in Health, Policy and Management
Message from the President
Ariel Foundation International
Health Strategy of New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
and WHO, Dr. Vincent Agu
Five African Presidents met with President Bush to Discusses Democracy
and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
Haiti: Putting the Pieces Back to Together, Kenechi G. Ejebe
Dr. Kemal Dervi from Turkey, the new UNDP President
Disasters Addressed at Safe Water Conference in October 2005
King chosen as Representative for the International Council of
Women (Paris) at the WHO Regional meeting
Message from the President
does not stand still for anyone," and "The one constant that you
can count on in life is change." These are two quotes that defined
the last half year for Ariel Consulting International, Inc. We are
changing, growing and adapting with the times. These changes are
in line with giving our clients the most comprehensive and responsive
service. We have spun off a new non-profit charitable organization
called the Ariel Foundation International to focus only on doing
humanitarian work in developing countries. The Foundation's motto
is: "If I am NOT for myself, who will be for me? If I am ONLY for
myself, what am I? If not NOW, when?" Hillel (the great Jewish Philosopher).
Ariel Foundation, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization with the
focus of education, service, and support of children, young people
and their families in developing countries. In our global village
the focus is on young people contributing to the lives of other
young people. Thus both receive equal benefit.
Ariel Foundation International initiatives:
Closet (children to children): Gently used and new
clothes, shoes, blankets, and toys are collected for babies, children
and teenagers and donated to orphaned children in developing countries.
Lead and Leaders Read: Collects donated dictionaries,
books, and school supplies from children in developed counties
to those in developing countries.
Ambassadors: Provides scholarships to students to participate
in medical humanitarian programs in developing countries.
and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Support: Raises funds
for children who are currently in fiscally responsible programs
in developing countries.
Entrepreneurs (WE): Hand-made crafts from women who
are supporting themselves and orphaned children are sold and the
proceeds are returned directly to the women. Currently the crafts
are sold at shows, conferences, meetings, etc. An online market
will be developed before 2006.
Ariel Foundation information will be linked from the ACI website,
but will have its own web site that will be completed by September
2005. The new website is: www.ArielFoundation.org
Foundation International President Visits Lusaka, Zambia
world is truly global and it does not wait. My toddler daughter
and I were privileged to travel to do humanitarian work for several
weeks in Lusaka, Zambia.
visited with two families who were caring for grandchildren who
were AIDS orphans. The first family was headed by a grandmother
of about 60 years old, who looked as if she were in her 80s. She
visibly had glycoma, but sat proud in her tattered and torn white
shirt to talk about her grandchildren going to school. She had three
children along with their spouses die from AIDS. Now she cared for
seven children without parents and another three from her daughter
in-law for a total of ten children in a one-room hut that was surrounded
by dirt roads, lively children, dogs and chickens running around.
The children sat quietly and listened to their grandmothers' pain
in loosing all of her children and now each day caring for her grand
children ages 3 to 12 years old.
second family was once again a grandmother who was caring or a total
of seven children. She was a little better off because she has a
plot of land where she grew maze. But there was very little rain
last season. As we talked she sat with the children on either side
of her taking the corn off the husks. She looked determined to get
every kernel in the pot. She was weary, but diligent. She said that
the children were also double orphans and after the maze was eaten
she was not sure how she would continue without the local community
days later on a balmy sunny Southern African day, we had the launch
of the community orphaned children going back to school (late May).
About 150 children sat together, while the young men drummed, the
older women dances, the head master smiled and we, the guests of
honor, I and my two year old daughter wondered how we were so fortunate
to share in this day.
gifts we gave the head master of the 1300 student school 10 dictionaries.
In addition, the donations of pens or pencils were given to the
children, and small hotel toiletries were given to the women for
personal use or income generation.
also toured several projects including a residential and training
center for young people 9-18 years and 'The House Moses', a home
for babies from 1 to 24 months.
Anthony's Children's Village, is located in one the poorest compounds
in Ndola. It caters to HIV positive babies. Ndola has the largest
HIV infection in the country. The Ariana's Closet brought clothes
and toys. Sr. Philomena wrote in May 2005. "Greetings from Ndola.
I like to thank you on behalf for the children of Saint Anthony's
Village for taking the trouble to bring gifts for our children.
