IDB Approves More Funds for Haiti’s Healthcare System Amid COVID-19

first_img“To that end, it will concentrate on strengthening coordination at the national level; improving detection and monitoring of cases; supporting efforts to break the chain of transmission of the virus; and boosting Haiti’s capacity for providing health care,” the IDB added. WASHINGTON – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Wednesday approved a reassignment of US$27 million from the non-disbursed balance of Haiti’s current investment portfolio, from the IDB Special Donation Fund, in an effort to help the government fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “The goal of the programme for an immediate public health response to contain and control the coronavirus and mitigate its impact on the provision of services in Haiti is to help reduce COVID-19 mortality and morbidity rates and ease the indirect impact of the pandemic on health care in the country,” said the Washington-based financial institution in a statement. It said that besides all this action aimed directly at containing and controlling the pandemic, the plan will emphasize maternal and child health care, including vaccination, and the fight against contagious diseases. In order to ensure that the program does not clash with measures that are already in place, it said the plan will become part of the national plan developed by the Health and Population Ministry and the Cross-Sector Pandemic Management Commission, which was created by the Haitian presidency. “This will allow for mitigating the strong negative impact of the pandemic on these services over the short and medium term, especially among the most vulnerable people in Haiti,” the IDB said. “In this way, the intervention strategies in the IDB initiative are adapted to the Haitian context, because they were proposed by the commission, which features broad representation from civil society in Haiti,” the statement said. The IDB said this operation is in addition to a US$60 million grant approved in July to help the poorest people in Haiti, as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic. CMClast_img read more

Indian chess Grandmaster Koneru Humpy claims Women’s World Rapid Championship in Moscow

first_imgImage Courtesy: chess.com/FIDEAdvertisement 8hqglNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0oyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3n2pm( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bgWould you ever consider trying this?😱g6qmCan your students do this? 🌚87zRoller skating! Powered by Firework Koneru Humpy is a renowned name in the world of chess. The Indian Grandmaster, who became the youngest woman ever to to achieve the title, has made the country proud again. In a fierce comeback to glory, she has become the champion of Women’s World Rapid Chess Championships in Moscow, joining forces with the Men’s World Rapid Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.Advertisement Image Courtesy: chess.com/FIDEAfter securing a third place in the first edition of World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship in 2012, Humpy has finally made it to the top spot after a gap of seven years, defeating Grandmaster Lei Tingjie of China to secure the gold medal.Although being familiar with the classical format category, Humpy has proven that her finesse in the rapid category is strong enough for clinching the title, thus making the triumph very remarkable.Speaking to Sportstar, the 32 year old said: “Rapid and Blitz are not my cup of tea,” Asia’s youngest Woman International Master of 1999, Humpy was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2003, and the Padma Shri in 2007.“Yes, honestly, I was expecting at the most a top three finish as there was no time for the preparations too for this event. Worked a bit on the Openings and I am glad to have pulled it off,” she added.Humpy also received appraisal from the legendary Vishwanathan Anand.Hailing from the city of Vijayawada, Koneru Humpy secured two golds at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. The first one came in Women’s individual rapid final, where Humpy defeated Zhao Xue of China. She won her second gold in Mixed team standard along with compatriots Krishnan Sasikiran and Pentala Harikrishna, the Indian team that dominated China in the final round.Humpy continued: “Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for more to finish off my year. It is not going to be easy for sure and this World championship is different from that. But I will continue to give my best shot to realise that goal too.”back in October 2007, Humpy reached the Elo rating of 2606, becoming the second chess player to cross the 2600 Elo mark, after the legendary Hungarian chess Grandmaster Judit Polgár.Also read-Next Viswanathan Anand in the making, 14-year-old Praggnanandhaa becomes second youngest chess player in history to shatter this record!Mastermind: World Champion Magnus Carlsen is also one of the best in the world at….Fantasy Premier League?! Advertisementlast_img read more