UN Volunteers Undergo Orientation for Montserrado CBI Project on Ebola

first_imgAt least fifteen (15) National United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) have concluded a one-day refresher orientation for the Montserrado Community Based Initiative on Ebola.The project takes cognizance of the need for community involvement in the national Ebola response, to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the eventual elimination of the disease from Liberia.Taking account of the comparative advantage of the UNV programme in dealing with community and youth groups, the project has mobilized over 1,200 national community volunteers, and about 15 National UNVs to help with monitoring and coordination of (MCBI) field activities.The National Volunteers will be tasked with carrying out community sensitization on the prevention of Ebola infection.  Identification of the sick and dead; Active Case Findings; IT and data analysis, and Communication are among some of the assignments being carried out under the direct supervision of the UN Volunteers Program and UNDP Ebola Response Program.The project will promote immediate actions being taken by UNDP to respond to the crisis, and show how Ebola is affecting the development agenda in Liberia.Addressing the National UNVs Wednesday at the UNDP head offices in Monrovia, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programme Cleophas Torori said the  work of UNVs will help boast ongoing efforts aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Liberia.Mr. Torori said the fight against the EVD has reached a critical stage where the efforts of everyone will be robustly required to ensure that the virus is totally eradicated from the country.“If the war against the virus most be won, Montserrado County, mainly Monrovia should be heavily concentrated because it hosts over sixty-five percent (65%) of the country’s population” said Mr. Torori.He pointed out that the people of Liberia have suffered too long at the hands of the deadly Ebola virus disease and it was now time for the people to ‘get their lives back.Mr. Torori indicated that with the consolidated efforts of the volunteers and other partners involved in the national EVD response, the President and Government’s goal of ‘no new case by December 25’ will be achieved.He told the volunteers to be cognizant of the challenges of denial, stigmatization, hiding of sick and other practices that still persist in various communities across the country.UNVs contribute to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide.Presenting the overview of the project, UNDP Partnership & Compliance Advisor and Ebola Focal Point, Fredrick Ampiah said the MCBI project was close to heart of UNDP especially in winning the battle against EVD in the country.Mr. Ampiah told the volunteers to see themselves as a team, working toward a goal of getting to ‘zero new Ebola case’ by December 25 this year. He added: “You are one team with different responsibilities and working to achieve one goal…”Mr. Eric Opoku, UNV Programme Officer urged UNVs to be motivated by their work which is aimed at providing services to their communities.Mr. Opoku said volunteers should not be considered as less important people, but rather a group of professional people rendering valuable services in various capacities.He said UNV is a programme of the UN that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide and administered by UNDP as the mother organization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miller’s secret weapon

first_imgFONTANA – Keisha Mackall, who Miller girls basketball coach Mel Wilkins calls “the quiet assassin,” was locked and loaded Tuesday night. And there was no respite for the Los Angeles Dorsey basketball team. Miller entered the second half of its CIF-State DivisionI opener with a nine-point lead, looking to put Dorsey away. Mackall expedited that, making two 3-pointers and a layup in succession as the Rebels outscored Dorsey by eight in the third quarter en route to a 75-53 win. “She’s our quiet assassin,” Wilkins said. “We’ve got our big three guards, but everybody forgets about Keisha. She’s our secret weapon.” By the 5:16 mark of the fourth quarter, Miller had built a 21-point lead and the suspense was gone. “I felt it in the third quarter,” Mackall said. “We started out sluggish, so I knew we had to step up. “I made a few in a row and said to my team `C’mon, it’s time to go.”‘ Where Miller (31-2) is going is the Southern California regional quarterfinals, where it will play host to Taft on Thursday night. center_img “They have a lot of legs,” Dorsey coach Sherlett Hendy said. “They have energy and are very aggressive and they had more depth than us. They’re very good without the ball.” Given its lack of depth and some early foul trouble, Dorsey (21-7) looked like it might have benefited from a zone defense at times. But Hendy said Miller’s sharp outside shooting precluded that. So Miller spread the floor nicely with great spacing, then let its myriad of quick guards drive to the basket. Junior guard Lola Wells led the Rebels with 16 points, eight assists and six steals. Her freshman sister, guard Chloe Wells, added 15 points and five assists. Junior guard Briana Hall added 14 points and Mackall had 12 points and five steals. Markeisha Scott paced Dorsey with 14 points and Erica Inge added 12. Miller led 22-10 after one quarter and only a strong second quarter by Dorsey, in which it outscored the Rebels 15-10, made it a game by intermission. Despite the blowout, Mackall thought the game was beneficial. “They had a lot of quickness and we appreciated that about them,” she said. “They were good.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Rooney banned after drink-drive guilty plea

