Daily Archives: March 24, 2017

SC Johnson Continues Long-Standing Commitment to Strengthen Communities in Developing Countries

Company Joins New Pilot Program in Rwanda to Empower Community Well-Being

RACINE, Wisconsin, March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — More than four billion people occupy the base of the world’s economic pyramid and live on less than $1,500 dollars a year. These families lack access to basic goods and services, where everyday challenges can be as simple as finding clean water. Given this scale, SC Johnson, the worldwide manufacturer of trusted household consumer goods, has been supporting these communities for nearly two decades, by providing sustainable business models to raise the standard of living and provide opportunities for a better quality of life.

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“The company is dedicated to improving lives for families around the world in communities of all sizes as well as socio-economic levels,” states Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “With this new pilot program in Rwanda, we are enthusiastic to participate in a new business model which supports female entrepreneurs, while at the same time offering affordable products and disease prevention education.”

Today, SC Johnson renews its efforts in Rwanda with a new pilot program aimed to support female entrepreneurs to bring educational information and affordable mosquito repellents, along with other commerce and services, to families with very limited access. Since 2007, SC Johnson’s Base of the Pyramid (BoP) efforts in Rwanda alone have ranged from working with local farmers for more effective agricultural and financial management practices, to administering in-field training and user-centered research to drive social change and economic empowerment.

New EKOCENTER Pilot Program
SC Johnson has teamed with The Coca-Cola Company, Solarkiosk, and Society for Family Health Rwanda as a part of the EKOCENTER program, which provides safe drinking water, sanitation, solar energy, and wireless communication. EKOCENTERS are modular retail experiences, run by women operators that provide commerce of basic goods including OFF!® mosquito repellent lotion, Baygon® mosquito coils, and KIWI® shoe polish. EKOCENTERS also offer a place for community gathering and for entrepreneurs to set up business.

Additionally, SC Johnson, together with Society for Family Health Rwanda, will implement a communication campaign focused on malaria education and product awareness in surrounding communities. Activities will include peer education, community mobilization, and events with product demonstrations and sampling.

“I am witnessing first-hand the positive impact on these Rwandan communities with the addition of SC Johnson’s pest control products,” states Wandera Gihana Manasseh, Executive Director, Society for Family Health Rwanda. “Together with SC Johnson, we are filling a big gap in malaria prevention in the region. We are glad to be underway with our behavior change communication, as it requires a combination of products and education which provides citizens with insect protection both before going to bed and during sleeping hours.”

A Commitment to At-Risk Communities
SC Johnson is committed to preventing insect-borne diseases, as well as creating sustainable business solutions to help strengthen communities in developing countries. SC Johnson has a decades-long legacy of making life better for families around the world through contributions and services. With wider distribution of its leading pest control products in these rural communities, SC Johnson aims to reduce the percentage of malaria cases, as studies* indicate a 33 percent reduction in mosquito bites can correlate to a 60 percent reduction in malaria occurrences.

Find out more on SC Johnson’s Base of the Pyramid efforts by clicking here. For more information about SC Johnson and its social corporate responsibility efforts, visit the company on Facebook, Twitter or at www.scjohnson.com.

* Sourced by American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene on efficacy of SC Johnson mosquito coils

About SC Johnson: 
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

EKOCENTER is a global initiative of the Coca-Cola Company to provide a place of commerce, safe drinking water, solar power and wireless communications.

EKOCENTER seeks to empower community well-being through their definition of social enterprise; leveraging the tri sector partnerships: business, government, and civil society to achieve long-term social and economic development.

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Kenya Releases Results of National TB Prevalence Survey

NAIROBI � Kenya on Friday recognized World Tuberculosis Day by releasing results of a TB study by the country’s ministry of health � the first of its kind since Kenya’s independence. TB remains high in Kenya, and experts say the country lags in the fight against the disease.

The survey represents a united front by many committed parties to determine the true burden of tuberculosis and how to best combat the fourth-leading cause of death in Kenya.

The survey is intended to provide an accurate estimate of Kenya’s TB burden, determine existing challenges in delivering TB testing and treatment, and identify people with TB not yet detected by the National TB control program. It was conducted to inform the government on how to effectively respond to TB control.

More than 63,000 people across 45 counties in Kenya were screened for the survey and, for the first time, there is accurate data on TB’s prevalence.

Dr. Enos Masini, the head of the National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Lung disease program at the Ministry of Health, said the survey was driven by a need to know what the country was facing.

“We undertook to do this survey in the community to provide us with the exact data of the burden of the disease in Kenya, but also to go further and find out which groups of people are affected by the disease and what would be the best strategies for us to reach them,” he said.

The report states that there are more TB cases in Kenya than previously estimated, with a TB prevalence of 558 per 100,000 people.

TB was found to be higher in men between the ages of 25 and 34 years, urban dwellers, and women over the age of 65.

The majority (83 percent) of TB cases were HIV negative, suggesting that broad efforts at controlling TB in people with and without HIV are needed.

