreatic cancer is most frequently diagnosed among people 65-74 years of age.
  • There is not a screening test for pancreatic cancer, but people with significant risk factors may talk to their physicians about doing screening ultrasounds.

Prevalence

Compared to other cancers, pancreatic cancer is relatively rare—coming in at number nine for the number of estimated new cases in 2017. However, the chances of survival from pancreatic cancer are poor, as the population distribution of people who die of the disease is similar to that of the people who are diagnosed. The average survival time from diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is low.

A reason for such a poor survival rate is partly because the disease is difficult to detect early and even more difficult to treat.

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often very similar to that of many other illnesses and don’t always show until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.

Risk Factors

Although researchers are unsure as to what exactly causes pancreatic cancer, the following risk factors of the disease have been identified:

  • African Americans have higher rates of pancreatic cancer incidence and mortality than any other racial or ethnic group.
  • Pancreatic cancer incidence and mortality rates are slightly higher in men than in women.
  • Cigarette smoking is a significant risk factor (smoking increases the risk of many cancers, not just lung cancer)
  • A family history is an important risk factor
  • Personal history of diabetes – At the current time it’s uncertain which comes first, diabetes, or pancreatic cancer, though there are arguments for each scenario
  • Chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Obesity
  • BRCA2 gene mutation – Women who test positive for a BRCA2 gene mutation (on breast cancer screening) also have an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer.

Symptoms

Early symptoms of pancreatic cancer may be vague, such as abdominal pain and nausea. Symptoms such as jaundice often occur when the condition is advanced. Possible signs and symptoms include:

  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itchy skin (the itching can be very intense)
  • Unexpected onset of diabetes
  • Changes in stool and urine colour

All of these symptoms warrant a thorough medical evaluation. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer, see your doctor. Even if they are not related to pancreatic cancer, in the end, they do warrant a medical evaluation. Keep in mind that you may need to keep asking questions, and request a second opinion if you aren’t getting answers. The symptoms above are your body’s signal that something is wrong. It’s important to listen.

Treatments

Treatment options for pancreatic cancer depend on the stage of the disease. For early stage cancers, surgery offers a chance to cure the disease (or at least increase the chance of long-term survival.)

Unfortunately, most people are diagnosed when the disease is already advanced (stage 4) and has spread to a point at which surgery is not possible.

Options for advanced pancreatic cancer include chemotherapy to attempt to slow the disease, and radiation therapy (which is often used as a palliative therapy to reduce the symptoms of the disease.)

In recent years, two new approaches to treating cancer have been developed which offer promise improving survival. These include targeted therapies, in which a tumour is directly targeted by a drug based on genetic changes and signally pathways present in the cancer cell. and immunotherapy, an exciting new treatment approach for cancer. Simplistically, immunotherapy works by boosting your own immune system’s ability to fight cancer. Unlike many treatments, immunotherapy has resulted in long-term control for some people with even the most advanced cancers.

Your doctor is a good source of information for testing and treatments available for cancer of the pancreas, but studies tell us that learning as much as you can about your cancer yourself is also helpful. Take a moment to learn about how to research your cancer online. Ask for a second opinion, preferably at one of the larger National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. Become involved in one of the pancreatic cancer support communities. Learn about clinical trials, and ask if any of these would be fitting for you. There are currently people living with pancreatic cancer only because of clinical trials. That said, these studies are not for everyone. Thankfully, there are now free clinical trial matching services available in which trained researchers can help you learn whether or not there is a trial for your particular molecular type of cancer anywhere in the world. (Sometimes people with cancer “discover” treatments that even their community oncologist was not aware of.) Most of all, be your own advocate in your cancer care. It makes a difference.

Support

If you’re living with pancreatic cancer, you’ve likely already noticed that there are fewer ribbons out there than for, example, breast cancer. Yet this doesn’t mean that there isn’t support for those with other types of cancer. You may have a pancreatic support group in your community. Even if not, there are active pancreatic support communities available online. Not only do these communities give you a way to get in touch with people facing the same challenges you are, but they are an excellent way to learn about the latest research on the disease.

There are also communities (such as an active twitter chat group) designed for people with any type of advanced cancer.

Awareness

If you are in the midst of coping with pancreatic cancer, you may wish to leave the raising awareness topic to those who are not coping with the disease. Many people with advanced cancers feel almost guilty that they are not doing anything to raise awareness or funding to study new treatments. But your goal, with pancreatic cancer, is to take care of yourself first. We know that cancer fatigue can make it difficult to do anything but care for yourself.

