JA Solar élu Meilleure marque d’EPV de la région MENA pour la troisième année consécutive

PÉKIN, 19 janvier 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Le Sommet mondial des énergies de l’avenir 2023 s’est tenu du 16 au 18 janvier à l’ADNEC d’Abou Dabi, où JA Solar, leader mondial de la fabrication de produits d’EPV à haute performance, a présenté ses modèles DeepBlue 3.0, DeepBlue 3.0 Pro et DeepBlue 4.0 X au stand 8130, attirant l’attention de beaucoup de visiteurs. Dans l’après-midi du 16 janvier, EuPD Research, un institut de recherche énergétique de renommée internationale, a décerné à JA Solar le prix de la meilleure marque d’EPV de la région MENA 2023. C’est la troisième année consécutive que JA Solar reçoit ce prix, qui est l’un des plus prestigieux dans l’industrie mondiale de l’énergie photovoltaïque (EPV).

Le Moyen-Orient dispose d’avantages naturels qui lui permettent de développer l’énergie solaire grâce à d’importantes ressources d’ensoleillement, et son environnement naturel entraîne des exigences strictes en matière de qualité et de performance des modules. Les modules de la série DeepBlue de JA Solar, qui affichent une puissance élevée, un rendement élevé, une capacité de production d’énergie élevée et une grande fiabilité, peuvent créer plus de valeur pour les clients, et le volume d’expédition figure parmi les plus hauts du secteur dans plusieurs pays du Moyen-Orient.

Au cours des dernières années, JA Solar a été reconnu « Meilleure marque d’EPV » par l’EuPD Research dans plusieurs marchés d’Europe, notamment en Allemagne, en France, en Pologne, en Italie, aux Pays-Bas et en Suisse, mais aussi dans des pays comme le Mexique, le Chili, l’Australie et le Vietnam. Ses produits continuent d’être bien reçus et appréciés par les utilisateurs du monde entier. L’attribution du prix de la meilleure marque d’EPV pour la région MENA 2023 illustre les avantages de la technologie et de la qualité des produits de JA Solar et confirme sa position de leader à long terme sur le marché mondial de l’EPV.

Report on the Sustainability Governance Practices of the 30 Largest Global Banks Comes Up With Interesting Findings

LONDON, Jan. 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Morrow Sodali and Nestor Advisors – A Morrow Sodali Company, are pleased to announce the publication of “Governance of sustainability in the largest global banks: A study of the top 30 European and North American banks”.

This Report examines the sustainability governance practices of the 30 largest European and North American banks. In preparing the Report, we reviewed various publicly available documentation and also interviewed representatives from fifteen leading banks, including nine board chairs, other board members and senior executives. Interviewees shed light on different practices, and why banks chose to pursue them. The resulting Report compares the banks across several data points and analyzes these findings against a double index of sustainability and financial performance.

Stilpon Nestor, the Report’s leading author stated, “Sustainability is one of the big issues facing banks and their leadership. Shareholders and various stakeholders, including regulators, expect banks to be proactive in sustainability. On the strategy side, the “greening of the book” is the big challenge, especially in markets with big “brown” sectors. On the risk side, some regulators expect banks to integrate sustainability risk within the core risk management framework and its key categories. They also expect a clear sustainability perspective in the risk appetite framework. In order to deliver in these areas, global banks have reshaped existing governance and organizational arrangements and have developed some new ones. Our Report examines these arrangements and comes up with interesting, sometimes counterintuitive, findings.”

Among these findings, the issue of board skills in relation to sustainability was highlighted. All of the banks we interviewed do not see having sustainability experts on the board as a priority. Their priority is to make their existing board members more cognizant in the sustainability area. In that sense, they emphasize the development of director skills.

How does a board structure itself to address sustainability? In many cases, this is done by setting up a new committee. However, structure often reflects the level of maturity of the issues in a bank. One interesting finding of the Report is that banks further advanced in the “maturity spectrum” have done away with special committees and discuss sustainability as part of the general strategy and risk appetite.

Another key finding relates to the role of management in ensuring all business functions strengthen their capabilities to understand sustainability. This is an issue that touches upon all business areas of a bank, whether it is a corporate, retail or private bank, as well as risk, finance and internal audit functions. That is why most global banks have created senior management committees to oversee this transversal work. The seniority of the members of this committee is key. In 50% of the banks, the CEOs themselves are heading this senior coordinating committee.