I shall go to Lusaka and collect the clothes, shoes, booties, socks
and toys. At a later stage I will take pictures of our children
dressed in the clothes and shoes as well as playing with the toys.
We are deeply touched by your concern for our children."
more information about programs to aid orphan and vulnerable children
go to these websites:
Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika was the guest of honor for the Orphan
and Vulnerable Children of Zambia Reception and Silent Auction
Reception and Silent Auction evening with guest of honor Ambassador
Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika for the Orphan and Vulnerable Children
of Zambia Reception and Silent Auction on 23 May 2005 at the City
Tavern Club in Washington, DC.
Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika was born in Senenga, Zambia on 10 July. She
is the mother of two daughters, and the grandmother of four. In
1964, she obtained a degree in Education from the University of
California and in 1965; she received a Masters Degree in Education
and Psychology, also from the University of California. She subsequently
moved to New York where she obtained a PhD in Elementary Education
from New York University in 1979.
the 1960s Dr. Lewanika became active in various NGOs and worked
in radio and television with women, youth and children. From 1972
to 1980, she was Professor of Education and Teacher Training at
the University of Zambia, and a founding member of the Pre-school
Association of Zambia, over which she presided for two terms.
the 1980s, she began her work for UNICEF in various Sub-Saharan
African countries. She served first as Regional Advisor for East
and Southern Africa, and later, from 1987 to 1990, as UNICEF's Regional
Advisor for West and Central Africa. Through these positions she
influenced the elaboration of national policies dealing with children
and women's rights. During this period she also launched the Kiswahili
publication, Watoto Wa Africa.
1991, she began her illustrious career as a public officer. She
presided over two parliamentary commissions, Foreign Affairs and
Women and Children, and she founded over 30 community-development
associations for the education and skills training of young people.
As President of the National Party, Dr. Lewanika became the first
woman leader of a political party in Zambia. Her party gathered
so much support that she ran against Mr. Levy Mwanawasa in the 2001
presidential election. Although her party did not win the national
election, she was appointed Ambassador and Special Envoy of the
President of the Republic of Zambia. She currently serves as the
Ambassador of Zambia to the United States.
Reception and Silent Auction hosts were Dr. Ariel King and
Ariana. The Welcome address was given my Ms. Bernadette Paolo, Esq.,
the Vice President, Africa Society of the African Summit
(www.africasummit.org) Mr. Julius E. Coles; the President of Africare
(www.africare.org) introduced Ambassador Mbikusita-Lewanika. The guests
included Ambassador Bernard Sande of Malawi, Ambassador Princeton
Lyman, Dr. Lenora Cole, Dr. Peggy Valentine, the Honorable George Brown
and many others.
small, but successful event raised funds that were distributed to
several Zambia orphans and vulnerable children projects. The projects
that received the funds include St. Anthony's Village in Ndola,
Zambia, House of Moses and Alliance for Children Everywhere in Lusaka,
and Sr. Roses orphanage in Ndola.
Health Strategy of New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
and the World Health Organization (WHO)
Vincent Agu, Geneva
The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) was adopted
in early 2001 by the African Union (AU) as its development strategy.
NEPAD recognizes health as one of the most serious casualties of,
and contributors to, poverty, social exclusion, marginalization
and lack of sustainable development in Africa.
Health Strategy of NEPAD is based on the tenet that Africa faces
a huge burden of potentially preventable and treatable disease,
which not only causes unnecessary deaths and untold suffering, but
continues to impede development and damage the continent's social
fabric. It recognizes that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
will not be achieved unless extraordinary action (as represented
by the Health Strategy) is taken to put Africa and its health systems
and interventions on course.
majority of people in Africa have not yet understood the NEPAD concept
launched almost four years ago. It cannot, therefore, be said that
progress is being made on NEPAD when people do not know what is
being done. Furthermore, one of the best and most efficient ways
to ensure long-term sustainability of NEPAD is the integration of
NEPAD priorities and health strategies into the national development
frameworks of African countries. It will also allow the UN System
(including WHO) to align their development support activities behind
well-rooted and broadly owned national development strategies that
are already consistent with NEPAD.
the last three years, NEPAD has gained support from the donor community,
including the G8 Summits in Canada, France, the USA, and the UK,
the European Union, the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, the South
Summit of the G77 and the Non-Aligned Movement, the Tokyo International
Conference on African Development and other non-G8 development partners.
