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Sightsaver Is Fighting To Prevent Blindness By Eliminating Trachoma

The largest infectious cause of blindness in the world is trachoma. If treatment is not obtained, scar tissue can form beneath the eyelid. This causes the eyelashes to rub against the cornea. This is not only incredibly painful but can cause blindness. Girls in Africa pull out their eyelashes with tweezers for relief but they grow back even more vicious. The record of trachoma goes back to ancient Egypt. This disease affects the poorest communities in the world and there are currently 182 million people with this disease facing potential blindness. Sightsavers understands this disease is treatable and preventable yet still it damages entire communities.

 

This may change due to a collaborative alliance created to eliminate trachoma. Oman was the first validated country to eliminate trachoma in 2012. The disease came to an end in Morocco in 2016 and Laos, Cambodia and Mexico were free of trachoma in 2017. There are six additional countries close to being rid of this disease. Ghana is expected to make history as the first country to be rid of the disease in sub-Saharan African country. This has been achieved by the collaboration of ministries of health, pharmaceutical companies, INGO’s like Sightsavers, donors the International Coalition for Trachoma Control. Their work encompasses shared strategies and visions for the SAFE strategy.

 

SAFE is an acronym for surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness and environmental improvement. Their strategy is to ensure every country with the health problem of trachoma has the resources they require to eliminate the disease. They have proved it is possible to eliminate trachoma. The Tropical Data service provides support for the national health ministries so data can be collected from areas successful in eliminating trachoma. Smartphone technology is used to collect and transmit data faster for analyzation. High quality surveys can be conducted in difficult and remote environments. Sightsavers is an important part of eliminating trachoma.

 

TED is hosting the Audacious Project. They understand it is time to end trachoma. The only reason trachoma still exists in many countries is because they lack the necessary resources to eliminate the disease. The United Kingdom has made an announcement they are committed to eliminating the disease with funding for £20 million. This will boost the efforts to eliminate trachoma by 2020 in ten Commonwealth countries. The fund for 2018 through 2020 is being coordinated by Fred Hollows Foundation in the Pacific and Asia and Sightsavers in Africa. This is with close collaboration through the International Coalition for Trachoma Control, local communities and ministries of health.

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Adam Milstein reigniting the burnt out flame between Jews and the world through philanthropy

Erroneous antisemitism towards the Jews has always been a thing for as far as the history of the community stretches. Thanks to this numerous groups which advocate for the rights and equality of the Jews across the world are always being formed. For quite some time now, they have been winning this battle until individuals and organizations which were previously considered Jewish friendly joined hands with Muslim extremists.

In his recent article, Adam Milstein points out specific occurrences which prove that North America which was previously a highly Jewish Friendly region no longer makes any efforts to prevent antisemitism and has joined the likes of Europe which stopped trying many years ago.

Adam Milstein brings to our attention various events which act as proof of this. For instance, three Jewish participants of the Chicago dyke March which took place last summer were expelled from the rally because they had added the Star of David on their pride flags. The rally was aimed at celebrating the LGBT community and the Jewish participants had only added these stars so they can fully celebrate their identity.

Adam Milstein further brings to light that during the Chicago Slutwalk, which is often organized by the famous Amber Rose to oppose sexual assault, organizers condemned and denied Zionists the opportunity to participate. They did this before encouraging the other attendees to listen to a speech by Rasmea Odeh a Palestinian terrorist responsible for the murder of two Jewish students. Rasmea was happy about the evil deed and even felt that the act was justified. The two incidences are just but a few of the instances which prove the strange coalition between Radical Muslims and groups which were previously not propagators of Antisemitism.

Adam highlights even more incidences and notes that history seems to be repeating itself because similar occurrences took place during the late 1970’s Uranian revolution. According to him, this trend is nothing to smile about or be content with as it threatens not only the quality of life for the Jews in America but also burns the bridges that the Jewish community will use in future to connect to the world.

Who is Adam Milstein?

Adam is a renowned Israeli-American businessman and a famous philanthropist known for his significant contributions to the Jewish Community. He is an alumnus of USC and holds an MBA from the facility.

Even though he boasts quite a rich resume and is the current managing partner at a brick and mortar real estate company by the name Hager Pacific properties, Adam Milstein is famous for the appreciation and passion he holds towards his Jewish Identity.

That explains why he works hand in hand with various top-shelf groups and organizations which advocate for the rights of the Jews in America. Besides that, he understands that it is only through teamwork that he can better the future of the Jews across the world which is why he partnered with his life partner, Gila in forming the Adam and Gila Milstein family foundation to help reconnect Jews with their ancestry home Israel.

Today the foundation has helped more than 15000 Israeli-American families connect to their roots. He does whatever he can to reignite the flame between Jews, Israel, and the world at large and that includes even writing for the Jerusalem post to increase this awareness.

http://www.jpost.com/Author/Adam-Milstein

Jim Larkin, Irish Labour Activist

James ‘Jim’ Larkin was an Irish labor activist and folk hero who is most famous for founding the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and co-founding the Irish Labour Party. Larkin was a Marxist who wanted “the land of Ireland for the people of Ireland”; to further these aims, he organized a number of strikes and fought for increased workers’ rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

Jim Larkin was born on January 21st, 1876 in Liverpool. He first became politically active in Liverpool as a member of the National Union of Dock Labourers, a labour union with socialist leanings. In 1905, he became a trade union organizer at the age of twenty-nine. But when his provocative and at times violent strength methods alarmed the Union, and thus Larkin was moved to Dublin in 1907.

That same year, he founded the ITGWU in Dublin, which aimed to bring all Irish labourers both skilled and unskilled under the umbrella of a single union. The ITGWU fought for issues such as mandatory pensions for workers starting at age 60, an eight hour work day, and the nationalization of transportation.

James Larkin’s other major political achievement was the co-founding of the Irish Labour Party in 1912 alongside James Connolly. The next year, the Party staged the strike known as the Dublin Lockout with Larkin’s help, and over 100,000 workers striked for more than seven months. Ultimately, they won a variety of rights in the name of fair employment practices.

Larkin organized several anti-war protests that urged the Irish not to fight for Britain leading up to World War One. In 1914, he went to the United States for a time to lecture and to raise funds to fight the rule of the British. He eventually became involved in the American Socialist Party, but was deported back to Ireland in 1924, but only after being convicted of criminal anarchy and communism and then later pardoned.

That same year, he founded the Workers’ Union of Ireland. He remained in Dublin and fought for workers’ rights until he died on January 30th of 1947, and he has since become a major figure in Irish folk history.