CSO, Liberia Wash, to Support WaterAid

first_imgA civil society organization, Liberia Wash Consortium and SHALOM, have pledged support to WaterAid Liberia for the launching of the ‘Healthy Start’ program, which is intended to serve as a fundamental building block of a prosperous and healthy society in Liberia.The program, which was held Tuesday in Careysburg, brought together CSOs, government officials as well as WaterAid partners.Mrs. Pate K. Chon, who spoke on behalf of all WaterAid partners, said they would continue to advocate for access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene in all health institutions in the country.Mrs. Chon said SHALOM and all other partners will remain committed to Liberia’s development by contributing to more success stories, to make the country a better place for everyone.“We will provide WASH in schools and healthcare institutions in all parts of the country, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education,  through local community structures, to ensure that better hygiene practices are observed,” she assured.All partner organizations would also help to persuade the Liberian government to improve reproductive, maternal, and newborn and child health in the country, which is paramount to sustaining healthy life for the general population. Mrs. Chon noted, “The Healthy Start program launched by WaterAid Liberia for the next four years will improve health and nutrition of newborn babies and children and prevent the next crisis by giving the children in school a healthy start.“The right to clean water and hygiene is a right to life,” she added.She stressed that proper hygiene, which was promoted during the recent Ebola epidemic, is falling away.“As we arrive at the tail end of the Ebola epidemic, we must not forget what brought us here and the lessons we have learnt should be stamped on our national consciousness. These lessons define the situation of Liberia at present,” Mrs. Chon indicated. Also speaking, the team leader of WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma, said water, sanitation and hygiene services are fundamental to human survival and as such they must be given priority as a human rights issue.He added, “Healthy Start is WaterAid’s four-year advocacy priority that focuses on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children. We will do this by advocating for access to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion to be integrated into health policies locally and nationally.”“We also plan to do this in collaboration with the MOH, through local organizations working within the health and WASH sector,” he emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Petra Kvitova battles past Ashleigh Barty to claim Sydney International title

first_imgPetra Kvitova warmed up for the year’s first Grand Slam by coming from behind to beat home favourite Ashleigh Barty 1-6 7-5 7-6(3) and win her second Sydney International title on Saturday.Kvitova, the 2015 champion, surrendered her serve in the opening game and struggled to recover from her poor start, with the Czech’s usually lethal backhand disintegrating amid a flurry of unforced errors in the first set.The world number eight hit her stride in the second, staying within touching distance of Barty until pouncing to take a 6-5 lead with a late break of serve and holding to force a decider.”Ash, I know it’s a tough one. For sure, it’s hurting not to win at home,” Kvitova said after closing out the match in two hours, 19 minutes. “One day you’re going to make it for sure, so good luck in the Aussie Open and well done this week.”The @SydneyTennis Shot of the Day – amazing grit and vision from @Petra_Kvitova ! pic.twitter.com/AyBbd7WUQaWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Kvitova made 45 unforced errors to Barty’s 33, but struck 31 clean winners, nine more than her opponent, as she edged the contest from the back of the court.What a smile!Lift that @sydneytennis trophy, @petra_kvitova ! pic.twitter.com/ojRTVd4cRhWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019She’s a two-time @SydneyTennis champion!@Petra_Kvitova is reunited with the trophy! pic.twitter.com/wYAypou6g7WTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Barty, ranked 15th in the world and a losing finalist in Sydney last year, has a reputation for being a fighter and called on every last ounce of grit to force another early break and take a 3-0 lead at the start of the third.advertisement”Thank you for everything!”After a gruelling week, @Petra_Kvitova gets her hands on the @SydneyTennis trophy! pic.twitter.com/J6eU4zpU1NWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Yet Kvitova showed plenty of fight of her own, clawing her way back to 3-3 despite struggling with an apparent injury and, with her backhand finally firing, broke again to give herself a chance to serve for the championship.She’s done it!What an incredible fightback from @Petra_Kvitova !Beats Barty for the @SydneyTennis title, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)! pic.twitter.com/g8HZgRQ1gDWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Incredibly, the momentum shifted once more, with Barty breaking the Czech to love to keep her hopes of a first Sydney title alive, but the Australian’s composure deserted her as she lost the next game on serve to give Kvitova another chance.Once again, the Czech fluffed her lines, surrendering her serve with successive double faults to send the match into a tiebreak but clung on grimly to carve out a championship point that she claimed with a blistering crosscourt forehand.”I left everything out here but it wasn’t quite enough,” Barty said. “Sorry I couldn’t get it done today.””I left everything out here and it wasn’t quite enough.”Head up high, @ashbar96 – what a week @SydneyTennis for you! pic.twitter.com/xogZXtc6EeWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019This year’s tournament is likely to be the last Sydney International — a competition with a history dating back to 1885 — in its current format, with the ATP Cup coming on board next season.Also Watch:last_img read more