International Fund for Africa
Issue: XXINovember 2011
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
Seble Nebiyeloul, COO of IFA Addresses Rotary Club
First IFA Staff Meeting in Addis Ababa Office
Fundraising Event for IFA
An Ounce of Prevention Series: Transforming Our Approach to Health
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Upcoming Events

 

November 28-30, 2011
IFA co-founder and executive director will speak at the Animals in law and society: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond conference.
Hosted by University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

 

November 30, 2011
The Food for All summit will include inspiring activists such as Marianne Williamson, John Robbins, Andrew Harvey, actor Josh Radnor, former U.S. Representative Tony Hall, plus representatives from Save the Children, Oxfam and other organizations who are leading the effort to solve world hunger.

 

February 24-March 6, 2012 International Fund for Africa is sponsoring a medical mission to Zemero, Ethiopia.


Seble Nebiyeloul, COO of IFA Addresses Rotary Club 

 

 

Seble Nebiyeloul, C.O.O. of IFA, made a presentation at the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa West on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011. The Chief Operating Officer gave a presentation for the members on IFA's rural medicine and development program in Zemero, Ethiopia and the neonatal program developed by IFA in conjunction with an Ethiopian government hospital. Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of the medical missions and a video of the previous mission to Zemero was shown to the Rotary members.

 

 
First IFA Staff Meeting in Addis Ababa Office

 

IFA Staff at Addis 

Pictured above: Mr. Fekade Gulinit (Fin. Adviser), Mr. Zewdu Tadesse (Interim Country Dir.), Yonas Teferi (Accountant), Mr. Shewaneh Kinfu (Proj. Mgr.)
Seble Fisaha (volunteer), Alem Fantaye (Grant Writer), Seble Nebiyeloul (COO)

 

The Addis Ababa office of IFA held their first staff meeting in their new office with the COO, Ms. Seble Nebiyeloul on October 25th, 2011. The main focus of the meeting was about how to make the Addis Ababa IFA office visible and to connect with local and international NGOs and the local government. Included in this discussion was the option of partnerships and networking with other organizations with goals and objectives similar to IFA's. Also discussed was what resources would be required to build the skills and knowledge for sustainable health change within communities and enhancing their amalgamation with the formal health system.

 

Fundraising Event for IFA

 201111 Houston Fundraiser

 

On November 20 2011, attendees at the Broken Spoke, a Belgian Cafe at 1809 Washington Ave in Houston TX, participated in a special fundraiser for International Fund for Africa. IFA Executive Director, Dr. Anteneh Roba, presented an overview of IFA's mission in Africa and showed videos of IFA's work in Ethiopia with neonates and people in rural Africa. Approximately 50 people were in attendance.

 

An Ounce of Prevention Series:
Transforming Our Approach to Health 

 

By Drs. Pamela and Floyd Atkins,
Center for Wellness and Healing

 

How many times have we heard news and statistics about the increasing rate of illness and disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, arthritis and so on? News reports appear on television and radio daily about "new treatments" to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Billions of dollars are raised and spent on finding the cure for cancer, diabetes and the many other chronic ailments that plague us. Meanwhile, the rates of all these conditions have steadily increase over the last 50 years and still no "cures" has been found.

Since medical research seems unable to find no cures for our most serious conditions, the "Plan B" solution in healthcare has become "early detection" as if it were the answer to health challenges. This concept has credence, but waiting for or allowing a problem such as cancer to develop and then, to attempt to "catch it early" is not the most desirable goal. Although our efforts to stem the tide of disease are made with the best of intentions, our approach is all wrong!

Prevention is the answer! The true "cure" for all "dis-ease" is not to get it. I am sure this sounds over-simplified, but let's look at our healthcare history so we can understand our future in wellness.

Read the full article.