U.S. Africa Summit underway today-CDC on Ebola Outbreak
The U.S African Summit will be held at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20001, Cross Streets: Between Constitution Ave NW and 6th St NW, Neighborhoods: Downtown (888) 639-7386.
These performers will get the opportunity to contribute to the discussion of improvements to Africa. The scheduled performers are from Africa and their names are A.Y. (Tanzania), Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), D’Banj (Nigeria), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), Omawumi (Nigeria), Victoria Kimani (Kenya) and Wax Dey (Cameroon). Also, the Soul Children of Chicago directed by Dr. Walt Whitman will perform on August 6 at the Kennedy Center. The youth group are not expected to give input on the matters discussed.
West Africa Ebola Outbreak
With the looming influx of deaths in Africa from the Ebola virus many were concerned about the summit and possibility of an outbreak with the United States. Rest assured according to the White House and the Center for Disease Control, CDC, which has been reporting on the outbreak in the news, there is no issue with the African leaders meeting in Washington D.C. The areas in West Africa dealing with the Ebola virus are Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The CDC states that the Ebola Virus which is the latest evolved name of the disease is initiated through contact with wild animals like bats, deer and gorillas. But in order to spread the virus the person(s) must be exhibiting the Ebola symptoms of bleeding from the eyes, nose and mouth. Otherwise according to the Center for Disease Control and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, a person is not considered contagious.
There are a few simple things you can do to prevent the spread of the disease. Hygiene plays a big roll. For example if you are a health care professional, work or a volunteer, healthcare facility wash your hands often. If any contact with a patient or the cleaning of the areas wash hands prior to putting on personal protective equipment, PPE, like gloves, face masks, shoe covers and wash your hands after removing the protective equipment. The protective equipment should be water proof. The CDC also recommends additional care for healthcare industry workers which you can view here.
American President Barack Obama is setting new highs again with being the first U.S president to hold the largest U.S. to Africa Summit to date. The summit’s purpose to address the issues surrounding Africa like
Civil Society Forum
Investing in Women, Peace, and Prosperity
Investing in Health: Investing in Africa’s Future
Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate
Combating Wildlife Trafficking
It appears the overall goal of President Obama is to establish a more stable Africa by developing areas of growth and utilizing the natural resources and talents of the countrymen of Africa. The summit will address growth in planting and harvesting of food and maintaining long-term resources even in times of economic downturns. This will alleviate the demand from United States and other countries contributing so much of its food and dollar resources to the feeding and educating of the African nations.
If you recall President Barack Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was born of Luo ethnicity in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Obama Sr. grew up herding goats in Africa. President Obama lived in several different areas of the world while growing up and experienced the social and economic hardships wondering if being black was a per-requisite to a varying of forms of wrongness like self-esteem, education, economics. Obama with the help of his loving Mother and Grandparents molded Obama into a man who can look at a problem and not just get angry, but identify a solution. The solution to Africa’s uneven prosperity, education and growth has the potential to be resolved through this years 2014 U.S. Africa summit in Washington D.C. August 4-6.
First Lady Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and the Bush institute will host a series on education with the spouses of the African leadership. First Obama and Laura Bush will cover the topic of education during the Investing in our Future summit. Fact sheets on countries invited to summit.