first_img0Shares0000Everton striker Wayne Rooney arrives at Stockport Magistrates’ Court in Stockport, north-west England on September 18, 2017STOCKPORT, United Kingdom, Sep 18- Former England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to drink driving.The Everton forward was stopped by police when driving a woman’s black Volkswagen Beetle at 4:00 am on September 1, while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday. Rooney apologised for his “unforgivable lack of judgement” after his guilty plea at Stockport Magistrates’ Court in the northwest of England.“Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong,” he said in a statement.“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”Earlier, Rooney, 31, made no comment as he was confronted by a media scrum outside the court.Wearing a blue suit with his hands in his pockets, he walked into the court building accompanied by a small entourage.He has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they are expecting their fourth child.Everton manager Ronald Koeman said earlier this month the matter would be dealt with “internally”.Rooney was given a warm welcome at Old Trafford on his return to former club Manchester United on Sunday but it ended in disappointment with a 4-0 defeat for Everton.Rooney made a successful start to his second Everton spell following his return to the club from United, scoring on his first two Premier League appearances.His form moved England manager Gareth Southgate to offer him an international recall, but he decided to call time on his England career.Everton are currently 18th in the Premier League after three successive defeats.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

THE NORTH-WEST 10K – A BYSTANDER’S VIEW!

first_imgby LUCY COSTELLOThe gathering is heard before it is seen; in the distance, the sound of the commentator can be discerned, rising over the chatter of the crowds of runners, joggers and walkers, which are making their way down to the Letterkenny Community Centre for the annual North-West 10km race. The weather is average: dry but dull, but the grey sky provides a wonderful contrast with the explosion of colours that gathers in front of the Community Centre. The crowd is mostly lime green, due to the official race t-shirt, but the mass of athletes is peppered bright blue, crimson-red, black and fluorescent yellow. The pure excitement of the event is also in marked contrast to the surly sky; the atmosphere is electric. ‘8 minutes to go!’ So comes the shout from the commentator. Warm-ups are already in full swing: dozens of legs are poised, stretching, against windowsills and walls, several begin star-jumping in the middle of the car park, and a few of the serious athletes are already running up and down the course, impala-like muscles flexing. Many have already begun to gather near the starting line, and as the ushers and commentator urge them on, a steady stream strides down, looking for all the world like a parade of athleticism. The starting line is bustling with the athletes. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and ability levels form a massive crowd behind the line, a shifting crowd that buzzes with anticipation. The front of the crowd, traditionally where the elite runners gather, showcases some of the finest athletic talent in the county, and indeed, beyond. It is a collage of running shorts, race numbers, white socks, and fluorescent Asics trainers. Many jog slowly on the spot to warm up, and the front of the crowd is a mass of dancing legs: legs, in some cases, so muscular they appear to be carved from marble. The atmosphere of the procession is as loud as an orchestra, but silence nevertheless descends rapidly as the athletes make ready. There is something mystical about the period just before a race begins. The silence. The anticipation. The boundless potential energy, which has the ability to be deafening in the midst of the quiet. This energy is straining at the seams of the silence. The athletes step forward towards the starting line, and the photographers and reporters dash forward, snap photos, and retreat quickly in the face of the crowd, which this year, numbers far more than 3,000. The athletes and spectators hold their unanimous breath as the final seconds approach. The hands of the elite runners hover above their personal timers, waiting. The energy bursts through as the whistle