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Ebola Disaster Preparedness Training in Ghana

Last year Ebola brought fear and death to several West African nations while we all sat helpless. Ebola killed over 11,100 people and infected more than 26,900 within a year. Without getting too much into the headlines that put fear into us, i know that it was especially difficult for those of us who had family in the regions affected.

Many of you know i’m from Liberia and last year my (younger) brother was planning to get married in October. I saved my vacation days for the wedding and planned to celebrate my big birthday in Liberia with my family. I’m sure you know where this story is going; my flight was cancelled and majority of the airlines restricted flights to Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak. The messaging of Ebola caused tremendous panic and isolation for people in those areas. However, I will hold my opinion for another post.

Anyway, May of 2015, I spoke to a dear friend who is involved in the public health sector and has been working in and out of Africa on Ebola and other bio threats. I expressed interest to get involved but did not know in what capacity. One month later, I received the letter below: (I’m showing part of letter that’s relevant to this post). I accepted the assignment and was able to take 18 days of vacation to participate in the training in Accra, Ghana after receiving the letter.

Dear Ms. Yeaney,
I hope this message finds you well.
On behalf of United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM), I would like to gauge your availability to participate as a course facilitator for the Operation United Assistance (OUA) Transition Disaster Preparedness Project scheduled to begin on 9 July 2015 at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana.
The OUA Transition Disaster Preparedness Project aims to build upon the recent US Government-sponsored Ebola response effort in Liberia toward building long-term disaster preparedness capacities across the West African region. The project will be conducted to further develop national Preparedness and Response Plans and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as well as deliver awareness trainings across domains related to bio-threat preparedness and lessons learned from the recent Ebola response. Efforts will focus on 17 West African Partner Nations (PNs) to include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Togo in collaboration with several US Government stakeholders, the United Nations, West African regional organizations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU). The project will be mainly focused on a national-level, systems-based approach to preparedness.

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Van Vicker Foundation Fundraiser

Saturday, July 16, 2011
ARTrevolution 600 W Cermak, Chicago IL 60616
6:30 PM-10:00 PM with Free Food and Drinks
Event/After Party $40.00, $70.00(2) (Tax Deductible)

Food Provided by
Brazil-Sinha Brazilian Restaurant: Chicken Baba
Liberia- Chef Josphine Sleh/Tete Johnson: Jellof Rice, Kalla
Jamaica-Jamaican Grill: Jerk Shrimp, Plantains
Nigeria-Bolat African Cuisine: Nyama Choma Soup, Meat Pie

Special Performances by
Brazilian Samba Dancers
Liberian Cultural Dancers
Jamaican Soca Dancers
Nigerian Artist IamBlink

After party 10:00 PM -2:00 AM
with DJ Diesel

About Van Vicker/Van Vicker Foundation:
Ghanaian actor Joseph Van Vicker has big-screen talent that appeals to an international fan base representing the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, the Caribbean and countries across Africa. In addition to acting, Van Vicker currently serves as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees ambassador. He launched the Van Vicker Foundation in 2010, and leads the organization’s goal to encourage and inspire youth to embrace cultural awareness.

The Van Vicker Foundation is partnering with Lotten B. Yeaney – on-line talk show host – to conduct this fundraiser which will also benefit Liberia’s Help the Children Orphanage of which Yeaney serves as international ambassador.

PURCHASE TICKETS: Van Vicker Foundation

Today’s Man We Want To “Snuggle With”

Today’s Man we want to “Snuggle With” is Boris Kodjoe

Do we have to explain why we want to “snuggle with” him? OK let me oblige!!! Nice teeth, nice height, nice weight!! oh and he got a hit television show “Undercovers on NBC. (not anymore because we rather watch Atlanta housewives then see Boris 🙁 Wait!! one more, he is a foreigner and you know what they say about foreign men? They love to “Snuggle”

Ladies where the heck would you snuggle with BK? ANYWHERE!!!