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Caritas preparing Turkey earthquake survivors to face winter

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 novembre 2020

Caritas Internationalis urges people to contribute funds to a two-month emergency programme to provide quick and effective help to people affected by the Izmir earthquake in Turkey.The 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Turkey on 30th October in the South Aegean Sea and was felt in the surrounding countries of Greece, Bulgaria and Macedonia.Reports say 114 people died and another 1035 were injured. An estimated 15,000 people are sleeping in tents in parks, recreational areas, university campuses, stadiums or in the houses of relatives or friends. And more people are expected to be put out on the streets as many damaged buildings, which have been rendered too dangerous to be inhabited, will be destroyed.Caritas Turkey’s programme in Izmir will assist 2,500 people in coping with their losses due to the earthquake and help them face the rapidly approaching winter. Caritas will provide vital items people may have lost during the earthquake such as nappies and formula milk for babies, blankets, beds, winter clothes and household appliances for those temporarily relocated by the government.As the weather is getting colder every day with the arrival of winter, there will be an additional need for warm clothes, blankets and heaters. Caritas will continue to assess the needs to assist those who are living in precarious situations to ensure they receive assistance in the long-term.“In spite of the global crisis, we’ve really felt the solidarity of the local people in Izmir, who’ve been generously giving concrete help to those who’ve been affected by the earthquake,” says Nadir Nadhim, the director of Caritas Turkey.“We now need help in order for us to continue our programmes and give hope to those who are trying to rebuild their lives as we move towards winter. The €52,000 programme has already so far received €20,000 funding, which leaves a shortfall of just €32,000. Please give generously at

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Holocaust Survivors’ Resilience, Strength Commemorated Through Videos Available Online for Yom Hashoah

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 aprile 2020

NEW YORK – With the postponement of international events to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi death and concentration camps and the cancelation of Holocaust commemorations, the World Jewish Congress has produced a selection of videos and films to help people across the globe observe Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, online from the safety of their homes. The compilation is part of, a site WJC created in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to provide young people with basic facts about the Holocaust.
“Yom Hashoah is the day set aside on the Jewish calendar to remember and mourn the six million Jewish lives that were destroyed in the Holocaust, to honor the bravery and resilience of those who survived, and to ensure that the terrors of the past do not become the future,” said Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress. “In this time of isolation, it is especially imperative that we come together to share the stories of Holocaust survivors and to further disseminate Holocaust education to ensure that never again really means never again.” The World Jewish Congress had planned to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany by bringing over 50 of the more than 2,000 children who were born in the adjacent Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp back to their birthplace. With the postponement of this initiative, the WJC produced an original video about Bergen-Belsen before and after its liberation and the unique identity of the children born in the DP camp’s Glyn Hughes Hospital. Additional videos the WJC has made available include the final testimony of Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Rachmil (Ralph) Hakman, who died in March after joining the WJC in Poland in January for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau; the 75th anniversary address by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder at the Death Gate of Birkenau on January 27; a CBS Sunday Morning feature about the significance of the Auschwitz site to its survivors, and the ongoing effort to preserve it and its artifacts; an HBO film about a 10-year-old boy learning his family’s history through conversations with his great-grandfather; and a WJC-produced video featuring photographs of daughters of Auschwitz survivors taken by Israeli photographer Debbie Morag. The WJC’s resources are available to Jewish communities, congregations, schools, youth groups, community centers, and the general public.

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Hodgkin lymphoma survivors have more severe coronary artery disease post chest irradiation

