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Vol­un­tary Ser­vice Over­seas (VSO) Ire­land has launched a sum­mer fundrais­ing campaign to help save the lives of moth­ers and ba­bies in Sierra Leone, which has both the high­est ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity rate and the high­est un­der-five mor­tal­ity rate in the world. Many ex­pec­tant moth­ers avoid hos­pi­tals for fear of con­tract­ing Ebola, lead­ing to a 30 per cent in­crease in ma­ter­nal deaths and 24 per cent in­crease in new­born deaths.

The Ebola out­break has also left the coun­try with a crit­i­cal short­age of skilled health work­ers. VSO Ire­land trains lo­cal health work­ers in life-sav­ing tech­niques, pro­vide es­sen­tial med­i­cal equip­ment and sup­ports com­mu­nity out­reach to en­sure more women give birth safely in health fa­cil­i­ties. See vso.ie/do­nate

Male­health.ie is a new web­site set up by the Ir­ish Men’s Sheds As­so­ci­a­tion to sup­port the phys­i­cal and men­tal health and well­be­ing of Men’s Sheds mem­bers. The web­site is de­signed to be user-friendly for men of all ages, and is based on the shape of a typ­i­cal car, as a di­rect com­par­i­son to the male body. See male­health.ie

Hor­ti­cul­ture as a ther­apy is the theme of a new day-long course run by GIY (Grow It Your­self). Of in­ter­est to oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists, nurses, psy­chi­atric nurses, com­mu­nity work­ers, teach­ers and hor­ti­cul­tur­ists, the course will be held in the GIY head­quar­ters in Ard­keen, Water­ford city on Tuesday, Au­gust 1st and again on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9th, from 10am-4pm each day. Cost ¤65. See giy.ie or 051-584411.

James Paul O’Neill, pro­fes­sor of oto­laryn­gol­ogy, head and neck surgery at the RCSI Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search Cen­tre, Beau­mont Hospi­tal, will give a pub­lic talk on Thurs­day, July 27th at 6.15pm about pre­ven­ta­tive ap­proaches to head and neck can­cers. Prof O’Neill will talk specif­i­cally about how the HPV vac­cine – prin­ci­pally pre­scribed to pre­vent cer­vi­cal can­cer – can also help pre­vent some head and neck can­cers.

The talk will be held in the Al­bert Lec­ture The­atre, Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Ad­mis­sion is free but ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is ad­vised on hpv­cancer­vac­ci­na­tion.eventbrite.ie. For more about head and neck can­cer, see page 13.

Danny Tal­bot, Ais­ling O’Car­roll, Joanne Dowds and Shane Cronin, from the phys­io­ther­apy depart­ment at St James’s Hospi­tal en­joy­ing the ‘Fayre in the Square’ a new food mar­ket which runs ev­ery Tuesday from 11am un­til 3pm through­out the sum­mer. Food on sale to pa­tients, staff, pa­tients’ fam­i­lies and the lo­cal com­mu­nity in­cludes sushi, paella, oys­ters, pizza and Syr­ian food

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