ABIC Gets U.S. IOM Membership

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The Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC), a nongovernmental organization focused on protecting the rights of women and youth empowerment has been recognised as a member to serve on the Multi-National Commission of the United States Institute of Medicine (IOM).
The IOM is the health arm of the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
The commission, which includes 18 experts as commissioners, were drawn from diverse disciplines around the world.
The commissioners will collect evidence, deliberate, and deliver a comprehensive report in time for the January 2016 World Health Assembly Executive Board meeting.
Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, ABIC Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security Establishment Coordinator, made the disclosure recently when she returned from the U.S.
She said Liberia stands to benefit a lot from the IOM, “because as an establishing coordinator of ABIC Women’s Empowerment…I will ensure through the members’ collective and tireless efforts that the voices of Liberians are heard in order to prepare the country for any other health epidemic. What I want from my people is to work along with me and be prepared to prevent any future disease outbreak,” she said,
The New York Times has described the IOM as the most esteemed and authoritative advertiser on issues of health and medicine, which tend to transform medical thinking around the world.
The ABIC has been actively involved in many initiatives for the eradication of Ebola virus disease (EVD) including the provision of legal advice, participating in policy determination; community engagement and mediation; support to Liberian doctors, as well as anti-Ebola awareness campaigns, etc.
The organization was actively involved in the installation of hygiene stations and distribution of food and non-food items in Montserrado and other hot-zone counties.
ABIC and partners have successfully and tirelessly worked with both rural and urban Liberians, including market women and motorcyclists, to raise and sustain awareness on the EVD and promote practices to prevent and stop the virus.
The IOM is embarking on this mission to manage a multi-national commission to recommend a new global architecture for mitigating the threat of epidemic infectious diseases. This task is being undertaken as a result of two planning meetings that included among others, the president of the World Bank, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, and the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). The initiative will build on the lessons learned from the current Ebola outbreak and other significant outbreaks to develop a comprehensive framework to improve responses to future global public health threats. The program will include four work streams that will be coordinated and ultimately integrated through governance for global health, financing for global health preparedness and response.

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