United Nations, in General Assembly Resolution 57/7 of 4 November
2002, adopted NEPAD as the development strategy on which to base
its support to Africa. It also required the UN system (including
WHO) to adopt policy measures in support of NEPAD in seven specific
more information about NEPAD and WHO go to www.NEPAD.org
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
African Presidents met with President Bush to Discusses Democracy
and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
President Bush's Remarks:
you all for coming. Welcome to the White House. I want to thank
the five Presidents who are with us today: President Mogae of Botswana,
President Kufuor of Ghana, President Guebuza of Mozambique, President
Pohamba of Namibia, and President Tandja of Niger.
reason I ask these Presidents to join us today is because I applaud
their courage, I appreciate their wisdom, I appreciate them being
such good friends that they're able to feel comfortable in coming
to the White House to say, Mr. President, this is going well and
this isn't -- how about working together to make this work better.
That's how we solve problems. We solve problems by having a frank
and open dialogue. We just had a great discussion. I consider these
men friends, I consider them to be strong patriots of their respective
countries, and I consider them to be democrats.
the Presidents gathered here represent countries that have held
democratic elections in the last year. What a strong statement that
these leaders have made about democracy and the importance of democracy
on the continent of Africa. All of us share a fundamental commitment
to advancing democracy and opportunity on the continent of Africa.
And all of us believe that one of the most effective ways to advance
democracy and deliver hope to the people of Africa is through mutually
is promoting democratic reform in Africa by providing incentives
for these nations to extend freedom and opportunity to all of their
citizens. Under this law, African nations can obtain greater access
to our markets by showing their commitment to economic and political
reform, by respecting human rights, tearing down trade barriers,
and strengthening property rights and the rule of law, which is
precisely what the leaders of these five nations are doing. Because
AGOA is producing results, I've twice signed into law provisions
that build on its success and extend its benefits long into the
future. Last year, exports to the United States from AGOA nations
were up 88 percent over the year before, and non-oil exports were
up by 22 percent. In December, I announced that 37 African countries
are now eligible for AGOA benefits, and next month in Senegal, senior
ministers from my administration will meet with government ministers
from these 37 AGOA nations to build on this progress. These representatives
will be joined by hundreds of American and African businesses and
private organizations who will discuss ways to promote development
and strengthen civil society.
one of the greatest causes of suffering in Africa is the spread
of HIV/AIDS. I appreciate Randy Tobias being here. I made fighting
this terrible disease a top priority of my administration by launching
an emergency plan for AIDS relief. Working with our African partners,
we have now delivered lifesaving treatment to more than 200,000
people in sub-Sahara Africa, and we're on our way to meeting an
important goal -- an important five-year goal -- of providing treatment
for nearly two million African adults and children.
are just some of the initiatives that we're pursuing to help Africa's
leaders bring democracy and prosperity and hope to their people.
We believe Africa is a continent full of promise and talent and
Haiti: Putting the Pieces Back to Together
Kenechi G. Ejebe
is now at a critical point with respects to its socioeconomic, political
and health conditions. Each of these aspects are intricately woven
with one another, as in many nations, however the nature of Haiti's
situation is so dependent on the successful resilience of each of
these factors. There is optimism for Haiti's reemergence from decades
of anguish, and I witnessed tangible progress from the field during
my week-long medical mission organized jointly by The George Washington
University School of Medicine and Project Medishare. Project Medishare,
founded in 1994 by Dr. Barth Green and Dr. Arthur Fournier, is a
non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of the
Haitian people by reestablishing the health infrastructure in several
communities. Through the generous support of Ariel Foundation International
I was able to spend time treating patients in the rural Central
Plateau region of Haiti, working alongside a team of GW physicians
and medical students, Haitians physicians and Project Medishare
trained Haitian healthcare agents. We worked primarily in the village
of Thomonde, with frequent treks to remote hillside communities
and a site visit of Zanmi Lasante in the village of Conge, which
is a clinic of Partners in Health (PIH), a nonprofit organization
founded by Dr. Paul Farmer. Our team also had the opportunity to
visit with Dr. Raul Rafael from the Haitian Ministry of Health,
and discussed how we can play a more involved role.
