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17th Life Skills and Leadership Summer Camp

17th Life Skills and Leadership Summer Camp is a Life Building Camp for age 13 -18 years from 30th July – 2nd August, 2017. Venue is The United Missionary Girls Comprehensive College, Ibadan.

Camp Registration fee is Just N5,000 payable to;

Bank details:
Bank Name: UBA
Account Name: Lifebuilders Youth Programme
Account No: 1019428061

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LIFEBUILDERS CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION AND CALL TO ACTION

INTRODUCTION

The effect of climate change has been noticed since the early the early nineties when the call was “SAVE THE PLANET EARTH” By 1991, the United Nations Environment Programme was established and people all over the world gathered at Rio –De Jainero in 1992 August to discuss the need to begin to change our attitude which fuel energy increase and global warming that could case melting of the ice that surrounds the poles. We were all mandated to go and plant more trees, use less hydrocarbon materials and fossil fuel, while turning to  “RENEWABLE ENERGY “.

Almost quarter of a century after that call, the manifestations of the climate change is here with us as rains are not falling as planned, temperatures have increased, and all other concomitant effects are being felt all over the world. As we celebrate the Year 2016 World Environment Day, we hereby remind ourselves about what we should learn to do so as to continue to save the Planet earth from total collapse.  The following scientific information was predicted and is now occurring:

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Increase in Temperature: when temperatures exceed the normal level for biological processes, crops often respond negatively with a steep drop in growth and yield. Climatic variations has consequence on the availability of water resources, frequency of pest and diseases, and soil quality, leading to significant changes in the conditions for agriculture and livestock production. In extreme cases the degradation of agricultural ecosystems could mean desertification, resulting in a total loss of the productive capacity of the land in question. This is likely to increase the dependence on food importation and the number of people at risk of famine.
·         Lengthening in Growing season:
·         Changes in precipitation patterns
·         More droughts
·         Rise in Sea level  from 1 to 4 feet by 2100

IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is perhaps the most serious environmental threat to the fight against hunger, malnutrition, disease and poverty in Africa, mainly through its impact on agricultural productivity.Arctic likely to become ice-free. Therefore, because there are so many impacts of climate change, scientists have broadly categorized them into three areas:

  1. Extreme climate and weather
  2. Altered ecosystems and habitats
  3. Risks to human health and society
  4. The increased evaporation of water due to increased temperature fuels storms and extreme weather events. In more naturally arid areas, droughts and wildfires intensify.
  5. The oceans are getting hotter, because they soak up 90% of the extra heat in the atmosphere. This causes the oceans to expand, and this also contributes to higher sea levels. Meanwhile, the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the ocean triggers a chemistry change that makes the water more acidic. The ocean is almost 40% more acidic than it used to be.2. This shift in water patterns then alters natural habitat.
  6. Trees that are weakened by prolonged drought have lower defense mechanisms. This cycle of warmer weather, weak trees and thriving insects is likely the culprit behind the massive die-off of 70,000 square miles of Rocky Mountain conifers.

What Is the Difference Between “Climate Change” and “Global Warming”?
“Global warming” refers to the long-term increase in Earth’s average temperature.
“Climate change” refers to any long-term change in Earth’s climate, or in the climate of a region or city. This includes warming, cooling and changes besides temperature.

What Is Being Done About Climate Change?
The United States and other countries are taking steps to limit or reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These steps include using energy more efficiently and using more clean energy. Clean energy is energy that puts less or no greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The sun, wind and water are sources of clean energy.
Many nations, states and communities are planning for climate change impacts that may be unavoidable. For example, some coastal areas are planning for flooding and land loss that may result from rising sea levels.

A CALL TO ACTION! WHAT YOU CAN DO AND MUST DO TO REDUCE FURTHER DAMAGES

You can help by using less energy and water. For example, turn off lights and TVs when you leave a room. And turn off the water when brushing your teeth. You can help by planting trees, which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Another way to help is by learning about Earth and its climate. The more you know about how Earth’s climate works, the more you’ll be able to help solve problems related to climate change.
Though you might feel like your lifestyle is insignificant compared to things like oil extraction or vehicle emissions, the choices we make in our day-to-day life — how we get around, what we eat, how we live — play a major role in slowing climate change.
Here’s a list of 10 ways you can join in the fight to reduce our carbon footprint:

1. Get involved
Pass this message to friends, leaders and community stakeholders around. Remind them that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also build healthier communities, spur economic innovation and create new jobs.

