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Fistula Hospital: Reaching out - Birthrights

Fistula Hospital: Reaching out - Birthrights | Social & Community Development | Scoop.it

23 Mar 2011

 

We see the work being done in the hospital's rural clinics and follow one woman on her emotional journey home.

 

Across the developing world, millions of women live with a debilitating medical condition borne out of poverty. Obstetric Fistula is caused by prolonged labour that, without suitable medical intervention, tears a whole in the woman's birth canal, allowing body wastes to leak. Without treatment, the woman is often isolated from her family and community.

 

The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia treats 1,300 women a year. The second of our three films about Fistula takes us beyond the hospital to see the work being done in its rural clinics. We follow some of the outreach workers as well as one woman on her long and emotional journey home.

 

FROM THE FILMMAKER:

 

'"We're going to hold a maternity clinic," said senior midwife Sister Hirut as she collected her equipment and we left her health centre in Birakat, nothern Ethiopia. "It'll be a two hour walk." As we trudged through the Ethiopian countryside in the baking heat, it struck me that this was how far an expectant mother might have to walk - while in labour - to have a supervised birth at the health centre. It was no wonder so few bothered.'

Lara Akeju

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Mississippi | Post-merger committee formed to explore regionalism

Published: July 17,2012

GOLDEN TRIANGLE — In light of the recent partnership formed between the Columbus Lowndes Development LINK and the West Point Community Growth Alliance, representatives from all corners of the Golden Triangle are now exploring the possibility of a regional economic development organization.

 

To formalize the development leadership of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties into one organization, communities have appointed a steering committee to explore if a regional organization would be beneficial. The committee will submit a proposal for this partnership by Sept. 14.

 

Members of the steering committee are Clay County, Robbie Robinson and Jackie Edwards; Lowndes County, Gordon Flowers and Jim McAlexander; and, Oktibbeha County, Marvel Howard, Jack Wallace and Parker Wiseman.

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Mississipi: Town plans for community center

Rienzi officials want to turn industrial building into community center.

 

The Daily Corinthian reports that Mayor Walter Williams asked Alcorn County supervisors to give the property to the town. Williams says the downtown building, once by the Wurlitzer company and later by King Manufacturing Company, is in declining condition.

 

The county-owned building has been leased to King Manufacturing. Williams says the property also could be used for a park or walking path.

 

Supervisor Tim Mitchell said he hopes to see the town of Rienzi become the overseer of the property and for the town to determine how it will be used.

 

Mitchell said King Manufacturing is willing to turn the property back over to the county after the current sublease tenant is given time to vacate.

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Zimbabwe's Richest Man Joins Hilton Foundation Jury - Forbes

Zimbabwe's Richest Man Joins Hilton Foundation Jury - Forbes | Social & Community Development | Scoop.it

1/11/2012

 

Zimbabwe’s richest man and telecom tycoon Strive Masiyiwa has joined the jury of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

 

According to a press release issued by the foundation, Masiyiwa’s new appointment means he will work with the foundation in helping select the 2012 recipient of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize-a $1.5 million annual award which is usually presented to an international non-profit organization judged to have made significant and extraordinary contributions towards alleviating human suffering. The prestigious Hilton prize is one of the world’s largest humanitarian awards. Sixteen organizations including Handicap International and Operation Smile have been recipients to date.

 

The Zimbabwean tycoon described his appointment as both an “honor and a great responsibility”. Masiywa joins other reputable individuals like Princess Salimah Aga Khan, an international ambassador for SOS-Kinderdorf International, and Professor Amartya Sen, a Nobel Prize Laureate in cconomics, as members of the jury.

 

Apart from his new appointment at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Masiyiwa is also actively involved in a number of other non-profit organizations. Along with Richard Branson, he is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, an organization which seeks to implement market-driven solutions to climate change. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Rockefeller foundation.

 

Masiyiwa is the founder of Econet Wireless, a publicly-listed mobile telecoms company with operations in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Burundi and Rwanda. He was the only one from Zimbabwe to make the inaugural Forbes list of Africa’s 40 Richest in November 2011. He ranks 34th with an estimated net worth of $280 million.

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Mississipi | Grass Lawn, community center opening after long delays | Gulfport

Mississipi | Grass Lawn, community center opening after long delays | Gulfport | Social & Community Development | Scoop.it
GULFPORT -- The city plans to open the Orange Grove Community Center on Dedeaux Road and historic Grass Lawn on U.S. 90 this week.

 

Both buildings should have opened long ago, but were tied up in disputes between the contractor and the city.

 

The $5.1 million community center was leaking after it was built, while cypress decking was warped on the wraparound porches at Grass Lawn.

 

The contractor, C. Perry Builders of Gulfport, demanded arbitration in the community center dispute and filed a lawsuit against the city over a payment withheld for Grass Lawn. The city alleged construction problems with the buildings.

 

An arbitrator awarded the company $343,446 in January 2011 in the community center dispute. The city waited until July 2011 to pay a total of $355,918, which included interest.

 

The city in the end decided it would be easier to work out its differences with the contractor in order to get the buildings open. Both buildings have been repaired and Mayor George Schloegel said the disputes with C. Perry have been resolved.

 

Grass Lawn is a replica of a historic home Katrina destroyed. The city-owned home will be available for wedding receptions and other public events.

 

The community center was built with post-Katrina funding. It also will be available for community events and rentals. Ward 7 Councilwoman Cara Pucheu, who represents the area where the center is located, has said that she regularly fields phone calls about when the center will open.

 

Published: July 16, 2012

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Mississippi awarded $3.8M victim assistance grant

The state of Mississippi has been awarded a $3.8 million grant for assistance and services for victims of crime.

 

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said Tuesday the money was awarded to the Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning from the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Cochran says the bulk of the money will go to local, community-based public and private nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to crime victims.

 

Cochran says states are encouraged to extend services to underserved and rural areas.

 

While priority attention is given to victims of sexual assault, domestic and child abuse, assistance is also targeted to victims of federal crimes, assaults, robbery, gang violence, hate and bias crimes, intoxicated drivers, economic exploitation, fraud, elder abuse, and survivors of homicide victims.

 

Published: July 17, 2012

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