screams, punching through the silence. Timers are activated, muscles unclench, feet push off. The mass of muscle rushes forward, undulating in streams of blue, yellow, red and green. Thousands rush past in mere minutes, and the rubbery footfalls and snatched breaths create a human symphony over the screaming of the whistle. As the crowd progresses, it slows, and the whistle’s scream is rounded off as the last of the walkers stride beneath the starting banner, which looks naked and insignificant now. All the energy it held back like a dam has been unleashed: the North-West 10k has begun.The sheer numbers, and diversity of athletes that the event has attracted this year is stupendous. The area’s athletic clubs are out in force. Streams of colour thunder along the course: Finn Valley’s royal blue, Lifford’s crimson red, Letterkenny’s black and Foyle Valley’s deep purple, amongst many others. Hundreds of lime-green athletes dash past in the official race t-shirt. Fit for Life participants dash past. Dozens of men and women walk and run with prams, the babies and toddlers bouncing along, oblivious to the excitement. Two young women are dressed in army camouflage and miniskirts, wearing their race numbers on garters. A playing card strolls along. Even Spiderman makes an appearance. The variety of the athletes is matched by the medley of shouting and encouragement that punctures the air above their heads: ‘C’mon Catherine!’ ‘You can do it Nigel!’ ‘Go Amy, you can do this!’ ‘Hon ya boy ya!’ I’m even addressed directly: ‘Not running today, Lucy?’ Dozens of familiar faces flash past, showcasing just how many are participating in this race. Despite their diversity, one thing unites them: the atmosphere. Laughter and chatter are snatched from the athlete’s mouths as they dash past, and greetings and smiles are tossed between the runners and the crowd. The community spirit is palpable, and contagious. As the race progresses, the evidence of the athlete’s progress is obvious: hundreds upon hundreds of plastic white cups, handed out by volunteers, lie abandoned on the road, looking for all the world like wedding confetti. For the serious athletes at the front, the mood is undoubtedly different. The determination and focus of the elites seems to precede them along the way. The spectators gather on either side of the metal railings as the first runners approach. A white silence descends, before being smashed, suddenly, by a streak of purple: Foyle Valley’s Keith Shields , who sprints over the finish line with a stupendous time of 32.15 minutes. Foyle Valley nets a double victory with the arrival of Scott Rankin, who joins Shields on the other side of the finish line with a time of 33.11 minutes. Cranford AC, Inishowen AC, and Finn Valley AC then punch through in rapid succession. Children are perched on the shoulders of their parents, dogs poke their heads out through the railings, the spectators cheer and shout encouragement as the elites sprint past. The runners increase in numbers, blurring into a medley of grunts, heavy footfalls, and straining muscles, aching to get over the finish line. ‘Watch out for Mammy now.’ Children clap and cheer as their parents and older siblings dash past. A runner’s white rosary beads trail behind his neck. Those who have finished proceed to enjoy a bottle of water and a banana by the Community Centre, leading the commentator to announce: ‘Bet you that banana tastes good!’ The runners keep coming, piling into the Community Centre’s car park until it once again resembles the scene prior to the race. Tired muscles are stretched and relaxed, sweat is wiped from foreheads, hands are shaken and backs are slapped in mutual pride. Some eight hundred runners manage to cross the line before the one hour mark- a new record. The elation is palpable. As the runners finish up, and the walkers begin to stride past the finish line, the atmosphere winds down, yet the ‘runner’s high’ is strong enough to be tasted; I crave that feeling. As a bystander, looking over the events of the North-West 10k is an eye-opening experience. I have had the valuable experience of being the bystander in an event such as this; an event which has shown the strength of the athletic community in Donegal and beyond. THE NORTH-WEST 10K – A BYSTANDER’S VIEW! was last modified: May 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:North West 10klast_img read more