On the other hand, if you are a long time survivor of pancreatic cancer (and out of treatment) or have a loved one with the disease, advocates are desperately needed to spread the word about the symptoms of the disease, what can be done as far as screening for those who may be at risk, and to raise funding to further study the disease. Since people respond to people and faces rather than numbers, sharing your story can be a very effective way to raise awareness.

Some of the organizations dedicated to supporting those with pancreatic cancer, and raising funds for pancreatic cancer research include:

This is only a small taste of some of the organizations available that are dedicated to supporting people with pancreatic cancer. In addition to these organizations, there are Facebook groups and even twitter chats focused specifically on pancreatic cancer. Even if you are very short on time, there is something you can do. Contact one of these organizations and ask what you can do to help, even if you only have 15 minutes a month to spare.

October 29: World Psoriasis Day. Theme: “Psoriasis inside out” The Myths/Misconceptions Behind the Skin Disease #pso-me #psa-me #NCDs #WPD17

The theme for World Psoriasis Day 2017 is “Psoriasis Inside Out” and it is all about showing all aspects of the disease and to give a face to pso/psa and to share stories. For that reason, we’re organising awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns to improve access to treatment, increase understanding and build unity among the psoriasis community.

World Psoriasis Day 2017

 Information for non-members of IFPA

 

29 October is the World Psoriasis Day. Psoriasis is so much more than what is seen on the outside. Psoriasis patients are, for example, at increased risk to develop so-called comorbidities and to suffer from other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome, Crohn’s disease and more.

There is an urgent need to give a clear picture of the reality of the life faced by people living with pso/psa worldwide and to show that the disease has very many sides. This year’s theme “Psoriasis Inside Out” is all about showing all aspects of the disease and to give a face to pso/psa and to share stories. For that reason, IFPA and its members in 56 countries are organising awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns to improve access to treatment, increase understanding and build unity among the psoriasis community.

This year’s campaign aims at:

  • Giving a clear picture of Pso/Psa
  • Making people understand that Pso/psa is much more than just the psoriatic disease and to focus on NCD comorbidities
  • Showing that there is a person behind the disease that suffers daily from multiple conditions
  • Raising awareness about Pso/Psa having a major impact on the patients and their families lives

Psoriasis Myths and Misconceptions

Unlike other ailments, psoriasis can be seen on the skin and often people guess at what is wrong. They wonder if the lesions might be contagious, which they are not, or that the person who has psoriasis is unclean, overly nervous or high-strung, which they may be, but that is not the reason they have psoriasis. Sometimes they may believe the person who has the skin disorder did something to cause psoriasis to appear; but that, too, is also false.

Psoriasis is a disorder stemming from a physical defect just like other disorders, such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes or near-sightedness. It is very important to educate the public about psoriasis and not allow myths to spread.

Common myths about psoriasis:

Myth: “Psoriasis is contagious.”

Fact: Psoriasis, especially in moderate or severe forms, is highly visible. Because of the abnormal growth of skin cells, thick red scaly inflamed patches of skin appear. However, psoriasis is not contagious. You can’t ‘catch’ the disease from another person and you can’t pass it on to someone else by touching them or having close contact. Actually, psoriasis is as contagious as freckles!

Myth: “Psoriasis is just a skin disease. A cosmetic problem.”

Fact: Psoriasis is chronic disease of the immune system that causes the abnormal growth of skin cells. While a normal skin cell matures in 28 to 30 days and is shed from the skin’s surface unnoticed, a psoriatic skin cell takes only 3 to 4 days to mature and move to the surface, resulting in cells piling up and forming the scaly lesions. Psoriasis lesions can be painful and itchy, and they can crack and bleed. About 30 – 50% of all people with psoriasis also develop psoriasis arthritis which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints. Skin inflammation in psoriasis is just the tip of the iceberg – there is increasing evidence suggesting links with serious health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver disease, depression and obesity.
Myth: “Psoriasis only affects patients physically.”

Fact: Aside from the physical burden of the disease, there is also a significant psychological and emotional impact experienced by psoriasis sufferers. People with psoriasis often report feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, anger, frustration and even depression related to the appearance of their skin and how others react to their condition. Some patients with severe psoriasis have even experienced thoughts of suicide. Many individuals react to their condition by wearing concealing clothing, curtailing everyday activities such as swimming or going to the gym if it means they will attract stares or negative comments. Psoriasis sufferers often compare the dysfunction and disability of the condition to that experienced by people with other chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.

Myth: “Psoriasis is caused by poor hygiene.”

Fact: Psoriasis is a disease of the immune system and has nothing to do with poor hygiene. Triggers that can influence the course of psoriasis include infections, stress or worry, hormonal changes, injury to the skin, alcohol, obesity, poor diet, and certain medications.