2. Be energy efficient
You already switch off lights — what’s next? Change light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs. Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use. Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water. Look for the Energy Star® label when buying new appliances. And a home energy audit is cheaper than you think — book one today to find even more ways to save energy

3. Eat wisely
Buy organic and locally grown foods. Avoid processed items. Grow some of your own food. And eat low on the food chain — at least one meat-free meal a day — since 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

4. Trim your waste
Keep stuff out of landfills by composting kitchen scraps and garden trimmings, and recycling paper, plastic, metal and glass. Let store managers and manufacturers know you want products with minimal or recyclable packaging.

5. Let polluters pay
Carbon taxes make polluting activities more expensive and green solutions more affordable, allowing energy-efficient businesses and households to save money. They are one of the most effective ways to reduce Canada’s climate impact. If your province doesn’t have a carbon tax, ask your Local Government area.

6. Use Less of Fossil Fuel
Air travel leaves behind a huge carbon footprint. Before you book your next airline ticket, consider greener options such as buses or trains, or try vacationing closer to home. You can also stay in touch with people by videoconferencing, which saves time as well as travel and accommodation costs.

7. Get informed
Look out for what you can do in your immediate environment. Encourage relations, and neighbors to plant more trees. Each of us must have at least 2 moringa, mango, teak and gmelina trees around our houses.

9. Green your commute
Transportation causes about 25 per cent of the World’s greenhouse gas emissions, so walk, and cycle or takes transit whenever you can. You’ll save money and get into better shape! If you can’t go car-free, try carpooling or car sharing, and use the smallest, most fuel-efficient vehicle possible. Discourage use of fossil fuel.

10. Support and Donate
Many organizations, including the United Nations, under the small Grant Funding is supporting the government and Civil Society Organizations to make interventions at local levels to effect change. Lifebuilders is working hard on solutions to climate change and rely on financial support from citizens like you. Consider making a donation today to support the green energy production efforts of Lifebuilders bio-gel production using the moringa plant.

  1. Create AwarenessTell others in your community- School, church, mosque and neighborhood.
  2. Clean Up: Pick up the used water nylons and plastic wastes in your neighborhood, eat more food in green leaves wrapper, e.g. moin-moin, amala etc; discourage use of nylon bag for wrapping food. Think out creative ways to make food packs from natural products, e.g. use bannna fibre to weave shopping baskets.
 
Credit:  Adapted from ICPC Canada materials by LIFEBUILDERS for public education on climate change. With funding support from UNDP GEF Small Grant Program.
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MALARIA! the fatal disease

malaria-213x300 wcaro_pessay_WMD_Nigeria118Mosquito draws bloodMalaria is spread by the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito. The disease can cause fever, chills, and flu-like illness. If it is not treated, it may cause severe complications and death

Malaria is one of the most serious health problems facing the world today. The World Health Organization estimates that over 300 million new cases of malaria arise a year, with approximately two to three million deaths resulting from contraction. Malaria occurs in more than 100 countries and territories. About half of the world’s population is at risk. Large areas of Africa and South Asia and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania are considered areas where malaria transmission occurs. In 2015 an estimated 214 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 438,000 people died, mostly children in the African Region. Malaria is endemic in tropical Africa, with an estimated 90% of the total malaria incidence and deaths occurring there, particularly amongst pregnant women and children. More specifically, malaria is causing various problems in Nigeria.

Despite so many gains in malaria prevention and treatment, the widespread prevalence of counterfeit, substandard medicines is contributing to the alarmingly high number of malaria deaths and costs of health care in Nigeria. An estimated 100 million malaria cases and about 300,000 deaths each year make Nigeria the country with the highest number of malaria casualties worldwide. According to the Nigerian National Malaria Strategic Plan 2014-2020, malaria is responsible for 60 percent of outpatient visits to health facilities, 30 percent of childhood deaths, 25 percent of deaths in children under one year, and 11 percent of maternal deaths.

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. The parasites are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes. P. falciparum is the most deadly malaria parasite and the most prevalent in Africa, where malaria cases and deaths are heavily concentrated.

Malaria is caused by four different protozoa in the plasmodium genus: either Plasmodium Vivax, which is more prevalent in low endemic areas, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium malaria, and the Plasmodium falciparum, the most dangerous of the four. The Plasmodium falciparum has a life cycle in the mosquito vector and also in the human host. The anopheles gambiae mosquito is the vector responsible for the transmission of malaria. The prevalence of malaria is dependent on the abundance of the female anopheles species, the propensity of the mosquito to bite, the rate at which it bites, its longevity and the rate of development of the plasmodium parasite inside the mosquito.

