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Uganda, Pan America Health, Others, To Hold Future Of Global Health Security Panel Summit

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The Pan American Health Organization, Panelists from Uganda’s Ministry of Health, the Kenya Red Cross, Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Resolve to Save Lives will, on Thursday, hold an event on the success stories on the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak response, how countries can identify potential threats, coordinate responses and effectively communicate to the general public that would help to save more lives.

According to the schedule of the event made available to THE GLEAMER NEWS by Associate Director, Communications Rolf Rosenkranz, on Wednesday in Abuja revealed that, the high-level panelists from Uganda’s Ministry of Health, the Kenya Red Cross, Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Pan American Health Organization and Resolve to Save Lives will discuss success stories of outbreak response, how countries can identify potential threats, coordinate responses and effectively communicate as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

“When COVID-19 hit, the world was not ready. The pandemic has revealed gaps in how the world thinks about, implements and measures epidemic preparedness. It has reinforced the need to work together to prepare for and respond to the next public health threat and reminds us that we are all connected.

“Following the release of its interactive, digital report  “Epidemics that Didn’t Happen”, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, will host a virtual event to discuss lessons from past outbreaks, preparedness successes and the need to prioritize funding to fight the next pandemic. Ahead of the Global Health Summit and World Health Assembly, the event will show how it is within our power to build a world that is safer and more secure from future health emergencies. Panelists will discuss how global leaders can invest time and resources for preparedness so we’re all better prepared for the next pandemic.”

The speaker includes, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda, Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri, Deputy Director for Health Emergencies, Pan American Health, Organization (PAHO), Annette Msabeni-Ngoye, Deputy Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross, Betsy McKay, Senior Writer, Wall Street Journal amongst other.”

Also, ahead of the Global Health Summit and World Health Assembly, the event will show how it is within our power to build a world that is safer and more secure from future health emergencies. Panelists will discuss how global leaders can invest time and resources for preparedness so we’re all better prepared for the next pandemic.

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Alliance move to establish living lab in the Niger Delta

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The Federal Ministry of Niger Delta and the implementers of living lab in  Nigeria,  Green Sahara Farms have begun plans to establish a living lab for nature and people in the Niger Delta in a bid to find balance between human needs and nature”


The aim is to transition from a fossil based linear economy to a circular bio economy with landscape restoration as a foundation  and in the case of the Niger Delta, the restoration of mangrove plantation would be the foundation for the transition.


The  living lab will also focus on the usage of renewable natural resources instead of petrochemicals which cause damage to the environment as a base resource in  agro forestry, medicine, housing,bio fertilizers,bio pharmaceuticals” .


The minister of State Niger Delta Sharon ikoeazor drew  attention to   divestment by major oil companies in the Niger Delta to invest in sustainable ventures.


She lamented that the devastation caused by the activities of oil companies in the Niger Delta has caused loss of livelihoods and other social and economic problems.


“Today, environmental degradation is not the problem of the Niger Delta or Nigeria but a global problem which affects everyone on earth. The recent global climate related calamities and the growth of investment in alternative and renewable energy It is important the Niger Delta is prepared for life after oil.”


The Minister stressed that partnerships like this which has the community at the center of economic restoration of the devastated landscape will provide a more sustainable source of livelihoods to the citizens of the Delta.


The founder/CEO of Green Sahara farms  Suleiman Dikwa noted that for the first time in History there is an alignment of interest between the west and the underdeveloped world as activities of a rural fisherman affects the life of the residents of Seoul ,New York Paris,Tokyo etc.


He stressed that everyone has agreed that conservation is no longer sustainable but to adapt business models  which create sustainable  economic activities while  restoring landscapes.


Dikwa explained that the CBA had  developed a holistic approach to reimagine and develop an economy built on landscape restoration.from housing, biopharmaceuticals, bioenergy,biiferilizers for regenerative agriculture ,aesthetic and spiritual harmony .


Also speaking at the occasion the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.Mr Olufunso Adebiyi stressed the need for the ministry to develop competencies in climate adaptation economic models with a view to meeting the SDGs target as a core function of the ministry.


It provides an alternative source of financing sustainable development in the Niger Delta and opens a more sustainable approach to climate action in the Niger Delta.


The Director of Economic Development in the Ministry Mr Patrick Nyamo’ stated that the ministry has various social programs that they could not execute due to lack of funds and finding a synergy between social, economic and environmental objectives will enable an alternative source of financing social and environmental challenges sustainably and prepare the Niger Delta for life after oil.

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