Myth: “Psoriasis can be cured”

Fact: Psoriasis is a chronic, life-long disease. There is no known cure yet, but with new options and improved existing treatments, people have a wide variety of ways to help manage the symptoms of psoriasis. Until a cure for psoriasis is found, pharmaceutical research continues to hold the best hope for increasingly more effective therapies leading to better overall management of psoriasis. Research into the immune system has led to the development of new biological drugs that target the underlying causes of the condition.

Myth: “Psoriasis is easily diagnosed.”

Fact: Many conditions affecting the skin look alike, for example some early symptoms of psoriasis, such as itching and redness, look the same as eczema or atopic dermatitis. This can sometimes make the disease difficult to diagnose. It’s important to see a doctor who can do the necessary tests to make a proper diagnosis.

Myth: “Psoriasis cannot be inherited.”

Fact: While many patients with no family history develop psoriasis, there is a genetic link in approximately 40 – 60% of patients with the condition. Numerous studies point to a genetic predisposition, or inherited tendency, for these patients to develop psoriasis. Having the genetic predisposition, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that an individual will develop the disease. Other contributing factors, such as injury or infection, may act in conjunction with several genes, or specific patterns of genes, to set in motion the chain of events resulting in psoriasis.
IFPA States: We have been receiving requests and enquiries from all around the world from non-member organisations, individuals and medical institutions how they can support the World Psoriasis Day. We are thrilled to see such a huge interest in the World Psoriasis Day and we have developed the below guidelines on how you can support the World Psoriasis Day and the “Psoriasis Inside Out” campaign organised by IFPA.

  • If you are a representing a clinic or a hospital, please download our Psoriasis Inside Out poster and feel free to increase awareness on psoriasis in your medical institutions and among medical staff and patients. You can also contact one of our member associations in your respective country or region and organise a closed or a public event at your workplace to discuss psoriasis from patients’ perspective. You may also download and read our World Psoriasis Day Information Folder.
  • If you are representing a civil society organisation or an initiative group, please join the global conversation on the social media by using our official campaign hashtags #pso-me #psa-me #NCDs #WPD17 and actively engage in social media forums to raise awareness on psoriasis. You can also contact our member association in your country or region to organise a local campaign to attract the attention of the national or local government, media and medical professionals to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and help to eliminate stigmatisation and discrimination associated with psoriasis.
  • If you are representing a national or international media, you can contact us at IFPA or our member associations around the globe to access a media kit and support this global call. You can also download our issue brief on “Psoriasis can be disabling, but should not be a barrier to full participation in society” and “Brochure on Psoriasis.”
  • If you are representing a business, you can learn more about how you can support IFPA as a corporate actor. You can also contact IFPA or our member associations to learn about our work in this field.
  • If you are representing a government or public institution, you can cooperate with local and national psoriasis associations and invite local influencers and ambassadors to public events and television programmes to increase the impact of the campaign and build a more psoriasis-friendly and -aware setting. You can also emphasise to your government the need for further research on psoriasis, and identify successful approaches for integrating the management of psoriasis into existing services for no communicable diseases, as per the Resolution WHA 67.9 of the World Health Organisation.
  • If you are an individual, you can read about “Psoriasis Myths and Misconceptions” and increase awareness among your family and friends. Additionally, you can join the global conversation on the social media by using our official campaign hashtags #pso-me #psa-me #NCDs #WPD17. You may also support World Psoriasis Day activities such as forums, swim events, road shows, community events, and social media campaigns both before and on 29 October. A road to global understanding, tolerance and support starts with a small step at an individual level.  Even honouring the dark blue and orange ribbon on your shirt or dress will help.

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Good Health & Wellbeing: Pink ♥ October; WEAR♥ IT PINK! (Knock out Breast Cancer) ♥#PinkOctober #WearItPink ♥♥♥

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What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

Find out the ways you can get involved and support our work during the month.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we aim to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

As one of Nigeria’s largest charity, along with our supporters, we do this through campaigning, collecting, an array of events across Nigeria as well as, of course, wearing it pink with all of you!

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month do something great – make life-saving research happen by supporting THE MORDI IBE FOUNDATION’s PINK MOVEMENT!

What else can you do?

There are plenty of other ways to get involved and support our work during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond.

From campaigning to help women get access to the breast cancer drugs they need, to sharing information women need to know about checking their breasts, your support will help to reach the day when breast cancer has claimed its last life.

Campaign with us

We campaign to stop women dying from breast cancer and make sure that everyone affected by breast cancer receives the best possible treatment and services.

We’re only able to do this alongside our incredible supporters taking action to create change.

It’s really easy to get involved and just a few minutes of your time could make a real difference.