Most banks have also included sustainability parameters in their executive remuneration approach. The Report finds that in the best performing ones, sustainability considerations have a relatively significant “weight” among other factors in determining variable compensation.

We hope you find this study insightful, and that the findings will be helpful from the perspective of all stakeholders. Click here to request the Report in full.

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From headquarters in New York and London, and offices and partners in major capital markets, Morrow Sodali serves over 1,000 corporate clients in 80+ countries, including many of the world’s largest multinational corporations. In addition to listed and private companies, its clients include financial institutions, mutual funds, ETFs, stock exchanges and membership associations.

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Nestor Advisors is the specialized board and governance advisory subsidiary of Morrow Sodali. We are a global advisory firm specializing in corporate governance, sustainability and organizational design, and work with the boards and senior management of financial institutions, companies and not-for-profit organizations to improve decision making, organizational structures, controls and incentives.

Fully integrated with Morrow Sodali, the two companies provide the firm’s global client base with a comprehensive suite of advisory services relating to corporate governance, ESG, sustainability and stakeholder engagement.

Our services span a broad spectrum including holistic assessments yielding a significant redesign of a company’s governance system, board evaluations, group governance, board training, risk management, and the development of specific policies and controls. Whatever the scope, our services are always closely tailored to our clients’ needs.

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SOFAR lance des solutions photovoltaïques C&I de 100 à 125 kW à l’échelle mondiale lors du WFES 2023

ABU DHABI, EAU, 19 janvier 2023 /PRNewswire/ — SOFAR, premier fournisseur mondial de solutions photovoltaïques et de stockage d’énergie, lance officiellement le tout nouvel onduleur à l’échelle mondiale – SOFAR 100-125KTL-G4 au World Future Energy Summit.

SOFAR a dévoilé sa dernière solution d’onduleur à chaînes 100-125KTL-G4, optimisée pour la C&I et les petites installations solaires, qui comprend l’intégration d’un courant ultra-élevé, une installation facile et une protection intelligente à la pointe du secteur. Le produit se caractérise par plusieurs MPPT de 10*40 A plus un courant ultra-élevé, parfaitement compatibles avec des modules de puissance élevée et différentes conceptions de toit, assurant ainsi un coût actualisé de l’énergie inférieur et des rendements plus élevés. Pesant moins de 75 kg, l’onduleur est facile à installer sans coûts de main-d’œuvre supplémentaires. En outre, la plate-forme de surveillance dans le nuage rend possible une exploitation et une maintenance sans soucis. L’onduleur est également opérationnel pour le balayage de courbe AFCI et I-V, et dispose d’une protection IP65 avec un effet anti-corrosion C5, qui est résistante aux conditions difficiles du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique.

Outre le lancement du nouveau produit, SOFAR présente également diverses solutions de stockage d’énergie et de services d’utilité publique, parmi lesquelles 255KTL-HV-TRO. Spécifiquement conçu pour les projets de taille industrielle au sol, le produit dispose d’une récupération PID et d’une protection IP66 avec une efficacité maximale allant jusqu’à 99,02 %, visant à offrir de faibles coûts d’exploitation et de maintenance, des performances stables et l’efficacité d’un système maximisée. L’onduleur SOFAR de 255 kW a remporté une commande totale de plus de 1 GW pour une énergie photovoltaïque à taille industrielle en Chine en 2022.

Après le lancement de 100-125KTL-G4, SOFAR a signé un accord de distribution de 510 MW avec Noon Energy, Almajd, Nanosun et Beacon.

« Le Moyen-Orient-Afrique est l’un des marchés les plus attrayants du secteur des énergies renouvelables. SOFAR estime que cette année verra une croissance régulière du marché photovoltaïque au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique. « SOFAR se consacrera à l’innovation technologique continue et offrira les solutions les plus compétitives pour les clients à l’avenir, a déclaré Jesse Lau, responsable de SOFAR Moyen-Orient et Afrique. »

À propos de SOFAR

SOFAR est un fournisseur mondial de solutions photovoltaïques et de stockage d’énergie. Il s’engage à être le leader des solutions énergétiques numériques. Cette société soutient la transition vers l’énergie renouvelable grâce à un portefeuille complet comprenant des onduleurs photovoltaïques de 1 à 255 kW, des onduleurs hybrides de 3 à 20 kW, un système de stockage de batterie et des solutions intelligentes de gestion de l’énergie pour des applications résidentielles, de C&I et de taille industrielle. SOFAR a toujours insisté sur l’innovation indépendante et a établi un réseau mondial de R&D avec trois centres dédiés. En tant que marque d’énergie solaire à la croissance la plus rapide au monde, SOFAR est devenue la TOP 5 des fournisseurs mondiaux d’onduleurs hybrides.

