The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that the U.S. Government will commit $1 billion to The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, in the 2015-2018 fiscal years to help vaccinate 300 million children worldwide.A statement from USAID indicates that the amount announced is subject to congressional approval.It further states that the U.S. contribution will support Gavi’s plan to immunize 300 million additional children and save at least 5 million lives by 2020.If approved by the U.S. Congress, the US$1 billion will benefit Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa where Polio, whopping cough, diphtheria and tetanus have been affecting children with Ebola now taking center stage.“Providing a new and underutilized vaccine to the world’s poorest countries is a key driver in ending preventable child deaths by 2035,” the statement notes.Accordingly, USAID will be working closely with host country governments, Ministries of Health and Finance, and in-country and global Alliance partners, and will bring its financial, technical, and diplomatic efforts together to support country immunization programs to reach all children with critical, safe vaccines.”GAVI represents a groundbreaking effort that has unified a global community of partners — from rural clinics to multinational corporations — in the fight to end the tragedy of preventable child death,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “In doing so, we are strengthening our own national security, economic prosperity, and moral leadership.”For the third year in a row in his State of the Union address, President Obama embraced the vision of eradicating extreme poverty. USAID’s support for vaccines and immunization is foundational to these efforts.In June 2012, the world came together for the Child Survival Call to Action: A Promise Renewed, to craft a global goal to end preventable child deaths by 2035 and pioneer new approaches to accelerate progress towards child and maternal survival. In the last two years alone, 24 priority countries – of which 16 are in Africa – have achieved an eight percent reduction in under-five mortality, saving 500,000 lives. Many of these lives were saved by simple, low-cost, high-impact health interventions like vaccines. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance was created in 2000, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.Since then, GAVI has helped immunize nearly 500 million children; saving 7 million lives, driven down the costs of life-saving vaccinations, and has helped the poorest countries expand their vaccination programs, the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ariel Sibanda of Zimbabwe WarriorsThe first batch of players of the Zimbabwe national soccer team, Warriors trooped to camp Tuesday night (May 30) at the Yadah Hotel exclusive VVIP Suites in the Waterfalls area of Harare.The team begins preparations for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia at the National Sports Stadium on June 11.The Caps United duo of inform midfielder Ronald ‘Rooney’ Chitiyo, who made the Caf Champions League Team of the Week for the second round group matches after a starring role for the Green Machines against Algerian side USM Alger, was part of the group that went to camp.His teammate, defensive midfielder Devon Chafa, FC Platinum goalkeeper Petros Mhari and Ngezi Platinum wingback Qadr Amini and central defender Partson Jaure were also part of the group.Caps United defender Dennis Dauda, who needs treatment after suffering injury in that match against USM Alger, also checked in.Zifa President Philip Chiyangwa had earlier spent the better part of Tuesday inspecting the suits, where the Warriors will stay during their camp, having a taste of the food that they will consume and also looking at the state of the pitch which has been offered for some of the team’s training sessions.The Zifa boss spent virtually all his working day—from morning to late afternoon—in the company of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya who provided the accommodation, food and training around to the Warriors free of charge.“Everything has gone according to plan today (yesterday) and the Zifa President took a leadership role in all this, he was here from first thing in the morning and right until around 4pm, in the company of Prophet Walter Magaya, inspecting the accommodation facilities, the dinning places and the training ground,” Warriors acting team manager Wellington Mpandare said.“The Zifa boss was impressed with the state of the VVIP suits where the boys will be staying for their camp and he was also happy that the secluded environment provides the perfect place for the players to camp and concentrate on preparing for the big game.“He was taken on the tour of the facilities by the prophet and you know that the Zifa boss is a man who believes in elegance and when he tells you that he has been impressed with what he has seen then it means a lot.“We need to thank the prophet for opening his facility for a national cause, at no charge at all, and this is what is needed on their own given that it costs a lot just to prepare and host such a huge match.“Remember the association also has to foot the bill for the air tickets for the players, the bill for the referees, among others and it’s good that someone who has a passion for our football has come to the aid of our football leaders so that they won’t have to run the huge costs of paying for the team’s accommodation and food as we prepare for this big game.” (Zimbabwe Chronicle).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