Become a campaigner

Help us fight for breast cancer patients by joining our amazing network of campaigners.

Our Policy Work

We strive to ensure that all breast cancer patients receive the best possible treatment and care.

we work with patients, healthcare professionals, law makers (especially politicians), and other stakeholders to help us achieve this aim through formulation of functional policies that work towards cancer research and prevention (including prevention)

About our research

We believe we can stop women dying from breast cancer by 2050 – but only if we all ACT NOW.

We aim to make sure we fund the most impactful research,  in the nearest future and right now we support this cause through awareness prevention campaigns, celebrating the Survivors, supporting the warriors, honouring the fallen and NEVER EVER giving up whilst upholding HOPE.

Our research is focused on four key areas – risk and prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and secondary breast cancer. We believe that this approach to research will allow us to achieve our ambition and stop breast cancer taking lives.

The best weapon we could have against breast cancer is the ability to stop it occurring in the first place. To do this, we need to know who is most at risk of breast cancer and what we can do to prevent them from developing it.

Risk and prevention

Find out how we are setting our sights on preventing breast cancer altogether.

The ambition

Our aim is to accurately predict who is at increased risk of breast cancer and enable them to take action with the right interventions – whether that’s lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, risk-reducing surgery or drugs.

By 2025, we believe we will be able to prevent up to 15% of breast cancer cases.

By 2050, we believe that we will be able to prevent 30% of breast cancer cases.

Our approach

We’ve pioneered risk and prevention work across research and embedded it in public health and policy campaigns. Now, by building on these strong foundations, we believe we have the potential to drastically reduce the numbers of women developing breast cancer in the future.

Understanding the genetic and lifestyle causes of breast cancer is critical to discovering how to prevent the disease. We need to work out how genetics, such as faults in the BRCA genes, affect the risk of developing breast cancer.

Our researchers are also investigating how a person’s genes might work together with non-genetic risk factors (such as age, age at first period, childbirth, and breast density) to collectively increase their overall risk of breast cancer. This knowledge could help to improve current methods of assessing breast cancer risk in people with a family history of the disease.

We don’t yet know enough about what causes male breast cancer and how it differs from breast cancer in women. Our researchers are using samples of male breast tumours donated to our Tissue Bank to study changes to the DNA, to understand how they increase breast cancer risk in men. Ultimately this could help to accurately predict a man’s risk of developing breast cancer.

We are also aim to run one of the world’s largest studies into breast cancer in men to uncover the genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that increase breast cancer risk in men.

Risk-reducing drugs (chemoprevention) also have a role to play in stopping women developing breast cancer, but with this opportunity comes real challenges. We can’t yet predict which women will respond to these drugs, so our researchers are working hard to figure out who they’re most likely to work for, as well as finding alternatives for those who won’t benefit from existing drugs.

We’re getting better at earlier diagnosis, but more needs to be done. Find out more about our research to help detect breast cancer earlier and accurately.

Early detection and diagnosis

Diagnosing breast cancer quickly and accurately is vital, as the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed and treated, the greater the chances of survival.

The ambition

Our aim is that an increasing amount of people will be diagnosed early and our improved understanding of different breast cancers will better their chances of successful treatment.

By 2025, we believe we will have identified those at increased risk of breast cancer so a further 2,850 women each year will have their disease diagnosed early.

And by knowing which breast cancers require treatment and which don’t, we will eliminate overtreatment, saving more than 4,000 women from unnecessary treatment each year.

Our approach

As a result of our research, we understand more than ever about the earliest stages of breast cancer and how it develops. Through our pioneering health information and campaigns, we’ve worked to turn this knowledge into practical interventions and solutions for women facing the disease. Now, we’re working to ensure every woman receives the right diagnosis at the earliest opportunity.

By understanding the earliest changes in the development of breast cancer, we will make sure women are diagnosed early. Our researchers are investigating the cellular processes that regulate he early development of normal breast tissue. These processes are often defective in cancer, so understanding how they normally work will improve our understanding of the early changes that signal breast cancer, which could lead to new ways to detect the disease.

We must ensure the best methods are implemented to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages. A new “imaging” technique called Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) acts like a ‘3D mammogram’, providing 3D images of the breast. Our researchers will be able to use cutting-edge computer modelling to develop a technique to spot areas of high breast density. This could eventually be incorporated into routine breast screening, enabling doctors to spot the signs of breast cancer earlier than is currently possible.

We need to ensure that the breast screening programme evolves to incorporate new evidence on the best ways to group people by risk. Currently women over 40 with an increased risk of developing breast cancer due to a family history of the disease can could be offered a yearly mammogram but this is not available for women aged 35-39. If we are able to get funding, a large scale clinical trial is currently assessing how effective mammography is at detecting breast cancer in these women to see if they could benefit from screening. This pioneering research will provide much-needed evidence to inform international best practice for monitoring these women.

