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The grant will help fund the CGIAR Research Program
Research is centered on community outreach and strategy reform.
On June 8th, the Canadian government announced its decision to provide a $20 million grant to fight malnutrition in developing countries, the IFPRI is reporting.
The research program, A4NH, is a headed by the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, or CGIAR. According to the IFPRI, some of the major tenets of the program include “research into community and farmer organizations, and private-sector actors, for market solutions aimed at reducing the price of nutritious food” and reform to the effectiveness of international agricultural intervention.
A4NH is attempting to combat hunger without sacrificing nutrition, health, and long-term sustainability. It stresses community outreach and technological advancements as well as partnerships with private food distribution programs.
CGIAR and A4NH have partnered with HarvestPlus, an organization that breeds crops to fight micronutrient malnutrition. Micronutrient malnutrition, more commonly known as “hidden hunger”, is a condition in which a person receives a sufficient amount of food, but the food lacks many essential nutrients.
The research intends to implement short-term solutions that will have long-term implications, with the grant from Canada aiding in various aspects of the program.
US to provide COVID vaccines for 550,000 South Korean military members
The United States will send 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Canada and Mexico, the White House said Thursday.
The AstraZeneca vaccine, which is still pending FDA approval in the US but has been approved in other countries, will be shipped out to prevent those doses from continuing to go unused.
“Many countries, as you know, have already approved AstraZeneca[‘s vaccine] and also have requested our doses from the United States,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing, adding that while this includes Canada and Mexico, “it’s certainly not limited to Canada and Mexico.”
Psaki said the decision came from a place of “balancing the need to let the approval process play out of the AstraZeneca vaccine as it’s taking place in the US, with the importance of helping stop the spread … in other countries.”
The US, she confirmed, has 7 million “releasable doses available,” with 2.5 million going to Mexico and 1.5 million going to Canada.
Psaki went on to say the administration was aiming to help with international vaccine distribution while not interfering with getting Americans inoculated swiftly.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the US will help with international vaccine distribution while waiting for FDA approval on AstraZeneca. Michael Reynolds/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Speaking to Reuters, a Biden administration official said the deal to share the vaccine was still being finalized, but the shipments would be delivered in “short order” once the agreement was completed.
Under the terms of the deal, the official explained, both countries will be expected to pay the US back with doses in return later this year.
The drugmaker has said it is on track to have 30 million shots of their vaccine by early April.
Still, the news comes as numerous European countries suspend the vaccine after a handful of people who received it developed blood clots, some of which were linked to deaths.
Many European countries suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after some recipients developed blood clots. Getty Images
Sweden and Latvia joined the growing list of nations this week.
More than a dozen EU countries — including Germany, France and Italy — have temporarily yanked the vaccine despite assurances from AstraZeneca and the World Health Organization that it is safe.
Canada Donates $20 Million to Fight Malnutrition - Recipes
Maputo &mdash The Canadian government is to donate 20 million US dollars over a 3 year period to a programme to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates in Mozambique, with a particular focus on the central province of Zambezia.
On Thursday a programme was launched to increase technical training in the health sector to address Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) four and five, which aim to reduce maternal and child mortality and improve maternal health.
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‘Mother India is in dire need’: Diaspora rallies to help combat a COVID-19 nightmare
India’s large diaspora — long a boon to India’s economy — is tapping its wealth, political clout and expertise to help its ancestral land combat the catastrophic coronavirus surge that has seen people dying outside overwhelmed hospitals.
Around the world, people of Indian descent are donating money, personally delivering desperately needed oxygen equipment and setting up telemedicine consultations and information sessions in hopes of beating back the outbreak.
Two humanitarian groups in the U.S. led by people of Indian heritage raised more than $25 million in recent days to help India’s teetering healthcare system. Indian American doctors, hotel owners and other entrepreneurs, some responding to requests for help from Indian leaders, have pledged or donated millions more.
In Britain, volunteers at three Hindu temples raised more than $830,000 last weekend by racking up 12,506 miles — roughly three times the distance from London to New Delhi — on stationary bikes in a fundraising drive. And in Canada, Sikhs have donated between $700 and $2,000 to each of dozens of people in need of costly oxygen cylinders.
The magnitude of the response reflects the deep pockets of many people in the overseas Indian community, as well as their deep ties to India, which have fueled similar efforts to help the country in the past.
“I feel that this crisis has kind of sparked or triggered a fresh and new emotional affiliation to India,” said Nishant Pandey, CEO of the American India Foundation. The group launched a fundraising drive April 24 that raked in roughly $20 million in a week, much of it from the Indian diaspora. The money will be used in part to expand hospital capacity and oxygen production in India.
Canada shouldn’t donate to the Clinton Foundation
Justin Trudeau has been a vocal advocate on women’s issues.
Our Prime Minister has been praised, both here and abroad, for his efforts to advance equality among men and women.
He’s been particularly effective advocating for the United Nations and other governments to do more to help women living in violent or oppressive conditions, particularly women in those parts of the world subjected to barbaric practices such as female genital mutilation or child and forced marriages.
