The team leader of the Liberia Fistula Project (LFP), Dr. John S. Mulbah, has praised Zonta International and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for their immense support to the LFP.Dr. Mulbah, who is also the lead surgeon on the project, spoke with journalists over the weekend at the UNFPA-Liberia Offices on Mamba Point.He stated that with support from Zonta through UNFPA, the team has been able to fix the fistula problems of more than a thousand girls and women from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and La Côte d’Ivoire.He said Liberian women and girls fixed amounted to at least 92 percent, three percent Ivorians and rest Guineans and Sierra Leoneans.Dr. John Mulbah further stated that Zonta’s is helping to transform the lives of many women and girls within and outside Liberia.He, however, stressed that it was too early to celebrate the gains that have so far been made in trying to eradicate fistula from Liberia.Among other things, Dr. Mulbah said the 11 fistula projects around the country still needed more support from Zonta International so as to do all they can to end fistula in Liberia.He used to occasion to call on the government to augment its support toward the program, which is said is restoring the hope of women and girls, who were once ostracized by their community and loved ones.Speaking earlier, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Liberia Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu said the main cause of fistula among women and girls in Liberia is teenage pregnancy.Ms. Ndhlovu stated that child marriage was one of the issues that lead women and girls to end up with fistula and that her organization—UNFPA wants to broaden its fistula program, which would include integrating it with preventive methods.”Child marriage, it is because of these issues that we end up with a fistula, because they are too young to be pregnant,” the UNFPA boss emphasized.She stated that as they integrate the preventive method in their fistula program they intend on concentrating on adolescent pregnancy, “because that is where the whole problem comes from.”The United Nations Senior Staff said by integrating family planning into the program, it will lessen the burden on the only doctor performing the surgery in Liberia.She used the occasion to thank the visiting Zonta delegation. “I must say, I’m so impressed that Sonia, you were ready to go out into the fields and go up and down the rugged roads, and be able to see for yourself what is on the ground.”Ms. Ndhlovu further intoned that the one cannot measure the success of any program by only reading the document. “You have to go out and talk to the survivors; talk to them, listen to their stories, see the changes in their lives. I want to say a big thank you to Zonta International for the support you have been giving to this program.””Your support has touched the lives of many women and girls in this country and we appreciate it and I’m sure that the government of Liberia appreciates this support.”She also thank Dr. John Mulbah and others on the Liberia Fistula Project Team for their dedication on the team; adding: “You don’t work for remuneration, you work for the satisfaction of saving lives and giving dignity to these girls and women.”Also speaking earlier, Zonta’s vice president, Ms. Sonja Honig Schough told the audience that she was impressed with the level of care given fistula patients in Liberia. She said the level of attention given to women with the condition is “remarkable.”Recounting her experience Ms. Schough said: “I have met several survivors; I would say many survivors more than I had expected to see. I have had a wonderful experience. I have had the possibility to see the three centers of excellence for fistula care.”She said it was very expedient that she came to Liberia to experience firsthand some of the challenges that are being faced in Liberia.Ms. School who was visiting Liberia for the first time said her organization Zonta International is an international organization with a membership of about 3000 women, who mainly support the cause of women worldwide.”It is all these members that are donating to the fistula project as most of them are women, it is very easy to understand these problems, even if we don’t have them in Europe or in the U.S. to a very big extent,” she said.The Zonta VP expressed her excitement the level of work she was able to see around the country. She told news men and woman that she was convinced that the organization’s funding is being put to the right use and she pledged more support to the fight against fistula.”I saw the centers of excellence and I saw the rehabilitation center and I saw the enthusiasm and the professionalism of all the staff involved,” she said.The Zonta VP, who visited the Phebe and Liberia Government Hospitals in Bong and Bomi Counties, said she was very pleased with this visit. “I have seen more than I’ve expected. It has been a very organized trip with programs all the time, which