Treatment

Breast cancer treatments must be personalised to each individual. Our research aims to improve treatment options and ensure all patients can access the right treatment for them.

Breast cancer is not just one disease – there are more than 20 different types of breast cancer that we know of. That’s why treatments must be highly targeted, personalised to each unique individual and their particular form of breast cancer. But there’s more we need to know before we can truly fit the right treatment to the right person.

The ambition

By 2025, by improving treatment options we believe 13,000 more women will have their primary breast cancer effectively treated.

By 2030, we believe we will have identified what causes different tumours to grow and progress, enabling us to select the best treatment for every patient.

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Our approach

Our research into new treatments hope to change the landscape for breast cancer patients. Now, we must develop treatments that are highly targeted and as unique as each individual patient, ensure all patients can access the right treatment for them and that everyone living with and beyond breast cancer receives the support they need.

Making sure the government invest in science and research and that the environment in which research takes place is working as best it can will be critical. To do this, we must ensure the legal framework supports innovations in treatment and that Higher Education is delivering the skills and the workforce needed to develop the treatments of tomorrow.

We need to know what kick-starts breast cells to become cancerous, and tumours to form, and what triggers their growth and makes the disease progress for each patient. Our researchers are sifting through vast collections of tumour tissue and DNA from women with different types of breast cancer to help understand how the different forms of the disease develop and behave. This pioneering research is already speeding up progress towards developing new drugs and directing existing treatments more effectively. Our researchers are also studying how to stop cancers from progressing by looking at the process of cell death, where potentially harmful cells commit suicide to protect the body. This process doesn’t work in cancer cells, so our researchers are trying to find ways to kick-start cell death.

Finding the right treatment for each patient means understanding how they respond to drugs and developing tests to predict this in advance. This will help tailor the type and intensity of treatment, in some cases allowing patients to safely avoid treatments where the potential side effects outweigh the benefits.

We must also find ways to stop breast cancers developing resistance to treatments. Our researchers will be studying resistance to drugs like tamoxifen and PARP inhibitors to understand how cancer cells evade treatments, so that we can learn how to deal with resistance by either changing treatment regimens, or by avoiding resistance in the first place.

Hard-to-treat breast cancers present a further challenge. We must find effective treatments for patients whose options are currently limited. There are still no targeted treatments approved for triple negative disease, which affects 15% of women with breast cancer. Our researchers will be leading a practice-changing study called the Triple Negative Trial, which is aiming to work out which of two chemotherapy drugs work best for women with triple negative breast cancer. We’re also working to develop new drugs for these patients.

While it’s vital to treat the physical symptoms of breast cancer, it’s also essential to ensure a patient’s emotional wellbeing is taken care of to protect their long-term quality of life. Our researchers have shown that up to 60% of people with breast cancer stop taking their anti-hormone treatments, such as tamoxifen, before the end of five years, which increases the chances of their disease coming back. By talking to patients and healthcare professionals, our researchers are getting to the bottom of this problem and designing ways to support people taking tamoxifen to ensure they get the maximum benefit from the drug, increasing their quality of life and chances of survival.

Secondary breast cancer research

We’re ramping up research efforts to stop women dying from secondary breast cancer and working to ensure that women living with secondary breast cancer receive the best possible care.

Secondary breast cancer – breast cancer that’s spread to other parts of the body – kills 1,000 UK women a month (now imagine what this cancer is already doing in Africa)

While there is currently no cure for secondary breast cancer, we are making real progress in understanding how and why cancer spreads, how it can be treated and what we need to do in order to stop it becoming resistant to treatments.

New drugs have been developed that are giving women and men with secondary breast cancer more quality time with their loved ones, with less severe side effects than other treatments.

The ambition

By 2025, as a result of increased research, we believe 25% fewer people will develop secondary breast cancer.

By 2030, we believe more than 50% of those diagnosed with the disease will survive beyond five years.

Our approach

We must create an even greater focus on secondary breast cancer, doing more to understand the biology of the disease and how to effectively tackle it, improving treatments and ensuring the needs of those living with it are met.

