Every year the world comes together on June 14 to celebrate World Blood Donor Day. This year, the World Health Organisation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day with a slogan for this year ‘Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood’. World Health Organisations aims to achieve 100 percent supply of blood in all countries from voluntary unpaid donors (Melbourne Declaration). The declaration recognised the need for a sustainable blood supply by increasing the number of voluntary donors who donate regularly.
The conditions promoting the consolidation of democracy are likely to impose various structural constraints on the development capacity of new or born again democracy. Since 1994, development has been slow in South Africa. In 19 years, we still have abject poverty and millions living in substandard housing. In essence, the advent of democracy has failed to bring about substantial development. Many put the blame solely on the ruling party and its many ineptitudes.
Capetonians came with a superhero effort over the weekend in the Twitter Blanket Drive when they broke the record for blanket collection of last year in a much shorter time frame, this year. Last year, 1 600 blankets were collected via Twitter in a three-month period. This year the campaign was just over three weeks long and more than 1 600 blankets were collected. Various teams were collecting blankets for a range of non-governmental organisation (NGOs).
23 May marked the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Here, MSF surgeon Dr Geert Morren talks about the physical and social distress that fistulas can cause, and why the issue needs attention.
By Thok Johnson
Sudanese refugees are stranded at the center of complex political agendas that threaten to worsen their dire situation.
Cholera has broken out in northern Niger in an area which is hosting large number of Malian refugees and which was hit by a cholera epidemic last year.
The cholera outbreak in northern Niger, which was declared by the health authorities on 11 May, has already affected more than 240 people, all of whom have received treatment from MSF. There have been six deaths. MSF has opened two cholera treatment centres in the regions of Mangaïzé and Ayorou, 150 and 200 km north of the capital, Niamey.
Mdzananda Animal Clinic - This is what we believe
Megan Hooper is one of the main facilitators associated with the human rights scenario development process for the Western Cape, initiated by the Unit for Human Rights Mainstreaming & Capacity Building at Stellenbosch University. She is a registered clinical psychologist who enjoys the intricacy and complexity of both clinical and organisational work. Hooper is a part-time lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She maintains an interest in community-based work and processes that deliver on South African transformation as a society.
Heavy fighting over the last few days in Pinga, a town in the conflict-afflicted North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has made it difficult for Médecins Sans Frontières to carry out its vital medical work. Thousands of the town’s inhabitants have fled into the surrounding forests and eleven of MSF’s Congolese staff members are missing.
The Ambassadors Youth and Community Development organisation has partnered with Liquid Creativity to work on the unemployment gap that exists. Recruitment Junction is a website that will link the youth and employers for free. It is important for the youth to register their CVs on the organisation’s data base for all future opportunities.
For over eight years, I have volunteered, worked for and worked with a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). As such, I truly understand the value of a strong civil society, as it does have a very important role to play in the creation of positive change. I have also however had to disengage from some organisations because I have strongly felt that they play a part in further 'disempowering' the marginalised.
Over the last few months, South Africa has seen an array of strikes at various magnitudes. Although most South Africans think that they are ‘unaffected’ by the violence and riotous behaviour that strikes incite. We must also not forget the ripple effect and the miss-directed anger that comes as part of the wave of violent strikes.
Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) has been involved with Forest Town School for Children with Special Needs since 2007. Initially they refurbished four dismal playgrounds. In 2006, the school established the Work Experience Training Centre due to the almost 100 percent rate of unemployment of youth categorised as having a combination of disabilities, which includes lower cognitive function, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, epilepsy and other complications.
Our guest blogger today is musician and ONE member Slap Dee, who helped to launch the You Choose campaign in Zambia.
In 2000, leaders from 189 nations signed on to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight targets designed to significantly reduce global poverty and disease by 2015. In Zambia, we have made some progress since then, child mortality has reduced and more children are in school. Guys, we still need to do more. We are one of the few countries where poverty levels have increased!
The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has once again produced an annual Development Calendar in the form of a year planner.
Sponsored by Turning Point Consultants, the 2013 Development Calendar covers a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World AIDS Day, 1 December) and events of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues in Southern Africa.
Copies of the calendar are available for collection from the SANGONeT office in Braamfontein, free of charge.
The social change agent‘s mission is to deal with specific social issues. How this is done becomes a subjective matter. Is it to solve development issues, community social needs or to respond to market failures? Heckett (2010, p 220) further explores this question “Can development be achieved solely through poverty alleviation measures that address market failures with social enterprises?
Socrates told us that all thinking begins with wonder. Nobody would dispute the need for developing thoughtful citizens, but just how do we develop a sense of wonder in children? Through stories, of course. 6 March is World Read Aloud Day - this is a day to celebrate the wonder and delight of reading aloud to children (or the child that lurks within us).