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 Maggio 2017

navigatore coronarieVienna, Austria. Hodgkin lymphoma survivors have more severe coronary artery disease 20 years after chest irradiation, according to research presented today at ICNC 2017.1“Patients with Hodgkin lymphoma receive high dose mediastinal irradiation at a young age as part of their treatment,” said Dr Alexander van Rosendael, a medical doctor at Leiden University Medical Centre, the Netherlands. “There is an ongoing debate about whether to screen patients who get chest irradiation for coronary artery disease.”The current study assessed the extent, severity and location of coronary artery disease (CAD) in Hodgkin lymphoma survivors who had received chest irradiation. The study included 79 patients who had been free of Hodgkin lymphoma for at least 10 years and had received mediastinal irradiation 20 years ago, plus 273 controls without Hodgkin lymphoma or irradiation.CAD was assessed using coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). To assess differences in CAD between patients and controls they were matched in a one to three fashion by age, gender, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, family history of coronary artery disease, and smoking status.Patients were 45 years old on average and the presence of cardiovascular risk factors was low overall. Just 42% of patients had no atherosclerosis on coronary CTA compared to 64% of controls.Regarding the extent and severity of CAD, Hodgkin patients had significantly more multi-vessel CAD: 10% had two-vessel disease and 24% had three-vessel disease compared to 6% and 9% of controls, respectively. The segment involvement score (which measures overall coronary plaque distribution) and the segment stenosis score (which measures overall coronary plaque extent and severity) were significantly higher for patients compared with controls.Regarding the location of CAD, patients had significantly more coronary plaques in the left main (17% versus 6%), proximal left anterior descending (30% versus 16%), proximal right coronary artery (25% versus 10%) and proximal left circumflex (14% versus 6%), but not in non-proximal coronary segments. Patients had a four-fold risk of proximal plaque and a three-fold risk of proximal obstructive stenosis compared to controls.
“Hodgkin patients who have chest irradiation have much more CAD than people of the same age who did not have irradiation,” said Dr van Rosendael. “The CAD occurred at a young age – patients were 45 years old on average – and was probably caused by the irradiation. The CTA was done about 20 years after chest irradiation so there was time for CAD to develop.”
He continued: “What was remarkable was that irradiated patients had all the features of high risk CAD, including high stenosis severity, proximal location, and extensive disease. We know that the proximal location of the disease is much riskier and this may explain why Hodgkin patients have such poor cardiovascular outcomes when they get older.”
Dr van Rosendael explained that irradiation of the chest can cause inflammation of the coronary arteries, making patients more vulnerable to developing coronary artery disease. But it is not known why the CAD in irradiated patients tends to be proximally located.
He said the finding of more, and more severe, CAD in irradiated patients supported the argument for screening. “When you see CAD in patients who received chest irradiation it is high risk CAD,” he said. “Such patients should be screened at regular intervals after irradiation so that CAD can be spotted early and early treatment can be initiated.”
“These patients are around 45 years old and they are almost all asymptomatic,” he said: “If you see a severe left main stenosis by screening with CTA (which occurred in 4%) then you can start statin therapy and perform revascularisation which may improve outcome. We know such treatment reduces the risk of events in non-irradiated patients so it seems likely that it would benefit Hodgkin patients.”

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Avatar-based application improves symptom recognition in heart attack survivors

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 ottobre 2016

infarto miocardico acutoLisbon, Portugal An avatar-based application improves symptom recognition in heart attack survivors, reveals research presented today at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2016 by Jintana Tongpeth, a PhD student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.1“The medical profession has been slow to integrate technology into practice,” said senior author Professor Robyn Clark, professor of nursing at Flinders University. “Robots can do surgery but we’re still waiting for doctors to catch up with hairdressers who send appointment reminders by text message. The World Health Organization says 85% of the planet has access to Wi-fi so there is huge potential for communicating.”“Every year approximately 92% of persons who experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest event die before they arrive in the emergency department,” said Ms Tongpeth.2 “The time patients take to recognise symptoms of a heart attack and decide to seek medical help accounts for the largest portion of pre­-hospital delay, which increases the chance of death. Patients who have had a heart attack are at high risk of a second heart attack.” There is little research to show that booklets are effective in teaching patients about health issues. But a systematic review has found emerging evidence that tablets, websites and mobile phones may work.3
The current study evaluated the impact of an avatar-based application (app) to improve heart attack patients’ ability to recognise the symptoms of a heart attack and correctly decide what to do. It also assessed how satisfied patients were with the app’s usability and ease of navigation.The study was conducted in two phases. Phase one used “action research” in which feedback on the design of the app was collected in cycles from cardiologists, patients and gaming IT experts. In eight minutes the avatar, a nurse named Cora, teaches heart attack warning signs and symptoms, and what to do when having heart attack (figure 1). It is interactive with a number of quizzes along the way. The text has come from Australian Heart Foundation literature. “We have found in patient education that cartoon like characters are less intimidating than a video with a doctor in a white coat giving a lecture on what to do,” said Professor Clark. “Cora is engaging, fun, and gives good feedback. Patients of any age can answer her questions by pressing yes/no on the screen.” In phase two the app was tested with ten heart attack patients. The investigators found that participants’ ability to recognise symptoms improved by 24% and their knowledge about what to do increased by 15%. More than 87% of patients said they were satisfied with the technology and found it easy to use.Ms Tongpeth said: “Patients said the app made it easy to learn. They enjoyed using it and said it had helped them to be more confident about recognising and managing heart attack symptom in the future.” The app has the potential to replace traditional booklets, brochures and complex medical language in patient education. The dialogue will also be translated so that Cora speaks 144 languages.“We want to reach all patients regardless of what language they speak, how old they are, and their level of literacy,” said Professor Robyn. “To use the app you don’t need to read or speak English, and you can get most of the messages from the pictures. It is also suitable for older patients with one message per screen and large buttons.”The idea is that patients who have suffered a heart attack would be given the app before discharge from hospital. Ultimately it could be used to increase awareness in patients without existing heart disease.The next stage in the research is to test the app’s ability to improve outcomes after a heart attack in a randomised controlled trial. Ms Tongpeth concluded: “Lack of knowledge on the symptoms of a heart attack is a major obstacle to seeking timely medical treatment and is associated with potentially preventable death and complications. With the app we hope to improve knowledge and response time, which should save heart muscle through faster paramedic support and treatment with stents to clear blocked arteries.”