  • We need to develop ways to better identify those at risk of their breast cancer spreading. Our researchers are working on techniques that involve looking at tumour DNA found in patients’ blood to seek early indicators that their cancer is about to spread, so that rapid action might be taken to stop it from happening.
  • Tumour and blood samples from women with secondary breast cancer are vital for research, however these samples are in very short supply. Working sensitively and collaboratively with consenting patients and their families, we will work to enable secondary tissue to be collected along with information about the treatments that did and didn’t work for each patient.
  • We must develop new treatments to stop breast cancer spreading and champion clinical trial designs that support their development. We need more research into how novel therapies and combinations of existing drugs affect secondary breast cancer, to optimise the treatment that patients receive. Our researchers are hunting for ways to stop secondary breast cancer taking hold, including investigating special cells in the breast tumour called ‘cancer stem cells’, thought to be responsible for seeding new tumours elsewhere in the body, to figure out how to stop them in their tracks.
  • We need to understand when and how cancer cells escape and spread to become incurable secondary breast cancer. Research is beginning to reveal that healthy cells throughout the body may be playing an important role in the development and spread of breast cancer. Many of our researchers are now studying these cells, including the cells that line the blood vessels and cells of the immune system, with the hope of finding new treatments that could harness these non-cancer cells to slow or even prevent the spread of breast cancer throughout the body.

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Women & Girls: Child Marriage in America Is Not as Rare as You’d Think & its 2017?!

More than 50,000 15- to 17-year-olds are married.

While you might think that child marriage only occurs in developing countries, a study published today proves that’s just not the case.

As many as 57,800 children between the ages of 15 and 17 are married in the US, according to findings by the Pew Research Center.

That’s a population roughly the size of Texas A&M University’s student body.

Numbers vary by state, with West Virginia and Texas having the highest proportion of child marriages (7.1 and 6.9 child marriages per 1,000 people) and Alaska and Maine the lowest (1.8 and 2.2 child marriages per 1,000 people).

So how does this happen in a country where citizens must legally be 18 to marry?

The answer is in the fine print. While 18 is defined as the legal age for marriage in the United States, children as young as 12 or 13 can get married if a judge rules it’s in their “best interest.” (Some states, like Arizona and Missouri, have no minimum age for judicially approved marriages in special circumstances like a pregnancy or birth of a child.) In most states, 15- to 17-year-olds can be married with parental approval.

Generally, the study — which was from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey — found that women are more likely than men to marry at an early age. 55% of married children aged 15 to 17 are women; that number jumps to 66% for 18 to 19 year olds.

Compared to many developing countries, child marriage rates in the US are miniscule. In Niger, roughly 3 in 4 women are married before the age of 18. On average, in developing countries one in three women are married before they become legal adults, according to World Vision.

The non-profit Girls Not Brides estimates that by 2050 there will be 1.2 billion child brides worldwide. Today, 700 million women around the world were married before the age of 18.

Child marriage is often a result of poverty and a lack of schooling. It’s proven that child marriage furthers the cycle of poverty, as women who are married before the age of 18 are more likely to contract HIV, experience domestic violence, and fall into depression, and less likely to receive an education or become employed. 

The US has the resources and the ability to bring the number of child brides and grooms down to zero, but it will require a change of policy on a state-by-state level and not necessarily on a national level. Let’s hope these most recent statistics will spark state legislators to take action.

Read more on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

 

Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions: “CONFLICT RESOLUTION DAY” The Breakdown. “A.D.R”

Conflict Resolution Day is a global event, intended to promote the concept of peaceful conflict resolution. Created in 2005 by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), it is now an annual celebration.

Primarily an educational event, the main purpose of Conflict Resolution Day is to increase awareness of the various peaceful, non-violent methods of conflict resolution available, such as mediation and arbitration. In addition, the ACR hopes to promote their use in various different avenues of life, including in schools, workplaces, within the legal system and even amongst families.
The Association for Conflict Resolution, alongside various independent organisations, host informative events all over the world, so check the event listings in your local area and see if you can attend one.
If not, why not spend the day learning about the contributions of some of history’s great peaceful conflict mediators?

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Each Year we at MIF celebrates Conflict Resolution Day the third Thursday of October.

The 16th Global goal logo was designed as a symbol to celebrate growth in Conflict Resolution. The first year, start small, but just like the tree the seeds you plant one year, will continue to grow and blossom each year.

Conflict Resolution Day was conceived in 2005 to:

• Promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict;
• Promote the use of conflict resolution in schools, families, businesses, communities, governments and the legal system;
• Recognize the significant contributions of (peaceful) conflict resolvers; and
• Obtain national synergy by having celebrations happen across the country and around the world on the same day.

October has become a time to promote and celebrate peaceful conflict resolution practices worldwide. Dedicated dispute resolution practitioners are helping to educate the public about mediation and other innovative conflict management processes. The ABA declared the third week of October, “ABA Mediation Week,” in part building on the efforts of many other national, state, and local organizations, including the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)  which have been celebrating conflict resolution during the month of October. The ABA and ACR, as well as numerous other organizations, are working to raise awareness of the importance of mediation and conflict resolution.

