UN advocate salutes Cape Verdes graduation from category of poorest States

Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, told a conference marking the graduation that the island chain’s achievement should instead spur the country and its international partners to even greater endeavours.“We have won the battle [but] not the war of ensuring sustainable development for Cape Verde,” Mr. Chowdhury said in a message delivered on his behalf by Patricia de Mowbray, the UN Resident Coordinator in Cape Verde, to the conference, which was held in the capital, Praia.He said continuing international support to Cape Verde’s development efforts “should be forthcoming without fail.”Cape Verde becomes only the second country in history to graduate from the LDC category – the first was Botswana in 1994. There are now 49 States in that grouping.LDCs are those nations classified by the UN as having the least socio-economic development and being most in need of international support. To qualify, they must meet three criteria: low incomes; human resource weaknesses, based on indicators of health, nutrition, education and literacy; and economic vulnerability, based on an array of factors, including the stability of agricultural production and the exposure to natural disasters.In his message, Mr. Chowdhury praised Cape Verde’s people and the leadership for their efforts and determination to secure progress in the face of various challenges. He also credited the UN system and the international donor and development community for their roles in assisting Cape Verde. 14 June 2007A United Nations official today hailed the graduation of Cape Verde from the category of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) while cautioning that the State’s success should not lull the UN or other development partners into thinking that its problems have ended. read more

Radiothon aids hospital campaign

Norfolk General Hospital is using the radio waves to raise money to help radiologists and patients.The hospital will be holding its Year of the Cat 2.0 Radiothon on both of Norfolk’s radio station on May 7.The money raised from the event will be put towards purchasing a new computed tomography scanner. The CT scanner is the most important piece of technology in the hospital to help with diagnosing a wide variety of conditions by helping to see inside the body painlessly.The CT scanner the hospital is currently using went into service in 2006. With around 8,000 scans every year, the 13-year-old machine is no longer up for the job. By the end of 2019 the manufacturer will no longer support the 2006 version of the machine.The new unit that the hospital plans on purchasing costs $1.5 million. It will produce a sharper, easier to read image, and will work faster to reduce radiation exposure.“We invite listeners to call in during the broadcast with their donation,” Jennifer White, director of the NGH Foundation, said in a press release. “Adding your voice will definitely make a difference in the delivery and maintaining of great healthcare close to home.”The day long broadcast will feature interviews with doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and patients who share their stories. More than $1 million has been raised through previous Radiothon broadcasts.Listeners can tune in to either Norfolk radio station (98.9 and 99.7) on May 7 to listen in and make a pledge. read more