Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleAdare Manor restaurant awarded Michelin StarNext articlePlanning permission granted for new Primary Care Centre in Newcastle West Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyNewsTraveller Members of the Traveller community and Ballyhoura Development at the launch of the East Limerick Traveller Health Assessment report.OF the Traveller community in East Limerick, there are only three Travellers over the age of 65 — less than one per cent of the Traveller population in the area.This was one of the stark findings of the East Limerick Traveller Health Baseline Needs Assessment. The study also shows that only 29 of the Traveller population in East County Limerick is over the age of 50, which is only six per cent of the Traveller community in the area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The assessment was undertaken as a collaborative study between the HSE and Ballyhoura Development, supported by Sheila Cahill Consulting, between March and June of this year.The purpose of the assessment was to identify the health and wellbeing needs of Travellers living in East County Limerick. Although national figures and statistics are available, until now there has been no definitive research undertaken into the health needs of Travellers in the region.The study sought to establish a clear demographic profile of the Traveller community in East Limerick, and to examine a baseline of the health status of Travellers, particularly areas in need of attention, as well as identifying the key factors, which influence and affect the physical and mental health of Travellers.Ballyhoura Development manager Eileen O’Keeffe said that the link between health and the inequalities that exist in housing and education available to members of the Travelling Community cannot be ignored.“With over 90 per cent of Travellers living in East Limerick participating in the assessment, this report can be regarded as a definitive study which will help to inform the development and implementation of appropriate responses and solutions to the diverse range of health needs amongst the Traveller Community, as outlined in the report,” she explained.One of the key findings of the assessment is that less than 50 per cent of Travellers living in East Limerick were identified in the 2016 census, meaning that the Traveller community in the area is twice as large as was previously recorded.The HSE Traveller Health Unit will now consider the findings of the assessment. NewsCommunityOnly three Travellers over the age of 65 in East LimerickBy Alan Jacques – October 9, 2019 1436 Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Email Linkedin Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Twitter Facebook
Share Save Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. About Author: Mike Albanese September 20, 2019 1,295 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago A new report by HireAHelper finds that while only baby boomers faced less affordable rent prices than Gen Xers and millennials, buying a home is out of reach for many millennials as income hasn’t been able to keep up with rising home values. The report states that rent costs for baby boomers, when they were entering the housing market, were equal to 38.1% of monthly incomes. Rent costs equaled 35.9% for Gen Xers and 35.7% for millennials. According to the report the average home for millennials is worth 6.4 years’ of income, which is a 15% increase from the 5.6 years’ of income for an average home for booth baby boomers and Gen Xers. Information from HireAHelper shows that home values and the amount of income needed to buy a home have skyrocketed since 1970. In 1970 it took 5.18 years’ of income to purchase a home, which rose to 6.76 years’ of income by 2010. Home values have nearly doubled during the same time period, going from $97,100 in 1970 to $218,776 in 2016.“Other obstacles stand between millennials and their first home purchase: the burden of student debt, stricter home lending standards, and a shrinking supply of affordable housing,” the report states. “Overall, homeownership is far less accessible to millennials than it was to previous generations in their early years of adulthood.”The report adds that fewer millennials are able to graduate from renting to owning, and that 82% of renters view their current housing situation as more affordable than purchasing a home.Additionally, millennials live in their homes for shorter periods than prior generations. Millennials report moving every two years, on average, which is twice as often as Gen Xers at four years and three times more frequently than baby boomers who stay in a home for an average of six years. Seventy-three percent of millennials plan to move in the next decade, compared to just 58% of Gen Xers and 43% of baby boomers. Rising Rent, Falling Incomes Keeping Millennials from Homeownership Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Affordability Millennials Rent prices 2019-09-20 Mike Albanese Previous: The Week Ahead: Home Values and Affordability Next: Computershare Loan Services Earns Fannie Mae “STAR Performer” Status Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Rising Rent, Falling Incomes Keeping Millennials from Homeownership The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: Affordability Millennials Rent prices Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe
Harvard-affiliated physicians expect one deadly side effect of the West African Ebola outbreak will be a surge in deaths from non-Ebola causes due to the widespread shutdown of health clinics in affected countries.Mohamed Bailor Barrie, a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a physician working in Sierra Leone’s Kono Province, said that a severe shortage of protective gear to insulate health workers from the virus has forced many clinics to close just as they’re needed most. Even those clinics that remain open are seeing light traffic, largely due to fear of the disease and of harsh quarantine measures being employed, Barrie said.A severe shortage of protective gear to insulate health workers from the virus has forced many clinics to close at a time when they’re needed most, noted Mohamed Bailor Barrie, a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Medical School and a physician working in Sierra Leone’s Kono Province. Photo courtesy of Wellbody AllianceThe Wellbody Alliance clinic he founded, for example, normally sees 120 patients a day. Fears related to Ebola, however, have cut traffic to just 10 to 12 patients daily as people turn to traditional healers or treat themselves with over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, that means people aren’t getting treatment for other potentially deadly ailments. Ebola’s presence doesn’t mean malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, or any of the other ills that afflict people in the region have lessened.“Most of the private clinics are shutting down. Now people are not only dying from Ebola, they are dying from other diseases that could be treated if you go to facilities, like hypertension, diabetes, malaria,” Barrie said.The concerns of Barrie, who spoke en route from Sierra Leone to HMS to resume his fellowship work, were echoed at the Radcliffe Institute on Thursday by Hilarie Cranmer, assistant professor at HMS and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director of disaster response for Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health. Cranmer, an affiliated faculty member with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), said the lack of proper equipment to handle the Ebola virus extends not just to the clinics, but also to the labs that handle and test blood of possible victims.