When the female mosquito bites and sucks the blood of a person infected with malaria parasites she becomes infected; she then transmits the parasites to the next human host she bites. Malaria incubates in the human host for about eight to ten days. The spread of malaria needs conditions favorable to the survival of the mosquito and the plasmodium parasite. Temperatures of approximately 70 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of at least 60 percent are most conducive for the mosquito. The development of the malarial parasite inside the mosquito is more rapid as the temperature rises and ceases entirely below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Increased rainfall and stagnant pools of water or surface water provide hospitable breeding grounds for the mosquito.

As malaria’s incidence increases, so too will morbidity and mortality rate. Malaria is endemic in Nigeria, and the population at highest risk includes children, pregnant women, and the non-immune. Along with malarial morbidity and mortality come economic losses. Social and economic consequences are directly related to the severity of the malaria’s increased morbidity and mortality. As a result of malaria, children spend days away from school and adults lose workdays. Age distribution of the population also has an effect on the burden of disease. In highly endemic areas, the older population develops some collective immunity to malaria so the severity of malaria attacks is less than in children under five. Plasmodium ovale is less fatal than Plasmodium falciparum. Since Plasmodium ovale is more prevalent in non-endemic areas, in these areas the burden of disease is less than in endemic areas where malaria is due to the fatal Plasmodium falciparum.

WHO recommends a multi-pronged strategy to prevent, control and eliminate malaria. Key interventions include: the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying, diagnostic testing, and treatment of confirmed cases with effective anti-malarial medicines. In recent years, these measures have dramatically lowered the malaria burden in many settings. Malaria transmission continues in many countries around the world however, and causes hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.

In order to curb the menace of malaria in Nigeria most especially among the primary school children and eliminate malaria the community, Lifebuilders has reached over 2,250,000 people on malaria issue such as counseling, testing and treatment from the year 2000 till date. Mosquito-netIn recent time Lifebuilders partnered with Society for Family Health to make LLINS available for the community at large. A total of 31,768 LLINs has been distributed within Ibadan, 8,080 of it was distributed to primary School pupils. This has resulted in reduced malaria cases among the school children. Also, 6,000 community members within Ibadan North LGA have been tested for Malaria parasite and those who needed treatment were referred to Basorun Oluwonla PHC. The organisation hopes to reach another 40,000 people on malaria issue before the end of the year 2016, with the help partnership from individuals, government agency, private organisations etc.

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Working Against MALARIA

While everyone knows of the prevalence of malaria in Nigeria, not everyone understands that deaths consequent of malaria are highest in Nigeria than any other country in the world. There are an estimated 100 million malaria cases in Nigeria annually; 300, 000 of which become fatal. In addition, malaria is responsible for 11% of maternal mortality. It is also the third highest killer of children below the age of 5, and has a prevalence of almost 50% among children of same age range in South-west Nigeria.

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In the bid to reduce the burden of malaria in South-west Nigeria, the Society for Family Health makes low-cost Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) available for civil society organisations interested in reducing the malaria burden at community and school levels.

Despite the long break in August, during this quarter Lifebuilders Nigeria distributed 800 nets to schools in Ibadan for redistribution to students. LLIN distributed by Lifebuilders Nigeria are provided to schools in bales of 40 nets, at the rate of 100 naira per net. This is very affordable for parents and schools, hence reducing the spread and fatalities consequent of malaria in Ibadan.

POINTS TO NOTE

  • LLIN should be washed ONLY with mild soap, not harsh detergents, to preserve the insecticide
  • LLIN should be dried under shade, not in direct sunlight
  • LLIN should not be wrapped around children. It should instead be set up as a tent, and properly tucked under the mattress; following diagrammatic direction on LLIN nylons
  • All avenues of ventilation should be optimally utilized when sleeping under LLIN to promote aeration and reduce heat
  • When not in use LLIN should be neatly folded up, beyond the reach of the curious mouths of infants
  • Any and all suspected reactions consequent of LLIN use should be promptly reported to the nearest health facilityMosquito-Net
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Strengthening Oyo State Health Facilities in HIV Detection and Care

Lifebuilders Nigeria was one of the civil society organisations chosen for AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) Year 3 intervention. The objective of efforts in Year 3 was to strengthen Oyo State health facilities’ detection, referral, and care of HIV cases. Lifebuilders Nigeria was given a target to conduct HIV counselling and testing for 10,000 people; and  Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV for 5,000 pregnant women. These were to be done in 21 Wards across 5 Local Government Areas in Oyo State.