flight from Miami to the island nation of Haiti is only 90 minutes,
yet Haiti is the one of the poorest nations in the world. As a native
of Nigeria-living there for 8 years- and having traveled extensively
throughout parts of rural China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Brazil,
I thought I had seen poverty and elements of suffering; however
my time in the impoverished village of Thomonde allowed me to experience
plane landed in the overpopulated capital of Port-au Prince, which
is dotted with rundown buildings, open sewers, and peasants suffering
the wounds of civil strife and oppression. However, there are moments
in the city were one can sense hope expressed by the brightly colored
tapstaps (public buses exquisitely decorated with Creole sayings)
that zip through the streets overflowing with lively passengers
and the vibrant music echoing for the side streets.
we left Port-au-Prince, the pavement ends abruptly. Cutting through
the denuded jagged mountains of the Central Plateau, it took approximately
4 hours by Jeep to get to Thomonde. En route, we passed several
Nepalese United Nations (U.N.) forces that were stationed along
the road. The U.N. forces were called in to contain and capture
Rebel leaders (who we also had to pass and searched our vehicle)
that had taken hold of nearby mountain villages.
to Project Medishare's excellent reputation with the community,
we were provided access to the Mayor of Thomonde's guesthouse for
lodging purposes during our stay. There were about 3 persons to
a room and we slept on mattresses that were on the ground. The open-aired
ventilated guesthouse was luxurious compared to the rest of the
village's small shanty houses with corrugated ceilings that housed
in where in the range of 5 to 10 people.
visited one of the Catholic churches in the center of Thomonde during
my first day and struck by fervor of the churchgoers and the similarities
between Catholic masses in Nigeria. The church was packed, standing
room only, with children smartly dressed in brilliant white and
8 hours everyday treating villagers, during our health fairs that
we held in the local churches, was the critical learning component
of my time in Haiti. Although our GW team was stationed in Thomonde,
we worked in mobile clinics throughout the central plateau, such
as nearby Marmont and as far away as Bin Touribe and Wanna and,
over a course of five days, we saw about 1,217 patients. I took
dozens of blood-pressures, monitoring for cardiovascular abnormalities.
I personally witnessed numerous cases of high-blood pressure and
several patients had to be rushed to the nearby hospital for attendance.
Moreover, I encountered patients that suffered from: anemia, hypertension,
scabies, tuberculosis, malaria, hookworm, and water-borne diarrhea,
HIV/AIDS, on a daily basis. All of the above-mentioned diseases
occur at an alarming rate in Haiti, and several of them are being
complicated by the development of drug resistance which arises from
varying factors such as misinformation about how and when to take
drugs, noncompliance with instructions, lack of medication, etc.
regards to HIV/AIDS, Haiti is the country most affected by the AIDS
pandemic, outside of the African continent, with an estimated 6.1%
of the adult population being HIV positive, with numbers as high
as 14% in certain urban areas. In Thomonde, the village where we
spent most of our time, its estimated that 5-10% of the residents
of are HIV positive, and over 50% of these people living with HIV
are women. To address these alarming statistics Project Medishare
has developed a Project C.A.R. E. (Creating Access Rapidly and Effectively).
Project C.A.R.E. is charged with providing HIV and Sexually Transmitted
Infections (STI) prevention training in the province of Thomonde
and neighboring communities.
successful work that non-profits such as Project Medishare and Partners
in Health (PIH) having been undertaking for several years now in
Haiti, has provided the communities with a renewed sense of hope
and optimism. Still, there is so much that needs to been done, and
the developed world and the Haitian government need to start taking
more of a leadership role in addressing these health and healthcare
disparities. Organizations such as United States Pharmacopeia (USP),
and the Clinton Foundation could also take steps to assist the Haitian
government in obtaining more generic drugs, and setting up drug
quality standards and quality assurance programs, to ensure that
the quality of the drugs that are taken by patients are of the highest
standards and this could aid in curbing the development of drug
visit these well deserving websites to see how you can assist the
G. Ejebe, is a second year medical student at The George Washington
University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.
Kemal Dervis, Economist is the new UNDP President.