I really like.”UNFPA Liberia Representative thanked Zonta International for the level of support given to the UN organization to fight fistula worldwide.Zonta International is an international service organization with the mission of advancing the status of women.The first Zonta Club was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919 by a group of business women and was organized along the lines of the Rotary Club, with one woman from each business classification admitted to the local club and all members required to give 60% of their time to the work under which they are classified.What Is Fistula?As defined by Dr. Mulbah: “Fistula is the wrong communication between two or more organs that will lead to the leakage of fluid; usually it is urine commonly called pepe or it is feces, commonly called pupu.”He stated that if the communication is between the bladder and the vagina, it leads to vesico-vagina fistula or the pepe sickness because it is urine that is involved.“It the communication is between the rectum and the vagina, it leads to what is called recto-vagina fistula.Fistula can cause involuntary passage of urine and feces by its sufferers. A woman with fistula can feel the urge to urinate or toilet. Both just come out anywhere at any time, leaving the woman very embarrassed and shame. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LATE payments to cash-strapped small farmers are pushing them over the edge, a Co Donegal senator has warned.Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to ensure that all of the outstanding payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme (DAS) are processed and paid in full to farmers within the next two weeks. Senator Ó Domhnaill has described as ‘completely unacceptable’ the ongoing delays in issuing Disadvantaged Areas payments, coming on the heels of the protracted delays in processing Agri-Environment Options Scheme payments this year.The Donegal Senator told donegaldaily.com: “Thousands of farmers were waiting months for AEOS payments this year due to what was described as ‘technical difficulties’ at the Department of Agriculture.“Now we have more technical problems caused by the digitisation of maps for the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme. The result is that nearly half way through October, there are still 25,000 farmers waiting for their DAS payments.”The Senator said the delays and problems are causing very real concerns about a possible knock-on effect on future payments. The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must issue a guarantee to farmers that other schemes will not be plagued by similar unacceptable delays, he insisted. The Gortahork man added: “I am also calling on Minister Coveney to fully outline details of when he expects all of the outstanding payments under DAS to be issued. I cannot understand how the introduction of a new mapping system could still be causing such lengthy delays. It has become a real worry for thousands of farmers who were already experiencing financial difficulties.”DONEGAL FARMERS ‘SUFFER’ AS PAYMENTS ARE DELAYED – SENATOR was last modified: October 11th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal farmersgortahorkSenator Brian O’Domhnaill
15. United marched on in 2008 – The Red Devils beat Chelsea to top spot and defeated them again in the Champions League final for a memorable trophy double. 23 23 5. Eric Cantona lifted the Premiership trophy for United in 1997 – In less than six full seasons in English football, Cantona won the title five times – four with Man United and once with Leeds (in the final season of the old Division One). He was captain of the 1997 champions in his final season before retiring. 8. United cantered to the title in 2000 – Fresh from their treble glory, Man United were unstoppable as they won the Premiership by a margin of 18 points in 2000. 23 23 21. City were crowned champions in 2014 – Liverpool seemed set to be crowned surprise champions as they led the league with just three games to go, but they stumbled and City kept their nerve to win the trophy again. 23 23 4. Manchester United grabbed the trophy back in 1996 – Newcastle United were 12 points clear in January, but United reeled them in to win the league again, adding the FA Cup in May. 9. The Red Devils claimed the first Premier League hat-trick in 2001 – United won the league with ease again. Who could stop them making it an unprecedented four in a row? 23 23 7. Manchester United ruled in 1999 – Not only did United pip Arsenal to the Premiership in 1999, they also won the FA Cup and Champions League. 13. The Blues successfully defended the trophy in 2006 – Another dominant season for Chelsea, easing to the title ahead of Manchester United, it seemed like they would go on to dominate in the years to come. This was also the last season in which the division was known as the Premiership, reverting to the Premier League. 