El Collagero 10-16-2015 15_34_27As at September 30, 2015 when the APIN Year 3 intervention stream was closed out, Lifebuilders Nigeria had achieved and exceeded both targets; having counselled and tested a total of 15,059 people. Analysis of the results indicate the following:

  • An HIV prevalence of 0.25 was recorded, less than the State prevalence of 0.6.
  • 62.2% of persons who tested positive accepted to be linked to facilities for care
  • 30% of pregnant women who tested positive were already on anti-retroviral drugs; and the remaining 70% accepted to be linked to facilities for care

 

In addition to these, health workers from 12 State Health Facilities were trained on the integration of HIV counselling and testing into outpatient department (OPD) services. It is expected that this would increase early detection of HIV cases, hence reduce escalation of the virus to AIDS. The integration of counselling into OPD services would also increase knowledge of HIV in the general populace and engender knowledge and practice of safe behaviours.

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  • HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • AIDS: Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome
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Skilled UP: LSLT 2015

Lifebuilders Nigeria’s Life Skills and Leadership Training(LSLT) was designed in 2004 to provide adolescents and youths with skills and information with which to navigate extra-educational experiences. All year round, the LSLT is offered per request as a programme in schools, religious institutions, and youth organisations. In addition, every August Lifebuilders Nigeria organizes the annual LSLT Camp; during which adolescents from different backgrounds interact, are endowed with 15 skills, and encouraged to activate those skills immediately. This year the LSLT Camp was held from August 10-14, 2015 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Minor Seminary, Oke-Are, Ibadan.

#LSLT FacilitatorsThe 2015 LSLT was facilitated by a team of partnerships with Jacey Ally Integrated Services, represented by C.E.O- Mr. Joy AkinloluStanbic IBTC Iwo Road Branch Ibadan, Man O War Ikolaba Chapter, veteran youth passionista Mama G.O.G. and the LSLT resident facilitators’ team led by African Queen, and Whales.  Participants at LSLT 2015 were skilled up in entrepreneurial development, self defense, communication management, etiquette and poise, financial management, identity management, sexual health, critical thinking, bead and craft making, and reproductive health.

 

gamesEveryday at Camp was started with spiritual and physical grooming in devotion and physical exercises. Also, table and work teams were formed and maintained throughout Camp to inculcate responsibility ownership and sharing, as well as team ethics in participants. Partnerships were also formed via ballots and maintained throughout Camp to teach participants the value of brotherliness- always looking out for someone and being accountable to and for them.

 

Campfire nightOn Thursday 13th, the eve of Camp’s closing, participants enjoyed a route march which ended in a historico-geographic excursion at the crest of Laipo. Sitting atop the hill was Bower’s Tower- the highest point in Ibadan- from where different parts of the city of Ibadan were viewed and identified. Later that day, the Man o War officers taught participants to build a bonfire and its celebratory significance. As dusk claimed the city of Ibadan, participants and facilitators celebrated the wealth of experience that had been gained during LSLT 2015 as the bonfire illuminated the field.

Bowers Tower

On Friday August 14, the Camp was brought to an end with a closing ceremony during which certificates were awarded deserving participants. The ceremony was attended by members of the Lifebuilders Nigeria Boards and some parents of participants. Emotional goodbyes to teammates, partners, and facilitators as participants departed for their various homes was testimony that, once again, the annual Life Skills and Leadership Training Camp had successfully forged bonds of friendships and respected skills among Nigerian adolescents.

Lifebuilders Nigeria particularly appreciates the host School- St Theresa’s Catholic Minor Seminary Oke-Are- for the hospitality and partnership offered, which contributed to the phenomenal success that was LSLT Camp 2015.

 

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This thing called CERVICAL CANCER

Cervical cancer is a preventable, treatable and curable cancer. It is however also the second-highest killer cancer in Nigeria. With annual fatality and mortality rates of over 17,000 and 10,000 females respectively, cervical cancer is responsible for more females deaths annually than AIDS and malaria put together. In global perspectives, Nigeria has the tenth highest cervical cancer mortality rate. Studies indicate that the Nigerian burden is the result of ignorance, lack of access to healthcare, and high cost of cancer treatment; combined with high levels of sexual risk-taking.

While cervical cancer barely shows symptoms in its early stages, regular pap smear and cervical screening tests show irregularities in the cervix; hence help detect cervical cancer when it can be treated. It is therefore essential that every female regularly undertake these tests. It is of note that the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is responsible for cervical cancer resides in the male sperm. It is therefore necessary to protect females that males do HPV screening, and that females do not engage in risky sexual practices.

Women in rural areas and out of school females are particularly susceptible to cervical cancer. This is due to their vulnerability in terms of information, social, economic, and health facilities, and high engagement in unprotected sex. We at Lifebuilders Nigeria implore that you join our efforts to reduce the cervical cancer index by contributing to our efforts to provide cervical cancer education and screening. We would very much appreciate your expertise, and material or financial support.

