As people globally celebrated World Water Day on March 22, the Liberian Red Cross has renewed its commitment to focusing attention on the provision and sustainable management of freshwater resources. The LNRCS Focus Point Ambullai Perry in a release noted that many people especially in rural and slum communities are drinking from creeks and wells located in swamps due to limited access to good drinking water facilities.The Liberian Red Cross release quotes Mr. Perry saying that there are often outbreaks of diarrhea, cholera and malaria among community people, especially children due to poor hygiene and unsafe drinking water, a situation, he said is leading to the death of many children.Mr. Perry maintained that the Red Cross is unwaveringly determined to complement the efforts of government in addressing the issue of water borne diseases by erecting sufficient water facilities and re-establishing water points that were disrupted during the Ebola outbreak.Some communities including Dolo and Nyeamah towns were hard hit by the deadly Ebola virus, affecting many people and leaving the community vulnerable. While the residents are still nursing their pain for losing families to the deadly virus, poor hygiene, sanitation and lack of safe drinking water is another crisis worsening their living condition. The Liberian Red Cross with support from its partners IFRC is targeting at least 60 communities for the provision of sustainable water facilities in Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties as its transitions from Ebola emergency to recovery. The Danish Red Cross is already supporting the Liberian Red Cross in the provision of fresh water in 45 communities in Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties. The Liberian Red Cross’ Community Environmental Health Project supported by the ICRC-Swedish Red Cross is also helping to improve access to fresh water in some communities in Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee. “We are thankful to our partners, who continue to support us in providing safe water to the communities. This is enabling us to make the difference for these communities which suffer from water related problems. We are also encouraging the communities to properly manage and sustain the facilities because water is life,” Mr. Perry pointed out in the release.In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day. The day is being celebrated each year worldwide to draw attention to the global populations that are suffering from water related issues and to create awareness of how people can manage water to keep their lives healthy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It is aimed at assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience, caused by various disruptive factors. These disruptions may include climate change and natural disasters, cybercrime, cybersecurity, pandemics, terrorism, war, population and the changing funding models. The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is be opened soon at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. Story Highlights The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is be opened soon at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.It is aimed at assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience, caused by various disruptive factors.These disruptions may include climate change and natural disasters, cybercrime, cybersecurity, pandemics, terrorism, war, population and the changing funding models.Come January 30, the official launch of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, with a host of local and international government leaders and officials, including Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, participating in the proceedings.First announced during the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism in St. James in November 2017, the centre, which is the first of its kind, will be tasked with creating, producing and generating toolkits, guidelines and policies to handle the recovery process following a disaster.The centre will also assist with preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods.Addressing a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, explained that the centre is to provide a repository of knowledge, information and expertise to assist global communities in responding to, tracking and managing global disruptions.“These disruptions are growing fast and furious, so there is the need for resilience, the need to build capacity to respond to them, and to be able to manage, grow and thrive after they have happened,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett indicated that several universities have expressed an interest in the centre, with plans of forging partnerships.They include the University of the West Indies; Queensland University, Australia; Hong Kong Polytechnic; Bournemouth University, United Kingdom; and George Washington University, United States of America.“In the year, we have had relationships forged with a number of global and regional groupings, such as the Mediterranean Tourism Federation, which will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the launch to become an associate,” the Minister informed.He added that partnerships are also being explored with Harvard University; University of Waikato, New Zealand; University of Southhampton; Boston University, the United States of America and the International University of Japan, to look at global projects relating to tourism resilience and climate change.Major partners in the centre include United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); World Travel and Tourism Council; Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; Caribbean Tourism Organisation; and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).