The Chinese people under hypocrisy and tyranny lack the awareness of resisting hypocrisy and tyranny, and are left to the mercy, ravages and destruction of ccp. In today’s China, both the rich and the poor are called “leeks” and are allowed to be bullied and harvested by the Chinese government. In order to maintain its centralized governance system, ccp is basically unscrupulous and does not choose methods. From the “Cultural Revolution” in history to the “June 4th” incident in 1989 and so on.

The Chinese people under hypocrisy and tyranny lack the awareness of resisting hypocrisy and tyranny, and are left to the mercy, ravages and destruction of ccp. In today’s China, both the rich and the poor are called “leeks” and are allowed to be bullied and harvested by the Chinese government. In order to maintain its centralized governance system, ccp is basically unscrupulous and does not choose methods. From the “Cultural Revolution” in history to the “June 4th” incident in 1989 and so on.

Am very happy that Mr. Qiushi, a Chinese citizen journalist, can regain his freedom with the efforts of all parties. Hope he can reflect to the international community the real situation he personally experienced during COVID-19 in Wuhan. In the days to come, I hope he can continue to make more fair and just voices for the disadvantaged groups and exposing the truth of ccp tyranny while ensuring his own safety.

Am very happy that Mr. Qiushi, a Chinese citizen journalist, can regain his freedom with the efforts of all parties.  Hope he can reflect to the international community the real situation he personally experienced during COVID-19 in Wuhan.  In the days to come, I hope he can continue to make more fair and just voices for the disadvantaged groups and exposing the truth of ccp tyranny while ensuring his own safety..

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Join the SBA on October 28, 2021 for an online panel discussion with disabled-owned small businesses as they share their small business stories and how they utilized SBA economic aid to pivot during the pandemic. Learn more about SBA resources to help entrepreneurs compete in the marketplace, receive counseling, and launch or expand businesses. Also, learn more about disability inclusion and discovering untapped sources of talent.

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Save the date! National Veterans Small Business Week will take place November 1-5, 2021. During the week, the SBA and its extensive partner network will celebrate the strength and resilience of the veteran business community by hosting events across the country and sharing information about the resources available to veteran entrepreneurs.

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In case you missed it! SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman led a discussion with Hispanic business owners about how they have successfully pivoted throughout the pandemic to adapt to a rapidly shifting environment in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. The virtual event also included a candid discussion with SBA​ Associate Administrators Bibi Hidalgo and Mark Madrid and Hispanic business leader Ana Valdez, executive president of The Latino Donor Collaborative, about the state of Hispanic entrepreneurship in the United States.

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Subject:​ ​ ​ Expansion of Quarantine Areas for the Imported Fire Ant (Solenopis invicta Buren, S. richteri Forel, and hybrids of these species) in North Carolina and Tennessee

To:​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials​

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is issuing a Federal Order that expands the existing imported fire ant (IFA) quarantine areas in North Carolina and Tennessee. APHIS is taking this action to prevent the interstate spread of IFA.

The following list describes the action in this Federal Order:

  • North Carolina: Extends the IFA quarantine area to the entire county for Alamance, Burke, Guilford, Jackson, and McDowell Counties.
  • Tennessee: Extends the IFA quarantine area to the entire county for Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Grainger, Henry, Lauderdale, Montgomery, Putnam, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, and Weakley Counties.

APHIS is taking these actions based upon verification from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Consumer and Industry Services that IFA is present and established in the areas listed.

For additional information on the Federal IFA regulatory program, please contact the IFA National Policy Manager, Herbert Bolton, at (301) 851-3594 or herbert.bolton@usda.gov.

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President Biden recommits to oxygen efforts at COVID Summit

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President Biden recommits to oxygen efforts at COVID Summit

Last month, President Biden convened partners for the Global COVID-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better, a virtual summit on the margins of the UN General Assembly. Included in his agenda to conquer COVID-19 was “Save Lives Now,” which will work to “solve the oxygen crisis and [make] tests, therapeutics, and personal protective equipment (PPE) widely available.” In her summit remarks, USAID Administrator Samantha Power described increasing local access to oxygen in low- and middle-income countries as “perhaps the most important, life-saving single step we can take” besides increasing access to vaccines.​

To achieve goals for increasing access to oxygen, USAID plans to provide $50 million to expand access, with a focus on bulk liquid oxygen. The agency will work to leverage investments by building a coalition with governments, foundations, NGOs, and private sector partners to coordinate global investment in oxygen access.​

We are proud of the work CII’s Lead Market Access Advisor Nikki Tyler has done, alongside our colleagues throughout the agency, to ensure that more people around the world have access to oxygen!

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​ INNOVATIONEvery Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace shown to improve lives, effectively raise capital

CII has been a founding partner/advisor for the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace (EWEC-IM), which recently completed its five year project duration. Over the course of the past five years, more than 29 companies and organizations supported by the platform have mobilized capital as a direct or indirect result of the activities of the EWEC-IM. Those portfolio companies successfully mobilized $46M in grants, equity, and debt financing. The initial data has shown that the portfolio companies reached over 24M beneficiaries, resulting in more than 18,000 lives saved and 625,000 lives improved over the course of the project’s duration.