Support #SaveAFemale; donate N1,000/$5 to help us reach 9,000 females respectively in rural Ibadan. Donate, tell your friends too, and join the media campaign when it starts in October 2015. We are most grateful for your support in helping rural women live.

All support should please be paid into:

GTB Account: 0029404606, Lifebuilders

Please reach us for inquiries/details:

Twitter: @LifeBuildersNGA

LinkedIn: Lifebuilders Nigeria

Facebook: Lifebuilders Nigeria

Call us on: +2348033745604, +2348107978987

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SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

 STIs are illnesses that pass from one person to another through sexual contact, but they can be prevented

Young people are at greatest risk of getting STIs because they lack knowledge about the diseases.

To avoid STDs, teens need to know more about themsexually-transmitted-diseases

sexually transmitted infections
there are over 25 sexually transmitted infections today (there were only 2 in the 60’s)
every year 3-4 million teens acquire an STD

by the age of 18, twenty-five percent of sexually active teens will have contracted a sexually transmitted infection—and most won’t even know it!

younger women are at a higher risk for STD’s ( in us, 15-19 year olds constitute 10% of the population, but this group has 25% of new STI cases.)

nearly half of all girls are likely to be infected with an STD during their first sexual experience.

15-19 year old females have the highest age-specific rates of gonorrhea & chlamydia.

1 in every 4 people newly infected with HIV is younger than 22 years of age.
It is easier to transmit or acquire HIV infection if you are infected with other STDS.

Get more information from LIFE-BUILDERS’ Series…

Talk to our online counselor now to get assistance.

OTHER TOPICS IN LIFE-BUILDERS SERIES

  1. Who am I?: Knowing Yourself and Personality Make Up
  2. Gender and Development: Being Who I Am Made To Be
  3. Sex and Sexual Abuses: Health Knowledge.
  4. Avoiding risks: Abuses and Diseases
  5. Consequences of Abuse
  6. Leadership and Skills for Life
  7. Savings, Vocational Skills and Entrepreneurship Attributes.

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EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE

Ebola virus disease (EVD; also Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF)) or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses. Signs aebola_virusnd symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Then, vomiting, diarrhea and rash usually follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. At this time, generally, some people begin to bleed both internally and externally. Death, if it occurs, is typically six to sixteen days after symptoms appear and is often due to low blood pressure from fluid loss.

The virus is acquired by contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected human or other animal. This may also occur by direct contact with a recently contaminated item. Spread through the air has not been documented in the natural environment. Fruit bats are believed to be the normal carrier in nature, able to spread the virus without being affected. Humans become infected by contact with the bats or a living or dead animal that has been infected by bats. Once human infection occurs, the disease may spread between people as well. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via semen for nearly two months. To diagnose EVD, other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are first excluded. Blood samples are tested for viral antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself to confirm the diagnosis.

Outbreak control requires a coordinated series of medical services, along with a certain level of community engagement. The necessary medical services include rapid detection and contact tracing, quick access to appropriate laboratory services, proper management of those who are infected, and proper disposal of the dead through cremation or burial. Prevention includes decreasing the spread of disease from infected animals to humans. This may be done by only handling potentially infected bush meat while wearing protective clothing and by thoroughly cooking it before consumption. It also includes wearing proper protective clothing and washing hands when around a person with the disease. Samples of body fluids and tissues from people with the disease should be handled with special caution.

No specific treatment for the disease is yet available. Efforts to help those who are infected are supportive and include giving either oral rehydration therapy (slightly sweetened and salty water to drink) or intravenous fluids. This supportive care improves outcomes. The disease has a high risk of death, killing between 25% and 90% of those infected with the virus (average is 50%). EVD was first identifiedEbola-Virus-4 in an area of Sudan (now part of South Sudan), as well as in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The disease typically occurs in outbreaks in tropical regions of sub-Saharan Africa. From 1976 (when it was first identified) through 2013, the World Health Organization reported a total of 1,716 cases. The largest outbreak to date is the on-going 2014 West African Ebola outbreak, which is currently affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. As of 14 October 2014, 9,216 suspected cases resulting in the deaths of 4,555 have been reported. Efforts are under way to develop a vaccine.

 

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God has helped us immensely thus far and we have acquired 30 acres of land at Ijaiye Road, Moniya Ibadan, for the campsite but we need you in order to move forward on this project. We therefore request that you join hands with us by donating structures, materials or cash to us with a gladsome heart and generously. We are definite that God will bless you immensely if you dare join hands with us.

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