Pour en savoir plus sur SOFAR, consultez le site : https://www.sofarsolar.com/.

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Huawei Cloud figure parmi les finalistes du prix Franz Edelman

SHENZHEN, Chine, 19 janvier 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Le 17 janvier 2023, les six finalistes du concours Franz Edelman ont été annoncés. Parmi eux, Huawei Cloud, qui se distingue de la concurrence par sa technologie pionnière d’ordonnancement des ressources cloud et ses excellentes performances sur le marché. Le prix Franz Edelman est décerné chaque année par l’Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) pour récompenser les réalisations dans le domaine des sciences de la gestion. Huawei Cloud est la première entreprise de cloud computing à être présélectionnée pour sa technologie d’ordonnancement au cours des 50 dernières années.

La façon de maximiser l’utilisation des ressources cloud sans compromettre la qualité du service reste un défi crucial pour l’industrie du cloud. La technologie d’ordonnancement des ressources cloud de Huawei Cloud, à la pointe de l’industrie, fournit une solution qui augmente l’utilisation des ressources du réseau de médias de plus de 30 % grâce à ses algorithmes innovants. L’amélioration de la qualité de service (QoS) s’est traduite par une multiplication par dix de l’activité de livestreaming au cours des deux dernières années.

Des scientifiques de haut niveau et des algorithmes innovants pour résoudre les problèmes de l’industrie

Huawei Cloud a chargé 39 scientifiques répartis dans 16 centres de recherche en Chine et à l’étranger de mener des recherches sur la planification des ressources cloud. Yuan Xiaoming, scientifique en chef du Huawei Cloud Algorithm Innovation Lab, a collaboré avec des experts du domaine du livestreaming pour œuvrer à l’optimisation de l’utilisation des ressources et à la garantie de la qualité du service dans le cadre de la facturation de la bande passante au 95e centile. Les scientifiques ont développé des algorithmes pour les problèmes hors ligne et en ligne, respectivement. Au cours du processus de résolution des problèmes, ils ont rencontré deux difficultés :

Tout d’abord, en raison de la fonction de coût non convexe et non lisse du modèle mathématique, la minimisation du coût de la facturation de la bande passante au 95e centile s’avère un problème complexe. Deuxièmement, Huawei Cloud Live implique plus de 2 800 nœuds périphériques. Par conséquent, on compte 120 milliards de variables binaires et continues dans les modèles mathématiques correspondants.

En outre, il est difficile de développer un algorithme capable de fournir un schéma d’ordonnancement précis en quelques millisecondes dans les scénarios d’ordonnancement de réseaux de médias du monde réel.

Pour décrire précisément ces problèmes, les experts ont élaboré une série de modèles de programmation mathématique, qui constituent un paradigme pour les recherches futures. Les experts ont également effectué une analyse approfondie de la structure et des caractéristiques mathématiques des modèles. Ils ont fractionné les problèmes en sous-problèmes, pour lesquels ils ont développé des algorithmes conjuguant facilité de résolution et de mise en œuvre, efficacité et stabilité. Les résultats d’expériences numériques montrent que ces algorithmes améliorent l’utilisation du réseau de médias de plus de 30 % et fournissent également de meilleurs indicateurs de qualité de service, tels qu’un taux de réussite plus élevé pour l’extraction du flux, un gel des images plus court en 100 secondes et un délai plus court avant la lecture de la première image.

Huawei Cloud permet également à de nombreux autres aspects de l’ordonnancement d’atteindre de nouveaux sommets, notamment grâce à son algorithme MKSP du plus court chemin, leader du secteur, et à sa collaboration avec le réseau fédérateur Huawei (une caractéristique unique dans le secteur) et les services cloud avancés. La recherche liée à l’ordonnancement a donné lieu à 30 brevets et 6 articles de recherche.

