The Zika Virus Initiative

In 2015, Brazil sampled a test positive for the Zika virus and the Pan American Health Organization issued an alert regarding these findings. Since then, Brazil and many other West Hemispheric countries have reported neurological and developmental disorders associated with its explosive proliferation.

First detected in 1952 in Uganda, the tropical infection is closely related to the West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever. It is characterized by mild, week-long symptoms of fever, headache, rash, joint/ muscle pain, and conjunctivitis. The Aedes mosquito-born Zika virus elicits strong correlations between itself, congenital microcephaly (newborn babies), Guilliain-Barré syndrome (adult males), and pesticides.

(Source: Business Insider)
(Source: Business Insider)

Much research is still being conducted.

Current treatment is focused on relieving symptoms; there is no cure.

The World Health Organization expects 3-4 million new cases in the Americas over the next year. Further, earlier this month, the health agency convened in Geneva in declaration of an international public health emergency.

The Zika Virus Initiative, a subsidiary organization created by The G.O.Y.A. Project, was established to improve access to sanitary and family planning resources within the Western Hemisphere. Further, the committee seeks to provide monetary and/ or material donations, collaborate with grassroots and campus (Rutgers) organizations, and hold a fundraising/ donations drive.

With warm regards, The G.O.Y.A. Project welcomescafe de colombia their first partner, C.A.F.E. de Colombia, with whom the organization has entered into a joint venture partnership with. C.A.F.E. de Colombia is a student-led organization that has pledged life-long service to The Republic of Colombia.

In concert with their joint partner, C.A.F.E. de Colombia and many more cosponsors, The G.O.Y.A. Project hopes their efficacy within the West Hemisphere will be as prosperous and gratifying as their efficacy within West Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.

For More Information Please Visit:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

 

 

 

9 Days and Counting…

WALK FOR LITERACY FLYER 2 (2)

Its about that time! Our 14th Annual Walk For Literacy is just around the corner! Spend some of your Saturday morning giving back to the local community in New Brunswick as we pass out books to kids during our walk. Take a peek at the video below to get a glimpse of what last year’s Walk For Literacy was like:

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So be sure to spread the word and bring plenty of friends as we give back to the New Brunswick community and beyond!
Hope to see you all October 3rd!
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Holiday Book Drive Seeks to Delight Young Readers

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The Rutgers University Bookstore (Barnes and Noble at Rutgers University) has an ongoing commitment to supporting both the New Brunswick campus and surrounding communities. The have donated thousands of books to the community over time and this year we are excited to partner with them for a holiday book drive.

The GOYA Project, working with the support of the non-profit Global Literacy Project, Inc., has an ongoing commitment to encouraging and supporting literacy locally and globally. We donated over 600 books to young people from New Brunswick and Piscataway participating in this years Monster Mash in November,  as well as several hundred in our “Walk for Literacy and Health” through New Brunswick in October. We want to delight hundreds more young people for the December holidays. Please consider visiting the Barnes and Noble at 100 Somerset Street as part of your holiday shopping and purchasing a children’s book for donation!

Pack and Ship Event Will Assist Local and Global Communities

Rutgers community members will be collecting items to assist families locally and globally, from New Brunswick, New Jersey to Haiti and West African (Sierra Leone and Liberia). This is part of an ongoing community awareness project by Africana Studies students working with the G.O.Y.A. Project at Rutgers and the Rutgers Black Student Union.

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Our first shipment to Sierra Leone will assist the Wellbody Alliance (www.wellbodyalliance.org)
Our first shipment to Sierra Leone will assist the Wellbody Alliance (www.wellbodyalliance.org).

[Full list is –> Wellbody wish list for Ebola support]

Their first shipment to Sierra Leone will assist the Wellbody Alliance (www.wellbodyalliance.org) whose co-founder, Dr. Mohamed Bailor Barrie, is known to us via our local medical advisor, Dr. Mafudia Suaray (www.africanhealthnetwork.com).

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Walkers brave weather to support literacy and education in Ebola intervention strategies

Rutgers University community members braved the threat of rain to make the 2014 event a success
Rutgers University community members braved the threat of rain to make the 2014 event a success

A coalition of Rutgers students, faculty, alumni and New Brunswick community members braved the inclement weather on Saturday, October 11th to make the G.O.Y.A Project’s 2014 “Walk for Literacy and Health” a success by drawing attention to several key policy issues: from the need for early intervention to expose children to literacy materials to the role of education in rebuilding societies after natural disasters (such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti) and how literacy and health go hand in hand (as per the struggle to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa).

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As the walkers passed through the city they gave out gift bags with books and literacy games to the children they met

The walk was staged between the Rutgers Douglass Campus to the College Avenue Campus passing through the heart of the city of New Brunswick.

Before the start of the walk, however, as organizers gathered mid-morning, preparing to start everyone walking by mid-day, earlier bad weather looked as if it would continue the rains which persisted through much of the previous night. But a refreshing breeze came through around 11 a.m. and the trickle of walkers increased.

Walkers-registering“We really wondered if our motto of ‘rain or shine’ would do us in, but by 11 a.m. in just half an hour we distributed about 70+ t-shirts, especially as several organizations came out with teams,” said Jenelle Ramdeen, a member of the coordinating committee.

Speakers: Professor Denniston Bonadie, Rutgers Africana Studies Department and Dr. Mafudia Suaray, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Speakers: Professor Denniston Bonadie, Rutgers Africana Studies Department and Dr. Mafudia Suaray, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

While this year’s walk continued to support literacy programs within the city of New Brunswick and a continued outreach to aid children in the island of Haiti, a special health focus was highlighted via the “Stop Ebola” campaign.

The speaker on the health issue was Dr. Mafudia Suaray, who grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She started her college education at the country’s only medical school in the shadows of  Sierra Leone’s brutal  11 year civil war. Under threat of their lives, her family was forced to flee Sierra Leone in 1997. Nearly two decades later she now specializes in Family Medicine and Community Health and works as an Instructor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Continue reading

Register for the 2014 Walk for Literacy and Health

10/11   UPDATE. We are a go!!!!!!!!

RAIN or SHINE!!!! We are walking for Literacy & Health!

Taking Responsibility, Taking Action2014_walk_for_literacy_and_health_posterSign-in: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Walkers Depart : 11:30 a.m.

Start: Douglass Campus Center Plaza
(The corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street [DIRECTIONS])

End: Community Fair at the Rutgers Student Center, CAC

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Call for Posters: Annual Global Health Fair

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in collaboration with the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, invites all Rutgers faculty and students to submit posters (by October 26) for the annual Global Health Fair, which takes place on December 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. [Poster guidlines Click here; Poster template Click here; Poster example: Danka Paulo and Tara Iyer (USA)] Learn more here.

Galvanizing and Organizing Youth Activism at Rutgers University