AS Barack Obama works to reinvigorate America's standing in the world, foreign aid will be one of his most precise tools of statecraft. Ever since the Marshall Plan helped rebuild Europe after World War II, aid has been instrumental in winning hearts and minds and catalyzing global economic growth that has contributed to America's prosperity.
WHO:

Staff and employees of the Amai Pakpak Medical Center; local citizens of the Marawi region; and several distinguished visitors, including Undersecretary of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement, Edilberto Adan; Lanao del Sur First Lady to the Governor, Raifa Adiong; Professor Paladan Badron, Marawi City Administrator (on behalf of Mayor Fahad Salic, al Hadj); Dr. Amer Saber, Chief of APMC; Lt. Gen. Nelson Allaga, AFP WESMINCOM Commander; Brig. Gen. Magalso, AFP 1st Infantry Division Deputy Commander; Col. Rey Ardo, AFP 103rd Brigade Commander; Colonel Bill Coultrup, Commander of the JSOTF-P; and Mr. Harold Wolf, President and CEO of ENDEC, Inc.

WHAT:

With the cut of a ceremonial ribbon, leaders from across the Mindanao region inaugurated the new Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC)-just 8 months from when the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines awarded a contract employing local workers to build the new Center. The U.S. provided $660,058 (US) to fill the void left by a 2006 fire that destroyed the former facility.
Well, it's hard to believe that December is upon us, and that I've been here three months already. Africare--Sierra Leone recently welcomed Vicki Johnson to our office, who is joining us as our new Country Representative.

CCM Artist Sara Groves invites listeners of Christian Radio this Holiday season to "Share the Joy" of giving by supporting new mothers in developing nations to have safe deliveries and healthy, warm newborns. A gift of $10 will help provide newborn care kits for mothers so the chances of their newborns surviving the risky first month of life are improved. The kit contains items to improve hygiene at delivery and promote proper care of newborns, and will be paired with health worker counseling to support new moms on issues like exclusive breastfeeding. The kit’s contents vary by country and may contain items such as soap for hand washing, a new blade for cutting the umbilical cord and a clean string for tying the cord. Each kit will be coupled with a hand-made cap, knitted or crocheted by a caring person who took part in Save the Children's Knit One, Save One campaign, and will keep the baby warm during the first critical hours and days after birth.

Sara's radio spot reads as follows:

Hope through Healing Hands-A Better Beginning for Babies this Christmas

(To hear the spot, please click HERE.)

 www.hopethroughhealinghands.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 5, 2008 

Contact: Jenny Dyer

(615) 818-5579

Frist Launches New Website for Hope through Healing Hands

Nashville, Tenn. - Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. has launched a new website for the nonprofit organization, Hope through Healing Hands: www.hopethroughhealinghands.org . Hope through Healing Hands is a 501(c)3 that promotes improved quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. The new website showcases their latest work in partnership, global health scholars, and funding.

Dr. Frist stated, "I'm proud to announce the launch of Hope through Healing Hands' new website. We hope that this website will be a ‘home base' for those interested in global and domestic health issues." 

Executive Director Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D. commented, "This new website uniquely offers simple ways everyone can make a difference in the lives of ‘the bottom billion' in the world. We hope it encourages people to move beyond awareness to action."

The new website allows for daily active engagement with updates on important issues like clean water, child survival, extreme poverty, and HIV/AIDS in the latest news. The new blog includes writings from various contributors, including Senator Frist, sponsored fellows, and others from their perspectives around the world.

Hope through Healing Hands has a strong list of "Take Action" steps to participate, beyond simply joining as a member. Interested individuals can choose from advocacy, education, volunteerism, community organizing, philanthropy, or involvement with other recommended nonprofit organizations.

Given Senator Frist's expertise and experience in health, at home and abroad, this website is a public face to his continued commitment to promote awareness about global disease and extreme poverty on behalf of the world's poorest.

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Hope through Healing Hands is a 501(c)3 promoting improved quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. 

 

Rick Warren Pays Tribute to Bush's AIDS Feat

The Christian Post

Dec 02 2008

President Bush was the center of attention and outpouring of accolades Monday as Dr. Rick Warren awarded him the first ''International Medal of PEACE'' on the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day for his unprecedented contribution to the fight against the deadly disease.

World AIDS Day

Dec 01 2008

Today is a day to celebrate. Since the inception of PEPFAR, over 2 million people have been treated in Sub-Saharan Africa, and over ten million have received care. We are fighting the battle to stop the spread of AIDS across the globe.

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