Le système d’ordonnancement du réseau de médias de Huawei Cloud alimente la croissance du livestreaming

Le système d’ordonnancement du réseau de médias de Huawei Cloud, qui résout les problèmes auxquels le secteur est confronté depuis longtemps, a été adopté par les principales plateformes de livestreaming de Chine, telles que Douyu et Huya. Huawei Cloud a mis au point un modèle de trafic réseau et un schéma d’ordonnancement, qui tiennent compte des fluctuations du trafic, afin de garantir le bon déroulement du livestreaming des événements clés. Grâce à Huawei Cloud, plus de 60 événements sportifs internationaux ont été diffusés en direct avec succès. La solution de livestreaming de Huawei Cloud offre une qualité de service de pointe, avec notamment un taux de réussite de 100 % pour l’extraction des flux, une latence de bout en bout de 2 à 3 secondes, une latence inférieure à 800 millisecondes pour le service Low Latency Live et un démarrage de la lecture des vidéos en direct en quelques secondes sans gel des images. La quantité de ressources média fournies par Huawei Cloud et destinées aux principales plateformes de livestreaming en Chine a été multipliée par 10 au cours des deux dernières années.

En adhérant à la stratégie « Everything as a Service », Huawei Cloud exploitera sa technologie d’ordonnancement de pointe pour créer davantage de valeur pour des secteurs tels que l’énergie, le transport, la logistique et le commerce de détail.

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New research reveals shifting identities of global fishing fleet to help bolster fisheries management

Scientific study fuses multiple data sources to advance global understanding of vessel identity and behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new study published today in Science Advances combines a decade’s worth of satellite vessel tracking data with identification information from more than 40 public registries to determine where and when vessels responsible for most of the world’s industrial fishing change their country of registration, a practice known as “reflagging”, and identify hotspots of potential unauthorized fishing and activity of foreign-owned vessels.

Using big data processing and a compilation of global datasets, researchers from Global Fishing Watch, the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab from Duke University, and Stockholm Resilience Centre were able to track and analyze 35,000 commercial fishing and support vessels to reveal their changing identities and enable the reconstruction of vessel histories to demonstrate reflagging patterns.

The study, “Tracking Elusive and Shifting Identities of the Global Fishing Fleet” found that close to 20 percent of high seas fishing is carried out by vessels that are either internationally unregulated or not publicly authorized, with large concentrations of these ships operating in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean and the western Indian Ocean.

The data used in the study is intended to complement the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels, a flagship transparency initiative which serves as the official database of information on vessels used for fishing and fishing-related activities. Together with the International Maritime Organization’s ship identification number scheme, these resources can provide fisheries authorities with the information needed to adequately monitor vessel activity, implement flag State responsibilities, and inform responsible fisheries management.

“Until now, we’ve had limited information linking together the identity and activity of specific vessels,” said Jaeyoon Park, senior data scientist at Global Fishing Watch and lead author of the study. “When a vessel’s identity is changed, it makes tracking them all the more difficult, allowing bad actors the opportunity to take advantage of information gaps and avoid oversight. We need to close that loophole.”

Of the 116 States involved in reflagging, the study found that one-fifth of them were responsible for about 80 percent of this practice over the past decade, with most reflagging occurring in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. The study found that reflagging takes place in just a few ports—Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Busan, Zhoushan, and Kaohsiung have the highest activity. Vessels are often reflagged to States that are unrelated to the ports in which they are changing their registrations. This means that a vessel can change its flag from one country to another without ever having to enter port in either of those countries.

While there are legitimate reasons for a vessel to change its identity, abusive reflagging, or “flag hopping,” is one way that operators avoid oversight. The study found that fleets with prevalent reflagging are over five times more likely to be composed of vessels under foreign ownership which are often registered to “flags of convenience,” defined by the International Transport Workers’ Federation as countries that offer foreign shipowners the ability to register, or fly the flag, of their own State.

While reflagging and foreign ownership are lawful, when not properly regulated and monitored, they can indicate a risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. IUU fishing accounts for as much as 20 percent of the global seafood catch with annual losses valued at up to $23.5 billion.

“Knowing the identities of vessels fishing the high seas is critical for uncovering the connection between the potential IUU fishing behavior and vessels that repeatedly change their name, flag State or registered owner,” said co-author Gabrielle Carmine, a doctoral candidate at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “This analysis could be used to help monitor fisheries more effectively and for accountability in the use and protection of marine biodiversity.”