We could not be more supportive of this sort of advocacy.
Canada can and should play a leadership role in advancing initiatives that foster real change in the lives of women globally.
However, we have real concerns with plans announced Tuesday by the Liberal government to hand $20 million over to the Clinton Foundation to “support projects that will provide critical sexual and reproduction health (SRH) services” around the world.
The initiative was created under the umbrella of the Clinton Foundation, formed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and prominently supported by both Hillary and daughter Chelsea Clinton.
The Clinton’s have earned millions from their association with the foundation, not from direct compensation, but through book and speaking tour fees.
Bill Clinton, for example, reportedly received $26 million in speaking fees from organizations that donated to the foundation.
Meanwhile, the lavish foundation-related travel needs of the Clintons – including first-class tickets and charter planes – are covered by its donors.
More problematically, the foundation was at the heart of the cash-for-access scandal that dogged Hillary during her failed bid for the U.S. presidency.
While Hillary was Secretary of State, the Clinton foundation received millions from rich and powerful donors, including foreign governments – many of whom were seeking favorable decisions from the U.S. State Department.
Without doubt there were inflammatory allegations during the campaign about improper ethical behaviour, but just as clearly there were legitimate questions about relationships between the donors, the Clintons and their foundation.
And there’s no doubt the foundation has served as a powerful political tool for the Clintons.
Into this sticky wicket wades Justin Trudeau.
We take no issue with our government showing leadership on women’s issues.
We do question the wisdom of using Canadian taxpayer cash to get into bed with the Clintons.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly noted the sum handed over to the Clinton Health Access Initiative. The total is $20 million, which is a portion of a broader $241.5 million announcement of numerous contributions.
Labatt family donates $20-million to U of T for depression research
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Arthur Labatt and his daughter Jacquie Labatt, Feb. 8, 2019.
Marta Iwanek/ The Globe and Mail
Arthur Labatt has a personal interest in depression research. He once suffered from the mood disorder himself.
Although his experience with depression occurred nearly 50 years ago, Mr. Labatt says he will never forget the pain and distress he felt.
“It made me realize what a devastating situation depression or anxiety could be,” the 84-year-old businessman says. “So I … vowed that, going forward, I was going to be as supportive as I possibly could be.”
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That’s part of the reason Mr. Labatt and his family have donated $20-million to the University of Toronto to create the Labatt Family Network for Research on the Biology of Depression , which is dedicated to studying the biological causes of depression, rather than focusing on new treatments.
“We don’t really know what the most important biological pathway is, but what we want to do is invest in exploring those,” says Dr. Trevor Young, dean of the faculty of medicine. “We don’t know is that a genetic focus, is that a neurochemical focus, is that a brain systems focus?”
The network, launched Friday, adds to a number of collaborative research initiatives that are trying to better understand the various causes and biological mechanisms involved in depression. The Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND), for instance, is seeking to identify biological markers of depression to eventually help match individual patients with the right treatment. In the United State, the National Institute of Mental Health’s Research Domain Criteria encourages researchers to study the genes, molecules, brain circuits and behaviours involved in symptoms typically associated with various mental illnesses, including depression.
What makes this quest so challenging is that there are numerous factors that can result in depressed mood, says Dr. Boris Sakic, associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University.
The nervous system, the endocrine (or hormone system) and immune system all work together as a network, Dr. Sakic explains. He says anything that changes any one of these systems can disrupt the whole network and has the potential to affect one’s behaviour. Humans, however, have only a few behavioural responses to these types of disruptions: anxiety, impaired motivation or depressed mood, memory loss and dysfunctions in thought or perception, he says.
“We have a limited number of responses, however the number of these pathogenic factors is huge,” he says, noting these can include physical stressors, such as light deprivation, psychological stressors, such as verbal or physical abuse, or inflammation due to viruses, toxins or an autoimmune response. This is “why depression is so difficult to treat because there are so many things that you can treat in this network.”
Dr. Young says he is optimistic the new research network, which involves the University of Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Hospital for Sick Children, will come up with new answers at a time when many pharmaceutical companies have “given up a lot of interest in discovering new treatments for depression.”
McCain Foods donates 20 million pounds of potatoes to support Canadian food banks
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McCain Foods is donating 20 million pounds of potato products to food banks across the country.
The New Brunswick-based company says it’s trying to help communities struggling with food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In this time of physical distancing, feelings of community and support are ever more important,” said Max Koeune, president and CEO of McCain Foods.
“Our collective goal is to feed real moments of togetherness and these challenging times are no exception. That is why we are working with charitable organizations across Canada to help fight hunger in our country.”
The donation will provide 60 million servings of potatoes. McCains is hoping the donation will help meet the increased demand food banks are facing in recent weeks.
“Because of COVID-19, many local food drives typically held this time of year are cancelled,” said Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada, in a statement. “We are grateful for this contribution as we face the increase in demand this pandemic is causing.”
1:56 Food banks report supply shortages
Last week, the McCain Foundation announced a donation of $1.3 million to support food banks, shelters and community kitchens in New Brunswick, Manitoba and Alberta.
