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By NewsGram Staff Writer

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj chaired the fourth meeting of the Board of Trustees of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) in Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan New Delhi today.

The meeting of the Board of Trustees decided the action plan for FY 2015-16, which focuses on various projects like Namami Gange, Swachh Bharat and Swachh Vidyalaya, state governments projects and NGO projects and projects selected by the NRI/PIO donors.

Modalities like the implementation of projects and quality control, monitoring and reporting to donors were also deliberated and given go-ahead by the board of trustees. The Board also deliberated on the Outreach plan for FY 2015-16.

For the Outreach Plan for FY 2015-16, IDF-OI proposes to hold outreach meeting wherein overseas Indians will be informed about the activities of the organization.

These meetings will have to be done in association with our Missions/ Posts, as also in the various Indian associations active abroad. Focus can be given to areas where there is a large concentration of overseas Indians with philanthropic propensities. For this purpose, IDF-OI has identified 7 global zones of diaspora concentration. It proposes to conduct 2-3 meetings in different cities in each of these zones in this financial year.

  1. North America- a) USA b) Canada
  2. South East Asia- a) Malaysia b) Singapore c) Mauritius d) Reunion Island e) Indonesia
  3. Australasia- a) Australia b) New Zealand c) Fiji
  4. Africa- a) South Africa b) Kenya c) Uganda
  5. Gulf- a) UAE b) Saudi Arabia c) Bahrain d) Oman e) Qatar f) Kuwait
  6. UK & Europe- a) UK b) France c) Germany d) Italy e) Netherlands
  7. South America & Caribbean- a) Guyana b) Suriname c) Trinidad & Tobago

Besides the above, IDF-OI will participate in state diaspora events for outreach to Indian Diaspora. It will also reach out to the diaspora through the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and the Ministry’s outreach events throughout the year.

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Number of Ebola Cases Spike Again in DRC, Uganda Approves 3 Experimental Treatment

Health workers have got the all-clear to use three experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda

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Ugandan civilians queue to be vaccinated against the Ebola virus in Kirembo village, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kasese district, Uganda, June 16, 2019. VOA

Health workers have got the all-clear to use three experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said Tuesday.

Two people who had traveled from Congo died in Uganda last week, the World Health Organization said. A three-year-old boy who was sent back to Congo after testing positive for the disease died at the weekend, Congo’s health ministry said.

At least another 1,411 people have died in Congo since August in the second worst outbreak of the disease on record.

“Happy to inform you all that we got clearance from both Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and National Drug Authority to bring in the Therapeutic treatment for #Ebola patients in the country,” Uganda’s Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, said on Twitter.

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A woman and her child arrive for an Ebola-related investigation at the health facility at the Bwera hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bwera, Uganda, June 14, 2019. Pixabay

The treatments approved for shipment to Uganda were Mapp Biopharmaceutical’s ZMapp, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc’s REGN-EB3 and Remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences, said WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic.

“The protocols for the fourth being submitted. Logistics underway with MSF support for importation of a few courses about 10 each,” he added in an email. The U.N. health agency has said there have been no known cases of Ebola spreading between people in Uganda — all recorded patients had traveled in from Congo.

Four experimental therapeutic treatments are already being used in Congo, it added.

No emergency declaration

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On Friday, a WHO panel decided not to declare an international emergency over Congo’s Ebola outbreak despite its spread to Uganda, saying such a declaration could cause too much economic harm.

“Obviously, the crisis is far from over,” Mark Green, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told a news conference in Nairobi.

Health workers and people who came in contact with infected people began receiving a Merck experimental vaccine in Uganda on Saturday. (VOA)