The study also identified concentrations of fishing activity by foreign-owned vessels, which are focused in parts of the high seas and certain national waters, including the southwest Pacific, the northwest Indian Ocean, Argentina and the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), and West Africa where vessels are typically owned by China, Chinese Taipei, and Spain. The hotspots in this study correspond to the areas in which multiple nongovernmental organizations have called for better governance systems.

“By synthesizing more than 100 billion GPS positions with consolidated identity information from 200,000 vessels, we were able to reveal patterns about vessel activity from the past decade,” added Park. “This study represents a major step forward in our ability to enhance monitoring efforts and help authorities direct enforcement resources.”

The data used in this study will be periodically updated and shared publicly to help enable better understanding of vessel behavior and bolster international fisheries management.

Notes to the editor:

  • Download data visualizations, video, and figures from the paper here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11T-UNkRQmlktINuTw5ufurNFuzAIxTu8?usp=share_link
  • Data visualization caption: Data analysis in this study’s assessment of fishing compliance revealed hotspots of fishing activity by foreign-owned vessels in the southwest Pacific, the west Indian oceans, and certain national waters.
  • About vessel identity data: The data used to determine vessel identities in this study were based on public registries. A lack of vessel identity information exists at the national level, while the high seas are predominantly covered by registries published by regional fisheries management organizations. The identity data used in this study has more extensive coverage for vessels that are 24 meters and longer, as these vessels are more likely to be registered to national or international public registries than smaller ones.
  • About AIS data: First developed as a collision-avoidance system, AIS is essential to vessel and crew safety. But AIS is easily manipulated, as it can simply be switched off or allow the transmission of false information, such as a vessel’s name, type or location. Currently there is no global mandate for all fishing vessels to broadcast on AIS. And due to the varying quality of satellite reception by region, there is also unequal coverage of AIS data throughout the world. Most vessels larger than 24 meters are equipped with AIS while only a small fraction of vessels smaller than 24 meters use AIS, resulting in limitations in AIS data.
  • Paper citation: J. Park, J. Van Osdel, J. Turner, C. M. Farthing, N. A. Miller, H. L. Linder, G. Ortuño Crespo, G. Carmine, D. A. Kroodsma, Tracking elusive and shifting identities of the global fishing fleet. Sci. Adv. 9, eabp8200 (2023).
  • Download the data at: https://globalfishingwatch.org/data-download/datasets/public-vessel-identity:v20230118 

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UN Says 49 Bodies Found in Congo Mass Graves

The United Nations said Wednesday peacekeepers discovered mass graves in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, following a series of attacks blamed on a local militia.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters one grave in the village of Nyamamba contained 42 bodies, including six children. Seven bodies were found in a grave in the village of Mbogi.

The graves are located in Ituri province, where Haq said there has been a “significant deterioration of the security situation in Djugu and Mahagi territories.”

Haq said since December, the U.N. peacekeeping mission has said at least 195 civilians have been killed and 84 people abducted in incidents linked to two armed groups, CODECO and Zaire.

The U.N. says more than 1.5 million people have been displaced in Ituri, and the attacks have hampered humanitarian efforts.

Source: Voice of America

Donors making a difference: building skills, building capacity

A well-trained workforce is essential for reaching universal health coverage. WHO supports training across the globe and across the professional spectrum.

This week we visit Samoa, where emergency medical teams are rehearsing for cyclone season; India, where trainees are learning to stop disease-carrying pests; and Malaysia, where health workers are gaining the skills to care for patients living with dementia.

Read on for those stories, along with reports of capacity building in Ethiopia, Haiti, Mauritania, Palestine and Zimbabwe.

Samoa hones its disaster-response skills

The Samoa Emergency Medical Team responded to a fictional cyclone scenario in November to cap off five days of training supported by WHO and the Australia and New Zealand governments.

The group rehearsed setting up and operating mobile clinics for a mass-casualty event.

“Trained medical responders who can reach affected populations quickly are extremely important in the effort to save lives during emergencies,” said Dr Kim Eva Dickson, WHO Head of Office in Samoa. Read more

WATCH THE VIDEO: In Samoa, medical emergency teams start their training

Mauritania’s new emergency-response teams clear their first hurdle

HO’s Regional Office for Africa has helped train Mauritania’s new emergency-response teams to quickly locate and stop disease outbreaks before they can become epidemics.