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Let’s Talk ADR

Our goal is to get Nigerians and Africans talking about their options to work through conflict in a positive and productive way.

Let’s Talk ADR. ADR sometimes stands for Appropriate Dispute Resolution because it describes options other than going to court, but as ADR has become mainstream we use the term Appropriate Dispute Resolution to describe all the choices available to prevent and manage conflict in a non-adversarial way, including: mediation, arbitration, and restorative practices.

 

18th of October “Anti-Slavery Day”: Focus UK; All you need to Know & More!

Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem. It was created by the Anti-Slavery Day Act, a Private Members Bill introduced Anthony Steen CBE, now Chair of the Human Trafficking Foundation.

 

Each year more and more charities, individuals, local authorities and police forces take action to mark Anti-Slavery Day.

The Human Trafficking Foundation hosts Anti-Slavery Day Awards to recognise journalists, filmmakers and broadcasters who have exposed issues of modern slavery, and to celebrate organisations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery.

Anti-Slavery Day

UK Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October is a chance to raise awareness of modern slavery, highlight good practice, and focus attention on the areas of policy and practice where improvements still need to be made.

HTF (Human Trafficking Foundation)  hosts Anti-Slavery Day Awards to recognise media, press, and filmmakers which have exposed issues of modern slavery, and to celebrate organisations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery.

What is Human Trafficking?

Although human trafficking can take many forms at their core is the control and exploitation of the vulnerable for the profit and gain of their traffickers.

The UN Palermo Protocol provides a definition of which can be simplified as:

The acquisition of a person;

By means of deception or coercion;

For the purpose of exploitation

Facts and Figures

Estimates range from 21 million to 45 million people held in modern slavery around the world today.

The fastest growing international crime and the second largest source of illegal income worldwide, with estimated profits of $150 billion per year.

Human Trafficking in the UK

In 2016, 3,805 potential victims from 108 different countries of origin were referred into the National Referral Mechanism. In reality, however, the extent of human trafficking in the UK is likely to be far greater than the NRM statistics would suggest. The Home Office has estimated in its Modern Slavery Strategy that there may be as many as 13,000 people held in slavery in the UK.

Exploitation in the UK takes a variety of forms, but most commonly forced labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, and forced criminal activity.

A full breakdown of the NRM statistics can be found here.

The UK’s approach is now governed by the Modern Slavery Act. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, Human Trafficking and Exploitation Acts are also in force.

Trafficking or Smuggling?

Human trafficking and smuggling are often confused.  Although there is often some overlap between instances of trafficking and smuggling, they are legally distinct.

Smuggling involves facilitating someone’s illegal passage over an international border, and once they reach the final destination the ‘customer’ is generally left to their own devices.

Human trafficking, by contrast, involves force, threats and deception and specifically targets the trafficked person as an object of criminal exploitation for labour or services. Human trafficking doesn’t necessarily involve crossing any border: there are many instances of internal trafficking.

CASE STUDIES

  1. Trafficking for forced labour

    Mike

    The financial crisis cost me my job. I slept rough. Two men approached me. They offered me work near London. I shared an old dirty shed with a tin roof with another man.

    Every day we were picked up by a van at 7am and then knocked on people’s doors asking if they wanted any work doing, digging patios or making drive-ways. We were picked-up at 9pm: if we didn’t get back in time, we’d get beaten. Everyone was afraid. Some got beaten up often, punched in the head or kicked. We worked 6 days a week unpaid. Someone tried to escape, but was beaten with a spanner.

    One Sunday the police raided. I had never heard of trafficking before. When I looked around, I saw how ill everyone looked, skinny and unwell, as if we had all been in a concentration camp. For the first time in my life I am now being cared for, thanks to the Salvation Army. I am still nervous of going out alone.

     

    Nick

    I am a Hungarian and was experiencing hard times. My wife had left me and I lost custody of my children. I had to get work to get my family back.

    I was offered a job in the UK by a man who travelled with me and three other men by car. We arrived in North East England. I was kept prisoner in rented property by this man. All our personal documents were taken, and we were closely watched. We weren’t allowed out unaccompanied.  Several times we were physically assaulted. I felt suicidal.

    I was taken to work in a pizzeria as a kitchen porter and later at a chicken factory. I received no payment for any of this work.  The traffickers took my money. I was given just enough food not to starve. This carried on for at least 6 months.

    I tried to escape, but it wasn’t easy, as I was watched all the time. Later I changed my tactics – I got the traffickers to trust me more. I was then told I must work on a building site. There was an opportunity to escape. I did. I went to the police, although I was afraid I’d be sent home. They helped me. I was then placed in the City Hearts* shelter in Liverpool. Now I am improving my English and looking forward to a better life than ever before.