La Mirada (21-7) is led by Siemens, who averages 15.6 points per game. Williams, who came up big down the stretch against St. John Bosco on Tuesday, is scoring at an 11.8 clip with Robbins is putting in 10.8 points per contest. Compton (25-3), the Moore League champion, is coming off a 68-53 victory over Harvard-Westlake in the second round. The Tarbabes are led by junior Demar Derozan (21.9 ppg) and senior Edgar Garibay (14.1 ppg), who scored 28 points with 12 rebounds against Harvard-Westlake. Compton also has a win over traditional power Dominguez. La Habra is the lone area boys soccer team still alive in the CIF-SS divisional playoffs, which continue today with quarterfinal games. The Highlanders, who improved to 25-3 after a 4-3 victory over Diamond Ranch in the second round on Wednesday, play host to South Hills today at 3 p.m. La Habra, which finished second in the Freeway League is led by Edgar Bran, Jacob Baron and Bryan Aanderud. Bran scored two goals and had an assist in the win over Diamond Ranch. South Hills (13-3-9) upset top-seeded Santa Ana in the second round, scoring a 3-1 overtime victory. Three area schools – Montebello, Whittier and La Habra – continue their quest for CIF-SS girls water polo championships today with semifinal games. Montebello (23-5), the Almont League champion, will face Corona del Mar (21-6) in a Division I game at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park in Irvine. Heritage Park is located at 4601 Walnut Ave. The Oilers advanced to the semifinals with a 12-5 victory over Edison before holding off Long Beach Wilson, 13-1, in the quarterfinals. Corona del Mar, meanwhile, has cruised through the first two rounds, scoring routs over Long Beach Poly (13-1) and El Toro (11-2). Whittier (22-6) looks to hold its top seeding when it faces Chino Hills (25-6) in a Division III game, scheduled for 3 p.m. at Commerce Aquatorium. The Cardinals have faced little resistance in the first two rounds, scoring a 15-3 win over South Pasadena and a 9-4 decision over Upland. Chino Hills has survived two close encounters. The Huskies opened the playoffs with a 6-5 win over Downey before slipping past Arlington, 11-9. In Division VI, La Habra (18-14) faces El Segundo (22-3) at Mira Costa High. The Highlanders scored a 12-1 win over Santa Ana in the first round before beating Elsinore 8-6 in the quarterfinals. La Habra advanced to the semifinals with a forfeit win over Loara on Tuesday. The finals in each division are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. Santa Fe’s Marcus Orona, one of the favorites to win a state title, leads a list of 16 area wrestlers who will compete at the CIF-SS Masters Meet, scheduled for today and Saturday at Carter High School in Rialto. Wrestling begins at noon today and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Carter is located at 2630 N. Linden Ave. in Rialto. Orona, who competes at 119 pounds, is one of three area wrestlers who come into this weekend’s meet after scoring individual CIF titles last week. He is joined by California’s Matt Melendrez (140) and Schurr’s Julian Zuniga. Orona, who was top seed in his weight class at the Inland Division championships last week, won his title after scoring three falls and a major decision before winning a tough 3-2 decision over Westlake’s Arian Ghaffari in the final. Melendrez’s win was just as impressive. He scored three falls before upsetting top-seed Daniel Couts of Santa Fe in the semifinals and beating Masson Blow of Lompoc in the final. Like Melendrez, Schurr’s Zuniga was a surprise winner at 215 pounds. He scored two falls before three solid wins over Brent Pyles of Temescal Canyon, Daniel Turner of Jurupa Valley and Eduardo Marquez of Temecula Valley. Santa Fe will have an area-best five wrestlers at this weekend’s competition. Also competing for the Chiefs, besides Orona, are Dimitri Crouch (103), Couts (140), Miguel Garcia (189) and Lenny Romero (275). Three other area schools – California, El Rancho and La Mirada – will have three wrestlers each competing. California’s list, besides Melendrez, includes Ruben Warr (130) and Nik Noriega (152). El Rancho will have Joseph Salas (119), Tony Fernandez (189) and Billie Rivera (215) with La Mirada bringing Justin Gonzalez (125), Jeff Blanco (160) and Bud Coit (275). La Habra has one qualifier for this weekend’s event – Aaron La Farge (103). The top eight placers at the Masters advance to next weekend’s CIF State championships in Bakersfield. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! La Mirada High School continues its quest for a CIF-Southern Section boys basketball title when it plays host to Compton in a Division I-AA quarterfinal game tonight at 7:30. The Matadores, who beat highly ranked Artesia earlier this season, have won 10 of their past 12 games. They are coming off a 63-54 victory over St. John Bosco. La Mirada had 16 points from sophomore Derrick Williams and 13 each from seniors Josh Robbins and Taylor Siemens to close the game with a 12-0 blitz.