Since August 2022, the teams have responded to eight emergencies, and in one case, headed off an outbreak of Rift Valley fever. The first sign of trouble was miscarriage among camels; the team immediately traveled to the scene and identified Rift Valley fever, a life-threatening virus that affects animal and humans.

“We had to act quickly to avoid the emergence of epidemics whose immediate effects and consequences are very serious for our population’s health,” said Dr Abbad El Moctar Mohamed, an epidemiologist with Mauritania’s ministry of health.

Similar WHO-supported training has been held in Botswana, Niger, Nigeria and Togo. Read more

Participants from seven countries build their entomology knowledge to fight disease-carrying bugs

WHO and partners are preparing entomologists and others who work in vector control to fight back better against mosquitoes and other disease-carrying bugs.

A recent training week at the Vector Control Research Center in Puducherry, India, drew participants from Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor Leste.

“The exchange of ideas with participants from different countries, learning from shared experiences and their best practices, helped us learn various strategies beyond borders,” said Dr Surajita Banerjee, State Entomologist from West Bengal, India.

Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other insects disproportionately affect the world’s poor, particularly in tropical and subtropical areas. In WHO’s South-East Asia Region, vector-borne diseases of public importance include kala-azar, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, lymphatic filariasis and Japanese encephalitis. Read more

Training helps scale up mental health services in Palestine

Hundreds of health workers in Palestine are learning to identify and treat mental health conditions with support from WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme and the Big Heart Foundation.

Palestine lacks the mental health facilities and services to keep up with demand. Training other health professionals to address signs of mental illness helps fill the gap.

“Since receiving the training, I am much more aware that physical and mental health problems can often be treated simultaneously,” said Ibrahim, an intensive care nurse at the European Gaza Hospital. “This is a new way of working for me and is helping me understand and treat my patients better. After all, the mind and body are very closely linked. One can’t do well without the other.” Read more

More from Palestine:

Better technology means less hassle for patients and health workers

A new paperless system has dramatically streamlined patient-information management at three primary health facilities in the Gaza Strip. Physicians can now record patient history, display test results, write prescriptions, order tests, receive clinical reminders and print instructions – all through a single platform.

Patients who once dreaded doctor visits because of long queues and confusing paperwork have been pleasantly surprised by the smooth operation made possible by the new system.

“I came in, was given my number and saw the doctor without having to wait. Now, I’m on my way to the laboratory to get some tests,” said Riyad, a patient. “The doctor has already sent the test request to the laboratory, and I do not need to carry any papers there.” Read more

Training supports workers on the frontlines of Haiti’s cholera response

Hundreds of community health workers in Haiti have mobilized to stop cholera, with training supported by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

“We are on the ground, despite the difficult situation in the country,” said Esterline Dumézil, a community health worker since 2014. “This is our duty as community health workers, of which we are very proud.”

The workers disseminate life-saving information in most-affected communities and let people know how to prevent cholera and seek early treatment. The personal approach complements mass distribution of text messages, daily radio broadcasts and other outreach activities. Read more

Related: Zimbabwe strengthens capacity to fight cholera and typhoid outbreaks

Ethiopia expands community health insurance with donor training and support

Ethiopia is making progress toward universal health coverage by building its knowledge of financing for community-based health insurance – an effort supported with training from WHO, the World Bank and the P4H Social Health Protection Network.

Access to affordable health insurance has been steadily expanding in the country, saving many families from sinking under medical bills.

“This (insurance) has really helped our family to stay afloat,” said Misrak Fisseha of Addis Ababa, whose 68-year-old mother suffered a debilitating stroke in 2019. “I can now care for my mother and raise my daughter without having to worry about how to pay for medical expenses.” Read more

In Malaysia, WHO supports training for caregivers of people with dementia

WHO has been collaborating with the Malaysia Ministry of Health and the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia to provide dementia-care skills training. Participants learn the symptoms of dementia, person-centered care, effective communication and more.

“Sometimes, I, too, get upset. But then I remind myself that the difficult behavior is caused by the disease,” said Dilgeet Kaur A/P Garanan Singh, a caretaker at the Golden Age Welfare Association Malaysia. “We cannot change the personality of people living with dementia. We need to adapt our own behavior to match their personality.”