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Caritas aid reaching Haiti quake survivors

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 gennaio 2010

Caritas is providing first aid, tents and blankets to survivors of an earthquake that caused extensive destruction in Haiti. The emergency response team of Caritas Haiti is working around the clock to provide support to people in urgent need.  Caritas staff visited badly affected areas of the capital Port-au-Prince yesterday to assess immediate requirements. At least 60 tents were distributed to families in desperate need. First aid was provided to some of the survivors in clinics and hospitals. Caritas Haiti Head of Emergencies Joseph Jonidès Villarson said, “This is the worst disaster Haiti has experienced. Many people have been killed in Port-au-Prince. Their bodies are everywhere on the streets of the capital. People are still under the debris. The hospitals are overwhelmed with the dead and injured. The risk of disease is great.   Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said, “We are in solidarity with the people of Haiti. Caritas will be providing desperately needed aid.  Caritas and its church partners have extensive experience in Haiti delivering shelter, food, healthcare, and clean water through the communities in which we work.   Caritas Haiti and Caritas members working in the country have available warehouses, 200 medical centres, and a strong community network of volunteers that are being used to deliver aid. Caritas Internationalis is sending a team of international staff to support the national operations in areas including food, shelter, sanitation, communications and logistics.

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Caritas brings aid to Samoa tsunami survivors

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 ottobre 2009

Caritas teams delivered assistance to survivors in Samoa hours after the devastating tsunami struck the Pacific island. The tsunami caused loss of lives and destruction in Samoa, American Samoa (a US territory), and Tonga. “We were there within 5–6 hours after the tsunami struck delivering assistance. The devastation was astronomical, worse than anything I have ever seen”, said Peter Bendinelli Chair of Caritas Samoa. “Our trucks leave brimming with food, water and clothing and return full of people who have lost their homes, are sick and injured” said Mr Bendinelli.  The Caritas response to the Pacific Tsunami in Samoa is being coordinated out of the local Catholic Pastoral Centre. “Six vans and two trucks are constantly ferrying goods to the worst affected areas”, Mr Bendinelli said. “98 people are confirmed dead but many of the worst affected areas are yet to be assessed as the roads to them have been cut off. “More than 90 people are seeking temporary shelter in the Pastoral Centre having lost their homes. Yesterday we brought in a further 9 people who required emergency medical assistance and this number has been growing steadily today. “Food, clean water and shelter are the most pressing needs. All the water pipes that run along beside the roads fronting the sea have been totally destroyed as the tsunami waters receded and people are in urgent need of water.” Initial needs assessments on the South side of Upolu (including the villages of Si’umi and Falali’ili’I have indicated an immediate need for food, water and shelter.  Caritas is looking to provide support and counseling to the affected population there, and in American Samoa the Church is also assessing the best way to respond.

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Many dead and buried in Indonesia

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 ottobre 2009

Hundreds people are dead and thousands more buried under rubble following a massive earthquake which hit the city of Padang in Indonesia today. Caritas staff on the ground are carrying out assessments on the number of casualties and the needs of survivors of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake. Staff report difficulties in gathering information from Padang as few phone lines work. The main airport in  West Sumatra, where the earthquake struck was initially closed after the disaster, but has now reopened. There are some difficulties in accessing Padang by road from some directions An international Caritas team is preparing to head to Padang as part of ongoing evaluations. Temporary shelter is needed as many people fled their homes during the tremors and are afraid to return as a large number of houses were are in a perilous state. Other damage so far includes a collapsed bridge and damage to a hospital. The Caritas team will make a quick assessment of needs of survivors and coordinate the response.  This is the second powerful earthquake to hit Indonesia in a month. On 2 September, Java suffered a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which killed dozens of people.

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