  2. Child trafficking

    Cristina

    When I was 16, my mum forced me to sleep with men to pay for our flat in Romania.  One client, Sorin, suggested babysitting work in the UK. Mum wanted us to go but I didn’t trust him when he provided a false ID.

    Sorin drove us from the airport to a house in Birmingham.  There, a man and woman controlled three girls who worked for them in their spa salon doing massage. I was bought vulgar clothes, taught bad English words. They called me Roxie. It wasn’t massage we did in the spa, but other things. I was forced to provide sexual services for more than a year.

    One day the police saw me with my make-up on getting out of a car. They asked questions. I didn’t understand English. They took me to a police station. I spent the night in a cell. I told them everything through an interpreter. I testified against the traffickers. I was placed in local authority care, the traffickers nearly kidnapped me from there. I am now on a hairdressing course and 18.  My future is uncertain.

     

  3. Sex trafficking

    Idora

    I was trafficked from Nigeria two years ago. I was training as a primary school teacher. A man befriended me, offered a cleaning job in the UK earning me enough to go to university – my dream.  Before leaving, he made me participate in a witchcraft ceremony, drinking a mixture of the inside of a hen, and making me promise never to disobey him or else I would go mad. I received false documents, including a script of what to tell border officials in the UK.

    I was picked up at the airport and driven to a house in London. I was locked in a room with three other women and then sexually exploited. The witchcraft ceremony back in Nigeria haunted me. I was moved to different flats, working as a sex worker in all of them. This went on for months.

    When the police raided our flat, I was placed in a detention centre and then a hostel. The traffickers threatened to harm my mother in Lagos if I didn’t return as a sex worker. I had to go back. A further 7 months passed till I was rescued by a police raid. I was placed in City Hearts shelter, which helped and supported me. Perhaps, my university dream can now come true.

  4. Domestic servitude

    Rohiti

    I grew up in Indonesia. When my single mother became sick I had to find work. There was nothing in my village. I went to Hong Kong, hoping to earn enough to support her.

    I was put in charge of three children 24 hours a day, with much housework. I worked for 7 months but wasn’t paid. They said I must pay off the debt for my travel first. My employers then arranged a ‘holiday’ to the UK. It turned out to be 16 hours’ work a day, sleeping on the floor, always on call. I was ordered to care for the elderly grandparents as well. That was the last straw.

    I ran away, despite the fear of being homeless and deported. Kalayaan helped me. I cannot get a new job because my visa has expired. I cannot stay here. I must go home with nothing. The family who exploited me gets off “scott free”.

     

GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING: October 15 is Global Hand washing Day 2017 “Our Hands, Our Future!”

About Global Handwashing Day

 

Global Hand washing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Celebrated annually on October 15, Global Handwashing Day was founded by the Global Handwashing Partnership, and is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

Global Handwashing Day is designed to:

  • Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap

HISTORY

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The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008, when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. Since 2008, community and national leaders have used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about handwashing, build sinks and tippy taps, and demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands.  Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.

The 2017 Global Handwashing Day theme is “Our hands, our future!” This theme reminds us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. Because handwashing is an affordable, effective way to achieve these goals, by having the power to improve access to education for children, protect the health of patients and communities, and reduce inequities. Promoting the benefits and practice of handwashing with soap, as well as fostering access to and improving hygiene facilities, will help us work towards a future where that potential is realized.

No matter what your role, you can celebrate Global Handwashing Day. This website is the central repository for all the tools necessary to make your event a success!

Handwashing with soap is an easy, effective, and affordable do-it-yourself protection that prevents infections and saves lives.

About Handwashing

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Handwashing with Soap is Easy

Everyone can protect themselves, their families, and their communities through handwashing with soap. It requires few resources—just soap and a small amount of water—yet the benefits are huge.

Handwashing with Soap is Effective

When handwashing with soap is practiced regularly at key times, such as after using the toilet or before contact with food, it can dramatically reduce the risk of diarrhea and pneumonia, which can cause serious illness and death. Handwashing with soap also helps prevent the spread of other infections such as influenza and Ebola.

Handwashing with Soap is Affordable

Cost is not the principal barrier to handwashing with soap. Almost everyone in the world can afford multipurpose bar soap, or detergent to make soapy water, though recent surveys have found a soap access equity gap, meaning the world’s poorest households are less likely to have access to soap. Furthermore households which do have access to soap commonly use it for laundry, dishwashing or bathing, rather than for handwashing. Investments in handwashing promotion are very cost effective, and can also maximize the health benefits of other interventions from access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure to nutrition promotion.

 

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