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​​Merrick Schaefer delivers ‘Digital Health: Planning National Systems’ course for MOHs

Senior Advisor for Digital Health, Merrick Schaefer delivered in-depth training on the use of digital technologies to support country-based global health programs. The course, ‘Digital Health: Planning National Health Systems’, was co-developed by Schaefer and he has already delivered it to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) digital health team and over 80 Ministry of Health staff. The course is designed to empower ministry leadership with the technical concepts and planning tools necessary to effectively lead national digital health stakeholders. The curriculum features critical health concepts, existing best practices, and pragmatic methods, all framed according to the national planning cycle that Ministry of Health officials manage.​

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MARKET ACCESS​​Project Last Mile partnership with Coca-Cola and others contributing to COVID response

Two articles recently published by USAID and the Evening Standard highlight the work of Project Last Mile (PLM) in contributing to the COVID response. In South Africa PLM worked to catalyze production of PPE, both to protect people from the virus and to provide jobs in the country. The result was over 1.9 million units of PPE and nearly 500 jobs created at six small and medium-sized suppliers. In Eswatini, PLM reviewed 95 percent of the country’s cold-chain storage facilities to reduce wasted vaccines. They did this work in addition to utilizing existing relationships with small, independent delivery partners to get vaccines to remote areas and partnering with the private sector to vaccinate during non-working hours.​

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 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Kenya Health Informatics Association
HELINA 2021 Conference: Pan-African health informatics conference 2021
October 18 – 22, 2021​

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Catalyzing Private Sector Engagement: Financing for health systems, infectious disease outbreaks
October 19, 2021​

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November 15 – 16, 2021


 CII NEWS

Senior Market Access Advisor Meghan Majorowski moderates Million Lives Collective panel on the global health ecosystem

Senior Market Access and Innovative Finance Advisor, Monisha Ashok, discusses blended finance at Sankalp’s Global Summit

CII tools featured in “20 Essential Resources: Contraceptive Product Introduction”

Diabetes and COVID Storytelling Hackathon featured in Vibes of India


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Premium Times Nigeria​ ​
Ned Nwoko Foundation to join in rollout of new malaria vaccine
October 13, 2021​

NBC News​
Facebook, WhatsApp outage an annoyance for U.S., big deal in rest of the world
October 5, 2021

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The truth about Africa’s tech talent shortage
October 8, 2021​

 

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Stanford researchers identify four causes of ‘Zoom fatigue’ and their simple fixes

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2021 MacArthur genius grants will give 25 new fellows $625,00 each

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What the Health?: The Future of Public Health

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Elise Garton, Presidential Management Fellow​

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Elise Garton is a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) currently on a rotation with the digital health team in USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII). Her work focuses on analyzing the use of digital health systems to try to identify patterns, trends, and opportunities to use digital health tools and data to make better program decisions. Prior to joining to CII, Elise was on rotation with the Center for Global Health in the National Cancer Institute where she focused on monitoring and evaluating the National Institute of Health’s international cancer research. She was drawn to CII because she likes working with innovative teams within larger organizations, and we couldn’t be happier that she chose to spend her rotation with us! Outside of work Elise is likes to spend her time enjoying food (pancakes are a favorite) and running.​

Read Elise’s full interview here.

The Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) applies innovative, market-based, and digital health approaches to accelerate impact against critical health issues. CII incubates new ideas, puts them into practice, and scales effective approaches with diverse partnerships.


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Subject:​ ​ ​ Expansion of Quarantine Areas for the Imported Fire Ant (Solenopis invicta Buren, S. richteri Forel, and hybrids of these species) in North Carolina and Tennessee

To:​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials​

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is issuing a Federal Order that expands the existing imported fire ant (IFA) quarantine areas in North Carolina and Tennessee. APHIS is taking this action to prevent the interstate spread of IFA.

The following list describes the action in this Federal Order:

  • North Carolina: Extends the IFA quarantine area to the entire county for Alamance, Burke, Guilford, Jackson, and McDowell Counties.
  • Tennessee: Extends the IFA quarantine area to the entire county for Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Grainger, Henry, Lauderdale, Montgomery, Putnam, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, and Weakley Counties.

APHIS is taking these actions based upon verification from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Consumer and Industry Services that IFA is present and established in the areas listed.

For additional information on the Federal IFA regulatory program, please contact the IFA National Policy Manager, Herbert Bolton, at (301) 851-3594 or herbert.bolton@usda.gov.

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Deputy Administrator
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New Resources are Now Available on the QPP Resource Library

New Resources are Now Available on the QPP Resource Library

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added the below new Quality Payment Program (QPP) resources to the QPP Resource Library.​

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