JUDGES NEED TO BE GIVEN SENTENCING GUIDELINES – MacLOCHLAINN

first_imgSINN FEIN TD Padraig MacLochlainn has said judges need to be given sentencing guidelines for rapists and violent criminals.The party’s justice spokesman made the call today at his party’s Ard Fheis in Castlebar.He was speaking amid growing public disquiet at ‘soft’ sentences handed down by many judges in the country. Deputy MacLochlainn also called for a reversal of cuts to Gardai and Garda stations.The Donegal Deputy also signed up to the ‘Turn Off The Red Light’ campaign.His speech in full is below:As you would expect, the motions touch on our party’s objective for an All-Ireland policing service and our determination that in the interim, the PSNI and An Garda Síochána are fully accountable to the communities they serve through the Policing Board and the Policing and Community Safety Partnerships in the Six Counties and the Joint Policing Partnerships in the 26 Counties. 139 garda stations, mainly in rural areas, have been closed in the last 18 months in the face of much opposition from the communities they have served.For the last number of years, gardaí have endured the loss of hundreds of their experienced colleagues with no new recruits to replace them. They are often asked to protect our communities, driving clapped out vehicles that are not replaced due to cutbacks. They have witnessed the closure of garda stations across our cities and villages and cringed when Minister Alan Shatter explains that this is all about “smart policing” and “efficiencies”.The government must examine the re-opening of Garda stations which have been closed and the restoration of full service in these stations.They must provide for the lifting of the embargo to start recruitment of trainee gardaí to replace those retiring over the next number of years.They must halt reductions in Garda numbers, ensure that gardaí have the required number of vehicles and ensure greater emphasis on community policing with resources dedicated to the promotion and support of community alert and neighbourhood watch schemes. EQUALITYEquality is at the heart of everything that our party stands for. Equality is the cornerstone of Irish Republicanism.Sinn Féin stands in solidarity with those across this Island who fight for their rights every day. This last while, we have been truly inspired by the women of the Magdalene Laundries. They must have proper redress with compensation and their full pensions granted.We stand with disability rights campaigners. They inspired us too with their dignity as they protested outside Leinster House in the bitter cold. There are a number of motions on the Clár, soon to be debated, advocating travellers’ rights and marriage equality. I urge you to support them.MOTIONSI also urge you to support the amendments from the Oireachtas Group on motions 159 and 160. While I understand the sentiment behind the motions, I believe that the amendments better outline Sinn Féin’s approach to justice and penal reform.We need a Sentencing Council and new Sentencing Guidelines for the judiciary to ensure accountability and consistency in sentencing, particularly for violent crimes and sexual assaults.We also need to ensure that any remission granted to persons convicted of sexual offences is based on participation in the Prison Service’s Sex Offenders Treatment Programmes and genuine rehabilitation.Finally, I would like to speak in support of motion 162 asking this Ard Fhéis to endorse the “Turn off The Red Light” campaign supported by trade unions and a wide range of civic society organisations.There are as many as 1,000 women and girls for sale for sex in Ireland today. Prostitution is not a real choice for the vast majority of these women.In countries, like Sweden, where the purchase of sex is illegal, there has been a massive decline in prostitution and a significant reduction in sex trafficking and organised crime.The “Turn off The Red Light” campaign argues that the most effective solution is to tackle the demand for paid sex that fuels prostitution and trafficking.There is no perfect panacea to this challenge but I believe that putting the onus of responsibility on the user rather than the woman or sometimes man prostituted is a more humanitarian and I would argue Republican approach. We also need to ensure that those in prostitution are supported to exit this life and make a fresh start by a range of government services working together in an integrated fashion.JUDGES NEED TO BE GIVEN SENTENCING GUIDELINES – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: April 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:JUDGES NEED TO BE GIVEN SENTENCING GUIDELINES – MacLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