“For a long time, the estimates that we have used to accurately determine the burden of tuberculosis has been provided by the World Health Organization,” said Masini. “And this has been derived from the data we get from hospital records. We have always suspected that there could be a huge number of patients in the community that go untreated and undiagnosed and, therefore, fuel the transmission of the disease.”

Now, with the findings, he said the government and various stakeholders can deal with the disease effectively.

“Now we are not groping in the dark,” he said. “We know how much disease there is in this country. Secondly, we know that 40 percent of disease that occurs in this country remains undetected and untreated, and then we have a pretty good idea where people who are undetected, who are called missing TB cases, are.”

Masini said this information will help with planning. “We can … have strategic plans that really target people at most risk, people who are missed. And so we are able to find them and provide them with treatment.”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided technical and scientific support to the government of Kenya in the design and implementation of the survey and $575,000 in funding to conduct it.

According to Kenya’s National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Lung Disease Program, the major factor responsible for the large TB disease burden is the concurrent HIV epidemic.

Other contributing factors include poverty and social deprivation that have led to a mushrooming of peri-urban slums between cities and the countryside, and limited access to general health care services.

The survey findings also reveal that the current practice of screening for TB symptoms and using microscopy as the only test misses many cases. Using GeneXpert, an innovative technology for the diagnosis of TB, has led to the detection of 78 percent of TB cases among those screened, making it a more reliable and efficient test.

A statement from the Cabinet secretary of Health, Dr. Cleopa Mailu, said in part “the government was committed to making TB diagnostics accessible” by expanding “the use of Chest X-rays to screen all persons presumed to have TB and make GeneXpert the first diagnostic test for all presumed TB cases.”

The government also said that it would increase engagement with the private sector, carry out targeted approaches through community-based action, and improve community awareness of TB symptoms in an effort to make TB everyone’s business.

Source: Voice of America


PRETORIA, March 24 (NNN-SA NEWS) — The South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has suspended imports of meat from establishments suspected to be involved in the Brazilian meat scandal and has requested the Brazilian authorities to provide official information and a list of establishments which have been identified in the issue raised in the media regarding unsafe meat being exported to various countries, which may include South Africa.

The DAFF has also advised the Brazilian authority to ban all exportation of meat from such establishments until the issue has been resolved to the satisfaction of the South African Veterinary Authority, the department says, adding that it is not known how many consignments may have already left Brazil and are on their way to South Africa.

However, DAFF is in the process of ensuring that the establishments implicated are suspended from exporting meat to South Africa until the Brazilian Veterinary Authority have fully investigated the matter and can give the necessary assurances for compliance to the South African requirements for importation of meat into South Africa, the department says in a statement here.

Officials of the department at all ports of entry which receive meat have been instructed to test every container of meat from Brazil using the existing policies regarding testing of consignments. Consignments arriving at the ports of entry in South Africa may be tested microbiologically for organisms such as Salmonella.

In addition, the department assured consumers that officials at ports of entry have been vigilant when inspecting meat imports.


Massive campaign to stamp out polio once and for all in Africa

One of the largest polio vaccination campaigns ever will be carried out in Africa over the coming week, two UN agencies announced on Friday.

Some 116 million children in 13 countries will be immunized as part of urgent measures to permanently stamp out the disease on the continent.

The announcement was made by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Matthew Wells reports.

The synchronized polio campaign will see an army of more than 190,000 vaccinators inoculating all children under the age of five in the 13 countries concerned.

They include Nigeria, where four children in north-eastern Borno state were paralysed by the disease last August.

The area, hard hit by the operations of extremist group Boko Haram, is considered to be the only place in Africa where the polio virus maintains a stronghold.

Michel Zaffran is Director of Polio Eradication with the World Health Organization (WHO):

“The polio campaigns that are starting tomorrow across 13 countries in Western and Central Africa are one of the largest synchronized immunization events in history. This part of the continent is part of a major humanitarian crisis which has been exacerbated by insecurity and conflict in north-eastern Nigeria as well as in the bordering countries of the Lake Chad Basin. The polio outbreak is an emergency within a larger emergency, and the polio teams are working on the ground, and of course at national, regional and global levels, closely coordinating with humanitarian response teams.”

The volunteer teams will be working up to 12 hours a day, travelling on foot or bicycle, to deliver oral polio vaccine to children in cities, towns and villages.

As temperatures can soar above 40 degrees Celsius, the vaccines will be transported in special carrier bags to ensure they remain below the required temperature of eight degrees Celsius.

Source: United Nations Radio

President considers new members of JSC

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma is considering designating three new members of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), says the Presidency.

The Presidency on Friday said the new members will fill the three vacancies caused by the President’s decision to replace members that he had previously designated to the JSC.

According to section 178(1)(i) of the Constitution, the Judicial Service Commission, amongst others, consists of four members designated by the President, as head of the national executive, after consulting with leaders of parties represented in the National Assembly, said the Presidency.

The three new members that the President is considering to designate to the JSC are Advocate Thandi Norman SC, Sifiso Msomi and Advocate Thabani Masuku.

The President has written to the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly to provide their inputs on his intention to designate the three new members of the JSC.

Source: South African Government News Agency