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November 2015

Thanksgiving Day












Jean Leon Gerome Ferris - The First Thanksgiving

Many historians date the first Thanksgiving taking place in Plymouth 1621 with the "new world settlers" and the Wampanoag Nation giving thanks for the rain that ended a long drought and produced a good harvest. George Washington proclaimed the first National Thanksgiving Day on November 26, 1789. Throughout the years, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different days throughout states. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the same date, each year, by all states. Today, the holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is generally considered a time for people to reflect, spend time with family over a large meal, and to give thanks.

Ebola returns to Liberia



















    In a statement provided by the Liberian Ministry of Health(MOH) on November 20, three newly confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease(EVD) were diagnosed in Montserrado County. Established in 1847, with the formation of Liberia, Montserrado is the oldest county in Liberia. 
     The US Embassy in Monrovia announced that representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, and experts in viral diseases are assisting the MOH with case identification, reporting, and contact tracing related to the confirmed Ebola cases.

Universal Children's Day 2015

























Universal Children's Day November 20, 2015
A brief history of this day. In Dec of 1954, the General Assembly of the United Nations(UN) recommended that all countries establish a "Universal Children's Day". This day would commemorate worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It was further recommended that this day would also be observed as a day of activity dedicated to advancing the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.

Ebola Free!!!




















  
The timer is ticking as Guinea moves towards going 42 days without a new case of Ebola! Today the last patient with Ebola tested negative. The WHO's criteria for meeting "zero" cases of the Ebola Virus in West Africa will be considered met after 42 days have passed since the last confirmed case has tested negative twice for the virus taken from the patient's blood samples residing in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. After the 42-day period has elapsed, each country should maintain a system of heightened surveillance for a further 90 days, and ensure ongoing EVD surveillance and notification thereafter.

Anemia


















Dr. James Gude will present an online presentation on anemia due to B12, Hypothyroid, Iron Deficiency. On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 8-9am PST.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
8:00-9:00am-Pacific Standard Time

International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)- at 12:00pmBRT 
London (UK)- at 4:00 PM BST 
Lagos (Nigeria)- at 4:00 PM WAT 
Nairobi (Kenya)- at 6:00PM EAT

World Prematurity Day 2015























Prematurity is the number cause of death for children under 5 years of age.  Globally, it is estimated that 15 million infants are born prematurely each year. USAID reports that "Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia account for half the world’s births, but more than 60 percent of the world’s preterm babies and over 80 percent of the world’s newborn deaths attributable to preterm birth complications."
 #WorldPrematurityDay @USAID @USAIDGH



Lung Cancer Awareness Month


















November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Worldwide lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women. In the U.S., lung cancer is responsible for approximately 1/3 of all cancer deaths. This month the causes, signs, and treatments for lung cancer will be highlighted throughout the globe! 







Support the Red Cross

In all likelihood, volunteers will be needed to donate blood and to provide support to the multitude of organizations that will be assisting the people of Paris, France. http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/disaster-management/ @Federation @RedCrossEU @IRCR @RCRCYouth @MFS #powerofhumanity #protecthumanity

Management of Chronic Renal Failure: Case Presentation and Discussion

















Presented Online by Dr. JAMES K. GUDE-UCSF and 
DR. ANNEMARION NAMUTE of Kabale Hospital, Uganda.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
8:00-9:00am-Pacific Standard Time

International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)- at 12:00pmBRT 
London (UK)- at 4:00 PM BST 
Lagos (Nigeria)- at 4:00 PM WAT 
Nairobi (Kenya)- at 6:00PM EAT
Kampala(Uganda)- at 6:00pm EAT 
Kathmandu (Nepal)- at 8:45 PM NPT

Sierra Leone "Free From Ebola."










                                                      Celebrating in Freetown                                                  The World Health Organization has once again declared Sierra Leone "free from Ebola." Meeting WHO's requirement that 42 days pass without any new cases of the Ebola, after the last person infected was cured or had died, Sierra Leone has satisfied the organization's criteria to determine if the virus was no longer being transmitted.