MYSTERY PIT FOUND BY SNIFFER DOGS IN HUNT FOR MISSING MADELEINE

first_imgForensic experts helping police in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, have carried out an extensive search of a hidden pit found in a wasteland close to where she was vanished seven years ago.Madeleine (second from left) on her last trip to Donegal before she disappeared in 2007.Madeleine’s grandparents are from West Donegal, and she had visited Dungloe just weeks before her disappearance.Madeleine was three when she disappeared from Praia da Luz in the Algarve in early May 2007. The forensic team wore specialist masks and blue overalls during the search and then dramatically decided to seal off the hole that had been discovered by sniffer dogs just 24 hours previous to that.Scotland Yard who are leading the investigation, refused to reveal whether or not anything had been discovered inside the pit, or if it was significant in the search for missing Madeleine.It is believed officers are looking for objects that may have been abandoned soon after Madeleine was taken.Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry are being kept informed and are reportedly bracing themselves for ‘significant news’. The search site is located 300, from the apartment complex that Madeleine was taken from.The deserted wasteland is also close to where a tourist reportedly saw a man with a girl in his arms the night she disappeared.MYSTERY PIT FOUND BY SNIFFER DOGS IN HUNT FOR MISSING MADELEINE was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2007donegalinvestigationMadeline McCannMystery Pitnewsportugallast_img read more

HARPS WORK HARD TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS

first_imgPerfect conditions at Finn Park resulted in a perfect scoreline for Finn Harps as they beat Waterford to snatch a much-needed 1-0 win.Harps striker Ruairi Keating scored the all important goal for Harps. Pic by Gary Foy.Harps were always on top in this game which saw a troubled Waterford side threaten only on a rare occasion in each half.The teams went in scoreless at half-time but the combination of Kevin McHugh, Ruairi Keating supported by Mickey Funston always looked threatening. It was Keating who snatched the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute when he raced through to slot past the visiting goalkeeper Burns.McHugh and sub Sean McCarron should have added to the Harps tally.Ollie Horgan will be happy with the three points against a disjointed Waterford team who lacks ideas in the last third of the pitch.  HARPS WORK HARD TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS was last modified: June 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfinn harpsFinn Parkwaterfordlast_img read more

Hippos intensify training ahead of Cameroon return leg

first_img Tags: AFCON U-20allan okelloHipposJulius polotomatia luleMustapha Kiiza The Hippos are gearing up for the return leg away to CameroonAFCON U-20 Qualifiers 2019Cameroon vs UgandaYaounde, CameroonFriday, 18-05-2019The Uganda U-20 national football team, the Hippos have resumed training as they prepare for the second leg tie away to Cameroon on Friday.The Hippos are currently in a residential training setting at the African Bible Study Campus in Lubowa where they undertake double sessions in the morning and evening.Head coach Matia Lule is optimistic that his boys can get the job done on Friday.“We are intensifying our preparations because the job is far from over, said Lule.“We got the result we desired at home, winning and not conceding and i am optimistic we can go to Yaounde and score an away goal.“Hopefully we don’t concede and put ourselves in a dangerous situation.The Hippos will have KCCA FC defender Mustapha Kizza returning after he completed his two match ban for the red card he received against South Sudan at the StarTimes stadium last month.His experience of playing with KCCA in the CAF Champions league remains a key component for the Hippos.Team captain Julius Poloto and Allan Okello are the other players with CAF Champions league experience on the current Hippos side.Julius Poloto (extreme right) is one of the three players absent from campThe trio will join the rest of the players after KCCA’s CAF Champions’ league match with Al Alhy on Tuesday at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.Also Read: KCCA FC hopes to maintain outstanding home record when they host Al AhlyThe Uganda U-20 team is expected to depart the country on Wednesday.Uganda won the first leg on Saturday 1-0 cartousy of a Steven Mukwala first half strike.Also Read: Hippos take narrow lead in AFCON qualifiers against CameroonThat was Mukwala’s fourth goal of the qualifying campaign and he still leads the chats Gabon’s Gabriel Ndong who has three.Hippos during a previous team bonding sessionThe U-20 players currently in camp:Goalkeepers: Saidi Keni (Proline), Denis Otim (Mbarara FC), Dennis Darren Ssebugwawo (Telesa, Mutundwe)Defenders: Paul Willa (Police), Fred Okot (URA), Robert Kitabalwa (St Mary’s Kitende S.S), Herbert Achai (Kibuli S.S and KCCA Junior Team), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline), Geofrey Wasswa (Vipers), Bashir Asiku (Vipers)Midfielders: Abubaker Kasule (Unattached), Ivan Eyam (Amus College and Ktaka FC), Frank Tumwesigye (Vipers), Faisal Ssekyanzi (St Mary’s Nabweru), Raymond Onyai (Kataka)Strikers: Steven Mukwala (Vipers), Hamisi Tibita (BUL).The Ones expected in Camp on Tuesday evening:Allan Okello, Mustafa Kizza, Julius Poloto (Team Captain) all play for KCCA FC.Comments last_img read more