23 2. United retained the trophy in 1994 – Now sponsored by Carling and rebranded the FA Carling Premiership, United won the title with ease, en route to claiming their first ever league and FA Cup double. 23 11. Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ lifted the trophy in 2004 – The only unbeaten season in the Premier League era, the Gunners went 38 games without loss to memorably win the title. 23 23 14. Man United were back for more Premier League glory in 2007 – Four years after last lifting the trophy, United were back on top with Ronaldo and Rooney coming of age to edge ahead of Chelsea when it counted. 6. Arsenal were champions in 1998 – The Gunners claimed their first Premiership title, under the management of Arsene Wenger, going on to claim the league and FA Cup double. 19. Manchester City lifted the trophy in dramatic style in 2012 – The most dramatic climax to a Premier League season, as big spending City needed to score twice in added time on the final day of the season to be crowned champions at local rivals United’s expense. Goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero sealed a never-to-be-forgotten success. 12. Chelsea made their mark in 2005 – Jose Mourinho was in charge as Russian owner Roman Abramovich’s big spending helped bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge, ending a 50-year wait for Chelsea’s second top flight title. The champions finished the campaign with a record 95 points, suffering just one defeat and conceding a measly 15 goals. 20. Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out as United won the trophy yet again in 2013 – Title number 20 for United, and the last of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 13 Premier League trophies before he retired. The great Scot went out in a blaze of glory, thanks largely to the goals of big money signing Robin van Persie. 16. United achieved another hat-trick of titles in 2009 – Ronaldo’s final season in red, as Man United drew level with Liverpool’s all-time record of 18 top flight titles. 9. Arsenal interrupted United’s run of success in 2002 – Including a run of 13 successive wins, Arsenal wrapped up the title with victory at Old Trafford, to make it a league and FA Cup double. 23 10. United won it again in 2003 – After another titanic tussle with Arsenal, Man United claimed the trophy again. 23 23 23 17. Chelsea topped the pile in 2010 – The Blues thwarted United’s hopes of winning four in a row, as Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti led them to the club’s first league and FA Cup double. They also became the first club to score over 100 goals in the Premier League era. It looks very much like Leicester City will be crowned Premier League champions thanks to a remarkable campaign which sees them needing just one victory to guarantee top spot.The Foxes have three games remaining and lead second-place Tottenham Hotspur by seven points, as they bid to win the league for the first time in their history.Leicester first played in the top flight in 1908/09, when English football’s top division was governed by the Football League.In 1929 they finished runners up in Division One, just a point behind champions The Wednesday, but have mostly yo-yoed between the top two divisions since.Before this season, Leicester’s best top flight finish since 1929 had been seventh place in 1976, under the management of Jimmy Bloomfield.Now Italian manager Claudio Ranieri is carving his name into Foxes folklore, as Leicester aim to become the 24th different club to be crowned English champions.They will also become just the sixth club to claim the Premier League trophy, since the top flight was reorganised in 1992.Take a look at every Premier League trophy presentation, through the years, in our slideshow above. 23 23 18. Man United were back on top in 2011 – United’s record 19th top flight title, taking them clear of Liverpool. 1. Manchester United claimed the first Premier League crown in 1993 – to see fantastic photos of Premier League trophy presentations from down the years, click the arrow above, right – After 104 years of the Football League governing English football’s top division, the 1992/93 season marked the first staging of the FA Premier League, replacing the First Division as the – pun intended – premier competition. With it came a new trophy for the champions of England, lifted first by Manchester United, as the Red Devils ended a wait of 26 years since their last top flight success. 22. Chelsea were celebrating again in 2015 – Jose Mourinho was back at the Bridge to guide Chelsea to another title. 23 23 23 23 23 3. Blackburn Rovers were 1995 Premiership champions – When United won the first Premier League crown in 1993, Rovers were in their first season back among the elite, having claimed promotion to the top flight via the play-offs. Two years later, under the management of Kenny Dalglish, bankrolled by wealthy supporter-chairman Jack Walker, and boasting the firepower of Alan Shearer and British record signing Chris Sutton, Blackburn became champions for the first time in 81 years.