Source: World Health Organization

Workplace Safety Protests Turn Violent at China-Owned Plant

A U.S.-based Chinese labor rights group tells VOA Mandarin that workplace safety and a December accident that killed two workers played key roles in triggering protests that turned violent over the weekend in Indonesia at a Chinese-owned nickel smelting facility.

During the protests, dozens of dormitories were torched and equipment was damaged. In the chaos, two workers died, one Indonesian and the other Chinese. Reuters and the Chinese Embassy in the capital city of Jakarta said many were injured in the melee.

Located in the Delong Industrial Park on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island, the PT Gunbuster Nickel Industry facility (GNI) is owned by China’s Jiangsu Delong Nickel Industry Co. Ltd. The facility is a key Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project in Indonesia, and one that has been in the spotlight before. The BRI is China’s global investment and development initiative spanning some 150 countries.

Li Qiang, founder and executive director of China Labor Watch, which is in New York, told VOA Mandarin that the clash occurred in the third and final phase of construction for the Delong Industrial Park.

There are more Chinese workers involved in this phase than Indonesian workers, Li said.

Li told VOA Mandarin that the December deaths of two Indonesian workers were caused by an early-morning fire at the smelter. GNI said the fire was sparked by an electrical short circuit on December 22.

According to the GNI statement obtained by Li, the short circuit caused a malfunction of a machine that triggered a blast in a coal powder storage room. Tik Tok celebrity Nirwana Selle, a 20-year-old GNI crane operator with 137,000 followers, and Made Detri Hari Jonathan died in the accident.

The accident exacerbated dissatisfaction among Indonesian workers already upset at how GNI treated them. As of last year, the company said it employed more than 30,000 Indonesians, according to a GNI statement provided by Li.

Before the clash, Indonesian workers belonging to the National Workers’ Union (SPN) held a meeting with the company and presented eight demands. These included the implementation of Indonesia’s occupational security and safety laws, the provision of personal protective equipment to workers, an end to wage deductions, and the rehiring of SPN members who were fired because they had gone on strike.

When the company rejected these demands, the SPN workers called a strike from January 11 to 14.

However, Li said, the company framed the strike as an anti-China movement and gave the Chinese workers steel sticks and other tools to guard the facility. He said the company also held the Chinese workers’ paychecks as a means of control. Some workers hadn’t received their paychecks for three to five months.

“The Chinese workers are victims themselves whose labor rights and interests are violated,” Li said. “If they don’t show up [to guard the facility] they may even lose their job.”

VOA Mandarin emailed GNI for comments about Li’s allegations but has yet to receive a response.

Wang Wenbin, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, told a regular news briefing on January 16 in Beijing that the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia was in touch with local authorities.

“China will continue to maintain close communication with the Indonesian side and promote a lawful and appropriate resolution to this incident,” he said on Monday according to Reuters.

Li also said that the Chinese workers are not willing to talk with the press due to fear of retaliation by the company.

Last year, the Delong Industrial Park banned Chinese workers from speaking to the press or on social media about anything the company felt would damage its reputation. Anyone who violated the rules faces fines up to 100,000 RMB (roughly $14,820) and even termination.

While Indonesian authorities moved quickly to arrest those allegedly responsible for the unrest and production has resumed at the facility, tensions at the factory remain high.

Analysts tell VOA Mandarin that if a thorough investigation is not carried out, tensions between Chinese companies elsewhere in Indonesia and local workers could spread.

Some Chinese workers have been asked to guard the Delong Industrial Park facility at night to prevent further destruction by Indonesian workers, according to a China Labor Watch tweet.

Chen Shangmao, a professor at Fo Guang University in Taiwan, said it remains to be seen how the relevant authorities will deal with fallout from the unrest. If final corporate and government responses are not acceptable to the public, employees of other Chinese-funded companies in Indonesia may also protest, potentially triggering broader local anti-China sentiment.

“Now there is only a single incident, but if it is not handled well, there may be a second or third in the future, because this kind of thing can easily have an infection effect,” Chen said. “When [employees in] other [Chinese-owned] factories see it, they may protest as well. Then when there is a second or third company, there may be a collective anti-Chinese power emerge. So, we have to wait to see how the [Indonesian] government, as well as Chinese companies and manufacturers, deals with it.”

Source: Voice of America