Week 5 football preview: Corning to host Anderson; Red Bluff travels to Yreka

first_imgCorning >> Friday night will be a monumental test for the Corning High football team. Not only are the Cards battling a top 3 opponent in the Northern Section Division III media poll, but the Anderson Cubs ended Corning’s post season a year ago. The Cubs went into Cardinal Stadium and took down Corning, 14-13 in the opening round of the D-III playoffs last year. Tonight is the rematch and it’s likely to be of contrasting styles, with Anderson (3-1) throwing for nearly 800 yards to seven …last_img

Discovery in Chinese acquisition

first_img2 December 2009South African healthcare insurer Discovery has announced its intention to expand into China with the acquisition of a 24.99% stake in Ping An Health Insurance.While China’s private health insurance market is still nascent, there is strong growth potential – in 2007, gross written premiums were approximately 19-billion Yuan (R21-billion), while McKinsey & Company estimates that in 2008, private healthcare premiums reached approximately 55-billion Yuan (R59-billion).The Chinese company is owned by Ping An Insurance, the second largest insurer in China with a market capitalisation of 292-billion Yuan (about R319-billion).“Ping An is an excellent partner,” Discovery CEO Adrian Gore said in a statement this week. “The group is a leader in the Chinese insurance market, providing immediate scale, brand and distribution capability in this rapidly growing market.”Social health insurance limitationsWhile large portions of the Chinese population are covered by the Social Health Insurance (SHI) system, this has strict coverage caps and co-payments, and there is inadequate access to top-tier hospitals and healthcare facilities.According to Discovery, this inadequate cover, coupled with increasing consumer awareness about the need for preventive healthcare, has created demand for private medical insurance.The growing disposable income amongst the 25-40 million middle-class households means many consumers can afford top-up cover, while there is also increasing demand for cover for private healthcare facilities, diagnostics and branded drugs that fall outside the limited SHI schedule of benefits.According to Discovery, the Chinese government recognises the limitations of the SHI, and through their reform process, is encouraging private healthcare insurance providers to play an active role in developing a multi-level health insurance system.Ping An Health currently holds one of a limited number of health insurance licences issued by the Chinese Insurance Regulatory Commission.Middle and upper class customers“Ping An Group currently has a 30% share of the ‘riders’ or ‘supplementary’ private health insurance market,” said Gore. “In 2005, Ping An grasped the enormous growth opportunity and potential of the comprehensive health insurance market, and Ping An Health was established in Shanghai.”Ping An Health’s products and services are primarily aimed at middle and upper income customers, and it has branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. It has recorded significant growth over the last three years with sales increasing more than 400% over the period.“Ping An Health is a fast-growing, well capitalised business,” said Gore. “We are confident that it will be able to maintain its growth trajectory as the Chinese health insurance market develops and it is able to leverage off Ping An group’s comprehensive distribution network and scale in the Chinese market.”The conclusion of the transaction is subject to definitive agreement between the parties, following which it would be subject to the requisite regulatory approvals and other conditions precedent.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more