UNDP Administrator to push development agenda at 2005 World Summit
Dr. Kemal Dervis, a former Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs,
Parliamentarian, and senior World Bank executive, took office Monday,
August 15 as Administrator of the United Nations Development Program
is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and
connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help
people build a better life. As the UN's global development network,
UNDP works on the ground in 166 countries, building solutions to
the challenges of Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, Crisis
Prevention and Recovery, Energy and the Environment, and HIV/AIDS.
world-renowned economist, Dr. Dervis is the first person from a
country that receives development assistance - rather than provides
it - to hold the top post at UNDP, the UN's largest agency.
the organization at the forefront of the UN's poverty eradication
and democratic governance efforts in today's complex world is a
challenge and a singular opportunity. I am excited to begin my work
at UNDP," he said.
Dervis, 56, starts his term as the UN gears up for the 2005 World
Summit from 14 to 16 September. A central feature of this gathering
of 174 heads of government will be a review of progress towards
the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and UN reform. The MDG goals
include cutting poverty and hunger in half, reversing the spread
of HIV/AIDS and ensuring that all children attend primary school
the backdrop of the G8's pledge last month to provide debt relief
and more aid -this is a historic moment," he said. "I believe that
2015 should be a milestone for humanity. It could represent a huge
step forward and my UNDP colleagues and I are proud to be key participants
in this venture." Dr. Dervis is expected to build on the reforms
instituted by his predecessor, Mark Malloch Brown, who led UNDP
for six years, and consolidate UNDP's role in helping achieve global
development priorities such as the MDGs, democratic governance and
crisis prevention and recovery.
to joining UNDP, Dr. Dervis was a member of the Turkish Parliament
and, in that capacity, a member of the Joint Commission of the European
and Turkish Parliaments. As Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs
and Treasury from 2001-2002, Dr. Dervis reforms ended his country's
deep financial crisis and sparked sustained growth which helped
Turkey become a candidate for European Union membership. During
his 22-year career at the World Bank, Dr. Dervis served as Director
of the Central Europe Department, where he coordinated the support
of the Bank and donor community to the peace and reconstruction
process in Bosnia. In his role as Vice President for Poverty Reduction
and Economic Management there, he helped develop the Poverty Reduction
Strategy Papers initiative, aimed at expanding reforms in the poorest
countries with the inclusion of civil society in the policy formulation
Dervis holds a Doctorate in Economics from Princeton University
and Master's and Bachelor's degrees from the London School of Economics.
by Secretary General, Kofi Annan in April, Dr. Dervis was confirmed
by the General Assembly in May. When announcing the nomination,
the Secretary-General Annan said, "[He] combines a proven practical
and intellectual track record in the fields of development and international
finance with a passionate commitment to addressing the scourge of
poverty and established skills as a manager."
additional information go to www.undp.org
or contact Heather Harkins at email@example.com.
Disasters Addressed at Safe Water Conference in October 2005
the midst of Katrina now at the forefront of our daily lives and
news access to safe water is the biggest challenge facing the disaster
areas and the global community in the 21st century. Increasing populations,
global conflicts, and natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina
and the Tsunami have compounded existing problems in many rural
and urban communities in the US and in many parts of the world.
Solutions to these issues will be addressed at the 3rd International
Conference on Safe Water (Safe Water 2005) in San Diego, California,
scheduled for October 20-21, San Diego Hilton Resort. The conference
is still accepting abstracts and participants.
agencies at this conference will include Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola,
Scripps Institute, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary International, US Environmental
Protection Agency (Region 9), and several academic institutions.
Chair of the conference is Professor Victor Ibeanusi, Chair of Environment
Science and Studies at Spelman College. This International Conference
is hosted by Boreholes, Inc., a non-profit organization, whose mission
is to ensure that rural communities of the world have access to
safe drinking water.
information about the International Conference on Safe Water 2005
is available at www.safewater2005.com
or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to join us at the conference and be part of the solution.
King chosen as Representative for the International Council of Women
(Paris) at the WHO.
King, President of Ariel Consulting and Foundation will represent
the International Council of Women, founded in 1888, headquartered
in Paris, France, at the 48th Directing Council and the 57th Session
of the Regional Committee of the Americas of the World Health Organization.
The meeting will be held at the Pan American Health Organization
(PAHO) in Washington, DC from 26-30 September 2005. A report will
follow in the next issue.
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