“This will have excessive mortality consequences in the next few months to years,” Cranmer said. “No Caesarean sections, no pediatric care, no vaccination strategies. All these things are affected because hospitals are closed in these countries.”Cranmer was at Radcliffe’s Fay House Thursday for a round-table discussion among Harvard-affiliated physicians, disaster experts, and ambassadors and other officials from the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Gambia, and Burkina Faso, as well as from Gabon in Central Africa and Zambia in South Africa.The four-hour session, organized by HHI, allowed officials to ask questions of medical experts, exchange views about strategies to ease the crisis, and discuss potential ways to help in the future, according to Gregory Ciottone, director of the Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, associate professor at HMS, and an HHI-affiliated faculty member.“This is a scary outbreak, it really is,” Ciottone said, adding that prior Ebola outbreaks were relatively small because they were identified early and managed with effective quarantines. “How long is it going to be? There’s no way to predict. It’s going to be a very, very difficult thing to deal with.”Mustapha Fofana, director of medical engineering and technology for Beth Israel’s Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, is originally from Sierra Leone and helped put together the session.“They are overwhelmed,” Fofana said of the West African officials.HHI Director Michael VanRooyen, vice chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor at HMS and HSPH, said Thursday’s round table was designed to give ambassadors and other officials, who have been bombarded with information and queries, a chance to turn things around and ask questions of their own.The session, which may be repeated if deemed necessary, is a way Harvard can help by keeping needed information flowing during the crisis, VanRooyen said.Aside from gear to protect health care workers and get clinics and hospitals open again, information and education are the biggest needs in Sierra Leone, Barrie said. Communities can be educated most effectively by local health workers who understand customs and languages, and who are trained to keep people healthy. A priority, he said, should be to identify those workers, provide training, and get them into villages.“I feel like the international community should really put more emphasis on providing the right protective gear for the country and help support … community-based interventions and educate people more,” Barrie said, adding that experimental drugs such as ZMap are of limited large-scale use. “ZMap is great, but we don’t have enough doses in the world, so precaution and protective measures that control the spread are the ideal things to do.”The session is a way Harvard can help by keeping needed information flowing during the crisis, said Michael VanRooyen (center), director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. VanRooyen was with Gregory Ciottone (left), and Professor Barry Bloom. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerBarrie, through the Wellbody Alliance, a health clinic he co-founded in Kono District, has already begun working to improve education, particularly as it relates to quarantine. Major obstacles in managing the epidemic include stigma and fear, which partly stem from the harsh quarantine tactics used by the government, enforced by police or soldiers, that sometimes cause people to flee.Kono District’s first Ebola case was identified on July 29. A woman who had traveled to parts of the country where the virus is widespread became ill with fever and joint pain and went to a local clinic, Barrie said. On seeing the symptoms and the woman’s travel history, clinicians called the police, which caused her to run away. She died a week later. Afterward, her sister, husband, and son developed symptoms. They went to a government hospital, and when physicians decided to quarantine them, the husband and son ran away, crossing the border to Guinea, Barrie said.Public health officials traced the woman’s contacts and decided to quarantine 36 people in two houses. Police showed up at 2 a.m. and announced that nobody could leave. Nonetheless, Barrie said, a handful fled.At this point, Barrie said, the Wellbody Alliance sent in trained community health workers to explain what quarantine is, why it is needed, and how long it should last. After talking to the health workers, Barrie said, people stayed in the houses for the quarantine period. Two developed suspect symptoms, were tested, and the results came back negative. That type of approach should be replicated, Barrie said, even for the broader district-level quarantines, in which police and the military have blocked entry points to infected areas, although a number of people have escaped.Barrie spoke by phone from Senegal, where he is spending a few days before continuing on to Cambridge to resume his studies, accompanied by his wife and three children. Barrie’s thoughts, though, remain on Sierra Leone and the Ebola epidemic, which may be a focus for his thesis research.Scheduled to graduate in June 2015 with a master’s of medical sciences, his original thesis research was sidetracked by the epidemic. Last year, the first of his two-year fellowship, he began working on a project to improve the treatment of tuberculosis by creating a mentoring program to improve the effectiveness of health worker training. When he returned to Sierra Leone last spring, it quickly became clear that the disarray in the health care system and the closing of clinics due to Ebola made his TB work impossible.He is considering developing a training program for community health workers that would let them educate the local people about Ebola, with particular emphasis on safe ways for family members to help the sick, since they are often the primary caregivers of Ebola patients and are most susceptible to infection.That training, and the community education it fosters, can help people manage the fear that is widespread now.“Initially there was a huge level of denial from the general populace,” Barrie said. “But now that is changing. People have started believing that Ebola is real … But I think they are still scared. People are scared to go to hospitals.”
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 21, 2020 at 4:10 pm Contact Roshan: [email protected] | @Roshan_f16 The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors has approved additional protections and eligibility blanket waivers for fall athletes, the NCAA announced Friday. The NCAA Division I Council recommended the change last week.Athletes who opt out, have their season cut short due to COVID-19 or appear in all games during the 2020 season will be awarded either an extension to their five-year eligibility period or an additional season of eligibility. Graduating seniors who return next fall won’t count against scholarship limits.“In this time of uncertainty, the Council members are working to create additional flexibility for college athletes whose seasons have been negatively impacted by the pandemic,” NCAA Council Chair M. Grace Calhoun said in an Aug. 12 release. Fall sport athletes now have similar options to athletes from the spring, who were given an extra year of eligibility after conferences canceled seasons and championships March 12. At Syracuse, 21 spring athletes announced their intention to use that added year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs of Friday, Cooper Dawson, a redshirt freshman and defensive lineman, was the only SU player to opt out of the fall season.“Every day things are changing in college sport, and we want to be as responsive as possible, with the best information, to help student-athletes and their families make important decisions for their future,” Calhoun said.