Skip to main content

Recognizing the contributions to global public health by Manitobans

In Tuesday June 19, I spoke in the Manitoba Legislature on the recent conference held in Winnipeg on Global Public Health and on the extraordinary contributions by Manitobans to address the global HIV-AIDS epidemic and to address outbreaks of Ebola. 

Canada and Global Public Health Conference

Hon. Jon Gerrard (River Heights): On June 12th and 13th a conference was held in Winnipeg on Canada and Global Public Health: Moving from Strategy to Action.
      Achievements by Manitobans were highlighted. In 1980, Dr. Allan Ronald began the University of   Manitoba/University of Nairobi World Health Organization Research and Training Program in Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
      Dr. Frank Plummer and others worked closely with Dr. Ronald in this work in Kenya and this effort contributed significantly to understanding the nature of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and has led to approaches to address and reduce it.
      Dr. James Blanchard and Dr. Stephen Moses have worked extensively in Karnataka and Rajasthan, India and other parts of south Asia on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention with major funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
      With regard to Ebola, extraordinary work has been done at the public health agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg to produce an effective vaccine to prevent Ebola and effective therapy for Ebola using a combination of monoclonal antibodies developed by Dr. Gary Kobinger and his team. These efforts have been supported during outbreaks by a very effective mobile laboratory established by Dr. Neil Simonsen and others.
      At the gala dinner, Mr. Ashok Alexander, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was emphatic in praising these major contributions.
      Congratulations to all who've contributed to the efforts by Manitobans to address public health issues on our planet.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Comparison between Manitoba and South Dakota shows dramatic impact of Physical Distancing

Manitoba implemented physical distancing measures in mid-March.  South Dakota has still not made physical distancing mandatory.   The result is a dramatic difference in the incidence of covid-19 viral infections between the two jurisdictions.   This graph shows the number of people with Covid-19 infections from March 27 to April 14.  Manitoba ( red line )  started leveling off about April 4 and has seen only a small increase in Covid-19 infections since then.   South Dakota ( blue line )   has seen a dramatic increase in Covid-19 infections since April 4.  Those who are skeptical of the impact of physical distancing in Manitoba should look at this graph! Data are from the Johns Hopkins daily tabulations

Karen Keppler 1953 - 2020

  Karen was an incredible person who helped so many people. She had a heart of gold. Back in 1994 to 1997 we worked closely together to help communities all over Manitoba get connected to the internet. In the years since she has done amazing things.   She has served as Chair of the Winnipeg Library Foundation and helped with raising money for the expansion of the Millenium Library.    She helped many people to get new opportunities through the Selkirk and District Learning Centre and through her activities at the University of Winnipeg and the Herzing College.   She was an entrepreneur who helped many people move forward and start successful businesses.  Karen was very concerned about her community.  In she was   the Manitoba Liberal Party candidate in Sekirk constituency.   When the COVID pandemic came, Karen was really helpful in an effort to get computers for kids in need so that they could learn at home. Even recently when I was working to understand lead pollution and lead effects

PCs hiding availability of volunteering benefits from EIA Recipients

More than I month ago, I was approached by Tara St. Laurent.  Because of her disability she is unable to work and is on EIA.  But she loves volunteering when she can with the Winnipeg Human Society.  When the Covid-19 pandemic hit and Manitoba went into lockdown, she was no longer able to volunteer as before.  She missed the $100 benefit which was critical for her to be able to purchase her food to eat.  She asked me if there was a possibility of seeing if she could still get the benefit.  I wrote a letter to Heather Stefanson the Minister of Families to make this request and she said yes.  However, actually getting the benefit took some time, and a direct intervention with Tara's worker to ensure she got the benefit, which she is now getting.  I had expected that Minister Stefanson would notify other EIA recipients who have been volunteering that they are eligible for the benefit.  Sadly, this did not happen, so the availability of this benefit has been largely unknown.   When I