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