AIDS, tuberculosis survivor speaks out
Trudeau was joined on stage by Loyce Maturu, a young woman from Zimbabwe, who recounted for the crowd her own struggle living with HIV.
Maturu, 23, said that she lost her mother and younger brother to AIDS and tuberculosis in 2002.
"This was the most depressing moment for me as I was only 10 years old," she said.
Two years later, Maturu learned she too had contracted HIV and tuberculosis.
"It was really the most painful thing to know. I really got depressed and I cried and I thought I was going to die, and that was the end of me just like my mother and my younger brother had died."
Loyce Maturu on living with HIV
Maturu said that thanks to a clinic supported by the Global Fund she managed to receive treatment for her tuberculosis.
"However, mentally, it was really difficult for me to accept that I had HIV, for I was 12 years-old," said Maturu.
Despite seeking psychological help, Maturu said she also suffered verbal and emotional abuse from a family member in 2010. That's when she attempted to commit suicide.
"I tried killing myself. and I took all of the medication that I had and I said I just want to die."
With support from the Global Fund, Maturu said she is now a survivor and a global spokesperson in support of the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
"We have a come a long way. " Maturu said adding that, "we still have a long way to go in making sure that people like me, in sub-Saharan Africa, have the access to treatment, care and support services for them to live a confident, healthy life. "
Maturu thanked Canada for the additional financial support today.
Columbia/HCA Whistle-Blowers Are Expected to Fight for the Gold
Donald McLendon, a former health-care executive, is joining the ranks of the newly rich. He recently purchased a home on the grounds of a Florida country club and hired a decorator to outfit it with Italian marble, antiques and Oriental rugs. His wife has treated herself to a jaunty new convertible. Up next: a housekeeper.
Mr. McLendon is a whistle-blower in the federal government's six-year Medicare fraud probe of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., the giant hospital chain based in Nashville, Tenn. In September, he received a $10 million windfall, his portion of the settlement the U.S. Justice Department reached with Olsten Corp., a Melville, N.Y., home health-care management firm and former Columbia/HCA business partner that the government also investigated for Medicare fraud.
Now, with settlement talks heating up in the government's massive investigation of Columbia, Mr. McLendon and his attorney could rake in millions of dollars more. Mr. McLendon's piece of a Columbia settlement could bring him upwards of $10 million to $20 million, his lawyer says.
According to people familiar with the talks, a resolution of at least some of the outstanding civil issues could come in as little as a few weeks, representing an initial settlement of several hundred million dollars.
“If home isn’t a safe place for you to be, help is available. Organizations that provide a safe place for survivors of violence are open and ready to provide support and we are deeply grateful for their tireless work at this challenging time. The quick flow of these emergency funds will help ensure that these organizations have the resources they need to continue their lifesaving work. Our first phase of emergency COVID-19 measures has enabled over 420 shelters and 89 sexual assault organizations to stay open and operate with new COVID-safe measures in place. The next phase of our supports is underway.”
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
“Women and girls facing violence and poverty have been uniquely affected by the pandemic, and we must not overlook the fact that many of the existing inequalities and hardships have become magnified. The Government of Canada's investments are not only helping shelters and sexual assault centres keep their doors open, but are also empowering creative solutions in a time of uncertainty. Thanks to this funding, women and girls in need can continue relying on timely services which will save lives.”
Paulette Senior, President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Women’s Foundation
“A number of shelters and transition homes were struggling prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the numerous adaptations required to continue to provide services while meeting health and safety standards, they have demonstrated commitment and creativity. Having access to the federal emergency funds in a quick and efficient manner made a huge difference to shelters and transition houses, allowing them to continue to support the women and children fleeing violence. This funding, along with the dedicated work of counsellors and support workers, is making a real difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Canada.”
Lise Martin, Executive Director
Women’s Shelters Canada
US pledges $100 million to help fight coronavirus in China
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday the U.S. would spend up to $100 million to assist China and other countries hit by the coronavirus.
- The announcement comes as more than 31,000 have been infected in China, with more than 630 dead.
- Pompeo said the aid would be met through existing funds directly and through multilateral organizations.
- The World Health Organization has asked member countries for aid in the response.
The United States is pledging $100 million in aid to help China and other countries dealing with the coronavirus outbreak , according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“This commitment — along with hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector — demonstrates strong U.S. leadership in response to the outbreak,” Pompeo said in a statement .
Pompeo said the aid would be met through existing funds “both directly and through multilateral organizations.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been asking member countries for donations to bolster response efforts after tapping $9 million from its contingency fund for emergencies.
Last week, the State Department helped arrange transportation to China for almost 18 tons of medical supplies.
President Trump on Thursday spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the outbreak and expressed confidence in the country’s “strength and resilience in confronting the challenge of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak,” a White House spokesman said in a statement.
In a series of tweets Friday, Trump described Xi as “strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack” against the virus and predicted the outcome would be “very successful.”
Since the outbreak began in December, the coronavirus has killed more than 630 people, the majority in China. Worldwide, it has infected more than 31,400 people across 25 countries and territories, according to CNN .