Meet the Global Parent: Owen Davies

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Every year UNICEF NZ Global Parents make a difference all around the world. Last year alone the money our Global Parents contributed each month helped children from the Philippines, Syria, Cambodia and Wellington – to name just a few.

Becoming a Global Parent is so rewarding as instead of sponsoring a child, you sponsor many. Our Global Parents are normal Kiwis and we want you to meet them.

Owen Davies is 75 years old and has been supporting UNICEF since 2007. What follows is his story in his own words.

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Energetic and enthusaistic, Owen Davies is a proud Global Parent.

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Tackling Ebola: voices from Sierra Leone

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Marshel

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Marshel Dakowa holds a box of soap atop his head, in Freetown, the capital. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1609/Bindra

“I wanted to do this job and distribute soap. It is my duty because Sierra Leone is my country and community.”

Mary

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Mary Camara, 10, stands on an exterior staircase, in Freetown, the capital. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1610/Bindra

“One day this disease will leave, and I will go back to school to learn about banking. I have to. Otherwise, how will I make money?”

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Meet the Global Parent: Sunil Chand

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Every year UNICEF NZ Global Parents make a difference all around the world. Last year alone the money our Global Parents contributed each month helped children from the Philippines, Syria, Cambodia and Wellington – to name just a few.

Becoming a Global Parent is so rewarding as instead of sponsoring a child, you sponsor many. Our Global Parents are normal Kiwis and we want you to meet them. This is Global Parent Sunil Chand’s story in his own words.

Sunil Chand from Auckland is a proud Global Parent

Sunil Chand from Auckland is a proud Global Parent

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Fighting Ebola with knowledge in Sierra Leone

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Twenty students sit in a classroom in Freetown listening to a trainer. It should be a common scene, but the topic, Ebola and their ages (mostly 40s), makes this a different type of lesson.

The students are all health workers, including nurses and doctors, learning how to prevent infection in a highly contagious environment. The training is being given by members of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. It has been organised by UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ebola Response Consortium (ERC), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Concern Worldwide and Save the Children, with funding from DFID.

The trainer from the Centre of Control Disease in Atlanta, Ben Levy, teaches one workshop attendant how to use the double pair of latex gloves to avoid being infected by Ebola. In Sierra Leone, more than 80 health workers have died due to Ebola , while more than 100 have become infected.

The trainer from the Centre of Control Disease in Atlanta, Ben Levy, teaches one workshop attendant how to use the double pair of latex gloves to avoid being infected by Ebola. In Sierra Leone, more than 80 health workers have died due to Ebola , while more than 100 have become infected.

The trainer from the Centre of Control Disease in Atlanta, Ben Levy, teaches one workshop attendant how to use the double pair of latex gloves to avoid being infected by Ebola. 80 health workers have died due to Ebola in Sierra Leone, while more than 100 have become infected.

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What does it take to fight Ebola?

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West Africa is currently fighting the largest Ebola outbreak in history. What does it take to fight the deadly disease?

As many Ebola treatment centres fill to capacity, family members forced to look after their ill relatives are becoming exposed to the disease.

Household protection kits allow family caregivers to look after Ebola sufferers as safely as possible. Each kit contains protective gowns, gloves and masks, as well as soap, chlorine and a sprayer, along with instructions on the use and safe disposal of materials.

In Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries, UNICEF’s partners, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are distributing kits to the five counties with the highest rates of the disease.

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